How Much is Too Much?

      Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS     March 28, 2016   [printfriendly]

FAQsIn 1966, a movie called Blowup came to the big screen. (Yes, I am old enough to have seen it as a young adult when it came out.) In essence, the plot developed after a photographer took a photograph that might have captured a murder in the park. Many subplots surrounded the major story of deciphering the image in the photograph.


My point is this:


As the photographer continued to enlarge the original image over and over again, the resulting prints from the negative became more and more obscure. Eventually, it was practically impossible to make out any detail because the printed image was too big to see anything other than random splotches of black and white.


Now, fast forward to today.


Today, so much has been researched and written about how to biohack our human body and its myriad of functions. There are many blood tests, urine tests, stool tests, and saliva tests that are designed to give you more and more detail of what is going on in your body. There are genetic tests that can go as far as to identify specific variations in your individual genes.


While detailed reports may provide some very important information, some of these tests could provide false positives or false negatives. In other words, they may imply you have a problem, which you actually don’t have (a false positive). Or, they may imply that you don’t have a problem, which you actually do have (a false negative). In addition, they may create conflicting details, confusing the original purpose of having all these tests done. Is it possible that too much information can make the facts somewhat obscure? How much is too much?


One question you might want to ask before having all these tests done could be, “Are there practical actions I could consider before subjecting myself to all these tests?” Another question might be, “Would the results of any of these tests fundamentally change my treatment?”


In my opinion, the simplest thing to do first would be to give your body what it needs naturally and remove from your body whatever it does not need. This might take care of all your problems. A perfect example would be eating a nutrient-dense diet and incorporating a primal lifestyle. Both efforts would go a long way to improve the health of your body before resorting to all these tests.


I have written many times about the 4 pillars of health. Consider implementing those recommendations.


If problems still persisted, you could consider specific and necessary tests to further delve into what might be the underlying problems.


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