Category Archives: Personal System Biology

Understanding Endometriosis and Reproductive Health Testing

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The recent observance of National Endometriosis Awareness Month brought awareness to a disease which affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide and is the biggest cause of infertility in women.

What is Endometriosis?

As detailed on Endometriosis.org, Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is also found elsewhere in the body, mainly in the abdominal cavity. It typically affects women during their menstruating years. The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. The pain often correlates to the menstrual cycle, however, a woman with endometriosis may also experience pain at other times during her monthly cycle. Continue reading

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“Am I Overtraining?” What this Performance Nutritionist Learned Through Blood Testing.

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Meet Kyla Channell, a 29-year old Performance Nutritionist from California. When she’s not gardening or hiking with her dog, she loves to listen to crime podcasts and spend time with

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family and friends. She currently manages and maintains her health with frequent blood tests and supplementing as necessary. Her diet consists of whole, unprocessed foods and exercise 3-6x/wk with a combination of activities like mountain biking, Bikram yoga, strength training, trail running, and swimming.

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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.

5 Facts You Need To Know About Magnesium

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Do you know about the nutrient that can affect your sleep, energy, longevity, and mood? Meet Magnesium.

Unfortunately, Magnesium deficiency is incredibly common, affecting more than half of the U.S. population.

Because healthy Magnesium levels play an important role in keeping your body healthy and functioning, here are 5 basic facts everyone should know about Magnesium. 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: 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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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

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[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.