#TBT Why Blood Tests Don’t Tell You Squat
It’s time for another Throwback Thursday blog!
This one comes to you in honor of World Thyroid Day, which just took place on May 25th, AND because this topic has been coming up time and time again in conversations I’ve been having with people.
I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me…
My blood work came back normal, but I still _________
can’t lose weight
can’t get pregnant
get bloated and have stomach pain
can’t stop losing hair
feel anxious or depressed
(fill in the blank with your symptom)
There is no such thing as a perfect test, and blood tests certainly don’t provide the full picture of what’s going on with your health.
So I’m bringing this blog back to help you find the right tests and resources you need to find the missing pieces to your health puzzle so you can get back to feeling like yourself again!
I received one of the most disturbing messages from a client less than 48 hours before I went live with my webinar Why Typical Blood Tests Don’t Tell You Squat (and what tests to run instead).
This client, we’ll call her Sarah to conceal her identity, started working with me in December of 2015 after participating in one of my Seasonal Cleanse challenges. She was attracted to the Cleanse Challenge for its promise to boost energy, get rid of belly bloat, gain a flat stomach and an overall improvement in health.
Sarah enjoyed the cleanse challenge and saw some results, but it was obvious she needed more help, which is how we came to work together.
We ran some tests, identified some healing opportunities within her hormones and digestive system, got her started on the right diet for her body and some supplements to support the body’s healing process. Within a matter of weeks, she was feeling great!
For months after starting our work together Sarah saw significant improvements in how she felt and looked. Her anxiety dwindled down to almost nothing, her energy was up, she felt better in her body and her digestion was on point.
After about a year of being on her health re-building program, she hit a wall with her results and almost started going backwards.
I encouraged her to run a full thyroid panel for clues and that’s when she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s.
Since then, Sarah and I have continued our work together to help her manage her Hashimoto’s with a holistic lifestyle approach, which included redefining her diet to support the healing process, changing up her supplements, taking more time for herself and working to eliminate toxins that disrupt thyroid function.
Part of Sarah’s health re-building plan also included following her dreams to leave New York City for the West coast or some area that better supports her health.
As she was getting ready for her upcoming move to the west coast in February and going through old paperwork, she came across this doctor’s report from 2009…
Back in 2009, Sarah clearly had Hashimoto’s that was overlooked. Her thyroid antibodies were well over 200 and even marked as “high” according to the traditional conventional lab references ranges.
Her TSH was high when compared to the optimal/functional range of 05.-2.0 and her Free T4 was on the lower side of the conventional range and the optimal/functional range.
Her health practitioner completely dismissed her thyroid results, even though Sarah was symptomatic, and even noted “Thyroid level was quite normal. This means the irritable changes are not from the thyroid.”
Had Sarah received a proper interpretation of her test results, or been more well informed to advocate for herself, she quite possibly could have reversed her Hashimoto’s 8 years ago. I can’t even begin to image how much different her life would be today. She could have been living a high energy, flat stomach and symptom-free life for the past 8 years had she known better.
This is the perfect example of why I just hosted the webinar Why Typical Blood Tests Don’t Tell You Squat (and what tests to run instead), and why I’m sharing the recording with you.
It’s time to put a stop to this confusion and to become educated about what your lab tests are really saying, or to figure out the right labs to run so you can become your own advocate and take back control of your health.
In this webinar, I uncovered these truths about lab tests as it relates to your health:
- How blood and saliva tests don’t tell the full story about your hormones and what health secrets are hiding in your urine
- What’s wrong with lab reference ranges, how they could be lying about your health and what optimal ranges look like
- How markers on a comprehensive blood panel all give you clues about your gut health
- Why you should be running functional (not conventional) lab tests to find the missing pieces to your health puzzle
It is possible for you to have better energy, mental clarity, clear skin, a flat stomach and/or to feel good in your body again. You just need the right lab tests and resources to give you the right clues so you can find the missing pieces to your health puzzle and get back to feeling like yourself again (or for the first time!).
I hope you find this week’s blog and webinar replay insightful, and empowering.
I like to say that I’m in the business of making the impossible, possible.
So if you find yourself feeling stuck, being told that “everything looks normal” by other health professionals, yet you know something just doesn’t feel right in your body, then schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me here today!