If you’ve ever had a lab test done by your doctor, you know that the results you receive indicate whether you have a medical problem based on ‘reference ranges‘.
If you fall outside of the range, you are sick. If you are within the range, you are not.
It’s pretty cut and dry.
For example–>If your fasting blood glucose is 99 mg/dL on a lab reference range of 65-99 mg/dL, then you won’t be considered ‘sick’ until you hit 100 mg/dL, just one point higher. That’s the mindset in many cases.
The reality is that you may have been told that your lab test results were within ‘normal’ reference ranges from a conventional healthcare standpoint when, in fact, you may be experiencing symptoms leading to full blown imbalances.
So instead of heading off a budding problem, in many cases, the medical model simply monitors the situation until you finally do reach the ‘disease state’.
Of course, not all doctors approach lab results that way, but many do. In those situations, there is no intervention until you fall outside of the prescribed pathological ranges.
Where do Lab Reference Ranges come from?
Here’s the thing…reference ranges differ from lab to lab. So you may be ‘sick’ with one lab’s results and not with another.
Also, remember that in many cases reference ranges are established by labs collecting the results of the sick people that come into the lab, so they may not reflect optimal health reference ranges.
Think about that for a second. The labs draw their conclusions as to what is considered ‘normal’ by the people that come into their labs. Well, it ain’t the healthy people coming in their doors, that’s for sure!
Another example–>Vitamin D levels are considered “normal” if they fall between 20 ng/mL and 100 ng/mL. Doctors are now recognizing that this range is too wide. They’ve discovered that a minimum of 40 ng/mL and a maximum of 60 ng/mL is usually best for their patient’s optimal health, particularly their mental and emotional health.
“Standard lab reference ranges are too broad to enable practitioners to detect health problems or to prescribe appropriate remedies on an individual basis”, says Dr. Dicken Weatherby, ND, founder of Blood Chemistry University and author of Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis, 2002.
Optimal Health Reference Ranges for Hormones
One of the most effective applications of using optimal health reference ranges to analyze lab tests is with hormones.
Standard reference ranges are typically adjusted for age. Somehow we believe that declining hormone levels are normal as we get older. In fact, many allopathic (mainstream) doctors don’t bother to test hormone levels in aging people.
Fortunately, we have an aging population who are seeking health and vitality. Because healthy hormone levels are a critical part of vitality, hormone testing for older folks is more commonplace now, thanks to their grassroots effort.
Another example–>TSH, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, is a primary blood marker used to assess thyroid health. Standard reference ranges for TSH are typically .45 to 4.5 mU/L. The trouble is this range is too large.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists said as long ago as 2001 that “even though a TSH level between 3.0 and 5.0 is in the normal range, it should be considered suspect since it may signal a case of evolving thyroid underactivity.”
Optimal levels of TSH are optimal between 1.8 to 3.0 mU/L, according to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, author of Why Do I Still have Thyroid Symptoms?, 2010. Thyroid health, as well as all hormones, have everything to do with emotional health. Shouldn’t our hormones be optimized rather than simply avoid the disease state?
Where do Optimal Reference Ranges come from?
Optimal health reference ranges are based on optimal physiology. This results in tighter reference ranges.
These optimal ranges are derived from: ranges that were considered normal 20-30 years ago, from research studies, and from clinical observations.
Using optimal health reference ranges, sometimes known as ‘functional blood chemistry analysis’, provides deeper insights into the underlying causes of your physiological imbalances.
By examining many of the markers in combination, dysfunctions like viral infection, gastric inflammation, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal insufficiency, gut dysbiosis, and more can be revealed.
While lab testing is an outstanding tool for assessing your health, these type of tests should be used in conjunction with many other modalities such as symptom analysis and functional evaluation.
At Mind Blowing Wellness, we are specially trained in Blood Chemistry Analysis, using optimal health reference ranges. As well, our primary focus is on symptom analysis through the use of our unique Nutri-Q online assessment questionnaire. Combined with our video instruction for assessing your health through Functional Evaluation testing, we provide our clients a thorough procedure to get to the root of their moods.
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