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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What Do Blood Tests Show?


I suppose I thought of this topic now because as the summer fades into fall in years past I used to constantly get very tired. This was not the usual every day tiredness. I used to get so tired that I would actually fall asleep right on the floor.

This all happened when I was a child. In order for the medical doctors to diagnose that was wrong with me, they would take a lot of blood tests. I was like a pin cushion when I was in my early part of life. They would have me come back to the hospital at least once every 3 or 4 weeks for more of these tests.

Due to all this I eventually became fearful of needles and blood tests. To this day I can't stand having one of these tests unless I lie down while they do it.

That is not the point of this post. In fact the point is that a blood test has very little meaning. Sure, it shows what elements are in the blood at a certain point in time.

The test will show what certain cell counts were like at the exact time the needle was inserted. In fact who knows what the body is really doing when the needle comes in contact with the blood. Maybe the composition of the blood changes very rapidly and the readings are not what the real readings should be.

What does the test really show? Obviously there are some readings that will stay in a certain range no matter what. These readings might have some value but if they are outside the range there might be an explanation for it. It might have nothing to do with health issues at all. The readings might be the way they are just because the person is anxious or there might be some metabolic activity that is going on just at the time the test is taken.

A good analogy of a blood test is that it is like taking a photograph of the sky right now and using the picture to predict what the weather will be like in one or two months' time. Does that make any sense to you? Do you think that the weather can be predicted in one or two months by taking a picture of the sky right now? I highly doubt that there is any relationship between the sky right now and the weather in one or two months.

This is very true but still we all rush to the hospitals and the doctors willing to give them some blood and we believe that the results are the golden standard information about our health. What a waste of money and a total waste of worry for those few that see issues with their picture.

Of course there are some things that can be found but there are many better ways to discover these issues than with an intrusive test like a blood test. Just look at yourself in the mirror. Do you look and feel healthy and happy? Are you enjoying life? Do you eat healthy and exercise?

Answer the above questions and you'll know if you are healthy or not. If not, stick with the laws of nature and things will change for the better.

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