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How Functional Blood Chemistry Explains the “Why”

December 28, 2023

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In this episode, we had the pleasure of hosting Michael Rutherford, an expert in the field of functional blood chemistry. Michael is not only the creator of the courses, “The Art of Functional Blood Chemistry” and “Blood Chemistry 101”, but he also brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the field. His reputation as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) is truly impressive, and his commitment to sharing invaluable insights and the latest research on blood chemistry is evident through his engaging Instagram content.

Throughout our conversation, Michael generously shared his expertise, making this episode a treasure trove of information.


The quick warm-up session was followed by the guest introduction.

Rutherford shared his journey, which began in 2015, and also opened up about his personal health experiences, the hurdles he faced, and the steps he took toward his own healing.

Rutherford explains the importance of blood chemistry and how it can help practitioners understand medical conditions better. He also talks about some of the problems practitioners make when performing lab tests.

Here, Rutherford and Schoonover talk about the finances involved in lab processes, and our guest also shared important details about his own testing plans.

Rutherford provides advice to people who are trying to get their blood work done.

HTMA vs Blood? In this segment, the two discuss a popularly asked question, is HTMA better than blood work or the other way around? They take into consideration multiple factors, including validity and cost involved. 

Rutherford talks about his upcoming course and some exciting things he has planned for it, which will help learners benefit massively.

Key Takeaways

#1 The Importance of Blood Chemistry

Blood chemistry can help practitioners understand health complications more accurately and in detail and therefore, results in better health outcomes. Incorrect or incomplete information is usually the biggest reason behind ineffective treatment plans and poor understanding of patient health, and blood chem can help prevent this.

#2 The Pitfalls of Niche Testing

Testing exclusively within their niche is a common misstep among practitioners; a broader perspective in lab testing can yield more comprehensive insights.

#3 The ‘Why’ Behind Health Issues

Blood chemistry is a tool that helps identify health issues by providing insights into the underlying reasons or “why” behind these issues.

Memorable Quotes

  • “I think the big mistake we see practitioners in lab testing do is they test in their niche.”
  • “Blood chemistry helps explain the Why.”

If you loved this episode as much as I did, follow Michael for more at @functional_blood_chemistry

If you’re interested in learning more about functional lab testing, how to interpret them, and how incorporating labs can help boost your confidence, make sure to check out our podcast and stay informed about the latest developments and insights in the healthcare industry!

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