Category Archives: Lab Tests

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 reminded me surprisingly 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

Cholesterol Update with Bergamot, March 2017

Moving forward with my efforts to identify non-Statin ways to lower my cholesterol I experimented with using Bergamot 500 mg twice a day.  This was a component of what I did when I finally got my LDL-P to under 1500 and small LDL-P to under 600:

Did My Anti-Cholesterol Gameplan Work?  YES

Most recently I’ve been testing the effects of various dosages of Berberine, here are links to my most recent posts:

Next, I wanted to see what using Bergamot alone would do to my cholesterol.… Read More

Using the Breezing Metabolism Tracker to measure how many calories BJJ burns

After I picked up the Breezing Metabolism Tracker and fiddling around with it for a while, I was curious to see how BJJ affects my metabolic rate!

Here are links to my previous posts on the Breezing:

If you try to look up the calories in MyFitnesspal, Sparkpeople, or other generic sources, you get something in the range of 800-900 calories/hr.  I’m never sure whether or not to believe this.

While I’m not exactly sure where this table comes from, Tim Bruce has a table showing that:

  • Light Brazilian jiu jitsu burns 3.25 calories per hour per pound of body weight
  • Intense Brazilian jiu jitsu burns 4.87 cal/hr/lb

Who knew that shooting around a basketball burns the same amount of calories as intense weight lifting at 2.72 calories per hour,  while yoga only burns a measly 1.81 calories per hour.… Read More

Gut Shield: Followup uBiome After 30 Days

When Kiefer’s Gut Shield was first released I was initially skeptical given his previous stance on the microbiome, namely that if you become healthy, your gut flora will in turn become healthy.  If you are unhealthy, then your gut flora will be unhealthy.  Eating low carb and Carb Nite will make you healthier and in turn make your gut healthier.  

He didn’t think there was any need to do anything other than eating low carb and Carb Nite… and next he’s marketing a prebiotic and probiotic.

Despite my skepticism, since I really liked his work with Carb Nite and Carb Backloading I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt and try this product out for myself.… Read More

Cholesterol Update after Increasing the Dose of Berberine, February 2017

Remember how I said that I was planning to shorten the period between blood tests to around 2 weeks to make it easier to adhere to whatever experiment I was working on because whenever I aimed for a full 30 days life managed to get in the way?

Well life got in the way this time too.  I had a family emergency that required immediate travel out of the country which threw a wrench in whatever blood tests I had planned.

Despite having to book last minute tickets and arrange for last minute visa’s… a small part of my brain was still keeping track of my cholesterol experiment.… Read More

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