Stability Point vs Stability Range
Written by Hal A. Huggins, DDS, MS
For many decades people have had their blood reports compared to "normal" ranges, and when their doctor told them their blood tests were normal, they got the idea that the word normal could be equated to the words good health. Actually the word normal is a statistical term referring to 2 standard deviations from the mean. This normal range by definition must include 95.56% of the population from which these figures were taken. It only shows the wide distribution that exists for this chemistry from that population, and has nothing to do with anybody's health. It is how you compare with the other sick people admitted to the hospital in which you were tested prior to their dying. In reality, do you really believe that 95% of the population you know are in perfect health?
A more accurate description might be "expected" range. In Canada they use the word "typical". I like that one too. Far more descriptive without implying perfect. The only reason for ranges is to let the doctor know if you are in the right football field. If the expected range is 50 to 100 somethings, and the patient's result is 4000, you must immediately conclude that there is an error. Maybe the patient is dead (doubtful), or maybe the laboratory made a mistake. Perhaps a number was placed in the wrong column.
Recently I saw a serum calcium level of 2.4. Woops. The patient must be dead. Upon further examination, the patient appeared to be alive, yet the chemistry said he was dead. Who do you believe? Further examination revealed that the chemistry was run in a Canadian laboratory. There the "typical" range was 2.18 to 2.58. To convert to the U.S. system with which I am familiar, one must multiply by 4.0. Four times 2.4 equals 9.6, which is the optimum level I seek. Spotting the "typical" range clued me in that I was working in one system and thinking in another.
What does this word "optimum" mean? Within each normal, expected, typical range is a point at which the chemistry functions best. That we call it optimum. Optimum does not occur very often in sick patients, but it offers a target for us to seek within this normal range. If we have an optimum number as a target, we know if we should correct by going upward or downward by comparing to this reference point.
So, the bottom line is, do not be led astray by the word "normal". It just means that you are typical, or within the land of the living, but is not an inference toward sickness or health. In fairness, one would have to suggest that if you were outside of the normal range, you should really be ill - But - the point of all this is to inform you and let you know that most diseases occur in people who have many chemistries with the "normal" range. After all, it is normal to be sick. We plan for it in our salary positioning by calling it sick days, as if it was something you were ordained to fulfill.
Hal A. Huggins DDS, MS, is a leading pioneer and the world's foremost authority in identifying toxic dental materials, balancing body chemistry and developing a multi-disciplined approach to reversing autoimmune diseases.