What Is Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis? Lab tests look normal, yet you just don’t feel right?
Not all physicians interpret blood tests the same way. There are two main types of reference ranges in the field of blood chemistry analysis: a Pathological range and a Functional range. A pathological range is the range that labs like Labcorp or Quest will include when you have blood drawn. Doctors will look at these ranges and if your results fall within this range, your test result is “Normal” and there is nothing wrong with you. Many people feel sick, or don’t feel well yet they are told everything is normal. This often happens with with patients who have Thyroid disease, metabolic syndrome, Irritable bowel Syndrome, Depression, Anxiety, hormone imbalances, etc
Health is Not Black and White
If we rely on these ranges health and disease becomes a very black and white issue. If you are in the range you are normal and “healthy” and if you are out of range than you are “sick”. Unfortunately, Sickness and disease and even health come in varying shades of gray. This is why doctors who focus on Root cause Medicine or Functional Medicine often pay more attention to “Functional laboratory ranges”
Functional Range are considered sub-clinical and can indicate the beginning stages of disease. They should be used as bio markers, indicating a developing condition. Another way of saying is that you are sick but you are not sick enough to be treated…at least not yet.
Most traditional doctors use only the Pathological Ranges and do not address the sub-clinical findings until they become a serious medical condition where either drugs and surgery are your options. The goal is to identify developing nutritional problems and prevent them from manifesting into a serious medical condition. This will help us on our path to true health and a better quality life.
Diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are merely a cascade of symptoms indicating bodily imbalances
Let’s look at why many people are told that they are normal but they feel anything but normal-
50% of the patients who consult my practice don’t feel well and yet many of them have had blood work that appears “normal.” We can assume one of three things is happening with these individuals.
- The doctor is using pathological reference ranges and not Functional ranges.
- The patient has not had the Correct testing done for their symptoms and health problems- They may need Functional Testing
- The patient is making up their health problems and there is nothing wrong with them. ( I often find problems with #1 and #2)
Look at the illustration below to further understand Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis
When you get your blood test results, it tells you the individual blood marker (i.e. Glucose, HbA1C, uric acid, etc) on the left side and on the far right you will notice the laboratory range. The laboratory ranges is the Pathological range. If you have biomarkers that fall in this range, your doctor will tell you that you are normal and healthy.
Next, I want you to notice the “Functional Ranges” (just to the left) This is what we want to pay attention to. Notice the yellow readings for BUN, Chloride, Phosphorus, protein, Globulin, A/G ratio, Ferritin, etc. This is the range that assesses for the “risk of disease.”
What you will notice is that the “Functional Ranges” are narrower. You will notice in this example that this person has various bio markers that show up in Red or Yellow. Red is the pathological/Disease range and Yellow indicates the patient is out of the Functional range.
Why are they different?
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, and functional testing can be implemented then prevention can be practiced.
Nutritional Analysis of Your Blood Test May Indicate the Need for:
- Diet and lifestyle changes
- Nutritional support of metabolic pathways
- Nutritional support of key organs for weight loss and detoxification
- Need for Supplementation such as Vitamin D, B12 and Iron
- Fluid and electrolyte balance
- Minerals such as magnesium, calcium and iron
- Tissue hydration
- And much more…
Signs of Nutritional Imbalance:
- Mental and emotional symptoms including mood swings
- Structural/musculoskeletal symptoms
- Optical symptoms like difficulty in night vision
- Symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, pain, etc.
- Cardiovascular health issues
Purchase the Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis with Consult
- Need a 2nd opinion as it relates to your existing blood work?
- Has your doctor told you everything is “Normal” but you don’t feel “NORMAL”
- Do you think your doctor may have missed something?
- If you answered Yes!, a Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis may be just what you need.
Get started with a Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis
Step 1– Order now
Step 2– Submit copies of your existing blood work (3-4 page limit)- You can email these to us or you can mail them. Over 4 pages will incur additional charges. We recommend Blood work to be recent- within 6-12 months and from either Labcorp, Quest labs or your local hospital. If emailing please email to [email protected]
Step 3– Once received and reviewed by Dr Hagmeyer, One of our New patient care coordinators will contact you through email and schedule a time to discuss your test results.
Please note this is only a review of existing blood work- Dr Hagmeyer cannot order testing for you under this service.
NOTE: This service is only available for individuals who have existing blood work. This a second opinion and Dr Hagmeyer’s analysis. The analysis is $129. This includes a 15-30 minute consult to discuss your existing lab test results.
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