Why I Love Pathology Testing

The importance of listening to the patient

Listening is the most important aspect of any healthcare consultation. Something that truly fascinates me about all health and medical sciences is the capacity to determine what is happening within tissues and cells that cannot be seen, simply through listening to a patient's answers.

For instance, when a patient complains of cramping, I would ask questions such as:

Where is the cramping pain? What makes it better? What makes it worse? What time of day does it happen?

The answers to these questions help me determine whether the patient is experiencing cramping as a result of a food allergy, dehydration, poor digestion, or any other cause. This in turn can vastly influence the treatment pathway that I pursue.

The limitations of asking questions

However, this form of questioning, while immensely important, has one limitation: signs and symptoms of chronic diseases are often the last thing that manifest themselves.

What I mean by this, is that dysfunction starts in your cells. It is not until cellular dysfunction reaches larger proportions before your tissues are affected and signs and symptoms develop.

The problem is, you can't directly see or feel these tiny changes in your cells’ functioning.

And this is where pathology tests come in.

A new kind of question and answer

Pathology tests allow me to listen to your cells talking. When interpreted holistically, they become even more powerful.

For instance, when I integrate your pathology results with your answers to questions such as:

How did you feel emotionally when you had these tests? When and what did you eat before these tests? How active where you in the few hours before these tests?

I am able to have a kind of question and answer session with your cells.

Additionally, integrating the results of several different tests at once lets me see how your cells are interacting. For instance,

If your homocysteine is high, then I am really interested to see if your mean cell volume is high as well. If both are high, then I would be considering folate and vitamin B12 deficiency, while if mean cell volume was normal, then I would be looking at the methionine content of your diet, amongst other considerations.

Which gives me even more information to help you.

So, pathology testing is a deeper, much more powerful mode of listening, and this is why I love to use it.

I look forward to helping you.