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WellnessFX Launches Mobile App!

A ‘Better Way to Manage your Health’ goes Mobile today!

We released our first app to the iOS store today which helps you build, manage and track your personal health goals. With the WellnessFX mobile app, you can research vitamins and supplements, scan supplements into your plan using a smartphone camera and then track and share your supplement plans with others. WellnessFX mobile is designed for those new to WellnessFX as well as those already using the company’s cloud-based health and wellness platform to manage their health online with advanced predictive diagnostics and personal care teams.

The app allows you to:

  • Research and understand the use of supplements through a partnership with Aisle 7, a leading source of health data
  • Quickly add vitamins and supplements to a personal plan by scanning the barcodes
  • Capture daily activities like supplement use to track progress on a health plan
  • Compare supplement use with RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) levels to track performance against guidelines
  • See and share the biomarker data from WellnessFX personal health dashboard (for WellnessFX members)
  • Share supplement plan and results to social networks

As noted by our CEO Jim Kean in our press release, we wanted to create a tool for people to effectively track and measure their supplement use as part of their individual integrative health plan. The app is a simple and powerful tool to make small changes, which accumulate over time, to better manage your health.

Download today and let us know what you think!

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.

Guest Post: Juliet Starrett’s Experience

We often hear praise from our customers for the WellnessFX platform changes people’s lives, but this time we saved someone’s life. Juliett Starrett, recounts her experience. Juliet Starret is a CrossFit athlete and the co-founder of San Francisco CrossFit.

Since receiving a blood transfusion with the birth of her first child, Juliet Starrett had ongoing health problems. Ongoing fatigue, chronic headaches, and two-months of a cold were noted as temporary by doctors and to be cured with antibiotics. As a health conscious individual and a competitive CrossFit athlete, Juliet had never experienced these symptoms before in her life. Despite the doctors’ prescriptions, Juliet’s situation kept deteriorating – she was surviving the day with 8 cups of coffee, her athletic performance was waning and her sleep was fitful.

Seeking a more meaningful and comprehensive diagnosis, Juliet began researching the growing field of biomarker testing, noting only the executive program available at the Mayo clinic for $10k with lower priced options possessing only a small fraction of the information she needed. Luckily, she met Jim Kean in the summer of 2011 who introduced her to WellnessFX.

With the WellnessFX platform, Juliet finally found a number of answers explaining why she was experiencing chronic fatigue and general ill health. For example, her ferritin levels – testing optimal levels of iron in blood – were chronically low at 5 when they should be around 25-35, an indicator of low energy. Her homocysteine levels were high – resulting in an array of increased heart and brain health risks, such as Alzheimer’s. Her Vitamin B12 and D levels were also in the high-risk range, resulting in her current fatigue and putting her at risk for future health issues.

Juliet and her care team put together a treatment plan which included supplements, diet changes and lifestyle suggestions. Over the course of a few months, Juliet saw marked changes. She had better sleep, more wakeful days, cut down her coffee use to only a cup a day. More importantly, she returned to peak performance as an athlete with her exercise capacity and workout recovery time significantly improving. She just felt better all day.

“WellnessFX saved my life,” says Juliet. “Without it, I would have struggled through more specialists, different drug treatments, and continued fatigue and ill health. Now, I’m in control to optimize my health.”

Juliet’s control over her health can be seen in the dramatic improvement of her biomarkers in just six months, which she thanks her wellness team for providing a plan which fit her health goals.

Juliet showed significant improvement between draws in significant red cell biomarkers, moving many of her red markers into green zone.

Her homocysteine levels fell dramatically over the course of several months, in part influencing her recovery times for workouts.

Juliet’s Mean Cell Hemoglobain, an indicator of anemia, drastically improved over 6 months. Juliet could not only feel herself improving over time, she could see the impact at a biological level.

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.

Guest Post: Matter Does Matter

Today’s guest post comes from Dr. Joseph V. De Santi, a family practitioner in Pennsylvania as well as author of MD in Your Home.  He is also a weight loss and fitness coach – practicing truly integrative medicine. Joseph saw our post on weight as a metric of health and offered his own opinion.

Energy, matter and space are the three key components of our universe. Of these three, energy seems to play the greatest role. Think of it this way: The more energy you store, the greater your matter or mass and the more space you occupy. This is a simplistic way of stating the obvious, but it illustrates an important point.

If you undertake any program designed to change the amount of matter or mass that you occupy in space without consideration of energy you are doomed to fail.

Consider the fact that everything you consume has an energy value, which we define as caloric value. It’s no surprise that almost two thirds of Americans are overweight and that one third are considered obese when you look at what we consume. Our food comes in all shapes and sizes and we often judge our need based on portion size and not caloric content. If we did we would realize that the candy bar with 250 calories has five times the caloric value of a single cup of mixed vegetables and is not likely to satisfy our “volume” requirements. We must therefore consider the energy content of food so that we consume the correct quantity of the right quality.

Now, let’s use an example to clarify this concept further. Think of a securely attached water balloon slowly being filled at the sink that has a fixed sized leak or hole in the bottom. The water is the energy from your food. The hole is your total daily energy expenditure and the balloon is you. Let us now consider a few scenarios, which I think will make your understanding of energy input and output crystal-clear and why the caloric value of food is so critical to your success at weight management.

What if we suddenly increase the flow of water (energy) into the balloon (you) without
changing the size of the leaking hole or adding holes (total energy expenditure)?
Obviously the balloon would stretch and grow in size. What if we then slowed the flow of water into the balloon so it stopped growing but still did not change the size of the leaking hole or add holes? The balloon would no doubt remain the same size. This is known as homeostasis, which is essentially a point of perfect balance between input and output (water in = water out). The only problem is we now have a larger balloon despite returning to the initial flow of water (energy). So how do we get back to our original sized balloon? We have to disturb the balance. One way to do this is to shut off the water until enough water leaks through the hole to allow the balloon to shrink down to the initial size. Another way is to enlarge the leaking hole so the water leaves faster than it flows into the balloon. A final way is to add some more holes, again allowing the water to leave faster than it flows into the balloon. Now let us parallel this analogy to what happens in our bodies.

If we consume more high caloric foods than we actually burn as energy for our daily body processes and activity, our body will store this extra energy as fat. As we accumulate more fat we grow in size (matter) and take up more space. Now once we’re at this larger size, we seem to not be able to change despite eating less of our regular habit foods. Unless we upset the new balance our bodies have achieved at this larger size, we cannot change our matter. Like the balloon our input is still matching our output. Humans cannot successfully “turn off” the faucet because it is in our nature to eat. So starving ourselves is not an option. We can however, lower the amount of energy taken in by changing the source of that energy (i.e. lower calorie foods). We can also enlarge the leaking hole by raising our metabolism, or increase the number of holes by performing more activity. In essence, we have several tools at our disposal to effect a change in our matter. It’s just a matter of wanting to change!

Successful weight loss therefore requires an understanding of your caloric needs (basal metabolic rate), your homeostatic set point (goal weight) and what behaviors will support your objective to achieve those parameters. Without this knowledge, you are doomed to repeat the same actions hoping they achieve a different result, and that is truly a waste of your energy!

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.