General Health


Importance of routine blood tests:


Few years ago, blood testing was considered to most physicians for only ascertain cardiovascular risk factors for the patient.

The new scientific literature also clearly establishes that elevated insulin, glucose, homocysteine, fibrinogen, high sensitivity C-reactive protein, triglycerides, and LDL dramatically increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other arterial diseases. What most people fail to realize is that significant changes can occur over the course of one year, meaning that previous tests may not accurately reflect current cardiovascular risk status.

Excess amounts of serum iron generate free radicals that increase the risk of cancer and atherosclerosis, and probably neurological disorders such as Alzheimers disease and Parkinsons disease. If a blood test shows high ferritin levels, there are many ways to bring it down. A blood chemistry test can detect high iron levels before an iron-induced disease manifests.

What we look for at Nutritional Medicine Associates when we order Bloodwork

When a patient blood test results are reviewed, typically there is only concern when a particular result is outside the normal laboratory reference range. The problem with interpreting blood work in this way is that standard reference ranges usually represent -average- populations, rather than the optimal level required to maintain good health. It now appears that most standard reference ranges are too broad to adequately detect health problems or prescribe appropriate therapy on an individual basis.

Measuring Hormone Levels

Hormone imbalances develop in both men and women as a part of growing older. The result is that aging people suffer a variety of discomforts and diseases that are correctable and preventable if simple hormone adjustments are made.

Recommended tests

It is highly recommended that you have a basic battery of tests performed annually. The recommended (Male Panel) consists of a complete blood count (CBC), chemistry test, ferritin, insulin, lipids, Free T3 & TSH, homocysteine, total and free testosterone, estradiol, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and DHEA. The recommended (Female Panel) consists of the complete CBC, chemistry test, ferritin, insulin, lipids, Free T3, TSH, estradiol, progesterone, total and free testosterone, DHEA, and homocysteine. If a serious abnormality is detected-such as elevated homocysteine, hormone imbalance, high PSA-testing should be repeated more often.

Ruthie Harper M.D.

Short Health Tips


keep your heart healthy

Thirty minutes of moderate exercise every day can have a big impact on heart health. Running a few miles can help improve cardiovascular fitness by increasing the flexibility of the coronary arteries.


For a Healthy Pregnancy

Drink plenty of fluids, at least eight to 10 glasses a day, avoiding caffeine and artificial coloring. Get adequate sleep, at least eight hours a night. If you're suffering from sleep disturbances, take naps during the day and see your physician for advice.

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