The Whole Truth
Thursday December 22, 2011
- Do you feel like you’re at the top of your game?
- What would you say is preventing you from feeling your best?
- Have you ever wondered if you could give your doctor better information to help them provide care that is more accurate for YOU?
- If there was a way you could easily increase your quality of life, now or long term, wouldn’t you want to know?
Are You At Risk?
Hormone testing, whether saliva or blood serum testing, can only tell the practitioner so much. There are normal fluctuations in hormones from day to day and in some cases hour to hour. Falling within a “normal range” on a lab test does not mean that you are at an optimal level for YOUR body. It can become even more unclear when you factor in that there can be many interactions between hormones. For example, if one hormone is at the high or low end of its range (specifically, out of its normal range) there can be a blunted or exaggerated response in other hormones. This is not intended to debunk hormone testing, but rather, to temper our sole dependence on it. A good clinician needs to look at all evidence related to a person’s condition. This includes a comprehensive analysis of symptoms.
The Bigger Picture
On my website, I have a Pdf file that shows a cross section of various symptoms that can be caused by different hormones when they are not at optimal levels. Using a comprehensive analysis of symptoms and hormone test results, along with a review of other factors such as lifestyle issues and unusual amounts of stress, the discerning practitioner can begin to wade through some of the intricate details needed for an accurate diagnosis.
At this point we are assuming the symptoms reported are only related to hormone dis-regulation. There are other factors that can be involved in the genesis of many symptoms that you see on the Pdf file. For example, exposures to toxic compounds have a direct effect on hormone regulation. Toxins are becoming more ubiquitous in our environment every day. Do you know that another example is the food we eat? Food can have a direct effect on our genetic expression. This is an emerging science called Nutrigenomics.
It’s Your Health, Take Charge
Your quality of life can depend on the information you provide your doctor. Don’t wait for the doctor to ask about your symptoms. Be assertive. Use our questionnaire to know which symptoms pertain to you. Think about how much your life would change if you didn’t have these issues. If you think they don’t impact your life all that much, track them. Get the ball back in your court, call and set up your analysis today! Make 2012 YOUR year.
The New Year is just around the corner, and so is the stress of trying to get off to a good start. We will be posting our “exploring stress” series next month. How it affects your health, ways to minimize your stress, and what to do when you can’t avoid it. As always, feel free to comment or ask a question. You may also come into the store, email us, or contact us directly at 303-772-1551. Please let us know you read the blog!