If you’ve ever had a blood test, you know that there is a high and low range for most of your blood markers. If you between those values, you are considered “normal” and nothing needs to be done. If you are outside of those values, you are “in need of medical assistance.” But there is a much smaller range of values where your body operates at its full potential. We refer to it as the optimal range.
Let’s take Vitamin D as an example of what I mean by “optimizing your blood”. Most medical professionals tell you if your Vitamin D levels are between 20 and 100 ng/ml, you are normal and nothing needs to be done. But there are dozens of scientific studies that show increasing levels up to 60 or more has these benefits:
I have never read anything that says levels below 100 have any negative side effects. So who wouldn’t want their level to be between 60 and 100? This is what I call the optimum zone – the zone where we maximize the benefits and minimize the risks. I believe we should let the science determine the optimal levels.
Vitamin D is the example I used, but many of your blood markers have scientifically-proven ideal ranges similar to vitamin D. Why not optimize every marker where the science tells us that benefits increase in an optimum range. And, just for the record, I do not use any “optimum” value that fall outside of the commonly accepted ranges, so there is no controversy over the safety of my optimum zones.
The balancing and optimization of blood on a cellular level is what I call “First Line Therapy”.
This ancient wisdom is being proved out by some of our most brilliant scientists and medical professionals. Sickness, disease, impending health crises – we can see them all in your blood. Blood tests are an incredible diagnostic tool used worldwide to help medical professionals find issues that can be otherwise hard to spot. But why don’t they take it to the next level?
Over the last 20 years, I have identified about 46 blood markers that are essential for good health. These markers, once optimized, give your body an incredible boost in its healing potential. The good news is, it’s not an all or nothing change. As individual markers begin to get corrected, you will find yourself feeling better and better!
I was just a dabbler in natural medicine until the day my doctor told me I had an aggressive form of abdominal cancer. He said I should get my affairs in order because the medical establishment did not have a good prognosis for me. Looking back, that was the best thing that could have happened to me…
Can you relate to this?
If this describes you, then you are exactly where I used to be. Hi, my name is Marchon Schuler. I grew up in a family that knew nothing about health. We ate the Standard American Diet. When we were sick, which was often, we went to the doctor for antibiotics, just like everyone else I knew. When I started my own family, I didn’t consciously intend to deviate from this path, but my family was having health issues and the traditional medical model wasn’t getting us healthy. I felt like I was on the wrong path, but I didn’t know what else to do.
That’s how I felt when my daughter was an infant. She was having constant ear infections. We were going back to the doctor every few months for another round of antibiotics. Once I realized this wasn’t working, we went to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. He told us that the only way to stop her ear infections was for her to have her surgery on her ears. I don’t know why, but that just felt wrong to me. So, I began to research the issue. After a few weeks of research, I implemented some simple dietary changes, and it worked immediately. My daughter never had another ear infection. That’s when my thinking began to change. I realized that no one cared about my family’s health as much as I did, and I began to take responsibility to achieve good health for my family. In those early years, we would still go to the doctor to get diagnosed, but I would never fill the prescriptions. Instead, I would implement natural alternatives to heal what the doctor diagnosed. This went on for a few years. I researched as needed and I had very good success, but I didn’t really think much about natural health on a daily basis.
That all changed when I was in my 30’s and diagnosed with an aggressive form of abdominal cancer. I was referred to a specialist who told me to get my affairs in order. I couldn’t accept this. I had three young children and I wasn’t ready to leave them behind. Natural health was the only alternative that offered me hope, so I started studying in earnest – nutrition, herbology, homeopathy, naturopathy – everything I could find. Then I earned my first credential. I became a certified nutritionist. I didn’t agree with everything I learned, but I began to focus my life, and my family’s lives, around health. Through a paradigm shift of my understanding of health, I was able to overcome the cancer. As an added bonus, all of my family’s health issues disappeared. But it didn’t stop there. I went back to school to become a Master Herbalist, then I earned my ND. At that point, I started Health Restored. But I always felt like I needed to know more to help my patients. So I became a Homeopath. Then I spent a few years taking classes in Functional Medicine. Next I focused on Neurology and I found that when we integrate our brain with our body, our healing accelerates. I wanted a better understanding of the emotional side of our health, so I spent 7 years as a volunteer working with battered women. I truly believe my patient’s high success rate comes from the fact that I focus on health from so many different perspectives – body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
But let me be clear – I am not in any way telling you that you should ignore your doctor’s recommendations, and I am not against prescription drugs or surgeries. They absolutely save lives when they are necessary. But once I began to understand the amazing ability of the human body, my definition of “necessary” changed drastically. In the last 22 years my family of 5 has only needed prescription drugs two times (excluding physical traumas). I have seen similar results with hundreds of others over the years.
This path isn’t for everyone. It isn’t the path that the masses take. It isn’t the quick and easy path. But it is the only path that has worked for hundreds of my patients who have “tried everything else”. What I am offering may be a long, hard path, but it leads to vibrant health.
Is this the right path for you? It is if you answer yes to the following questions:
If these statements resonate with you, then please join me, and the hundreds of others who I have had the privilege to guide down this path. Over 92% of those who have walked this path with me tell me it was worth it, and they say they will never go back to their old lifestyles. We call ourselves Health Warriors because health doesn’t happen by accident. It’s something we believe in, something we work hard to get, and something we value greatly.
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This panel contains the following tests:
Electrolytes and Minerals:
Complete Blood Count:
This panel contains the following tests:
Iron plays a principle role in the formation and maturation of red blood cells. Of the body’s normal 4-5 grams of iron, approximately 65% resides in hemoglobin with a small amount also being found in muscle and in cellular enzymes throughout the body’s tissues. Any remaining iron is stored mostly in the liver bound to a protein called ferritin. The amount of ferritin found in your blood shows how much iron is stored in your body.
Transferrin is a protein that transports iron from your intestines to cells throughout your body. Normally, about 1/3 of the transferrin in your body is being used to transport iron. The percent of transferrin that has iron bound to it is called your iron saturation.
Serum iron is a measure of the total circulating iron in your blood and TIBC is an indirect measure of the amount of transferrin you have. On average about one third of the transferrin in your body is being used to transport iron. The remaining transferrin, not being used to transport iron is called the UIBC.
When analyzed together, these tests are helpful in defining a variety of iron problems and will help your doctor differentiate between different types of anemia. TIBC is high in iron deficiency anemia and low/normal with anemia of chronic disease. TIBC is also used to help doctors diagnose iron overload, which is called hemochromatosis.
Low levels of iron are associated with iron deficiency anemia. Anemia is associated with fatigue, low energy, and in some cases, can manifest as muscle aches and headaches. High levels of iron are associated with liver disease, kidney disease and vitamin B6 deficiency.
Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) evaluates long-term blood sugar control and is one of the leading theories of aging. Serum glucose reacts with important proteins in the body rendering them nonfunctional in a process called glycation. Hemoglobin A1C is a reflection of this detrimental reaction. Doctors often follow this blood test in diabetics to monitor disease progression and the effects of treatment.
Recent research has shown that vitamin D is important to every cell and tissue throughout the body. From proper immune function and bone density to heart health and mood disorders, vitamin D is critical for optimal health.
You should know your vitamin D blood level. Life Extension® offers a reliable vitamin D blood test at a fraction of what most commercial blood labs charge. Optimal blood levels of vitamin D are often far greater than the standard reference range. The only way to achieve an optimal level is through proper supplementation.
In an effort to be transparent, we should warn that there will probably be other costs involved in your personalized health plan. In order to expedite the process of blood optimization, it is crucial for most people to be dutiful to a program of nutraceuticals and/or herbs that will continue for 3-4 months. Until we have seen your lab results, however; we won’t know what the details of that program will be. Depending on your lifestyle, the biggest cost of this program will likely be your grocery bills. You will be transitioning to a healthy diet that (hopefully) will last for the rest of your life. Good health can be expensive, but it cost a lot less than bad health. I’ve heard it summed up this way that resonates well with me, “you either pay the farmer, or you pay the pharmacist.” Spoiler alert: the farmer is cheaper.
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