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From the Townsend Letter
January 2014

Hormone Testing: When to Use Serum, Saliva, and Urine
by Pushpa Larsen, ND; Michael Kaplan, ND;
Leah Alvarado, ND; and Mi-Jung Lee, ND, LAc

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Pushpa Larsen, ND, graduated from Bastyr University in naturopathic medicine, naturopathic midwifery, and spirituality, health and medicine. She is a regular contributor to naturopathic and integrative-medicine publications and a sought-after speaker for continuing-education seminars. Dr. Larsen has written and presented webinars on many topics in laboratory medicine. She consults with hundreds of doctors every year on the use and interpretation of hormone profiles, blood viscosity, and other tests offered by Meridian Valley Lab.

Michael Kaplan, ND, is a naturopathic physician specializing in men's health. He divides his time between his private practice at the Tahoma Clinic North Seattle and Meridian Valley Lab, where he trains physicians on the safe and effective use of bioidentical hormone replacement.

Leah Alvarado, ND, completed her undergrad degree in molecular and cellular biology at Texas A&M University and received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. She is a senior consulting physician for Meridian Valley Lab, teaching other doctors to interpret labs and prescribe hormones. She has coauthored three publications on hormone replacement therapy and food allergies.

Mi-Jung Lee, ND, LAc, has a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and degree in Chinese medicine and acupuncture. She is a consulting physician at Meridian Valley Lab and has trained extensively in the use and monitoring of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Lee is also skilled in mesotherapy, a minimally invasive anti-aging therapy from Europe. She practices at the Tahoma Clinic in Redmond, Washington.

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