Red blood cells (erythrocytes) (RBC) are tasked with the transporting of oxygen from the lungs, out to the rest of the body, and transporting carbon dioxide from bodily tissues back to the lungs to be expelled. Red blood cells are produced in bone marrow tissues.
For maximal accuracy, combine this test with:
- White blood cell count.
If red blood cell count is low, consider bone marrow.
If red blood cell count is high, consider acidosis resulting in lower levels of oxygen (which the body may attempt to counter by increasing number of red blood cells to compensate).
IMPORTANT: If red blood cell count is VERY low, such as when dealing with aplastic anemia, Dr. Morse may sometimes recommend small amounts of high quality, organic meat until no longer needed.