FUNCTIONAL BLOOD CHEMISTRY ANALYSIS
Lab tests look normal, yet you still feel bad? Take your diagnosis to the next level with functional blood chemistry analysis.
Pathological Versus Functional Ranges
Have you recently been to the Doctor, had your blood drawn, and was told everything is normal….yet you are still fatigue, your hair is falling out, you experience bloating or you just feel awful? I have patients come into my office weekly that this has happened to. I have come to a conclusion as to why this happens. Not all Doctors read blood tests the same. There are two main types of ranges in the field of functional blood chemistry analysis: a pathological range and a functional range.
The pathological range is used to diagnose disease; the functional range is used to assess risk for disease before disease develops. The references that are provided with laboratory test results are referred to as the “the pathological range”, because if the test results are out of range, it usually indicates potential for pathology or disease.
The main difference between the functional and pathological range is the degree allowed within their normal ranges. For example the functional range for glucose may be 85-100 mg/dl, but the pathological range may be 65 -110 mg/dl. Levels above the pathological range may indicate diabetes. Levels above the functional range, but before they reach the extremes of the pathological range, may indicate insulin resistance and future risk for developing diabetes. Another functional value I use often is the TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone. I often find TSH levels outside of the functional range causing pathological hypothyroid symptoms.
Conventional medical training is concerned with the diagnosis of disease and rarely preventative medicine; therefore, patients are usually not consulted regarding the parameters of the functional range. Health care providers that practice preventive medicine are those most inclined to incorporate consulting patients when their levels present outside of the functional range. If biomarkers can be managed before they fall within the pathological range, prevention can be practiced.
Many traditional health care providers do not embrace the concept of a functional range. My belief is that care should be provided before disease is present. In my office I run a number of blood test panels and I look at the functional range. I work at bringing hormone, mineral and vitamin levels back into the functional range, so your body can function at an optimal level. I address what the western medical community calls a “low normal” or a “high normal” and see huge changes in a person’s vitality with restored energy and enthusiasm for life when these levels return to functional.
This would be my first choice and recommendation to start a customized health program for the adult age group. This goes beyond just a functional blood test analysis, where the summary of the test results very accurately indicate organs or body systems that are stressed.
Just to give some insight into this assessment: I used this assessment for a female client. It revealed stressed liver and ovaries. She had not mentioned any hormonal issues to me, so upon questioning her, she was surprised that a blood test picked up this detail. She explained that a long time ago she had polycystic ovaries but had taken some medications and was told that her cysts were so small now that they were not a medical issue any more.
She had forgotten to mention it as she thought it was a thing of the past. Well, she still needed to work on it as it was still ‘there’. What a blood test can tell you is amazing.
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis may reveal:
- Cellular hydration / dehydration
- Cell oxygen uptake
- Adrenal fatigue
- Subclinical thyroid issues
- Hormonal imbalances
- Water retention
- Liver issues – fatty liver / congestion
- Low mineral levels
- Infections like candida, fungal, parasitic
- Immunity levels
- General antioxidant and vitamin levels
- Detoxification capacity
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Cholesterol and blood lipid profiles
- Blood viscosity
- Eelectrolyte imbalances
- Multiple stressed organs or systems
- Metabolic challenges (why you are not losing weight)
- And most importantly, how you can support your body holistically and naturally once you have all this information!