Setting the Standard of Objectivity in Nutritional Healthcare
No general screening test is more efficient, effective and affordable than a comprehensive blood chemistry panel. It allows the healthcare provider to establish a baseline of biomarkers to track the health and nutritional needs of their patients. Getting a comprehensive blood test is essential to understanding a patient’s current health.
Science Based Nutrition™ is an innovative, science-based look at nutritional strengths and weaknesses through an individual’s blood test as well as other objective diagnostic tools. This objective approach can offer a clear plan for determining and monitoring nutritional recommendations.
Most blood tests are reported using an established “Clinical Range”. If you are within this Clinical Range, you are most likely considered “normal”. This should not be confused with “healthy”.
Why Not? The problem lies in how Clinical Ranges are established.
Clinical Ranges are determined by taking approximately 100 to 200 people who tested recently with a particular lab (yes, they are determined by each individual lab and not a centralized agency). The people being tested typically have a health problem which is why they’re being tested in the first place. These results which are basically coming from a sick population are then averaged to establish the Clinical Range with the high and low sides of the range being two standard deviations from the average.
Does it make sense to compare your blood test results to averages taken from people who were already experiencing a health problem? No. That is why being simply being within the “Clinical Range” is not good enough! Being within the Clinical Range simply mean you are not yet as sick as the other people used to determine that range.
What if we look at a patient’s blood test more closely? SBN also incorporates an “Optimal” or “Healthy” range in our reports. The Optimal Range simply takes the middle 20% of the Clinical Range. It’s designed with the concept of not waiting until a patients test result is “Clinical” to consider nutritional support or lifestyle changes. The point of the Optimal Range is to “flag” tests that are heading towards Clinical. Wouldn’t you want to make minor changes now to avoid big problems later? PREVENTION: That’s the whole idea.