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.



Dr. Sherry LaBeck

Sherry LaBeck, ND is a Clinical Consultant at ZRT Laboratory.


Recent Posts

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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Celebrating ZRT's Laboratory Professionals

Posted by Dr. Sherry LaBeck on Friday, 29 April

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It may come as a surprise to most people that each year, the last full week of April is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating laboratory professionals. This year Medical Laboratory Professionals Week falls on April 24-30. Setting aside one week a year to acknowledge these experts is a perfect opportunity to increase public awareness of, and appreciation for, clinical laboratory personnel. 

Just who are these laboratory professionals? They are the skilled individuals whose expertise is vital to laboratory testing. At ZRT, state-of-the-art testing equipment is the norm and each instrument has an experienced specialist or team of specialists at the controls.

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Guide for Interpreting Hormone Testing Levels for Contraceptive Users

Posted by Dr. Sherry LaBeck on Friday, 11 March

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One would think testing would measure the amounts of all hormones, endogenous and exogenous. Not so.

Interpretation of hormone testing using saliva, dried blood spot, or serum can be tricky when women are using oral, patch, or other hormonal contraception methods.

The types of hormones in these contraceptives are synthetic, and although they may be close to the molecular structure of our body's own estradiol or progesterone, they are not bioidentical. While bioidentical hormones used as supplements react in the same way as our endogenous hormones to the specific antibodies used during hormone testing, non-bioidentical hormones aren’t recognized by these antibodies so they are not measured by the same test.

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New Oregon Law Allows Women to Bypass Physicians for Birth Control

Posted by Dr. Sherry LaBeck on Thursday, 28 January

ThinkstockPhotos-471089136.jpgFrom the time menses begins, to the time it ceases, a woman must make decisions that affect her fertility. Whether it's viewed as a gift, a curse or just a responsibility, a woman’s right to choose when, how and if a pregnancy occurs is a relatively new experience.

Over the last 50 years a woman's access to birth control methods, whether oral, patch, or IUD, has greatly increased. However, such a prescription usually requires a visit to a doctor along with a pelvic exam.

Oregon House Bill 2879 has changed this as of January 2016. Under the new law, women can bypass their physicians and go straight to their local pharmacist for an oral or patch contraceptive prescription.

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