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WellnessFX habit tracking

Part of living a healthy life is enacting lifestyle changes that become habits.  We believe habits are important because it turns “Things You Want/Have to Do” into “Things You Do,” alleviating you from the will I/won’t I decision making battle. Consistency over time = change.

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Wine, Coconut Milk, or CrossFit? One Biohacker’s Quest to Improve His Cholesterol

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Lukáš Jirovský

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Lukáš Jirovský

Meet William Green

williamI’m a 44 year old father of two, husband of one and director of the E. O. Smith High School Depot Campus, a Big Picture school (www.bigpicture.org). I’m a former high school science teacher, research scientist, consultant, and entrepreneur working towards a better fit between education, life, and human nature. I enjoy exercise, hiking, beekeeping, winemaking, and blogging at depthofengagement.com.

[William’s testing results, health outcomes, and biochemical changes he shared here are unique to William, influenced through a number of factors. Through diagnostics, we know that our biochemistry is unique and health and wellness is not  “one-size-fits-all.” To receive recommendations based on your unique biomarkers, consult your PCP or book a consultation with any of our nutritionists, registered dietitians or physicians.]

The Why Behind the Experiment 

I’d had my cholesterol checked a few times before last year, and it was a bit high, but I wasn’t really concerned. True, I’d started the high fat “paleo/primal” diet in 2012, and I’d been wondering if all that meat and fat might affect my heart, but I also knew the research was mixed (see here and here, for example). So, I ignored it and kept eating as much bacon as I could. Continue reading

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4 Big Misunderstandings About Blood Testing

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, David_Jones

We are in the age of the consumerism of healthcare.

You are able to have an inside look at your body and how it functions at a level that simply wasn’t there before. Healthcare is transforming because of digital and mobile innovation. More people every day gaining access to health management tools, apps, devices and software that empower them to take control. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Health or Hype: Why is Everyone Eating Turmeric?

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, anuandraj

Turmeric drinks, infused-recipes and elixirs seem to be popping up everywhere, with biohackers, food marketers, and health experts touting anti-inflammatory and immunity-boosting properties. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Are You Taking Over-the-Counter Heartburn Medication? Know Your Risks for CKD.

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credit: Flickr Creative Commons, treasureice

The NY Times recently reported commonly used heartburn medicines – such as name brands like Nexium or Prilosec – may increase the risk for kidney disease.

Occasional heartburn, according to the Mayo Clinic, is considered common and no cause for alarm*. Most people manage the discomfort of heartburn on their own with these over-the-counter medications, known as P.P.I.s (proton pump inhibitors, antacids, or H2 blockers).

Previous studies have linked P.P.I. use to bone fracture, pneumonia and Clostridium difficile infection. In this particular study (published in JAMA) they found that participants who took the P.P.I.s had a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Continue reading

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8 Insights from a Food Researcher to Help You Make Better Food Choices

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[This is a guest blog post contribution by Jennifer Cooper. More information on Cooper is below.]

I’ve worked with a number of food brands that sell everything from beer and burgers to organic juice. My research typically involves speaking to people just like you to learn more about likes and dislikes, general shopping practices, and gastronomic experiences. Over the years, I’ve started to see some trends in our food habits that, once your eyes are open to, can help you make better dietary decisions that move you closer to your goals. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.