Doctors tell us that we can only treat chronic conditions and incurable diseases like depression with drugs, but that’s a lie!
Doctors like to put patients into their money-making system. They want people dependant on medications that put the highest commission payments into their pockets. But you don’t have to accept that. When you fix your nutrient deficiencies and correct any underlying physiologic imbalances you can cure (and even reverse) many “chronic” issues.
The first step is to have a proper blood test taken. This process highlights your current nutritional deficiencies and potential vulnerabilities. But doctors won’t make this an easy process. They’ll try and convince you that it’s not important. They prefer to keep you dependent on them, while blindly following their advice without objection.
Now, you don’t need to take thousands of tests since it becomes confusing and expensive. Your best bet is to go through the revealing ones below because they are useful and helpful, so you can stay ahead when it comes to your future health and well-being:
1. High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP)
C-reactive protein (CRP) also acts as an identifier of inflammation. When you receive your results, you want your blood levels of CRP under 1.0 mg/L. Many studies, including meta-analyses that have analyzed tens of thousands of people, show that elevated CRP has ties to both depression and anxiety (1-3).
2. Vitamin B12
Good brain health requires sufficient levels of Vitamin B12. It acts as a powerful antidepressant, plays an essential role in making red blood cells, line nerve cells, and keep your brain functioning well. Deep depression, paranoia, and even memory loss, among other severe conditions, have been linked with a vitamin B12 deficiency.
Blood levels below 200 pg/mL signal a lack of vitamin B12. You should aim for around 600 pg/mL. Although blood tests for B12 won’t give you a complete picture, since this vitamin operates inside cells, and blood levels alone won’t reveal your brain levels of B12.
So you’ll want to supplement this test with a homocysteine analysis. An inflammatory protein, Homocysteine is metabolized by Vitamin B12 and folate. High blood levels of homocysteine indicate lows levels of Vitamin B12. Optimal levels of Homocysteine sit around 7 – 10 μMole/L, although levels over 8 suggest you may need to supplement with a B12 vitamin to relieve inflammation before it gets out of hand.
3. Fasting Glucose/Insulin/Hemoglobin A1C
These will check your blood sugar control. Hemoglobin A1C is the most revealing of these tests because it shows the 90-day average of your blood sugar levels. The fasting glucose test reveals how much sugar levels when your body isn’t processing food. And the fasting insulin test provides insight into how your pancreas functions when you’re not eating.
Unbalanced blood sugar can be seen as anything from tiredness and fatigue to panic attacks and ADHD. These symptoms show how the body may be overloaded and struggling to remove ingested sugars.
Therefore, understanding your blood sugar control can help identify the causes of several physiologic symptoms. When you choose to make dietary and lifestyle changes to combat fluctuations in blood sugar, then you can heal many diseases. Even diabetes could be reversed in a short period, according to some fields of research.
Hemoglobin A1C: 4.8 – 5.2%
Fasting glucose: 70 – 85 mg/dL
Fasting insulin: below 6 μIU/mL
The thyroid regulates metabolism among other functions. People with brain fog, depression, anxiety, weight problems, and constipation often have issues with their thyroid function. When you test your thyroid function, you reveal how well brain senses hormones, and how your immune system interacts with your thyroid.
Now, to check for thyroid issues most conventional doctors only test for TSH and sometimes T4. But you should also check free (unbound) T3 levels because as one of the body’s master molecules, it helps regulates energy use, digestion, and hormonal balance.
TSH: less than 2 μU/mL
Free T4: ideally over 1.1 ng/dL
Free T3 (FT3): ideally over 3.0 pg/mL
Reverse T3 (RT3): less than a 10:1 ratio RT3:FT3
TPOAb: less than 4 IU/mL (or negative according to lab range)
TgAb: less than 4 IU/mL (or negative according to lab range)
Read more about the complexities of thyroid hormone production and regulation in this article.
5. Vitamin D
A lot of people are deficient in this important hormone-vitamin. Vitamin D helps with nutrient absorption, cognition, and immune function. And when we don’t get much sun and eat foods with loads of pesticides we face the risk Vitamin D deficiency, so you want to check your levels with the physician. To optimize Vitamin D levels, try getting outside and eating nutrient-rich foods, as well as getting adequate magnesium, which helps to combat Vitamin D toxicity.
You have the right to know what’s going on in your body. But some doctors will hesitate to order these tests. They will say you don’t don’t need them and they’re unnecessary. So you may need to go to a naturopath or functional medicine doctor because most of the time they understand the value of these tests. Don’t be afraid to push back if your doctor is dismissive. The battle with your doctor is worth while because you need to know what’s happening in your body. And the data these five tests reveal could help you identify the most effective steps towards healing your body.