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Lab Tests

A discussion of the latest developments in lab testing.

eggs cholesterol
July 18, 2020

I Ate 21 Eggs a Week for One Month: This is What Happened to my Cholesterol

Before I get started with this blog post, I want to emphasize that the results I am seeing here, are likely not the results you will see. N=1 experiments have… Read More

privacy for dna test kits and deleting results
July 7, 2020

How Easy is it to Delete Genetic Data from Popular DNA Sites?

The direct to consumer genetic testing industry is here to stay, but sales have cooled recently, in part due to privacy concerns. How easy is to use a genetics product… Read More

May 29, 2020

How I Achieved My Lowest ALT Levels in 5 Years

Sugar, or sucrose if you want to get fancy, is comprised of both glucose and fructose at the molecular level. And although sugar is delicious, and fun to pass out… Read More

March 6, 2020

What’s so good about ‘good’ cholesterol? Is higher HDL really better?

A new analysis of data from the PICASSO trial has lipid lovers all a fluster. Some folks are saying that this analysis is proof that your HDL levels don’t matter… Read More

raw data for genetics
January 29, 2020

How to get your 23andme raw data and what to do with it

23andme makes it pretty easy to obtain your raw genetic data. For nerds like me, this is gold. So, if you want to know how to get your 23andme raw… Read More

PCSK9 drugs
January 27, 2020

Should you take PCSK9 inhibitors?

First up, what is PCSK9 and why would you want to inhibit it? The short answer is that PCSK9 is a protein that helps regulate cholesterol levels. The more you… Read More

Screenshot of 23andme apoe callout
December 6, 2019

23andme and ApoE4 Reporting: How to Interpret Your Results

We’re writing this blog to address a relatively common question we get about a protein known as apolipoprotein E (ApoE) and how people can get conflicting results about some key… Read More

How to kill senescent zombie cells
October 9, 2019

Why Senescent “Zombie” Cells Should be on Your Radar and How to Kill Them

All the cells in your body will become senescent at some point in your life, with the exception of cancer cells. But what are senescent cells and why do people… Read More

September 12, 2019

I Went on a Mezcal and Pizza Bender – Then I got my Blood Drawn

I’ve written previously about the results of various lab tests I’ve had done – HbA1c, lipids and Lp(a), Sitosterol, food sensitivity, tissue transglutamanase. For the HbA1c post, I even brought… Read More

June 19, 2019

Micro-Dosing Fish Oil to Keep Omega 3:6 Ratio in Check

Fish oil supplements are a controversial topic. As we touch on in our fish oil buying guide, many fish oil supplements contain rancid and damaged fats and the content of… Read More

June 18, 2019

Heavy Metal Detox: What is it and Does it Work?

Heavy metal toxicity is not the name of a rock band. Although — what a great name, right? It is much less fun than that. Instead, as our environments become… Read More

platelet and white blood cell count on a plant based diet
May 6, 2019

My Experience With Hashimoto’s: The Changes I Made to Get My Life Back

After my second son was born, I was dead tired. All. The. Time. And achy. And irritable. And did I mention tired? Not too strange for a breastfeeding mom of… Read More

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