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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 lab testing at the lowest prices available - anywhere - for thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones and neurotransmitters.

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

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Hormone imbalance can have a severe impact on your health, and yet, it often goes undiagnosed.

upset woman 250You 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.

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! [Read More]

Are you depressed or do you suffer from anxiety? Are you seeking relief from your own mind? As you search for answers to these pressing health concerns, it helps to understanding how hormones and other brain chemicals affect moods.  

Nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other through neurotransmitters. You have probably heard about one of the best-known: serotonin. This chemical messenger affects moods and is linked to depression, anxiety, and obsessional states. Estrogen’s role in a balanced mental state is to maintain the orderly firing of several neurotransmitters in the brain, including acetylcholine, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.  

woman holding babyEstrogen, the body’s natural mood stabilizer and antidepresseant, is necessary for the production of serotonin. Due to this link between estrogen and serotonin, women are especially susceptible to mood disorders when they experience a drop in estrogen levels (such as during premenstruation). Estrogen levels rise, serotonin levels rise, a woman’s mood is improved. It happens monthly, for example, when menstruation begins.  

During pregnancy, high levels of estrogen can improve mood. But right after the baby is born, estrogen levels drop off, reducing the amount of serotonin in the mother’s brain. Sometimes this is the catalyst for post-partum depression.

The same drastic dropping off of estrogen happens during perimenopause, increasing the likelihood of depression and anxiety.

It is important to note that the link between estrogen fluctuation and low mood does not apply to every woman. Karen J. Miller and Steven A. Rogers, authors of The Estrogen-Depression Connection, assert that “the primary culprit for depression is not estrogen changes themselves, but rather a woman’s sensitivity to these changes.”

The relationship between estrogen and serotonin is not entirely understood, although recent studies have brought many facts to light. Further studies are being conducted around the world, expanding our understanding of complex and intricate chemical processes and how they affect moods.

Depressed woman in blackSigns of Low Estrogen

•    depression, mood swings
•    hot flashes, night sweats
•    migraines, headaches
•    weight gain
•    food cravings
•    panic attacks
•    low energy
•    dizziness
•    joint pain
•    vaginal dryness
•    brittle hair and nails
•    wrinkles and skin problems
•    yeast infections, urinary tract infections
•    increase in facial or coarse body hair


3d ad saliva hormone 250Check your estrogen levels with one of Canary Club's at home hormone testing kits:

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Thyroid, sex and adrenal hormone tests

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These neurotransmitter tests have hormone add-ons available to check your estrogen levels as well.

Article by Jennifer Cebulak, Research Editor

Neurotransmitters + Hormones = New NeuroEndocrine Testing!

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Dr. Richard L. Shames

As a preventive medicine doctor, I have heartfelt excitement about recent neurotransmitter testing! 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

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Men’s Health: Estrogen is Essential

Testosterone is likely the first hormone that you think of in regards to men’s sexual health.  Testosterone is essential for strength, stamina, the development of the reproductive system, strong bones, and a healthy libido.  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: estradiol, a form of estrogen.  Just as women need a small amount of testosterone to develop properly, men require small amounts of estrogen.  In men, estradiol is produced by the adrenal gland and the Sertoli cells of the testes.

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