Video: You Can’t Always Trust a Lab Result


I don’t know about you, but I like data to back up what I think is going on. I read scientific articles about nutrition all the time and drive myself to deliver factually accurate information to you about how food works in the body.

That being said, I’ve learned time and again that data isn’t always correct. Maybe I should rephrase that… data (that is based on something other than human behavior) may be correct, but it isn’t necessarily the whole story. And this is where the problem comes in with lab values.

In my work with clients, my goal is to look for patterns in all the data and to find alignment between what they tell me is going on and what their body tells me is going on. In this pursuit, I look at recent blood work results and often suggest that he or she have additional tests run by their doctor so that we can confirm what seems to be happening since the set of data we start with is often incomplete. This is because the labs that doctors tend to run give us only a partial view.

As I mentioned in a previous video, your body is an incredible system and nothing is out of balance all by itself. Therefore, looking at one (or two or three) lab values is usually not sufficient to tell us what’s really going on. So getting more data can often tell us the cause of the symptoms being experienced.

Ultimately, the goal of lab work is to help us understand what is happening in your body and whether or not you have the nutrition you need to function optimally. So, if you think something is wrong, but your doctor tells you all your lab work is “normal”, know that there may be other options to get to the bottom of your symptoms and validate what you inherently know is going on in your body. After all, YOU are the expert on you!

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