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Lifelong Fitness and Ageing Conference

This past week I attended the conference: Lifelong Fitness and Ageing: Can we Monitor, Can we Treat? in Hasselt, Belgium. They invited me to come speak on Quantified Self technologies, which I was happy to do. The workshop ended up being more geared towards academic researchers than I had anticipated, but nevertheless there were some good practical tips on health and aging that I picked up. My understanding of the molecular biology of aging was certainly deepened.
It was also a great pleasure to meet Aubrey de Grey and hear him present SENS, his strategic approach to combating the diseases of old-age by tackling the most fundamental processes driving aging. He is one of the most idealistic and determined people that I have ever met. [click to continue…]
The Vegan Self-Experiment I

What am I doing?

I’m going nearly vegan for 25 days. The exceptions: I will use either whey protein or BCAAs 3x per week after weightlifting, as I think it will be important for maintaining muscle mass as my protein and calorie intake is likely to fall on a vegan diet. I also refuse to suffice with the vegan omega-3 sources of ALA and SDA. I’ll take krill oil for some of the good stuff: phospholipid omega 3s with an astaxanthin bonus.

Why am I doing this?

I’m a curious person. I’m very curious about the fact that there are a ton of vegans out there who swear they feel infinitely better (morally or physically? :P) not eating meat. I’m curious [click to continue…]

7 Myths of Lipids and Health

12 Common Myths of Health and Nutrition

“When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?”

Lipids are a class of molecules including fatty acids, triglycerides, phospholipids, and cholesterol. Blood lipid levels are one of the most looked-to biomarkers for our health status, and more specifically our mortality risk via heart disease. They can help us generate corrective feedback for modifying our diet and lifestyles towards optimizing our health and longevity.

While science has made great strides in revealing what these biomarkers can tell us, unfortunately many findings have not been incorporated into conventional wisdom. The public practice of nutrition and, sadly, even the advice of public health organizations remains well behind the times. In this post I aim to set straight some common, and in some cases quite damaging, myths about lipids.

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Telomeres – Should you Measure Yours with TeloMe?


The last several months have seen an explosion of direct-to-consumer medical tests. We had Talking20 launch DIY blood-tests (my review of the testing experience), uBiome and American Gut (now in phase II for international participation) allow us to catalog the bacterial populations of our gut and other locations, and the already well-established 23andMe drop their price to $99 for a partial sequencing and risk profile of our genomes. The latest service is from TeloMe, inc, offering to measure the length of our telomeres via their Indiegogo campaign.

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I had the pleasure of attending the Wearable Technologies Europe 2013 conference on Monday, Feb. 4 in Munich, Germany. The WT conferences are showcases for the cutting edge in self-tracking technologies of today and tomorrow. Topics range from new tracking devices to R&D breakthroughs that will pave the way for future technologies. In this post, I’ll give a rundown of some of the highlights.

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