Lab Tests

Which lab tests matter most for your health? Is your doctor using them? Advancements in medicine are taking us beyond the basic lab tests like LDL-C and HbA1c. While the old testing is still relevant, a new class of biomarkers like LDL-P, Lp(a) and homocysteine, can help shed new light on how to prevent disease states before they occur. In this section of the blog, we also publish articles sharing results from our own blood tests. For example, John’s post about what his blood work looked like when he ate nothing but pizza and drank mezcal. Ouch.

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

Why I micro-dose fish oil supplements

Fish oil supplements are a controversial topic. As we touch on in our fish oil buying guide, most 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

steak and high protein diets
April 1, 2019

Don’t Believe in Nutrigenomics? Take a Look at Mikhaila Peterson’s Blood Work on the Carnivore Diet

Steak for every meal, everyday. That’s the carnivore diet in a nutshell, and it’s growing in popularity. Unhealthy right? Probably. I’ve written previously about the Carnivore Diet and why I… Read More

March 22, 2019

Beyond Gout: Why Lowering Uric Acid Matters

If you’ve arrived at this blog post chances are you’ve already scoured the mountain of identical posts out there that discuss uric acid in the context of gout. But before… Read More

March 12, 2019

Adventures in Urinary PH: is the Alkaline Diet Scientifically Valid?

Yes, you read that right, I am regularly measuring the PH of my urine using special test strips. I pee into a cup, dip in a PH strip and then… Read More

February 21, 2019

Why My HbA1c is 5.1 (and how I plan to move my blood sugar numbers lower)

In the Gene Food scoring system, my diet type is Mediterranean, a diet that is more liberal with complex carbohydrates. In the nutrition world, people that have greater ability to… Read More

Paleo and saturated fat
February 8, 2019

Is the Paleo Community Right About Saturated Fat? A Look at the Evidence

This post is the third in our “Study Series,” the blog series we started to give a deep dive into the nutrition studies that are so often thrown around in… Read More

platelet and white blood cell count on a plant based diet
January 14, 2019

Can a Plant Based Diet Suppress the Immune System?

How does adherence to a whole foods, plant based (“wfpb”) diet impact the immune system? Could it be responsible for low white blood cell and platelet count? If so, does… Read More

January 7, 2019

Does Losing Weight on a Keto Diet Increase Levels of “Bad” Cholesterol?

Losing weight is hard. As a guy that’s been heavy for as long as I can remember, the challenge of dropping pounds seems even more intimidating when you stop and… Read More

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