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11 Mar '15

El secreto detrás del cuerpazo de Jennifer Aniston, revelado! Cómo Perder al Menos 12 kilos de Grasa del Vientre en Tan Solo 1 Mes.

Posted by Rene Castillo

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El secreto detrás del cuerpazo de Jennifer Aniston, revelado! Cómo Perder al Menos 12 kilos de Grasa del Vientre en Tan Solo 1 Mes.
"Es la forma que tengo de compartir las prácticas saludables que me han funcionado tan bien durante tantos años, que pueden ayudar a todo el mundo y hacerles sentir genial."


La reportera Camila Duarte investiga una extraña solución para perder peso que rápidamente se ha popularizado en los Estados Unidos.
Por Camila Duarte | views 2,391,558 | comments 656

(Glamour y Moda) - Durante los últimos tres meses nuestras lectoras han enloquecido con dos productos disponibles en Internet que están ayudando a mujeres de todo el mundo a perder peso. Este sistema revolucionario, conocido por algunos como el "Santo Grial para perder peso" ha sido presentado en un sinnúmero de programas populares en la TV, probando ser el mejor y más seguro para usarse regularmente - es asequible para cualquier persona.

Muchas celebridades como Eiza Gonzalez, Sofía Vergara y Jennifer Lopez han perdido una considerable cantidad de grasa corporal con tan solo estos 2 productos. Está clínicamente comprobado que el efecto combinado no solamente quema grasa de su físico con rapidez, igualmente importante, también desecha las toxinas dañinas de su cuerpo y mejora el metabolismo, todo sin afectar su sistema inmunológico.

Como frecuentemente reportamos cuando investigamos las últimas tendencias de dieta, perder peso a menudo se siente como algo imposible, y casi siempre los resultados son dolorosamente decepcionantes. Sin embargo, después de una minuciosa investigación, incluyendo personas que actualmente están a dieta usando este mismo sistema, nos sentimos sumamente entusiasmados con este avance. Siga leyendo y conocerá la razón por la cual hemos creado este reportaje especial.


Jennifer Aniston perdió 8 kilos en sólo un mes!

En nuestra opinión, la razón por la cual la mayoría de dietas fallan es porque imponen restricciones poco realistas para su estilo de vida. Algunos le indican que consuma toneladas de proteínas mientras que otros enfatizan la importancia de los carbohidratos. En cualquier caso, usted debe hacer cambios drásticos a su dieta regular. En este reportaje especial, hemos realizado un análisis profundo a una nueva y prometedora tendencia que creemos que será algo revolucionario que no requiere ir al gimnasio o reducir su ingestión de calorías... y lo mejor de todo es que es una solución asequible.

Probablemente ha escuchado en los medios sobre la extremadamente popular Pure Cambogia Ultra. Es un fruto completamente orgánico con forma de calabaza nativo de Indonesia cuya efectividad para eliminar la grasa del cuerpo ha sido comprobada científicamente. En los estudios realizados por la reconocida institución de investigaciones de Los Ángeles, la UCLA, se comprobó que la Garcinia Cambogia potencia el metabolismo y la capacidad del cuerpo para quemar grasa en un 318% cuando se consume de forma regular. Sin embargo, el problema que encuentran muchos que desean aprovechar este milagroso sistema dietético, es que aproximadamente el 90% de los productos de Garcinia Cambogia disponibles NO son puros. El nivel de pureza de la mayoría oscila entre 60% y 70% - así que rastreamos a la Garcinia Cambogia original para comprender la diferencia. Pure Cambogia Ultra aseguraba ofrecer un extracto de Garcinia Cambogia 95% puro, así que naturalmente nos sentimos intrigados.


Esta dieta secreta es muy popular entre las celebridades de Hollywood!

Para profundizar nuestro estudio, también analizamos y descubrimos que las personas que tomaban Garcinia Cambogia quienes experimentaron los más notables resultados de pérdida de peso, también estaban en el grupo de estudio que estaba utilizando el desintoxicador natural 'Pure Life Cleanse' a la vez. En conjunto, los testimonios aseguran que el uso combinado de estos productos llevó a tener una pérdida considerable de peso, más energía y por lo general, una sensación de mejor salud. Si siente escepticismo no está sola. La primera vez que escuchamos de esta combinación para perder peso, nuestro radar de charlatanerías se activó.

Sin embargo, a medida que empezamos a investigar la gran cantidad de historias de éxito reportadas por personas de todo el mundo, decidimos que esta tendencia para perder peso se merecía un análisis más meticuloso. Además, fue de nuestro interés saber que estas personas no habían cambiado significativamente sus estilos de vida.

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Lorena Galindo de Mexico reportó una pérdida de 15 kilos en tan solo 5 semanas de estar usando la combinación dietética de Pure Cambogia Ultra y Pure Life Cleanse.

En la entrada de su blog dice: "No podía creer lo fácil que fue. No cambié mi dieta y rutina diaria, pero la grasa desaparecía con rapidez. ¡Me encanta! Finalmente encontré una dieta que funciona."


"Tomé Garcinia Cambogia para reducir la grasa abdominal para Miss Universo 2015."
- Paulina Vega de Colombia, Miss Universo 2015

Para la prueba de Glamour y Moda, era inevitable que yo me ofreciera como conejillo de indias para esta dieta, ya que estaba por casarme. Quería perder 6 kilos antes de mi boda. Para poder probar el combo dietético de Pure Cambogia Ultra y Pure Life Cleanse, realicé mi pedido en línea. A pesar que existen diversos productos con extracto de Garcinia Cambogia, elegí Pure Cambogia Ultra basándome en que era probado clínicamente y estaba aprobado por GMP Labs de Los Ángeles, California - una organización conocida por sus estrictos estándares en productos para el control de peso.

Los frascos de Pure Cambogia Ultra y Pure Life Cleanse fueron entregados unos pocos días después de realizar el pedido, el envío era gratis lo que fue una ventaja Pure Cambogia Ultra es uno de los productos para perder peso más puros y con mayor concentración disponibles en el mercado.

Se ha comprobado clínicamente que Pure Cambogia Ultra:

Ayuda a perder 4 veces más peso que solo con dieta y ejercicio
Aumenta la energía
Es rico en antioxidantes - ¡Aún más que los arándanos y las bayas de goji!
Propicia el bienestar digestivo y cardiovascular
A pesar de nuestro escepticismo, queríamos comprobar por nosotros mismos si este producto realmente podía hacer todo lo que ofrecía. La mayoría de historias de éxito mencionaban la combinación de Pure Cambogia Ultra con un producto para limpiar el sistema llamado Pure Life Cleanse para obtener los mejores resultados. La idea detrás de combinar estos productos consiste en que mientras Pure Cambogia Ultra propicia la pérdida de peso y aumenta la energía, Pure Life Cleanse ayuda a que el cuerpo deseche toxinas y permite que el cuerpo funcione y queme calorías con mayor eficiencia a largo plazo. Después de investigar más detalladamente, pusimos Pure Life Cleanse a prueba.

Se ha comprobado clínicamente que Pure Life Cleanse:
Ayuda a eliminar las toxinas sumamente dañinas que se han acumulado con los años
Destruye los parásitos perjudiciales para el tracto digestivo
Elimina los residuos de las paredes estomacales (¡los cuales impiden quemar grasa!)
Ayuda a librarse de los gases y la hinchazón
Ayuda a regular el metabolismo
Aumenta la energía, la libido y la agilidad
Nos encantó el hecho que Pure Life Cleanse sea respaldado con una garantía de satisfacción total.

Poniendo a prueba la combinación de Pure Cambogia Ultra y Pure Life Cleanse.

Ambos, Pure Cambogia Ultra y Pure Life Cleanse llegaron 4 días después de realizar mi pedido en línea.

Tomar una píldora de Pure Cambogia Ultra al día (en la mañana)
Tomar una píldora de Pure Life Cleanse al día (en la tarde)
Mis resultados - Reduje 9 kilos y 3 tallas en tan solo un mes. ¡Casi lloro de la emoción!

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Semana 1:

Después de una semana con la dieta, usando ambos productos, estaba sorprendida con los resultados tan notables. Mi nivel de energía aumentó y no tenía hambre, un buen efecto de la combinación de Pure Cambogia Ultra y Pure Life Cleanse que ayuda a controlar el apetito.

Honestamente, me siento genial.

No hice ningún cambio en mi rutina diaria. Al séptimo día, me subí a la báscula y no podía creer lo que veía. ¡Había perdido 1.5 kilos! Aun así, no me sentía convencida porque dicen que uno pierde mucha agua al principio de una dieta. Quería esperar y ver los resultados de las siguientes semanas. Claro, todo se veía bien. ¡Por primera vez en años pesaba menos de 55 kilos!

Semana 2:

Después de usar ambos suplementos por dos semanas, empecé la semana con más energía y, de hecho, tenía un descanso más placentero al dormir. Dejé de despertarme durante la noche y dormía tranquilamente dado que mi cuerpo realmente se relajaba (creo que esto es resultado de la eliminación de toxinas). Además, perdí otros 3 kilos, llevándome a una increíble pérdida de 4.5 kilos en tan solo 2 semanas.

Debo admitir que estoy empezando a creer que esta dieta es más que una tendencia.

Semana 3:

¡Después de 3 semanas todas mis dudas y escepticismo habían desaparecido! He reducido 2 tallas completas y perdí otros 1.5 kilos. Sigo con mucha energía. Regularmente, a las tres semanas con otras dietas, uno tiende a perder la fuerza. Sin embargo, con la dieta de Pure Cambogia Ultra y Pure Life Cleanse, mis niveles de energía no se vieron reducidos. ¡Ya no necesito mi siesta de las 3pm! Además noté que mi estómago tenía mejor digestión, sin hinchazón ni gases después de las comidas.

Semana 4:

Después de la cuarta semana, mis resultados finales fueron impresionantes. ¡Perdí unos impresionantes 9 kilos desde que empecé con la dieta de Pure Cambogia Ultra y Pure Life Cleanse! De hecho, todos en Mamá en Forma se lamentan de no haber sido el conejillo de indias. Al usar Pure Cambogia Ultra y Pure Life Cleanse en la semana 4 perdí 3 kilos más. ¡Los resultados son consistentes! Para ser honesta, ya no tenía mucho más que perder. Definitivamente voy a seguir tomando Pure Cambogia Ultra porque también contiene muchos antioxidantes y vitaminas que mejoran increíblemente el aspecto de mi piel.

No podía estar más feliz con los resultados. ¡Perdí 9 kilos en 4 semanas, sin dietas especiales, sin ejercicios excesivos!

Para concluir, si duda de los efectos de esta dieta, lo mejor es que la pruebe por sí misma. Con nuestra propia prueba, le podemos decir que los resultados son reales. Aquí en Glamour y Moda evaluamos más de 100 dietas cada año, y al principio dudábamos pero rápidamente nos hicimos fieles creyentes. Después de realizar nuestra propia investigación, nos complace saber que las personas realmente tienen éxito con esta dieta.

**ACTUALIZACIÓN** Continué tomando Pure Cambogia Ultra y Pure Life Cleanse por un mes después de escribir este reportaje, como recomendó por los investigadores. Todavía tenía grasa innecesaria alrededor de la cintura, pero no estaba seguro de si podría perderlo. Sorprendentemente, perdí 6 kilos más! En total, reduje 15 kilos en 2 meses (como se puede ver en las fotos de arriba)! Aunque no tengo que perder más peso, voy a seguir tomándolos porque me dan buena energía!

15 Feb '15

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13 Jun '14

Testosterone Level and How to Measure Your T

Posted by Rene Castillo

 

 

What’s a “Normal” Testosterone Level and How to Measure Your T


Today we’ll be taking a look at what’s considered a normal testosterone level and how you can get your testosterone levels tested. As I began researching testosterone levels and hormone testing for this series, I quickly learned that there’s a lot of conflicting and confusing information out there — some websites will say that “X” is a normal testosterone level, while another website says “Y” is the ideal range. Even medical labs give conflicting numbers on what’s a normal testosterone level.

Why so much confusion?

The problem is that there hasn’t been much standardization in hormone testing, particularly regarding T levels. Different labs use different methods (and measurements), which has only created confusion among consumers and even family doctors about what testosterone level results even mean.

Hopefully, the current state of confusion will soon change. The Center for Disease Control here in the U.S. started a project in 2010 to get labs to agree on standard hormone testing procedures. It’s slowly gaining ground, but not every lab has signed on.

I also learned that the bottom range of what’s considered “normal” by many doctors is actually woefully underestimated. Doctors are telling men who come to them with symptoms of low testosterone, “Well, you’re barely within normal range, but it’s still normal, so… you’re fine!”

No, Dr. Everything’s-A-Okay. It’s not fine.

I hope in this post I can clarify some of the confusion surrounding testosterone levels and hormone tests. I’ll be straight with you. This stuff is super confusing. I’ve done my best to synthesize all the disparate info out there into an easy-to-read format for the layman and have sought to create the most accessible resource on the web. But, I’m not a scientist or doctor, and may have gotten a few things wrong. If any of you professional endocrinologists see an error, I welcome your corrections.

Total and Free Testosterone Levels

Before we begin, I want to reiterate the fact that there are three different types of testosterone floating in your body: free testosterone, SHBG-bound testosterone, and albumin-bound testosterone. When you get tested, there are two tests you can get: total testosterone and free testosterone.

Total testosterone is the total amount of T floating in your blood at the time of the test: free, SHBG-bound, and albumin-bound combined. Total testosterone is typically measured in ng/dl, or nanograms per decilitre.

Free testosterone is the measurement of — you got it — free testosterone (which often includes albumin-bound testosterone as well because it can easily convert to free T). Free T is typically measured in picograms per milliliter. As we’ll discuss later in this post, because free testosterone makes up such a tiny, tiny percentage of your total T, it’s really hard to measure accurately. So, when you see research on normal testosterone levels, it usually focuses on total testosterone. Consequently, most of the numbers in this post will be about total T levels. With that said, I do include some references to research that indicates what average and optimal free testosterone levels are.

What’s a “Normal” Testosterone Level?

When you go to get tested for testosterone, the lab will often show you what’s considered the “normal” range among patients who have tested with that particular lab. It’s called the “reference range.”

For example, LabCorp (the lab I used to test my T levels here in Tulsa, OK) shows a reference range of 348 – 1197 ng/dl (nanograms per decilitre) for total testosterone levels. According to this reference range, my total testosterone level of 383 ng/dl at the beginning of my experiment would mean my total T levels were — barely — within the normal range.

Here’s the problem.

That reference range consists of a wide variety of men who tested with LabCorp: 80-year-old men and 20-year-old men; obese men and super fit men; men with pituitary gland problems and men with glands that work like champs.

Sure, my 383 ng/dl was considered normal, but normal compared to whom? An 80-year-old man with Type 2 diabetes?

The fact that reference ranges don’t break patients down by age or health status explains why a 30-year-old man can go to his doctor with the symptoms of low T, only to be told that his T levels are fine because they’re within the “normal” range. If you’re 30 (or even 50), but have the same testosterone level as an 8o-year-old, diabetic man, your doc may say you’re okay, but you’re still not going to feel good. Plain and simple.

What’s interesting is that for many years, the bottom number of the reference range for T levels at many medical labs was much lower. For example, up until last year, LabCorp’s reference range for testosterone was 249-836 ng/dl. You could have had a testosterone level of 250 (which is super low) and still be told by your doctor that you were normal.

All this is to say that the “normal” levels put out there by doctors and labs aren’t all that useful.

Average Testosterone Levels by Age

When determining what’s considered a normal testosterone level, it’s best to look at what the reference range is for men your age. Researchers have known for years that T levels typically drop by about 1% every year after you hit your mid-30s. So if you’re 35, comparing yourself to a bunch of 80-year-old men isn’t very useful because they likely have really low T levels.

Unfortunately, many labs don’t break down reference ranges by age. However, studies have been done in which researchers do just that. Below, I include the results from two such studies.

Measurements in Conventional Units (ng/dl), SHBG in (nmol/L)
Age # Subjects Total
Test. Stand.
Dev. Free
Test. Stand.
Dev. SHBG Stand.
Dev.
25-34 45 617 170 12.3 2.8 35.5 8.8
35-44 22 668 212 10.3 1.2 40.1 7.9
45-54 23 606 213 9.1 2.2 44.6 8.2
55-64 43 562 195 8.3 2.1 45.5 8.8
65-74 47 524 197 6.9 2.3 48.7 14.2
75-84 48 471 169 6.0 2.3 51.0 22.7
85-100 21 376 134 5.4 2.3 65.9 22.8
The above chart groups men into seven ten-year age increments. It’s based on results from this 1996 study. According to this chart, my T level at the beginning of the experiment (383 ng/dl) was closer to the average of an 85-100-year-old man. Yikes! This chart also lists the average free testosterone levels of the subjects. My beginning free testosterone was below the average of men my age and my end level was above average.

In a study done that same year by another team of researchers, they produced the following chart of testosterone levels broken down by age:

Measurements in Conventional Units (ng/dl) (source)
Age Number
of
Subjects Mean
Total
Test Stand.
Dev. Median
Total
Test 5th % 10th % 95th %
<25 125 692 158 697 408 468 956
25-29 354 669 206 637 388 438 1005
30-34 330 621 194 597 348 388 975
35-39 212 597 189 567 329 388 945
40-44 148 597 198 597 319 378 936
45-49 154 546 163 527 329 358 846
50-54 164 544 187 518 289 348 936
55-59 155 552 174 547 319 338 866
While this chart doesn’t show average free testosterone levels, I like the fact that it shows the T levels of men in the bottom five and ten percentiles as well as the T levels of the men in the top 95%. You can see how you compare to men with the lowest and highest T levels.

According to this chart, my beginning T level (383 ng/dl) was near the bottom 5% and 10% across all age groups. Even for 55-59-year-old men. (Boo!)

My testosterone level after 90 days of good living (778 ng/dl), was above average for my age group (Bully!).

These charts are a much better source than labs’ reference ranges to check if your T levels are normal. If your doctor tells you that your T levels are normal, make sure to compare the results to these charts to ensure he’s not shortchanging you.

As far as normal percentages of free testosterone go, ~2-3% is considered normal. If you’re significantly below that percentage range, you’ll likely experience symptoms of low T even if your total T is average or above average.

Go For Optimal, Not Average

If your testosterone levels match up with the average in the charts above, it’s safe to say that you have adequate amounts of T in your system. But we don’t want to go for just adequate, we want optimal testosterone levels so that we can derive as much benefit as we can from this virile molecule.

What’s an optimal T level, you ask? Great question.

The answer is: “It depends.”

Every man is different, so their level of optimal testosterone will be different, too. For some men, a testosterone level of 600 ng/dl will make them feel great, while other men need to be around 800 ng/dl in order to experience the benefits of optimal T.

Clinical research still hasn’t determined a hard threshold level for when symptoms of low T begin appearing. Some recent research suggests that symptoms of low T might begin appearing in men when their total testosterone level dips below 320 ng/dl. According to anecdotal evidence from the owner of Peak Testosterone, many men start noticing low T symptoms when their total testosterone dips into the 400s. Of course, it’s anecdotal, so take it for what it’s worth, but it’s probably a good idea to stay above 500 ng/dl if you don’t want to experience symptoms of low T.

So that’s a good rule of thumb for the lower threshold. And from there you can shoot for levels that are in the higher range for your age group.

But it’s important to note that optimal testosterone doesn’t necessarily mean you need super-high levels. Past a certain level, testosterone can actually cause a bunch of not-so-good side effects, like sleep apnea and overly thick blood. You typically only have to worry about too much testosterone if you’re using testosterone replacement therapy. Barring some physiological defect, too much T usually isn’t a problem found in men increasing their testosterone naturally through changes in lifestyle and diet.

How to Measure Your Testosterone Level

There are three ways to test your testosterone levels: saliva sample, urine sample, and blood sample. Each method has its pros and cons.

Saliva and urine tests are relatively inexpensive and fast. You can even buy a saliva test kit on Amazon for about $30. Just spit in the cup, put it in the mail, and a week later you’ll get a total testosterone measurement. The problem is that saliva and urine tests aren’t very accurate, which is why endocrinologists typically don’t use saliva or urine samples when diagnosing low testosterone levels. Instead they use blood serum tests.

While blood tests are much more accurate and sensitive than saliva or urine tests, they’re also much more expensive — blood tests for total and free testosterone can set you back $130. Because I wanted the most accurate results, I went with the blood serum testing.

What I didn’t know before I got tested was that there are different kinds of testosterone blood tests, some more accurate than others. As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, there isn’t much standardization amongst labs when it comes to testing. Some labs use one method, while another lab will use another test.

I later learned that the blood test I used to measure my total testosterone for my experiment wasn’t the most accurate on the market and wasn’t what the CDC is recommending labs use in their goal to standardize hormone testing. (I tested myself a month after my 90-day experiment with the blood test the CDC recommends. I’ll share my results in a bit.) I also learned that measuring free testosterone is pretty dang hard and that most free T measurements that labs give are typically just estimates.

Below I share what I learned about the confusing world of testosterone blood tests.

Blood Tests for Total Testosterone

ECLIA Method. When I tested myself for total testosterone for my experiment, the method the lab used was ECLIA, short for Electrochemiluminescent Immunoassay. It’s a fast and affordable method to measure total testosterone in your blood. Many labs use this method because it’s automatic and doesn’t require too much work on a lab technician’s part. However, some studies have shown that values obtained with ECLIA are significantly higher compared to the more reliable LC/MS method. Which brings me to…

LC/MS Method. LC/MS is short for liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. It’s considered the gold standard method by many researchers in measuring small molecules. Its accuracy and consistency is why the CDC is recommending LC/MS to be the standard method used when testing total testosterone. Because LC/MS is more sensitive than ECLIA, doctors typically use this method when testing patients with really low testosterone levels, such as women and children. While it’s more accurate and sensitive, the LC/MS method is more expensive than ECLIA. And it takes a bit longer to get your results.

A month after my 90-day experiment, I got tested again, but this time using the LC/MS method. My total testosterone level using this method was 826.9 ng/dl. Meaning my T levels increased even more since starting my testosterone changes.

You’ll have to make the call on which method you go with. If you don’t think you have extremely low T, ECLIA will work just fine. Just know that most researchers see LC/MS as the method that produces the most accurate and consistent results. Labs often offer both ECLIA and LC/MS tests. Later on, I’ll share where you can get tested using either method.

Blood Tests for Measuring Free Testosterone

Reading about the myriad of ways to measure free testosterone has nearly put me in the nut house. It’s confusing.

The problem that labs face is that there is so little free testosterone in our body, it’s hard to measure directly. Below I lay out the methods available right now to measure free T.

RIA Direct. It’s cheap, fast, but not very accurate. Recent studies have been calling into question the use of RIA direct methodology to measure free testosterone. Unfortunately, most labs across the country only use RIA direct because of its cost effectiveness. LabCorp, the lab I used, only measures free T using RIA direct. Despite the criticisms levied at RIA direct tests, many researchers believe it’s an adequate method for routine tests.

Equilibrium Ultrafiltration. Many in the field of endocrinology argue that equilibrium ultrafiltration is a superior and more accurate testing method to RIA direct. The problem is that many commercial labs don’t offer the method because it’s so time consuming and requires well-trained technicians. If you can find a lab that uses equilibrium ultrafiltration, expect to spend a bit more than you would for a RIA direct.

Calculated free testosterone. Instead of directly measuring free testosterone in your blood, it’s possible to get a rough estimate by calculating the amount of albumin, SHBG, and total testosterone in your blood. The problem with this method is that 1) it’s not very accurate and 2) it requires you to pay for three different tests: albumin, SHBG, and total testosterone. This can get pretty expensive, pretty fast.

As you can see, you have a variety of options when getting tested for T levels. My recommendation is to try to get your total testosterone number using the LC/MS method and use whatever method is available and cost effective to measure free testosterone. Of course, I’m just a guy who writes a blog about manliness, so take that recommendation with a grain of salt.

Where to Get Tested for Testosterone

Alright, so you might be asking your computer screen, “Where do I get tested?”

If you’re suffering symptoms of low testosterone, ask your doctor to order a blood test for you. Insurance might cover it.

If you’re just curious about your T levels, you actually don’t need a doctor’s order. You can sign-up for a test yourself.

Here’s how:

Order the test. You’ll need to order a blood test using a website that sells blood tests to consumers. No, you don’t send the website a blood sample. These sites contract with labs across the country to draw blood. They basically act as a middleman.Here are the sites I used to buy my tests:

Health Testing Centers. You can order a total and free testosterone test for $129. Just be aware the methods that Health Testing Center will request are ECLIA for total testosterone and RIA direct for free testosterone.
Request a Test. You can order a LC/MS total testosterone test from Request a Test. They say you can order an equilibrium ultrafiltration free testosterone test, but when I got my lab results back, it showed that the direct method was used. I’m still looking into that, but wanted to give you the heads up.
You can also order albumin and SHBG tests from both Health Testing Centers and Request a Test so you can use the calculation method to figure out your free testosterone levels.

Go to a local lab. After you pay for your blood test, you’ll get an email from the website with your order information. You’ll also be told which lab you need to visit in your area to have the test done. Both Health Testing Centers and Request a Test sent me to LabCorp. If you’ve ever applied for a job that requires a drug test, you’ve probably been to LabCorp yourself, as they are a national company.

Get blood drawn. A nice nurse will draw some blood samples. The whole process takes less than 2 minutes. It’s best to get your blood drawn first thing in the morning, as T levels are at their highest in the morning and steadily decline throughout the day.

Get your results. Two or three days later, you’ll get an email from the lab with your results.

Test more than once. Because testosterone levels are sensitive to a whole host of environmental factors, it’s important to get tested more than once when diagnosing low T. You could have below average T levels one week, but slightly above average the next. This is particularly important if your doctor is considering putting you on testosterone replacement therapy. You don’t want him to make the decision from a single test!

Conclusion

Whoo, that was a lot of info. If you feel a little lost, here’s a crib sheet:

Don’t use lab reference numbers to determine if your T is low. They’re not usually accurate. Use the charts above for your specific age range.
Take a blood test to determine your total T levels. You can get this blood test at the doctor, or by signing up online and going to a local lab. Make sure to get tested in the morning!
If you can, take the LC/MS test to measure your total T — it’s the most accurate. If that’s not available, the ECLIA test will work okay.
To find your free T, try to use the Equilibrium Ultrafiltration test — it’s the most accurate. If that method isn’t available, the RIA Direct test will work okay.

13 Jun '14

OIL PULLING A NATURAL HEALTH BOOST

Posted by Rene Castillo

 


What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it is beneficial in improving gums and removing harmful bacteria!

The basic idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for a short time each day and that this action helps improve oral health. Just as with Oil Cleansing for the skin, the principle of “like dissolves like” applies, as oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.

The practice of oil pulling started in India thousands of years ago, and from my research, was first introduced to the United States in the early 1990s by a medical doctor named Dr. F. Karach, who used it with success in his medical practice.

I found hundreds of testimonials online from people who experienced benefits from oil pulling, including help with skin conditions, arthritis, asthma, headaches, hormone imbalances, infections, liver problems and more.

Though I’ve done this for a few years, my only personal experience is with increased oral health and less sensitive (and whiter!) teeth. After listening to the recent Heal Thy Mouth Summit and hearing several experts explain how bacteria and infection can enter the blood through the mouth, it does make sense that addressing these infections could have an impact in other parts of the body, I just haven’t had personal experience with this.

At the very least, I think that oil pulling can be very beneficial and has no downside as long as a quality oil (that is high enough quality to eat) is used. Oil pulling is a very inexpensive therapy that could potentially have great benefit on oral health, so I see no downside to trying it and I have used it myself for several years.

How to Do Oil Pulling:

The concept is incredibly simple. Basically, a person swishes a couple teaspoons of a vegetable based oil (coconut, sesame or olive) in the mouth for 20 minutes and then spits it out and rinses well. Oil pulling is best done in the morning, before eating or drinking anything, though Dr. Bruce Fife suggests that it can be done before each meal if needed for more severe infections or dental problems.

How to do oil pulling:

Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into the mouth. I prefer to use 2 teaspoons of organic coconut oil. I scoop it out as a solid and let it melt in my mouth before swishing (I don’t like the texture of solid coconut oil). I also pour a few drops of Brushing Blend (naturally antibacterial) into the mix.
Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.
Spit oil into the trash can. Especially if you have a septic system like I do… don’t spit into the sink! Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria, toxins and pus that are now not in the mouth!
Rinse well with warm water. Warm water seems to clean the mouth better (my opinion). I swish a few times with warm water to get any remaining oil out of my mouth.
Brush well. I prefer to brush with Brushing Blend to make sure any remaining bacteria is killed.
I personally do this with coconut oil and brushing blend each morning before breakfast. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and has a milder taste that other oils and is my personal preference, though I’ve also seen it recommended by oral health experts.

I’ve noticed whiter teeth since starting oil pulling, but most notably, my teeth are incredibly smooth! Between this and my homemade toothpaste, I never have visible plaque on my teeth, and even at dental visits, they aren’t able to scrape off any plaque.

Does it Work?

My only personal experience is with the oral health benefits, and I continue doing it for this reason, but there is evidence that it might help with other conditions as well. The most comprehensive resource I’ve seen on the topic is the book “Oil Pulling Therapy” by Dr. Bruce Fife.

There are some scientific studies that support the benefits of oil pulling, including those showing its benefit on different types or oral bacteria, on dental caries, on plaque/gingivitis and on oral micro-organisms:

S Asokan, J Rathan, MS Muthu, PV Rathna, P Emmadi, Raghuraman, Chamundeswari.Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry. 26(1):12-7, 2008 Mar

TD Anand, C Pothiraj, RM Gopinath, et al. Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria (PDF). African Journal of Microbiology Research, Vol 2:3 pp 63-66, MAR 2008. (PDF Link)

HV Amith, Anil V Ankola, L Nagesh. Effect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and Gingivitis. Journal of Oral Health & Community Dentistry: 2007 ;1(1):Pages 12-18

S Thaweboon, J Nakaparksin, B Thaweboon. Effect of Oil-Pulling on Oral Microorganisms in Biofilm Models. Asia Journal of Public Health: 2011 May-Aug. (PDF)

Notes:

Some people supposedly notice a detox reaction for the first few days of using oil pulling that usually includes mild congestion, headache, mucos drainage or other effects. I personally didn’t notice any of these effects, but have read cases of others who did.

There are conflicting opinions on if it is safe to do oil pulling while pregnant or nursing. Since I started using oil pulling while not pregnant, I feel comfortable continuing while pregnant, especially as oral health can decline during pregnancy, but I’d encourage anyone considering oil pulling to research it as well.

Have you ever used Oil Pulling? What was your experience?

09 May '14

MIRACLE DIET PILLS AND GARCINIA CAMBOGIA

Posted by Rene Castillo
Step aside Weight Loss Programs, there's a new weight loss program on the block and it has doctors, dieticians, and personal trainers all over the world raving. The combination diet has created a frenzy among dieters because some doctors are calling the results "unbelievable". The combination of the Fat Loss Factor Program paired with 1 MIRACLE DIET PILLS in the morning and 2 Garcinia Cambogia in the afternoon, a fat-burning extract from a rare tropical fruit, is so successful it has become the most popular diet in 2014 - Discovered the amazing results when MIRACLE DIET PILLS and Garcinia Cambogia was used as a supplement during the Fat Loss Factor Program.
Specially when used with Garcinia Cambogia - works wonders.
People that had follow six weeks lost, on average, 20 pounds of fat with less than 15 minutes of exercise per day.
Men and women who took 1 MIRACLE DIET PILLS in the morning and 2 Garcinia Cambogia while following the Fat Loss Factor Program lost 7% of their total body weight on average, and 12.4% of their total body fat. More importantly, people following this breakthrough program actually experienced improved positive health measures. These health measures included: increased energy, lifted moods and reductions in bad LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar.
If those reasons weren't enough to excite dieticians and and personal trainers, the Department of Laboratory Medicine found that men and women taking Garcinia Cambogia extract while following the Fat Loss Factor Program experienced a "significant" decrease in cravings for foods high in sugar and carbohydrates. These decreased cravings are thought to be caused by Garcinia Cambogia's beneficial effect on insulin and blood sugar counts.
A similar study from the Journal "Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity" claims that people following the Fat Loss Factor Program were able to lose 8.4% of their body weight and 4.4% of their body fat (on average) -

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