Harnessing the Power of Machine Learning
to Create a Revolution in Blood Chemistry Interpretation
In a nutshell, The Blood Chemistry Calculator is a tool to maximise the value of basic blood chemistry. Using a machine learning algorithm called XGBoost together with blood chemistry data from 76,000 people, we can make predictions (forecast) the results of tests that either you haven’t done or that are unavailable outside a research setting. For example, if your haemoglobin is low, we can predict the likelihood of that being due to a copper, zinc, B12 or folate deficiency without you directly testing any of these nutrients! We can also forecast infections and inflammation, xenobiotic and heavy metal toxicity, hormones like testosterone, estrogen and thyroid, and metabolic health indicators like fatty liver and GlycoMark.
The Blood Chemistry Calculator also can condense your blood test down to a single scientifically validated marker called the 5-Year Wellness Score that can be tracked over time. We can also predict your age based on your blood markers, which you can then compare to your true chronological age.
If that wasn’t enough, we also have evidence and health outcome-based reference ranges including a bibliography.
The forecasts are based on data from 76,000 patients. Each prediction has around 90 percent sensitivity and specificity as verified by testing 25% of the data that was withheld from the initial training of the algorithm.
The Blood Chemistry Calculator handles missing data nicely. However, the accuracy of the output will be compromised to a degree that will depend on the missing input marker and the given forecast. For example, eosinophils seem to be highly predictive of a lot of problems. Therefore, we wouldn't recommend running the report without a complete blood count (CBC) with differential.
If you just have a lipid panel and you want to see where you fall within our evidence-based references, then great! Your test is fine for that, but don’t pay too much attention to the forecast.
The monthly membership brings down the cost of each report from $50 to $25. This option makes the most financial sense for people who run many blood chemistries on a regular basis (such as practitioners). The membership includes monthly “Ask Us Anything” webinars. You can cancel the membership at any time with one click.
You decide! We can talk about how the Blood Chemistry Calculator works and how to use it. We can answer your personal questions as long as you don’t mind receiving the answer in a group setting so that everyone can learn. Bryan, Megan and Tommy would also like to teach some biochemistry and physiology if the interest is there.
Once you provide us with the details of the person getting blood drawn, we will email the address provided with a PDF requisition form that you can take directly to Quest Diagnostics. No need to make an appointment; you can just walk in. Once your results are ready, we’ll email you a link to your Blood Chemistry Calculator report.
Consider the monthly subscription and webinars. Otherwise, email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll connect you with a practitioner.
The problem with PDF reports is that as the software improves, there’s no way to update the PDF you downloaded. Because we are constantly updating and improving the Blood Chemistry Calculator, a PDF report could quickly become outdated. We may make these available in the future, but for now you can hit control-P and print a PDF from your computer.
This question usually goes something like, “You predicted low folate but I measured that in blood and it was high. Your algorithm is wrong.” The algorithm could indeed be wrong, but before making that decision, please watch this video.
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You guys are AWESOME!!!! So smart! THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I'm a practitioner living on an island in the Indian Ocean where functional blood testing is mission impossible!! (It's easier to export an animal than a pee sample with an overnight carrier). We do however have multiple Blood Chem Labs. This is going to be an amazing game changer for my practice!
The Blood Chemistry Calculator forecast a 76% chance of elevated blood levels of lead, and at first, I thought, "no way!" However, I was an interior/exterior painter for a few years in my late 20s, so the forecast was plausible. I recently had a blood metals panel done with Quicksilver, and the lead on the blood panel was in the 98th percentile. I'd be happy to share more of my results, but I thought you might like to know how accurate your calculator is.
Dr. Walsh has been studying human physiology and nutrition for over 25 years and has been educating others in health for 20 of those years. When he isn’t teaching, he spends his time pouring over the latest research and synthesizing his findings into practical information for health practitioners to use with their clients. He has lectured to members of the healthcare industry around the world and consistently receives positive feedback in his seminars and courses.
Dr. Wood is a Senior Fellow at the University of Washington, and Chief Scientific Officer, of Nourish Balance Thrive, an online-based company using advanced biochemical testing to optimize performance in athletes. He received bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo.
Megan is Scientific Director of Nourish Balance Thrive. She received her BS in Exercise Biology and MSc in Nutritional Biology at UC Davis where her research focused on the effects of low carbohydrate and ketogenic diets on longevity and healthspan in mice.
Chris is the founding CEO of Nourish Balance Thrive and a software engineer who re-trained in biochemistry, health coaching and advanced lab interpretation.