Dr. Brian Lum
Why Dutch Testing Is A Game-Changer
Updated: Feb 2, 2022
Whether you are at risk for breast cancer, struggle with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), or have persistent symptoms like fatigue - Dutch testing can give you unprecedented clarity.
Dutch testing is a highly accurate hormone test. It is shipped to your home and you collect the samples yourself - don't be misled by the ease of use, the information you get from this test is even more accurate than other more time-consuming tests.
Just as the health of your microbiome has been linked to neurological health, mood, energy levels and skin conditions - so hormone balance is similarly understood to underpin almost every major organ system in the body.
Accurate assessment of adrenal health and sex hormone levels are vital for understanding and reducing disease risk as well as tailoring functional medicine treatment for maximum effectiveness.
Adrenal health is a key marker to evaluate your cortisol production throughout the day. In this way, we can get a very accurate picture of how stressed you are.
Many people think of 'stress' as something they are under temporarily (being nervous about a flight or a test) but very quickly, your body can become acclimated to high amounts of stress all the time.
You may not feel stressed, but your body is feels the effects of a high stress situation - all the time. This leads to inflammation, symptoms and eventually, disease.
Adrenal hormones have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. The sooner we can balance your adrenal hormones the quicker we can mitigate symptoms of autoimmune disease and other chronic illnesses.
Weakened adrenal function also has a direct influence on your digestion - it is rare that someone suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or Ulcerative Colitis) does not also have an adrenal component to their illness.
If that wasn't enough, adrenal hormones directly impact the function of other hormones in the body - estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone imbalance can all be due to adrenal health!
Sex Hormone Levels
Dutch testing is the closest we can get to a true, accurate assessment of your sex hormone levels (progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen).
The values of these three hormones alone are not enough to devise a treatment plan - it is important to see how your body is using these hormones.
Often, the values of progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone are within the 'normal' range but the metabolites (the breakdown products) are imbalanced - this causes inflammation and contributes to problems related to hormone imbalance.
To correct hormone imbalance, hormone therapy is often not needed. With dutch testing results we can easily adjust your diet, lifestyle and nutritional medicines to get your body to rebalance naturally.
Breast Cancer Risk
If you have a family history of breast cancer or are otherwise at risk, Dutch testing is an crucial test for you.
Dutch testing can see if you are creating a harmful substance from the estrogen in your body - 4 hydroxylated catechol estrogens which an increase your risk of breast cancer. 
If you are, we can take immediate steps to lower your levels of 4 hydroxylated catechol estrogens to decrease your risk of breast and other estrogen-related cancers.
PMS, PCOS & Endometriosis
PMS, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), ovarian cysts and endometriosis are just a few of the many estrogen-related conditions.
An accurate assessment of estrogen and its associated metabolites can pinpoint exactly where your difficulties lie and allow me to quickly formulate a roadmap toward a balanced system and reduced symptoms.
Methylation and Liver Health
'Methylation' is one of the ways your body detoxifies. Everyday we are exposed hundreds of things that our bodies need to filter out, it does this through different 'pathways'.
While many people focus on genetics (or worse, only the MTHFR gene) to assess methylation status - Dutch testing great tool for real-time assessment of methylation in the body, specifically, first phase liver detoxification.
Your ability to methylate is crucial for recovery from chronic illness as well as for the prevention of chronic disease.
Everyday toxicity from household products can make someone extremely sick - an impediment in a person's natural methylation process can make this exposure even more dangerous.
Read more about Toxicity
Dutch Testing vs Saliva, Serum & 24 Testing
Dutch testing uses dry urine to assess true hormone levels of progesterone testosterone and estrogen.
Urine is used as the medium for assessment in Dutch testing. As a result, Dutch testing is better in measuring cortisol metabolites than both serum and saliva hormone testing.
Due to frequent errors in collection, doctors often order a saliva test to accompany a 24 hour test - Dutch testing eliminates the need for two tests.
How To Get Dutch Testing
Dutch testing must be ordered through your doctor.
As a functional medicine practitioner, I have incorporated Dutch testing into my practice for my in-person functional medicine appointments as well as my remote or online consultations for those out of state or outside of the country.
I specialize in complex conditions and offer solutions for those who want improve their health using scientifically-proven, natural methods of healing.
If you would like to speak to me to ask questions about functional medicine, Dutch testing or how I can help you, please schedule a Free 15 Minute Consultation or call or text my office at 913-728-5291.
My clinic offers functional medicine appointments as well as manual soft tissue treatments for chronic pain and illness. I do online consultations for those out-of-state or outside of the United States. Read more about what other kinds of testing my clinic offers.
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