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December 27, 2023

Best of 2023

2023 is drawing to a close, so we thought we'd post the most-read posts of this year....

#5 - Free T3:Reverse T3 Ratio – an interview with Dr. Shawn Soszka, Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist

Dr. Soszka and Dr. Weatherby talk about the Free T3:Reverse T3 ratio in the video above and discuss its uses in the clinic.

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#4 - Why Standard Reference Ranges Differ From Lab to Lab

The establishment of laboratory reference ranges can be influenced by various factors such as the specific lab, the method of assessment, and the health characteristics of the population in the area where the reference ranges are determined. Each lab sets its unique reference ranges/intervals, which take into account factors like age, gender, and other relevant variables to accurately represent what is considered typical for a given population.

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#3 - Blood Biomarkers for Mold Exposure

Mold, a notorious fungus, is believed to be the culprit behind various human illnesses, such as asthma, allergic fungal sinusitis, bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (common among asthma and cystic fibrosis patients), and the less prevalent hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP). The negative effects of mold exposure can be attributed to direct infection by the microorganism, the immune response triggered by the host's allergy or hypersensitivity, and the exposure to toxic byproducts produced by mold (Bush 2006).

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#2 - A Deep Dive Into Iron Metabolism: Part 1

Coming in at #2 is the first post in a series we did earlier this year on iron metabolism. In this series of posts, the ODX Research Team dove into all things iron with an exploration of common disorders of iron metabolism, iron deficiency anemia, and iron overload, and an exploration of the biomarkers that form the Iron Panel.

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#1 - The AST:ALT Ratio - Enzymes are here and there but they shouldn’t be everywhere!

Coming in at #1 for 2023 with a whopping 37,000+ views is an old post that is a perennial favorite - The DeRitis Ratio or AST:ALT Ratio.

The ratio of AST to ALT, called the De Ritis ratio, can be calculated to monitor the progression and severity of liver disease, and can also be used in the assessment of metabolic syndrome, muscle damage, and biliary obstruction.

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Thank you to everyone for visiting our 2 blogs in 2023, We look forward to providing you with much more content in 2024.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

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