Category Archives: Personal System Biology

Health or Hype: Do Health Gadgets and Apps Really Work?

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The influx of new health apps and gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year is every indication that the Quantified Self not going away any time soon. The CTA reported that 1 in 10 households owns wearable fitness trackers. Since 2014, there has been a reported 40% growth in exhibit space for digital health products on the floor at CES.

The continued growth of digital and mobile innovation along with the Internet of Things has entrepreneurs and tech giants alike chomping at the bit to transform health care…or have their piece of the pie. 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.

Your Doctor May Not Test These 6 Biomarkers. Here’s Why We Do.

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, DFID

When it comes to monitoring your health, there are many insightful markers that tell a more complete picture of what your body is up to and what is going on behind the scenes, beyond the routine tests you’d find in an annual physical or check-up.

These markers are not always the first go-tos, but to know their status is invaluable when it comes to preventing a problem before it becomes a problem. Here are a few markers WellnessFX gives consumers access to and why. 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.

2 Things You Can Do That Actually Impact Your Weight Loss Goals – And the Myth Holding You Back

rusty_clark[This is a guest blog post contribution by WellnessFX practitioner Dr. Warren Willey. More information on Dr. Willey is below.]

How are your New Year’s Resolutioners are still going – strong? Given the size of the crowd in the health club I go to, my guess is that the masses are diminishing. Why is that?

I am sure your efforts were good. Your schedule bowed to make room for exercise. Your diet changed in one way or another, but your goals are just not being reached as quickly as you hoped, if at all.

It’s easy to blame yourself when thinking about the M&M’s you grabbed at work, or that evening you were just too pooped to make food from your healthy menu and instead settled for something from a box. Maybe you are telling yourself you did not exercise hard enough?  Maybe you were excited at first because the scale started to change with your efforts, but then that #$%@ scale stalled or even started climbing again?

By now, you have either thrown in the towel or are seriously considering it. If you have, go grab it and get back in the fight.  If you are thinking of quitting, don’t! Let me give you some reasons you should continue, and why things have stalled. Most importantly – what you can actually do about it. 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.

4 Lifestyle Changes to Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Carlos let´s go

For those with a high risk of Type 2 diabetes — 86 million Americans over the age of 20, according to the American Diabetes Association — glucose is the name of the game.

Glucose, the main type of sugar that circulates in your 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.

A Special Offer from Ben Greenfield (Have You Taken This Challenge Yet?)

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Faisal Akram

The recent 30-Day No Alcohol Challenge experiment Ben Greenfield conducted with Jason Sissel was so inspiring that we wanted to offer a special deal for those that want to conduct their own 30-day no alcohol experiment and test their biomarkers just like Jason did.

For a limited time, if you purchase two Baseline packages, you’ll receive:

Why two? One for the start of your experiment, one for the end.

How to take advantage of this special offer from Ben Greenfield

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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.

How to Build An Active Workspace (and Why It’s So Important)

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I, like many people I know, want to seek balance in my life between work, family, and personal health. And yet our culture and habits often keep the three separate. So why is it important to have an active workspace?

The workplace is increasingly becoming a voracious consumer of our attention and time. And as it currently exists, the average workplace does little to promote time with our families, more sleep, or physical health. 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.