A blood analysis has, and continues to be, the gold standard in medicine to evaluate for health status. In recent years, natural practitioners of health have used this time-tested modality in order to implement their own path for client care. Three primary differences exist between standard medical laboratory testing and that offered through RNH. It gets technical here for a minute, but hang with me. This is in part what makes our service so unique!

  1. The first distinction is between Pathologic and Functional blood testing. Medical testing, as we are most accustomed, typically evaluates for pathologic ranges in the blood. Simply put, pathologic ranges are used to diagnose disease after it develops. Functional testing, on the other hand, evaluates for risk of disease before it develops. Let me explain further. Take an example using the graph below. Let’s say a thyroid blood marker falls within the red zones on either end of the first graph, in an abnormal high or low pathologic range. With this finding, a medical doctor may label your condition (in this case as hypo or hyper thyroid) and provide a pharmaceutical intervention within his/her scope of practice. Let’s say, however, the thyroid marker fell any place within the green zone. In this case the thyroid is treated as “normal” medically despite where it may have fallen within that zone, and the doctor’s hands are tied to intervention medically. The legal parameters for care are black and white.PvsF1PvsF2RNH, conversely, uses a Functional analysis to address this same situation. The established functional ranges tighten the parameters to include lab values that have moved outside of ideal ranges and toward the pathological. In other words, not all normal is ideal. In the second graph you see “Func low” or “Func high.” If this same thyroid value falls within a Functional Low or High range, specific therapeutic nutritional intervention may be used to normalize biochemistry, improve lab values, and prevent a progression toward pathology. In other words, functional testing allows us to recognize unhealthy shifts or tendencies in blood chemistries and to intervene nutritionally to restore normal function before more advanced “disease” sets in.

    This concept cannot be overstated. It is the single biggest distinction between philosophy, and the practice of, medical and nutritional intervention!

    How often are patients told anything from “let’s watch your diet,” “let’s keep an eye on it,” “get more exercise,” “everything looks fine,” or worse “try to stop thinking about it,” when in reality there was a prime opportunity to safely intervene through nutrition to reestablish normal function. Functional nutrition allows us to be proactive as soon as we identify unhealthy shifts.
  2. Standard medical blood profiles today typically check for about 12 factors in the blood, including a lipid profile and a Chem 7. The most significant reason for the relatively limited panel is that insurance companies today in an HMO climate limit reimbursement for what they deem “exploratory” factors in the blood. Their interest is in the treatment of disease after it is found. RNH instead uses a functional blood chemistry assessment to evaluate for over 50 factors at a minimum. This provides a higher level of certainty that your metabolism has been fully screened and provides a greater opportunity to intervene nutritionally TODAY. Take a look at The Sample Report to view this comprehensive panel. A wide array of additional functional tests is at our disposal on an as-needed basis.
  3. The final distinction is one of a holistic philosophy. At RNH, we allow testing results to dictate the course for nutritional intervention rather than to designate across-the-board “protocols.” We each present with a unique biochemistry. Two clients may have similar signs, symptoms, or diagnoses, yet their blood chemistries call for nutritional remedies that differ. For example, one client may have skin lesions as a result of heavy metal toxicity, whereas the next client may have skin lesions, as well, but as a result of a leaky intestinal gut. Testing and evaluation will tell the story and lead the way on a path to optimize your health!