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Project: Quantifying Health, Performance & Longevity

Discussion in 'Optimal Labs' started by biohacked, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. biohacked

    biohacked New Member

    Note: Post I made on another forum, putting here in case others interested.

    For a couple of months I've been working on a project to explore and find the most useful biometrics for health, performance and longevity. These include lab tests, data from tracking devices and anything else we can track on our bodies.

    I've already interviewed experts in areas such as HRV for work out optimization, oxidative stress vs antioxidant impact, brain optimizations via methylation, methylation in general and micro-nutrients and mitochondria and am lining up many others.

    These recordings will be going up in a podcast named "The Quantified Body" on August 15th. From then on I'll get an episode out every week on new biomarker related topics.

    You can check it out here: http://thequantifiedbody.net

    My story: Data has been extremely useful for me managing the recovery process from my own chronic health issue - life changing in fact. But I've spent a lot more money than I needed to, if I'd know what I know now about labs, proxy biomarkers etc. So the goal of this podcast is to spread the word about the most useful biomarkers, what reliably changes the markers, and the topic of leveraging quantification of our bodies to improve our lives.

    The more I've dug, the more I've realized how useful biomarkers truly are is not straightforward: cost, accuracy, practicality, research study quality backing their use, benchmarks available? healthy control benchmarks? optimum performance benchmarks? stability? access for consumers? access for physicians? risks of data corruption e.g. some blood labs have this issue if treated wrongly... etc. etc..

    I have stacks of topics I'm interested in exploring in this area and people I'm interested in getting on the show because I think they have important things to say on the topic.

    But I'd love to know what you are interested in hearing about on biomarkers and their use - I'd like this to become a really useful resource for you, for biohackers.. for citizen scientists etc who do a lot of this stuff already, but probably have questions and ideas about areas you'd like to know more about.

    I've put up a 2 Question survey here for you to add topics and people for me to put on the list to chase down and explore. Literally 30 seconds to fill in.


    I'll post a summary of the survey results in this thread once I've got a decent sample - as I think that could already be useful.

    Also welcome any other ideas you have about this project. It's a learning curve for me, but already been very rewarding just with the first 4 episodes recorded - I'm sure you're going to get a lot out of them - especially the practical details.
  2. My most unfavorite biomarker is the increasing distance from the eyes required to clearly see objects. I think this is one of the more reliable biomarkers of aging, and of course, my arms aren't growing long enough to extend a book or paper out anymore to clearly focus. I wonder if anybody knows of any protocols that might stop or even reverse this trend?
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  3. NeilBB

    NeilBB New Member

  4. PaulG

    PaulG New Member

    Great great idea for a Podcast Damien - thanks for doing this - looking forward to listening

    You should share your story here. Welcome to the community
  5. nonchalant

    nonchalant Silver

    My most important biomarker is EMF sensitivity. I have had a tickle in my throat (when I was taking iodine) around EMF, and also tinnitus, currently, as well as feeling a slight trickle of electricity around some electronics. Someone else got a rapid heartbeat, and some get a heat sensation on the skin.

    Other biomarkers for me are tolerance of heat and cold, hunger, eyesight (blurriness), hearing acuity, pain tolerance, condition of skin. Someone else, if they get a cut, check their blood color and viscosity. Jack checks his night vision. For thyroid issues, the outer third of the eyebrow is an indication, as well as the fingernail lunulas.
  6. biohacked

    biohacked New Member

    Thanks for the positive energy @PaulG - I'm looking forward to launching it next Friday.

    The interviews have been great so far and I feel it will get much better as I find my groove with it.

    My story in brief is CFS/ Biotoxin Illness - if you're interested in it specifically I've written about it and put video of my presentation at last year's Quantified Self here:
  7. biohacked

    biohacked New Member

    @nonchalant I would describe those as symptoms and your health condition, rather than biomarkers.

    I'll explain.

    Biomarkers are specific quantified metrics like lab tests and measurements through tracking devices. The interest in biomarkers and quantification is that it is an objective look at the situation, whereas using symptoms tends to be more subjective. Symptoms are still useful but not as reliable for taking decisions and judging your status (health condition, performance etc.).

    Hope that's helpful for you.
  8. biohacked

    biohacked New Member

    As promised I'm posting the results of the survey below - in bold are the interviews that have already been done and will be published as episodes the first few weeks.

    If any of these topics are of particular interest to you, keep the feedback coming and I'll put more effort into covering the areas most in demand. The interviews so far have been much better than I'd even hoped for - I'm truly humbled by the sharing of outstanding practical information on this topic and how engaged the guests have been.

    What Topics Would You Like to See Discussed on the Show?

    Tracking devices and their value/accuracy
    Best HRV monitor devices [1st Episode covers this topic, coming up this weekend]
    Blood tests - measuring and improving
    Increasing mitochondria function [One of first episodes covers this, more to come in 2nd month]
    Cognitive performance
    Methylation [Several of first episodes cover this]
    Athletic performance
    Improving dopamine release in regards to athletic performanceOxygen Saturation Testing
    Electrical muscle stimulation - measuring strengthening and healing
    Brain fog/ anxiety
    NeurofeedbackEffects of WIFI in schools - can it be quantified?
    Sleep related Biomarkers and biohacking
    How accurate are lab tests and how are reference ranges determined and how have they changed in the past 50 years [is an ongoing theme we cover in each episode in relation to biomarkers]
    Use of natural medicine
    What biomarkers are there for various diseases such as Cancer? [covered in part in episode on oxidative stress markers]
    What biomarkers are there for various injuries such as head trauma?
    Biomarkers for depression and adhd

    Who Would You Like Us to Get on the Show? And What Topics Would You Like Them to Talk About?

    Dr. Ben Lynch (Methylation, Epigenetics) - [already interviewed, in upcoming episode]
    William J Walsh (Methylation) - [already interviewed, in upcoming episode]

    Dr Amy Yasko (Methylation, Lyme, Genetics, Epigenetics, Helicobacter Pylori)
    Chris Kresser (health in general, diet)
    Dr. Jeffrey Bland
    Steve Maxwell (Ayurvedic medicine)
    Round table discussion - Ben Greenfield and Dave Asprey OR Dave Asprey and Jack Kruse [3 way informal conversation of biomarkers]
  9. PaulG

    PaulG New Member

  10. Jude

    Jude Gold

    Very interesting......thanks Paul
  11. biohacked

    biohacked New Member

    Episode #1 of The Quantified Body is here:


    Researcher and Pro Athlete trainer Andrew Flatt gets into some hard core practical details on how to use HRV for training accurately and conveniently to get more out of workouts. I personally learned a lot from this interview - Andrew is really hands on, buried into this stuff in the day to day and his experience using it in the real world really shows through in the interview.

  12. magneto

    magneto New Member

    I am quite interested in electrical muscle stimulation as well as Transcranial direct current stimulation. However I was wondering if anybody had any comments upon the possible EMF side effect related to these two therapies. Unless I passed the signals through a spectrum analyzer I have no way of really knowing what is going through my brain or muscles and the damage it may be doing. both are potentially great biohacks if they are safe.
  13. magneto

    magneto New Member

    I have read about the bates method that relaxes the muscles around your eye that essentially over time get tighter and tighter to the point that it bends the lenses of our eyes. Its like squeezing the tube of a telescope. stress ie squinting, being one of the primary sources of this. all types of vision impairments can benefit from these excercises. but it is a long process.

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