As part of our ongoing effort to increase the awareness of daily detoxification I believe it is important to increase the public’s awareness of the difference between “functional” blood testing and “conventional” blood testing.
The following information are based on my notes taken and information provided during a seminar by Dr. Ronda Nelson (2013).
What is Functional Blood Chemistry?
It is an effective method of evaluating analyzing blood testing to reveal early stages of physiological imbalances.
Why Use Functional Blood Chemistry?
By focusing on physiology rather than a specific disease diagnosis, you can evaluate slight variations before they become a disease process.
Using an automotive example, how much would it be worth to you if you could detect your timing belt is wearing down before it actually breaks? Therefore, if you could observe a trend that is bound to result in a imbalance that causes diseases, before the criteria is met for a disease, how valuable is that to you?
Functional Blood Testing is comprehensive, inexpensive, and often covered by insurance. Moreover, you can regularly have your blood tested to check your body’s trends.
What is the key to Functional Blood Testing
The key are the acceptable ranges. If you understand the bell curve, you know that there is a gradient between optimal (center of curve) and the extremes, which lead to outlying results.
Using tighter levels of acceptance increases the sensitivity.
A conventional lab result is based on 95% of the population. Do you want your health evaluated on what 95% of people have when 50-80% of people suffer from being overweight, obesity and perhaps some early form of diabetes? The ranges used today are not the same ranges that are equal to 20 to 30 years ago when the obesity epidemic hadn’t gone crazy yet.
Therefore, it is not a surprise to me when I have a patient or a friend who is clearly overweight and suffering from obvious signs of disease and they are proudly proclaiming that “My blood tests are normal.”
Come on folks, “Normal” compared to what?
To make matters worse, as insurance companies seek to save money, a “complete” blood test of today are commonly a reduced set of tests that were historically used to provide a comprehensive blood evaluation.
What can you do?
You have to seek out a doctor who is willing to “look beyond” conventional evaluation to uncover the real problem. You can ask your primary MD, although, for many people it is teaming up with an “alternative” or “Holistic” medicine practitioner who is trained in evaluating Functional Blood Chemistry.
A practitioner can also help you order tests, or it is possible that a patient, if educated, can order their own blood tests through certain labs that do not require a professional license to order.
If you would like to do some research and blood testing on your own, I suggest to go to www.directlabs.com to see what’s involved with a “patient-friendly” lab.
If you are a practitioner, I suggest you take a look at www.ProfessionalCo-op.com and see what a doctor friendly lab looks like.
Minimal testing is no longer adequate, you will need to include:
CBC with differential
Basic Metabolic Panel
Other suggested add-on tests include:
By establishing a benchmark for yourself, you can provide yourself a powerful tool to help assess your body’s physiological condition and take action before many diseases set in.
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