It's a common experience for all of us. We go to the doctor for a physical or when we feel sick. Sometimes, the doctor will order blood tests. When the results come back, the doctor will look at them and tell us if the results are "ok" or not. Have you ever wondered what, precisely, he/she is looking for in the results?
In general, doctors use blood tests to look for signs of disease. All blood test values (biomarkers) have a reference range. When a biomarker is outside of this range, it's a red flag for a doctor. But, here's the problem: just because a biomarker is within the reference range, doesn't mean it's at an optimal level. The reference range really just represents those values that are considered typical. The optimal values usually fall within a more restricted range. My Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis training (FCBA) allows me to figure out what's optimal and what's not. I also use FCBA to look for patterns that indicate dysfunction. Put another way, just because your MD says all your blood tests are "ok" doesn't mean there isn't dysfunction, it just means there are no obvious signs of disease...yet. Dysfunction that is not corrected progresses to disease. Since the entire focus of my NTP practice is to help people stop and reverse this progression, FCBA is a very powerful complement to my NTP skills.
For clients who sign on for Nutritional Therapy, I include FCBA. But, I also offer it as a standalone service for people who just want to see how things look.