Cholesterol Update Late April 2017: Intermittent Fasting, Cut Out Red Meat and Eggs, And Drank Apple Cider Vinegar

After my most recent cholesterol blood test in the earlier weeks of April 2017, I learned that despite taking both Berberine AND Bergamot, my LDL-P and my Small LDL-P both bumped up after enjoying a week of my mom’s home cooking while she stayed with us.

When I retested a week after my folks left and I was able to get my diet back on track, while continuing both Berberine and Bergamot, my LDL-P came back into the 1700 range while my Small LDL-P ticked higher to almost 800.… Read More

Using the Breezing to measure my metabolic rate during a fever

 

I learned in medical school that during a fever the body generates heat by revving up it’s metabolism so that for approximately every 1 degree increase in temperature there is a 10% increase in metabolism.

When I first heard that number I was amazed.  This meant that a fever of 103° leads to an almost 50% increase in metabolism!  I thought of all the calories I could burn and how fast it’d be to lose weight.

I probably had an unhealthy obsession with weight loss at the time which is where this came from… I mean, I conveniently forgot how crappy being sick and having a fever actually feels: body aches all over, malaise, being too fatigued to doing anything fun like play videogames or watch DVDs.… Read More

Review: Sleep Remedy – My Favorite Sleep Supplement

I’ve learned that the most significant factor depending on how I feel is how well I slept the night before.  I used to be in the camp that believed that the less sleep I needed, the tougher it made me.  This was the sort of culture that was cultivated in med school, internship, and residency.  The less you slept, the more time you had to study/work, the tougher you were.

We’re now learning how wrong this way of thinking is.  My first job out of training was a graveyard shift worker.… Read More

Cholesterol Case Study by Lipidologist, Dr. Tara Dall

I was poking around Dr. Tara Dall’s website one day and came across this case study that surpisingly reminded me of my own case (I’ve uploaded a copy here just in case her link breaks).

Dr. Dall is the lipidologist I visited to help me review my cholesterol situation.  Here are links to the posts documenting my consultation with her:

In fact, it was through my meeting with her that I learned that I am both a cholesterol hyper-synthesizer AND a hyper-absorber, and that I have an ApoE 3/4 genotype.… Read More

Cholesterol Update with Berberine AND Bergamot, April 2017

In the last episode of “Let’s Tinker With The BJJ Caveman’s Cholesterol,” I took Bergamot 500 mg 2x/day and saw that it brought my Small LDL-P to 407 which is the lowest it’s ever been and the fist time it was in the normal range of <527 nmol/L.  My LDL-P remained in the high range of 1600-2000 at 1756 nmol/L.

So now we’ve seen what my cholesterol looks like with a dietary intervention alone (eating Whole 30), with Berberine 500 mg 2x per day, and with Berberine 500 mg 3x per day.… Read More

Adventures in Broccoli Sprouting: Review of the Easy Sprout

After listening to Rhonda Patrick’s masterclass on broccoli sprouts and then her followup interview with Dr. Fahey I was all-in on broccoli sprouts.  I couldn’t wait to start growing my own sprouts to get in on some of that NRF2 action.  I mean after learning about all of the potential benefits which include:

  • Increased excretion of toxins
  • Decreased cancer risk
  • Removal of carcinogens
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Improved blood sugar control
  • Potential extension of life span (at least in beetles)
  • Protection against neurodegenerative disease

… it almost seems stupid NOT to eat broccoli sprouts.… Read More

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