Are Normal Medical Lab Tests Comprehensive Enough?
My Mother is 90 years old. Western doctors have been trying to get her BP and blood thinner stabilized for 2 years now. Her heart has been a little erratic here lately but she says her heart tests haven't shown any abnormalities. She's been hospitalized & in the re-hab center for the above a couple of times. They don't seem to be having good results. They just seem to be switching medications around for her BP & thinner. She was on Plavix but now is on Coumadin. She also gets tired easily & her legs get wobbly, plus she's fallen twice in the last two weeks. To me this points to a deficiency;maybe nutrient or some other component of her biochemistry? I also don't think pharmaceuticals will resolve any deficiencies although some she is taking may be causing deficiencies. They have her on Omeprazole for GERD & it's known to interfere with calcium absorption & Vitamin B12. Sure enough, they're giving her B12 shots periodically. I'm trying to get her to try acidopholus, aloe, or some kind of pro-biotic to replace her proton pump inhibitor. Is there a possibilty that the normal testing done during her inpatient & outpatient visits may not have tested for certain things & by not doing so have avoided detection of things such as a nutrient deficiency, hormonal imbalance, other abnormal biochemistry, etc.? I know of labs such as Metametrix & Genova Diagnostics who have some very comprehensive tests. Many doctors use them. Might she benefit from more thorough or comprehensive lab testing than she is receiving from her normal Western doctors during her visits?
Thank you very much,