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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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Mark Sisson from Mark’s Daily Apple and WellnessFX Founder Jim Kean – Webcast Part 1

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Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint and creator of Mark’s Daily Apple, and Jim Kean, WellnessFX founder, spent some quality time recently talking food, exercise, chronic disease, unconventional protein sources, and SO much more.

Check out the replay of Part I of our webcast below and pass along to your friends. Want to grab part 2, as well? Go for it. 
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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.

CrossFit and Olympic Lift Coach Diane Fu Changes Life with WellnessFX

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WellnessFX changes lives.

That’s what CrossFit and Olympic lift coach Diane Fu learned when she tried WellnessFX for the first time. See what Diane did when she found out she wasn’t quite as healthy on the inside as she thought.

Follow along with the time-marked summary below. Enjoy!

0:00 – WellnessFX CEO, Jim Kean, Sets the Scene
As a CrossFit trainer in San Francisco back in 2011, Diane was often known as the “cranky” one. On the inside, she felt tired, bloated, and was constantly cold, even though she was eating right and training like a beast. Then she heard about WellnessFX. She got tested and the results have been transformational.

1:40 – Diane’s Story
If you had seen Diane two years ago, you probably wouldn’t recognize her. She was training full time, working as a coach at SF Crossfit, competing nationally as an Olympic weight lifter, and had a very active personal and social life. She was tired all the time. She thought this was just the price to pay for being so busy.

Diane’s WellnessFX panel came back with a lot of green. This made sense: she’s Paleo, has a relatively healthy lifestyle, and her life revolves around physical fitness. So, yes, her numbers looked good. Except one thing . . .

3:15 – WellnessFX Identifies an Off-Balanced Thyroid
Diane would have not thought to see a physician. Her annual physical would not have picked up what was off-balance in her body. Plus, her busy lifestyle explained her constant fatigue, right?

But that’s not what WellnessFX is about. “Fine” is not optimal, and it’s clear from her story that Diane was feeling far from optimal. Working with Dr. Justin Mager, Diane got  an extensive blood panel and discovered her thyroid numbers were off.

Her thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) was very high and actual thyroid hormone productions were low. Diane’s running cold, constant fatigue, and numbers suggested she was suffering from hypothyroidism, which is an underproduction of the thyroid. In short, Diane’s metabolic system was not keeping pace with her life.

4:40 – Diane Makes Changes, Reaps Rewards
Diane had one goal: she just wanted to be warm again. Everything else would just be the icing on the cake.

She was diligent about implementing Dr. Mager’s recommendations. The first 30 days weren’t epic – she simply felt better.

6:00 – Thyroid Imbalance in the U.S.
Twelve percent of Americans walk around with an undiagnosed thyroid issue.
Diane’s experience brings up a good point: change happens gradually. The current medical system is geared towards diagnosing a problem and fixing it as quickly as possible, but that’s not how the body works.

7:50 – Using Data to Optimize Performance
Seeing your biological numbers can be powerful information. But one data point is not helpful in the long run. It was time to track Diane’s progress.

9:30 – Achieving Optimal Performance
The most important part is to monitor how Diane’s doing overall as she moves forward. We don’t want to treat her numbers just for the sake of treating her numbers. There’s also a risk in having TOO much thyroid. Graves’ Disease, for example, stems from an overactive thyroid and actually causes one to lose muscle. This is exactly what Diane DOESN’T want.

Dr. Mager is going to keep an eye on Diane’s basal metabolic rate, weight, and performance during the next few months as they up her thyroid production. This way he can ensure Diane doesn’t go overboard and end up on the other end of the thyroid spectrum.

13:00 – Good or Bad, Data Is Useful
Now that Diane has seen what’s under the hood, she can’t stop. She’s constantly asking what’s the next step, how do I improve, how do I get actively involved in my own health. That’s the beauty and success of WellnessFX.

Our CEO gave some insight on what he’s seen far too often with our members: people aren’t getting retested because they don’t think they’ve been living healthy enough. Even though it’s time for a retest to see how things stand, people feel guilty for not following all of the recommendations, or falling off of their diets, and want to hold off retesting until they are “back on track.” It’s important to get retested even if you’re one of these people: your health doesn’t take a break, so why should you?

14:20 – Diane’s WellnessFX Experience: The Nuts and Bolts
Diane shares a little bit about her experience with getting tested and going through her consultation with Dr. Mager.

15:30 – The Teleconsult
Hear how phone consultations work and how WellnessFX’s interface is optimized for a great experience for members and practitioners.

16:05 – Getting Drawn
Diane must admit, she doesn’t like needles. Still, she found her blood draw relatively easy and objectively fast. She was in and out in 15 minutes.

16:30 – The Future: Diane’s plan
Onward and upward. Diane keeps working and tweaking her wellness regimen for optimal health and performance. Dr. Mager also put her on a thyroid replacement that’s biologically identical to the hormone in our bodies. It will be interesting to see how her body reacts.

The Bottom Line
We look forward to tracking Diane’s progress as she continues to push towards optimization. As for her WellnessFX experience, we’ll let her tell it:

“My progress speaks volumes to what WellnessFX is doing. You’ve provided me with the opportunity to be my best self!”

Check out the WellnessFX Advanced Thyroid panel here.

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 Tao of KStarr: A Jim Kean Book Review

K-StarI recently had the opportunity to review my good friend Kelly Starrett’s book, “Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance.

I’ve known Kelly through San Francisco CrossFit for three years and, as a client and athlete, was fortunate to have had the chance to preview the thoughts behind the book in advance.

I’ve also had the opportunity to experience his groundbreaking approach to human movement and performance. He has fundamentally changed my perception about what it means to be a well-balanced, functional athlete. Now, everything he espouses is neatly codified in this well organized work.

The dogma regarding athletic performance has historically had a hierarchy and belief system that starts with this collection of thoughts: You are a great (average) athlete because you are strong (weak) and in amazing (poor) cardiovascular shape.

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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.

Fuel Efficiency and Overtraining with Dr. Justin Mager

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If you’ve never tried WellnessFX, you might be wondering: so what can a bunch of numbers really tell me, anyway?

Or maybe you just received your WellnessFX consult, gotten some great recommendations, and want to know more about how everything fits together.

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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.

Training Your Fuel System with Dr. Justin Mager

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Morning workouts. Sets and reps. Mile markers. Best times. Pushing yourself to the limit. Pushing your limit.

All connotations with the word ‘training.’ Finding out how far the body can go and then taking it there and further again . . . and again . . . and again.

But that’s only half of it. Athleticism isn’t just muscles flexing and extending, coordination of movements, and pushing for more speed. On a cellular level, the body is also converting fuel into energy to support these processes. So shouldn’t we train that system, too?

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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.