Blood Chemistry Analysis is important because it helps to catch health problems early, before they manifest into more serious health challenges. Our “Comprehensive Bio-screen” panel helps a healthcare provider quickly assess the degree of health in a patient, as well as any metabolic imbalances. It is relatively inexpensive and can help to identify and manage many serious health challenges.
Functional Versus Pathological Blood Chemistry Lab Ranges
When analyzing blood issues, there are two main types of ranges in the field of blood chemistry analysis: a “functional” and “pathological range.” The “pathological range” used by all laboratories that perform blood chemistry analysis use these ranges. These lab reference ranges are formulated from testing sick people, not healthy people. Therefore, if you fall in this range you may be told that everything is normal, yet continue to have the same problems.
A narrower lab range, which we use, is the “functional range.” Blood tests that focus on the “functional range” are taken from healthier people, and these tests are used to assess risk for health problems and to detect health challenges before they develop. Our functional ranges have been determined by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
The Comprehensive Bio-screen Blood Panel
To effectively detect underlying metabolic problems, it is important that your practitioner has had experience in analyzing comprehensive blood tests. It is also important to have a practitioner with the requisite comprehensive knowledge and skills so that the right nutritional corrections are applied. These two components are key, so that the body is allowed to heal itself.
Our comprehensive Bio-screen detects 67 biomarkers plus 13 items evaluated in urinalysis. When we apply functional ranges to these values, we can quickly determine metabolic imbalances, and correct a problem early. This test gives both the patient and the healthcare practitioner the peace of mind that their metabolism has been thoroughly screened.
All Blood Tests are Not Equal
We take our blood testing seriously! Tests like the TRIAD blood spot look for metabolites, or end products, that result from a nutrient or lack thereof. Why is this an important distinction? Let’s look at Vitamin D levels. Most standard blood chemistry panels today check for vitamin D levels by measuring whether Vitamin D is present. The presence of Vitamin D does not tell us whether it is properly being used by your body. This helps us to identify deficiencies that can affect optimal health.
We not only want to know what the levels of a vitamin are in your blood, but we want to know if your body is utilizing it properly. By measuring the end product that a nutrient creates by their chemical reactions in the body (such as an organic acid or other chemical compound in the blood), we can determine whether or not you have healthy amounts of any nutrient.