Normal Isn't Normal Anymore

You haven’t felt rested in months.

Your muscles ache all the time.

You don’t have energy to be out with friends.

Enough is enough it’s time to go to the doctor and figure out what is wrong.

So you make an appointment, go in a while later, fill out the forms, wait till they are ready, then have a few minutes of discussion. The doctor tells you to get a blood test and come back when they have the results. You make an appointment for the blood draw, fill out more forms, wait a week or so, then get back to your doctor. All this time and you are still not getting better, but the blood work should give someone an idea of what is going on with you. The doctor comes into the room.

Everything looks normal.
Normal?
You just spent all that time and you are normal? Despite how drained you feel, everything is normal?! What is going on here?

The sad fact is that ‘normal’ isn’t normal anymore. Or more precisely, normal is not the same as it used to be. Dr. Dicken Weatherby in his Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis (FBCA) training explains why so many people are coming back with ‘normal’ blood work, yet still feel sick. It all comes down to how ‘normal’ is defined.

The ranges for normal are determined by looking at a population and determining what values are representative of the majority of the population. In the case of blood work this is what are the high and low numbers of a specific element that indicates how healthy, or unhealthy, a person is. This is pretty sound reasoning for statistics based on health provided the population being surveyed is generally healthy.

But that’s the catch, isn’t it? Our society over the years has become increasingly unhealthy. With increasing obesity, autoimmune conditions, lack of nutrition in diets, toxin exposures, sedentary lifestyles… the normal values have become skewed. Unfortunately, these values are the ones which healthcare providers are trained on and may are simply not aware that such values are different from those of years past when there was a healthier population. I briefly touched on this shifting of values in my review of Ritchie Shoemaker.

A functional analysis of your blood chemistry is based on optimum function values instead of the current norm. The optimum function value is typically derived from an older value when the population was in better health. This analysis can be used to find an appropriate treatment for you before you develop a disease or autoimmune condition and it can also track your progress and response to treatment.

If you feel sick, but have been told that your blood work is normal, find someone who wants to help you become optimal.

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