Tag Archives: Cholesterol

Time to Check Your Cholesterol? Don’t Forget This Important Number

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Credit: iStockPhoto

Not all cholesterol increases your risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease– your risk is determined by the balance of various types. But how can you assess this balance? 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.

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

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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

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.

KIND Snack Bars Under Scrutiny – Here’s What We Think the FDA Completely Overlooked

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Arthur Hsu

If you’ve ever ransacked a grocery or convenience store shelf for a quick snack, chances are you’ve seen KIND bars. Their packaging, complete with clear plastic windows, messages transparency in ingredients, while the labeling and marketing touts the bar as a healthy choice.

As it turns out, recent scrutiny in the form of a letter from the FDA has called out that four of KIND’s bars do not comply with FDA requirements regarding the amount of saturated fat content found in a “healthy” product and therefore cannot bear the “healthy” label or marketing speak.

According to the FDA, in order for a product to be labeled “healthy,” it must have fewer than one gram of saturated fat per serving. The saturated fat content in KIND bars are as follows: 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.

The Truth About Chocolate and How You Actually Benefit From It

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, On Eyes Photography

Junk food is a slow killer. It’s making you diabetic, raising your blood pressure, and threatens to shut down your heart before the age of 50. No one really argues with how important diet is to long-term health. You are what you eat.

The question is, then: What is junk food?

Think about five foods you consider junk. Was chocolate one of your choices?

Should it be?

More and more we are learning that it’s less the what of the food we eat, but the how in the way it’s prepared. A hamburger from McDonald’s is bad, but what about a homemade grass-fed burger with gluten-free bread, and organic cheese? French fries are the worst, right? How about some sweet potato strips baked to a crunchy crisp in the oven?

Maybe it’s time to have another look at chocolate. While a Snickers bar a day won’t keep the doctor away, could this ‘guilty pleasure’ food be misunderstood?

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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.

Low Carb vs. Low Fat for Weight Loss – Which is Better? New Study Shows Truth.

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Chinkerfly

Carbs and fat are hot topics when it comes to weight loss and overall health. Specifically, the debate between the two:

“Are carbs bad?”
“Not all carbs are bad.”
“What ARE carbs?”
“What kind of fat should I be eating?”
“What’s the difference between saturated and unsaturated fat?”
“Why is everyone putting coconut oil on everything?”
“Can you build muscle on a low carb diet?”

And on and on and on.

Not only is fat picking up traction in major press, but what health experts once touted as gospel truth – “Eat Low Fat” – is wrong. Most fat is good, and Carbs are getting a closer look. Continue reading

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The 4 Main Tests For Determining Heart Disease Risk

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Blood screening can be a vital way to gain some information about your individual risk for heart disease. Once you have the information, you can make educated, informed choices to reduce your risk factors, such as: 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.