Lab Tests: Normal vs. Optimal Ranges

Some tests just shouldn’t be graded on a curve.

Has your doctor told you, “your blood test results are completely normal,” but instead of feeling relief, you felt worse, knowing that something was wrong, but the doctor was unable to find any answers?

Many naturopathic medical doctors and other functional medicine-oriented doctors question not the usefulness of conventional blood tests themselves, but the standard wide “reference ranges” – the ranges are often so large that they have little practical value.  If you would like to learn more, here is the rest of the article Dr. Godby has written:  Some test just shouldn’t be graded on a curve.

“Normal” lab reference ranges of standard labs are designed to identify and diagnose disease states only, with the goal of fitting 95% of the American people within the “clinically” normal reference ranges. As the population becomes sicker, the number of people who are declared “clinically normal” gets larger, making the definition of abnormal or disease states relative.

The question is: Is good enough for you to be compared to the rest of the sick population and be judged as “normal’ by conventional medicine, or do you have more lofty goals, like: sleeping well; being: headache-free, at a healthy weight and body composition; having: energy to live your life, bowel regularity, a short term memory, a libido, stable blood sugar; not craving sugar or being constantly moody and actually feeling joy? Imagine… !