Home Hormone Testing -Roger Mason
hormone levels are central to our health, how we feel, our immunity to disease,
our quality of life, and how long we live. Read the other article Balance
Your Hormones. Have you noticed medical doctors almost never check any of
your hormone levels? Do you know anyone who even knows just one of their
hormone levels? Doctors, unfortunately, know almost nothing about how to
test your hormones, or natural hormone balance. Yes, this includes
endocrinologists and gynecologists, as well as naturopaths, holistic, and life
extension specialists. Doctors charge extortionate prices for office visits and
blood tests. You can saliva test most of them. You can also get blood tests
without doctors on the Internet like www.walkinlab.com and www.healthcheckusa.com
Saliva tests cost less than $30 per hormone. You are looking for the youthful
levels you had at about the age of 30. Let’s quickly review our basic hormones
and see how to test them.
DHEA can be tested with a saliva kit. If you are low normal or worse,
simply take oral DHEA tablets. Men can take 25 mg, and women half that (12.5
mg) generally. Be sure to retest after about 90 days so you’ll know you’re
taking the right dose. If you are too high, only diet and lifestyle will lower
your DHEA levels. Men want about 6 on the ZRT scale and women about 3. Men
should read the article Androgen Resistance to understand this
phenomenon where androgens turn into estrogens.
Testosterone can also be tested with a saliva kit. This gives your FREE
level, and not your bound or total. Women need to test their testosterone just
as much as men do. If low normal, or worse, you can use a 3% transdermal cream, which generally delivers
about 20% into the blood. Men need about 3 mg (15 mg cream) and women about 150
mcg (about 750 mg cream- 3/4 g). You can use sublingual testosterone enanthate
in vegetable oil. This is 99% absorbed. Men can use 4 mg (3 mg actual testostererone),
and women 200 mcg (150 mcg actual testosterone). Never use oral or injected
testosterone. You can make your own transdermal DMSO solutions, which are 99%
absorbed, with testosterone enanthate if you want, as they are not FDA
approved. Please read my book Testosterone Is Your Friend. Read the articleNew Ways
to Use Testosterone. You can get testosterone legally and inexpensively on
the Internet for your personal use. Read You Don't Need an Rx. If a
woman has hyper levels, only diet and lifestyle will lower them. Men cannot
naturally have hyper levels, as high levels convert to estrogens. Men should
ideally be about 100 on the ZRT scale and women about 40.
Even endocrinologists rarely test pregnenolone. This is a vital hormone.
People over 40 should take pregnenolone generally. Men can use 50 mg, and women
25 mg. We’ll have good saliva tests soon, but none seem available in 2014. You
can see a doctor for a blood test, but this gets very expensive. You can go to
Internet clinics for a real, inexpensive blood test without a doctor like
People over 40 generally need melatonin as well. This can only be tested
at 3:00 AM with a saliva kit. Take melatonin only at night. Men can use 3 mg
and women can use 1.5 mg (half tabs). Reliable saliva tests are available if
you look hard on the Internet. Doctors just can’t help you here. You would need
to go to an overnight sleep clinic and get a blood draw. If you are over 40 you
can safely take it without testing.
Your free T3 and free T4 thyroid hormones cannot be tested with
saliva currently. The blood spot tests are overpriced. See the article Thyroid
Balance in our library, and get this done without a doctor (you’ll also get
your TSH with this.) Go to www.healthcheckusa.com.
Do not bother with your T3 uptake. Your TSH means nothing without the free T3
and free T4 values. Do not accept low normal values here- you must
be midrange. (Add high and low range and divide by 2.) If low normal, you
can start with 12.5 mg of T3 (Cytomel), or 50 mcg of T4 (Synthroid). These are
bioidentical to your own hormones, and have no side effects when used properly.
You can get them legally and inexpensively from Mexican Internet pharmacies. Please
read You Don’t Need a Prescription in our library. Google
“Cynomel” and “Levoxyl” to find them.
You can test your cortisol with saliva. Get a four sample kit and do this at
9/1/5/9 for a comprehensive profile. Search the Internet for these. High
cortisol indicates stress, and only diet and lifestyle will lower this. Low
cortisol may call for Cortef® cortisol tablets (hydrocortisone). Little
research is available on low cortisol levels. You really do not need to
bother testing cortisol, as it is what it is. Diet and lifestyle will
normalize your levels.
Men over 40 can use transdermal progesterone without testing, as can
post-menopausal women. Premenopausal women cannot use a saliva kit as it is fat
soluble. You can use an Internet clinic, or just it two weeks of your period.
Use a good brand of natural USP progesterone cream with 1,000 mg per two ounce
jar. Men need a mere 1/8th tsp five days a week. Women according to
their menstrual status. Read my book Natural Health for Women to learn
Insulin, per se, should not be tested, but rather your fasting blood sugar
should be 85 or less. Please remember that figure- 85 or less. Buy a $10
Tru® blood sugar meter at the chain drug store. Your HbA1c should be 4.7
or less, and not the 5.6 figure the doctor recommends. If your blood
sugar is over 85, get a one hour/one draw glucose tolerance test (GTT). You
drink a 75 g cup of glucose, and have your blood sugar measured an hour later
to see the response. You want a level 20 points below what the
doctor will tell you. Insulin resistance is epidemic. Diet and lifestyle
lowers fasting blood glucose levels. Stop eating simple sugars of all kinds.
This includes honey, fruit juice, dried fruits, sucralose, stevia, etc. Read
the article Sugar is Sugar. The GTT is the gold
Women should saliva test all three estrogens- estradiol, estrone,
and estriol. Doctors don’t even know what estriol is, or care. Estradiol
is never low, estrone is rarely low, but estriol is commonly low in Western
women. If low in any of these, use a natural transdermal cream or gel (never
oral pills), or get a compounding pharmacist to make sublingual drops of
natural estrogens. Men over 50 can test their estradiol and estrone with saliva.
Rising estrogen is a problem for aging males. (Estriol in men is almost never
problematic.) Men and women want LOW normal estradiol and estrone. Women want
HIGH normal estriol, not just normal.
Growth hormone cannot be tested with saliva, and you need a 4 blood draw
test in 12 hours (every three hours) at a lab to get accurate results. It is
better to go by RESULTS here after you take it. If you are over 50 you can
probably get modest benefits from injecting 1 IU a day. You can use it
sublingually in DMSO, but this is not approved by the FDA. NONE of the
over-the-counter products have any value at all. Please read You Don’t Need
a Prescription. Don’t even think of using GH unless you have balanced
all your other basic hormones. Totally overrated.
Cholesterol is the precursor to all our
sex hormones. Make sure yours is about 150, and your triglycerides under 100.
Most American adults run levels of about 240 total cholesterol! These two are
the most important indictors of heart and artery health. You can also get your
CRP, uric acid, and homocysteine tested inexpensively. Look for low normal
levels. CHD is the biggest killer of all, and these are the five most important
diagnostic factors. Read my books Lower Cholesterol Without Drugs andLower Blood Pressure Without Drugs.
You will never enjoy full health unless all your basic hormones are at youthful
levels. Remember that our hormones work harmoniously together in concert as a
team, so balance as many as you can. Hormones are discussed at length in my
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