When you have a doctor’s appointment usually your doctor will order a blood test to help assess your health. I use a variety of lab tests to assess patients’ health and diagnose problems. Some of the tests I run are those used by conventional doctors and some are not. Examples of conventional labs I may decide to order for patients are complete blood counts, metabolic panels, iron levels, thyroid function tests, lipid panels, blood sugar tests and cardiac health assessment. The unconventional labs I often consider when working with patients are food allergy and sensitivity tests, adrenal assessment tests, neurotransmitter function tests and various hormone tests.
My interpretation of lab results differs from the interpretation you will get a conventional doctor’s office. The normal values reported on lab tests are based on averages of people. The people used to create the averages are not necessarily healthy people. The normal values I use are based on optimal body function (physiology) which means I often identify anemia, thyroid imbalances, dehydration and other health imbalances that will be missed when interpreted by a allopathic doctor (MD).
I use lab testing, conventional and non-conventional, to assess health and diagnose ailments. I also like to use lab testing to help educate patients about their health and to help them better understand why they have the symptoms they are experiencing. This better understanding of why certain symptoms exist helps patients grasp why I make certain recommendations and recognize steps they can take to improve their health.