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New Frontiers in Neurotransmitter Lab Assessment: Everything You Need to Know About the Expanded Neuro Advanced Profile

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Written by Dr Kate Placzek   Mental health is on all of our minds, now more than ever after the COVID pandemic! The acuteness of stress in everyday life, even before the start of the pandemic, brought out the necessity to reshape how we understand and approach mental health. The previously ingrained notion that mental health (or lack thereof) is solely a brain-only problem ought to be dispelled [1]. Don’t get me wrong, the brain is truly magnificent in its complexity, orchestrating the delicate interplay between the body and the mind. All the sensory information—anything the body senses, feels, hears, smells,...

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ZRT Dried Blood Spot COVID-19 IgG Antibody Testing: An Update

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Written by Theodore Zava   When COVID-19 began to threaten the United States early 2020, ZRT began to work on dried blood spot (DBS) COVID-19 antibody testing. Prior to the molecular (polymerase chain reaction or PCR) testing boom which started mid-2020 which eventually became the most dominate useful test for detecting COVID-19 cases which used nasal/oral samples to do so. Antibody testing took a backseat to molecular testing for most of 2020, however with the fortunate rapid decline in COVID case counts, the introduction of vaccines, antibody testing is making a comeback for research, public health surveillance, and clinical testing throughout 2021. ZRT’s IRB-Approved COVID-19 Study ZRT Laboratory received Institutional Review Board (IRB)...

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Part III: Long COVID and Mitochondrial Dysregulation

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Written by Tracy Tranchitella, ND In parts one & two of this series, we looked at the issues related to long COVID and the impact it has on the nervous and immune systems. The effects of COVID-19 on the nervous system can present as localized effects such as loss of smell and taste to chronic fatigue, headaches, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, and cognitive issues. This has potential to trigger an autoimmune reaction is a very real possibility with any infection and is stimulated by molecular mimicry, bystander activation, and viral persistence. The presence of a healthy and diverse gut and lung microbiome helps to...

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Part IV: Long COVID and Axis Dysregulation

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By Dr. Tracy Tranchitella, ND (ZRT Laboratory) For anyone who has dealt with issues that are related to chronic fatigue has likely evaluated their hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis performance through a multi-point salivary test. The hormone Cortisol is measured in saliva when the samples are collected through predetermined intervals throughout a single day reveal one’s physiological resilience and metabolic reserve in response to daily stressors. HPA axis testing is a mainstay in the world of integrative, naturopathic, and functional medicine. For the past 2 years, the world has existed under the constant shadow of COVID-19. To say that we have been “stressed” is an...

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Athletic Performance and the Menstrual Cycle: How to Tailor Workouts to Achieve Optimal Performance

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Overview of Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle Training for an athletic competition or exercising is already hard enough but along with the unique fluctuation in a woman's hormones this can make it near enough impossible. Yes, that’s right we’re talking about the time of the month! We hope by the end of this blog you will be in better place with understanding your hormones and cycle which we hope will enhance your athletic performance.  The menstrual cycle starts on day one with menses or more commonly known as the “period,” which lasts between three to seven days. The full first half...

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