The methods healthcare practitioners of all sorts out there use to “diagnose” your particular health issue are legion. Many people want an “evidence-based” or “scientific” approach, which to most means there are studies behind it and it is accepted mainstream. For these folks, blood is typically the preferred method, because (in addition to the standard urinalysis) that’s what their doctor does as a first-line look into the body’s chemistry. Since this is what everyone does, it’s perceived as the main option and everyone keeps doing it. Momentum is a hell of a thing.
However, over the long-term, have you been happy with how your practitioner has used the info from blood testing? For example, let’s say your hormones are not in range. Okay, problem found. Great. Now what do you do? Take hormones for the rest of your life to correct the symptom(s) of low hormones? What if you want to treat the cause? How does this help you do that, if at all?
I believe there is a better way than blood to assess the body’s longer-term internal workings that just so happens to fall outside of the norm. In this article, I want to discuss why I have mostly abandoned blood tests ***for nutritional assessment and treatment of longstanding (chronic) conditions.*** After that, I’ll discuss what I have moved to.
How did blood become our first line test for practically everything? I don’t know, and I don’t have the time or interest in researching it. My guess is that …
If you’ve been suffering from any of the following:
Colds and/or influenza (flu), or trying to avoid them (going on a trip, for instance)
Sinus infections, chronic or acute
General immune system deficiencies
Herpes virus-related issues – shingles, post-herpetic neuralgia, cold sores, etc.
Other viral infections
There may be a remedy out there to help relieve your symptoms (without adding more side effects in the process!). It is called Engystol and is distributed by -Heel USA (manufactured in Germany). Its main action is on stimulating the non-specific immune defense systems.
In my practice, I utilize the FDA-approved injectable vials of Engystol for any and all of the above purposes. The tablets are good, but not nearly as strong as the injectables. Yes, it is a homeopathic preparation of two specific ingredients. Yes, there is scientific research on it. Yes, it kicks butt in the research in both in vitro and in vivo. People are often blown away by the results they get from something so simple.
The way I explain it to people is this. If it is going to help, it really helps and noticeable results will be felt within an hour or two. If it doesn’t help, there won’t be any negative side effects and we can look into something else! Over time, patients who regularly get Engystol injections often watch in amazement as their general immunity seems …
One service we provide in our office is IV Glutathione. What is glutathione, you ask? The short story (a long version can be found here):
Made from three amino acids attached to each other, L-cysteine + L-glutamic acid + glycine.
It is your body’s most important antioxidant molecule (yes, more important than the latest magical juice from the jungle!). It helps to recycle other antioxidants so that they can “live to fight again”.
In regards to detoxification, it is THE major detoxifying molecule of the body. For example, you might have heard of taking the herb milk thistle to help the liver with its normal detoxification functions. How does it work? Mainly by boosting glutathione production!
It is critical for keeping inflammation in check and the immune system running smoothly.
The combination of the above factors means it improves both physical and mental function.
Many of us are deficient in our glutathione production relative to our needs (which are increased due to things like pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation).
Glutathione is not absorbed orally very well (but can still be found useful that way), hence the usefulness of glutathione (often abbreviated GSH) being introduced intravenously.
We started doing IV glutathione in our office after we learned about what it can do for Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Here is a video put out by David Perlmutter MD, a leader in using IV glutathione, including before-and-after on a PD patient:
and these videos (unable …