Category Archives: Lab Tests

Cholesterol Update September 2016

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It’s been about 6 months since I last checked my cholesterol and I’ve had a few readers ask me how my numbers look.  Before I jump into what the results are I thought it might be helpful, especially to new readers, to detail a little bit about where I’ve come from, and what I’ve been doing in the mean time.

I’ve written quite extensively on my cholesterol history and some of the research I’ve done on the subject throughout my blog.  Here’s a link to everything I’ve written on cholesterol thus far.… Read More

uBiome Results from April 2016

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Back in April I submitted my first uBiome sample and after approximately 3 weeks I got the results back.  Here are the results from that sample.

My knowledge in this area is pretty rudimentary, so there’s not much insight I can offer, so I’ll just go ahead and show you what my results are and the recommendations that were provided.

Of course uBiome makes sure that you click on a statement acknowledging that none of the statements made have been evaluated by the FDA and that the results aren’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.… Read More

MyPerioPath 8 Month Followup

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This past March I referenced a study linking gum disease to Alzheimer’s and concluded that I would just go ahead and get a followup MyPerioPath test done again.

I first came across MyPerioPath when I was exploring the links between gum disease, high cholesterol, and an elevated Lp-PLA2.  As a quick review, the MyPerioPath test is a way to sample the DNA of the oral biome.  It’s a painless test.  Go to the dentist, swish around some saline solution in your mouth for 30 seconds, and spit it out into a test tube.  The test tube gets shipped off and about a week later, you get the results.… Read More

Dr. Hallberg LDL on LCHF Talk

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I first came across Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s name when I read Dr. Pokrywka’s guest editorial in Lipid Spin discussing the “Worsening Lipoproteins on a Low-Carb Diet.”

Dr. Pokrywka pointed out that Dr. Hallberg is in the midst of a large study investigating the effect of a ketogenic diet vs standard American Diabetes Association diet on type 2 diabetics and prediabetics.  In this study she’s examining NMR lipoprofiles, carotid intima media thickness, and other metabolic markers

In the course of her investigations she’s noticed a sub-population of patients that, like myself, develop elevated LDL-P and cholesterol numbers despite an improvement in everything else.… Read More

Worsening Lipoproteins on a Low-Carb Diet: The National Lipid Association

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Dr. Dayspring tweeted a link to Lipid Spin journal highlighting this article, and when I saw the title I knew I had to read it forthwith.

Lipid Spin is the official publication of the National Lipid Association and is, in my mind, a legit resource.

Here is the link to the issue from their site.

In case the link ever breaks (which I’ve discovered happens pretty frequently), I’ve taken the liberty of uploading it to my site, HERE.

While there isn’t anything groundbreaking, he does do a wonderful job of summarizing where we are currently.… Read More

Trying out uBiome

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I decided to take the plunge and get my poop analyzed by uBiome.  What made me finally go through with this?

Well, I’ve been messaging back and forth with Grace Liu PharmD on Twitter (@Gut_Goddess) and she sent me some goodies from her site, The Gut Institute, that she thought would be helpful in my situation.

Since this was especially kind and generous favor on her part, in return I told her I would bite the bullet and get the uBiome analysis done which she especially loves delving into.… Read More

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