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Neurotransmitter And Hormone Testing

Neurotransmitter and hormone testing

Salivary Hormone Testing

Saliva testing is an easy and noninvasive way of assessing the patients hormone status and balancing needs....

Hormones are powerful molecules essential for maintaining physical and mental health. We frequently think of estrogen as being a female hormone, and testosterone as being a male hormone. But men AND women make both, plus several more that need to be in balance for optimum health. An imbalance of any one hormone can throw your physical and mental health out of balance, causing aggravating and even serious health problems

 

Urinary Neurotransmitter Testing

Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that facilitate the transmission of signals from one neuron to the next across a synapse. Neurotransmitters work with receptors in the brain to influence and regulate a wide range of processes such as mental performance, emotions, pain response and energy levels. Functioning primarily in the Central Nervous System (CNS), neurotransmitters are the brain’s chemical messengers, facilitating communication among the body’s glands, organs, and muscles. Numerous clinical studies have shown that inadequate neurotransmitter function has a profound influence on overall health and well-being. In fact, imbalances in certain neurotransmitters are associated with most of the prevalent symptoms and conditions seen in practitioner offices today.

  • Mood disorders; depression, anxiety
  • Adrenal dysfunction; fatigue, insomnia
  • Loss of mental focus; ADD, ADHD, cognitive fog
  • Addiction and dependency
  • Hormonal imbalances; E2 dominance, E2 deficiency, low androgens
  • Loss of appetite control; insulin resistance

 

Do you suffer from one or more health conditions that resist treatment? Such conditions may be caused by an imbalance in body chemistry that may sometimes be due to an undiagnosed ailment. Learn more about how you may benefit from a neurotransmitter, hormone or neurocardio testing.

Health Conditions (click on condition below to read more about it)

Adrenal Fatigue
Anxiety
Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactive Disorders (ADD/ADHD)
Chronic Fatigue
Depression
Hormone Issues
Immune Disorders
Insomnia
Menopause
Stress

 


Adrenal Fatigue

Introduction

Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe a variety of symptoms related to suboptimal adrenal gland function. Adrenal fatigue is often identified through a detailed history, physical exam, and laboratory testing that looks at hormones produced by the adrenal gland as well as other markers related to adrenal function.

Adrenal fatigue is often described as only an endocrine disorder; therefore many treatment regimes focus only on the adrenal gland itself. This approach may be helpful to some, but it overlooks other potential causes of adrenal fatigue. Ordering proper testing may help us provide a more comprehensive approach to treatment.

A New Scientific Approach to Adrenal Fatigue

Laboratory evaluation of adrenal fatigue often only looks at the hormones produced by the adrenal gland (cortisol and DHEA) and some functional markers that are affected by a decrease in adrenal activity but not exclusively related to adrenal fatigue (e.g. secretory IgA, glucose, and insulin levels). Adrenal fatigue can only be properly evaluated if all major adrenal products and related biochemical markers are tested.

When a healthcare provider expands their evaluation of the adrenal gland to include all available markers, they can address adrenal fatigue on multiple levels to improve therapeutic outcomes. NeuroScience, Inc. offers the unique testing and solutions to address not only glandular insufficiencies, but also neurologic and regulatory issues affecting the adrenal gland.

Symptoms

• Fatigue
• Trouble getting up in the morning
• Dependence on caffeine
• Insomnia
• Weight gain
• Depression
• Cravings
• Poor immune function

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Anxiety

While anxiety is a symptom that everyone experiences at some point in their life, in some individuals it can be more than just occasional nervousness or stress. People with anxiety disorders often have symptoms that go beyond a simple response to stressful situations. As such, anxiety disorders are characterized by constant worry or panic, avoidance of certain situations, and nightmares or flashbacks of a traumatic event.

The first step in developing an appropriate treatment plan is to determine the cause of the symptoms.

It is now understood that chronic inflammation is commonly found in individuals with anxiety issues. Chronic inflammation affects mood by alternating brain chemistry and hormones. Root causes of inflammation (infections, allergies, or hypersensitivities) should be investigated as part of a standard evaluation.

A New Scientific Approach to Anxiety

Anxiety disorders can vary greatly in severity and duration, and accordingly, a variety of treatment plans are available. Assessment of neurotransmitter levels can provide valuable information about the status of the nervous system and its interaction with other systems in the body. The immune system can be evaluated in a number of ways to identify the presence and cause of inflammation or other root causes of anxiety. Once the biochemical abnormalities contributing to anxiety are identified, a personalized treatment approach can be undertaken.

Symptoms

• Worry and/or fear
• Racing heart
• Feelings of panic
• Trouble sleeping
• Obsessive thoughts
• Avoiding social situations


Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactive Disorders (ADD/ADHD)

Introduction

ADHD is characterized by attention difficulties and hyperactivity while ADD is characterized by attention difficulties and inattentiveness. Both ADD/ADHD are common among children but can also be present in adults.

Children with ADD/ADHD may have behavioral issues and poor grades in school, while adults may be forgetful and have difficulty keeping responsibilities organized. The root cause of such symptoms can vary greatly, and it is important to determine this cause in order to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

It is now understood that chronic inflammation or infection is commonly found in individuals with attention and hyperactivity issues. Chronic inflammation affects moods by alternating brain and hormone chemistries. Root causes of inflammation (infections, allergies, or hypersensitivities) should be investigated as part of your healthcare practitioner's standard evaluation.

A New Scientific Approach to Attention and Hyperactivity Issues

Evaluation of neurotransmitters can be useful in determining the cause of these behavioral issues, as well as help to develop a treatment plan to address symptoms and the particular imbalances revealed by testing. In many cases symptoms such as these may be accompanied by a high level of excitatory neurotransmitters; symptom resolution is often achieved by addressing these imbalances with calming support.

Root causes of inflammation (infections, allergies, or hypersensitivities) should also be investigated; for example, food sensitivities are a common cause of attention and hyperactivity issues in children.

Symptoms

• Switching tasks frequently
• Difficulty focusing on one task
• Focus issues
• Impatience
• Excess energy, inability to sit still
• Trouble following instructions
• Impulsive behavior


Chronic Fatigue

Several studies by the Centers for Disease Control and others have shown that between one and four million Americans suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The severity of CFS can vary greatly from person to person; some patients are able to maintain fairly normal and fulfilling lives, whereas others struggle greatly with family, work, and social activities on a day-to-day basis. CFS often follows a cyclical pattern, alternating between stages of debilitating symptoms and feelings of normalcy. This pattern can make CFS difficult to diagnose and manage for both the patient and healthcare practitioner.

It has been observed that chronic inflammation can play a role in CFS. Inflammation associated with conditions such as chronic infection, metal sensitivities, food sensitivities, and Lyme disease can affect mood and energy by altering brain and hormone chemistries. Inflammatory root causes should be evaluated as part of the diagnosis/treatment process.

A New Scientific Approach to Chronic Fatigue

There are several immunological, neurological, and hormonal therapies currently being prescribed for CFS. Assessment of immune markers, neurotransmitters, and hormones can allow your healthcare practitioner to determine the root cause of CFS symptoms as well as guide treatment.

Symptoms

• Cognitive issues, including impaired memory or concentration
• Feelings of malaise lasting more than 24 hours (exhaustion and increased symptoms)
• Unrefreshing sleep
• Joint pain (without redness or swelling)
• Persistent muscle pain
• Headaches of a new type or severity

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Depression

Depression is a medical condition that has both 1- physical (biochemical) and 2- emotional causes and consequences. This condition is not only characterized by feelings of low mood, loss of interest, worthlessness and guilt, but it can also include:

• Body aches,
• Difficulty concentrating,
• Trouble sleeping,
• Weight fluctuations, or
• Low libido.


Depression can occur in many different severities ranging from mild sadness/loss of interest, to suicidal thoughts/actions but depression always has an underlying biochemical aspect.

It is now understood that chronic inflammation is commonly found in depressed individuals. Chronic inflammation affects mood by altering brain chemicals and hormones. Root causes of inflammation (infections, allergies, or hypersensitivities) should be investigated as part of your healthcare practitioner's standard depression evaluation.

A New Scientific Approach to Depression

It is very common for people with depression to take antidepressant therapies recommended by their doctor. Commonly prescribed medications for depression work by altering brain signaling via neurotransmitter modulation. Assessment of neurotransmitters involved in depression can be helpful in selecting the best class of medication, tracking the medication's effects, and determining the success of the medication.

Assessment of neurotransmitter levels can provide valuable information about the status of the nervous system and its interaction with other systems in the body. The immune system can be evaluated in a number of ways to identify the presence and cause of inflammation or other root causes of depression. Once the biochemical abnormalities contributing to the depression are identified, a personalized treatment approach can be undertaken.

Symptoms

• Fatigue
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
• Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
• Changes in sleep patterns
• Irritability, restlessness
• Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
• Changes in appetite
• Persistent aches or pains, headaches, or digestive problems
• Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
• Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

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Hormone Issues

Hormone issues can lead to a variety of clinical symptoms. Often these issues are addressed as only a hormone problem. It is also important to consider the possible involvement of nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. The nervous system is the central regulator of the endocrine system. The immune system can override both. Evaluation of all three of these systems is needed in order to arrive at the correct diagnosis and treatment plan. Hormones and neurotransmitters can become imbalanced due to stressors on the body such as chronic inflammation, immune issues, anxiety, or depression.

It is now understood that the connection between the nervous and endocrine systems can lead to an in crease in hormone-related symptoms if the system becomes imbalanced due to stressors on the body.

A New Scientific Approach to Hormone Issues

Many individuals with hormone imbalances are on prescribed hormone replacement therapy, this may be beneficial in managing certain symptoms, but does not address the potential root cause. Evaluating levels of neurotransmitters, looking into immune issues, as well as determining hormone levels, are all important points to look at in order to arrive at a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Symptoms

• Hot flashes
• Night sweats
• Irritability
• Irregular/missing period
• Sexual difficulties
• Brain fog


Insomnia

Insomnia is a common medical complaint characterized by the inability to get a sufficient amount of sleep at night. This could be due to difficulty falling asleep or trouble staying asleep for an appropriate amount of time. Individuals with insomnia may also have fatigue or anxiety during the day due to lack of quality sleep during the night.

It is now understood that insomnia may be caused or influenced by chronic inflammatory issues, which affect sleep patterns by altering brain and hormone chemistries. The root causes of inflammation (infections, allergies, hypersensitivities, and/or intestinal permeability) should be evaluated in relation to sleep difficulties.

A New Scientific Approach to Insomnia

Many individuals with sleep difficulties are currently taking a variety of prescription medications to assist with sleep. Most of these medications work by altering brain signaling via neurotransmitter modulation. Assessment of neurotransmitters may be beneficial in selecting and monitoring treatment. NeuroScience, Inc. has neurotransmitter tests specifically designed to assess the biochemical imbalances that may be contributing to sleep difficulties.

Symptoms

• trouble falling asleep
• trouble staying asleep
• waking feeling unrefreshed


Immune Disorders

Immune disorders are characterized by either an underactive or overactive immune system and are often diagnosed and treated without considering root cause. Chronic inflammation and immune disorders can lead to a wide variety of clinical complaints such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and attention/focus issues. Because there is overlap in symptom expression for various immune conditions, it is important to consider the source of immune dysregulation when determining individual treatment.

There is also emerging evidence that imbalances in the immune system can affect neurotransmitter levels, which may be a contributing factor to the psychological complaints.

A New Scientific Approach to Immune Disorders

Many people with immune disorders are already utilizing doctor-supervised therapies based on symptom presentation. However, assessment of both immune and nervous system markers can be helpful in selecting a medication and tracking its effects.

Several tests may be useful in determining the origin of immunological disturbances, including evaluation of neurotransmitters, cytokines, food sensitivities, and metal hypersensitivies.

Symptoms

• Recurring infections
• Inflammation
• Fatigue
• Allergies
• Hypersensitivities


Menopause

Introduction

Menopause is the permanent cessation of ovulation and menstruation in women and is accompanied by decreased female hormone production. The transition to menopause occurs in the years before the menstrual period stops and can lead to symptoms related to the hormone fluctuations that are happening at that time. However, due to the interactions between hormones and neurotransmitters, the symptoms associated with menopause may be caused by more than a simple hormone imbalance. Addressing neurotransmitters as well as hormones can be helpful in the management of symptoms that were previously thought to be the result of hormones only.

A New Scientific Approach to Menopausal Complaints

Menopausal issues are often addressed as only a hormone issue, but neurotransmitters are also related to hormones and can lead to clinical symptoms if they become imbalanced. Evaluation of hormone and neurotransmitter levels can assist your healthcare provider in selecting an appropriate treatment plan for your specific symptoms and imbalances.

Symptoms

• Hot flashes
• Mood swings
• Night sweats
• Decreased sex drive
• Pain during intercourse
• Increased anxiety or irritability
• The need to urinate more often


Stress

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Introduction

The way in which you manage stress throughout your life can have a substantial impact on your health and wellbeing. Modern living has created unnatural stress that the body can no longer adapt to at a certain point. In individuals with trouble coping, this can potentially lead to issues such as inflammatory or immune problems, in addition to neurotransmitter imbalances. The way in which we deal with stress is also something to consider; certain individuals are able to cope with stress in a more effective way than others.

A New Scientific Approach to Managing Stress

Looking in to the potential cause of stress is essential in resolving the associated symptoms. Making an effort to reduce the stressors commonly present in everyday life is important, as well as providing support to help your body better deal with stress. Laboratory evaluation of neurotransmitter levels can lead your healthcare practitioner to suggest targeted amino acid therapy customized to your test results as well as your symptoms.

Symptoms

• Difficulty coping
• Anxiety
• Fatigue
• Feeling overwhelmed
• Hypertension
• Irritable bowel
• Gastric ulcers
• Road rage
• Anger

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