Dr. Emdur shares how saliva testing compares to blood testing when analyzing hormone levels.
When you do salivary testing you are looking at the level of the hormone probably as levels that occur in tissue, as it’s bound. When you look at a blood test you are looking at a circulating level of the hormone. Well t turns out, 99% of the hormone as it circulates in the blood is bound to carrier protein. So, you know, when you do a blood test you have to not only look at the free form of the hormone you also have to look at the carrier protein.
When you do the saliva testing, you are actually looking at the level of the hormone as it’s having its effect at a tissue level.
About Dr. Emdur, D.O, Ph.D.:
Dr. Emdur is a board certified Internist/Pulmonologist (American Board Of Internal Medicine) and recognized by his peers as a Diplomate in the American College of Chest Physicians since 1996. He did his medicine and pulmonary training at the Cleveland Clinic (1979-1984) and has practiced both hospital based and office based pulmonary medicine in San Diego since 1984. He holds a PhD in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh (1975) an MBA from California State University (1998) and is board certified as a Diplomate and Advanced Fellow in anti-aging medicine by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He also is a clinical faculty member at Western University of Health Science in California where he teaches medical students.