Hormonal Imbalance Tests, Supplements,
Thyroid, Adrenal, Menopause, Vitamin D

Already tested & told "you're okay" Not feeling your healthy, fit self? Suspect it could be your hormones?

Hormonal Imbalance

Hormone Imbalance can have a severe impact on your health, and yet, often may go undiagnosed. We understand the frustration and helplessness that comes from visiting specialist after specialist and never really getting what you need to feel yourself again. Now you can get the answers you need directly.

Thyroid Testing

Feeling a constant fatigue?  Having foggy thinking?  Is your weight unmanageable despite exercise and healthy diet?  These symptoms may be caused by an imbalance in thyroid hormones or those produced by the adrenal and reproductive glands. The Canary Club offers several hormone tests to give you a precise report on the interaction of these three hormone producers. A complete Thyroid Test is available in our four Comprehensive Test Profiles, and eight of our Specialized Test Profiles. The Thyroid Hormone Tests assay the essential TSH, TPO, free T3, and free T4 hormones of the Thyroid plus Elements.

Adrenal Hormone Tests for Cortisol & DHEA

Thousands of people suffer from constant fatigue unrelieved by rest and sleep. This is the main symptom of Adrenal Burnout. Other symptoms may include a craving for sweets, low blood pressure and low blood sugar, irritability and depression. Secondary symptoms range from impaired digestion to infections. Low energy can impair every system of the body lending to toxic emotions. People seem uncaring and a hopeless or depressed attitude is not uncommon. It feels like a everyday struggle - just to maintain!

Saliva Hormone Testing and Blood Spot Thyroid Tests

Our easy to use, at- home hormone test kits detect specific hormone imbalances that traditional testing ignores.

Test yourself in the comfort of your home and set your mind at ease. The expertly documented results will help you and your practitioner determine an appropriate course toward better health.

The Canary Club makes it safe and easy to find out if your hormones are functioning properly and to help you find the answers you need to get back on your feet and enjoying life.

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Is Hypothyroidism Sabotaging your Weight Loss?

Hormone imbalance can keep that scale from moving in the right direction


Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t the sole answers to slimming away those unwanted pounds. The simple truth is that several common hormone imbalances can undermine even the most enthusiastic attempts at losing weight.

Hypothyroidism is one of the most common hidden culprits behind stubborn weight loss. Hypothyroidism means that your body doesn’t generate enough of the thyroid hormone. Your thyroid is considered

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Comparing Neurotransmitter Tests To Hormone Tests


What are neurotransmitters and why should I care, anyway?

Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals Brain_function_1.jpgthat facilitate the transmission of signals from one neuron to the next across a synapse. A synapse is like a spark plug - it's simply a gap between two neurons. And like a spark plug, an electrical signal must spark to jump across the gap.

There are two kinds of neurotransmitters – INHIBITORY ( Serotonin, Dopamine and Gaba ) and EXCITATORY (Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Epinephrine, Glutamate).  Excitatory neurotransmitters stimulate the brain while inhibitory neurotransmittors calm the brain and help create balance mood. They affect the other, as the Inhibitory are easily depleted when the Excitatory neurotransmitters become overactive.

With rapid advances in laboratory science and home diagnostic tests, we are now capable of probing deeper within the root causes of depression, compulsion, addiction, cravings, fatigue, lack of concentration, low libido, sporatic appetite, and erratic sleep. Many of us suffer from these occasionally, but chronic conditions can affect you and your family and need your immediate attention. 

Mild to moderate depression affects up to 10% of the U.S. population

Check Your Neurotransmitters for Goodess’ Sake.  You’ll be glad you did.

New research studies reveal a more direct cause of hormonal imbalances, and otherwise ‘hitches in your gitty-up’, can be linked to neurotransmitters. For chemical signals, however, the synapse secretes a chemical that floats across the gap to the upstream neuron.  These chemicals have an important role in allowing the body to work properly and sustain good mental and physical health.

The efficiency of these synapses is the primary focus of science today in many aspects of mental, emotional, and pyschological health. As we age, our neural pathways become less efficient and less capable of transmitting either the electromagnetic or the chemical signal. Some of the neurons even change shape, with ends lengthening or shortening. This affects the overall health and balance in the body.

Neurotransmitters help the brain balance the highs and lows of feelings, and manage the hormonal signals that are sent to other organs in the body. They work with receptors in the brain to influence and regulate a wide range of processes such as: mental performance, emotions, pain response, hormones, and energy levels.

Having a Brain Meltdown?


Were you aware that when you blamed your bad mood on having a so called ‘brain melt down’ that actually, you may have  been right? And get this, virtually all clinical reports of mood disorders identify neurotransmitter imbalances as, at least a contributor, if not the root cause. If there is any interruption or over stimulation in the signals in your brain it can seem like the equivalent of the type of meltdown we see with our computers. You know, when it runs sluggishly or can’t retrieve files from memory? Well, sometimes our brains do the same thing. There are a plethora of symptoms.

Recognize the symptoms of neurotransmitter imbalance - and  test for them

Neurotransmitter Tests are for select individuals when the condition is caused by inefficiencies within the brain's ability to transmit electromagnetic and chemical signals. 

Hormone Tests are for those individuals when the condition is the result of poor efficiency of the various endocrine glands throughout the body to signal each other and work in harmony.

Symptoms of neurotransmitter imbalance include everything from lost motivation, to irritability, to poor concentration, to worse, lack of sex drive! But fear not. Testing is available and provides a way to understand an individual's specific neuroendocrine imbalances, which can be corrected with neutraceuticals, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), diet, and lifestyle course-corrections.


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Survey 2017: Your Top Questions, Answered!

In February 2017 we sent a survey to our members to help determine what direction to take with new resources that support achieving and maintaining good health. This is part of our ongoing effort to provide the most current information on topics of interest, as well as offering the best at home testing at the most affordable prices.

The survey responses contained many great questions posed back to us. Here are our answers.

In this article we first address questions about our service. Then we get into specific tests many people requested... that we already have! So please read on...


Q: Do I need a doctor recommendation to order a test?Ordering at home hormone test

A: No. When you join and become a member of Canary Club (free!), you become part of our advocacy group headed by Dr. Richard Shames. No other doctor recommendation is necessary for you to order any of our at-home tests.

Q: Are your tests appropriate for children?

A: Yes. All testing we offer is ok for children of all ages!

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Health News


Dr.  Richard L. Shames

As a preventive medicine doctor, I have heartfelt excitement about new neurotransmitter testing from ZRT Lab! This test can be combined with hormone testing for a thorough assessment of brain function and mental/emotional health.

No longer do patients have to suffer with the outdated doctor observation: "You seem depressed. Here is a prescription for Prozac." Instead, you can now precisely determine your own serotonin level. If it is sub par, over-the-counter 5 HTP might be a much better choice to help balance your hormones and boost your brain power.


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Andropause the Male Menopause


Men's Health: Estrogen is Essential

As men get older they often become moodier. Sometimes they become withdrawn and complain that what used to be a small pleasure in life now gives them no joy.

We have long known that testosterone is vital for well-being, but recent studies indicate there is another important sex hormone in both men and women.  Read More...


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  • Estradiol (E2)
  • Progesterone (Pg)
  • Testosterone (T)
  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
  • DHEA-S (DS)
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Free Triiodothyronine (fT3)
  • Free Thryoxine (fT4)
  • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO)
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)


  • Diurnal Cortisol (CX4)
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