The ZRT Laboratory Blog

The ZRT Blog is an extensive resource for patients and health care providers searching for health and hormone testing information. Here, you can read about ZRT’s cutting edge research, advances in testing, wellness advice, and health industry highlights.

Herbs for Healthy Living

Posted by Dr. Sherry LaBeck on Monday, 26 September

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The adaptogens represent a category of herbs that is almost commonplace for those individuals seeking to be healthier in today’s stressful environment. These remarkable herbs focus on helping the body resist the complex biological reactions that arise from the stressful events we daily encounter.

Adaptogens work to increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors while promoting a return to normal physiologic function. Stress-related disorders have become one of the major health concerns so that practitioners need preventive concepts and new medicines. Used by healers for thousands of years, current practitioners are reviving adaptogen use to modulate individual responses to stress.

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Revelations of a Menopausal Mom

Posted by Candace Burch on Wednesday, 21 September

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How well I remember the dismaying shock of menopause storming into my life...I was in my late 40s then and had just moved back to the States from England – a culture clash and-a-half. My daughters were still pretty young, 9 and 6 years old, and having a hard time adjusting to new schools on top of coping with an older mom whose hormones were suddenly in full revolt.

As I recall, Christmas was fast approaching but with hot flashes hitting me every 20 minutes, and mood swings in between, no amount of holiday cheer could cheer this mama up. In the dead of winter I kept cranking the windows wide open, and G’awd help anyone who complained of frostbite. “Try putting on another sweater,” I’d bark at my husband and shivering little ones. Needless to say, my family was beginning to hate me…

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Marketing Tips for Your Practice - Part 3

Posted by Lissa Gienty on Friday, 16 September

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From time to time, we have practitioners ask for advice on how to find and (most importantly) motivate patients. As a marketing team, we spend lots of time thinking about this, and we're happy to share our pearls of wisdom.

In the third blog of our series, we'll outline another one of our favorite ideas for connecting with patients – become a local health writer.

But, whoa! Before you start to worry that we’re talking about long, technical (boring) articles. We’re not. We’re talking about short, patient-friendly articles that get your name circulated in the local community.

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Clinical Utility of Urinary Neurotransmitter Testing

Posted by Dr. Kate Placzek on Wednesday, 24 August

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Neurotransmitters 101

The brain orchestrates the delicate interplay between the body and the mind. Structural brain units, the neurons, discharge neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters provide a communication platform for the brain to fuel internal systems with information. Anything the body senses, feels, hears, smells, touches, or ingests serves as an input that prompts an astoundingly fast response. In the central and peripheral nervous system, neurotransmitters operate as chemical messengers that relay the signal and receive feedback via electrochemical impulses to regulate cognition, memory, emotions, respiration, heart rate and contractility, digestion, metabolism, blood flow and pressure, and hormonal responses. When released from peripheral organs, neurotransmitters can also behave as hormones by diffusing to distant sites via the circulation. 

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