Wellnessfx Vs. Insidetracker

edited June 2013 in Bulletproof Diet

I'm looking to get a comprehensive blood test to check up on all my essential biomarkers. So far it seems that there are three popular options: WellnessFX, InsideTracker, and Talking20. Talking20 isn't up and running yet, so I'm trying to decide between the first two.

 

WellnessFX is definitely much more comprehensive but costs $529 for the performance package. InsideTracker's performance package is $299 but much more limited. I'm trying to figure out if I'll be missing out on any essential biomarkers if I go the cheaper route. I figure I'll be much more likely to keep getting tested in the future (every 4 months ideally) if the price isn't too crazy.

 

If I go with InsideTracker, here is what I'd be missing compared to WellnessFX:

 


Lp(a)

ApoB

TSH

HbA1c

BUN

Creatinine

AST

ALT

Total Bilirubin

Albumin

Total Protein

Chloride

Carbon Dioxide

Total Iron Binding Capacity

Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEA)

Free Testosterone

Estradiol

SHBG

Cortisol (blood)

IGF-1 (Growth Hormone surrogate)

Insulin



 


And if I go with WellnessFX, here is what I'd be missing compared to InsideTracker:


 


hemoglobin

creatinine kinase?

Zinc

Chromium

 

I'm not exactly an expert when it comes to blood work and biomarkers, so I'm not sure which of these are actually essential to keep track of and take action on, and which are just to impress consumers with vasts amounts of data.

 

Any suggestions?

Comments

  • Well I've decided to go with wellnessfx, just for the sake of being comprehensive, and since this is the first blood test I've ever gotten. I'll report back and let you know how my experience goes.


  • anyone else want to weigh in on this topic? i'm kind of thinking about getting one of these tests done. i'm feeling more and more like taking supplements without having any idea if i'm deficient in something or taking too much of something. plus i do have some history of health issues in my family so it'd just be a good idea. 


  • it would be good to see: bp recommended tests, linking with bp recommended nutrition tracking, linking with bp recommended diet corrections / supplementation


     


    then going the whole hog - and linking with ongoing multiple modality biofeedback work. 


     


    If anyone wants to start a thread, the community can then add onto it over there?


    Reigning Former Inner Balance "Mad Monk" Champion... :-P 

  • edited November 2013

    An example of what I mean:


     


    General tests


     


    Body weight, body fat, body temperature, average resting pulse. VO2 max, OGGT, RMR.


     


    Blood work


     


    *wellness fx performance (or similar); includes: Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, Lp(a), Apo B, hs-CRP, TSH, HbA1c, BUN, Creatinine, AST, ALT, Total Bilirubin, Albumin, Total Protein, Carbon Dioxide, Complete Blood Count w/ differential, Ferritin (serum), Total Iron Binding Capacity, Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEA-S), Free Testosterone, Testosterone, Estradiol, SHBG, Cortisol (blood), IGF-1 (Growth Hormone surrogate), Insulin, T4, T3, T3 uptake, Free Thyroxine Index, Free T3, Reverse T3, Free T4


     


    *other possible cvd markers; fibrinogen, homocystine, LDL 3b and 4b, HDL 3b and 3c, APO A1, CPK


     


    *fatty acid profiling: arachidonic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid


     


    *toxic element type tests, including: lead, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, thallium, tin


     


    *additional blood tests, including: hemoglobin, hematocrit, white blood cells, IL-6, ACTH, renine, prolactin, androstenedione, sedimentation rate, alkaline phosphatase, lipase, urea, uric acid, omega 6 / omega 3, rheumatoid factor, antinuclear antibodies screen


     


    *regular at home blood related tests: glucose, ketones, blood pressure


     


    Cell nutrients


     


    *spectra cell (or similar); includes; Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Biotin, Folate, Pantothenate, C, D, K. Minerals (non exa): Manganese, Zinc, Copper. Aminos: Asparagine, Glutamine, Serin. Antioxidants: Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, Cysteine, Glutathione, Selenium, Vitamin E. Carb metabolism: Chromium, Fructose Sensitivity, Glucose-Insulin Metabolism. Fatty acids: Oleic Acid. Metabolites: Choline, Inositol, Carnitine


     


    *exa test, including: sodium, potassium, chloride, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium


     


    Artery tests


     


    *carotid artery ultrasound


     


    Saliva Profiles


     


    *Estradiol, Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA-S, Cortisol.


     


    Cancer screenings


     


    *CEA, CA 125, CA 27.29, AFB, PSA


     


    Gut biome


     


    *GI Effects 2200: Comprehensive Profile


    *humanfoodproject.com


     


    Diet macro and micro tracking


     


    *cronometer.com, and cronometer oracle function lists


     


    Supplement recommendations


     


    *Dave's optimising supps post, Suntoucher posts, John Brisson posts, collection of links.


     


    Biofeedback modalities


     


    *EMG, temperature, skin conductance, respiration, HRV, EEG, slow wave sleep and sleep tracking metrics 


     


     


    Top 3, general:


    -gut biome test


    -cell nutrient test


    -wellness fx


     


     


    I have skipped a million possibilities - but you guys get the idea ?


    Reigning Former Inner Balance "Mad Monk" Champion... :-P 

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