Wellness Testing Is Preventive Medicine

Most traditional physicians use laboratory blood testing to identify and diagnose diseases or assess a person’s general health at a point in time.  Most of us have had a doctor order a blood test.  The question is how these tests are used.

Times are changing.  Many medical professionals are starting to practice preventative medicine where blood testing is a primary tool.  Virtually every medical problem is reflected in your blood in advance of any noticeable symptoms.

Periodic blood testing is the most important step that you can take to prevent disease.   The analysis of blood tests over time will help you elucidate multiple nutritional and metabolic deficiencies as well as identify potential life threatening diseases.  We recommend running a comprehensive blood chemistry and CBC every six or twelve months for wellness planning and monitoring.

The body’s blood chemistry is a complex system of checks and balances where trends and patterns are more valuable than isolated values.   As an example let’s say that a person’s glucose levels have been rising over the last 12 months (or 2 blood tests) but are still within the normal range.  This would not raise any red flags under traditional medicine.  However, by being aware of this trend it could allow this person to address the early onset of diabetes through lifestyle changes.  It is always best to treat a condition at the earliest time possible when treatments are most effective.

Using preventative blood testing as part of a wellness plan can be summarized in  three steps:

1)  Establish “markers of health” through an initial comprehensive blood test.  These are personal ranges with markers that make sense for each person – not normal ranges based on an average population. Some of these markers should be general, such as cholesterol level, and some should be specific to a person’s profile, history, and lifestyle, such as a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) or TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) level.

2)  Implement dietary, nutritional, lifestyle other therapies to raise or lower specific markers.

3)  Take the test again after six or 12 months.  At this point you can analyze your results to determine if your wellness plan is working and make adjustments accordingly.