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Are you frustrated with feeling tired, sluggish, lack of good sleep, lack of focus? Are you perimenopausal or post-menopausal and have symptoms you wish you could treat? Are you on bio-identical hormones and need to know if they are working for you? Do you think you are low testosterone and want clear answers? Are you trying to get pregnant and having trouble conceiving? Are you just burnt out and can't catch up? Most medical professionals will offer a blood test to test your hormones but that only gives you a snapshot of that particular moment. It doesn't necessarily take into account that we have a daily cycle of hormones and that is the best way to test for estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol (adrenal hormones). While those tests are valuable and can give you some answers, many people hit a wall with hormonal testing, or they don't want to take prescribed estrogen or progesterone and want to see if there is a natual alternative. The gold standard of hormonal testing for the adrenal and sex hormones was saliva testing. While those can still be valuable as well, they don't offer the full picture of how your body is working (or not working). We've been testing with Precision Analytical's DUTCH test. This is a dried urine test, conveniently offered in your home. The basic panel includes all 3 estrogens, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, cortisol, cortisone, hormone clearing pathways (valuable to test the risk for estrogen dominant cancer risk), melatonin, plus glutathione, oxidative stress, B6, B12, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine. There is another panel that you can add testing for insomnia, or other sleep disorders. Here is a link to the website so you can see how much research and education they put into the panels and testing. They have webinars that anyone can access, and a team of doctors that can answer whatever questions you have DUTCH Test – Advanced Hormone Testing . If you are looking to get an accurate assessment of your health, contact us and we can order a test kit to come directly to you. Let us know how we can help you further.

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The Body Keeps the Score is a must read for anyone who has been through trauma or wants to understand the origins and manifestations of trauma. In a well-researched and accessible way, Dr. van der Kolk has created a foundation of breaking down what happens in the brain and the body due to traumatic events and how to heel those wounds. By ackowledging PTSD can happen in childhood or adulthood, he gives a voice to those who may feel that they are stuck in their healing because traditional psychology cannot help them. 

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