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Take Charge of Your Health with Thyroid Hormone, Adrenal, and Neurotransmitter Home Testing

Home Hormone testing has many benefits for you - no trips to the doctor office, no trips to an anonymous lab collection facility.  Your privacy is assured and you have total control of the collection of your samples and your own results to use with the practitioners of your choice.

As men reach the fourth decade of their lives, growth hormone (made by the pituitary gland) begins to decline.  Although some men choose to accept the inevitability of the drop, others naturally increase their levels of growth hormone  by upping the intensity of resistance training.

Autoimmune diseases are on the rise.

There are currently more than 80 identified autoimmune diseases including those you have likely heard of: autoimmune thyroiditis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and diabetes as well as some less common conditions such as Wegener's granulomatosis, antiphospholipid syndrome and encephalomyelitis.

at home Vitamin D testing, cortisol testIn short, autoimmune conditions are the result of the immune system attacking the cells of the self as if they were pathogens. There are many theories and ideas about etiologies for these varying conditions and in some cases where a trigger is identifiable, it can be eliminated which decreases the activation of the immune response. This is the case with celiac disease, where gluten causes an autoimmune attack of the transglutaminase enzyme found in the endometrium. Regardless of the trigger, a common thread in all autoimmune conditions is dysregulation of the immune system.
 
Conventional treatments for many autoimmune conditions include immune suppressive therapies that dampen the immune response and thereby lessen the symptoms. Immunosuppressive therapies often result in side effects including increased susceptibility to infection and a compromised ability for the immune system to control neoplasms which may result in an increased risk of cancer. The key to treating autoimmunity is to control the immune system with therapies that work to balance the immune reaction. Two very important aspects of immune control are vitamin D and optimal adrenal function.
 
Vitamin D is of particular importance to the immune system, as most immune cells express a vitamin D receptor. Vitamin D has been shown to stimulate T regulatory cells (Tregs) that govern the immune response and balance a hyper-responsive immune reaction. Tregs are critical for maintaining immune tolerance and it is suggested that they prevent autoimmune diseases by suppressing overactivity of the immune system. Incidentally, many autoimmune conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, are associated with low vitamin D levels.
 
Cortisol is a powerful and important modulator of the immune system. Some of the most widely used immunosuppressive agents are glucocorticoids including prednisone and dexamethasone. These are powerful synthetic glucocorticoids that differ significantly in potency as well as pharmacokinetics from natural cortisol, but knowing their effect gives some insight into the role of cortisol and immune function. Just as pharmacologic doses of these agents suppress the immune system, absence of adequate endogenous cortisol (as in adrenal fatigue) can lead to uncontrolled immune reactions and may play an important role in the etiology of autoimmune diseases. Identifying dysfunction and restoring optimal cortisol levels can be an effective therapy in controlling autoimmunity, without suppressing the immune system.

Measuring vitamin D and Cortisol levels is a great place to start with an autoimmune issue.  Achieving and maintain optimal adrenal function and vitamin D sufficiency may assist you in protecting yourself from developing immune dysregulation in the future.
 
3D Advanced Plus packageCanary Club At Home Testing

Our AdvancedPlus hormone test includes both Vitamin D and Cortisol testing, in addition to thyroid and sex hormones.
 
Or you can order our Diurnal Cortisol 4x test and an individual Vitamin D test, to measure just those at a reduced cost.

Resources:
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Prietl B, Pilz S, Wolf M, Tomaschitz A, Obermayer-Pietsch B, Graninger W, Pieber TR. Vitamin D supplementation and regulatory T cells in apparently healthy subjects: vitamin D treatment for autoimmune diseases? Isr Med Assoc J. 2010 Mar;12(3):136-9.
Hayes CE, Cantorna MT, DeLuca HF. Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1997 Oct;216(1):21-7.
Chrousos GP. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and immune-mediated inflammation. N Engl J Med. 1995 May 18;332(20):1351-62.

Stress is an inevitable part of life. However,  you may feel as if the anxiety and depressive thoughts are too much to handle, and you may struggle with physical fatigue and emotional exhaustion.  It is time to take appropriate measures  and seek help because you may have the the early signs of an anxiety disorder or depression caused by a hormone imbalance.

Acupuncture for Menopause Can Help

acupuncture pointsHello, this is Licensed Acupuncturist Georjana Shames and today I’d love talk menopause with you.

Great news! Acupuncture can help you ease into the menopause and reduce many of the uncomfortable symptoms woman often experience around the ages of 45-55. If you would like to avoid hormone replacement therapy or if you are already on hormone replacement therapy but still experiencing symptoms, the gentle 5,000-year-old techniques of Acupuncture can really help.

Men: Keep that youthful, vital and virile feeling through mid-life

Men are not immune to midlife changes.  They too experience the so-called change of life as a result of declining hormones, specifically low testosterone, which is commonly seen beginning in the fourth decade of life.  This is often associated with symptoms of aging in males referred to as "Andropause", named after the androgens, the medical name for male hormones.  This is the counterpart to menopause in women when ovarian production of estrogens and progesterone begin to decline.  But for men, it is a more gradual process than the rollercoaster many women experience during menopause.

Most health providers understand the value of establishing baseline hormone levels when creating an individualized treatment plan that includes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Two important questions then arise:

  • Once treatment is initiated, which hormones should be monitored and how often?