What is a Clinical Biochemist?

by | May 26, 2020

Clinical Biochemist – A Definition

Clinical Biochemistry is the division of laboratory science that deals with the measurement of chemicals (both natural and unnatural) in blood, urine and other body fluids. These test results are useful for measuring nutritional status for prevention and detecting health problems, determining prognosis and guiding the therapy of a patient.

Clinical Biochemists are doctorate level or post graduate physician-level scientists with specialized post-training in laboratory medicine. All hold certification from a national or international certification association . Ongoing professional competence is ensured through continuing education and biannual examinations offered by the International and American Academy of Clinical Nutrition.

Clinical Biochemists ensure that consistent high quality, accurate and precise biochemical test results are provided so that high quality care can be provided to the patient. Clinical Biochemists lead the development and implementation of laboratory quality management systems using recursive biochemical testing to measure progress and establish preventive health programs for individual patients. No two patients are the same

The primary responsibilities of a Clinical Biochemist include:

Interpretation of patient laboratory tests for screening, diagnosis, management and monitoring of health and disease processes.
Development of interpretive guides for other professionals using the laboratory service, through the selection and validation of reference intervals, interpretive comments and critical values.
In consultation with clinical colleagues, development, implementation and monitoring of testing algorithms, appropriate testing turnaround times, practice guidelines and care pathways.
Provide oversight and guidance for point-of-care testing programs both in hospital and community settings.
Development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure the laboratory produces high quality information, and meets regulatory requirements and standards of practice.

Selection of test methods and instrumentation.

Assessment of the scientific and medical value of new tests, evaluation of the ongoing value of existing tests, is necessary in order to optimize patient care and the use of health care resources. When a careful 7 day diet analysis is coupled with subsequent lab tests, evaluation of digestion and absorption can be made. Dietary habits along with signs and symptoms are weighed along with lab data using a Quadratic Discriminatory Analysis program. Without diet and supplement input, lab data has little value in making necessary recommendations or changes to fit the individual’s specific nutritional needs. Most often, clinicians wrongfully tell patients to “stop supplementation before testing” to study pathology. We encourage patients to continue their healthy diet and supplementation to measure the ongoing benefits in real time. Health profiles require diet along with supplementation into and not out of the equation.

Teaching and research.

Testing is vital in understanding a person’s unique needs.

Clinical Biochemists work in a variety of settings, including clinics and reference laboratories and in industry. The Clinical Biochemist interacts with many of other professionals, including physicians, nurses, technologists, administrators, government officials, students (medical and technical), and business personnel. The daily variety makes Clinical Biochemistry a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable profession.

As a licensed and malpractice-insured practicing physician I have kept up with nutritional clinical research (patients not animals to test treatments) and application of nutrition for the ancillary treatment of disease and development of personalized nutritional programs for prevention for my patients since 1977. Over 48,000 patients later I have learned five things:

  1. We all have different genetics that are being expressed by our choices – “epigenomics.”
  2. We have made some wise and some not-so-wise choices that have led us to the state of health we now have.
  3. When symptoms (fatigue, headaches, viral infections, altered digestion, etc.) or changes in our signs (high blood pressure, cholesterol ratios, blood sugar dysregulation, weight gain, etc.) occur, it is
  4. The body speaks to us the only way the body can to warn us that something needs to be changed.
  5. The changes necessary for our health are not due to drug deficiencies but biochemical and nutrient needs not being met!

If you choose to take better control of your health you might consider having a consultation with Dr. Brouse who has the experience and uses Dr. Shaklee’s philosophy to teach you how to attain optimum health. Call Kathy or Kristyl today at 503.631.4184 and schedule a Nutritional Authorization Interview to get started on you way toward better and enduring health.

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