Feeling good and avoiding dread diseases means you have to know some stuff
Dread diseases come at us from two directions. First, we don’t arm our bodies for battle by supplying the support they need, and they slide into a mess. Second, enemies break in and create chaos, keeping our bodies from doing what they need to do.
In either case, it takes a while for disaster to strike. Meanwhile, we don’t have a clue we’re in trouble. We just bop along, singing a song, whilst believing we’d know if a problem reared its ugly head.
Well, no. Unless we take steps to know what we need to know, our first clue will almost surely be when we reach some kind of health disaster.
Why would we let that happen?
How about figuring out what we need to know to, as they used to say in the old Western movies, “Cut ‘em off at the pass!”
First, we need to know what our bodies are telling us. Sometimes even yelling at us. Oh, yeah, our bodies talk to us in a whole bunch of different ways.
And now that you know that, you need to pay attention. Well, that’s tricky business because most of us don’t understand the language.
Oh, if we get a fever, we know something’s up. Same with a big time rash or a digestive system that insists on dancing the fandango.
Figuring out why we’re struggling takes effort, perhaps even a lot of effort. But then, avoiding disaster would seem to be worth some effort, don’t you think?
But, and this is the second thing we need to know, while our bodies talk up a storm about what’s going on, our enemies don’t. They sneak around trying to work their woe without giving us a clue about what they’re up to.
Oh, they’ll eventually cough up some noticeable symptoms for us to ponder, but we really don’t want to go that far down the road before we get a warning.
It’s never a good idea to let bad guys roam around in the dark doing whatever they want to do.
I mean, we’re talking dread diseases–heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and on, and on and on–that don’t play fair.
A quick, relatively inexpensive way–with good do-it-yourself possibilities–to take a peek at what’s going on inside is the blood test.
Understanding Blood Tests talks about five got-to-have blood tests for everybody and four tests that are more situational. Are there more blood tests than these nine? Oh, indeed. About a bajillion and a half of them, but these are the ones you’re most likely to run into–and the ones you really need to understand.
I write about each of the blood tests in its own chapter and explain what it’s for and how to understand the results. What’s normal. What a too-high result can mean. Or a too-low result, for that matter. Knowing where you stand leads to better health decisions.
A month before my first birthday, a drunk driver smashed in to my parent’s car as we drove to Grandma and Grandpa’s for Christmas. I suffered a concussion, which severely damaged my pituitary gland–the king of the body’s universe–and my endocrine system never walked in health again. For years, though, doctors insisted I was fine.
And why not? People with endocrine problems–thyroid, adrenal, etc.–don’t look sick. In fact, we look pretty darned healthy.
I’d mention fatigue and get a comment about going to bed on time.
I’d talk about my unreliable brain and hear about paying better attention.
I couldn’t even get taken seriously when most of my hair fell out–and what was left changed colors.
My reward for all this lack of attention was shingles, low blood sugar and a variety of ills that push you into a mess.
My symptoms were shrieking that my endocrine system was whacked, but nobody noticed.
So I set out to fix my own health. It took years to figure things out, but I made it. Today I have energy, a scalp full of hair, a working brain, and plenty of enthusiasm. Life is good.
Now I share what I learned so you won’t have to reinvent the wheel and spend years and years digging through research for clues.
Helping people gives value to all my health struggles, so I keep on researching because I always want to do more. To date, I’m helping people reverse leaky gut syndrome, atrial fibrillation, neuropathy, autoimmune diseases, nutritional deficiencies, endocrine problems, stuttering, autism, and on, and on.
The five gotta-get-em tests are the Complete Blood Count, the Comprehensive Medical Panel, Vitamin D3, Homocysteine and C-reactive protein.
I know, I know, the names can make your eyes glaze over, but before you nod off, let me just mention the homocysteine test is the only sure clue you’re heading for a heart attack. The talk’s all about cholesterol, which is much ado about nothing because homocysteine actually calls the shots.
The C-reactive protein test talks about inflammation lurking in your body–which tells you whether disease is setting up shop–somewhere. Well, now, that’s a very good thing to know. Nip it in the bud and all that.
And we sure need to know what shape our blood’s in. From the moment we’re born to our last second on earth, our bodies move heaven and earth to protect our blood. The blood, after all, is where the life is.
Your blood will rob the rest of your body blind to get what it needs. So the Complete Blood Count (CBC) alerts us to how things are going, blood-wise.
Then there’s the “Comprehensive Metabolic Panel,” a name that can bore you into a coma, but with results that can keep you from the swamp of despair. The CMP is about balance, balance, balance. And so are our bodies.
Since out-of-balance points the way to disaster and death, our bodies fight to keep everything in balance. The CMP brings you news from the war front.
Then’s there’s Vitamin D3. Most of us don’t get nearly as much we need. Since every single cell in our bodies–including the brain–need D3, if we want a working body and a working brain, we should track our D levels.
Now we get to the tests for thyroid, adrenals, diabetes and heart.
Almost everybody will run into most, if not all, of these tests. We need to know their strengths and weaknesses, where we can rely on them and where we can’t and the possible outcomes that give concern.
These tests provide a big-time example of where knowledge really is power. Carloads of misinformation get spread throughout the land, but our health depends on knowing the truth. So I tell you the ins, outs, ups and downs of thyroid, adrenal, diabetes and heart blood tests.
Thyroid tests are iffy, so I talk about the five parts of thyroid hormone and what they do, as well as some things you can do if your thyroid’s gone whack-a-doodle on you.
Adrenal blood tests don’t work at all, so I talk about why we need to know what our adrenals are up to–and a better testing alternative that will give you the results you need.
Diabetes tests are a disaster, especially because of the meds we end up on. Understanding Blood Tests talks about the tests, the meds that get prescribed and things you can do to improve your blood sugar levels–whether they’re too high or too low–on your own.
Cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease, but the statin drugs that doctors prescribe do. Along the way, statin drugs whack your endocrine system–thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, etc., too, causing lots of the other health problems you don’t want anything to do with. As I said above, homocysteine is the “how’s my heart” test.
As an aside, did you know atrial fibrillation, in which the heart quivers instead of actually pumping blood, can be reversed with solid, but little-known, nutrition? Nutrition is powerful stuff! My information saved my brother’s life after his doctor told him to get his affairs in order because his Afib was going to take him out, and now he’s getting married! WooHoo!
I also would have had accurate information from a knowledgeable source who does all the research for me. Because when you search online, you cannot be sure of the source.
Bette has a funny, sassy way of explaining, and that’s what makes her books interesting. And I love knowing that my “high cholesterol” is a good thing!”
Whether the doctor orders the tests or we do it on our own (which Understanding Blood Tests talks about), we need to know how to read the results. Just because we fall within the normal range, doesn’t mean all’s well. Some test results–homocysteine, for instance–give us early warnings while still “normal.” Knowing we’re heading in the wrong direction gives us a chance to avoid ending up in a very bad place.
Not to mention that one test result could affect what another result actually means. For instance, a whacked thyroid often results in false test results for cholesterol and anemia. Knowing this can protect you from meds you don’t need and your body can’t handle. So this book talks about which test results to consider together.
Don’t depend on a hurried, harried doctor to pick up any nuance. That’s your job. We can’t rely on others to do what we need to do ourselves.
Who has more interest in your health than you? Who has more to lose with your death than you? You’re worth more than the time it takes to check out a blood test.
Now, reading blood tests may sound as complicated as all get out, but it’s really not. At least, not once things get explained. And Understanding Blood Tests is all about explaining what you need to know.
Understanding Blood Tests includes two, real-life, sample blood tests, one from a woman we’ll call Ruth and one from a man we’ll call Mike. Along with their actual test results, you get commentary and my suggestions about what to look for.
Now I’m not a doctor. Ruth and Mike are not my patients, just two take-the-hill people motivated to be their own health advocates. And, thanks to their letting me use their test results, participants in helping others be healthy.
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