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What blood tests should I suggest paleo doubters order?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 27, 2011 at 3:35 AM

I've looked through some of the older questions on this topic and most of them haven't been updated in a year or more so I thought I'd revisit the topic and see what people think.

Most people make somewhat regular trips to the doctor and can get a blood panel done so what are the most important paleo markers of being healthy or unhealthy?

Besides the standard cholesterol, triglyceride and fasting blood glucose level tests what do you ask your doctor to test you for and what would you like to see tested more routinely when it comes time for a physical?

More specifically I'm looking for tests with a "WOW" factor for the stubborn people in my life that won't let their guard down and just give the damn diet a try for 30 days. I know it's kind of hard to use the results as a real argument without having to go into the science of why but it's a start. Thanks in advance.

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on June 27, 2011
at 06:44 PM

I never said I didn't want to get into the science, just that most people I talk to don't and don't want to understand the science just yet. Also, most people I'm talking to are already on statins or pointless and harmful drugs and I'm doing my best to wean them off these. I think it helps to have a good understanding of what's going on inside our bodies and seeing where levels like Vitamin D and Cortisol are at can be helpful at diagnosing specific deficiencies. Most people in my life are going to keep going to the doctor no matter how much of a "hippie" I become. Just trying to help others.

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on June 27, 2011
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I would suggest no tests and recommend against going to the doctor unless you are sick or have an actual need.

Have you ever noticed that practically everyone in the waiting room is sick? The sickest that I have ever been was directly traced to sitting in a waiting room for a routine physical (I went in healthy). Only a fool would potentially needlessly expose himself to the many pathogens at a doctor's office

Second, what is the point in a test if you do not want to get into the science behind the test? Tests without meaning are meaningless. Then this meaningless test costs money (you and the insurance company) and uses time and other resources that would be better spent on someone sick.

Then, what if the doctor recommends a drug (statins) and your friend or family member takes those and it actually does cause a problem. That "wow" factor test is starting to sound like "wow, I am a dumbass for listening to the Nutritionator."

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on June 27, 2011
at 06:44 PM

I never said I didn't want to get into the science, just that most people I talk to don't and don't want to understand the science just yet. Also, most people I'm talking to are already on statins or pointless and harmful drugs and I'm doing my best to wean them off these. I think it helps to have a good understanding of what's going on inside our bodies and seeing where levels like Vitamin D and Cortisol are at can be helpful at diagnosing specific deficiencies. Most people in my life are going to keep going to the doctor no matter how much of a "hippie" I become. Just trying to help others.

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