Dr. Emdur shares the negative aspects of saliva testing to analyze hormones.
There are several cons to saliva testing. Some of my patients can’t make any spit and they just have something called xerostomia and then, in that case I would go to a 24-hour urine analysis. It’s more inconvenient, you know, you have to stay at home for a 24-hour period, but it is also an excellent way to get the results.
The other problem is, you know, there are, is variability in testing and, you know, the physician, practitioner has to find a lab that they feel comfortable with, that they can believe in the data and I think those are probably the two biggest hurdles.
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.