Hacking Self-Access To Lab Testing
The biggest barrier to hacking and improving our biologies today is, IMHO, 'ease of access' to lab testing in the U.S.. I've yet to find a physician who is okay with ordering the wide range of specialty lab work. It takes a lot of explaining, and can take time also - if they are willing to do it for you as often they don't understand the use of the tests.
There are some self-serve options I'm going to list below that I've discovered so far - however they still don't stretch to cover all tests.
Basic Blood Work
Access to Broader LabCorp/ Quest Diagnostics Testing
Doctor's Data Tests
http://www.holisticheal.com/health-tests -> Dr. Amy Yasko (methylation specialist) lets you order a range of doctor's data tests through her, and on which she will comment (from a methylation defect / optimum process angle)
Self-Order Labs: These labs will send you tests without physician requisition form - at least I have ordered some tests directly.
Other self-serve hacking approaches:
- Friendly physician: On a number of occasions friends who are physicians have been kind enough to order tests for me, however it quickly becomes too high on 'pest' factor if you're testing a lot.
- Medical Tourism: I routinely get access to labs in foreign countries where getting tests is straightforward. Thailand is great (http://biohacked.net/getting-blood-tests-in-bangkok-private-labs-vs-hospitals/), and other countries have been ok (e.g. Mexico). However, the range of tests is pretty basic in most cases.
How have you been getting access to lab tests? Have you found any options to get tests more conveniently?
Gain Confidence in What You Invest Your Time & Money In.
Learn from Data-Driven Experiments using New Tools & Tactics to Improve Health, Performance and Longevity