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Prepared for the Peak for February 21, 2013


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Last week I got a full blood panel done and I used wellnessfx.com to do it. It's a pretty slick service. Once I purchased the Basic Package (there doesn't seem to be an Advanced Package), I got my blood drawn through one of their affiliates (LabCorp). The results were sent to Wellness FX and were posted in a very easy-to-read format. You can see the format via my results, which are here. Following the test, they gave me the opportunity to speak with one of their practitioners. I chose a dietician from Oregon whose description mentioned that he was knowledgeable about the Paleo diet. There are many practitioners to choose from, including doctors, but many of them aren't included in the basic $199 price.

There are just three items to be concerned about in my lab work: my slightly elevated trigylercides, my high ApoB and the high TSH (thyroid). Phil and I took the 20 minutes included to discuss all the results and what he said jived with my knowledge about the topic (i.e. he was right up-to-date). He was easy to talk to and I did get to confirm my suspicion that it's still unknown whether a high ApoB is a valid concern for folks who follow the Paleo Diet. I'm going to Paleo FX next month in Austin, so I'll ask more there. In any case, if I didn't know what I know, he would have done a bang-up job educating me. (I'm definitely not eating enough colorful vegetables, so they are going way up.)

One of his recommendations was to follow up on the TSH by getting a full thyroid assessment i.e. T3, T4, etc. My doctor concurred and has ordered the tests. Everything else was fine so thyroid is the only thing to really look at.

So far I can recommend their service. If that changes, I'll let you know. The idea is to use their service again in 3 to 6 months and I'll have a slick record of the lab results and the recommendations from the practitioner. BTW, I chose them because my Paleo friends here in the Bay Area knew that Wellness FX was very Paleo knowledgeable in general.

For people still on the fence about cholesterol and fat, do remember that I eat at least 50% of my calories in the form of fat. And most of it is saturated fatfrom animals! So cut down on the sugar (i.e. carbohydrates) and eat your (non-seed oil, non trans-fat) fats, they are good for you and your heart!

— André

More videos from the last Ancestral Health Symposium at Harvard have been posted. Below are some of the latest releases.

Big Picture

The Real Reason the Economy Is Broken (and Will Stay That Way) | Peak Prosperity, February 12, 2013

Economic growth, population growth and climate change | FEASTA, February 14, 2013

The unstoppable rise of the collaborative economy (TED Talk)| REconomy Project, February 18, 2013

Peak Oil: The Transition | Peak Oil Matters, February 18, 2013


It’s not the economy, it’s the stupid paradigm | Prosperous Way Down, February 9, 2013

Risk Management And (The Illusion Of) Insurance | Automatic Earth, February 19, 2013

Why Competition Between Global Players Is Heating Up | Of Two Minds, February 19, 2013

Practical Preparation

Mutually Assured Well Being: The Continuity Of Community And Individual Resilience | Speaking Truth to Power, February 8, 2013

The Sharing Economy and Sustainability: A Silent Revolution That Keeps Giving | One Green Planet, February 13, 2013

The Myth of Genetically Engineered Food and How it Threatens Slow Food | Slow Food USA, February 13, 2013

Jamaican Poultry Producer Not Chicken About Solar Investment | WorldWatch Institute, February 14, 2013

Environmental News

Will We have Enough Water? Adapting to a Warming, Water-Stressed World | Resilience, February 18, 2013

Empathy: our strongest weapon against climate change? | Transition Voice, February 18, 2013

Energy Use vs. Waste: The Quest for Bio-Polystyrene | The Energy Collective, February 18, 2013

Are Oysters Doomed? | Slate, February 18, 2013

Disappearing packaging could save 70 million tons of waste a year | Grist, February 19, 2013


13 Healthy Ways to Begin the Day | Mark's Daily Apple, February 14, 2013

For a healthy heart, stick to butter | Chris Kresser, February 15, 2013

Take the Stairs: Inactivity Physiology and Chronic Disease | Robb Wolf, February 15, 2013

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