In the December 2007 issue of Scientific American, Body, there was an article titled, "The Ultimate Blood Test". The article was a review of a new blood test called the Biophysical 250, the most comprehensive blood test available to date. I was intrigued, and eventually I decided to call Biophysical Corp to learn more about the test. After a few conversations, I was convinced that this was a test that I would be comfortable offering to my patients. It's called the Biophysical 250, because it measures 250 things in your blood, all at once. For those afraid of having blood drawn, you can rest assured that the test requires only 2 tablespoons of blood. The test covers blood markers for cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease, infectious disease, nutritional status, hormonal status, inflammation, blood diseases, osteoarthitis, and organ dysfunction. Biophysical Corp does not advocate testing anything that there is no treatment for, so they don't test markers for alzheimers for instance. Biophysical reports that in a trial of 120 clients who received the Biophysical, 27 clients had a moderate health risk, and another 15 had a major health risk. The Biophysical 250 can help discover problems before they become problems, and there are many markers that wouldn't normally be tested for until the disease was already apparent. Some examples are:
- H-pylori (a bacteria associated with stomach ulcers)
- Autoimmune markers (For lupus, scleroderma, or rheumatoid arthritis)
- Insulin (high insulin levels are thought to precede type 2 diabetes)
- Cancer markers (Breast, Prostate, Colon, Pancreas, Liver, Testicular)
- Ferritin (high ferretin can be assymptomatic, and represents high iron stores, which can be harmful to the body over time)
- Thyroid Markers (thyroid disease is common, and can go a long time before being diagnosed)
- Hepatitis markers
The trouble with waiting until you get a disease, is that you stand the risk of not being able to reverse the disease process once it is diagnosed. Cancer and autoimmune diseases are classic examples of diseases that have much better outcomes if treated earlier.
The Biophysical 250 does not replace a comprehensive annual health screen with your physician, but for those who can afford it, it can be a great, low risk adjuct to a comprehensive medical assessement for the patient that wants to know more about their existing state of health.
To learn more about the test, visit: http://www.biophysicalcorp.com/ . The company has also come up with an abreviated version of the test that is priced more competitively, and still screens for several of the same markers.