FacebookTwitterLinkedInContact UsLabrix.com

Advanced Workshop

Las Vegas, NV: February 9-11, 2018

Only a few seats left!

Register before it's SOLD OUT!

Interested in gaining a deeper understanding of how hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances are affecting your patient’s health? Register now for the Labrix Advanced Workshop to secure your seat! Includes a NeuroAdrenal Panel (Value $215).

 

Wellness Wednesday

Webinar Series

Topic: Melatonin: An Introduction

March 7, 2018

Join Labrix clinical staff and special guests on the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM PST. This free, live webinar series will cover a variety of neuroendocrine topics that will enhance your knowledge, with clinically applicable testing and treatment considerations.

IHS

New York, NY: February 22-24, 2018

Labrix will be in New York for the IHS conference this month. Come chat with our booth representative and learn more about testing with Labrix.

Manage Workplace Stress and Improve HPA Axis Dysfunction

 

Published on 2/7/18

Most individuals spend a large part of the day at work and the workplace environment can impact a large part of physical and mental wellbeing. In fact, numerous studies show that job related stress is the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades. Chronic stress leads to suboptimal and/or low salivary diurnal cortisol levels over time. When addressing HPA axis dysfunction, stress management tools specific for the workplace are important. 

While some workplace stress is outside of an individual’s control, the response to the stressor is always within the person’s control. It is not what stressors occur, but how those stressors are dealt with that matters to the HPA axis. Stress is a highly personalized phenomenon and can vary widely even in identical situations for different reasons. This delineation can be an empowering teaching tool, providing patients the ability to not feel victimized by outside events.     

Here are 8 stress management ideas to implement with patients during workday hours:

    1.  Take regular breaks. Bonus points for getting outside in the fresh air. During these breaks, limit conversing to non-worked related matters.

    2.  Limit working extra hours. Additional hours each day have been shown to work against productivity. Moreover, overwork has been associated with impaired sleep, depression, heavy drinking, diabetes, impaired memory and heart disease.

    3.  Take vacations. Even shorter vacations of 4-5 days have been studied to improve health and wellness, both while on vacation and after returning to work. 

    4.  It’s ok to say no. Some individuals are motivated by external approval. While being a team player and having a “can do” attitude are wonderful qualities, it may be easy to overextend in an attempt to deliver.

    5.  Inquire with an employer on workplace pets. A 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University study showed employees who brought dogs to work produced healthier levels of cortisol. The study was conducted at a company in North Carolina, which “employs” 20 to 30 dogs a day. As the workday progressed, employees who brought their dogs to work experienced a decline in stress levels of 11% while those who didn’t have a furry friend near them saw their stress levels rise by up to 70% by the end of the day. On the days the dog owners worked without their dogs, their stress level increased throughout he day, mirroring the pattern of non-dog workers.

    6.  Bring the outside in: office plants have been shown to improve mood and workplace satisfaction. A study from 2010 supports a 37% reduction in tension/anxiety, a 58% reduction in depression, a 44% reduction in anger and a 35% reduction in fatigue with plants in the office, concluding that “just one plant per work space can provide a very large lift to staff spirits.”

    7.  Eat a healthy lunch. Foods like sweet potatoes contain complex carbohydrates, which can increase feelings of satisfaction while having less of an impact on blood sugar levels than simple carbohydrates. Replace coffee with green tea; L-theanine within the tea plant significantly increases activity in the alpha frequency band which indicates that it relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness.

    8.  Find a BFF. Multi-year research by The Gallup Organization found that having a work best friend, especially for women, correlated to less stress and more job satisfaction. “Women were less likely to report having a negative experience during the day such as worry, stress and feeling tired.”

A salivary adrenal panel, including diurnal cortisol and DHEA levels, can provide an objective measurement of chronic stress, opening conversations and treatments which can lead to happier, healthier lives. 

Remember, until March 31st of this year, all complete adrenal panels ordered will include a complementary sIgA test!  

 

References

        Barker R, Knisely J, Barker S, et al. Preliminary investigation of employee's dog presence on stress and organizational perceptions: International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 5 Issue: 1, pp.15-30

        De bloom J, Geurts SA, Kompier MA. Effects of short vacations, vacation activities and experiences on employee health and well-being. Stress Health. 2012;28(4):305-18.

        Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and Safety: Guides, indexes, directory. 1998; Vol. 1, Chapter 5, Mental Health; Vol. 2, Chapter 34, Psychosocial and Organizational Factors

        Nobre AC, Rao A, Owen GN. L-theanine, a natural constituent in tea, and its effect on mental state. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008;17 Suppl 1

        Reid E. Embracing, Passing, Revealing, and the Ideal Worker Image: How People Navigate Expected and Experienced Professional Identities. Organization Science 201526:4, 997-1017

        Sauter S, Muphy L, Colligan M, et al. Stress at Work. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 99–101

        State of the American Workplace http://news.gallup.com/reports/199961/state-american-workplace-report-2017.aspx?

        Virtanen M, Ferrie JE, Singh-manoux A, et al. Overtime work and incident coronary heart disease: the Whitehall II prospective cohort study. Eur Heart J. 2010;31(14):173

        Virtanen M, Singh-manoux A, Ferrie JE, et al. Long working hours and cognitive function: the Whitehall II Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2009;169(5):596-605.

 

Choose from two LIVE Online Training Webinars with world-class hormone and neurotransmitter expert Gregory Zengo, MD. These full-day courses include up to 9 hours of CME credit and up to 6 months of private consultations with Dr. Zengo. 

Live Online Simulcast: Saliva/BHRT

February 24, 2018


Dr. Zengo will teach you how to optimize your patients' sex hormones and adrenals in this Bio-identical Hormone Training Course. 


In this comprehensive course, you'll learn how to:


  • Use salivary hormone testing and BHRT to support patients with adrenal fatigue, menopause, PMS, and andropause.
  • Prescribe and use bio-identical hormones to achieve successful patient outcomes.
  • Implement BHRT service into your practice. The course includes customizable office forms and advertising materials.
  • Includes 1 Comprehensive Plus Hormone Profile from Labrix, plus two panels at 50% off. Course approved for up to 8 CME Credit Hours.


Live Online Simulcast: Neurotransmitter/GI

February 25, 2018


Learn from the best. Dr. Zengo's PracticalCME has the world’s only CME-accredited Neurotransmitter and GI Training Course.


In this comprehensive course, you'll be empowered with the skills to:


  • Use urinary neurotransmitter testing to enhance your patients' neurotransmitter balance. Support patients with anxiety, depression, insomnia, cravings, and addiction.
  • Use GI stool testing to support patients' gut health. Learn how to address issues like leaky gut, dysbiosis, yeast, maldigestion, and weight loss. 
  • Provide your BHRT patients with additional tools to manage symptoms and improve overall health. 
  • Includes 1 NeuroBasic Profile from Labrix, plus two panels at 50% off. Course approved for up to 9 CME Credit Hours.