Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
May 2015 Newsletter
As we finish –up April and head into May, we hear lots of ads for Health Fair screenings. I used to encourage patients to get their blood drawn there since it was cheaper than what I could get at the labs I used. Now that I use Principal Labs, I can get more blood markers tested plus urine cheaper than what it costs at the Health Fairs. 70 different markers plus a urine test starts at $109 vs. $130 for far fewer blood tests and no urine at the Fair. The other bonus is you don’t have to wait around in long lines to get it done.
I notice this year they are touting that you don’t need to fast anymore for the blood tests. The two markers that can change with not fasting are glucose and triglycerides. The HbA1C test is a better marker of your average blood sugar and is not affected by fasting. But you do have to pay $30 extra to get that test. I still prefer a fasting test since those two markers tell us a lot about your blood sugar handling, immune system and adrenals. They have also dropped certain markers over the years so I don’t find the results as useful as they once were.
I don’t make any money from you getting your blood panels through Principal Labs but I do get better information from the more complete blood profiles which helps me to help you. We can order practically any test you need and usually much cheaper than if you went straight to Lab Corp or Quest Labs.
Since accountants and not doctors now run medicine, we see fewer and fewer blood markers on the tests we receive from other doctors. It’s not the doctor’s fault; the more complete panels will not be approved by most insurance companies. Also, the doctors get rated by how many tests they order and if they go above “the norm”, they could get kicked out of the group for not keeping costs down.
Remember that medical care is sick care and not health care. They are only looking for pathology where we are looking for developing health problems and Imbalances. This means they limit the testing to whatever disease they think you might have developed. I see patients with signs of Stage 2 and Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease on their panels and no one ever told them. That’s because there is no medical treatment until they get into Stage 4 and 5. With nutrition, we can usually turn this condition around.
The Facts About Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) https://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease/aboutckd
Some of the older labs don’t give a specific GFR number but just say >60. So is your number 61 or 120? Under 60 is Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease. Also the urine protein is rarely checked. This is one of many diseases that are under-diagnosed in this country. If you do have kidney disease, you have to keep your protein intake low to moderate and not over-hydrate. Kidney problems contribute to high blood pressure and high blood pressure destroys your kidneys. There are things I can do with diet and nutrition to help.
Well there’s good news and bad news:
The bad news is that I’ve decided to retire to the golf course next month.
The good news is that my office hours will still be the same.
After 10 years in our current location, my lease is up and I’m ready to downsize. After looking all over Boulder for the last few months, I settled on an office in Gunbarrel that is only 7 minutes from my current location. For all my Longmont, Northern and Eastern Colorado patients, that means I will be 7 minutes closer. For all my Denver, Southern Colorado and Mountain patients, I will sadly be 7 minutes further away.
The address is 6666 Gunpark Dr. Boulder, 80301 and backs up to the Boulder Country Club. When I first saw the address, I was thinking isn’t 666 supposed to be the sign of the devil? What is 6666 a sign of? Then it hit me, it’s a pretty darn good poker hand. I’ll take 4 of a kind any day! So I took a gamble on moving a bit out of the main part of Boulder to a place that has easy access and great parking. My office door is probably less than 15 steps from the parking lot and it has a ramp for handicap accessibility.
The other thing I was shocked at was all the building going on in that area. The place is booming with construction of new apartments and retail space. It’s near the King Soopers in Gunbarrel and a few blocks off the Diagonal. I will send out a detailed map with next month’s newsletter.
For you BCC members, don’t mind the new hole in the fence behind the two story white office building near the 5th green. I had nothing to do with it…I swear! If all goes according to plan, we will be moving on Friday May 29th and will be open for business again on Monday June 1st.