Many people I work with ask me initially questions like: “What supplement can I take to reduce my pain?”, “What remedy is there for high cholesterol?”, “What can I take for high blood sugar?” “Which of these plants are better anti-inflammatory?” And others like that ..
But after a while of working together to solve health problems, these questions diminish and come down to one: “What do you think is the cause of this negative symptom that I have?“. At that moment, I know that the person came to understand how imbalances appear in the body and how you correctly address them. The real solution to solve disease is found through detective work, where not only have you discovered the causes, but you also know how to eliminate them in an efficient, natural and non-invasive way.
Discovering the Cause With The Help of Laboratory Tests.
Laboratory data can provide a vast amount of information about various metabolic functions, systems in the body, nutritional deficiencies, toxicity and stress response. In fact, a quality functional interpretation will provide valuable information that will help you achieve a high level of health. From a functional point of view, there are three basic areas that influence almost everything in the body: hydration and electrolyte balance, digestion and assimilation, elimination and detoxification. Through the appropriate in-depth analysis of the person’s symptoms, important data about their functionality will be available.
Beyond the basic level of understanding the “ideal” reference range for individual markers, there is a whole sphere of interpretation of blood biochemistry, which is dedicated to understanding the “patterns” within it. The analysis of these patterns can effectively identify physiological imbalances and nutritional deficiencies by understanding the complex relationships that exist between the factors of blood biochemistry. This pattern analysis allows the detection of primary imbalances with greater precision and clarity; it quantifies physiological imbalances in terms of the relationships between markers, rather than their “high” or “low” individual value.
In my practice I do not interpret blood analysis to diagnose and / or treat, but to detect tendencies, imbalances, deficiencies, dysfunction, congestion, infections and inflammation. With the help of other lab tests (hair analysis, Metabolic Typing test, microbiome analysis, etc.) I can develop the most suitable and personalized solution for optimal health and biochemical balance.
The conventional laboratories offer information about statistical averages, not optimal health values. The reference range of the laboratories is created using the Gaussian curve model, where your results are compared with the “average” of that laboratory. There are only two deviations here, one above and one below average. This reference range will expand more with time, as people become more and more sick.
But “average” does not mean health. In addition, different laboratories use different reference ranges. From the functional perspective, however, the optimal values of each marker are considered and up to 70 patterns between markers are being analyzed.
The interpretation of the functional analysis is not oriented to the identification, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, but to the maintenance and identification of health, and the improvement of bodily functions.
For example, routine tests include only blood glucose measurement, a rather unstable marker. But isolating only glucose, without taking into account other very important factors for glucose metabolism, such as insulin, LDH and glycated haemoglobin (HbA1C), the clinician risks not identifying the true health state of the body.
In addition, many laboratories have very wide reference ranges; like for insulin it can be between 2 – 24! So, a person with a 22 insulin value is considered within normal limits! In fact, this value, correlated with other values in the blood test, clearly determines insulin resistance and / or a prediabetic state. No wonder many people are pre-diabetic or already have diabetes without even knowing it!
When blood analysis is interpreted functionally, rather than pathologically, it can provide many essential physiological information, and helps us to understand where the physiological priorities are (which are the most important biochemical dysfunctions and imbalances), and decide what the next potential tests are. It is necessary to find additional data, to develop a personalized program that supports biological functions, as well as to track the progress and effectiveness of the program implemented over time.
Myths and Particularities in the Interpretation of Blood Analysis.
Currently, many experts recommend synthetic or natural remedies for high cholesterol levels. From statins to niacin, garlic, fish oil, mustard seeds and even veganism, a variety of remedies are recommended, until you get to find the right one … A kind of playing Russian roulette.
However, no one asks why is cholesterol high? Do not fall into the trap that has spread throughout the modern era, according to which saturated fat and meat are to blame. You can read more about the real cause of this dysfunction here.
So in this case, the total value of cholesterol says nothing. For a proper assessment one should analyze the LDL / HDL ratio, triglycerides, glucose, inflammatory markers (C-reactive protein, homocysteine), electrolyte activity, markers related to the activity of the liver, adrenal glands, thyroid and inflammatory markers of the digestive system. This way you can obtain a complete picture and better understand what is really happening in the body, in depth. If you do not perform these tests, you will only get a superficial, incomplete, but inefficient clinical investigation.
What can be said about the risk of cardiovascular disease? In fact, cholesterol is not the best way to analyze this risk. C-reactive protein, insulin and homocysteine are major and essential indicators for accurate analysis. Unfortunately, I met many people with various health problems, who have done blood tests for years and in none of them these markers were recommended and analyzed …
Why are these markers important? Homocysteine formation is the result of L-methionine amino acid biosynthesis. A level greater than 8 is associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as cancer and other conditions. Homocysteine levels increase due to certain deficiencies such as folate, vitamin B6 and B12. There are often genetic mutations that indirectly raise the level of homocysteine. For example, mutations in MTHFR genes can significantly reduce homocysteine methylation rate, leading to a high level of homocysteine, thereby increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The inclusion of a specific protocol in the supplementary plan thus becomes essential. As noted, the implications can be profound and only a proper investigation can determine the true cause of the illness.
One of the ways in which a person increases their risk of cardiovascular disease is if they become insulin resistant. This will also cause high magnesium excretion and sodium retention, both of which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Diets high in sugars and processed foods will cause a large amount of insulin to be released from the pancreas.
Another example refers to serum urea or BUN (blood urea nitrogen). The values set by the laboratory can be very high (up to 36!) And some have no lower limit. In fact, a person with a value of 7, for example, will suffer from a multitude of conditions, including cell malnutrition. A high value such as 25, for example, may indicate kidney stress, dehydration and possible electrolyte insufficiency. But these values are considered to be “normal” in standard interpretations.
The Importance of Biochemical Individuality.
If any nutrient or food can have different biochemical influences on different people, how can there be a treatment – for any condition – that will work for everyone? It is not the disease that needs to be treated, but the deep metabolic imbalances that actually caused the disease. – William Wolcott, The Healthexcel System of Metabolic Typing.
Suppose we have two people with high cholesterol and both take niacin for it. One of them will achieve positive results, by lowering the cholesterol level, but the other one will worsen the health and the same high level of cholesterol. What happened? Through the Metabolic Typing methodology we do we know that niacin is helpful in normalizing cholesterol levels in certain metabolisms (such as carbohydrate types), but it might imbalance cholesterol metabolism in others (such as protein types).
Thus, you can find out about a nutrient, plant, remedy that worked great for a certain condition. You try it too, just to find that it has completely failed in your case. Another person tries it and gets positive results instead. It is the experience of many people who have tried one “famous” remedy or diet, only to notice that it has caused a negative effect in their case! It is the experience of a man supplementing with zinc, only to find that his prostate problem has worsened. It is the experience of the woman with premenstrual syndrome who suffers an intensification of the negative symptoms, after taking vitamin B6 or primrose oil or maca! And the examples are endless!
So it is essential to remember that the benefits of a particular nutrient do not apply to everyone. And today we can find out precisely what is that nutrient and what is the diet that suits us!
The information obtained from the laboratories and from the symptoms analysis should be used in nutritional programs and personalized strategies. It is incorrect to assume that everyone needs the same remedy, because there are infinite factors that determine the biochemical individuality of each one of us.