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Hormones 101 –“Feel Good, Look Good”

Chart of Human Hormones

Testing Hormone Levels

> Take Hormone Test

Synthetic Hormones

–“Frankenstein Version of Natural Hormones”

Balance Adrenal "Stress Managment" Glands


5-HTP –“SSRI Alternative”

SEROTONIN –“Mood Hormone”

MELATONIN –“Darkness Hormone”

> The Biological Clock

T3 and T4 - “Thyroid Hormones (Triiodothyronine and Thyroxine)”

HISTAMINE –“Inflammatory Response Hormone”

Fight or Flight Catecholamines:


DOPAMINE –“Go Get it! /Reward Hormone”


Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)- “For auto immune disease, cancer, AIDS, COPD and the common cold”

FSH, LH and GnRH

PROLACTIN –“Cool Down Hormone”

INSULIN –“Blood Sugar Uptake”, GLUCAGON, IGF

LEPTIN –“Curb appetite / Burn Fat”

GHRELIN –“Hunger Hormone”


Steroid Hormones

Steroid enzymes affecting Steroid Production /Activity


CORTISOL –“Stress Hormone”



Sex Steroid Hormones

Sex Steroid Hormones

Sex hormone-binding carriers

Estrogens –“Predominantly Female Sex Hormones”



PROGESTERONE –“Precursor to Androgens, Estrogens and Corticoids”

Estrogens and PROGESTERONE in Lifestage Events

Androgens -"Predominately Males Sex Hormone"


Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin

CALCITRIOL (active form)

CALCIDIOL (circulating form)

UTake the Hormone Test

Take the Hormone Test

This test is posted at Dr. J. Lee's website

1.Read through the list of symptoms in each group, and put a check mark next to each symptom that you have. (Its OK to check off the same symptom in more than one group);

2.In any group where you have two or more symptoms checked off, there's a good chance that you have the hormone imbalance represented by that group (The more symptoms you check off, the higher the likelihood);

3.Some people may have more than one type of hormonal imbalance.

Hormone balance test for women

Hormone balance test for men

Saliva Tests

Hormone Balance Test for Women

Symptom Group for PROGESTERONE Deficiency in Women



Early miscarriage

Painful and/or lumpy breasts

Unexplained weight gain

Cyclical headaches



TOTAL BOXES CHECKEDIf two or more boxes checked in this group, you may have:

PROGESTERONE deficiency -the most common hormone imbalance among women of all ages. You may need to change your diet, get off of synthetic hormones (including birth control pills), and you may need to use some PROGESTERONE cream. Maybe have saliva tested for PROGESTERONE and ESTRADIOL.

Symptom Group for Estrogen Deficiency in Women

Vaginal dryness

Night sweats

Painful intercourse

Memory problems

Bladder infections

Lethargic depression

Hot flashes

TOTAL BOXES CHECKED If two or more boxes checked in this group, you may have:

Estrogen deficiency -This hormone imbalance is most common in menopausal women; especially if you are petite and/or slim. You may need to make some special changes to your diet. Take some women's herbs. Some women may need a little natural estrogen (about one-tenth the dose prescribed by most doctors). Maybe have saliva tested forESTRADIOL.

Symptom Group for Excess Estrogen in Women

Puffiness and bloating

Cervical dysplasia (abnormal pap smear)

Rapid weight gain

Breast tenderness

Mood swings

Heavy bleeding

Anxious depression

Migraine headaches


Foggy thinking

Red flush on face

Gallbladder problems


TOTAL BOXES CHECKEDIf two or more boxes checked in this group, you may have:

Excess estrogen -In women, this is most often solved by getting off of the conventional synthetic hormones most often prescribed by doctors for menopausal women. See article:Getting Off HRT. Once on a natural hormone regimen, maybe get a comprehensive saliva test,Female/Male Saliva Profile III.

You should also strive to avoid xenoestrogens and eating excessive amounts of soy products, which have a pervasive presence in our world today.


Reduce estrogen levels

Symptom Group for Estrogen Dominance in Women

A combination of the symptoms for PROGESTERONE Deficiency and Excess Estrogen

TOTAL BOXES CHECKED If two or more boxes checked in this group, you may have:

Estrogen dominance -This happens when you don't have enough PROGESTERONE to balance the effects of estrogen. Thus, you can have low estrogen but if you have even lower PROGESTERONE , you can have symptoms of estrogen dominance. Many women between the ages of 40 and 50 suffer from estrogen dominance. This topic is covered in much detail in Dr. Lee's timeless book,What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Menopause, and also in the May 1998 issue of theJohn R Lee, M.D. Medical Letter. Maybe have saliva tested for Female/Male Saliva Profile Ior just test for PROGESTERONE and ESTRADIOL.

Symptom Group for ExcessAndrogens in Women


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Excessive hair on face and arms

Hypoglycemic/unstable blood sugar

Thinning hair on the head


Ovarian cysts

Mid-cycle pain

TOTAL BOXES CHECKED If two or more boxes checked in this group, you may have:

Excess androgens (male hormones) -This is most often caused by too much sugar and simple carbohydrates in the diet and is often found in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). You can find out more about PCOS inWhat Your Doctor May Not Tell You About PREmenopause”, as well as the March 1999 issue of theJohn R Lee, M.D. Medical Letter. Maybe have saliva tested for PROGESTERONE , ESTRADIOL and TESTOSTERONE.

Symptom Group for CORTISOL Deficiency in Women

Debilitating fatigue

Unstable blood sugar

Foggy thinking

Low blood pressure

Thin and/or dry skin

Intolerance to exercise

Brown spots on face

TOTAL BOXES CHECKEDIf two or more boxes checked in this group, you may have:

CORTISOL deficiency – this is caused by tired adrenals, which is usually caused by chronic stress. If you're trying to juggle a job and a family, chances are good you have tired adrenals. There is good information on restoring your adrenal function in both theWhat Your Doctor May Not Tell You About PREmenopause”and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause”books, as well as in the July 1998John R Lee, M.D. Medical Letter. Maybe have saliva tested for theAdrenal Functionor one of the individualCortisoltests.

Hormone Balance Test for Men

Symptom Group for TESTOSTERONE Deficiency inMen

Weight loss

Enlarged breasts

Loss of muscle

Lower stamina

Lower sex drive

Softer erections


Gallbladder problems

TOTAL BOXES CHECKED If two or more boxes checked in this group, you may have:

TESTOSTERONE deficiency:This is most common in men over the age of fifty, and can be remedied with special nutritional supplements, increased muscle-building exercise, and supplemental hormones including (natural) TESTOSTERONE, PROGESTERONE , and DHEA. You can find details in Dr. Lee's booklet, “Hormone Balance for Men”. Maybe get asaliva hormone testto find out which hormone(s) would be best for you. A basic set of baseline tests for men would include TESTOSTERONE, DHEA, estrogen and PROGESTERONE through a saliva test. It may also be helpful to measure morning and evening CORTISOL by saliva test, and SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) by blood spot test.

Symptom Group for ExcessEstrogen inMen

Hair loss


Prostate enlargement

Breast enlargement


Weight gain


TOTAL BOXES CHECKED If two or more boxes checked in this group, you may have:

Excess Estrogen:In men, excess estrogen can be balanced with one of the male hormones and changes in diet and lifestyle. You can read about this in detail in Dr. Lee's booklet,Hormone Balance For Men”. It is recommended that you get a saliva hormone test to pinpoint your hormone balance more exactly.

Saliva Tests

Saliva testing is a simple, accurate way to determine your "free" or bioavailable hormone levels.

Help on which saliva test(s) to order(from Dr. John Lee's website)

There are suggestions after each Symptom Group above, but if you're still confused, try these guidelines:

If you haven't had a saliva hormone level test before, or you fit into more than one category above, it's ideal if you can get "The Works,"Female/Male Saliva Profile III

to give you the big picture. This is a great way to get baseline measurements of your hormones,anda very informative and comprehensive analysis from the experts at ZRT Lab.

If you fit into more than one category above,including fatigue, and you're on a budget, you'll get a lot of useful information from Female/Male Saliva Profile II.

If you fit into more than one category abovenotincluding fatigue, try Female/Male Saliva Profile I.

If you're primarily having issues with stress and fatigue, try theAdrenal Functionor one of the individualCORTISOLtests.

If you just want the basics, test for PROGESTERONE , ESTRADIOL and TESTOSTERONE.

If you have estrogen dominance symptoms and want just a bare bones look at your hormones, just test PROGESTERONE and ESTRADIOL.

If you recently started supplementing with PROGESTERONE and only want to find out whether your levels are within "normal" ranges, just test PROGESTERONE .

If you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and/or symptoms of excess male hormones such as excess hair growth,test PROGESTERONE , ESTRADIOL and TESTOSTERONE.

If you have PMS, endometriosis, infertility or postpartum blues, you'll get a lot of helpful information from one of theFemale/Male Saliva Profiles.

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