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hormonesNEUROTRANSMITTER and HORMONE
TESTING AT YOUR HOME
 
A SIMPLE SALIVA AND URINE TEST WILL TELL US EVERYTHING WE NEED TO KNOW TO BALANCE YOU!!!
 
GET BALANCED TODAY!
 
 
 
Hormones are powerful molecules essential for maintaining physical and mental health. We frequently think of estrogen as being a female hormone, and testosterone as being a male hormone. But men AND women make both, plus several more that need to be in balance for optimum health. An imbalance of any one hormone can throw your physical and mental health out of balance, causing aggravating and even serious health problems.
One size does not fit all when it comes to hormones! For decades western medicine has prescribed hormone replacement therapy as if everyone needed the same thing and the same amount. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your hormones are like your fingerprints and in order to achieve optimal health, you need to know what your specific imbalances are.
 
There are several ways to test for hormones (saliva, serum and urine), but the state-of-the-art method is through saliva. This is because only the active portions of hormones are measured and it is these portions that determine how individuals feel. So if your patient is seeking bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT), youll need to know active hormone levels. In addition, if using a topical (transdermal) hormone preparation for treatment, saliva testing is the most accurate tool to measure and monitor hormone status.
 
 Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that facilitate the transmission of signals from one neuron to the next across a synapse. Neurotransmitters work with receptors in the brain to influence and regulate a wide range of processes such as mental performance, emotions, pain response and energy levels. Functioning primarily in the Central Nervous System (CNS), neurotransmitters are the brain’s chemical messengers, facilitating communication among the body’s glands, organs, and muscles. Numerous clinical studies have shown that inadequate neurotransmitter function has a profound influence on overall health and well-being. In fact, imbalances in certain neurotransmitters are associated with most of the prevalent symptoms and conditions seen in practitioners offices today.
 
Fee's rage from  $100-$450 depending on how many hormones we test.
 
 
  • Mood disorders; depression, anxiety
  • Adrenal dysfunction; fatigue, insomnia
  • Loss of mental focus; ADD, ADHD, cognitive fog
  • Addiction and dependency
  • Hormonal imbalances; E2 dominance, E2 deficiency, low androgens
  • Loss of appetite control; insulin resistance
 
Both men and women experience changes in hormone levels with age. Sometimes those changes result in unpleasant symptoms that demand attention. Often, the changes are more subtle - yet there is still an impact on overall health. Hormone testing is applicable for:
  • Men and women concerned with changing hormone levels as a result of age.
  • Cycling women experiencing PMS symptoms, perhaps related to a hormonal imbalance.
  • Peri- and post-menopausal women concerned with their estradiol and progesterone levels for replacement considerations.
  • Those wishing to monitor their hormone levels following replacement therapy (oral, sublingual or topical), and subsequently regulate their supplement levels.
  • Anyone with symptoms involving fatigue, insomnia, stress, immunity problems, blood sugar problems, and an overweight body should be tested for cortisol levels as well as "sex" hormones.
 
 
Below is an overview of six important neurotransmitters
and their respective roles in various symptomatic conditions. Refer to the neurotransmitter test menu for panel options.
 
 
SEROTONIN is a key neurotransmitter that is involved in the regulation of sleep, appetite and aggression. Serotonin imbalance is a common contributor to mood problems, and pharmacologic agents that alter serotonin levels are among the most commonly used class of drugs prescribed for anxiety and depression.
High stress, insufficient nutrients, fluctuating hormones and the use of stimulant medications or caffeine can all contribute to the depletion of serotonin over time. When serotonin is out of range, depression, anxiety, worry, obsessive thoughts and behaviors, carbohydrate cravings, PMS, difficulty with pain control, and sleep cycle disturbances can result.
GABA is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter found in the CNS and, as such, is important for balancing excitatory action of other neurotransmitters. High levels of GABA may be a result of excitatory overload, or a compensatory mechanism to balance the surplus excitatory neurotransmitter activity. These high levels result in a ‘calming’ action that may contribute to sluggish energy, feelings of sedation, and foggy thinking. Low GABA levels are associated with dysregulation of the adrenal stress response. Without the inhibiting function of GABA, impulsive behaviors are often poorly controlled, contributing to a range of anxious and/or reactive symptoms that extend from poor impulse control to seizure disorders. Alcohol as well as benzodiazepine drugs act on GABA receptors and imitate the effects of GABA. Though these substances don’t cause an increase in GABA levels, understanding their mechanism can give us additional insight into the effects of GABA.
DOPAMINE is largely responsible for regulating the pleasure reward pathway, memory and motor control. Its function creates both inhibitory and excitatory action depending on the dopaminergic receptor it binds to. Memory issues are common with both elevations and depressions in dopamine levels. Caffeine and other stimulants, such as medications for ADD/ADHD, often improve focus by increasing dopamine release, although continual stimulation of this release can deplete dopamine over time.
Common symptoms associated with low dopamine levels include loss of motor control, cravings, compulsions, loss of satisfaction and addictive behaviors including: drug and alcohol use, smoking cigarettes, gambling, and overeating. These actions often result from an unconscious attempt to self-medicate, looking for the satisfaction that is not occurring naturally in the body.
Elevated dopamine levels may contribute to hyperactivity or anxiety and have been observed in patients with schizophrenia. High dopamine may also be related to autism, mood swings, psychosis and attention disorders. L-DOPA is a precursor to dopamine, and is used therapeutically for low dopamine conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. These medications can cause elevations in dopamine.
NOREPINEPHRINE, also called noradrenaline, is an excitatory neurotransmitter produced in the CNS, as well as a stress hormone produced in the adrenal medulla. Norepinephrine is involved in a wide variety of actions including attention, focus, regulating heart rate, affecting blood flow, and suppressing inflammation. Involved in arousal, it prepares the body for action by relaying messages in the sympathetic nervous system as part of the autonomic nervous system’s fight-or-flight response. High levels of norepinephrine are often linked to anxiety, stress, elevated blood pressure, and hyperactivity, whereas low levels are associated with lack of energy, focus, and motivation.
EPINEPHRINE, often better known as adrenaline, is synthesized from norepinephrine in both the CNS and the adrenal medulla. Much like norepinephrine, this excitatory neurotransmitter helps regulate muscle contraction, heart rate, glycogen breakdown, blood pressure and more, and is heavily involved in a stress response. Elevated levels of epinephrine are often associated with hyperactivity, ADHD, anxiety, sleep issues, and low adrenal function. Over time, chronic stress and stimulation can deplete epinephrine stores leading to difficulty concentrating, fatigue, depression, insufficient cortisol production, chronic stress, poor recovery from illness, dizziness and more.
GLUTAMATE is an excitatory neurotransmitter and is considered to be the most abundant neurotransmitter in the nervous system. Glutamate is involved in most aspects of normal brain function including cognition, memory and learning, although high levels of glutamate can cause excitotoxicity, a process where nerve cells are damaged by excessive stimulation. Elevated glutamate levels are commonly associated with panic attacks, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, OCD and depression, whereas low glutamate levels may result in agitation, memory loss, sleeplessness, low energy levels and depression.
Men and women of any age who are having symptoms of hormone imbalances should test for all hormones that may be associated with their symptoms. Men and women over the age of forty may want to do a baseline test. Frequently, imbalances will be detectable for a time period before symptoms gain attention.
 
Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that facilitate the transmission of signals from one neuron to the next across a synapse. Neurotransmitters work with receptors in the brain to influence and regulate a wide range of processes such as mental performance, emotions, pain response and energy levels. Functioning primarily in the Central Nervous System (CNS), neurotransmitters are the brain’s chemical messengers, facilitating communication among the body’s glands, organs, and muscles. Numerous clinical studies have shown that inadequate neurotransmitter function has a profound influence on overall health and well-being. In fact, imbalances in certain neurotransmitters are associated with most of the prevalent symptoms and conditions seen in practitioners offices today.
 
  • Mood disorders; depression, anxiety
  • Adrenal dysfunction; fatigue, insomnia
  • Loss of mental focus; ADD, ADHD, cognitive fog
  • Addiction and dependency
  • Hormonal imbalances; E2 dominance, E2 deficiency, low androgens
  • Loss of appetite control; insulin resistance
 
 
Compounding these symptoms of imbalance are the myriad of bioactive substances like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine and many of the medications used to manage these conditions as well as some cholesterol lowering medications. These substances and medications can contribute to neurotransmitter depletion and resulting symptoms by suppressing or artificially stimulating neurotransmitter receptor function.
When functioning properly the neurotransmission system has natural checks and balances in the form of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters. These are classified according to their effects on postsynaptic membranes (receptor sites). Excitatory neurotransmitters cause depolarization of the membrane and promote an action potential. Inhibitory neurotransmitters cause hyperpolarization and depresses or inhibit an action potential.
 
Putting It All Together
 
 
Identifying and managing neurotransmitter imbalances is facilitated with a noninvasive urinary test. Testing provides a tool to understand each patient’s specific neuroendocrine imbalances, which can be corrected with nutraceuticals, BHRT, diet, and lifestyle interventions.
 
Information on this website identifies numerous symptoms and conditions associated with neurotransmitter imbalances. It is especially important to understand that there are agonistic/antagonistic interrelationships of the neurotransmitters with adrenal hormones and sex hormones. Changes in sex hormones and adrenal hormones can lead to neurotransmitter imbalances. And at the same time, neurotransmitter imbalances will affect hormone production and function. Testing both neurotransmitters and hormones provides a comprehensive view of the body’s functional neuroendocrine status, and brings to light additional factors that may be contributing to symptoms.
 
 
21494 s making happy happenThe Top  Reasons to use SALIVA TESTING at HOME.
 
 
 
 
Or fill out the online visit form, After you are contacted by a specialist, the need for lab tests will be determined.
 
 
 
Restoring patient health is our primary concern.
  1. Non-invasive:
    No blood draw is needed, no risk to the patient.
  2. Convenient:
    The specimen can be collected at home or at work at any time of the day. It Does not require a trip to have the specimen collected.
  3. Precision:
    Since hormone levels may vary during the day or during the month,
    multiple specimens can be collected, conveniently offering precise measurement.
    Saliva measures the biologically active fraction of steroid, hormone
    samples are stable for several weeks.
  4. LOW COST:
    Tests cost less than similar serum tests.
  5. Insurance Pays:
    Tests are CPT coded and third party reimbursable (insurance & Medicare)
  6. Convenience:
    No venipuncture (NO NEEDLES).
    No biohazard, excellent patient compliance/ease of gathering sample
    Convenient home collection.
    Stable specimen.
  7. Scientific Superiority:
    Free Fraction determinations reflect clinical condition.
    Ease of collection allows frequent monitoring.
  8. Practicality:
    Quick results and turnaround, within 5 to 7 working days.
    Free courtesy consultations with one of our doctors, to interpret results and give therapeutic implications.
  9. The Original:
    Diagnos-Techs, Inc. introduced saliva testing into routine practice over 20 years ago, providing you with an extensive knowledge base to draw upon.
 
Compounding these symptoms of imbalance are the myriad of bioactive substances like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine and many of the medications used to manage these conditions as well as some cholesterol lowering medications. These substances and medications can contribute to neurotransmitter depletion and resulting symptoms by suppressing or artificially stimulating neurotransmitter receptor function.
When functioning properly the neurotransmission system has natural checks and balances in the form of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters. These are classified according to their effects on postsynaptic membranes (receptor sites). Excitatory neurotransmitters cause depolarization of the membrane and promote an action potential. Inhibitory neurotransmitters cause hyperpolarization and depresses or inhibit an action potential.
 
 
Putting It All Together
Identifying and managing neurotransmitter imbalances is facilitated with a noninvasive  Testing provides a tool to understand each patient’s specific neuroendocrine imbalances,which can be corrected with diet, and lifestyle interventions.
Information on this website identifies numerous
 
symptoms and conditions associated with neurotransmitter imbalances. It is especially important to understand that there are agonistic/antagonistic interrelationships of the neurotransmitters with adrenal hormones and sex hormones. Changes in sex hormones and adrenal hormones can lead to neurotransmitter imbalances. And at the same time, neurotransmitter imbalances will affect hormone production and function. Testing both neurotransmitters and hormones provides a comprehensive view of the body’s functional neuroendocrine status, and brings to light additional factors that may be contributing to symptoms.
 
 
WHO SHOULD BE TESTED?
Neurotransmitter testing may be applicable to both male and female patients. Expression of the following symptoms can indicate neurotransmitter imbalances. Review of the neurotransmitter test menu will help determine which test should be ordered.
 
  • Depressed mood
  • Anxiety
  • Adrenal dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Poor sleep
  • Loss of mental focus, or cognitive fog
  • ADD, ADHD
  • Addiction or dependency
  • Loss of appetite control
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Cravings
  • Low libido
  • Sexual dysfunction
 
Adrenal hormones, sex hormones, and neurotransmitters are functionally interrelated. Changes in sex hormones and adrenal hormones can lead to neurotransmitter imbalances. In turn, neurotransmitter imbalances can affect hormone function. Including neurotransmitters with hormone panels provides a more comprehensive view of the body’s functional neuroendocrine status, this interrelationship, and the associated factors that may be contributing to symptoms.
 
 
 
Thyroid Tests or more specifically a TSH Test
(Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Test)
is an important tool in the detection of thyroid disease and problems in both men and women. Your thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland, located at the front part of your throat just below your Adam's apple. It produces hormones that affect and regulate virtually every bodily activity. Thyroid TSH Tests could help to enhance your health in many ways.

Thyroid hormones control metabolism and organ function, directly affecting weight loss or gain, energy levels, skin condition, memory, heart rate, cholesterol levels, menstrual regularity, as well as many other functions. If your thyroid gland is not working properly, a variety of possibly severe medical problems can result.

The good news is, if discovered and properly treated a thyroid disorder can be controlled and you can lead a normal and active life.
The Thyroid TSH Test is a self-collected, laboratory analysis that measures a substance called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). This laboratory analysis will help you and your health care professional identify and/or monitor an underactive or overactive thyroid condition in order to prevent thyroid gland disorders.
TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is a chemical substance produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the thyroid gland to synthesize and release its own hormones into the bloodstream.

When your thyroid gland produces more hormone than your body needs, a condition called hyperthyroidism occurs. This is commonly known as an overactive thyroid.

Some common symptoms of overactive thyroids are:
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Heat Intolerance
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Tremor
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Frequent Bowel Movements
  • Menstrual Irregularities (especially light menstrual periods)
When your thyroid gland produces less hormone than your body needs, a condition called hypothyroidism occurs. This is commonly referred to as an underactive thyroid and is the most common thyroid disorder.

Some common symptoms of underactive thyroids are:
  • Weight Gain
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Cold Intolerance
  • Dry Skin
  • Hair Dryness or Hair Loss
  • Forgetfulness
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Edema
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual Irregularities (especially heavy menstrual periods)
A special finger lancet is supplied in the Blood Collection Kit. With it, three drops of blood are taken from a micro-nick of the finger, placed on a special collection card to dry, inserted into the special mailer provided, and then sent (postage paid)  Once the laboratory receives your blood sample, test results are processed within 7-10 days,The results are sent back to you and/or your designated health care professional. The Thyroid TSH Test is accurate, private, convenient and easy-to-use. The accuracy of a laboratory in the privacy of your home.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adrenal Stress Index™ (ASI™)The Adrenal Stress Index™ (ASI™) panel was introduced by Diagnos-Techs in 1989 to evaluate stress, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. It is a simple non-invasive test utilizing four saliva samples collected at specified time periods during the day. Since the human adrenal gland does not secrete its steroid hormones at a constant level throughout the day, the Adrenal Stress Index™ (ASI™) provides the clinician with an comprehensive assessment of adrenal function throughout the daily cycle. The ASI panel consists of ten (10) saliva tests: Cortisol (x4),17-OH Progesterone, DHEA/DHEA-S, Insulin (x2), Gliadin Ab, and Secretory IgA.Overview for Patients.
 
Female Hormone Panel™ (FHP™)The Female Hormone Panel™ (FHP™) is a non-invasive test consisting of 11 saliva specimens collected during specified time periods throughout the menstrual cycle. The ovaries are a major component of the female reproductive cycle and they release hormones in a cyclical manner which is referred to as the menstrual cycle. The Female Hormone Panel™ provides a dynamic mapping of the free fraction levels of Estradiol (E2) and Progesterone (P) throughout one cycle. In addition, the cycle average of Testosterone (T) and DHEA are measured. The Female Hormone Panel™ includes: Estradiol (x11), Progesterone (x11), cycle average Testosterone and DHEA/DHEA-S, 3 Progesterone production indices, 4 Estradiol production indices, a full cycle P/E ratio graph and an example of a restorative plan. The expanded Female Hormone Panel™ (eFHP™) includes an additional five (5) FSH and five (5) LH measurements.
Postmenopause Panel™ (PostM™) and Perimenopause Panel™ (PeriM™) Menopause is a natural and usually gradual change in glandular function in women resulting in substantial shifts in hormone levels. The Postmenopause Panel™ provides measurements of six key hormones: Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2), Estriol (E3), Progesterone (P), Testosterone (T) and DHEA, DHEA-S (pooled). The Perimenopause Panel™ contains the same components as the Postmenopause Panel™ but sampled twice, 13-15 days apart. The inclusion of FSH and LH in the expanded Postmenopause Panel™ (ePostM™), extends the interpretation to include pituitary involvement.
Male Hormone Panel™ (MHP™) and Expanded Male Hormone Panel™ (eMHP™)The Male Hormone Panel™ (MHP™) allows the clinician to assess male hormone functionality affecting vigor, vitality and virility using a non-invasive saliva collection. The aging process is inevitable, but restoring lost male vitality is within reach. The Male Hormone Panel™ (MHP™) evaluates the androgen pathway by measuring the free fractions of 6 hormones: Androstenedione, Testosterone (T), Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), Estrone (E1), Progesterone (P), and DHEA/DHEA-S. The expanded Male Hormone Panel™ (eMHP™) contains all the tests in the MHP™ plus FSH and LH.
Food Intolerance
Food Intolerance (or sensitivity) is an abnormal response in the intestine to certain foods in genetically susceptible/ predisposed individuals. The result is irritation and inflammation every time the particular food is consumed. Food intolerance is different from food allergies in that intolerance is a lifelong condition. Food allergies are transient and usually fade when our intestinal tract is healthy. Food intolerances are not dependent on the health of the intestinal tract.
Food intolerance can occur in individuals from allergic and non-allergic family backgrounds. Food intolerance is caused by a food substance that triggers a toxic reaction on contact with our intestinal cells. Contact with susceptible cells produces inflammation that can result in intestinal damage. The inflammatory cells release chemicals that cause our immune system to release antibodies against the offending food. The main antibody produced by the intestinal lining is called secretory IgA (SIgA).
Some Misconceptions
Food intolerances and food allergies are the same condition. Food allergies are immunological in origin and cause different forms of hypersensitivity reactions. Food allergies are distinct from food intolerances—which are genetically dictated entities.
Food intolerances are diseases of childhood. Intolerances are more likely to be symptomatic in children but are found in adults of all ages, because they are genetic in origin. Food intolerances are perpetrators of ongoing intestinal inflammation, which may eventually exhaust the body’s defenses.
Food intolerances are only present in symptomatic patients. Food intolerances can be subjectively silent in many individuals. Nonetheless, they continue to drain our defenses and weaken our intestinal immune system. Food intolerance occurrence is underestimated in our symptom-driven heath care system.
Food intolerances are simply intestinal irritations. Food intolerances can be more than a local intestinal problem, and may increase the risk of autoimmune diseases and cancer as well as accelerate aging.
Gut Manifestations of Food Intolerance
• Diarrhea or soft to loose stools are the most common GI symptom
• Intestinal hypermotility—accelerated intestinal passage of food which results in vomiting, spasms of the gut and diarrhea
• Constipation
• Gastroesophageal reflux
• Malabsorption—inability to benefit from the food we eat
• Changes in intestinal wall integrity—allows foreign bodies and microbes access beyond the gut which normally does not occur
Malnutrition and Nutritional Deficiencies
• Mouth ulcers
• Nausea/vomiting
• Gas
• IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) Remember—You may have no symptoms and still have a food intolerance.
Food Intolerance Symptoms Beyond the Gut
Skin: Hives, dermatitis, rash, eczema Respiratory: Runny nose, asthma, nasal congestion, sinusitis
Heiner syndrome: A chronic pulmonary disease caused by hypersensitivity to cow’s milk
Brain: Headache, migraine, sleeplessness, irritability
Anti-cancer defense: Folic acid deficiency
Changes in blood coagulation: Vitamin K deficiency
Anemia: Weakened red blood cells and/or reduced counts, which may result in fatigue
 
 
 
Bone Health Panel™ (BHM™) The Bone Health Panel™ provides an assessment of bone health utilizing a combination of non-invasive saliva and urine tests. Diagnosis of osteoporosis has relied heavily on technology that shows HOW MUCH bone has been lost. The Bone Health Panel™ measures HOW FAST bone is being lost and the hormone levels associated with bone health. This panel consists of one (1) saliva specimen and one (1) urine specimen and eight (8) individual tests measuring the free fractions of six (6) key hormones: Estradiol, Progesterone, Testosterone, FSH, Cortisol (x2), DHEA/DHEA-S, and urinary Pyrilinks-D (DpD).