Rather than write a “Dear Doctor” letter for endocrine testing, I decided to set up a separate section for the endocrine testing. Information from these pages can be copied and pasted into whatever format you’d like.
These tests that I am listing are by no means an exhaustive list of the endocrine testing that can be done. I chose them because these are easy tests to get, utilizing blood, urine or saliva, and most people within the US can run these tests on their own if necessary, as I describe here. If you see an endocrinologist, there may be any number of other tests they may want to run depending on their initial assessment and findings. Additionally, there are numerous other websites for thyroid and endocrine disorders, listing their own testing recommendations, which may or may not be similar to my own. If you decide to test on your own, you’ll be picking and choosing what tests and how often to run them based on how motivated you are, affordability, and your comfort level in doing your own testing.
Fluoroquinolone Toxicity often seems to mimic autoimmune diseases, and therefore, I think it’s important to constantly be on the lookout for potential autoimmune markers. In traditional medicine, too often the search for antibodies occurs only after major clinical signs develop. Yet, in some cases, antibodies may develop before clinical signs, and therefore, may be a harbinger of things to come or predictive in nature. On the other hand, sometimes people with clinical signs don’t develop the antibodies for several years after initial onset of their condition. So I think it’s important for anyone with long term chronic illness to continually test and monitor for these. Autoimmune antibodies are a rather perplexing marker of disease or pathology all around, which could be the subject of an entirely different write up. Someday, the underlying mechanisms resulting in autoimmunity will be found, and treatments will target those underlying mechanisms. But for now, antibody testing is often the best traditional medicine has to offer when it comes to diagnosing some kind of problem somewhere in a system, such as the endocrine system.
The next several pages will list the most common endocrine related tests that you can do on your own:
1. Thyroid and Parathyroid Testing
2. Glucose and Insulin Testing
3. Cortisol and Adrenal Testing
4. Other Hormones: Sex Hormones and Neurotransmitters