How to Prevent the Onset of Disease

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Know your numbers.
I talk to many people in the course of business. I find that most
don’t know much about their blood work. I commonly hear people
say that their blood work is "normal", but when they actually
look at the numbers, there may be several out of range. Medical
doctors use blood work to diagnose disease. If there is no disease
pattern present, then the lab work is pronounced "normal".

From my standpoint,
the real value of regular blood work is a preventive aspect. What
if your blood work is "normal" for several years in a
row, but steadily moving towards the end of a "normal"
range? Wouldn’t you want to know and be able to make some changes
so that you do not progress into the "disease" range?

Being able
to look at your blood work in this manner could make big differences
in your overall health in the long run. Standard blood work can
give lots of information about nutritional intake, digestion, mineral
balance, immune status, liver function and kidney function. In most
cases, health problems do not begin overnight. Regular blood work
as a preventive tool tells you what areas to target and if the things
you are doing are actually working.

Abnormal blood
chemistry usually indicates an underlying functional issue. For
example, high triglyceride and cholesterol levels are typically
used as markers for cardiovascular risk, but they also can indicate
deficiencies of essential fatty acids, blood sugar issues, liver/gallbladder
dysfunction, thyroid problems and poor digestive function.

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16, 2010

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