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Adrenal saliva test result... help???

Hi guys just going to put this up again, sorry, only had 1 reply.

I've done a saliva cortisol test and wondered if you had any suggestions on what I need to do next, such as supplements, have no idea. Results:

Sample 1 = 33.67 high (7.45-32.56)

Sample 2 = 12.55 high. (2.76-11.31)

Sample 3 = 6.79 ok (1.38-7.45)

Sample 4 = 3.71 ok. (0.83-3.86)

Sum cortisol = 56.7

DHEA Levels:

AM sample 1 = 0.26 (0.25-2.22) low

PM sample 3 = 0.16 (0.25-2.22) low

DHEA mean = 0.21

DHEA:Cortisol Ratio = 0.008 LOW


I am on 50mg levothyroxine & 20mg T3 (Liothyronine). Iron tablets, 2gm vitamin C, 400mg Selenium, 500mg Magnesium and vitamin A & E. Gluten and Dairy free, reduced sugar. I am a smoker.

Can anyone help please? Do I need to take zinc? Holy basil is?... Thank you.😊

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Naz67 Have you seen what Dr Myhill says about adrenal stress profile test results?

I had similar results to you although mine didn't go over the top of the range, just at the very top (apart from sample 4), DHEA very low and DHEA: Cortisol ratio 0.012.

I was consulting with a hormone specialist when I had this test and I was advised to use and bioidentical progesterone cream. It has taken a few months but with those, plus supplementing to get vits and minerals to optimal levels, plus tweaking thyroid meds, I am in a better place than I was this time last year. I am not qualified in any way to recommend that this is what you need so you need to do some research.

By the way, is there a reason you take 400mcg selenium? The recommended amount is usually 200mcg.

And one last thing, would you consider giving up smoking? I can't tell you to but there are good reasons for us thyroidies to stop smoking, here's just one that involves adrenals:

And as an ex-smoker (gave up over 30 years ago) who now has a progressive lung disease that will see me out if nothing else gets me first, I can tell you I would never have started if I knew it would result in this.


I would second what SeasideSusie says about giving up smoking. I stopped in June and I can tell you first hand that smoking masks the severity of problems with thyroid and other hormones. Not only that but it is one of the causes.

Any work you do to balance your hormones whether, thyroid, adrenals, cortisol etc will be hampered by the stimulating effects of nicotine. I had no idea how ill I was until I gave up smoking. I was literally being held together by nicotine and caffeine

Lu x


Sorry Naz to 'but in' on your thread. SeasideSusie, can I ask you which make bioidentical progesterone cream you take. My private doc told me to get some and recommended a pharmacy; I phoned them and their price for it was £112, so I didn't get it. How do you tell which is a good bio make?

Thanks in advance.


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stoneym This is the one I get

I haven't tried any others, just gone with what was recommended and the service from that company is good and they are very good with their customs declaration form so no VAT or collection fee to pay.


Thanks for reply SeasideSusie; That looks like a very nice one, but at $32, from the USA, how do you get away with not paying Customs Tax?

I am a bit cautious now as last week I got stung for £63 Customs. I was expecting about £40 as I bought 6 months worth of supps. but got charged an extra £20 on top for going just over £135 - I didn't know about that extra charge.



stoneym I don't 'get away' with it, it's how the supplier declares the contents 😉 . I will PM you because I'm not sure this thread is "locked to community".


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