I have never liked the hassle of having to schedule an appointment for blood work. You go in and they extract two vials of blood. Then you have to wait as long as a month for the results which usually amount to a guy with around half a million dollars in medical school debt trusting a computer generated report about the acceptable healthy levels of the various substances in your blood stream. The guy often helps the pharmaceuticals profit by recommending you consume expensive pills that will adjust these levels.
Elizabeth Holmes founded Theranos to circumvent a trip to the doctor for blood work. Her medical testing business executed multiple tests conveniently and inexpensively using only a finger prick of blood. Not to hard to anticipate opposition to her movement from the entrenched interests of many medical professionals Including the blood drawing profession known as phlebotomy. Many know of the difficulty of drawing blood from an arm, especially if it’s difficult to find a vein. Also it is frequently inconvenient to find a lab and testing can be expensive as noted by Michael Davidson writing for xconomy.com.
This all sounds like great news for folks trying to avoid the headache of scheduling a battery blood work tests. However, a New York Times article by Pollack stated Federal regulators have denied Elizabeth Holmes her right of owning or operating a medical laboratory for at least two years. The article is not particularly clear on why feds are taking said action other than mentioning her new method produces unreliable or erroneous results for the blood clotting test.
The fed ruling sounds fishy to me as the many medical professionals who are employed doing and supporting blood work could lose their jobs if Holmes’ test becomes more robust.
Let’s face it, American consumers do not need a doctor to tell them if their monocytes or neutrophils concentration is too high. They just need to know IF it is high so they can modify their diet or change their lifestyle in a fashion that will correct the high concentrations.