Breath of Life has been offering hormone testing using the IQS electrodermal technique for over a decade now. We have decided to add another option that may fit your needs-we are now offering lab saliva testing from Labrix-for more information on the options that are available see http://www.labrix.com/SalivaTestingMenu
You will receive a detailed report with interpretation information (see sample report: http://www.labrix.com/SalivaryHormoneTesting. You may use that for your own information, take it to your doctor for pharmaceutical or bio-identical hormones, or schedule a hormone evaluation with us for herbal or homeopathic options. Feel free to call or stop by for more information 615-400-7034 or www.breathoflifeonline.com
Here is some further information about saliva testing for hormones:
Saliva testing is an easy and noninvasive way of assessing hormone balancing needs, and is proving to be the most reliable medium for measuring hormone levels. Unlike blood tests, saliva testing represents only hormones actively delivered to receptors in the body. Clinically, it is far more relevant to test these bio-available hormones and provide an accurate reflection of the body’s active hormone levels.
Appreciating the reliability of saliva testing is based on understanding the difference between steroid hormones in saliva and in blood. This difference is based on whether or not the hormones are bound to proteins in the medium used for testing. The majority of hormones exist in one of two forms: free (5%) or protein bound (95%). Only the free hormones are biologically active, or bio-available, and available for delivery to receptors in the body. Protein bound hormones do not fit the receptors and are considered non-bioavailable. When blood is filtered through the salivary glands, the bound hormone components are too large to pass through the cell membranes. Only the unbound hormones pass through and into the saliva. Saliva testing measures the bioavailable hormone – the clinically relevant portion delivered to the receptors in the tissues of the body.
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, blood 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 you are seeking bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT), you’ll 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.