Finally another episode of Ask Me Anything.
For the fourth episode, I tackle a question about ‘normal’ values for blood work. Ultimately, this was a really personal question about an individual’s own lab work, so I took it as an opportunity to talk about some really important aspects of blood work that often don't get discussed.
In a nutshell, I cover three main sub-topics:
- A broad discussion of the various internal and external factors that influence blood work
- Getting labs and why it’s important to be critical of the analysis process
- What do the results actually mean, and the power of creating personalized data
Want the quick notes version?
I fully support individuals taking an active role in understanding and managing their own health state, and the importance of working with health practitioner(s) to do so. I don’t support DIY lab analysis, conventional medicines use of testing as a singular, static and completely depersonalized diagnostic tool, and the overall ignorance towards the multitude of other crucial internal and external variables that must be accounted for, explored and discussed.
Blood work should not be the judge, jury and executioner.
It should be one of many tools used to examine an individual’s health state. Additional methods should be used in conjunction with bloodwork, such as tracking and applying other markers of biofeedback, and then looking at everything in individual context. Building personal data is how you can begin to build a healthier and sustainable body from the inside and out.
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