Doctors who want to ban the availability of saliva testing

Oh jolly.

Diane, a thyroid and adrenal patient, informed me of a recent visit to a local Endocrinologist. The doc stated that she was on a committee that is working with the FDA to do away with saliva testing, strongly proposing that it’s not accurate testing and is “harming” people.

Well, let’s see. For a couple of years now, thyroid patients who strongly suspect they have adrenal fatigue by the reactions they have to desiccated thyroid have been using saliva testing…and lo and behold, the results they receive nearly completely conform with how they feel! i.e. saliva testing, which tests one’s cortisol levels at four key times during a 24 hour period, has worked beautifully in helping thyroid patients with adrenal fatigue identify their problem, in helping these patients doctors have a better understanding of their problem, and knowing better what might be their best treatment, which can range from using licorice root, to over-the-counter adrenal support, to hydrocortisone (HC).

Harmful?? Give me a break.

Could it be that medical school trained doctors just hate and despise any method which a patient might benefit from WITHOUT going to the doctor and paying big bucks?? hmmmm. And once again, could it be that a method NOT taught in medical school just MIGHT be a good one (just as desiccated thyroid like Armour, Naturethroid, etc. is far, far better than Synthroid or Levoxyl, which ARE taught in medical school)?

The FDA approved saliva testing for AIDS in 2005. They approved saliva testing for ovulation in 2003. They approved saliva testing to detect if a woman is going into premature labor in 1998. And there’s many more they have approved. So…perhaps this is all a gasp of a committee who hates to see patients have some control over their health (terrible, awful thing, isn’t it?) or the cry of a committee that only reveals its ignorance.

p.s. Dr. Best of San Antonio recently posted the following excellent article on saliva testing:

Order your own saliva cortisol test here.

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2 Responses to “Doctors who want to ban the availability of saliva testing”

  1. HypoHell

    Would It kill the endo to offer saliva testing in her practice?! She could attract a whole group of people who would normally be put-off by the gold-standard blood tests. Endos might help more people if they would embrace what smart patients do anyway (use Armour and saliva testing!).

  2. Steve B

    Yeah, it’s really frightening how doctors think they are actually preventing harm. Saliva testing is cheap and very accurate. I think cause there are labs out there doing a lot of great work and natural physicians and chiropractors who use them. Any alternatives to mainstream medicine will be a threat to the medical establishment and they will try to find evidence to support their claims. Fortunately many people have benefited and I doubt that the FDA will crack down on saliva testing when legitimate research will show that it works.


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