Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis
Benefits of Functional blood chemistry analysis
Conventional Blood Test results are based on the average population, which means that the “normal range” gets wider as the general population gets sicker. Alternatively, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis (FBCA) compares blood test results against an ideal, healthy population.
The FBCA process helps to alert you to potential vitamin & mineral deficiencies, imbalances, or dysfunctions in your body long before there is a diagnosable disease present. FBCA acts as a helpful form of prevention and allows you to deepen your understanding of both your body and your blood test results.
Blood Chemistry analysis is the science of thoroughly analyzing the molecules circulating in your bloodstream and using the information to identify nutritional deficiencies and correct imbalances. This information may help identify potentially life-threatening conditions and diseases before they become problematic. Healthy people have test results that fall within a fairly narrow range. Significant deviations from the optimum range may indicate a variety of poor health conditions. Additionally getting tested:
- Helps you determine which nutritional products are appropriate for your individual needs.
- This saves you buying products that you may not need.
- Is an inexpensive way to track the results of your nutritional program. Follow-up tests allow you to chart the effectiveness of your program and make precise adjustments as needed.
- By leveling your blood chemistry values within the optimum ranges, your immune system will function better, you’ll process and absorb nutrients more efficiently and enjoy a more vibrant state of health.
If you haven’t been tested before or it’s been a couple years, then now is a good time. Also, if you’re ill or being monitored for a specific condition or experiencing side effects from certain medications, now would be a good time to get tested.
Depending on the type of blood work panels you select, you can either go to lab near you or have a phlebotomist come to your home to draw blood.
- Schedule an initial appointment with Chantelle
- Complete and return intake forms to aid in the analysis process
- During the initial consultation, we will order the tests and email you the requisition form.
- You will either set up an appointment with the phlebotomist or go to their nearest draw location.
- You will be instructed if you need to fast 8-12 hours. Drink water the morning of the blood draw so you are not dehydrated. You may need to wait until after you blood draw to take medications and supplements.
- The phlebotomist mails samples to Vibrant America or Principal Labs.
- It takes approximately 3 weeks for the results to be returned at which time Chantelle will:
- analyze the results (consult with other Specialists if needed)
- complete a Report of Findings with recommendations
- schedule an appointment to go over the results with you
- During the final appointment Chantelle will:
- go over the Report of Findings with recommended supplements and dietary protocols
- recommend appropriate nutritional products and dosages
- set up your Fullscript and other accounts to order supplements
- discuss Coaching options
Depending on the comprehensiveness of what you want to analyze, the blood test panels can range in price from $200-$535.
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The initial analysis fee with Chantelle ranges from $175 to $275 depending on the selected panels. Her analysis includes:
- Review of your initial intake forms and questionnaires
- Analysis of the test results
- Report of findings
- Review of the report which includes supplement, diet and lifestyle recommendations
Check with your insurance provider to verify, as some will cover the bloodwork. They do not cover the analysis fees.
Blood tests show whether the levels of different substances in your blood fall within a normal range.
For many blood substances, the normal range is the range of levels seen in 95 percent of healthy people in a certain group. For many tests, normal ranges vary depending on your age, gender, race, and other factors.
Your blood test results may fall outside the normal range for many reasons. Abnormal results might be a sign of a disorder or disease. Other factors—such as diet, menstrual cycle, physical activity level, alcohol intake, and medicines (both prescription and over the counter)—also can cause abnormal results.
Many diseases and medical problems can’t be diagnosed with blood tests alone. However, blood tests can help you doctor learn more about your health. Blood tests also can help find potential problems early, when treatments or lifestyle changes may work best.
Depending on the reason for testing, you may need to fast (drinking nothing but water) for at least 8-12 hours prior to the blood draw. Follow any instructions you are given by Dr. Chantelle and be sure she is aware of all prescriptions, over-the counter medicines, herbs, vitamins, and supplements you are taking.
I don’t write prescriptions or suggest over-the-counter drugs. Instead, I offer a combination of food recommendations, lifestyle changes, herbs and supplements. This approach reduces your dependence on prescription and over-the-counter medication, allowing you to overcome your chronic illness symptoms naturally.
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My number one priority is to keep you safe. Unlike many prescription and OTC medications, my natural health strategies have no risk of harmful side effects.
The best way to achieve & maintain results is to maintain healthy habits. The best way to stay consistent is with a practical approach based on customized recommendations that fit your unique lifestyle and preferences.
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The main risks of blood tests are discomfort and bruising at the site where the needle goes in during the blood draw. This is usually a minor inconvenience and goes away shortly after the tests are done.
The comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is a group of 14 tests that measures several different substances in your blood. It is one of the most commonly ordered lab tests.
The CMP gives us important information about the current status of your body’s metabolism (hence the name metabolic panel). The CMP provides information on your blood sugar (glucose) levels, the balance of electrolytes and fluid as well as the health of your kidneys and liver. Abnormal results, and especially combinations of abnormal results, can indicate a problem that needs to be addressed and may require additional testing.
The CMP includes the following tests:
- Glucose – the primary energy source for the body’s cells; a steady supply must be available for use, and a relatively stable level of glucose must be maintained in the blood.
- Calcium – one of the most important minerals in the body; it is essential for the proper functioning of muscles, nerves, and the heart and is required in blood clotting and in the formation of bones.
- Albumin – a small protein made by the liver; it makes up about 60% of the total protein in the blood.
- Total Protein – measures albumin as well as all other proteins in blood; proteins are important building blocks of all cells and tissues and are essential for body growth, development, and health.
Electrolytes—these are minerals found in body tissues and blood in the form of dissolved salts. Electrolytes help move nutrients into the body’s cells and help remove wastes out of the cells. They help maintain a healthy water balance and help stabilize the body’s acid-base (pH) level. The following 4 tests are commonly called electrolytes:
- Sodium – vital to normal body function, including nerve and muscle function
- Potassium – vital to cell metabolism and muscle function, helping to transmit messages between nerves and muscles
- Bicarbonate (Total CO2) – helps to maintain the body’s acid-base balance (pH)
- Chloride – helps to regulate the amount of fluid in the body and maintain the acid-base balance
- Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) – waste product filtered out of the blood by the kidneys; as kidney function decreases, the BUN level rises.
- Creatinine – waste product produced in the muscles; it is filtered out of the blood by the kidneys so blood levels are a good indication of how well the kidneys are working.
- Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) – enzyme found in bone, the liver, and other tissues; elevated levels of ALP in the blood are most commonly caused by liver disease or bone disorders.
- Alanine amino transferase (ALT, SGPT) – enzyme found mostly in the cells of the liver and kidney; a useful test for detecting liver damage
- Aspartate amino transferase (AST, SGOT) – enzyme found especially in cells in the heart and liver; also a useful test for detecting liver damage
- Bilirubin – an orange-yellow pigment, a waste product primarily produced by the normal breakdown of heme; heme is a component of hemoglobin, which is found in red blood cells (RBCs). Bilirubin is ultimately processed by the liver so that it can be removed from the body.
Some of the most common blood tests are:
- A complete blood count (CBC)
- Blood chemistry tests
- Blood enzyme tests
- Blood tests to assess heart disease risk
Complete Blood Count
The CBC is one of the most common blood tests. It’s often done as part of a routine checkup.
The CBC can help detect blood diseases and disorders, such as anemia, infections, clotting problems, blood cancers, and immune system disorders. This test measures many different parts of your blood, as discussed in the following paragraphs.
RED BLOOD CELLS
Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Abnormal red blood cell levels may be a sign of anemia, dehydration (too little fluid in the body), bleeding, or another disorder.
WHITE BLOOD CELLS
White blood cells are part of your immune system, which fights infections and diseases. Abnormal white blood cell levels may be a sign of infection, blood cancer, or an immune system disorder.
A CBC measures the overall number of white blood cells in your blood. A CBC with differential looks at the amounts of different types of white blood cells in your blood.
Platelets (PLATE-lets) are blood cell fragments that help your blood clot. They stick together to seal cuts or breaks on blood vessel walls and stop bleeding.
Abnormal platelet levels may be a sign of a bleeding disorder (not enough clotting) or a thrombotic disorder (too much clotting).
Hemoglobin (HEE-muh-glow-bin) is an iron-rich protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Abnormal hemoglobin levels may be a sign of anemia, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia (thal-a-SE-me-ah), or other blood disorders.
If you have diabetes, excess glucose in your blood can attach to hemoglobin and raise the level of hemoglobin A1c.
Hematocrit (hee-MAT-oh-crit) is a measure of how much space red blood cells take up in your blood. A high hematocrit level might mean you’re dehydrated. A low hematocrit level might mean you have anemia. Abnormal hematocrit levels also may be a sign of a blood or bone marrow disorder.
MEAN CORPUSCULAR VOLUME
Mean corpuscular (kor-PUS-kyu-lar) volume (MCV) is a measure of the average size of your red blood cells. Abnormal MCV levels may be a sign of anemia or thalassemia.
Blood Chemistry Tests/Basic Metabolic Panel
The basic metabolic panel (BMP) is a group of tests that measures different chemicals in the blood. These tests usually are done on the fluid (plasma) part of blood. The tests can give doctors information about your muscles (including the heart), bones, and organs, such as the kidneys and liver.
The BMP includes blood glucose, calcium, and electrolyte tests, as well as blood tests that measure kidney function. Some of these tests require you to fast (not eat any food) before the test, and others don’t. Your doctor will tell you how to prepare for the test(s) you’re having.
Glucose is a type of sugar that the body uses for energy. Abnormal glucose levels in your blood may be a sign of diabetes.
For some blood glucose tests, you have to fast before your blood is drawn. Other blood glucose tests are done after a meal or at any time with no preparation.
Calcium is an important mineral in the body. Abnormal calcium levels in the blood may be a sign of kidney problems, bone disease, thyroid disease, cancer, malnutrition, or another disorder.
Electrolytes are minerals that help maintain fluid levels and acid-base balance in the body. They include sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, and chloride.
Abnormal electrolyte levels may be a sign of dehydration, kidney disease, liver disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, or other disorders.
Blood tests for kidney function measure levels of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine (kre-AT-ih-neen). Both of these are waste products that the kidneys filter out of the body. Abnormal BUN and creatinine levels may be signs of a kidney disease or disorder.
Blood Enzyme Tests
Enzymes are chemicals that help control chemical reactions in your body. There are many blood enzyme tests. This section focuses on blood enzyme tests used to check for heart attack. These include troponin and creatine (KRE-ah-teen) kinase (CK) tests.
Troponin is a muscle protein that helps your muscles contract. When muscle or heart cells are injured, troponin leaks out, and its levels in your blood rise.
For example, blood levels of troponin rise when you have a heart attack. For this reason, doctors often order troponin tests when patients have chest pain or other heart attack signs and symptoms.
A blood product called CK-MB is released when the heart muscle is damaged. High levels of CK-MB in the blood can mean that you’ve had a heart attack.
Blood Tests To Assess Heart Disease Risk
A lipoprotein panel is a blood test that can help show whether you’re at risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). This test looks at substances in your blood that carry cholesterol.
A lipoprotein panel gives information about your:
- Total cholesterol.
- LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. This is the main source of cholesterol buildup and blockages in the arteries. (For more information about blockages in the arteries, go to the Diseases and Conditions Index Atherosclerosis article.)
- HDL (“good”) cholesterol. This type of cholesterol helps decrease blockages in the arteries.
- Triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat in your blood.
A lipoprotein panel measures the levels of LDL and HDL cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. Abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels may be signs of increased risk for CHD.
Most people will need to fast for 9 to 12 hours before a lipoprotein panel.
Blood Clotting Tests
Blood clotting tests sometimes are called a coagulation (KO-ag-yu-LA-shun) panel. These tests check proteins in your blood that affect the blood clotting process. Abnormal test results might suggest that you’re at risk of bleeding or developing clots in your blood vessels.
Your doctor may recommend these tests if he or she thinks you have a disorder or disease related to blood clotting.
Blood clotting tests also are used to monitor people who are taking medicines to lower the risk of blood clots. Warfarin and heparin are two examples of such medicines.
Results of the tests that are part of the CMP are typically evaluated together to look for patterns of results. A single abnormal test result may mean something different than if several test results are abnormal. For example, a high result on just one of the liver enzyme tests has different implications than high results on several liver enzyme tests.
Sometimes, especially in hospitalized patients, several sets of CMPs, often performed on different days, may be evaluated to gain insights into the underlying condition and response to treatment.
The results report will usually have one column called a “reference range” and another for your results. Results that fall outside the reference range for any of the tests in the CMP can be due to a variety of different conditions.
While the individual tests are sensitive, they do not usually tell your healthcare practitioner specifically what is wrong. Abnormal test results or groups of test results are usually followed up with other specific tests to help confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis.
See the articles on the individual tests for more detailed information about each one.
The results of your CMP are interpreted by your healthcare provider within the context of other tests that you have had done as well as other factors, such as your medical history. A single result that is slightly high or low may or may not have medical significance. There are several reasons why a test result may differ on different days and why it may fall outside a designated reference range.
- Biological variability (different results in the same person at different times): If a healthcare practitioner runs the same test on you on several different occasions, there’s a good chance that one result will fall outside a reference range even though you are in good health. For biological reasons, your values can vary from day to day.
- Individual variability (differences in results between different people): References ranges are usually established by collecting results from a large population and determining from the data an expected average (mean) result and expected differences from that average (standard deviation). There are individuals who are healthy but whose tests results, which are normal for them, do not always fall within the expected range of the overall population.
Thus, a test value that falls outside of the established reference range supplied by the laboratory may mean nothing significant. Generally, this is the case when the test value is only slightly higher or lower than the reference range and this is why a healthcare practitioner may repeat a test on you and why the practitioner may look at results from prior times when you had the same test performed.
However, a result outside the range may indicate a problem and warrant further investigation. Your healthcare provider will evaluate your test results in the context of your medical history, physical examination, and other relevant factors to determine whether a result that falls outside of the reference range means something significant for you.
For more, read the articles on Reference Ranges and What They Mean and How Reliable is Laboratory Testing?
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