Blood Work from a Nutritional perspective
Today more and more people are becoming actively involved in the direction of their healthcare and are demanding more information on how to get and stay healthy. This is a good thing. It keeps us doctors on our toes so that we can continue to provide our patients the best care possible. But sometimes despite our best efforts the ball gets dropped
I can’t tell you the number of patients who come through my door with their blood work in hand, with abnormal values that are either not addressed or addressed improperly by the ordering doctor. Some are suffering side effects of expensive drug therapy to treat what may not even be the source of the problem. Some have out of range laboratory values that were either ignored or labeled as unimportant, incidental findings. Some suffer for years from the same symptoms in spite of countless “diagnostic” tests and procedures.
Because patients are either not getting better or instead are actually getting worse they often seek out alternative therapies. They land at my door, the doctor of last resort.
So here are some did you knows to consider when you get your blood work back.
• The standard lab range you are presented with is not the Healthy Range. It is the Clinical Range. The Clinical Range is used by the medical community to diagnose disease states. The healthy range is a stricter guideline showing emerging problems in the developmental stage.
Here are some examples of the differences between Clinical Range and Healthy Range:
The Clinical range for Glucose is 65 to 99. The Healthy range is 80 to 95. The Clinical range for Triglycerides is 100 to 199. The Healthy range is 80 to 115. The Clinical range for Cholesterol is 100 to 199. The Healthy range is 140 to 170.
• A high Cholesterol value can mean an under functioning thyroid.
• A high LDL (the alleged bad cholesterol), can mean there is an infection in the body.
• Low Chloride can mean that you have low hydrochloric acid (HCL) available in your stomach for digesting food resulting in digestive upset, GERD, food allergies and a greater predisposition to parasites.
• Talking about parasites high Eosinophils may well mean you are fighting a parasitic infestation.
• Low Prolactin will affect the production of progesterone affecting the ability to conceive as well as regularity of periods and menopausal like symptoms.
• Low serum Iron does not necessarily mean you are anemic and that you should be taking iron supplements. Sometimes it can mean just the opposite; there is too much iron in your system. Also iron levels fluctuate throughout the day and will be affected by the time of day when the blood was drawn.
• A Glucose serum may not be telling the whole picture, ask for HbA1c.
• Any artificial joints with metal? Make sure your ion levels are being checked regularly.
• Make sure that a cardiac sensitive C-reactive protein is part of your blood panel.
• Concerned about cardiovascular risk, ask for a B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) test. The levels of BNP predict the risk of heart failure, first cardiovascular events, stroke or transient ischemic attack.
Finally if changes are instituted based on the results of lab work, whether its drugs, diet, vitamins, herbs or lifestyle, make sure that those changes are working. Get your blood values rechecked again in 60 to 90 days.
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Think twice about touching your toes
That’s right, proceed with caution with this type of a stretch. Once an old standby stretch for hamstrings and tight back muscles, its safety has been called into question by recent Canadian research.
This type of stretch has been implicated in causing micro tears to the supporting structural tissues of the back. On the surface a micro tear may not seem so bad, after all it is not a macro tear. But it is those insidious micro tears that we don’t feel, which add up and then emerge with a vengeance, when we do something so benign as reaching down to pick up a pen we may have dropped. Excruciating pain, the back, “goes out”. From there let me tell you, as a chiropractor, it’s all downhill. The patient comes in, “Doc, I don’t know what happened, I just bent over to pick up my pen and I couldn’t straighten up.” Ah, micro tears, this is how they work.
Next time you want to stretch your back, hamstrings or your calf muscles, get off your feet and sit on the floor or another hard surface. Extend your legs in front you and bend your torso toward your feet with arms extended to touch your toes. Do not under any circumstance force this stretch. Hold for a count of 30 and work up to a count of 120. You should feel the pull in the back of the thigh and in the back.
To stretch your calf muscles, remain in the same position and dorsiflex your toes. Hold for 30 seconds and again work up to 120 seconds. You should feel the pull in the back leg muscles below the knee.
As with any stretch, never force a stretch. The muscles will release when they are ready. Remember, to be safe and most productive, a stretch should always be performed with warmed up muscles; therefore,never perform stretches first thing in the morning.