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Blood Chemistry Functional Hierarchy
by Dicken Weatherby, ND

I always analyze a blood chemistry screen using a functional hierarchy called the Foundations of Health. This allows me to look at the systems of the body that have the greatest overall influence on human health.

You will notice that the digestive system is placed at the top of the list below, ahead of lets say the kidney and bladder section. This is not to say that the kidney and bladder are any less important to optimum health. It has been noted over many years of that the body heals in very clear patterns. It is possible to clear up kidney and bladder dysfunction by first assessing and treating any dysfunction in the digestive system. By increasing the level of available macro and micro nutrients in the body through optimizing digestion, by increasing the levels of Essential fatty Acids (EFAs) in the body by optimizing the gallbladder function, and by cleaning up the liver you can have a tremendous impact on the kidney.

The foundations of health include:

  1. Proper diet,
  2. Adequate sleep,
  3. Proper stress management,
  4. Optimal digestion, absorption, and utilization of nutrients,
  5. Adequate elimination,
  6. Optimal tissue minerals,
  7. Balanced essential fatty acids,
  8. Proper blood sugar regulation,
  9. Optimal hydration,
  10. Adequate vitamin levels,
  11. Balanced adrenals, thyroid and sex hormones,
  12. Good cardiovascular health,
  13. Balanced kidney, bladder, and immune systems.

It is important to focus the most attention on the systems highest up the functional hierarchy. Even though a patient may have a high priority in the cardiovascular system, it would be best to focus the most attention on the high priority in the liver gallbladder system. Assessing and correcting the symptom burden in the liver gallbladder system will have a strong impact on the cardiovascular system.

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Dr. Dicken Weatherby is a graduate of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-author of the best-selling book "Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis- Clinical Laboratory Testing from a Functional Perspective". To learn more about Dr. Weatherby's functional diagnosis books and sign up for FREE functional diagnosis tips, tools, and techniques, visit his web site at

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