These Simple Lab Tests Can Save Your Life

Hello Health Champions. Today we're going to 
talk about how getting some blood work done   And understanding how to read it correctly 
could actually save your life and blood work   Can be life-saving but let me start off with an 
analogy regarding automobiles because I know a lot   Of people have a car and a lot of people like 
to service their cars so here's the question.   Is it better to fix your car before it breaks or 
after it breaks? And when I ask this in my clinic   I always get a giggle and they say of course 
it's better to take care of the problem before   It breaks because then it may just be a $50 oil 
change rather than a $5,000 transmission or engine   Overhaul and this is how we think about cars and 
expensive property but unfortunately we haven't   Learned to think about our own vehicle the most 
important vehicle our bodies in quite the same   Way we typically just wait until it breaks and 
then we do something about it and when it comes   To the body it's also not only about the money yes 
disease care can get very very expensive but it's   More about the suffering and the lack of quality 
of life that if we take care of ourselves we   Could extend our health span our joyous portion 
our quality life probably by 20 30 years imagine   You get a phone call from somebody you pick it 
up and it's a totally random phone call and the   First thing they say is should I turn left or 
right I'm out driving and the first thing you   Want to know obviously is where are you assuming 
that you even talk to this person but you need   To know where they are and where they are going 
otherwise you can't help them and this is like   A lot of questions I get on my Channel people ask 
should I do this or that but I don't know anything   About them and that's what blood work can do for 
us is it can provide a baseline but as great as   Baselines and blood work can be it is also useless 
if we don't know what we're looking for if we   Don't understand what it's telling us now this is 
a big topic and in this video video I'm only going   To have time to give you a few nuggets we're going 
to touch on a few of the most important markers   But to really do it justice it would probably be 
an 8 to 10 hour video and it's hard enough to get   People's attention for 10 minutes if you know 
what I mean but if you want to know more than   What I can give you in this video I'm going to 
let you know later in the video how you can get   Your hands on a more comprehensive Deep dive it's 
something that I've been wanting to do for years   For my fellow Health Champions anemia is one of 
the most important things that we can evaluate   Not because it is the most common thing out there 
but because it is so fundamental anemia means lack   Of blood and what they're talking about there is 
the oxygen carrying capacity if you're anemic you   Don't have the capacity to deliver that oxygen and 
if you don't understand how important it is then   Just hold your breath for a couple of minutes and 
I think the answer will come to you and now think   About this that is how important oxygen is but if 
you're anemic then it is not getting delivered to   The degree that your body needs it so everything 
can be affected when you have anemia hemoglobin is   By far the most important marker to evaluate when 
it comes to anemia because the hemoglobin is what  

Carries the oxygen and an adult male should have 
somewhere between 14 and 16 gram per deciliter   Optimally of hemoglobin women have a little bit 
less blood volume per body the weight and size   So they can get away with a point or two lower but 
then you have all these other different markers on   Your tests you have your red blood cell count you 
have the hematocrit you have the MCV which is mean   Corpuscular volume it's the size of the red blood 
cell now these by themselves are not all that   Important but if your hemoglobin is high or low 
now you use these other markers to start playing   Detective and figure out why it's low is it low 
because you don't have iron is it low because   You're missing some other things some other things 
you want to look at is total iron binding capacity   That's a marker for a protein that goes to grab 
iron so if total iron binding capacity TIBC is   High that means the body is looking for iron so 
if you have a low hemoglobin you would expect   TIBC to be high but what if it isn't then your 
hemoglobin is low for some other reason so this   Is how you can start using this to to figure it 
out and the best marker to figure out your iron   Status is called ferritin that represents your 
iron reserves and unfortunately is hardly ever   Measured and the reason you want ferritin on every 
blood test is that it's very inexpensive and it   Gives you a lot of information so let's say that 
your hemoglobin is normal but your ferritin your   Iron reserves are very low that means so far your 
body has been able to keep up making hemoglobin   And red blood cells but if ferritin is low then 
it tells you you're running out so especially for   Menstruating women we want to check that ferritin 
because if it's trending low then you might just   Be a few weeks away from becoming anemic like on 
the other hand in men and post-menopausal women   Now you want to watch ferritin to see if it gets 
too high because that's called iron overload or   Hemochromatosis and just like Iron Will rust on 
your car it can also kind of make your body rust   Inside your liver and your pancreas are the 
first to get damaged from excess iron and it   Will aggravate and promote insulin resistance 
and metabolic syndrome but it's also possible   To have a high ferritin and a low hemoglobin so 
traditionally anytime we are anemic we assume that   We're lacking iron but what if it's something else 
we're lacking and we already have too much iron if   These people are now given iron when they have too 
much that just makes the damage worse and they're   Not solving the problem in order to make red blood 
cells we also need some B vitamins we need B6   Folate which is also B9 and B12 . so interestingly 
we can look now at the MCV the size of the red   Blood cell and if it's very small it is usually 
iron deficiency but if it's very large then it   Is usually a B vitamin deficiency and if we're 
anemic but we have plenty of iron it could also   Be that we're low in copper and zinc because they 
are also necessary to make red blood cells there   Are 7 billion blood tests performed in the U.S 
alone that's like 20 per person and sometimes they   Just look for one specific marker in a hospital 
setting but a lot of times it's large panels   And there's six big problems that we're going to 
go through why a lot of these panels are wasted  

First reason is that it is not about health 
they're not looking to keep you healthy   They're looking for disease they're looking 
for after it's already gone wrong most of the   Ranges that you see on blood tests are based 
on a bell curve they're based on averages and   They're based on a 95 percent interval so if 
we draw this then we can see the bell curve   Like this and what they do then this is a normal 
statistical distribution and then they take 95 so   They start at two and a half percent and they 
cut off the bottom two and a half percent and   They cut off the top two and a half percent 
and if you're in the middle if you're in the   95 in the middle then you're considered normal 
but as I'm sure you can see now all it's really   Saying is that you're not in the worst two and 
a half percent on either side let's take another   Car example imagine you take your car into the 
garage and they do their checkups and you ask   Think my tires are a little flat and they say no 
we check them you have more air than the worst two   And a half percent and you're saying yeah but my 
manufacturer recommends 35 PSI I want to be here   In the Middle where my car drives the best I don't 
want to be down here at the worst two percent or   The highest two percent that might be 10 or 60 
and they say oh don't worry you're not down in   The last in the lowest two and a half percent 
yet and then they say let's just do this again   Next year and see what it looks like then let's 
wait till your next car service and then if you   Get the blood work next year and you're actually 
in the lowest two and a half percent now you get   What's called a flag and another problem with this 
bell curve distribution is that it changes over   Time it's different with different populations a 
different in different states and as people get   Sicker then the norm changes but it doesn't mean 
that normal is optimal the second big problem is   That most practitioners the vast majority of 
doctors who order blood work only look at the   Flag so they get a report back something like 
this and their eyes just focus in on wherever   It says flag and wherever it's marked high or low 
and the rest of the test gets no attention at all   So everything here where there's a question mark 
what does that mean well all it really means all   You really know is that you're not in the worst 
five percent and to me that is not very comforting   So I think it's great that they're running all 
this blood work because it's very inexpensive   Relatively speaking but the way they're reading it 
they're only using one percent of the information   It could give us they're throwing 99 of it away 
because they don't understand enough to get the   Big picture it's the equivalent of waiting until 
the car breaks down in my opinion and then if   You say what does this mean am I healthy then the 
chances are that most doctors are simply going to   Answer you don't have a disease yet and this ties 
into the third big problem and that's that a lot   Of these ranges are way way way too broad as the 
population gets sicker the range is widen to fit   The population the 95 percent and one marker 
in particular is insulin that I talk a lot   About but that rarely gets measured so insulin 
reference range goes from about 2 to 25 and 2  

Is a healthy level 25 is typically a full-blown 
diabetic so again they wait it's normal to wait   It until you have that full-blown disease but 
imagine instead that this is a dipstick for your   Car for your oil check and it's supposed to be 
up here that's where they say that's where the   Oil gets the the best lubrication for the engine 
and you take your car in for a check and they put   The dipstick they check the dipstick and they 
get a tiny little bit of oil down here at the   Bottom and you're asking well shouldn't we fill 
it up and they say now we'll wait we'll wait till   Next time you come in for service because you're 
still better off than two and a half percent of   The population so if they were to measure it then 
they would allow this entire range to be called   Normal but even worse is that there's hardly ever 
gets checked and I tell my patients to ask for it   If we don't do the test and they have have to 
fight with their doctors most of them come back   Saying that they refuse to run the test it's not 
standard but here is why you absolutely have to   Understand what this does and why it could save 
your life so if you have the normal measurement   Of glucose that would be this high and then you 
have the insulin measurement that would be that   High they should balance they're different units 
but that would be like a normal balance level so   If this is in year one and then we wait 10 years 
and now we measure again the thing they measure   Is glucose that's a standard test and it's a 
controlled variable the body is working very   Very hard at keeping that variable in control that 
glucose level but the way it's working hard to do   It is to produce more insulin so if it takes this 
much insulin now to keep the glucose down we have   Just quadrupled our insulin resistance but it's 
still considered normal because it's within this   Range and if we wait another 10 years then we 
might have still the same glucose or maybe it's   Gone up a few points but now it takes 10 times and 
we're basically just a few months or it's just a   Matter of time before we have that full-blown 
diagnosis of diabetes and if we measure for   Health and we understand the physiology instead of 
just looking for disease and pathology then we can   Catch it 10 years earlier we can catch it in its 
infancy and that's what prevention is all about   Problem number four is that sometimes they're just 
using the wrong range altogether and this could   Be because of old data old misconceptions that 
just take a long long time to get cleared up or   It could be where there are Financial interests at 
stake and there are certain interest groups that   Push for these changes and here they are often 
willing then after some pushing to make exceptions   To these 95 percent bell curve ranges and the 
classic example of course is cholesterol where I   Did a video recently and pointed out that there is 
massive data suggesting that the best ranges are   Between 200 and 250 total cholesterol and if you 
control for other factors others like insulin and   Blood sugar and triglycerides all of the other 
components of metabolic syndrome now you can   Probably have 200 to 400 and do perfectly fine and 
still the range is published go from 100 to 199   Even though we know that low cholesterol is many 
times more dangerous than a higher cholesterol  

Problem number five is a lack of Common Sense 
they don't question where these ranges come from   Or what they mean so one example here is where 
triglycerides and LDL cholesterol the range says   Zero to 149 and 0 to 99 as if it was okay or even 
possible to live with a zero level triglycerides   Is the most important fuel in the body we have two 
fuels glucose and triglycerides and triglycerides   Make up most of the fuel in the body so how would 
it be possible to have zero it has never happened   You would be long dead before you ever got to zero 
triglycerides or zero LDL and yet the range goes   To zero and then there are more inconsistencies 
because we looked at cholesterol just a second   Ago and total cholesterol should be between 100 
and 199. so apparently you're allowed to have   Some total cholesterol but then we look at the 
ratios and this is kind of an important ratio   Total cholesterol to HDL it's a good thing to look 
at and here they say the range is 0 to 5 which   The only way that can happen is if your total 
cholesterol is zero so in this ratio now it's   Okay for total cholesterol to be zero and it is a 
good marker because if your total cholesterol to   HDL is five then you're at average risk of heart 
disease and obviously you want to do better than   Average risk of heart disease so I tell people 
that typically I want to be about three and a   Half and down but not too low either because an 
excessively High HDL can indicate other problems   And then based on this number they estimate your 
risk for heart disease so if your risk of heart   Disease is one then you have the normal risk of 
heart disease a hundred percent of normal but   Apparently the lower the number the better off you 
are all the way down to zero so the lowest risk of   Heart disease according to this is when you have 
zero cholesterol in your body which of course   Means you're already dead but I guess they do have 
a point here that you can't develop heart disease   If you're already dead so we want to question the 
ranges if they don't make sense and if something   Is essential for life and the range goes all the 
way down to zero then obviously these ranges are   Not really thought through problem number six is 
that that even though they do measure a lot of   Different markers and they run all these blood 
tests they often don't measure the stuff that   Really matters so here are these markers they're 
not the only ones you need to measure they're the   Ones in addition to the ones usually measured 
and you want to measure your LDL particle count   And you want to measure your small LDL particle 
count so that you can see the ratio which is an   Indication of how much damage is taking place 
in your body the third marker related to that   Is the LDL size so that you can confirm what 
you're finding we talked about ferritin and if   It's very low then you're either anemic or you're 
close to becoming anemic there's a high risk of   It if ferritin is very high you have iron overload 
and it's really tragic that this is not a standard   Routine marker it's becoming more common but 
it's still kind of prayer I find this in a lot of   People I send a couple of people every week to go 
donate blood and unload some iron hemoglobin A1c   Is another marker that's becoming more common but 
it's still not totally standard glucose is usually  

Always measured but it's the instantaneous glucose 
which fluctuates the A1C represents a three-month   Average so we can see the long-term Trend it 
gives us a whole lot more information for just   A few dollars and thyroid is so critical to our 
metabolism and healing and overall function and   Yet it is very poorly evaluated typically if they 
measure anything it's always only TSH like 98 of   The time if they measure it's only TSH which is a 
pituitary hormone the pituitary tells the thyroid   TSH stimulates the thyroid to make thyroid hormone 
which is T4 so we don't want to just see what the   Pituitary is saying we want to see what is the 
thyroid actually putting out but then we also   Want to measure T3 because that's the active 
form of T4 so it's possible to have a normal   TSH and a normal T4 but still a low T3 so we want 
to understand where in the range we are not only   If it's normal or out of normal so if this is T4 
and here is the total Reference Lab range and here   Might be optimal let's say that we find ourselves 
right in the middle we have a normal TSH normal   T4 but then we go measure T3 and now we find out 
that we are not in the optimal range but we're   Still in the reference range so we wouldn't get 
a flag on the regular blood test either way but   We would know if we look for the optimal range but 
here's the point that now it's a totally different   Problem it's the problem is not with the TSH 
it's not with the pituitary and it's not with the   Thyroid it's the conversion that's not working so 
now it's either the liver or the gut that are not   Working that are not healthy so the liver converts 
about 60 percent of this and the gut does another   20 and another 20 is kind of wasted because it's 
flipped around but if we don't have a healthy gut   A healthy microbiome we could lose 20 percent 
of our active form of thyroid hormone so this   Person can have a perfect effect TSH perfect T4 
and still be functionally hypothyroid they don't   Have enough of the finished product so we need 
to understand that if the T4 is here it should   Be somewhere in the same relative place in the 
T3 range if our conversion is working properly   And then there's a couple of more markers called 
thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibodies   And these are becoming quite common and they're 
not that expensive so I would suggest everyone   Regardless of symptoms get that done at least 
once and if they're negative then you don't have   To test them every time but everyone should 
do it just to know if you have an autoimmune   Problem if you are having Hashimoto's then you 
need to know about that most commonly missing   Marker considering 88 of the population is insulin 
resistant and we don't measure insulin routinely   You can measure insulin or c-peptide they're kind 
of the same thing they're built in parallel the   C-peptide has a little bit longer Half-Life so 
it's maybe a little bit better marker but it's   Also a little more expensive so insulin works 
fine for usual regular purposes of just getting   A baseline but the only time these are typically 
measured is if they suspect type 1 diabetes   But like I said 88 percent of people have too 
much insulin and we need to measure it to see   Where they are and then we need a baseline 
so we can see where it's going on my panels  

I always add homocysteine next to insulin 
it's the single strongest independent risk   Factor for heart disease if it's high it means 
you're not converting you're not getting rid of   It because you're low in methylation factors and 
B vitamins it's usually a pretty easy fix but we   Need to know what it is and the ranges again 
are typically way way too big like 0 to 17   And you really want to keep this under six or 
seven to keep your inflammation under control   And vitamin D is an absolutely critical marker 
the more they study it the more they find that   Vitamin D participates in just about everything 
in the body and it's a simple test that we can   Get a precise number and if we're low we just 
supplement like I mentioned earlier this video   Can only be a brief introduction to blood work 
because covering it in detail would probably   Be a 10 hour video which doesn't work so well 
here so I've created a blood work course that   Is more comprehensive and it is for the layperson 
to help understand what's going on with them but   Let me put that in the frame for you that when 
I started this channel when I really started   Becoming active with the channel a couple of years 
ago I just wanted to get information out there but   With because of all of the feedback the positive 
feedback of the thousands of lives that have been   Changed for the better this interest of mine has 
taken on more of a mission more of a calling and   Now my job I realize is to change or be part of 
the group of people who change the Paradigm of   Health on the planet there's so many sick people 
who get the wrong information or no information   And we we need to have something for them and now 
more and more I want to create a movement I want   To create a tribe of Health Champions where people 
take charge and do something about their health   And take pride in doing the right thing for their 
health so in order to help people on that Journey   A blood work course is the next logical step 
so I've created the more comprehensive course   And I put a link Down Below in the description 
where you can go and find out more about that   And now because it's Black Friday I'm going to 
do something I've never done before where we're   Going to do a big giveaway and the grand price 
is a consultation with myself it's going to be   One-on-one if you can make it to Georgia then 
we're going to sit down face to face at the   Clinic if not I understand then we'll just do a 
nice video conference and because I don't really   Do these anymore it's hard to put a value on it 
but I'll make an exception for this Black Friday   Last time I did that we charged a thousand dollars 
for that consult but then of course we're going to   Need to talk about some blood work and we are 
going to provide you that blood work panel at a   Value of four hundred dollars so all in all that's 
a fourteen hundred dollar Grand price and there is   No purchase necessary we'll put some information 
down below you can go check it out and enter   And then I thought that it'd be kind of nice 
to sit down and chat so why don't I or offer   Three of these so we're going to have not just 
one we're going to have three winners who all   Get that grand price so the total value here is 
going to be about forty two hundred dollars so  

Check out the link below for more information 
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