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Can Spit Predict Heart Attacks & Cancer?

Can Spit Predict Heart Attacks & Cancer?

Your spit is a treasure trove of information that soon could diagnose everything from high blood pressure to cancer.

What’s more, saliva is so easy to collect, that someday patients will be able to take their own samples and send them directly to labs for analysis or use a smartphone app to read results, cutting initial health care costs.

Already, saliva tests are diagnosing HIV, oral diseases, and inflammatory disease. In the future, maybe 5 to 10 years, saliva analysis could be able to pinpoint where the inflammation exists and what exactly is causing it, says researcher Bjorn Klinge, professor and chair in the Department of Periontology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Klinge and colleagues studied the saliva of 1,000 adults living in Sweden to see if certain salivary biomarkers could be used to detect common and sometimes life-threatening system diseases.

The study showed that saliva can contain elevated biomarkers for these diseases.
• Diabetes
• Bowel disease
• Muscle and joint disease
• Tumors
• Various inflammations associated with heart disease and high blood pressure.

This spit research not only has the ability to revolutionize methods for diagnosing life-threatening disease, but it can help people who, because of poverty or location, have limited access to diagnosis and treatment.

Some saliva tests are as easy as sending a spit sample in a plastic bag to the lab. There’s also a smartphone app and test kit being developed that reads cortisol (stress hormone) levels in a saliva. Elevated cortisol levels in psychotically depressed patients can signal the onset of a psychotic break.

“We will be able to reach parts of the population that we haven’t reached before,” Klinge said in a press release, “and that will increase our chances of detecting illnesses at an early stage.”

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Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Lisa Kaplan Gordon, creator of frugalgarden.com, is an award-winning journalist, avid gardener and fly-fisher. She lives in Northern Virginia on a half acre that always needs weeding. Please visit her on Twitter (@kaplan_lisa) and Facebook (Lisa Kaplan Gordon)

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12:25AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

wow...how interesting. pretty soon, the sky will be the limit.

11:28PM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Thank you :)

6:39AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

A means to understanding

5:07PM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Thank you :)

10:57PM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

I will have to check into this. This would be so wonderful.

2:54AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Interesting

8:07PM PDT on Aug 8, 2014

Now that's an app anybody could use!

11:59AM PDT on Aug 8, 2014

My naturopath at Life Clinic in Utah can do this. She's the one who found I was allergic to grains; helped me heal from a cancer diagnoses over 9 years ago and found parasites in one of my kids that were treated quickly early on. I totally believe this is possible, and well worth it! The saliva test can also tell you if you're low on certain nutrients, and I believe has significantly contributed to my ever-improving health. Drives my regular doc crazy because he can't figure out how it's happening LOL.

11:34AM PDT on Aug 8, 2014

Very interesting, thank you.

9:20AM PDT on Aug 8, 2014

Thanks for sharing

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