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TOPIC TITLE: BLOOD TESTS?
Created On 8/14/13 5:27 PM
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his8sm
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If I was convinced my mental health issues had at least 60% of a biological root cause and wanted to eliminate any deficiencies what blood tests would you suggest. I have read up on Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Thyroid in depth, Anemia, food intolerance?

 
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Dr. Price MD
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B12, folic acid, Vitamin D, iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, glucose, thyroid, liver, blood count, Lyme, CMV, EBV, cortisol are all part of my routine screening. Let me know how you make out.

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Wow that is so interesting. I never met a psychiatrist who routinely screens for these diseases. Did you ever find anything in a patient? Just curious; I thought some of this stuff was rare.
 
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All the time!

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This is fascinating- I can tell you now my doctor will be highly skeptical as was my specialist, what is the reluctance of certain people in the medical world to check for physical symptoms of mental health, so i will have to pay to get one done
 
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Dr. Price MD
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All these tests are typically covered by insurance. No need to pay. Let me know how you make out.

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Hi:

If a person does have one of these diseases, how can you differentiate between psychological symptoms of that illness (let's say, depression) and just "regular" depression? Or what if a person has both an illness that causes depression and a depression independent of that illness- how can you tell the difference?


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Treat the underlying medical condition first and see what improves. Whatever is left may be treated from a psychological perspective. Treating the psychological often helps the medical as well as vice versa. The two are interconnected and unified within the whole person. This is my holisitc approach to health care: mind, body and spirit.

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The good news is although my doctor thinks these blood tests for vitamin deficiency are possibly a bobba meiser, he has agreed to allow me to have Iron, Bone calcium, Vitamin B12, Magnesium and Vitamin D tommorow in hospital- its not all the things you mention but its most
 
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On this topic, I once was very depressed for awhile. In the ER I was treated for adrenal something or other with hydrocortisone and my depression went away. Is this possible?
 
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i believe it is, but my doctor said it was too complicated (for our health system) to test for cortisol as easily as the others. its strange having a blood test and hoping they find the cause of my problem, i know by now its a long shot that some deficiency will be found and ill magically be cured, but i guess i just had to have the tests
 
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Cortisol levels can affect mental state. It is natural to want to find an easily reversible cause.

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