Symptomatology vs other testing methods
Symptomatology to me treats the ‘patient’ as a participant in the process while other clinical and laboratory tests treat them as an object. No input is required from the patient about how they feel (which is symptomatology) but rather numbers and values are extracted from bodily fluids and a finding is stated.
There are several inherent flaws in most clinical tests and why I choose not to use them personally is that they are most often 1. Time consuming 2. Expensive 3. They never give a full story.
The flaws as well are very important to consider when making judgements about ones health. For example, the body will always maintain consistent blood nutrient values up until the time of death, at the expense of other tissues. This means that our blood will leech nutrients from tissue, bones and organs in order to maintain homeostasis. Therefore, people can have an ongoing calcium deficiency yet never know it until they are diagnosed with osteoporosis. Which, if tested with symptomatology testing, could have been prevented completely.
A vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause a misleadingly high levels of folic acid in the blood. B12 can as well show up as normal on blood tests even if it is deficient in your cerebrospinal fluid.
Vitamin B6 and zinc bind together when you are under stress (this is called the mauve factor) and this makes them unavailable to the body. Anyone ever under stress during doctor visits or having blood drawn from them? Maybe a few of you.
Thyroid hormones can be plentiful in the blood yet not enough get to the tissues in need. The transmission of these hormones takes place primarily out of the bloodstream, rendering the blood tests less accurate and useful to you.
Keep in mind that when you get blood work done you are typically asked to fast beforehand for 12 hours or more. If this is not typical for you than how could your results come back typical? Aside from the scientific inconsistencies I always tell my clients, blood work is a polaroid picture of one microscopic moment in time. It can never represent your overall health. It just won’t happen. You and I can eat vastly, VASTLY different diets and have similar blood results for nutrients. Maybe one of us eats fast food only for a month while the other eats a healthy holistic diet. Sure, one will probably have higher blood pressure, cholesterol levels amongst other things, but when we check out blood nutrients, you may be surprised how similar they are. I have searched high and low and still can’t even find a blood testing facility that tests for ever vitamin and mineral. They simply do not have the means for a reliable way to sample certain nutrients in the blood.
Urine tests on the other hand are only measuring what the body is excreting, making them the most useless testing method in my opinion. Since different nutrients are assimilated differently and excreted at varying rates urine tests are not giving a clear picture of what the body’s overall status is. Some 24hour urine tests garner better results but still are not accurate for most water-soluble vitamins or any fat soluble vitamins.
In conclusion you need to do what you feel comfortable with and what has given you the most reliable information for your health and your life. There is no right or wrong, but I recommend not saying no to symptomatology, especially if you have had ongoing issues that have never been solved by the traditional medical system.