Lesson 7: Approaching the Functional Analysis of Blood Test Results
Before beginning the analysis of blood testing I think it is important to look at the blood test that comes back from the lab itself and look for values outside the normal reference range. Hopefully, you’ve already watched the video I did on the FBCA Thinking Process because here’s where you apply that knowledge. If you don’t have the knowledge to do this you can use my Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis book or you can get on the waiting list for my FBCA Mastery Certification Training I teach annually in September. With those 2 tools, you’re going to be able to know right off the bat the clinical conditions associated with high or low levels of each biomarker outside the normal or pathological range.
The 1st way to do your analysis is to transfer that data onto a form that can aid you in your analysis. The form I used for many years is a manual tracking form, which you can download at the bottom of this page.
Here’s how to use this form:
- Print out the FBCA tracking form
- Write in the patient’s results in the space provided
- Then put up and down arrows for values above and below the optimal
- Then start your analysis using my book.
- You can either type in the interpretation or handwrite it the comments section.
You can download this exact form from the link at the bottom of the page. I have the form prepared for US ranges and Standard International Units and there’s also a conversion form as well. My gift to you!
A 2nd way is to use an Excel spreadsheet. It’s much the same thing as the manual tracking form and if you’re good with Excel, you can set up the spreadsheet to show high or low values and even colors for values outside the optimal ranges.
The 3rd way is to use an interpretive and analytical software program like the one on this site!
If you’re using a software program, you either manually add the lab data into the software or if the software allows for automatic integration with a lab (mine does) then you just import the lab results straight from the lab without manual entry. Some people think this it’s going to take hours to manually add the results. I can do it in about 5 minutes (CLICK HERE to watch a video where I timed myself doing manual entry and it took me 5 minutes!). It doesn’t take very long. In fact, it’s probably quicker than adding the information to the manual tracking form or a spreadsheet because in my software you can create lab profiles that exactly match the order of the biomarkers on the original lab report that came back from the lab.
Once that information is put onto a manual tracking form, or onto a spreadsheet or into the software, you now need to do your analysis.
For manual analysis or spreadsheet analysis, you can use my book. If you’re good at recognizing patterns this can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the complexity of the case.
Or you can use the software, which can generate a comprehensive analytical and interpretive report in seconds once the data are put into the software (I know which I would choose!)
Then, of course, you need to print up your report, either the filled out tracking form or spreadsheet with your notes on it or the Functional Health Report generated by the software.
Once you do that, you’re ready for your report of clinical findings. This is where you sit down with your patient and go through the lab report. The great thing about the software is it has already generated the reports for you. You can choose to use just one report or you can do all 8 patient reports, it’s up to you.
The best way to show you how all this work is to have you watch me go over a sample case on video. At the beginning of the video I present the case using the manual tracking form method (I’m not going to do the spreadsheet method because I’ve never used that method and it’s pretty much the manual method with a spreadsheet filled out instead of a tracking form) and then I go over to the software program and go over the same case but this time using the software.
You might remember this case because it’s one I used in the video I did called “Normal is not Optimal”. This time I show you what’s going on with him from a Functional Perspective! Please click play on the video below or listen on Soundcloud if that’s better for you:
CLICK HERE to download this article in PDF format
Please be sure to download the “FBCA Tracking Form” handout at the bottom of this page!
So, I hope this article, and the case analysis video, has helped show you how to approach the analysis. We looked at how to do it manually and also how to do it using software. Whatever method you choose, it’s up to you. Please go ahead and download the manual tracking form, in both US and SI units plus a conversion chart, from the link below.
Until next time,
All the best,
Founder, the Blood Chem Software at Optimal DX