“If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.”
When it comes to your health, the last thing you want to base your care on is a hunch. Any healthcare provider will tell you that when it comes to treating or managing sickness, you need to acquire all the information you can in order to make the most appropriate decision. Because of this, every single patient that comes through our doors is required to go through an extensive examination process including an in-depth history, various health questionaries, a comprehensive physical exam, and most often, laboratory blood testing. If this sounds like a lot, that’s because in order to know where you are going (better health) we have to know where you are starting. Think of it another way, can any GPS tell you how to get somewhere without a starting destination?
At LifeLogic Health Center, we analyze your blood work differently than most other healthcare providers. Laboratory tests are routinely returned with a report that gives your lab value, that laboratory’s reference range for the specific marker, and then a positive/negative indicator based upon whether your value is inside or outside of that laboratory reference range. Most healthcare providers assess a patient’s laboratory findings based upon whether a marker is positive or negative. The problem with this is that most laboratory reference ranges are created based upon that given lab’s testing pool (everyone that the lab has tested for that specific marker). A laboratory testing pool is usually made up of sick individuals, because healthy people don’t get their blood tested regularly. What does this mean? This means that your lab results and your health is being compared against sick people, not the healthy people that you aspire to be like.
At LifeLogic Health Center we analyze our blood work against functional or optimal ranges, comparing your lab work to what it should “optimally” be. Our optimal ranges are not something we arbitrarily created, but are rather ranges supported in the latest scientific research. By comparing your results against an optimally functioning individual, we can identify health concerns long before they become illness or disease. When lab testing is combined with a thorough history, health questionnaires, and a comprehensive exam, you are able to paint a very clear picture of the possible causes for your current state of health. All this information allows us to create an individualized treatment plan for you and gives us tools to check your progress throughout care to ensure that we are helping you on your road to optimal health.