Ever wonder what happens to your blood samples when you have medical laboratory tests performed? Then you must read Blood Trails, which discusses all aspects of medical laboratory testing, its use and misuse.
- Offers in-depth understanding of things that can go wrong with every medical laboratory test.
- Focuses on high volume tests such as TSH, potassium, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D and other tests to provide detailed analyses of issues specifically pertaining to those tests.
- Examines the entire medical screening industry and discusses whether doctors and patients are doing a disservice to themselves by aggressive screening for disease that may not be medically necessary.
- Discusses some simple tests that can be used to more accurately determine your functional Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D status and also discusses a group of tests that can predict how long you will live, regardless of what expensive DNA sequencing tells you about your genetic makeup.
- Discusses misuse and misunderstanding of diagnostic cancer testing, and strongly advocates the IDLE (indolent lesions of epithelial origin) concept.
- Discusses the importance of obtaining second opinions on surgical biopsies and points out the difficulties of obtaining such opinions because of conflicts of interest and monopolistic tendencies in the practice of pathology, the medical specialty involved in biopsy diagnosis.
- Finally the book introduces the death markers, simple lab tests that give an indication of how long you will live.
Ralph Giorno, MD is the Blood Whisperer. Dr. Giorno is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology and Immunopathology.
Dr. Giorno has worked in a large variety of settings and has been the Medical Director of hospital, independent and commercial laboratories.
Author Website: The Blood Whisperer
My Review –
I’m sure we all take for granted when we visit a doctor’s office and lab for blood work and other tests, that our blood (and other things) are being handled with the utmost care and that the results will be accurate. Dr. Ralph Giorno, author of BLOOD TRAILS, informs us that this is not always the case.
BLOOD TRAILS takes us inside the journey of where our blood and urine (etc.) goes after it leaves our bodies. What he reveals can be frightening. Dr. Giorno also answers many questions – questions we sometimes do know to ask and are not informed of before we submit to tests – When should your TSH thyroid test be done for the most accurate results? If you want the most accurate reading, do not have your test done before noon. There is a natural surge in the hormone levels which could lead to inaccurate readings and diagnosis.
Other questions that he answers are how and when should blood be drawn. This particularly interested me as I have blood drawn on a regular basis due to blood disorders. Why do tests fail and need to be re-done? Fast or not before blood tests? What tests do you really need to have done?
These questions may seem simple with simple answers, but they are not. BLOOD TRAILS contains valuable information and is a clearly written guide that patients and family members can understand. Health care professionals may also find this book to be a valuable tool.
I am giving BLOOD TRAILS five stars. The book is well written and contains a huge amount of valuable information.
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