Saturday, June 11, 2011
From my Dr. Mercola newsletter: ow.ly/5evhb
The opening testimony is so well done. It gives me chills. Just saving this for later. Hope you have time to watch it family and friends.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
The nurse from MDs office called Thursday w/lab results. I was sooo disappointed with my HDL cholesterol number. She said it was 13 (women want over 50, which, if I remember correctly, I had just last test).
THIRTEEN!??? What??? I couldn't hear anything after she said that, as my mind was racing as to why that would be.
From Thursday through Saturday when I got the hard copy results in the mail, I kinda panicked! In my befuddlement, I was ready to throw in the towel, get depressed, throw up my hands! Thoughts of eating anything I wanted floated through my mind. To what end was I trying so hard?! I was beside myself, and
fruit was the devil.
I was mad I hadn't taken my niacin, fish oil or other supplements.
I talked to a pharmacist who told me to worry more about LDL than protective HDL and I was eager to listen to the 'nonsense' of needing more HDL (oh desperate me - lol!). She'd never heard of such a low HDL (me neither).
What a dubious honor.
I got the copy yesterday.
The nurse was wrong, as she was reading my HDL SUBparticles! I'm so relieved - lol.
Thyroid labs are in range or are okay on current dose of 1grain (60mg)2x/day.
TSH .15 (low) (range .40-4.2) MD said to not worry about it being a bit low.
Free T-4 .9 (.78-1.96)
Free T3 2.66 (1.84-7.0)
I can never remember thyroid lab levels for Free T-4 or Free T3 and what's acceptable. Later on that.
Cholesterol (LDL keeps getting better):
Lipids (results and ranges):
Total Chol 185 (under 200)
HDL 51 (over 40)
LDL-R (Real) 100 High (under 100)
Tri's 65 (under 150)
LDL 118 mg/dL (range: under 130)
VLDL 16 (under 30)
Non HDL (LDL+VLDL) 134 (under 160)
IDL 12 (under 20)
Remnant Lipo. (IDL+VLDL3) 22 (under 30)
apoB100-calc 89 (under 109)
Lp(a) 6.0 (under 10)
Clinical Consideration: Probable Metabolic Syndrome - No
Sub-Class Information (results and ranges):
HDL-2 (Most Protective) 13 Low (over 15) (doc's note: increase exercise!) TRUE!
HDL-3 (Less Protective) 39 (over 25)
VLDL-3 (Small Remnant) 10 High (under 10)
LDL1 Pattern A 15.4 (no ranges for these)
LDL2 Pattern A 31.2
LDL3 Pattern B 43.3
LDL4 Pattern B 10.0
LDL Density Pattern A (on the Pattern A scale, I'm about 1/3 from the left side, so more work could be done).
Here's a thought provoking blog entry/article on subparticles I'd like to study more:
EDIT to add previous labs for comparison:
May 16, 2010 (heart attack)/ Sep 29, 2010/ Nov 24, 2010/May 13, 2011
Total Cholesterol (less than 200 desirable): 206../191../182.../185
Triglycerides (less than 150 desirable): 74../62../34.../65 (eating more fruit)
HDL (over 60, women over 50): 49../45../57../51
LDL calculated (under 100 desirable): 142../134../118../(real)100
TC/HDL (2.5-4.5 desirable): 2.8../4.24../3.2../2.85
And per Dr. Ben Kim's cholesterol article bit.ly/gFhJhS :
HDL/TC (over 25% desirable): 24%../24%../31%../28%
Tri/HDL (under 2.0 desirable): 1.51../1.38../.60../1.28
(from last cholesterol lab blog entry: bit.ly/dec32010blogentry )
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
It's been three or so days since I lost a pound, and I've not gained it back (I ate A LOT yesterday!). I decided to blog about it, cause it's a sweet victory, my breakthrough pound!
I think my thyroid's happy again (*caresses sweet thyroid like a purring kitty engine*).
It's been since March since I lost anything, and before THAT, since October. It has been demoralizing on some level (I shove that down!), but I've tried to stay optimistic and hopeful that continuing on plant (ha ha, I'll leave that typo) to eat and sleep well, that'd it'd work. But really, you have to respect the Armour thyroid pills as they are obviously the trick. :P
Just wait. I get tested on Friday. Maybe I'm wrong - lol.
I'm so happy and encouraged.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
I'm broke, but not broken? Yikes, this is getting expensive.
I am tested out, and cannot imagine what else I need. The minute I sent my 23andme DNA sample on April 19th, I noticed it went on sale from $199 to $99. *argh* They just added an Alzheimer's study, and I can add it on for another $69 or $82 I can't remember (Alzheimer's??? lol). There's a questionnaire I'm to complete while waiting 6-8 wks for my results. I'm not going to trip my hand and tell them anything just yet. LOL. The questions on the first page were interesting, and when I do complete it, I'll share them. They rec'd it on the 23rd, so I expect results mid-June-ish.
The new Cyrex Labs Intestinal Permeability blood lab ($195) was done on Monday, May 2nd. You have to pay online (my ND/MD's receptionist did it for me) through Cyrex, then set up an appt w/Cyrex's contracted lab, print out the lab request, complete the paperwork and take it with you to the blood draw. My primary MD never responded to my email info he'd requested, so I went back to my ND. My primary said he was open to it as long as I paid, but he seems too busy to get into a new test? I dunno. He seemed hesitant about new tests. I'm just glad I did it, and look forward to what the results will be. Or not - ha - we'll see.
I mailed the Metametrix GI Complete stool sample yesterday - $395. I ate a bunch of avocados the day before, so expect a high fat result on one of the tests. I ate sugar a couple of days before, in the form of peanut butter cookies (lectins and aflatoxins oh my!) I made to mail to DH. Sugar is addictive, did you know that? ha I kept wanting more, more and MORE! Thank goodness I ate them all up so as not to be tempted anymore. :P I hope I burned off those calories working in the yard. I have been busy from waking up til going to bed. I'm exhausted right now, but in a good way. It feels GOOD to be productive (my thyroid's getting better - will retest for that on May 13 in prep for cardiologist follow-up May 25)!
Per their instructions I didnt' take digestive enzymes, antacids, or aspirin. I didn't take any supplements for a good five days or so, including probiotics. I've read taking probiotics can alter your results. I've also read you should do multiple tests because of parasite habits. I don't think I can afford that right now. I did take my Armour thyroid medication.
Turn-around time for results is about two weeks, so I hope for an appt w/ND by Fri, May 20 or the week after. It tests for so many things that it's best you read their site for what that includes. bit.ly/lvAXt1 I appreciate the service, and hope I have no disease from fecal-oral contamination, that's all I gotta say about THAT!
Time for me to paint the fence and bits of house. I can't afford a painter.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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