Why Don’t Most Health Care Providers Embrace The Functional Range?
Most health care providers believe that care should only be provided when disease is present. This view is generally formed from conventional medical training which ignores the philosophies of preventative medicine and nutrition. Traditional medical training teaches physicians to evaluate blood chemistry in comparison to ranges that determine pathology. If pathology is not present, the patient is considered “healthy.”
The main difference between health care providers who embrace, or reject functional ranges basically boils down to the definition of health. Some health care providers define “health” as the absence of disease or symptom, and therefore if you are not diseased then you must be “healthy.” Other healthcare providers define “health” as being free of symptom and disease but also having adequate energy levels, healthy digestion, ideal physiological function, etc. Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defines health as: “A state of optimal physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity”.
We use the functional range when evaluating our clients. We get incredible results with very difficult cases because we are willing to take a step back and look at the WHOLE person, not just a diagnostic label. When we see shifts out of the functional range we are going to analyze that in conjunction with a detailed history and physical examination. Glancing down at a lab report and saying everything is “normal” because all the values fall within the “pathological reference range,” is lazy and a huge disservice to the patient.
We take a Complete Functional Approach when we see clients!
The information obtained from the Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis allows us to give you critical nutritional advice on your chemical state. Following this analysis, Dr. Hoover can tell you what diet is right for you and whether or not your organs and glands are functioning properly. Abnormal physiological levels are used as warning signs that disease may be inherent in your future.
Rather than waiting years or decades for a fatal disease to materialize, Dr. Hoover immediately curbs the problem through lifestyle changes, nutrition, and supplemental support. Allergies and infections can also be picked up by the blood chemistry analysis.
The program will also give you insight on what foods you need in your diet and the appropriate quantities of that food. Supplements will be introduced to support your diet and make up for the insufficient levels of minerals and vitamins we consume today. Chemical pollutants, preservatives, additives, and cooking are all causes for a depleted level of vitamins and minerals in our bodies.
By taking a look at all three states of the human body and ensuring that a proper balance is achieved, Dr. Hoover can accurately educate you on how nutrition and exercise can improve your health and aid you in fighting disease.
Diet and exercise are imperative in achieving favorable health. After Dr. Hoover targets plausible causes for illness through the blood chemistry analysis, he will design a nutritional and fitness program specifically catered to your body and its needs.
Diets alone do not work. Every healthy person must adopt some form of physical exercise that consists of both weight and cardiovascular training. A healthy heart, decreased stress, lower cholesterol levels, increased energy, a faster metabolism, and muscular strength are benefits you will enjoy if physical activity becomes a part of your daily life. Dr. Hoover will create a plan that works into your level of fitness and busy schedule - and one you'll stick with.
The Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis System works. Finding the factors that harm your body is essential and correcting those problems is imperative. Dr. Hoover will help you on the road to achieving a healthier and happier you.
If you have had the required lab work done within the last 3 months, we can use those lab results to perform the Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis. If you have not had the required lab work done in the last 3 months, we can schedule the required lab work for you at a great discount!
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We use a Comprehensive Wellness Profile for the Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis (over $1400.00 worth of tests) including the following:
Complete Blood Count
WBC—White blood cells are the body's primary defense against disease. White blood cells help fight infection.
RBC—Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen and carbon dioxide to all cells. Iron deficiency will lower RBC.
Hemoglobin—A chemical compound inside red cells that transports oxygen through the blood stream to all cells of the body. Oxygen is needed for healthy organs. Hemoglobin gives the red color to blood.
Hematocrit—Hematocrit measures the amount of space red blood cells take up in the blood. It is reported as a percentage.
Lymphocytes—The results of this and basophils, eosinophils, monocytes and neutrophils deal with white blood cell function. Important to the body's defense against infection. Also important in the assessment of nutritional status.
Monocytes—The results of this and basophils, eosinophils, lymphocytes, and neutrophils deal with white blood cell function. Important to the body's defense against infection. Also important in the assessment of nutritional status.
MCH Mean—Corpuscular Hemoglobin is one way to measure the average hemoglobin concentration within red blood cells, which varies from normal with different diseases.
MCHC Mean—Corpuscular hemoglobin concentration.
MCV Mean—Corpuscular volume measures red blood cell volume.
Neutrophils—The results of this and basophils, eosinophils, lymphocytes, and monocytes deal with white blood cell function. Important to the body's defense against infection and also important in the assessment of nutritional status.
Platelets—Blood cell particles involved with the forming of blood clots.
RDW—Red cell distribution width (RDW) is a calculation of the variation in the size of your RBC's. In some anemias, such as pernicious anemia, the amount of variation (anisocytosis) in RBC size (along with variation in shape – poikilocytosis) causes an increase in the RDW.
The thyroid gland synthesizes, stores, and releases hormones. The hormones secreted are iodine-containing amino acids, thyroxine (T4) and triiodo-thyronine (T3). The thyroid hormones influence a diversity of metabolic processes. These tests help to evaluate thyroid hormones that control the body's metabolic rate.
Total T-4 (Thyroxine)
Free—Thyroxine Index (FTI) T-7
Cholesterol, Total—A sterol in the blood. Knowing your cholesterol may be as important as knowing your blood pressure. Elevated cholesterol is associated with an increasing risk of coronary heart disease. HDL—Cholesterol High-density lipoproteins are believed to take cholesterol away from cells and transport it back to the liver for processing or removal. They have become known as the "good" cholesterol as persons with high levels of HDL may have less heart disease. Low HDL could be the result of smoking and lack of exercise. LDL—Cholesterol Low-density lipoproteins contain the greatest percentage of cholesterol and may be responsible for depositing cholesterol on the artery walls. For that reason, they are known as the "bad" cholesterol.
Cholesterol/HDL Ratio—Calculated by dividing the total cholesterol by the HDL cholesterol. Ratio used by physicians in determining your relative risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Triglycerides—Triglycerides are fat in the blood responsible for providing energy to the cells of the body. Triglycerides should be less than 400 mg/dl even in a non-fasting state.
Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT or SGPT)—An enzyme found primarily in the liver. Abnormalities may represent liver disease.
Albumin Serum—One of the major proteins in the blood and a reflection of the general state of nutrition.
Albumin/Globulin Ratio—Calculated by dividing the albumin by the globulin.
Alkaline Phosphatase—A body protein important in diagnosing proper bone and liver functions.
Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST or SGOT)—An enzyme found in skeletal and heart muscle, liver and other organs. Abnormalities may represent liver disease.
Bilirubin, Total—A chemical involved with liver functions. High concentrations may result in jaundice.
Globulin, Total—A major group of proteins in the blood comprising the infection fighting antibodies
Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH)—An enzyme found mostly in the heart, muscles, liver, kidney, brain, and red blood cells. When an organ of the body is damaged, LDH is released in greater quantity into the blood stream.
Protein, Total—Together with albumin, it is a measure of the state of nutrition in the body.
GGT—Also known as Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase, GGTP Formal name: Gamma-glutamyl transferase helps to detect liver and bile duct injury. Some doctors use it in all people they suspect of having liver disease, others use it only to help explain the cause of other changes or if they suspect alcohol abuse.
Urea Nitrogen (BUN)—Another by-product of protein metabolism eliminated through the kidneys. BUN is an indicator of kidney function.
Creatinine, Serum—An indicator of kidney function.
Uric Acid—Another by-product of protein metabolism eliminated through the kidneys. Uric acid is an indicator of kidney function.
BUN/Creatinine—Ratio calculated by dividing the BUN by the Creatinine.
Glomerular Filtration (eGFR)—Provides an assessment of the filtering capacity of the kidney.
Minerals and Bone
Iron, Total—An abnormally low test result may indicate iron deficiency anemia.
Calcium—A mineral essential for development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. It is important also for the normal function of muscles, nerves and blood clotting.
Phosphorus—Together with calcium, it is essential for healthy development of bones and teeth. Associated with hormone imbalance, bone disease and kidney disease. It is found mainly in bones and teeth. NOTE: a temporary drop in phosphorus level can be seen after a meal. Magnesium-Essential for mineral balance, muscle function and energy production.
Vitamin D (25-OH)
The Vitamin D test measures for levels of 25-OH Vitamin D and is a very good way to assess Vitamin D status. Vitamin D dificiency has been associated with many disorders including many forms of cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation, bone loss, chronic pain, mental illness including depression, diabetes, mutiple sclerosis to name a few.
Fluids & Electrolytes
Chloride, Serum—Similar to sodium, it helps to maintain the body's electrolyte balance.
Potassium—Helps to control the nerves and muscles.
Sodium, Serum—One of the major salts in the body fluid, sodium is important in the body's water balance and the electrical activity of nerves and muscles.
Carbon Dioxide—Ordered as part of an electrolyte panel. The electrolyte panel is used to detect, evaluate, and monitor electrolyte imbalances.
Glucose— Blood sugar level, the most direct single test to uncover diabetes, may be used not only to identify diabetes, but also to evaluate how one controls the disease.
Over 15 different items, this panel is useful in the evaluation of conditions such as urinary tract infection, dehydration, and kidney stones.
Optional Male or Female Panels that include:
Fibrinogen - An important contributor to blood clotting, fibrinogen levels increase in response to tissue inflammation. Since atherosclerosis and heart disease are essentially inflammatory processes, increased fibrinogen levels can help predict the risk of heart disease and stroke. High fibrinogen levels not only are associated with an increased risk of heart attack, but also are seen in other inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation of the kidney.
C-Reactive Protein,hs (CRP,hs) - C-Reactive protein,hs is a substance in the blood that indicates the presence of inflammation and could warn of a heart attack in advance. Elevated amounts of the protein in men may triple their risk for heart attack and double their risk for stroke, whereas elevated amounts in women can increase their heart attack risk up to seven times. Cardio (also specific or high sensitivity) C-Reactive Protein is a marker of inflammation to the blood vessels and a strong predictor of risk for future myocardial infarctions. Cardiovascular tests ordered vary based on patient symptoms as well as family history.
Homocysteine - The amino acid, Homocysteine, plays a role in destroying the lining of your artery walls, promoting the formation of blood clots, and also accelerates the buildup of scar tissue. High levels may increase the chance of heart disease and stroke, especially if you have other risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, or family history.
Hemoglobin A1C - One of the best ways to assess your glucose status is testing for hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c). It measures a person’s blood sugar over the last two to three months and is an independent predictor of heart disease risk in persons with or without diabetes. Maintaining a healthy hemoglobin A1C level may also help those with diabetes prevent some of the complications of the disease.
DHEA,s - Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, and is a precursor to the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. DHEA levels peak in one’s twenties and then decline dramatically with age. DHEA is frequently referred to as an “anti-aging” hormone. DHEAS and several other androgens are used to evaluate adrenal function and to distinguish between androgen secreting adrenal conditions from those that originate in the ovary or testes. DHEAS can be measured to help diagnose adrenocortical tumors (tumor in the cortex of the adrenal gland), adrenal cancers, and adrenal hyperplasia (which may be congenital or adult onset) and to separate them from ovarian tumors and cancers.
Testosterone, Total - Testosterone is a hormone that causes male characteristics. The blood level is used by men to investigate abnormal sexual development and sexual dysfunction. Small amounts are produced in women's ovaries and levels are tested to evaluate virilization.
Testosterone Free -The concentration of free testosterone is very low, typically <2% of the total testosterone concentration. In most men and women, >50% of total circulating testosterone is bound to sex hormone-binding globulin, SHBG, and most of the rest is bound to albumin.
PSA - The prostate specific antigen (PSA), is a protein made only in the prostate gland. PSA is produced by normal, abnormal and cancerous prostatic tissue. The PSA blood test is an accurate measure of this amount. The theory is that cancer causes more of the protein to be made and leaked into the blood than normal prostate tissue, so PSA is now used for assisting in the diagnosis and monitoring of prostatic carcinoma.
Estradiol - Both men and women need estrogen for physiological functions. Estradiol is the primary circulating form of estrogen in men and women, and is an indicator of hypothalamic and pituitary function. Men produce estradiol in smaller amounts than do women; most estradiol is produced from testosterone and adrenal steroid hormones, and some is produced directly by the testes. In women, estradiol is produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands, and peripheral tissues. Levels of estradiol vary throughout the menstrual cycle, and drop to low, constant levels after menopause. In women, blood estradiol levels help evaluate menopausal status and sexual maturity. Increased levels in women may indicate an increased risk for breast or endometrial cancer. Estradiol plays a role in support of healthy bone density in both men and women. Low levels are associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture as well. Elevated levels of estradiol in men may accompany gynecomastia (breast enlargement), diminished sex drive, and difficulty with urination.
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