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Article by Naturopathic Doctor and Expert on Blood Viscosity Highlights New Way to Avoid Cognitive Decline for Older Adults


Testing, Monitoring and Treating Blood Viscosity for Avoiding Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease and Improving Cognitive Function

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) November 05, 2012

The Fall Issue of Vital News for Washington NDs, a publication of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, includes an article titled “Monitoring Blood Viscosity to Improve Cognitive Function,” written by Dr. Pushpa Larsen, a naturopathic doctor and recognized expert on blood viscosity.

The article describes blood viscosity, which is a measurement of the thickness and stickiness of a person's blood. Dr. Larsen explains about the factors affecting blood viscosity and how it contributes to cognitive decline. She also cites a 2010 report of the Edinburgh Artery Study, in which blood viscosity was shown to predict cognitive decline over a four year period in 452 elderly subjects.

The complete article is available at

About Dr. Pushpa Larsen
Dr. Pushpa Larsen graduated from Bastyr University in Naturopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Midwifery, and Spirituality, Health and Medicine. She has worked as a Research Clinician for the Bastyr University Research Institute and as Affiliate Clinical Faculty for Bastyr University, training students in her clinic. Dr. Larsen is a regular contributor to Naturopathic Doctor News & Review and the Townsend Letter for Doctors, and presents webinars on many topics in laboratory medicine. She practiced in Seattle for 10 years before joining Meridian Valley Lab as a Consulting Physician nearly three years ago. She consults with hundreds of doctors every year on the use and interpretation of 24-hour urine hormone profiles and other tests offered by Meridian Valley Lab.

Meridian Valley Lab Now Offering First Complete Blood Viscosity Profile Test Kits and Free Phone Consulting/Training for Doctors

Meridian Valley Laboratory, a pioneer in diagnostic and functional testing for patients and practitioners worldwide since 1976, is the first laboratory in the nation to offer a new blood viscosity test that offers unprecedented insight about a patient's blood thickness and stickiness for earlier detection of cardiovascular risks. The test can offer an early warning for helping patients and their doctors utilize the results for prevention of future heart attacks and strokes. Unlike blood viscosity tests that use serum and plasma, the Complete Blood Viscosity Profile tests whole blood and is thus able to provide information about the actual ability of blood to flow.

Doctors interested in scheduling patients for a blood viscosity test can contact Meridian Valley Lab to order a viscosity shipping kit or to establish an account at 425-271-8689 (toll-free at 855-405-TEST).

About Meridian Valley Lab
Meridian Valley Lab, founded in 1976, is a world leader in allergy and hormone testing, specializing in comprehensive 24-hour Urine Hormone and Metabolite testing. Meridian Valley Lab was the first lab in the USA to offer this test to help doctors use Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy safely and effectively. The pioneering spirit of the lab is rooted in its founder and Medical Director Dr. Jonathan Wright's dedication to treating the root causes of diseases rather than just symptoms. Meridian Valley Lab's core values are quality and accuracy. The staff working at all levels within the organization are fully qualified, conscientious and interested in providing the best laboratory services. More information is available at

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