What is Functional Diagnosis?
Most practitioners are using the conventional laboratory reference ranges for your blood chemistry and FBC interpretation.
For many practitioners blood chemistry and CBC analysis is a matter of comparing a test result with the conventional laboratory reference range, seeing whether or not the patient’s results are normal or abnormal and attempting to fit them into a particular disease pattern or pathology.
Unfortunately these conventional laboratory ranges are designed to identify and diagnose disease states and pathology. People who fall within the reference range are assumed to have no clinical signs and symptoms of any disease, and are considered “normal”.
In the field of alternative and preventative medicine we know that most of our patients are by no means “normal”, so why do we use an interpretive method that is based on that assumption?
Functional Medicine Practitioners use another method of analysis, one that looks at blood chemistries from a functional or prognostic perspective and can therefore give us data on how the physiology of body is functioning.
By looking for optimum function we increase our ability to detect the dysfunctions that plague our patients long before disease manifests.
Our conventional lab testing becomes more comprehensive by being prognostic and preventative, as well as pathology oriented.
The main focus of our work is to look at blood chemistry and CBC testing from this functional perspective. We use different ranges, which we call optimal ranges, for each test on a regular blood chemistry and CBC or hematology screen.
With Functional Diagnosis we can look for aberrations in physiology, make adjustments in the treatment plan, check to see we are going in the right direction, and make a significant change in our patients' lives.
Order A Report
Current patients are welcome to request a report on any recent blood tests. Conventional bloods tests will be analysed from a Functional Medical perspective and a comprehensive report outlining any markers out of range will be emailed back to you with explanations on what these blood markers mean.