No matter how healthy we feel, and how healthy we think or we believe we are, if we are serious about health, we have to have a quantitative approach. To measure the concentration of various biochemical species in the blood is the best way to “take a look inside” with minimal intrusion. And with a complete set of tests, we can gain a fuller picture of what’s happening now, what is in progress, and what might be waiting to happen.
An issue that is definitely problematic is that whenever we get a blood test, as rudimentary or extensive as it may be, the reference range for each marker is based on the average from the typically sickly population of the country or region where we get the blood test, and incredible as this may seem, there are sometimes very important differences in these references. However, it should be clear that independently of our genetic background and tendencies, and independently of what we need to be in perfect health at a given stage or during a specific period of our life, there are some markers that are far more important or have far greater diagnostic power than others, and that there are optimal values for each one of these biochemical markers.
As you may already know, I am an astrophysicist, and my research work relates to developing advanced statistical analysis methods for treating data and extracting as much information from them as possible. This, for now, applied to topics in observational astrophysics. I really enjoy working with data, with optimal analysis methods and novel statistical treatments. As you also have most probably understood, it is through this hard, no-nonsense, scientific approach of the thorough physical data scientist that I strive to understanding how the bodymind works and what it needs to do it perfectly on all levels and for as long as possible.
This is why I have compiled and typeset this blood test reference sheet, the likes of which I have not encountered, which is intended to both keep track and guide you to optimise all essential biochemical markers—an optimisation without which we cannot possible achieve and maintain perfect health. I hope you find it useful, and you are naturally welcome to share it with those you know or think will appreciate or benefit from it. Your comments and questions are also welcome. It will be updated whenever I come across something that should be included or modified.
Here is my essentialBloodTestReferenceSheet (click to view and download the PDF), and this is a Google spreadsheet version of it (courtesy of my colleague Ivan) that you can “save as” to your own Google docs and add a column each time you get a blood test to keep track of your results.