How to Get Consistently Good Blood Test Results

Sept. 17, 2021

Throughout 2021 we’ve had hundreds of people try out our software within the format of our monthly group program. We’ve met clients from all walks of life – some athletes, some not – but most want the same things: to feel better now and to preserve healthspan later. Over the years – and especially more recently after racing was cancelled – my own goals have also shifted from athletic performance, instead landing on what needs to be done to maximise healthspan – that is the period of life spent in good health, free from the chronic diseases and disabilities of ageing. Talking each week to others with the same goals has become a highlight of my work week...

On this podcast, NBT Scientific Director and coach Megan Hall and I are discussing my latest blood chemistry results and report. I was pleased with my results a couple of years ago when my Overall Wellness Score reached a perfect 100. This time around, however, there’s room for improvement, and Megan offers her usual excellent advice.

If you’d like to get a blood test + a report along with a series of group coaching sessions with Megan and me, we can arrange that for you. The coaching sessions take on a format much like this podcast, with individual reports reviewed and advice for a path forward described in detail. Be sure to follow along with this episode with Megan’s detailed outline.

Here’s the outline of this interview with Megan Hall:

[00:00:25] Podcasts featuring Brianna Stubbs, PhD: 1, 2, 3, 4.

[00:02:29] Christopher Kelly’s combined report

[00:02:58] Overall Wellness Score; Horne paper: Anderson, Jeffrey L., et al. "Usefulness of a complete blood count-derived risk score to predict incident mortality in patients with suspected cardiovascular disease." The American journal of cardiology 99.2 (2007): 169-174.

[00:03:25] Health Assessment Questionnaire.

[00:04:36] Why to get a blood test when you're feeling good.

[00:12:21] Wellness Score and PhenoAge; Podcast: How to Measure Your Biological Age, with Megan Hall.

[00:13:54] Individual input markers.

[00:14:42] Podcasts: Why You’re Probably Not Eating Enough Protein (How to Know for Sure), with Megan Hall; Protein vs. Energy for Improved Body Composition and Healthspan, with Ted Naiman, MD; Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease and How to Fight It, with Ben Bikman, PhD.

[00:15:55] Protein requirements: 1.6g protein per Kg of body weight.

[00:17:12] Rhonda Patrick’s podcast with Ashley Mason: Dr. Ashley Mason On Drug-Free Approaches For Treating Depression, Insomnia, And Overeating | Found My Fitness With Dr. Rhonda Patrick.

[00:19:44] Podcast: Blood Chemistry in Athletes, with Tommy Wood, MD, PhD.

[00:21:02] Thorne Multi-Vitamin Elite.

[00:21:54] Supplements Megan is most likely to take: Magnesium and creatine (with Creapure).

[00:24:45] Iron panel and blood donation; DIY therapeutic phlebotomy.

[00:27:17] Podcast on iron overload:  Iron overload and the impact it can have on performance and health, with Dr. Tommy Wood; “Bronze Diabetes” paper: ROOT, HOWARD F. "Insulin resistance and bronze diabetes." New England Journal of Medicine 201.5 (1929): 201-206.

[00:28:46] Protein:Energy (PE) Ratio; Book: The PE Diet: Leverage your biology to achieve optimal health, by Ted Naiman.

[00:38:04] Podcast: How to Go Faster and Feel More Energetic By Addressing Anaemia and Increasing Oxygen Deliverability.

[00:43:25] Zinc deficiency makes RBC membranes more fragile; Study: O'Dell, Boyd L., Jimmy D. Browning, and Philip G. Reeves. "Zinc deficiency increases the osmotic fragility of rat erythrocytes." The Journal of nutrition 117.11 (1987): 1883-1889.

[00:45:06] forecasts.

[00:45:45] Previous podcast talking about and forecasts: You Literally Bled for That Data. Now What? and How to Use Biomedical Testing to Find Problems Inside Your Body.

[00:50:28] Lead and toxic metals overload.

[00:51:23] The negative impacts of lead on both nervous and renal systems are obvious at a blood lead concentration of 2 μg/dL; Study: Shefa, Syeda T., and Paul Héroux. "Both physiology and epidemiology support zero tolerable blood lead levels." Toxicology letters 280 (2017): 232-237.

[00:53:19] Supporting detoxification.

[00:55:00] Iodine and sea vegetables; Maine Coast granulated sea vegetables.

[00:57:29] Summarizing action items.

[00:58:01] Eat more food!  RED-S; Podcast: How to Identify and Treat Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S), with Nicky Keay.

[01:02:08] Vitamin D; Chris Masterjohn's Presentation on COVID-19 at AHS and article on Vitamin D and COVID-19: The Current State of the Evidence.

[01:04:55] Megan's outline for this podcast 

[01:05:11] Join a group program to get a blood test, report, and group coaching sessions with Megan Hall.

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