DISCOVER THE NUTRITIONAL
STORY IN YOUR BLOOD TEST
THERE IS NO OTHER SCREENING TEST that is more efficient, effective and affordable than a
comprehensive blood chemistry panel.
It is truly the ultimate tool in biomedical laboratory sciences to assess your health across multiple
systems. One single blood draw can suggest the probability of many conditions, including various types of anemia, gut, viral and bacterial infections, liver and kidney issues, hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, diabetes, thyroid, adrenal problems and many more. Below is a brief description of the difference between a pathological and a functional range. This will help you better understand the functional appreciation of your lab results.
PATHOLOGICAL VS FUNCTIONAL RANGES
There are two main types of ranges in the field of blood chemistry: a pathological range and a functional range. The pathological range is used to diagnose disease. The functional range is used to assess risk for disease before disease develops. The references that are provided with laboratory test results are referred to as “the pathological range”, because if the test results are out of range, it usually indicates potential for pathology or disease. “The functional range” is a tighter ranger, a healthier range, and when lab results fall within the patterns of a functional imbalance, strategies such as lifestyle, diet, nutrition, and other noninvasive therapies can be recommended.
Functional medicine practitioners approach patient management differently than many other medical disciplines. Rather than waiting for a condition to be clinically diagnosable and then warranting a specific medication, in this model our goal is to address the underlying mechanism that is dysfunctional early enough to negate the disease process. Rather than giving a specific medication or herbal compound for a specific condition, our goal is to try to fix the system’s core physiological mechanisms and feedback loops for the purpose of resolving the area that is dysfunctional.