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Health Advocacy

Canary Club is a health advocacy group created to help you take charge of your own health. For over a decade we have been inspired by our mission to make hormone lab tests accessible to all, and to provide important health information that improves lives. We strive to provide at-home thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones and neurotransmitters lab testing at the lowest prices available anywhere.

Together we are shifting health care into the hands of the individual. Join us!


"What if your situation is not truly an abnormal medical problem, but instead simply borderline gland function? It doesn’t have to progress; you can take charge of your hormonal balance and learn to restore and revive your hormones."

- Dr. Richard Shames
  Medical Advisor and Hormone Health Expert

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Home Hormone Testing

online ordering at home hormone testingHormone imbalance can have a severe impact on your health, and yet, it often goes undiagnosed.

You visit specialist after specialist only to be told nothing is wrong. We understand that feeling of frustration and helplessness.

Chronic fatigue, adrenal burnout, foggy thinking, fertility issues, inability to lose weight despite exercise and healthy diet... there are hundreds of symptoms of low or high production of thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormones.

Canary Club’s home saliva and blood spot test kits detect specific hormone imbalances that traditional testing ignores, including: TSH, TPO, free T3, and free T4 of the thyroid gland, cortisol and DHEA of the adrenals, and testosterone, estrogen and progesterone of the reproductive organs. Hormone Imbalance Tests - order lab tests onine, diy at home.

Now you can start to get the answers you need, directly through our at-home thyroid, hormone, and neurotransmitter testing.

Order lab tests online, in the privacy of your home, and see the easy-to-read results for yourself!

Do I have to have a prescription to order a hormone test?

Canary Club members do not need a prescription to order a test. The Canary Club is an educational advisory group with a team of medical advisors headed by Richard Shames, M.D.

Under CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) regulations, testing varies by state and requires a written or electronic request for patient testing (493.1241). The exception to this regulation is those states that allow Direct Access Testing (DAT), which allows consumers to test without a prescription.  Please note that most insurance companies will not cover the cost of the testing unless your medical professional has ordered and provided a written prescription for the testing.

ZRT and Labrix are CLIA certified labs that provides the service of collecting and analyzing specimen samples. You will be submitting health information and ordering tests for informational purposes only.  You are responsible for taking the test to your primary care physician for any additional interpretation and neither ZRT, nor Canary Club, are diagnosing or treating any condition through your use of this service.

Are there specific herbal supplements/vitamins that can affect hormone levels and if so, how long must I avoid taking them prior to collecting my hormone sample?

Please list all hormones, supplements, and vitamins that you are taking on your requisition form. However, while vitamins may improve your symptoms, they do not generally change lab results. Check with your health professional for further information.

The following products are available over-the-counter and may affect lab results:

progesterone, pregnenolone, DHEA, 7-Keto-DHEA, hydrocortisone (cortisol).

Continue to use topical hormones daily as prescribed, but avoid applying them to the face and neck areas for 3 days prior to testing. Rub in topical hormones without using fingers (e.g. wrist to wrist) for at least two days prior to collection. Skip use of anti-aging creams that may contain hormone traces.

NOTE: 7-Keto-DHEA is a variant form of DHEA and can create false elevations of DHEA and testosterone test results. Please discontinue use of sublingual 7-Keto-DHEAS for 3 days prior to testing. If using pill form, follow the oral collection instructions.

Are there specific skin care products (e.g. anti-aging creams and moisturizers) that can affect hormone levels and if so, how long must I avoid applying them prior to collecting my hormone sample?

Read the product label. If the product contains progesterone, pregnenolone, or DHEA, please list them on your requisition form and avoid applying them to the face and neck areas for 3 days prior to testing.

Can I send my hormone sample via regular mail or should it go priority?

Because we provide prepaid postage, or in most cases UPS service, most people residing within the United States use either of these shipping methods.  You may send your sample priority mail if you wish to ensure rapid and reliable delivery. For those residing outside of the United States, it is your responsibility to cover the cost of your shipping. Because these samples are not bio-hazardous, there should not be any restrictions imposed by customs.

Will you bill my insurance carrier?

You  prepay for services to receive the discounted rate and handle your own insurance claim. Upon receipt of payment in full, The Laboratory will provide you with an insurance receipt. You may submit this receipt to your insurance carrier for reimbursement (in accordance with your health plan benefit coverage).

What forms of payment are accepted by the Laboratory?

VISA, Master Card, American Express, Discover Card, personal checks, and US money orders. However, Internet orders must be paid by credit card only. Other arrangements should be made directly with Canary Club.

What if I live outside of the United States?

Prepayment in United States dollars is required. We cannot accept foreign currency or bill insurance companies outside of the United States.

"The Advanced Plus test has changed my life, literally. Thank you Canary Club! I hope you know the importance of what you do and I am a true example of that. I’ll forever be grateful." – Jennifer