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Canary Club Mercury Test (ZRT)

ZRT Dried Urine Test_1.jpg PLEASE NOTE: AS OF SEPT.11 ,2015 THIS TEST WILL ONLY BE AVAILBLE IN THE ELEMENTS PROFILE AND THE THYROID-ELEMENTS PROFILE AND NOT SOLD AS A SINGLE TEST.

 

Summary: Mercury reduces the biological availability of selenium and may inhibit the formation of selenium-dependent enzymes.  This affects thyroid function in the same way as selenium deficiency or arsenic exposure.  Most human exposure is through dental amalgams, seafood and vaccinations.

Member Price: $60.00

ZRT Lab Product Name: Mercury Test in Dried Urine

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Canary Club Sex Hormone Binding-Globulin (SHBG) Blood Spot Test

Canary Club Sex Hormone Binding-Globulin (SHBG) Blood Spot Test Summary: SHBG gives a good index of the extent of the body’s overall exposure to estrogens.

SHBG is a protein produced by the liver in response to exposure to any type of estrogen, whether produced naturally by the body, consumed as a synthetic oral contraceptive estrogen, estrogen therapy, or as foods or herbs (phytoestrogens). 

Released from the liver into the bloodstream, SHBG binds tightly to circulating estradiol and testosterone, preventing their rapid metabolism and clearance and limiting their bioavailability to tissues. The SHBG level is also used to calculate free (unbound) testosterone levels when blood spot is used instead of saliva to measure sex hormones.

Price: $65.00 ( as of Jan. 2)

ZRT Product Name: SHBG

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Canary Club Adrenal Stress Profile

A saliva test designed to measure the levels of the hormone cortisol, taken four times in a 24-hour period (morning, noon, evening, and nighttime). Recommended with situational stress and fatigue; an indicator of adrenal imbalance.

 


Canary Club Adrenal Stress Profile (Saliva) 

Diurnal Cortisol Saliva 4xSummary: The Canary Club Adrenal Stress Profile tests cortisol levels and DHEA-S. Test includes: four samples of cortisol collected through saliva (C1, C2, C3, C4) and 1 sample DHEA-S

Price: $140.00

 

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Symptoms of Hormone Dysfunction

Changed patterns of cortisol levels have been observed in connection with abnormal ACTH levels, clinical depression, psychological stress, and such physiological stressors as hypoglycemia, illness, fever, trauma, surgery, fear, pain, physical exertion or extremes of temperature.

What does the Canary Club Adrenal Stress Profile check?

By collecting four samples of your saliva, this test will reveal the level of cortisol (a hormone excreted from your Adrenal gland) throughout a 24-hour period. The amount of cortisol present in your body undergoes diurnal variation, with the highest levels present in the early morning, and the lowest levels present around midnight, or 3-5 hours after the onset of sleep. DHEA-S is much more stable in the body than DHEA. This is because the kidneys remove DHEA and DHEA-S from the blood but clear DHEA-S at a much slower rate that DHEA, leaving more DHEA-S remaining in the body. If your doctor suspects that you may have a deficiency in DHEA or DHEA-S, the level of DHEA-S will likely be tested due to its stability. DHEA levels naturally decline as a person ages. Abnormal DHEA and DHEA-S levels may be due to certain health conditions, such as adrenal cancer or polycystic ovary syndrome.There is also significant individual variation, although a given person tends to have consistent rhythms.

 

Factors affecting Cortisol levels

  • Caffeine may increase cortisol levels.
  • Sleep deprivation increases cortisol levels.
  • Intense (high VO2 max) or prolonged physical exercise stimulate cortisol release in order to increase gluconeogenesis and maintain blood glucose. Proper nutrition and high-level conditioning can help stabilize cortisol release.
  • Val/Val variation of the BDNF gene in men, and the Val/Met variation in women is associated with increased salivary cortisol in a stressful situation.
  • Magnesium supplementation decreases serum cortisol levels after aerobic exercise, but not in resistance training.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids, in a dose dependent manner, can lower cortisol release influenced by mental stress by suppressing the synthesis of interleukin-1 and 6 and enhance the synthesis of interleukin-2, where the former promote higher CRH release. Omega 6 fatty acids, on the other hand, acts inversely on interleukin synthesis.
  • Hypoestrogenism and melatonin supplementation increases cortisol levels in postmenopausal women.
  • Burnout is associated with higher cortisol levels.
  • Music therapy can reduce cortisol levels in certain situations.
  • Massage therapy can reduce cortisol.
  • Anticipating laugh, like when just hanging out with a funny friend, where some funny situation is expected, can reduce cortisol levels.
  • Subcutaneous adipose tissue regenerates cortisol from cortisone.
  • Makeup reduces cortisol levels in a mental stress situation.
  • Anorexia nervosa increases cortisol levels.
  • Black tea may speed up recovery from a high cortisol condition.
  • The serotonin receptor gene 5HTR2C is associated with increased cortisol production in men.
  • Soy derived Phosphatidylserine interacts with cortisol but the right dosage is still unclear.
  • Vitamin C may slightly blunt cortisol release in response to a mental stressor.
  • Oral contraceptives increase cortisol levels in young women which perform whole-body resistance exercise training.
  • Commuting increases cortisol levels, related to the length of the trip, the amount of effort involved and the predictability of the trip.

Knowledge is the key to wellness

The lab will email you when your results are ready, generally 3-5 business days after samples are received by the lab.  

  • You will receive information on how to access your results on-line. 
  • Once you have your results, read our Interpreting Results article.
  • Consider consulting with a practitioner for next steps.
  • Knowledge is the key to wellness.

Find out what you need to know and start your path towards recovery today.

 

 

 

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Canary Club Total T4 Blood Spot Test

Canary Club Total T4 Blood Spot Test Summary: thyroxine (T4) is the main hormone produced by the thyroid.  Total T4 measures the overall level of T4 output by the thyroid gland.

Most of the thyroxine (T4) in the blood is attached to a protein called thyroxine-binding globulin.  Less than 1% of the T4 is unattached.  A total T4 blood test measures the combined total of bound and free thyroxine.  Free thyroxine affects tissue function in the body, but bound thyroxine does not.

 

Price: $60.00

ZRT Product Name: Total T4

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TSH Blood Spot Test

Canary Club Total T4 Blood Spot Test Summary: TSH measures the brain's response to circulating levels of thyroid hormones (T4 and T3) for a general indication of thyroid activity. 

 

Price: $50.00

ZRT Product Name: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

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Individual Analyte Tests

How to Collect Your Sample

The videos below show how to collect samples for the available tests. Watch the appropriate video for instructions to collect

  • finger-prick dried blood spot,
  • saliva collection,
  • dried urine collection

We also provide links to printer-friendly instructions as well as special situations, such as collecting samples for a Fertility Profile or for Vitamin D only. If you have additional questions, you can also try the FAQ's page.

Blood Spot Collection Video

Saliva Collection Video

Urine Collection Video

Downloadable Instructions

 

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Canary Club Urine Iodine Test (ZRT)

Canary Club Urine Iodine Home Test (ZRT Lab) Summary: Detects iodine deficiency as a potential cause of health problems ranging from fatigue, brain fog, hypothyroidism, and fibrocystic breasts.

Member Price: $70.00

ZRT Lab Product Name: Iodine Test in Dried Urine

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Canary Club Elements Profile (ZRT)
 

iodineSummary: Analyzing elements can provide insight into why you may not synthesize or convert thyroid hormones and can help determine the cause of thyroid related symptoms. The thyroid gland regulates cellular energy metabolism, as well as controls heart rate and protein synthesis for proper growth and development. 

 

The Elements Profile includes Dried Urine tests: Iodine, Bromine, Cadmium, Selenium, Arsenic, Creatinine and Mercury

Member Price: $139.00

 

ZRT Lab Product Name: Elements Profile - Dried Urine

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Canary Club Luteinizing Hormone (LH) Blood Spot Test

Canary Club Luteinizing Hormone (LH) Profile Summary: A blood spot test that measures the LH, a marker for menopause onset in women, and is useful for monitoring androgen therapy in men.  Test includes: measurement of Luteinizing Hormone (LH).

Price: $50.00

ZRT Product Name: LH

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Canary Club Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1) Blood Spot Test

Canary Club Insulin-like Growth Factor Profile Summary: A blood spot test that measures IGF-1, which is a reliable indicator of human growth hormone (HGH) level.

Price: $65.00  (as of Jan.2)

ZRT Product Name: IGF-1

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