Posted by bleauberry on May 28, 2011, at 19:12:05
In reply to Neurotransmitter testing via saliva accurate/scam?, posted by Phillipa on May 27, 2011, at 13:19:30
Urine or saliva doesn't matter, the problem is the test measures metabolites of neurotransmitters and then attempts to translate that into actual neurotransmitter measurements. That has a variety of unsubstantiated assumptions and potential for error. Assuming it was 100% accurate, that still doesn't tell us anything useful. There is no clue as to what the receptor health is, other substances competing for the same spot, genetics, and stuff. My test showed very low serotonin. But I found various strategies of increasing serotonin to be either unhelpful, problematic, or worsened my condition. So I concluded that somewhere in the interpretation of such tests, this one was wrong. Or assuming it was right, it did not accurately predict that additional serotonin would be a bad thing for me.
There's just too much we don't know about an immensely complicated organ, so I don't see that test as being extremely useful. Maybe somewhat useful to some people though. I still find mine interesting and I ponder why the results were what they were. So I don't regret doing the test.