Going beyond traditional Blood Tests
At Fundamental Health Solutions, we go beyond the use of traditional tests which can be limiting in the information we need. We utilize the technology of a darkfield phase contrast microscope. This specially designed microscope makes it possible to view colorless attributes of your blood that are normally invisible using traditional methods. This allows us to identify problems that may be adversely affecting your health. This process is called Live Cell Microscopy Analysis, and it detects problems that are not easily found in traditional blood tests. Many times problems can be discovered in their infant stages. A nutritional microscopist can reveal the nutritional status of the blood by noting various processes which indicate poor digestion and assimilation associated with how the body uses food for energy, maintenance, growth and repair. Live Blood Analysis is important because it helps to catch health problems early, before they manifest into more serious health challenges.
Functional Versus Pathological Blood Chemistry Lab Ranges
When analyzing blood issues, there are two main types of ranges that can be used during laboratory blood chemistry analysis: a “functional” and “pathological” range. We focus on the functional range for analysis. It is a narrower range that is used to assess risk for health problems and to detect health challenges before they develop. Our functional ranges have been determined by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
The Comprehensive Bio-screen Blood Panel
Our comprehensive Bio-screen detects 67 biomarkers in the blood plus 13 items evaluated via urinalysis. When we apply functional ranges to these values, we can quickly determine metabolic imbalances, and correct a problem early. This test gives both the patient and the healthcare practitioner the peace of mind that their metabolism has been thoroughly screened.
All Blood Tests are Not Equal
We take our blood testing seriously. We offer tests like the TRIAD blood spot, because they look for metabolites, or end products, that result from a nutrient or lack thereof. This helps patients to see via scientific testing, why they may still have nutritional deficiencies even though they are taking vitamins. We not only want to know what the levels of a vitamin are in your blood, but we want to know if your body is utilizing it properly. Unlike conventional testing, the test protocols that we use measure how effectively the nutrient is being metabolized by your blood.
We also offer non-radiation bone density testing
Bone marrow makes our red blood cells, which carry precious oxygen to our organs and glands, and returns the waste product carbon dioxide back to our lungs. Bone marrow makes all of our immune cells, called white blood cells, which are the guardians of our health. Our bone marrow also makes platelets, the third type of blood cell, which serves to clot blood when we are bleeding.
Bone strength and flexibility is a function of the bone’s composition, not necessarily the thickness. At Fundamental Health Solutions we use a more sensitive laboratory test called the NTx Osteomark Urinary Assay to assess bone health. The NTx urinary assay measures a specific amino acid unique to bone which is found in the urine and detects subtle changes in bone loss, which occurs in everyone over the age of 50. This test provides more information than traditional tests, such as a DEXA scan, without radiation exposure.
DEXA Scan Versus The NTx Urinary Test
The NTx Osteomark Urinary Assay measures present, not past bone loss and it measures the bone loss rate. Unlike DEXA scans, we can measure your bone health every 3 months, or less, versus annually. This also allows us to monitor the effectiveness of the recommended protocol, as well as measuring system wide bone loss, versus (DEXA) only focal bone loss.
How do we recognize impending heart problems?
To identify heart problems before they happen, we use the Myeloperoxidase enzyme test. This test, developed by leading cardiovascular doctors at Cleveland Heart Lab, is specific and very sensitive, with the ability to detect heart problems months prior to the actual event. The Myeloperoxidase enzyme test is more accurate than any other lab test, including cholesterol, C-Reactive Protein, and homocysteine, used to detect impending heart problems. (For more information about the reliability of cholesterol to predict heart problems, please search under “cholesterol” on our blog site.)
The professional online journal, DentalEconomics.com, began their 2013 publication year with an article titled, “State of the oral-systemic union: 2013.” The author of this article, Dr. Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS, discusses MPO (refers to Myeloperoxidase), “Other parameters that indicate an increased risk of vascular disease include the level of myeloperoxidase (MPO). MPO impairs endothelial function and increases the vulnerability of arterial plaque to rupturing, which triggers CV events. MPO predicts the future risk of coronary artery disease in healthy people.”