Do you know what your blood work is telling you?

by admin on May 30, 2017

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I took a class on reading blood work and also have studied some results for myself and others.  Here are some tidbits.  It’s very complicated and much more detailed than most would think.  Lots of variables and things to consider before making an assumption.

Basophils, Eosinophils, Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, and Monocytes: Oddly, the results for the five types of white blood cells (WBC)—basophils, eosinophils, neutrophils, lymphocytes, and monocytes—often appear below the list of red blood cell (RBC) results. The amounts and the health of these cells are helpful in identifying infections and allergies. For example, neutrophils are like the EMT of your blood; they’re a type of immune cell that are among the first to arrive at the site of an infection. And basophils are a type of immune cell that has small particles with enzymes that are released during allergic reactions and asthma.

If Eosinophils and / or basophils are above 0 you might have parasites. It’s a great indicator of parasites; however, there are a lot of different species of parasites and if a parasite test from the stool comes back negative that does not mean you don’t have them. They could be in the blood, liver, brain, lungs or other organs of the body and did not show up in the stool. Or, they could be a species that weren’t tested for…if your intuition is telling you it’s parasites be sure to do more than one check on it. As you can see there are many variables and everyone has parasites in their body…it’s a matter of them being a health problem and when / if you need to work on killing them off.

You CAN’T assess your thyroid just using TSH results. It’s like having one puzzle piece to a 50 piece puzzle. You don’t know the picture with just one piece.  See the website below for a great summary of what is needed to actually asses the health of the thyroid.

Mental stress is able to raise cholesterol levels in a short span of time. ~Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD in his book The Cholesterol Myth.

Blood Platelets need to be strong. The range is 142-415. Your platelets are your main clotting factor. You want those platelets strong, mid-range to the upper end of the range. If you have a High White Blood Cell (WBC) and a low or low “normal” platelet count you should investigate a chronic infection in the body.

Red blood cells (RBCs) deliver oxygen to tissues throughout the body. High RBC counts can be the result of dehydration, kidney problems, or a heart condition. Low RBC counts can indicate anemia, nutritional deficiency, bone marrow damage, or kidney problems. Smoking can significantly damage your RBCs.

White blood cell count (WBC). White blood cells, also called leukocytes, are a major component of the body’s immune system. Your body produces more WBCs when you have an infection or allergic reaction.

A low White Blood Cell count can be from having a laptop or tablet on your lap! Read the article on how I found this out. A low white blood cell count can also be Cancer or caused from medications that kill white blood cells (e.g antibiotics), anemia, Leukemia, Lupus and more…again, it can never be taken as face value and must be further investigated.

Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Mean Corpuscular Value (MCV), Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH).  These test results often appear under the RBC section because they further examine the health and function of your red blood cells (RBC). Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. It’s measured to help determine if your organs and tissues are receiving enough O2. Hematocrit results show the volume of blood taken up by red blood cells, which helps determine if you have too high or too low an RBC count. Blood cells are often referred to as corpuscles, so the mean corpuscular value measures the average size of red blood cells. A vitamin B12 deficiency or anemia may be indicated by abnormal-size RBCs. Mean corpuscular hemoglobin measures the average amount of hemoglobin inside red blood cells and it’s often evaluated in association with the mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC), which measures the average percentage of hemoglobin in the red blood cells.

When reading blood test results keep in mind “normal” ranges are different for everyone. Just because the results are “normal” does not mean there isn’t an issue stirring in the body. A white blood cell (WBC) count of 7.5 or above can be an indication of a problem (clinical reference ranges say normal is 4-11, depending on the lab). I was taught that over 7.5 should be investigated further by looking at other results such as a possible low or low normal platelet count being an indication of a chronic infection. There are other numbers that can be reviewed as well…neutrophils, lymphocytes and more. It’s complicated so don’t just take it at face value.

Have you been exposed to mold or feel you have toxic mold in your body? I was exposed to black mold for years in an apartment I lived. Once I discovered it (was in the wall from a leaky shower and could not be visibly seen) I had lots of symptoms. Thankfully I keep my health up with the chambers at Life Center so I wasn’t debilitated like lots of people after BLACK mold exposure for that amount of time. This is a great resource for anyone that needs it. Mold is hard to detox from the body. It can be done, but it takes time.

What I discovered from the mold exposure was that it trashed my hormones and what was a high (but healthy) range of my testosterone (over 60) dropped to 0 after black mold exposure.  The treatment was suggested to put me on hormones, but I researched it and found that it would have hurt me to do that.  I had to get rid of the mold and now 4 years later my testosterone is back to being over 60.  Yeah!

I hope that give you a little insight on reading blood work and why it’s important to look at all the results and not just one when determining issues.  Stress / trauma can be a HUGE factor in blood results so be aware of what is going on in your life when you get results.

Feel free to email me if you have questions.  I may or may not be able to answer them, but will try to help.  gail at lifecenter dot us



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