We don’t just go from healthy to diseased.
And that’s why the early detection of dysfunction is essential to preventative health.
In my opinion, the easiest and most effective tool we have for early detection of imbalances is blood chemistry. That’s right… a simple blood test.
A doctor who prescribes an identical treatment for an identical illness in two individuals and expects an identical development may be properly classified as a social menace. – Lin Yutang
Why blood chemistry analysis?
A detailed blood chemistry analysis helps uncover multiple nutritional and metabolic deficiences. It helps clarify potential organ and system dysfunction. Blood chemistries can also be used as a “gateway” test for other testing. For example, markers for digestive dysfunction may prompt me to order a GI Health panel or Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis for my patient to get a more comprehensive picture of what’s happening.
What’s the difference between how my medical doctor looks at my blood work results compared to how you – a naturopathic doctor – would analyze my results?
The conventional or standard laboratory reference ranges are designed to identify and diagnose disease states and pathology.
The normal reference values can change from year to year depending upon the prevalence of disease in the general population. This leaves a large number of the population testing in a range that is considered “normal” as compared to the rest of the population. This is far from being optimal.
The functional approach – the approach I take – is oriented around changes in physiology and not pathology. I use ranges that are based on optimal physiology and not the “normal” population.
This results in a tighter range, which increases our ability to detect the physiological changes in patients that lead to disease – ie before the disease has occurred.
We can identify the factors that obstruct a patient from achieving optimal physiological, biochemical and metabolic functioning in their body.
This is true prevention.
I view Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis with all the other diagnostic data gathering methods available to me:
- Patient Health History
- Physical Exam
- In-office Testing
- Out-sourced, Specialized Testing
The following are just some of the factors and information I can gather from analyzing a patient’s blood test results:
- Nutritional status
- Hydration status
- Digestion and toxin elimination ability
- Mineral and vitamin imbalance
- Essential fatty acid levels
- Oxidative stress
- Metabolic and hormonal imbalances
Let’s walk through an example together…
Let’s say I notice the following pattern show up on a patient’s blood test results:
Increased total globulin + decreased total protein + decreased albumin + increased BUN + decreased serum phosphorus
A medical doctor may not even notify a patient of these imbalances or take any action to correct them.
To me these values are a clear sign of a condition called Hypochlorhydria. Hypochlorhydria is a condition of decreased output of hydrochloric acid and pepsin from the parietal cells of your stomach. Basically, not enough acid in your stomach to properly break down the food you eat, resulting in digestive symptoms like heartburn.
Hypochlorhydria is often due to zinc and thiamine deficiencies.
This condition can easily be addressed with natural therapy. Yet this condition would never be addressed if the standard medical approach was taken to analyzing this patient’s blood work results.
Therefore, I recommend a full chemistry panel and complete blood count on every patient. Every patient.
By doing so we establish a working baseline if they haven’t had any recent testing, we can assess their current health status, we can identify and/or confirm patterns or trends from other findings, we can support findings found in their health history, physical exam or other testing and we can use the blood test results as a prognostic indicator for potential nutritional and/or metabolic imbalances.
Ask yourself… does my medical doctor do this?
Would you like your blood test results comprehensively analyzed?
Book an initial consultation at the Wellness Blueprint Health Centre by calling (306) 781-2222. And bring all your previous lab test results with you!