If you click on the above link you will see a random person's blood test results alongside a display of both 'Optimal Ranges" and "Standard Ranges". Standard or Reference Ranges are the ranges you see on the blood test results you receive when you take a blood test from a blood lab. These ranges are used by your doctor to determine whether they can 'help" you. In order to help you, a conventional medical doctor must first "diagnose' you with a disease. When your test numbers fall inside of the standard reference ranges, you are considered "healthy", if they fall outside of the standard reference ranges, you can then be diagnosed with a "disease" and a doctor can then legally "treat" you.
But what if they are right on the edge? Well, you are asked to come back in say, 6 months to take another test to see whether you have "IT" yet. At which point, they can "help" you.
Optimal Ranges, sometimes refered to as "Functional" ranges, are not used to "diagnose" disease, but rather to determine relative imbalances BEFORE' a person gets to the point of a disease diagnosis. Typically, this is where Natural Therapies such as nutrition come into play.
Doesn't it make alot more sense to be able to intervene BEFORE a person is "diagnosed", when they are may or may not be exhibiting symptoms, but have much more vitality whith which to regain health?
I like to refer to this type of Blood Chemistry analysis as "Blood Nutrition" . I think you will find it very interesting, and helpful, considering most people have absolutely no idea what a typical blood test is telling them. So then, here is yet another window into the functioning of the amazing Human Body.