Functional blood work is different from pathological
blood work. The pathological range is used to diagnose disease. The functional range is used to access proper function
and to assess the risk for disease before disease develops. The ranges for proper function are narrow on both ends.
They are healthy levels for optimum functioning.
For example, rather than waiting until your fasting glucose
reaches diabetic proportions at 127, if you have a functionally high level of 100 or even 99, you can start making
changes in your diet now. If your glucose levels are functionally low, but you are still considered in "good
health", you may be reactive hypoglycemic and need to take some steps to turn that around before you are diagnosed
hypoglycemic. And which ever side of the fence you are on here, they both indicate a sugar handling problem. Hypoglycemia
almomst inevitably becomes insulin resistance.
Another difference is that in general, functional blood chemistry
analysis is about looking for patterns which means there needs to be enough tests or biomarkers run to get a clear
picture. Then, I'll look at your symptoms closely and compare them to your blood test results. I spend time going
over your health history and specific metabolic symptoms so that I can put them together and access the probabilities
of these two. If I find patterns in your functional blood test results, but it's not clear in your history, I will
probe you with questions to see if this is of possible concern or not. For example, if your glucose is on the low
side I will ask if your fatigue goes away after you eat - reactive hypoglycemia. On the other hand, if it's on
the functional high side, I may ask if you get tired after eating, which can be an indicator for insulin resistance.
Functional blood work can assess:
optimum thyroid function
possible adrenal fatigue
blood sugar imbalance
fatigue and anemias
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"There is no general
screening test that is more efficient, effective and affordable than a comprehensive blood chemistry panel. A comprehensive
blood chemistry panel will allow the healthcare provider to quickly assess the degree of health or disease in a
patient." Datis Kharrazian D.C. DHSc. FAACP,
DACNB, DABCN, DIBAK, CNS, CSCS, CCSP.