A Blood Test: Saving Your Retirement, and Your Life

Blood Test

By Vivian Bennallack

Hi Folks!

This is The Wife.  As Dave’s cherished readers, I felt compelled to write and ask if you have had a comprehensive, A-Z blood panel to date. The reason I ask is I’ve been having them done annually since 2013, and the results have been genuinely parallel to how I feel.

A Shocking Result

That first-in-a-while blood panel in 2013 shook me to my core.  It revealed that I had Metabolic Syndrome. I was teetering having to start a statin protocol… immediately!  I felt weak and defeated from stress and constant care-taking of a family member, all while caught in a self-inflicted cycle of poor eating habits, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise.  My blood work showed every drop of how terrible I was feeling.  While reviewing the results with my doctor, she gave me a stern talking to that undoubtedly helped save my life. 


  • Evaluate how well organs—such as the kidneys, liver, thyroid, and heart—are working
  • Diagnose diseases and conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, anemia (uh-NEE-me-eh), and coronary heart disease
  • Find out whether you have risk factors for heart disease
  • Check whether medicines you’re taking are working
  • Assess how well your blood is clotting

National Institutes of Health

Making Changes

With six months of diligent, intentional, and effective effort to improve my weight, nutrition, and hormone imbalance issues; all while fine-tuning a protocol of vitamins and supplements and following my doctor’s sound medical counseling – the effort paid off!  I was stunned at how positively significant the change was, all in about six months!

Vivian Bennallack – 2014

I want to help save you from the same shock-and-awe results of my 2013 blood panel.  Maybe you’re afraid to know your results.  I totally get it.  Perhaps you don’t have the money right now.  You can’t afford not to if you’re not feeling well.  If you’re afraid of needles, like my husband, have someone hold your hand during the blood draw.  Trust me, the technicians are used to it!

You are too important. You are loved by your family and friends.  You have too much to live for. And if any of them haven’t told you how important you are to them, I’M TELLING YOU!  You are loved.

So, go and get that blood work.

To schedule a Blood Panel, talk with your Doctor. She or He will be able to customize the order for you personally, and often your insurance will cover a significant portion of the cost. Just as important is the follow up conversation with your Doctor, looking at the changes you’ll want to make to improve your health.

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