Saliva and Urine Tests for Thyroid Disease
As it appears on Mary
Shomon's Website Thyroid-Info under "Ask the Experts"
Are saliva or urine tests for thyroid disease accurate? -- Mary Shomon
DRS. RICHARD AND KARILEE SHAMES ANSWER
It is our contention that the saliva tests for thyroid are not yet as reliable
as the saliva tests for female or adrenal hormone levels. The technology is
more recent, and the technical problems are still being worked out to the satisfaction
of careful practitioners.
Any new tests are worth a try as p art of
your overall diagnostic regimen, which should also include appropriate blood
testing (insist on the Total T-3 test and not TSH being the primary indicator),
regular basal temperature testing, and close monitoring of changing symptoms.
The urine tests, on the other hand, have a longer history of reliability
and effectiveness. This is especially true if the tests are done at high-quality
laboratories such as Vitamin Diagnostics in Cliffwood Beach , New
Jersey , or especially the Broda Barnes Foundation in Trumbull , Connecticut
. We have seen people whose blood tests were reported normal by top-name
conventional laboratories only to finally obtain the diagnosis and treatment
they have long needed when the hypothyroidism finally showed up on the urine
In summary, we recommend the urine testing if a simple blood test shows normal
and you have significant symptoms, low basal temperature, family history, or
associated illnesses. (July, 2002)