Remedies Lakeside offers ZRT testing kits and information on hormone replacement therapy. Our pharmacist is available for individual consultations for those considering hormone replacement.
ABOUT ZRT TESTING AND LABS
ZRT is a CLIA certified diagnostic laboratory and the leader in hormone and wellness testing. ZRT Labs provide accurate and meaningful test results that assist healthcare providers in making informed treatment decisions. In 15 years ZRT has tested over 2 million people, and currently performs testing for over 4,000 healthcare providers in 26 countries and all 50 states. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, ZRT is the recognized innovator of saliva, dried blood spot and dried urine testing methodologies.
Most hormones are produced by a group of glands known collectively as the endocrine system. Even though these glands are located in various parts of the body, they are considered one system because of their similar functions and relationship to each other.
Hormones are extremely potent substances. It takes only a minute amount to initiate an action. Hormones are secreted into the bloodstream by the glands. From there, they travel to all parts of the body. But only the cells sensitive to that hormone—called the target tissue--will respond to the chemical signal the hormone carries. Traveling through the blood, hormones enter cells through “receptor” sites, much as a key unlocks a door. Once inside, they get to work, flipping the switches that govern growth, development, and mental and physical functions throughout life. All that changes when your hormones become unbalanced due to physical and emotional stress or the effects of aging. Signals do not reach the right place at the right time. Sometimes cell functions shut down completely. In other cases, cells are over stimulated. All this chaos causes unpleasant symptoms, at the very least. In severe situations, these imbalances can lead to chronic disorders or disease.
Most hormones cannot be stored in the cells of the body. Therefore, they must be made and released into the blood at the precise time they are needed. To maintain the intricate systems in which hormones operate, the body must constantly fine-tune hormone release to keep levels within proper limits. This balance is accomplished through an intricate series of positive and negative feedback mechanisms. For example, an overproduction of one hormone usually prompts the release of one or more complementary hormones in an effort to restore balance. Because of the complexity of these interactions, a hormonal issue rarely stems from only one type of hormone. More often, the problem involves a series of hormones. In addition, a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland or set of glands can cause other gland systems to malfunction.
You've probably heard more about hormones and hormonal imbalances recently - as researchers have become more aware of evidence showing this may be the root cause of many chronic health issues you could be experiencing. Your hormones should exist in harmony with each other. When levels of each hormone are in the right proportions, body systems are stable. When balance is lost, hormone deficiencies and excesses can cause chronic symptoms and disorders, and raise risks for disease. A whole host of symptoms may signify an imbalance:
Loss of libido
The symptoms of hormonal shifts occurring in our bodies can be very strong and can even make you feel out of control at times.
If you have tried to figure out what is happening or perhaps treated your symptoms in ways that don't seem to work, testing your hormones may be the first step to feeling better.
Saliva and blood spot testing reliably identify hormone imbalances. Hormones exist in harmony with each other – partners in a delicate balancing act. When levels of each hormone are in the right proportions, body systems are stable. When balance is lost, hormone deficiencies and excesses can become toxic to the body causing unwanted symptoms, disorders and disease.
Saliva, blood spot and dried urine are used for the minimally-invasive hormone testing that is the hallmark of ZRT Laboratory. The simplicity of sample collection and stability of samples in storage and transport have made these ideal for clinical use as well as research. See the table below for a full list of our current test offerings.
WHERE CAN I BUY A ZRT TESTING KIT?
You can buy all ZRT Testing kits at Remedies Lakeside located at 306 Stoner Loop, Unit 5 in beautiful Lakeside, Montana. Also, any questions you may have concerning ZRT Testing and insurance/billing options can be clarified and answered at the pharmacy.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) (spot blood test only)
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) (spot blood test only)
Insulin (Ins), fasting (spot blood test only)
Cholesterol (CH), total (spot blood test only)
HDL Cholesterol (HDL) (spot blood test only)
High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP) (spot blood test only)
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) (spot blood test only)
Triglycerides (TG) (spot blood test only)
Vitamin D, Total (spot blood test only)
25-OH Vitamin D2 (spot blood test only)
25-OH Vitamin D3 (spot blood test only)
Iodine (I) (dried urine test only)
Bromine (Br) (dried urine test only)
Arsenic (Ar) (dried urine test only)
Selenium (Se) (dried urine test only)
Mercury (Hg) (dried urine test only)
Creatinine (Cr) (dried urine test only)
Estradiol (E2) (spot blood/saliva tests)
Progesterone (Pg) (spot blood/saliva tests)
Testosterone (T), free (saliva test only)
Testosterone (T), total (spot blood test only)
DHEA-S (spot blood/saliva tests)
Estriol (E3) (saliva test only)
Estrone (E1) (saliva test only)
Cortisol (C)(spot blood/saliva tests)
SHBG (spot blood test only)
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)(spot blood test only)
Free Thyroxine (fT4) (spot blood test only)
Free Triiodothyronine (fT3) (spot blood test only)
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)(spot blood test only)
Thyroid Peroxidase Hormone (TPO) (spot blood test only)
Thyroxine (T4) (spot blood test only)
Thyroglobulin (spot blood test only)
IGF-1 (Somatomedin C) (spot blood test only)
It's recommended to complete this Symptoms Checklist and go over it with your primary physician before testing.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I HAVE TO HAVE A PRESCRIPTION TO ORDER A HORMONE TEST?
Under CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) regulations, testing varies by state and requires a written or electronic request for patient testing. The exception to this regulation is those states that allow Direct Access Testing (DAT), which allows consumers to test without a prescription. For questions regarding this matter, please contact Remedies Lakeside. Please note that most insurance companies will not cover the cost of the testing unless your medical professional has ordered and provided a written prescription for the testing.
HOW ARE SAMPLES RETURNED TO THE LABORATORY FOR TESTING?
Most test kits contain a UPS or US Postal Service return label for sample returns within the US. Testers may choose to purchase an alternate form of shipping at their own expense. ZRT does not typically cover the cost of samples being returned from outside of the US.
*all information provided through ZRT Testing via zrtlab.com