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Please hack these blood test recommendations for my mom.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I've never had much luck getting my mother to improve her eating habits. She still likes to claim that whole wheat pasta and hummus are examples of eating well.../facepalm. Recently her own mother's health is declining and she's frustrated that her mother won't listen to her, and I pointed out that it really wasn't fair of her to complain, given she won't listen to me either. This has helped convince her to at least give this a shot. She's seeing her doctor soon to talk about getting off her Lipitor (I was the impetus for this as well) and I want her to be sure to ask for the right blood work. She's 64 and needs to lose about 40lbs. The only other condition I am aware of is osteoporosis, for which she takes some kind of crazy prescription I would like to get her off of as well. Here's what I'm thinking so far:

25 Hydroxy Vitamin D
C-reactive protein
HbA1c
Highly specific CRP
VAP Profile
Liver enzymes
B12
TSH

If there is anything that you would include or remove I would really appreciate the input.

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Thanks Nance. I got her Mark Sisson's 21 Day book to start off with. I was specifically asking for the tests because she asked me for my input on what she should ask for and I wanted to make sure I wasn't leaving out something big in what I told her.

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Once you've persuaded her to try this, your job is basically done other than to answer questions and share enthusiasm.

For bloodwork, you can have her write down the tests you mentioned as questions to discuss with her doctor, but budget/insurance/Medicare may affect her choices.

You can suggest she read Archevore and/or Gnoll.org or the Paleo Weight Loss Coach.

I think it's easiest if you start with the big, simple things: avoid processed/refined things and eat real, whole foods. After a week or 2 of that, she can check out books such as Gnoll Credo or Perfect Health Diet or Primal Blueprint or Paleo Solution.

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on February 15, 2012
at 02:40 AM

Thanks Nance. I got her Mark Sisson's 21 Day book to start off with. I was specifically asking for the tests because she asked me for my input on what she should ask for and I wanted to make sure I wasn't leaving out something big in what I told her.

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