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Saliva Testing

Saliva Testing

Saliva testing can give us valuable information into how well your body is functioning. It does not require a blood draw, and there are no risks to patients. Saliva collections are convenient and can be done at work or at home.

Hormone production is the natural method by which endocrine glands control much of the body’s function. Their function may be weakened or increased, disturbing the body’s balance and function. Appropriate testing of hormone levels can identify these disturbances and provide bases for remedy.

With an accuracy of 92-96%, saliva testing is more accurate than blood testing. The free, rather than the protein-bound, hormone is considered to be the active component; hormone levels in saliva will reflect free hormone concentration.

Female Hormone Panel:  This test is useful for the detection of Luteal Phase Defect and Estrogen Dominance which are characterized by a progesterone/estrogen imbalance and associated with PMS, infertility, and fibroids.  It is also used for cycle irregularities (painful or heavy periods or following the use of birth control pills), early pregnancy problems, migraines, cystic ovarian disease, and early osteoporosis.

Adrenal Stress Index:  The adrenal gland does not secrete its steroid hormones at a constant level throughout the day, rather they are released in a cycle known as the circadian rhythm.  Abnormal rhythms influence many functions of the body including energy production, muscle and joint function, bone health, immune health, sleep quality, skin regeneration, thyroid function, grain intolerance, and stress response.

Food Intolerance Panel:  Food intolerance (or sensitivity) is an abnormal response in the intestine to certain foods resulting in inflammation.  This inflammation may increase the risk of autoimmune diseases and cancer as well as accelerate aging. Gut manifestations of food intolerance include:  Diarrhea or loose stools (most common symptom), constipation, gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux or GERD), malabsorption (inability to benefit from the food we eat), changes in intestinal wall integrity (allowing foreign bodies access beyond the gut which normally does not occur),  malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies, mouth ulcers, nausea/vomiting, gas, and Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS).  Symptoms beyond the gut may include the conditions of the skin (hives, dermatitis, rash, eczema), respiratory system (runny nose/congestion, asthma, sinusitis), Heiner Syndrome, headaches/migraines, sleeplessness, and irritability.