It’s finally here! We have a new way to look deeper into your hormone balance. Its called CHI, which stand for Comprehensive Hormone Insights.

It is a detailed urine analysis that measures steroid hormones and their metabolites based on four samples collected over 24 hours. It provides insight into diurnal variation of cortisol levels at the same time providing results comparable to those obtained from a 24-hour collection. Measuring hormones and the metabolites can give a more detailed overall assessment of hormone production. For example, a urine steroid hormone profile on a patient with low salivary cortisol could show typical cortisol production, but high levels of the breakdown products. In other words, he or she is producing robust cortisol, it’s just getting broken down into its metabolites very quickly. There are also some important markers for breast cancer risk that can only be measured in urine.

The four key hormone families of Androgens, Estrogens, Cortisol and Progesterone are each displayed in great detail as in this example. Each analyte is colour-coded for high-normal-low for an easy glance at the results. This helps with interpretation, and is especially helpful for us to create a targeted treatment strategy for each patient.

As you can see, there is a lot of detail, and this guides us to create the treatment plan.

Dr Joe Klassen ND has been a part of the team which developed this test in his role as Clinician Support Specialist at the Rocky Mountain Analytical lab. We developed the reference ranges by testing hundreds of clinically-well patients and then studying the results. A unique range was identified for various stages of hormone cycles to provide accurate information. More recently Dr Joe has been working with a few key hormone-focused practitioners across Canada to ensure the clinical utility of CHI. The commentary and interpretation was written by Dr George Gillson MD PhD, who founded the lab almost 20 years ago. He is a nationally respected MD, who has been lecturing on hormone balance in Canada and USA for many years. The report is over 20 pages of individualized graphics and information regarding your results. Click here to visit the CHI page and click the sample report link.

Even the summary “heat map” has each analyte identified to its reference range:

The beauty of this non-invasive testing is that you collect at home and ship in the provided prepaid kit. Testing can be arranged at any appointment with Dr Joe.  Click here to book an appointment.