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Bio-HACK-ing Chronicles Ep.1: What’s with Jimmy Moore’s HCT & Hb?

I've decided to chronicle some of the biohacking insanity going on out there on the blog.    I'm not sure if this helps anybody, but it will preserve some of it for posterity.    So this will randomly comprise publicly shared results of various"hacks" -- dietary or otherwise.

First up -- who else? Fresh off his quickly in three weeks, Jimmy continues focusing on all the wrong things instead of actual improvements in matters known to improve health.  Low carb is/wasn't enough for Jimmy Moore, so he adopted an extreme version of a keto diet.  Until he stopped reporting his burden at the end of the 18, this worked for a year.  He rapidly recovered the 80 re-lost pounds and embarked quickly.  Forget the scale, I won't even post images, you've.  He is a man despite biomarkers that appear to indicate.  

Jimmy Moore is obsessed with measuring ketones (everywhichway, seemingly, but up the bum -- is an anal ketone test far behind?  LOL) and blood glucose.  Unless you are using insulin to control diabetes and/or concerned about ketoacidosis, or are on a curative ketogenic diet for something such as epilepsy, incessant glucose and (especially) ketone monitoring is pretty meaningless and probably neuroses-inducing in many.   

BOTTOM LINE:  When ANYONE (other than an IDDM) doesn't eat for a couple of days, their blood sugars will return and their ketone levels will go up.  So big whoop that this happened to Jimmy Moore.  

I'm rather more interested in this:

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What are the best fermented foods?

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Let’s Get Checked – At Home Health Tests – Liver and Cortisol

Let's Get Checked -- My personal experience with At Home Health Test Kits for Cortisol and Liver.

Such a concise and clear procedure.

So as most of you may remember, I did a round of home health tests last September from Permit ’sGetChecked. If you harbor ’t yet read my previous article , I truly recommend starting there first.

The main reason I took the testing was that I had any symptoms I had been trying to nail down and I just felt unwell. I had reached a point like they were no longer advocating for my health and wellness and where I was feeling fed up. Pills at the issue is not an answer that I am willing to take.

So which house health kits did I take last fall?

My Thyroid Test's results showed that everything was in the normal ranges. This is conclusive with a testing that I had done through my physician. It is important to note that in addition to your T3 and T4 levels, they are analyzing Anti-Thyroglobulin, your TSH, Free T4, Anti-Thyroid Peroxidase. This gives a more accurate picture of your thyroid function to you. When ordering thyroid tests often times, unless you push it, your doctor will assess T4 and T3. (Get the Thyroid Evaluation Here) To learn more about symptoms and signs you may need to Check your thyroid levels, read At Home Thyroid Testing: The First Step to Repairing Your Thyroid

My Lyme disease test came back negative, suggesting that I don't now, nor have I had Lyme disease. I was not worried about this one, but I wanted to rule it out to be safe because Lyme diseases can stop itself and it one of the most difficult things to nail down as a diagnosis. (Get the Lyme Disease Test Here) and read more about Lyme disease and why you might want to test for it – Is Lyme Diseases Contagious?

Liver Test 

I cover this later as article is a follow-up into the initial round of testing.

But before I cover my results for this next round of tests, I want to back up a little bit and tell you more about Let’sGetChecked and what the process of taking home health kits is like.

Let's Get Checked - At Home Health Tests - Liver, Progesterone, Cortisol

What's included in these home health tests?

The process for testing couldn’t be simpler. Best of all, it takes place in the comfort of your own home, and for quite a little less than you would pay to have your doctor run the tests. I should know, I ve paid for a lot of testing that my insurance wouldn’t insure.   Let me start by telling you what comes in the kit:

  • Instructions for activating your kit
  • Directions how to conduct the test
  • Lancets
  • Bandaids, gauze and sterile wipes
  • Blood collection vial
  • Biohazard bag
  • Freight transport envelope

Let's Get Checked - At Home Wellness Tests - Liver, Progesterone, Cortisol

So how do these house wellness test kits work anyhow?

  • Go online to activate your apparel and read any additional instructions for your evaluation – time of day it should be take, whether you need to be fasted etc..
  • Once you have activated your kit, then wash your hands with warm water to activate blood circulation.
  • Clean your finger using the sterile wipe provided, then dry your finger .
  • Fill the supplied vial to the line that is visible on the vial. Ensure that you achieve this line for fast delivery of your results.

Seal your sample and put it in the biohazard bag, put the bag back in the box, put the box in the shipping envelope and send it off. BOOM! Done! Just like that. Then within 2 to 5 business days you will have your results sent directly to your inbox. 

Let’sGetChecked is offering 15% off to all Peace Love and Low Carb readers using the code KYNDRA15 at checkout.

Let's Get Checked - At Home Wellness Tests - Liver, Progesterone, Cortisol

How can you get your results once you've mailed in your kit?

At Let ’, when your test results come back, you'll be given a call sGetChecked to review your test results line by line. They are so friendly and actually take the time to be certain that you know the results and to answer any questions that you might have. From there, you'll get an email allowing you to know that the results of your test kits have arrived. You simply login on Let'sGetChecked. When you log in, it will show which test results are back, and it will also make recommendations for future testing. (Check out all of their at home health test kits here)

Let's Get Checked - At Home Wellness Tests - Liver, Progesterone, Cortisol

So what did the consequences of my at home wellness test kits reveal?

Cortisol Test Results

First, let’why you may want to test your levels and s begin with talking about what cortisol is. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. In excess it may lead to weight gain, particularly, although at normal levels, it helps your body respond to stress. Elevated levels impair learning and memory ability, improve blood pressure, and can also lower immune function.

My evaluation indicated that my levels were within the normal ranges. I was pleased to see this as the time my cortisol was analyzed, it barely registered. While a few of you might be thinking, “Oh that’s good, it means you've got healthy adrenals and live a stress free life”, the truth is that sometimes a low level can be just as large, if not worse that elevated levels.   Low cortisol levels are an indicator of a more chronic problem. I took a 24 hour urine test for this and am awaiting results. I can’t wait to see if they line up.

Prolonged periods of stress have been a problem for me for quite some time and balance my hormones and I have been working with a medicine doctor and my naturopath to support my system. More on that

Let's Get Checked - At Home Health Tests - Liver, Progesterone, Cortisol

Liver Test Results 

Next up were my liver test results. This is the test that I was the back. For my testing back in September, my liver test came back with really elevated ALT and Gamma GT levels.

Gamma GT is an enzyme that is always present in low levels, but it is usually a sign of some type of liver damage when levels are found. It is a strong indicator that your liver cells may be damaged due to inflammation. In determining which type of liver damage you may have, the testing is not specific and won't help, but it does signal that there is a problem. The ranges for Gamma GT levels fall between 6-42 IU/L. Mine came back at 76 IU/L than the end of the selection.

My ALT levels were came back on my September test. In 62 IU/L, mine arrived back in September. Nearly double the range of normal.

Let's Get Checked - At Home Wellness Test Kits - Lyme, Thyroid, Liver

I was worried there was something far more serious happening here. After my tests came back high, I wasn’t sure what my next steps were. What could I be doing to bring back the levels ? Was that possible? How do I know if I have liver damage? So many questions. I ll be honest, I didn ’ t jump on making the changes that are necessary straight away. I just sat with the information, reflected on it, and packed it away.

After a month or two of not doing anything about it, I decided that it was time. I figured that the best place to start was. Truth: alcohol is not good for your liver! Truth toxins aren’t good for your liver! I ran through what I knew that I could change to help support my liver. I started taking. Oils were applied by me within my liver which are proven to promote healthy liver function. I ate cleanly, focused on sleep, remained hydrated etc..

After cutting out alcohol for 60 days and religiously taking nutritional supplements to support my liver, I wanted to retest to see if my liver values had normalized. I received another Permit ’sGetChecked Liver Test.

If you wish to find out more about the effects of alcohol on your liver and general health, you can visit their blog to find out more about The Effects of Alcohol on your wellbeing .

Let's Get Checked - At Home Health Tests - Liver, Progesterone, Cortisol
I got my test results back and was amazed to see that my efforts have been paying off. My Gamma GT has gone down from 76. It had been reduced returned and my more than half into the ranges. My ALT went down to 47 IU/L from 62 IU/L. My ALT levels are elevated while there was movement in the right direction.
I talked these results over with my practical medicine doctor and she felt that things were moving in the right direction. The ALT was not seen by her . She wants me to keep doing what I’ve been doing and we'll retest again to see if everything has returned to normal.

Once more, working with Let’sGetChecked was such a fantastic experience from start to finish. From the test arriving to awaiting and testing results, to the recommendations from the dashboard – and the nurses call it s just simple.

I will keep you updated as I continue to work towards also bringing balance, and supporting my liver. If you're interested in knowing more about your own health and wellbeing without having to spend a fortune to do it, I can’t urge Let’sGetChecked at home health test kits enough. They're thorough, accurate, and easy to use. Best of all, they supply all the support you want to interpret your results and put together a plan to help correct any imbalances to you.

Permit ’sGetChecked is offering 15% off to all Peace Love and Low Carb readers using the code KYNDRA15 at checkout. Check out their full line of testing HERE

Episode 404 – Scott Nelson – Joovv Red Light Therapy

We are back with Episode 404. Our guest this episode is Scott Nelson, co-founder of Joovv light treatment.

Show Notes:

1:46 -- Summary, Pre-intro 3:34 -- Intro to Scott Nelson and Joovv 4:30 -- How Scott got started with Joovv 8:27 -- Red light treatment vs traditional saunas 12:08 -- Hormetic stress 14:10 -- Penetration of crimson light 16:25 -- Time of day to use Joovv 21:14 -- Where you can find more info

For more study info, search PubMed for photobiomodulation or LLLT

Site: https://joovv.com/

Broiled Halibut with Broccoli and Toasted Garlic

When you are in need of a low-carb, high-protein fix with a garlicky twist, broiled halibut with broccoli will not...

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The $12M NuSI/Ludwig Study ~ Part III: Some "Early" Lessons

Continuing on with discussion of:
Effects of a low carbohydrate diet on energy expenditure during weight loss maintenance: randomized trial

In Part I, I discussed some issues with methodology, mostly focusing on the decreased Run-In Phase that probably compromised the outcomes irreparably.

In Part II, I highlighted a critical issue with the Run-In Stage, the purpose of which was to produce a somewhat homogeneous"reduced weight condition" to test various diets in maintenance of the state.

Finally, since randomization to the a variety of test diets occurred after weight loss (PWL) randomization to maintenance evaluation diet wouldn't influence the effects of various BSL (pre-weight loss baseline) measures on the Run-In outcome -- target = 12% ± 2% weight loss -- on a standard composition diet for all:  45% Carb / 30% Fat / 25% Protein.

The researchers appear to have made minimal adjustments, if any, during the Run-In Weight Loss in order to produce a result that is uniform.  Rather, the result was a wide range of weight loss (5.6 to 16.0%, roughly 10.5% ± 5 percent ). 

Thus we've got an"accidental" test-within-a-test of this CIH/TWICHOO from these"early" results.

In the long run, I provide these scatter plots for all 105 subjects who successfully completed the analysis, for whom complete data for energy expenditure and insulin measures were available at all time points.

The Carb-Insulin Hypothesis (aka TWICHOO) predicts that weight loss will vary inversely with insulin levels:  The higher the insulin levels, the lower the weight loss.  The Run-In Stage data supports no such connection (indeed, if anything, complete weight loss was higher for those with higher baseline insulin steps.

Meanwhile, differences in weight loss can easily be explained by variation in caloric deficit throughout the calorie restricted Run-In due to rough estimation of baseline energy expenditure (vs. rigorous measure).

This post expands on some relationships of baseline (BSL) and post-weight loss (PWL) steps as detected during the weight loss part of this Run-In Phase.

Bottom Line:  Baseline insulin status seems to be irrelevant to weight loss on a"high carb" calorie-restricted diet.  

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Mediterranean Meat Wraps

These superb little meat patties were prepared in 15 minutes!  I DEFINITELY acknowledge that I ate two of them they were great and enjoyed the taste.  I served them with a few tzatziki yogurt sauce and a lovely Greek salad.  The leftovers ended up in the cakes you see above.  The taste of the leftover meat appeared to have improved on the fridge shelf!  This meat mixture would make meatballs and be great additional with feta, tomatoes and eggplant. I had some tortillas so was on the table very quickly made up.  This recipe can be made with beef or lamb and is acceptable for all phases of Atkins.  Primal-Paleo people can eat this meat on plan-suitable “ wrap ” or a Greek salad.  When used in wraps, my tasty tzatziki sauce is also very good on these sandwiches, especially with a small additional chopped parsley sprinkled on top! 

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1 lb. Lean ground pork (ground beef or lamb are more conventional )

About 1/3 c. kale (what I could easily pick up in 1 hand with my palms )

1 oz. onion

1 clove garlic

1/4 c. feta cheese, crumbled

Dash each salt and pepper

1/8 tsp.

1 medium egg

DIRECTIONS:  Put all the meat in a food processor or blender. Pulse until fine, but don’t reduce texture to be pasted in by it.  You need it.  Put the meat in a bowl and with a rubber spatula, scrape against the spice/herb mixture on the meat.  With a fork or your hands, blend it.  Form into 6 patties that are equal.  These are traditionally cooked on each side over charcoal in your grill, but almost as good browned in non-stick or lightly oiled skillet until meat in completely cooked.  Your choice. Serve at once with veggies or your sides slit the patties laterally so that every one will make a wrap sandwich on your tortilla/pita type bread.  After clipping the patties if you are using cold meat for a sandwich the next day, I'd sear a couple seconds in a non-stick skillet to heat them slightly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 patties, each contains:  (amounts are Just for the meat)

240 cals, 19g fat, 1.65g carbs, 0.33g fiber, 1.32g NET CARBS, 15g protein, 155 mg sodium

Marcelo Freitas on the Perfect Health Retreat

Marcelo Freitas of Brazil was a guest in the May 2015 Perfect Health Retreat. Marcelo kindly recorded a video for his experience being discussed by us in the retreat. Some highlights:"Very much... I'm enjoying the retreat and the people …

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What causes heart disease part 61 – strokes

15th January 2019

Within this never-ending story on cardiovascular disease, I've tended to use the terms"heart disease" and"cardiovascular disease" almost interchangeably. Well, everyone does it, so why not me? However, in this blog I will be splitting cardiovascular disease into its two main components, heart attacks and strokes, and concentrating mainly on strokes.

The first thing is that there are 3 chief causes of strokes.

  • Atrial Fibrillation (ischaemic)
  • A burst blood vessel in the brain (haemorrhagic)
  • A blood clot (ischaemic)

[There are also cryptogenic strokes (no known cause), strokes because of hole in the center, strokes because of antiphospholipid syndrome, strokes due to sickle cell disease etc. etc..)

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a condition where the upper chambers of the heart (atria) don't contract and relax smoothly every second or so. Primarily because there is a disturbance in the electrical conduction system, causing the atria to spasm and twitch in a fashion that is highly irregular.

When this happens, blood clots can form in the left atrium then break off and head to the brain and become stuck. They're also able to travel elsewhere in the body resulting in a blockage to an artery in the leg the uterus, the arm and suchlike. Should they form at the right atrium, they will end up stuck in the lungs.

These clots are usually quite small, about the size of a large grain of rice, but this is still big enough to do quite appreciable damage. The treatment for AF is to try and undo the fibrillation or, if this doesn't work, to provide anticoagulants such as warfarin to stop the clots forming.

When a blood vessel in the brain bursts, A haemorrhagic stroke is. Blood is then forced to the mind and causes a good deal of damage -- resulting in a stroke. As you can imagine haemorrhagic strokes are quite severe. The remedy is to NOT offer an anti-coagulant of any sort. Haemorrhagic strokes are often/usually brought on by a thinning of the artery wall, causing a ballooned area (aneurysm), which then bursts.

An interesting question, and I have seen different perspectives on this is whether a small blood clot travels to the brain where it gets trapped, but does not completely block the artery, so it does not cause a stroke, but it creates an area of damage -- that is then repaired -- which leaves a weakness in the artery that balloons out -- an aneurysm.

Anyway, the most common cause of a stroke is that large atherosclerotic plaques form in the main arteries that supply blood to the brain (carotid arteries). These plaques form around the base of the neck. There forms then A blood clot along with the plaque , then breaks off and travels to the brain, where it gets stuck – as with atrial fibrillation -- causing a stroke. The result is exactly the same as with AF, but the underlying causing is different.

According to the American Stroke Association 87% of strokes are ischaemic.

Which means that the majority of strokes are caused by atherosclerotic plaques in the throat. You would expect that the risk factors for stroke could be exactly the same as the risk factors for heart attacks, as the underlying process is the same.

Well, many of the risk factors that are standard will be the same. Smoking, high blood pressure diabetes and suchlike. However, there is most certainly a LDL not. There's a research study called the Simon Broome registry, started in the UK, that monitors the health outcomes of individuals diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH).

It is. One on the Simon Broome registry's findings, of the earlier papers in the BMJ, found that:

'Familial hypercholesterolaemia is associated with a substantial excess mortality from coronary heart disease in young adults but might not be associated with a significant excess mortality in elderly patients. '1

For'may not be', substitute,'isn't'. In actuality, what the Simon Broome registry has found is that, after the age of, about fifty, FH doesn't increase the risk of heart. LDL is a risk factor not, and before the age of fifty after? Which means that it cannot be a risk factor at all [the thing that kills young people before the age of fifty is currently clotting factor abnormalities -- not elevated LDL]

'2 Yes, as you may have guessed, I was a co-author.

If we move away from cardiovascular disease, to strokes. FH has never been found to be a risk factor for stroke -- at any age. Here is a study done in Norway, and published in the Journal Stroke. It was called'Risk of ischaemic stroke and complete cerebrovascular disease in familial hypercholesterolaemia.'

A total of 46 cases (19 women and 27 men) of cerebrovascular disease were observed in the cohort of individuals with FH, with no increased risk of cerebrovascular disease compared with the general population (standardized incidence ratio, 1.0; 95% CI, 0.8--1.4). 3

They used the term population attributable risk factors (PAF), which'weights' the variables, based on how widespread they are (i.e., how many people have got the a variety of risk factors). Their list of PARs for stroke was as follows:

  • 51.8percent – Hypertension (self-reported history of hypertension or blood pressure >160/90mmHg)
  • 18.9percent – Smoking status
  • 26.5% – Waist-to-hip ratio
  • 18.8percent – Diet hazard score
  • 28.5percent – Regular physical activity
  • 5% – Diabetes mellitus
  • 3.8percent – Alcohol intake
  • 4.6% – Psychosocial stress
  • 5.2% – Depression
  • 6.7% – Cardiac causes (atrial fibrillation, previous MI, rheumatic valve disease, prosthetic heart disease )
  • 24.9% – Ratio of ApoB to ApoA (reflecting cholesterol levels)

You will see that LDL is not in that list. ApoB to ApoA's ratio is. However, this is primarily the proportion of VLDL (triglycerides) into HDL ('good' cholesterol), which can be an accurate reflection of'insulin resistance' and bears no relationship to LDL. As I always say to people who ask me for information on reviewing clinical study...'the main thing to concentrate on is not what's there, it's what is not there.'

Any study on CVD will be analyzing LDL levels. It would be shouted from the rooftops if a relationship were discovered. That you hear nothing about LDL in this paper means that there was no correlation -- at all.

You can, if you desire, try to find some evidence that a LDL level increases the risk of stroke. I must warn you you will look for quite a long time, because there is no evidence, anywhere. It has interested me for many years that this issue is simply swept under the carpet.

Now, write out one hundred times:

  • Raised LDL isn't a risk factor for stroke
  • Raised LDL isn't a risk factor for stroke
  • Raised LDL isn't a risk factor for stroke....

Then, ask yourself the question. How can a elevated LDL be a risk factor for not stroke and cardiovascular disease -- because the two states are, essentially , the same condition? Plaques in medium sized cells with the critical/final event being the formation of a blood clot.

Then, ask yourself another question. How can lowering the LDL level provide any advantage, if a raised LDL isn't a risk factor for stroke? The right response is that... it can't. Not by a wonderful amount in absolute terms, but the benefit does seem to exist).

'A meta-analysis of randomized trials of statins in combination with other preventive strategies, involving 165,792 people, showed that each 1-mmol/l (39 mg/dl) reduction in LDL-cholesterol equates to a reduction in relative risk for stroke of 21.1 (95% CI: 6.3-33.5; p = 0.009)' 4

Just to repeat the main purpose. A LDL is not, and hasn't been, a risk factor for stroke. Yet it's claimed that lowering the LDL level lowers the risk of stroke? In fact, the evidence from the statin trials prove, beyond any doubt, that any benefit achieved by statins cannot be through lowering the LDL level.

As follows, the logic stripped down is:

  • A raised level of variable A Doesn't cause disease B
  • Thus lowering factor A cannot decrease the risk of disease B
  • Therefore, you cannot claim that lowering factor A can have any possible effect on disease B

However, every single cardiovascular pro appears delighted to inform us, in all seriousness, that lowering factor A does, indeed, reduce the risk of disease B. Despite this breaking the very fabric of logic in 2.

“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she explained; “you can’t believe impossible things. ”

I Would you harbor ’t had much practice,” said the Queen. ” Alice in Wonderland.

1: https://www.bmj.com/content/303/6807/893

4: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19814666

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