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FindWhyTM Weight Control Panel for Genetic Tendencies. DNA sample is collected from a non-invasive cheek swab.
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January 23, 2015
Ain't No Sunshine...

Though the days are getting longer bit-by-bit, the first few months of the year are often among the roughest for those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a condition that is characterized by mood changes that are related to the seasons, with the bulk of people affected during the winter months when the daylight hours are limited and cloud cover and cold temperatures are common. The prevalence of SAD in North America increases with latitude, a pattern also seen with vitamin D deficiency; in fact vitamin D3 supplementation can enhance mood during the winter months and may be an important component of a treatment plan for SAD.

Vitamin D isn’t the only health benefit we get from sunshine: one of the most prevalent theories in the etiology of SAD is a depletion of monoamine neurotransmitter levels (serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine) due to a reduction in exposure to light. For this reason, first line therapy is typically phototherapy, also called light therapy, which increases serotonin and catecholamine levels. The use of light boxes or increased sunlight exposure (if possible) is an effective treatment. Conversely, studies of SAD patients who were successfully treated with light therapy had a relapse in symptoms when serotonin and catecholamine levels were intentionally depleted. Analysis of neurotransmitter levels enables the practitioner to prescribe individualized targeted amino acid therapy and nutrient co-factors that enhances and support light therapy and other treatments for patients suffering from seasonal affective disorder

Interested in learning more about testing urinary neurotransmitter levels and how it can strengthen and enhance your treatments for conditions such as SAD? Join us March 14th in Atlanta for an intensive day of learning. Details at www.labrix.com.

References:
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Labrix Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

Labrix co-founders Dr. Erin Lommen and Dr. Jay Mead sit down for a short interview and discuss the company's first ten years, as well as its bright future with diagnostic testing.




Labrix
Core Training
Atlanta, GA
March 14, 2015

Registration is $150 and upon completing this one day training, you will receive a $100 credit on your testing account. Register for Atlanta Core Training today.

IHS
New York, NY
Feb. 19-21, 2015

Labrix' co-founder Dr. Lommen will be hosting a breakfast session at IHS, speaking on the topic of "Gaining Success in Weight Loss: Clinical Protocols for Advanced Practitioners."

Click here for more information and to secure your FREE spot at the breakfast session! (Must be registered to attend IHS 2015 to attend breakfast session)


Integrative Pediatric Medicine
Portland, OR
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015

Labrix' staff physician Lylen Ferris will be speaking at the Institute of Women's Health & Integrative Medicine seminar on pediatric medicine. 17+ hours of CME available. Follow the link above for more information.