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WellnessFX Now Available in Illinois!

Now Available In Illinois. Click Here!

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BIG news! We’ve been busy expanding our member-base and just made a major breakthrough: WellnessFX is now available in Illinois!

For those of you who have been waiting for this moment, you’re probably wondering ‘What do I do now? How do I begin the journey to a better me?

It’s easy. Head on over to our WellnessFX Baseline product page, find a blood draw location near you, sign up, and don’t forget the windbreaker on your way out the door (we’re looking at you, Chicago)!

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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.

Hello Florida! WellnessFX Opens in The Sunshine State

Now Available In Florida. Click Here!

 

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We’ve heard your interest, listened to your requests, and made it happen: WellnessFX is now available in Florida! And we expect to see some beautiful Vitamin D levels from our new Sunshine State customers!

You live in Florida. We’re now in Florida. So what’s the next step? Head on over to our WellnessFX Baseline product page and find a blood draw location near you! It’s easy and fast. You’ll be on the road to a healthier you in no time.

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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.

Biomarker Series: The Kidneys

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We can’t live without our kidneys. Luckily, we are born with two, and if one goes on an extended vacation the other can step up and do the job, but without both, we’re toast. The kidneys are responsible for filtering our blood and getting rid of all the harmful waste materials from the many daily processes our cells undergo.

Urine is essentially filtered blood. When you drink fluid containing water, the water adds to your blood volume and your kidney adjusts how much is filtered to maintain a consistent blood pressure. That is why drinking a lot makes you go to the bathroom.

Also, it’s why dehydration is so bad for you. Your body needs to get rid of waste in the blood, but it can’t continue taking from the blood volume without anything to replace it (water). 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.

Guest Post: Member Mike Vilece Talks Family and Future

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At WellnessFX, we often hear from members thanking us for helping them get their health back on track. It’s why we do what we do – empower people to take control of their own health so they can live their fullest life. Here, member Mike Vilece explains how his family’s health history motivated his decision to try WellnessFX, for his sake, and for the sake of his family.

I first heard about WellnessFX from a Tim Ferriss blog post earlier this year. At the time, I was incredibly down in the dumps, as we had just learned that my dad had stage IV kidney cancer that had spread to his lungs, bones and brain.

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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.

Behind the Scenes with Coach Carl and Jim Kean: The Trend is Your Friend

Athletes invest significant time and effort into physical training, but even still, the physiology of their body can have a major impact on performance gains and losses. This is why it is so important to monitor the body’s response to life style changes in order to track their effects. Every individual is different and, ultimately, every individual body will have a different reaction to a new diet, new supplements, a new routine, et cetera.

To understand the role that biometrics play in performance and health optimization first-hand, Coach Carl of GymnasticsWOD went behind the scenes with WellnessFX co-founder and CEO, Jim Kean.  Using his personal results as a guide, Jim explains how he interprets the data from his regular diagnostic checks to maximize his health.

Check it out below. Have you seen any trends on your own WellnessFX panel?

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.

Quantified Self Takeaways on Data Usability

The WellnessFX team took to the first Quantified Self conference (and corresponding Twitter dialogue) last weekend for discussions about the usability of data, tracking devices and platforms, and more data. The conference was interesting with a lot of small fluid breakout discussion groups, and about half of the QS activity seemed to be focused on human health.

These were among the trends shared by self trackers and researchers in Mountain View:

1) Quantified Self data compared with more traditional doctor data: Fred Trotter led the discussion group of about 20 people and talked about the ways that self tracking disrupts Electronic Health Records and the forthcoming Obama Health Data standards. Interested? You can see more at DirectProject.org. Venture capitalist/technologists John Doerr and Esther Dyson took part.

2) Data visualization: As sensors decrease in price and increase in sophistication, the opportunity to generate individual data through a variety of means is expanding exponentially. Without a universal standard for how this information might all be monitored together, there is a need for data collection on personal dashboards. Allowing people to summarize and understand disparate and complex data sets at a glance will require development of clear data visualization tools for individuals (which happens to be exactly what the WellnessFX team is working on).

3) Games for health and happiness: A discussion of game mechanics included a large audience discussing possible ways that game mechanics could be used for various health apps, though current examples weren’t abundant.

4) DIY Antiaging: This group was focused on which commercially available tests, drugs, supplements, and practitioners were available for consumers who wanted to take things into their own hands. The group of 50 seemed frustrated with the difficultly and roadblocks in the current system.

Resources we especially enjoyed were Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Executive about personal biology hacking and David Ewing Duncan of Experimental Man fame giving information on quantifying mercury risk. We’ll be covering more large-scale dialogue in the QS and personal health space in upcoming months (and look out for us at LOHAS for discussions of health and sustainability in June).

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.