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Sound+Sleep SE Review


I snore.  And this is a problem for the BJJ Cavewife.  And what is a problem for the BJJ Cavewife becomes a problem for me.

Here’s how the cycle works.  I come home exhausted from a hard day of work and BJJ training and will inevitably be the first to fall asleep.  The BJJ Cavewife reads a little and slowly drift off to sleep.  I inevitably snore at the exact moment she falls asleep which snaps her back into wakefulness.  She pushes me to get me onto my side.  I stop snoring, but also wake up.  Eventually we both finally fall asleep and I roll onto my back and start snoring.  This wakes her up and she pushes or elbows or kicks me to get me back onto my side.  I stop snoring and wake up.… Read More

A Better Way to Grow Broccoli Sprouts

It’s been a few months since I first learned about the benefits of broccoli sprouts after listening to Rhonda Patrick’s master class on the subject as well her interview with Dr. Fahey from Johns Hopkins University.

I’ve done quite a bit of sprouting in the mean time and have tweaked my technique to maximize my broccoli sprout yield and I wanted to share the things that I’ve learned along the way.

Firstly, I need to rescind my positive review of the Easy Sprout. They worked out well for the first few batches I grew and then things took a turn for the worse.… Read More

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

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