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December 7, 2015 Puzzle Piece - Salivary Hormone Testing for PCOS, Andro/Menopause, Anxiety, Insomnia, and Neurodegenerative Conditions

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December 7, 2015 Puzzle Piece

Salivary Hormone Testing for PCOS, Andro/Menopause, Anxiety, Insomnia, and Neurodegenerative Conditions

Scientific Updates and the Application of Hormone Testing; When, What, and How  
for evaluation of Men and Women in Hormonal Transition by Jay Mead, MD
Excellent patient results in Hormone optimization and Neuroendocrine Balance can be built from the blueprint of accurate, reliable and valid testing.  Optimizing health and treating our patients successfully is every Practitioner’s primary goal. Complex cases need good labs to tease out the elements of malfunction and dysfunction in each person’s whole picture. These assessment tools position achieve healing and wellness. 
In order to accomplish this include we utilize physical examination, thorough clinical history and valid, applicable laboratory testing. Many of our patients are of the complex variety and the functional road maps which good testing provides serve an invaluable role. But which labs to order, how do we interpret them and when do they need to be ordered?
Measuring active saliva hormone levels is different than measuring general total serum levels. Each serves a purpose but understanding how they differ is critical.  This presentation will elucidate the science behind the existing Hormone and Neuroendocrine testing methodologies, as well as outlining the monitoring practices and treatment protocols to successfully treat patients.
Rule of thumb; all testing utilized should bring relief to the complexity of the case and provide clarity and direction for best treatment practices.   If your menopausal patients suffer from symptoms of menopause, Neurodegenerative disease, PCOS, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia or numerous other debilitating conditions during this transition; a functional approach which begins with accurate Hormone and Neuroendocrine assessment may be key.
Learning Objectives for our Webinar, December 15, 2015 at 6pm PST where Dr Brimhall will host Dr Mead to answer questions on the procedure of Salivary testing and the answer to many questions.

  • Learn the scientific foundation for hormone and neuroendocrine assessment and testing.
  • Obtain the historical perspective on HRT, evolution of testing and advances in the current state of the art laboratory practices   
  • Consider when to use saliva, serum or urinary analysis for these purposes.
  • Understand test results with treatment overview for successful outcomes.
  • Gain an understanding of test results so that interpretation leads to more precise and successful treatment
  1. Percutaneous Administration of Progesterone:  Blood Levels and Endometrial Protection.  Stanczyk FZ et alMenopause (2005), 12 (2): 232-237.
  2. Salivary but not serum Level or Urinary Levels of Progesterone are Elevated after Topical Application of Progesterone to Pre and Postmenopausal Women. O’Leary P, et al. Clin Endo (2005)53: 615-620
  3. Validation of Salivary testosterone as a screening test for male hypogonadism. Morley, J et al. The Aging Male. September 2006; 9(3): 165-169.
  4. Saliva as a Medium for Investigating Intra and inter individual differences in sex hormone levels in Premenopausal Women. Gann, Perter H. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. Jan 2001 Vol. 10, 59-64.
Salivary Sex Hormone Measurement in a National population-based study of older adults.  Gavrilova N, J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2009 Nov; 64 Suppl 1 194-20

Click Here to Download the Saliva Hormone Sample Report - Female
Click Here to Download the Saliva Hormone Sample Report - Male

Jay Mead, MD
John W Brimhall, BA, BS, DC, FIAMA, DIBAK, Formulator and Patent holder.

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