As a clinician measuring urine, serum and salivary hormone levels in my patients routinely, I’ve always got questions around which testing method is the best. Thus, I was excited to chat with Mark Newman and pick his brain on all things hormone testing. As he says, “I’m an inch wide and a mile deep. I’ve spent pretty much my whole career in measuring reproductive and adrenal hormones.” It’s true. As you’ll hear, Mark is a fount of knowledge in this arena
In this interview, Mark covers the various specimen type and their respective utility and limitations, we then dive into a discussion around the unique characteristics of the DUTCH test….In brief, DUTCH is an easy 4 specimen urine test, collected over the course of a day, covering the bases of sex and adrenal hormones, plus metabolites (including 2-Methoxyestrone) and melatonin. It’s reflective of 24-hour output, but diurnal variation is captured as well– thus great for cortisol. See what you think.
*All new DUTCH providers are allowed a one-time, introductory offer of up to 5 DUTCH Complete tests for 1/2 price (pre-paid). Just mention Dr. Kara*
What you’ll learn in Mark’s podcast:
KARA FITZGERALD, ND, received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first CNME (Council of Naturopathic Medical Education)-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory (now Genova) under the direction of Richard Lord, Ph.D. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Fitzgerald is a lead author and co-editor with J. Alexander Bralley, Ph.D. of The Metametrix Institute’s Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine’s updated Textbook for Functional Medicine. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. One of her most recent articles is a case report on the efficacy of the functional medicine in addressing diabetes which was written with Dr. Hyman and Kathie Swift and published July 2015 in the Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Research. Dr. Fitzgerald lectures globally on functional medicine, in India, Hong Kong and the UK. She is on faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. She was formerly on faculty at University of Bridgeport in the School of Human Nutrition and the School of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a clinician researcher for The Institute for Therapeutic Discovery and maintains a private practice in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
Dr. Fitzgerald also shares her latest clinical pearls and insights for clinicians and patients in her monthly blog and podcast which can be found at drkarafitzgerald.com.