Alexis Shields

Start Tracking Your Health Using Basic Blood Testing – EP18: Alexis Shields (Naturopathic Doctor)

In this eighteenth episode, Alexis Shields explains that blood biomarkers may be obtained directly and the results used to reduce chance of future disease occurrence, as well as remedy any subclinical symptoms.

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She provides a tour of some of the common biomarkers. Along the way she describes her virtual functional medicine practice.

Topics we discussed in this episode
  • Terms naturopathic, homeopathic, allopathic and functional medicine
  • Urine biomarkers, DUTCH test
  • Triglyceride to HDL ratio correlates with cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and diabetes
  • Thyroid testing and Reverse T3
  • Thyroid and low mineral status
  • Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism
  • Hematology testing
  • Machine learning tool for looking at blood work
  • Iron vs ferritin
  • Iron levels
  • Cholesterol testing
  • High-resolution lipid analysis
  • LDL, nor total cholesterol has much predictive power
  • Apolipoprotein B (ApoB) and Lipoprotein(a)
  • Cholesterol and immunity
  • Adrenal testing
  • Sodium and potassium levels and adrenal dysfunction
  • Cortisol testing
  • Urine testing of pH is really tricky
  • Dietary cholesterol has minimal impact on blood cholesterol levels
  • Electrolytes and diet
  • Body acidity and disease
  • Insulin resistance
  • Physiological insulin resistance
  • Glucose and melatonin
  • Blood tests and supplements with COVID-19 in mind
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