Why I Was So Wrong About Blood Tests by Frederic Patenaude

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Why I Was So Wrong About Blood Tests by Frederic Patenaude

I recently got my yearly blood tests done.

I’m planning on sharing my results in a future blog post, as I’ve done in the past openly on my website.

Whenever I post my blood test results, I always get lots of comments from my readers, and I often notice that there are a lot of myths running around about blood tests.

These myths have been circulating in the natural health world for a while, so I think it’s important to spell some of them out and hopefully help you understand how powerful it is to have blood testing in your disease-prevention corner.

I have to be clear before I start that blood testing is an essential tool to determining how your body is reacting to your environment, but testing isn’t the only marker of good health – it’s one of many.

1. MYTH: Blood tests don’t mean anything because the levels are inaccurate and based on unhealthy people. I feel healthy, so I don’t need them.

I used to believe this statement.

I believed it so strongly that I resisted blood tests even when I wasn’t feeling good.

By the time I got my first blood tests, I was deficient in many things – I was even outside some of the clinical ranges for unhealthy people.

Apparently my belief system and what I was doing was flawed.

When I started to break down my belief about blood testing, I began to understand some of the things I was fighting against.

First, I was fighting against the medical institution. My thought was this: much of what they do is wrong, so blood testing must be wrong too.

Second, I knew the levels were based on a sample of the general population so they were of no interest to me, since I was “healthy.” (This belief is partially true – at least the general population part.)

Third, I didn’t want to see any results that would go against the diet I was eating, because I was so strongly stuck in the dogma of it. I wasn’t going to change anyway.

You may have had some of these same beliefs – you may still have them.

It wasn’t until after my own health challenges that I looked at my beliefs objectively.

Only then, was I able to understand where I went wrong and why my beliefs were getting in the way of my best health.

Here’s what I realized…

Just because I was angry at the medical institution, didn’t mean that there is nothing valuable that has come from our science of medicine.

I was filtering everything in black and white.
Natural = good.
Medical = bad.
This is clearly not the case.

Blood tests can accurately show clinical disease as well as give you an idea of where you’re trending over the period of months and years.

The trick is you need to find a practitioner trained in functional medicine or preventative medicine who can read optimal levels, not clinical levels.

For those who don’t understand what this means…

Clinical levels are guidelines that determine if you can be clinically diagnosed with a disease. Optimal levels are based on clinical experience and can be much different than the clinical levels.

Knowing these optimal levels also helps to transcend the “general population” myth as well. The numbers on the lab worksheet tell a story about everyone, you just need to know how to read them.

2. MYTH: All doctors know how to read blood tests.

This second myth goes hand in hand with the first one, but I think it needs to be addressed separately.

Many people who find natural health do so because they’ve been ticked off (probably a nice word for it) by their doctor. They have symptoms and no one can tell that what is wrong.

Their doctor has ordered some blood tests and told them nothing is wrong, but they still feel tired or weak or worse.

What has happened here is not a failure of the blood test (which some people assume), it’s a failure of the medical education system.

There is plenty of knowledge about how to accurately and appropriately use blood tests (as well as others like saliva and urine) to treat patients who don’t fit into the medical model of disease.

The challenge is that this model is not being taught in medical schools.

So to think that just because one doctor or one failure of the system is enough to lose complete faith is not a particularly strong argument.

3. MYTH: Getting tested once is just a snapshot of my blood, it won’t mean anything…

This maybe isn’t a myth because it’s correct.

What’s incorrect is that this shouldn’t stop you from getting your blood tested.

Getting tested more than once and on a regular basis provides you with true and valuable information about your health. One time is not enough if you want the best preventative approach.

Look at it this way…

If you were to look at one day of a day trader’s stock ticker, you’d think that the market was crashing and rebounding every 6 minutes.

But if you take a look at the 5 year trend of the market, you can see very clearly where there was financial wealth and where there were problems.

Same with blood testing. If you have just one test, it gives you a snapshot, but not an overall picture of health. (There also could be lab error in this test as well.)

Regular testing establishes a pattern that you can read to understand how your health is trending for the long term – are you moving toward great health, or slowly (maybe quickly) moving toward deficiency and disease.

Is it more expensive, sure.

Does it require more effort, yes.

Will it make a difference in your health and quality of life, absolutely.

My Last Belief About Blood Tests

My last belief about blood testing was the hardest to crack – and the most irrational of all of them.

I believed so strongly in the principles of my diet, that I decided any blood test wouldn’t change what I was doing anyway. I was very far removed from actualities of my situation and my dogma of the long term raw and vegan diet. (I still strongly support this diet as well as a high raw diet as a lifestyle!)

I made up any and all excuses not to get tested – even spoke against blood testing – because I was convinced it wouldn’t help me.

Even if I did get tested, I figured, again that my levels wouldn’t mean anything, because the diet would take care of everything.

As you know, if you’ve been following the work we do, that was a very flawed and dangerous belief. I’m glad I no longer have it.

So here’s where I’m going…

“Believing” that blood tests are inaccurate and unnecessary is simply that – a belief. It’s not a fact.

They can be a very effective tool – I feel essential – for monitoring your health for preventative reasons.

It would be a shame if your belief system stopped you from getting your blood tested. Particularly, if that blood test could have noticed a small deficiency that progressed into an illness or a disease.

The bottom line, is that blood testing – whether you “believe” in it or not – is a very important tool for determining your long term health.

Please don’t let your ideals get in the way of your own personal health. It happened to me and didn’t turn out so well

I challenge you to take the next step, regardless of what you think, and get a test or two. You may find out something that will change your life and health for the better.

You may even find out that the healthy program you’re on is working!

What’s Next?

Once you have the basic tests done, you need to be able to understand them. For that we highly recommend the Complete Blood Test Blueprint, by Dr. Williams.

Many physicians may be a bit too conservative or aggressive when it comes to certain test results so we think that Dr. Williams has provided a fantastic resource to analyze your own results and discuss them with your doctor after.

You’ll know exactly what each result means AND you’ll know what you can do to change them, if you need to.

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I wanted to as well, so I contacted Dr. J. E. Williams and asked him to help me put together a program that could help you determine how to read your own blood tests and identify the optimal levels for healthy eaters.

It features 35 beautiful graphics that show you clinical, desirable and optimal ranges for blood tests and what to do if your levels are high or low.

Blood testing, if done correctly, can be your best ally in determining the right diet, the right supplements and the perfect health for you.

He also covers what to do when you get your tests back to bring your levels into optimal ranges.

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