Have you had times where you went to the hospital not feeling well, and after ordering blood work, you were sent home because of a normal lab result?
Do you see the doctor for recurrent symptoms, health conditions, or pain that just doesn’t resolve despite having normal lab results?
Do you want to know the actual root cause of your health concern that many medical doctors do not investigate through the lab tests?
In part 1 of the blood series, we discussed the symptoms of an unhealthy blood, and the components and function of whole blood. In this part of the series Thomas, a Medical Laboratory Technologist, will discuss how lab testing utilizes these blood components (plasma, RBC, WBC, and platelets) to help reveal the root cause of your health concern through signs.
What can the Medical Establishment Detect in your Whole Blood?
A. Chemistry Lab Testing
- Quantify the components (analytes) of your plasma
- Some analytes released in the plasma is organ-specific (i.e. liver enzymes)
- Level of organ-specific analytes determine function of organs, and patterns seen on different analytes can help determine the issue of your health concern
B. Hematology Lab Testing
- Quantify and morphological assessment of formed elements (RBC, WBC, platelets) in your blood
- Looks at your blood clotting pathway (hemostasis) by assessing the coagulation factors in the plasma
- Can determine inherited blood conditions (hemoglobinopathies – sickle cell disease, thalassemia; hemophilia, etc.)
- Can help determine acquired blood-related (i.e. anemia, leukemia, bleeding disorders) and blood-unrelated conditions (i.e. infection)
C. Transfusion Medicine Testing
- Determine the blood type of your RBC (A, B, AB, O, etc.) and any unwanted antibodies in the plasma, both testing required for safe blood transfusion
- Detect antibodies in the plasma that may be attacking your own red blood cells causing hemolytic anemia
D. Microbiology Testing
- Whole blood cultures to detect and identify bacteria, virus, and fungi in the blood
Some Flaws in Conventional Medical Lab Testing
1. Lab ranges and how it is analyzed
In the medical lab, the normal ranges are generated by results from the population. 95% of the population falls into the normal range, and only 2.5 percent of the population falls below or above this range. It is unrealistic to say that only 5 percent of the population is sick, therefore, falling into the normal range does not always mean one is normal and healthy according to the current medical establishment. The lab tests are based on “normal ranges” as opposed to “optimal ranges”. Combining with the symptoms you are having, the doctor then makes a decision to label you as having a “disease”, or clinical insignificant at that time – nothing in between (i.e. sub-clinical). There was probably something wrong with you sub-clinically, but the doctor was not able to pick it up, hence it was deemed clinically insignificant by the doctor after looking at your minor symptoms.
Conversely, if your results are abnormal (i.e. high cholesterol), the doctor will most likely lower your test results (i.e. Statins) instead of treating you as a whole. When your results are abnormal, it is a “sign” that your body is trying to compensate for an underlying health issue that you may have. Let’s use the example of high cholesterol. In the literature, cholesterol has been shown to be an anti-oxidant. Could the real reason for its increase be due to an underlying health issue related to free radical damage, perhaps due to malnutrition?
Below is an example of how most conventional medical doctors assess your blood work results (given is an example of an iron storage protein analyte called ferritin):
In the current medical system, medical doctors rarely look for signs in the blood that assess nutritional deficiencies (except iron and maybe B12) or early signs of it (i.e. magnesium – see diagram below), digestion/absorption/assimilation issues with nutrients (Low hydrochloric acid, dysbiosis, gut permeability and dysfunction, metabolic issues), environmental toxins (i.e. heavy metal), insulin/cortisol insensitivity, and low-grade chronic issues related to inflammation (aka silent inflammation), metabolic acidosis/fluid electrolyte imbalance, and oxidative stress. These go under the radar in the eyes of modern medicine that may actually contribute to the root cause of your health concerns.
It is better to “functionally” analyze these lab results by looking at “optimal” ranges and detect probable health conditions based on patterns seen on a panel of test results that fall outside this range, a technique called Functional Blood Chemistry and Hematology Analysis (Table 1A.).
2. Treatment of blood specimens for microscopic analysis
In the hematology lab, blood specimen smears are altered/killed by additives (i.e. EDTA), alcohol and stain on a slide, allowing us to see a “snapshot” on what’s going on in the particular specimen when it is dead and not living. In this process, important biological material is disintegrated or changed (i.e. plaque, crystals, chylous material, fibrin, etc.) to the point where the modern medical establishment lists all of them as “artifacts” or are “insignificant” in the blood, respectively. But as we know today (based on well-documented research), these biological materials are associated with “signs” of degrading health related to the catabolic physiology.
Although modern methods of staining are important to distinguish in great detail the morphology of blood cells (i.e. red blood cells, white blood cells), and the type of microbe (i.e. gram positive versus gram negative bacteria; the identification of parasite species such as malaria) present at any given time, they ignore the “live” nature of these bodily cells (i.e. level of activity), and the possibility of upward development of these microbes (i.e. pleomorphisms). Knowing that our blood is not sterile, Bechamp and others have shown that our microbiota changes upwardly into pathogenicity (i.e. single unit of life -> bacteria -> yeast -> fungal) as our terrain (environment around bodily cells/microbes) changes (i.e. dehydration, pH level, inadequate nutrition, blocked energy, stressors, etc.), resulting in rising toxicity. This microbiota doesn’t only exist in the gut but also in the skin, hair, nostril, oral cavity, esophagus, lung, stomach, vagina, and even blood. Could these changes in the biological terrain be the actual root cause of your health concerns? Studies indicate so! To demonstrate this principle: why are some people are more susceptible to infections, even when they are in the same physical environment?
Live Cell Microscopy can be a great complimentary tool to assess the health of your biological terrain (plasma) and the blood cells (formed elements) themselves while they are still alive and in motion (Table 1B.).
|Table 1: Determining the Root Cause of your Health Concern through signs in your Blood|
|Lab testings:||Blood Component Analyzed||What can it detect?|
|A. Functional Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis of Routine Blood Work results
Hematology (formed elements – RBC, WBC, and platelets) and coagulation (plasma)
“62 patterns of functional disorders and 11 nutrient deficiencies that most physicians do not get from normal range”
Health conditions related to:
|B. Live Cell Microscopy
a diagram showing a monitor filled with red blood cells (small round circles) and waste material (top right quadrant)
Formed elements (RBC, WBC, and platelets) and plasma
|RBC: membrane abnormalities and inclusions
WBC: types (neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils), and quantity present, activity level
Platelets: size, degree of aggregation, secretion activity
Plasma: waste/undegraded products (plaque, crystals, pteroharpens, fibrin, fermentation) and polymorphic microorganism activity
A video of what I do as a Medical Laboratory Technologist and how I can use this knowledge and experience in revealing your health concern through Live Cell Microscopy: