Six tests you must ask your doctor to run


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Six tests you must ask your doctor to run

Millions of people vowed in the late hours of December 31st, 2016 to improve their health in some way as they rang in 2017.

If that includes you, congratulations! 

In addition to eating healthier and exercising, seeing your doctor for a checkup is a great place to start on the road to a healthier you.

But beware!

Because although you may get a clean bill of health after the usual physical exam, complete blood count (CBC), basic metabolic panel (which checks your heart, kidney and liver function and blood glucose) and lipid panel (to see where your cholesterol is at), trouble may still be brewing.

In order to get a complete snapshot of your innards and help nip potential problems in the bud, here are…

Six tests you must ask your doctor to run

1- C-reactive protein (CRP)

C-reactive protein is a marker for inflammation.  C-reactive protein is a compound that, when elevated, indicates either inflammatory or free radical damage is occurring within your blood vessels in a way that contributes to cardiovascular disease.

2- Homocysteine

Homocysteine is an amino acid produced as a by-product of your digestion of animal proteins.  High levels of homocysteine in the bloodstream can cause inflammation in the blood vessels and increase your heart disease risk.

3- Magnesium

Your entire body needs magnesium for a plethora of different functions and enzyme reactions, and being low in it can have devastating consequences. 

Here are just a few of the conditions that are caused or worsened by magnesium deficiency:

  • - Osteoporosis
  • - Irregular heartbeat
  • - Restless leg syndrome/muscle cramps
  • - Fibromyalgia
  • - Gallstones and joint problems
  • - Elevated C-reactive protein levels
  • - Autoimmune conditions and impaired immune function
  • - Chronic fatigue
  • - Low serotonin levels and depression
  • - Low insulin levels (a concern for Type 2 diabetes)
  • - PMS symptoms

4- Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a very common deficiency, especially in the northeast where sunshine levels are limited.

Plus fears of skin cancer have caused many people to completely shun the sun and/or only venture outside when slathered in sunscreen (which blocks your body’s ability to produce vitamin D from the sun).

Vitamin D is crucial for bone health, maintaining healthy blood glucose and insulin levels, proper immune system functioning, controlling inflammation in your blood vessels (thereby reducing heart disease risk) and cancer prevention, among other things. 

5- TRH stimulation (or TRH challenge) test

When assessing thyroid function, the typical go-to is the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. 

But TSH is secreted by your pituitary to “nudge” your thyroid into action…so the TSH test primarily assesses the functioning of your pituitary—not necessarily your thyroid! 

Plus the TSH test measures your blood level of thyroid hormone at that one moment in time when your blood is drawn.  But your thyroid hormone levels are constantly changing—so a “snapshot” blood test is not always an accurate picture of what’s really going on 24/7 with your thyroid.

A far more accurate and sensitive test that assesses thyroid health is the "TRH stimulation test" also known as the “TRH challenge test.”

6- Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is also a very common deficiency due to our heavy reliance on acid reducers (stomach acid is needed for proper B12 assimilation) and high prevalence of digestive issues which can impact absorption in the intestinal tract.

B12 is crucial for the formation of white blood cells that comprise your immune system, and red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your body.

It's also an important player in your metabolism that helps generate your body’s energy and is needed for your body to control homocysteine levels (and thus help prevent heart disease).

And vitamin B12 is positively vital to your nervous system and brain health.

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency can include:

  • - Lack of energy
  • - Memory problems
  • - Confusion and disorientation
  • - Irritability
  • - Swelling of the tongue and bleeding gums
  • - Walking difficulties and falling
  • - Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • - Depression
  • - Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
  • - Numbness and tingling in the extremities
  • - Vision problems
  • - Weakened immunity

Don’t be shy!

Remember that your doctor is supposed to be your partner in your care—so don’t be shy about asking him or her to run these tests.

If they ask you why show them this email.

And if they refuse, well, I strongly suggest you seek out another doctor who will be happy to run these tests and work with you as a friend.

I can help too!

Don’t forget your friend in the nutrition world (yours truly) is here to help you too!

As a holistic nutrition coach, I am well-trained in the whole-body effects of nutrients and how deficiencies can spell disease.

And as such, I am dedicated to helping create a healthier you by offering top-quality solutions to your body’s nutritional needs including:

VitalMega-3 fish oil formula: To help combat arterial inflammation

Hydroxaden 2.5 Vitamin B12 formula: To counteract B12 deficiency, which is increasingly common

Optimum D-K Formula: Which addresses another common yet devastating deficiency

Super Core multivitamin formula with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support: To help ensure your core nutritional needs are met and provide additional support against inflammation and free radical damage. 

And of course the gold star:

Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula: To support sound digestion and immune function.

Make 2017 the year you get on the road to great health and never look back!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

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  • @Jane Rymill – Both Douglas Laboratories and Integrative Therapeutics have good magnesium products.

    Holistic Blends on

  • which magnesium supplement do you recommend


  • @Linda – We’re sorry to hear you’ve had such trouble finding a physician to help you. Unfortunately even for us here, we have to travel quite a distance to see a doctor who does all of this. We wish you all the best.

    Holistic Blends on

  • After searching for an internist that might understand or at least be willing to comply with these blood tests, (have seen four in the last three years and have never known any through decades who are like-minded, some even roll their eyes at the mention!), I think I will give up this pursuit. The cost of Medicare, plus costs of seeing holistic practitioners which Medicare does not cover, and the costs of several supplements, is staggering!

    Linda on

  • Unfortunately none of these tests will be covered by Medicare or any insurance. Can be pretty pricecy to go outside that box, I know it’s our health and all, but still our wallets, as well. It’s a shame what has happened to being proactive for our health.

    sherri on

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