When doctors assess a patient’s blood test results, they go by clinical values. For example, the ‘normal’ clinical level for total cholesterol is any number between 100 and 199 mg/DL. That’s a wide range.
It’s been found that one third of heart attacks occur in people with cholesterol levels between 150 and 199 — a ‘normal’ range.
Yet, in the Framingham study, not one person who had a cholesterol level below 150 had a heart attack.
Likewise, populations that maintain cholesterol levels in that range don’t experience any heart disease.
So why is the clinical level up to 199 mg/DL?
Simply put, if the clinical values were to be changed, it would mean that 95% of the US population would be put on drugs! (They could also change their diet, but society doesn’t seem to be ready for this, yet).
A ‘normal’ blood pressure is expected to rise as we get older, but in populations that eat a more natural diet, older people have the same average blood pressure as younger people.
You could say the same for a good number of health markers.
The fact is that most doctors rarely encounter a healthy adult, because fundamentally, the lifestyle in the Western world is unhealthy.
Therefore, ‘normal’ doesn’t always equal healthy!
How to Take Control of Your Health
To take control of your health, you need to be able to monitor your own health by considering all of these factors, and more.
Next time you get blood tests done, take some time to analyse them yourself.
How do you do that?
Renowned Naturopath Dr. J.E. Williams and our friends at Renegade Health have created a program I fully endorse by the name of, Complete Blood Test Blueprint.
Many physicians, in my opinion, may be a bit too conservative or aggressive when it comes to certain test results.
With the Complete Blood Test Blueprint, you’ll be able to analyse your own results (and discuss them with your doctor afterwards).
You’ll know what a ‘normal’ clinical range is for any given test, and also what “desirable” or “optimal” is defined as, and what “high” or “low” levels are.
You’ll know exactly what each result means AND you’ll know what you can do to change them, if you need to.
The Complete Blood Test Blueprint features 35 beautiful graphics that show you exactly how to read your own blood tests.