Category Archives: Quantified Self

Hate Blood Draws? 5 Tips for Making Your Next One a Better Experience

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Blood draws are a likely and necessary procedure in many healthcare scenarios. Some of those include:

  • Preventative care:  Preventative care: An annual physical, workplace wellness screening, or ordering a test to try and optimize your health or reach peak athletic performance
  • Disease management: Monitoring a chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hyperthyroidism, or metabolic syndrome
  • Working to improve a health risk: Regularly testing markers of risk such as blood sugar, cholesterol, vitamin D, magnesium, and hs-CRP (inflammation)

Whether you are comfortable with blood draws or part of the 20% of the general population that has fear associated with needles and injections, here are tips from Dr. Murdoc Khaleghi, Medical Director at WellnessFX, to help make your next blood draw a better experience. 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.

5 Benefits of the WellnessFX Loyalty Program

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Just in time for 2016: The WellnessFX Loyalty Program.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain muscle, lower cholesterol, or just be an overall healthier person in the new year, you can now receive up to 20% off of our most popular diagnostic packages when you bulk purchase them in groups of 2 or 3. (and yes, you can still add consultations with our licensed health practitioners; It’s an easy one-click option at checkout).

We’re offering these to new and current WellnessFX members, and here’s how you benefit: 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.

If Your Corporate Wellness Program Isn’t Doing This, You’re Missing Out

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, oliver_symens_de

Company health and wellness programs are trying to catch up to scientific discoveries about health and wellness, but have been slow to do so.

While a corporate wellness program can be composed of many different elements – from cafeteria subsidizing and biometric screenings, to gym reimbursement and activity trackers  – everyone from HR to CFO’s to the employees themselves are still asking “Are they actually creating healthier people?”

By now, we’re well-versed in data and what it can do for you. It’s the Guinea pig era, after all. Consider this common wellness program agenda: 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.

On Medication? You’ll Need to Know These 6 Steps

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Carolyn Bradner Jasik, MD, Medical Advisor at Mango Health

This is a guest post by Dr. Carolyn Bradner Jasik. Based in San Francisco, Dr. Bradner Jasik is a pediatrician and researcher of preventive health and behavior change. She is also a medical advisor at Mango Health, a free smartphone app that helps to manage medications and develop good habits around daily health management. Learn more at mangohealth.com.

 

In theory, there’s nothing so hard about following instructions for taking your medicine. But in the often-crazy reality of everyday life, it’s pretty easy to forget your medication or do things that compromise its safety and effectiveness. Here are the six important rules to stick with when taking any medication:

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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.

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.