Inflammation and Pain - The Omega 3 Lab Test and Fish Oil Correction
The Omega 3 blood spot test is a great test for low back patients (and much more). Would you rather adjust a patient with an improper inflammation ratio or KNOW that the person has a healthy or optimum ratio? Traditional and natural healthcare professionals agree that inflammation is a common denominator to all diseases, acute and chronic. This includes joints, the entire brain, and the nervous system, as well as visceral disease. The ability to perform a simple blood spot lab analysis to get the patient’s inflammation ratio (Arachidonic Acid and Eicosapentaenoic Acid ratio. Commonly abbreviated as AA/EPA.) This test and ratio will provide an exact answer specific to that patient. I then provide a treatment program for 3 - 4 months and retest. The essential fatty acid ratio is an incredible advantage to everyone who offers it to their patients and requires a simple blood spot analysis.
Many people and doctors already take fish oil to decrease inflammation and want to receive all the benefits, including building a healthy brain, joints, heart, hormones, immune system, etc. Taking fish oil (or any supplement) without a scoring method has shown to be very inefficient. An optimum AA/EPA ratio is 1.5 and extends to 4 as a “healthy ratio.” AA = Arachidonic Acid (inflammatory) / (EPA = Eicosapentaenoic Acid (anti-inflammatory).
Over the past three years, I began providing a complimentary test after my seminars (from LipidLab.com 888.630.6634) to doctors who attend. Over 97%+ claimed to be regular fish oil supplement takers and have taken numerous seminars that promoted the health benefits of maintaining a proper AA/EPA ratio and the importance of performing the lab test. Despite this, I rarely see a doctor score below a ratio of 15:1. YIKES! In fact, out of 250 tests on clinicians, only five have passed the test with a score of 4 or below! If we use a score of 3, that means the person is 5X too inflamed if the score is 15:1
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In my personal clinic, this test is performed on 100% of my chiropractic patients. I am happy if the patient initially scores a ratio of 22 (although if maintained, they are doomed from a health perspective). The reason I am happy with 22 to start a health restoration program is that 40+:1 is very common. A high ratio has a very negative effect on the mid-term and long-term health of the nervous system and overall cellular health. So far, the record in my clinic is 69 (and yes, we changed their life epically and saved them a trip to the mayo clinic). As a natural health care expert, I feel it is my job to educate and provide this life-changing test and supplement correction integrated (not just sell supplements) and enhance the chiropractic adjustment.
Below (Test #1 = 42 AA : 1 EPA) is a common test result we receive. Based on experience (not a set formula) with supplement dose, patient weight, digestion, etc., we create a protocol and retest 3-4 months later.
Below (Test #2 taken 3 months later = 2.1 AA : 1 EPA) is the same person as Test #1 above. Life changing improvement! We now want the patient to maintain this healthy ratio for life. And we are there to coach, provide supplementation and retest them to do so. Once a healthy ratio is achieved, retest frequency can vary (but for sure one time per year for the next couple years minimum), and we will maintain a supplementation schedule.
Since we can test the exact ratio in the clinic, we can find it, fix it, and re-evaluate how the patient has progressed. We provide other specific lab testing and provide correction synergistically (Vit D, selenium, zinc, magnesium, to name a few). Some nutrients are not cost-effective or possible to lab test, and we provide supplementation due to other evaluation methods.
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Why Does My Back Still Hurt Series
Part 1: Patient History
Part 2: Scars
Part 3: Anatomical Short Leg
Part 4: Adjusting
Part 5: Sacral Belts
Part 6: Inflammation