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Getting reliable tests

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by drob31, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. drob31

    drob31 Senior Member

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    This is probably preaching to the choir, but during my search for adrenal saliva testing, I came across an article that mentions Chris Kresser's (famous ND) distrust of using certain providers for saliva tests. I thought this could apply to all tests though, as there are so many labs offering tests, and it seems results can vary significantly between two different labs. The question is, is there a particular lab your prefer or do not prefer for testing? I realize some are very specialized, so you may not have a choice.

    This is the article:

    http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/03/are-unreliable-lab-tests-stealing-your-money/
     
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  2. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    Hair mineral testing labs are notoriously variable in quality. I (my dietician) prefer Trace Elements, Inc. I have also read that Analytical Research Labs is reliable. That is rather old information, so others may be doing a good job now.
     
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    What does saliva testing show you

    how does that help?
     
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    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    Saliva testing is most commonly used for 24 hour cortisol cycle. I think it can be used for other things, too, but I am not sure what.
     
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  5. kevinj

    kevinj

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    Thank you

    how does it help to know what your cortisol level is over 24 hours?
     
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    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    It indicates whether your adrenal glands are functioning correctly.
     
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  7. kevinj

    kevinj

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    And what do they do about it if they are not?
     
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    kevinj

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    My main problem is my muscles are all sore When I wake up it feels like I like I did a workout yesterday Even if I didn't do any exercise. And if I go for a run then I'm really sick
     
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    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    That is more complex than I can answer.
     
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