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Total Protein

(normal range is 7.1 – 7.6)

Albumin and total globulin are the components that make up total protein. One can see that it is possible to have a normal total protein, yet have abnormal indices of globulin or albumin.

If a patient exhibits elevated total serum protein levels, you may consider the following:

Neoplasm

Multiple myeloma

Pneumonia

Poor enzymation (low protease enzyme output), when elevated protein, elevated uric acid, and altered calcium level

Hypochlorhydria

Dehydration

High protein and high calorie diet if elevated protein, elevated A/G ratio, and elevated cholesterol

Liver/biliary dysfunction

Rheumatoid arthritis

Note: a climbing total protein level is a serious clinical condition

The following nutritional agents may be considered for those patients with an elevated serum protein level:

Protease enzymes (plant based)

SpectraZyme — 1-2 tablets with each meal

HCl

Metagest — 1-2 tablets at end of each meal

Possibly reduce protein consumption

Calcium, vitamin D

Cal Apatite Forte — 4-6 tablets daily

Treat underlying disease process

If the patient exhibits a decreased serum protein level, you may consider the following:

Hyperthyroidism

Birth control pills

Edema (gross edema will manifest when the patient’s serum protein level falls below 5)

Malnutrition

Leukemia

Liver disease: (fatty liver congestion when decresed protein, decreased cholesterol and SGPT), (hepatic insufficiency when decreased protein and BUN and altered SGPT)

Digestive tract inflammatory disease states (colitis, crohn’s, gastritis, ileitis, etc.)

CHF

Renal dysfunction (usually due to diabetes or hypertension)

Poor protein assimilation when decreased protein and calcium

The following nutritional agents may be considered for those patients with a decreased serum total protein level:

If due to hyperthyroid, consider iodine

Iodex — 5-10 drops 2-3 times daily

If due to birth control pills, consider alternate forms of birth control

If due to liver disease (fatty liver), consider inositol and choline

Lipo-Gen — 3- tablets daily

If the kidneys are involved, consider L-arginine, and raw kidney glandular

Arginine Plus — 3-6 capsules daily in between meals

Renagen DTX — 1-2 tablets twice daily in between meals

CoQ10 ST-100 — 1-2 capsules daily

L-Carnitine 500 — 2-3 tablets daily in between meals

If due to hypertension, consider diet

CoQ10 ST-100 — 1-2 capsules daily

L-Carnitine 500 — 1-2 tablets twice daily in between meals

Treat the underlying disease process