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Functional (Saliva) Tests

Functional Tests (Saliva Tests) – Can show areas in need of help 5-10 years before diagnosis often explaining reasons for symptoms.

Additional tests may be suggested.

Information is used for supplementation and nutritional recommendations.

Adrenal Stress Index

The human adrenal gland does not secrete its steroid hormones at a constant level throughout the day. The hormones are actually released in a cycle with the highest value in the morning and lowest at night. This 24-hour cycle is called the circadian rhythm. An abnormal adrenal rhythm can influence many functions of the body, some of which are listed here:

  • • Skin Regeneration
  • • Energy Production
  • • Sleep Quality
  • Thyroid Function
  • Muscle and Joint Function
  • Immune System Health
  • Bone Health
  • Grain Intolerance & Stress

GI Health Panel

Intestinal pathogen infection cannot be clinically differentiated solely on the basis of medical history, physical exam and/or symptoms. Specific diagnosis requires laboratory evaluation and confirmation. Asymptomatic, mild symptomatic and overt GI pathogen infections can affect and deter gastrointestinal function and, if undetected, will lead to suboptimal wellness.

The panel includes:

A. Pathogen screening: bacteria, fungi, yeast, and various parasites.

B. Digestion related screens: enzyme levels and immunochemical markers for intolerance to common offending foods.

C. Intestinal function markers to evaluate irritation and inflammation; markers indicate overall status of gut immunity and integrity.

Common applications of this panel include:

  • Individuals with chronic and vague GI symptoms, including frequent bloating, gas, cramping, and constipation.
  • Frequent travel within the US and overseas.
  • Dormitory residents – common quarters.
  • Frequent eating outside the home.
  • Children that attend daycare centers.

Post Menopause Health Panel

Menopause is neither a disease nor an illness; it is a natural and usually gradual change in glandular function. This transition produces a variety of bodily manifestations and symptoms that are caused by changes in production of hormones and the timing of their release. Various body parts undergo change and can produce one or more of the following symptoms:

Endocrine:

  • Bleeding irregularities
  • Hot flashes / sweats
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Changes in sex drive

Nervous System:

  • Insomnia
  • Mood Changes
  • Nervousness, irritability
  • Depression

Metabolic Changes:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Altered fat and carbohydrate metabolism
  • Skin aging / cosmetic changes
  • Atherosclerosis

By treating and correcting symptoms using natural hormones with testing for hormone levels before and after treatment, one can then:

  • Customize natural hormone dosing to meet individual needs.
  • Optimize hormone levels for minimum dose to relieve symptoms.
  • Achieve appropriate and compatible physiologic levels of several hormones.
  • Increase sense of “well being” by removing underlying hormone deficits and imbalances.

Female Hormone Panel

There is a number of applications for the Female Hormone Panel (FHP):

1. Detection: Luteal Phase Defect

There are at least three luteal phase defect patterns which are characterized by a reduced output of progesterone which leads to estrogen dominance. This imbalance is usually associated with PMS, infertility, fibroids and other female hormonal problems and can be readily detected by the FHP.

2. Pattern Recognition for Early Prediction of Menopause Onset

When the FHP is performed once every 2-3 years, a baseline of ovarian function can be established. Over a period of several years, the FHP can reveal specific deviations in hormone patterns, which permits doctors to predict the onset of menopause 4-6 years in advance. This allows the women to institute extra precautions, dietary modifications, and other required interventions to reduce health related changes associated with menopause.

3. Hormonal Imbalance & PMS

Many women suffer from hormonal imbalance in the estrogen to progesterone ratio. The FHP can objectively evaluate the hormonal state with great accuracy which, in turn, can provide specific insights for appropriate intervention or treatment to relieve hormonal imbalance and PMS related symptoms.

4.Customized Hormone Therapy

Presently, female hormone therapy is not individualized to the needs of each woman because current diagnostic tests do not provide sufficient data. Consequently, most women are empirically treated without regard to their individualized physiology and specific needs. The FHP allows customization of therapy to each female patient.

There is a number of applications for the Female Hormone Panel.

It also is used to detect and monitor the following conditions:

  • Influence of lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.) on the cycle
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian problems, i.e. problems with how the brain controls ovarian function
  • Migraine headaches
  • Functional infertility
  • Dysmenorrhea, i.e. painful and heavy periods
  • Cycle irregularities
  • Endometriosis and cystic ovary disease
  • Double ovulation and early ovulation
  • Early pregnancy problems – miscarriage