NORMAL VS. OPTIMAL: WHY BEST IS BETTER

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Working with a doctor to make an optimal wellness plan may seem out of the question, but perhaps it’s time for you to make it a priority.

Optimal Health

Making Health a Priority

For so many people, having health as a top priority seems like a luxury. This reality breaks my heart every day. I wish that I could help everyone to see how health should be our prime concern. It is impossible to pay our bills when we are too sick to work. We can’t enjoy our relaxation, our adventures, or our quality time when we don’t feel good.

If we want to be successful in improving the health of our society, we need to completely change how we as patients use the healthcare system, and how we as doctors administer care.

Before we even get the flu, we need to be tracking, planning, and improving our health. The better our health is on a day-to-day basis, the less we actually get sick and the faster we recover when we do.

There are countless studies that prove again and again, that how we care for our bodies when we are healthy is just as, if not more, important than when we are sick. This is especially true for those of us who deal with chronic illnesses.

Is Normal Actually Good?

In those occasions that we are lucky enough to see our doctor for a wellness visit, most traditional doctors look for signs of disease and then stop there. If you are not experiencing illness, then you are healthy. If you have a chronic illness, then you are unhealthy—right? Absolutely not.

When searching for diagnosis, average doctors are looking to determine if disease is present. For example, levels of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) are considered “normal” if they fall between 0.450-4.500 mU/L. So, even if you have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, a conventional doctor won’t see any level within this range as abnormal, and therefore would neither diagnose nor treat for hypothyroidism. Yet, that may be the exact cause of your fatigue, muscle weakness, depression, or other standard symptoms.

TSH Levels

Everyone’s TSH levels are slightly different. But I have found that many patients still suffer even within the standard, “no disease present” levels. This is why the “ill or not-ill” dualism of typical patient care does not work.

Health exists on a spectrum. For TSH, 1-3.5 mU/L is desirable, but 1-1.5 mU/L is optimal.

Normal vs. Optimal

Central to my practice of medicine is looking more precisely at health markers. I want everyone to have their best health possible. Which is why I developed standards of reading lab results that look for not only desirable health, but optimal health.

I believe that people who can afford celebrity doctors are not the only ones who deserve the best of health. In order to fulfill our full potential, we need to have our best health possible. And that is something that everyone deserves.

The core philosophy of The Complete Blood Test Blueprint is this: why settle for “normal” when you can strive for optimal.

Dr. J. E. Williams

J. E. WILLIAMS, OMD, FAAIM

Dr. Williams is a pioneer in integrative and functional medicine, the author of six books, and a practicing clinician with over 100,000 patient visits. His areas of interest include longevity and viral immunity. Formerly from San Diego, he now resides in Sarasota, Florida and practices at the Florida Integrative Medical Center. He teaches at NOVA Southeastern University and Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine.

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