Have you ever wondered why your annual blood tests seem to always be ‘normal’ despite the fact that you feel pretty awful?
If so, you’ve come to the right place because this article series teaches you why.
We’re fortunate to analyze blood test results many times per week, and we offer bespoke blood testing services to our clients in the UK and North America.
One of the reasons I set these services up was because I spotted some serious shortcomings in standard blood testing analysis that I feel are important for you to know about.
There’s no question that you can gain a MASSIVE amount of useful information from a standard blood test, but to really bring the numbers alive, they have to be interpreted in a deeper and more meticulous way.
This short article and video series reveals several key reasons why your blood test results may be letting you down.
I’ll show you some charts and real blood test results to help the explanations make sense, and show you what you can do to get the most out of YOUR blood tests.
“I feel like crap but my blood tests are normal…”
It’s really common for our clients to report a cluster of symptoms including low energy, mood problems, skin disorders, sleep, sexual and digestive problems, and chronic aches and pains.
Yet they have ‘normal’ blood test results.
It doesn’t make sense, right?
There are three main reasons why this happens:
- Labs don’t always test all the relevant markers; in fact, there is great inconsistency in the markers tested by different labs
- The ‘normal’ ranges are too wide to identify subtle imbalances, and are based on population statistics that come from ‘sick’ people (meaning you’re considered ‘normal’ in a sick population!)
- The tests are interpreted from a pathological (disease diagnosis) perspective rather than functional one (looking for imbalanced physiology and metabolism).
When you combine these three factors, it’s easy to see how a standard blood can tell you you’re ‘healthy’ even if you’re feeling like crap.
I want to point out that this isn’t anyone’s fault, especially not your doctor’s.
Interpreting a blood count and chemistry test in detail takes time. It will typically take me 20-30min to look at a blood test thoroughly, and that’s before I get to speak with my client.
I carefully check the data and put it into the context of a person’s symptoms, health/family history and food diary.
I also run the data through a special analysis programme to look for what we call ‘functional imbalances, which are discussed later in this article series.
Docs in the health service simply don’t have this amount of time to spare. They’re run off their feet already and so all they can really do is skim the results and look for major imbalances that may indicate pathology.
Whilst it’s nobody’s fault, this situation does leave a lot of people confused and frustrated, so…
It’s time to end the confusion!
Let’s take a look at points 1-3, above, in a little detail.
For the sake of clarity and ease of reading, each point is discussed on a separate page.
Remember, we offer a bespoke blood testing and analysis service and we can hook you up with one of these pretty quickly.
Links and additional info are provided within the articles.