Monthly Archives: January 2016

VSL#3 Probiotic Protects Against Weight Gain

Obesity VSL3 1


In my review of VSL#3 Probiotic, I touched on a paper published in the Obesity journal, this October 2015 titled:

Probiotic Supplementation Attenuates Increases in Body Mass and Fat Mass During High-Fat Diet in Healthy Young Adults

They concluded that:

VSL#3 supplementation appears to have provided some protection from body mass gain and fat accumulation in healthy young men consuming a High-fat and high-energy diet.

This of course made me curious.  Some questions that immediately popped into my mind included: How did they run this experiment?… Read More

Why I Don’t Take Smart Drugs

smart drugs


While I’m all about self experimentation, one area that I don’t intend to explore is ‘smart drugs.’  I know it’s something that Tim Ferriss, Dave Asprey, and Ben Greenfield have all dabbled with, but the thought of pharmaceutically messing around with my brain is just more than I’m comfortable with.  I’m ok with coffee and tea and ketones… but that’s pretty much where I draw the line.

This article from the BBC details one journalists experience with ‘Modafinil,’

Modafinil was dubbed the “world’s first safe smart drug” by researchers at Harvard and Oxford universities who suggested its effects were “low risk” when taken in the short term.

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Weight Loss Challenge 2016


Once a few coworkers discovered the fact that I run a health website they asked me for some guidance in their efforts to lose weight as part of their New Year’s resolutions.

I thought it’d be fun to do some informal coaching to help them with their goals, especially since they were so motivated.

Unlike me, they don’t consider themselves to be biohackers or quantified-selfers, they don’t read health blogs or listen to paleo podcasts religiously, and they definitely don’t do blood tests or finger pricks for the fun of it.… Read More

Jimmy Moore’s December 2015 Post Fast Cholesterol Panel

Jimmy Moore December 2015 Post Fast Cholesterol Panel

Continuing with my theme this week of following Jimmy Moore’s fasting/cholesterol experiments here are my notes on Jimmy’s lipid panel after his second 17 day fast.

If you’d like to learn more about Jimmy you can check out his blog at or read his books Cholesterol Clarity and Keto Clarity which I’ve reviewed here and here.

Here are some of the previous posts I’ve written about his blood tests:

Here are the links to the previous posts in this series:

Jimmy Moore’s Periscope Notes:

  • His fasting this time wasn’t as complete as before.
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Jimmy Moore’s December 2015 Pre Fast Cholesterol Panel

Jimmy Moore December 2015 Pre Fast Cholesterol Panel


After writing about Jimmy Moore’s markedly improved cholesterol numbers from undergoing a 17.5 day fast, I learned that he decided to do another fast in December with another pre-fast lipid panel.  Of course I watched and took notes on this Periscope episode.

If you’d like to learn more about Jimmy you can check out his blog at or read his books Cholesterol Clarity and Keto Clarity which I’ve reviewed here and here.

Here are some of the previous posts I’ve written about his blood tests:

Jimmy Moore’s Periscope Notes:

  • He is fasting this time in an attempt to improve his lipid panel to help get a good life insurance and health insurance rate.
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Jimmy Moore’s September 2015 Post Fast Cholesterol Panel

Jimmy Moore Cholesterol September 2015


I follow Jimmy Moore regularly on twitter and a few months ago he tweeted something that really got my attention: he managed to normalize his cholesterol!

The thing is, he hasn’t been posting his results in the typical blog format and instead has been reading them off on video-logs (vlogs) on Periscope which I’ve been too lazy to install.

I’ve finally hunkered down and figured out how to use Periscope and watched the episode where he revealed his results.  Of course I took some notes and will share them here.… Read More

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