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Medical Lab Tests and Overmedication: Understanding your Health Allan Nathan

Medical Lab Tests and Overmedication: Understanding your Health

Allan Nathan

Published October 16th 2013
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This e-book explains in detail the medical blood tests that you are likely to undergo as an outpatient: Hematology- Chemistry- Lipids (cholesterol)- Prostate tests- and Thyroid tests. You might rightfully be wondering why you should purchase an e-book on this topic? After all, isnt a test number either normal or abnormal (high or low )? Wont a quick Google search suffice? The surprising answer is that many blood tests have a rather wide range of normal acceptable values. What is considered acceptable often varies with each unique individual, and interpreting these values requires a personalized and in-depth discussion with a physician.It is imperative that every individual acquire the knowledge to understand what exactly their blood tests mean. Otherwise, you are likely to join the ranks of people that are overmedicated, without any medical justification. These days, it is rather common to see people that are on 10 or more medications, many of which are redundant, and most of which are blatantly unnecessary or ineffective. Far harsher consequences can ensue, such as unnecessary surgery from abnormal prostate PSA tests. If that seems like a bold statement, let me explain further.(Note: This e-book is an entire chapter from a far more comprehensive book, entitled Timeless, Essential Health and Wellness Tools and Concepts, which is available in both paperback and Kindle editions, at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0983...).When you are in the exam room with your doctor, how many other people are actually in that room? Although you only see your physician, there are multiple other influential people in that room who are invisible, but whose presence greatly impacts the medical decisions made for you. First and foremost is the ever present threat of malpractice litigation that overshadows every decision that a physician makes. Win or lose, a physicians career is forever altered after a lawsuit. Also in the room are the interests of big pharmaceutical companies, who wield significant power over both your physician, and medicine as a whole.A common and concrete example of this is cholesterol management. Identifying and treating high levels of LDL cholesterol is the primary goal of cholesterol management. There is a wide range of acceptable LDL levels, ranging from 70 mg/dl for very high risk individuals, all the way up to 160 for low risk individuals. Here is what happens in a typical doctors office, day in and day out:[1] A person is rushed into the exam room[2] Somebody in a white coat comes in, and shows you a paper with your lab results. Thanks to the influence of big pharma, the normal number for LDL is displayed as 100, rather than as a range of 70-160.[3] Lets assume your LDL is 125. The lab sheet will show, in bold letters, the word HIGH, next to your result. Is this accurate, and does this merit pharmaceutical intervention? The answer to that question is that it depends on your unique and individual circumstances, which entails a detailed evaluation.[4] For a person of low to moderate risk of a cardiac event, 125 is perfectly normal. Your doctor now has an internal dialogue in his head, taking into account legal pressures, time pressures, and that word High that is staring him in the face. Sadly, given these pressures, many doctors opt to FIX THE NUMBERS, and make the chart look perfect (buffing the chart), rather than applying sound medical practice. This often becomes a life sentence of unnecessary medication, as your future doctors will take the approach of if it aint broke, dont fix it.Author Biography:Dr. Nathan graduated from medical school in the U.S. with a Medical Doctor (M.D.