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What Basic Blood Tests Can Reveal About Health

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  • While most health practitioners rely on reference ranges provided by the laboratory, there’s an evidence-based set of optimal reference ranges, which can more readily predict underlying pathology
  • Low bilirubin is clearly associated with an increase in all-cause mortality, as it is a lipophilic antioxidant and a marker of lipid peroxidation. Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), another powerful predictor of mortality, should not be above 20 U/L
  • Men and women have different reference ranges for aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ratios (liver enzymes that assess liver function), and the ideal range for optimal health is around 20 U/L, not 40 to 50 U/L as indicated by lab ranges
  • Blood viscosity affects a number of different conditions, including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, gallstones, bone density and more, and can be calculated using two markers: total protein and hematocrit
  • One of the most valuable mortality scores is the Intermountain risk score, created based on the basic blood chemistry markers of tens of thousands of patients in a hospital setting. Based on these basic blood markers, you get a 30-day, one-year and five-year mortality risk score

Dr. Bryan Walsh is a naturopathic physician extensively trained in molecular biological pathways and an associate professor at the University of Western States. In this interview, we discuss some of the amazing pieces of information you can harvest from a basic blood panel that many conventional physicians either don’t know or don’t share with you.

Even many functional medicine practitioners, unfortunately, are unaware of this information. One of the problems is that many doctors are unclear about what all the different markers even are.

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