Complete Blood Count Testing

| December 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

CBC stands for “complete blood count”. This component of your blood work evaluates the status of your red and white blood cells and your platelets. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all the other cells in the body. This oxygen is combined with thyroid hormone and blood sugar to create energy similar to the way oxygen is combined with a spark and gasoline in your car. If you don’t have enough red blood cells, we say you are “anemic”. We also look at the size of red blood cells. They can be too small from lack of iron. They can be too large from lack of B-12. If red blood cells are too large or too small, they don’t carry oxygen as well. This means you can’t create as much energy. The number that tells us the size of red blood cells is the MCV. As MCV goes up, it indicates that B-12 levels are going down. B-12 levels go down due to declines in production of hydrochloric acid in your stomach. However, hydrochloric acid is important for absorbing much more than B-12. Potassium and magnesium also require hydrochloric acid for absorption. Potassium and magnesium are required for maintaining normal blood pressure. High blood pressure is often an indication of low hydrochloric acid.

Look at your MCV on your blood work. ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR BLOOD WORK AND KEEP A FILE. Never accept that your lab work was “normal”. If your MCV has risen above 85, get checked for symptoms of low hydrochloric acid.  Some common indicators include:

  • asthma
  • skin conditions
  • constipation
  • chronic cough
  • high blood pressure
  • heart burn/reflux, gas/bloating after meals
  • rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune conditions
  • repeated ear/nose/throat “infections”
  • a coated tongue (thrush)
  • low energy relived by B-12 shots
  • low iron
  • depression (neurotransmitter building blocks require hydrochloric acid for absorption)
  • recurrent vaginal yeast
  • recurrent bladder “infections”
  • rectal itching
  • itchy/crawly skin
  • restless legs
  • migraines
  • muscle cramps
  • severe menstrual cramping
  • seizures
  • white spots on finger nails
  • soft/brittle nails
  • thin/brittle hair
  • bad breath
  • milk/dairy “allergies”
  • lactose intolerance
  • excessive/malodorous flatulence

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