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.

Lithium - Medication or Micro-Nutrient?

Posted by Dr. Alison McAllister on Monday, 02 April

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Lithium is an element that, at the present time, is considered non-essential to the human body. However, it is getting a lot of attention as a therapy, and there are interesting reports of beneficial actions of lithium. 

You might have seen our blog by Dr. James Greenblatt or one of the NY Times articles mentioning lithium. It is also coming up with frequency because of increasing awareness on mental health issues. There are lots of questions still to be answered, but we are excited about delving into them with you.

For this blog, I wanted to take a moment to introduce a new test for ZRT that ties in with our nutritional elements testing – lithium in dried urine.

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Evidence Shows Placentophagy (Placenta Encapsulation) Works

Posted by Dr. Allison Smith on Thursday, 28 December

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The practice of placentophagy – a woman consuming her placenta after she gives birth – is a bit of a hot topic these days. For those of you not familiar with the practice, if you're imagining the Dothraki queen devouring the giant, bleeding heart of a horse with her bare hands, you're probably not alone. In reality, there's much less of a "yuck" factor associated with the process when consuming an encapsulated placenta, which entails heating, dehydrating, pulverizing and then placing the resulting placenta powder into capsules. The result looks more like a vitamin supplement than a bleeding heart.

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Nutritional Lithium: Orchestrating Our Genes & Optimizing Our Moods

Posted by Dr. James Greenblatt on Friday, 08 September

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This is part two of Dr. Greenblatt's Nutritional Lithium series. Part one can be found here.

Epigenetics & Psychiatry

The field of epigenetics has far-reaching implications for psychiatry. As acquired epigenetic alterations can be transferred to the next generations, what scientists used to label as an inherited psychiatric disease may in fact be the result of epigenetic changes in a family’s shared environment.

Many psychiatric diseases are consistent with the theory of epigenetic dysregulation because of their fluctuating nature and disease course. Single gene and whole genome epigenetic analyses have shown atypical epigenetic markers in the blood and brain of individuals with psychiatric diseases including abnormalities in DNA methylation, histone modifications and microRNA expression.

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Lithium's Billion Year Journey: A Cinderella Story for Brain Health

Posted by Dr. James Greenblatt on Thursday, 24 August

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This is part one of Dr. Greenblatt's Nutritional Lithium series. Part two can be found here.

As far as cosmologists can tell, there were only three elements present when the universe was first formed some 13.8 billion years ago: hydrogen, helium, and lithium.

As one of the three original elements, lithium is found throughout our atmosphere. The sun, stars, and meteorites burn brightly with the gleam of this highly reactive element. On earth, lithium remains a major mineral component of granite rock, and also lingers in significant amounts in sea water, mineral springs, and soils. 

Lithium has also found its way into our cell phones, electric cars, and holiday fireworks. Every organ and tissue in the human body contains the mineral lithium, with particular importance in health, specifically brain health.

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