This type of lab testing is very different than what your medical doctor may do because we are looking for imbalances in the body such as nutritional deficiencies rather than diagnosing a disease. It gets to the root of things so that you can function at your best now and prevent health problems in the future. At your first appointment at 3 Points Health & Wellness, a full health history is taken as well as an in-office, non-invasive physical examination. Based on the findings of this in-office evaluation, we determine which lab test, if any, are appropriate to complete our comprehensive evaluation.
Some of the lab tests that we do at 3 Points Health & Wellness include blood, stool, urine and hair analysis such as:
Blood Chemistry Panels
Comprehensive Thyriod Panels
Food Allergies and Sensitivities (Including Celiac and Gluten Intolerance, among others)
Gastro-Intestinal (Gut Profiles)
Hormone and Adrenal Testing
Hair Mineral Analysis
Why Blood Testing?
Blood has a lot to tell us about your state of health and the blood chemistry and CBC / hematology test is the most commonly ordered medical lab test worldwide. These blood tests are an integral part of Western clinical medicine and are used to aid in the diagnostic decision- making process. Patients understand and are educated that blood testing is the norm for health assessment.
However, many, many people start to feel unwell long before a traditional blood test becomes diagnostic and more often than not, patients like you are told by their practitioner that "everything on your blood test looks normal."
"NORMAL" IS NOT OPTIMAL
Most patients who feel "unwell" will come out "normal" on a blood test. Clinical experience suggests that these people are by no means "normal" and are a far cry from being functionally optimal. They may not yet have progressed to a known disease state but they are what we call dys- functional, i.e. their physiological systems are no longer functioning properly and they are starting to feel un-well.
The issue is not that the blood test is a poor diagnostic tool, far from it. The issue is that the ranges used on a traditional lab test are based on statistics and not on whether a certain value represents good health or optimal physiological function. The problem is that "normal" reference ranges usually represent "average" populations rather that the optimal level required to maintain good health. Most "normal" ranges are too broad to adequately detect health problems before they become pathology and are not useful for detecting the emergence of dysfunction.
THE FUNCTIONAL APPROACH
The functional approach to blood analysis is oriented around changes in how you are functioning and not a particular disease. We use ranges that are based on optimal physiology and not the "normal" population. This results in a tighter "Functional Physiological Range", which allows us to evaluate the area within the "Normal" range that indicates that something is not quite right in the systems associated with this biomarker. This gives us the ability to detect changes in your level of functioning. We can identify the factors that obstruct you from achieving optimal physiological, biochemical, and metabolic functioning in your body.
Another thing that separates the Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis from the Traditional approach is we are not simply looking at one individual biomarker at a time in a linear report of the data. Rather, we use trend analysis between the individual biomarkers to establish your otherwise hidden trend towards or away from a functional health.