Ep. 53 – Using Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) To Optimize Your Diet and Lifestyle – Dr. Casey Means from Levels Health

Ep. 53 – Using Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) To Optimize Your Diet and Lifestyle – Dr. Casey Means from Levels Health

Ever wonder if there’s another option to lowering blood glucose than the ever-popular keto diet? Then you’ll definitely want to stick around to the end of this episode. Dr. Casey Means, co-founder of Levels Health, drops some truth bombs about metabolic health, carbohydrates, and the insulin response and how you can make your own meal program to optimize your metabolic health using continuous glucose monitoring.

Dr. Casey Means completed her medical degree at Stanford Medical School, became a Head and Neck Surgeon, and then transitioned to functional medicine after finding the underlying causes of illness was not being supported in her patients through the use of surgery and medicine only. She is also one of the founders of Levels Health – a company making direct-to-consumer continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices and putting patients back in the driver’s seat of their metabolic health.

Join Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up as he gets nerdy with Dr. Casey Means about Levels Health, continuous glucose monitoring, and all things metabolic health. Even learn some great tips on how to lower glucose spikes, whether you are using continuous glucose monitoring or not!

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“The fact that changing our thoughts, changing the way we perceive stress, the food and molecular information we put in our mouths, the composition of our microbiome, how much sleep we get, exposure to different traumas (low-grade and high-grade). All these things actually change the expression of our genome. This is radically empowering. When you know this information, you realize there are actually levers to change the outcome. Health is not deterministic.”

– Dr. Casey Means

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About Dr Casey Mean’s journey to founding Levels Health [2:30]
  • Epigenetics and how even thoughts can affect our genes [3:50]
  • How modern medicine is about pattern matching of signs and symptoms to diagnose and prescribe, and how bio-individuality is much less a part of things [5:45]
  • About her experience as an ENT doc and how she noticed the connection of inflammatory conditions that were being treated with surgery, rather than investigating the underlying contributors [7:00]
  • How Dr. Casey Means shifted her practice from surgery based to a longevity and metabolic practice [10:00]
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) and how it could help course-correct metabolic issues [12:16]
  • How Dr. Casey Means saw symptoms greatly decline after a lot of upfront support in her appointments as her patients began buying into the changes and doing what was suggested [16:44]
  • Blood sugar dysregulation statistics [17:02]
    • 74% of American’s are overweight or obese
    • 128 million American’s pre-diabetic or diabetic
    • 88% of American’s are metabolically unhealthy – recent study out of UNC
    • About the connection between COVID-19 and metabolic health and how it appeared in April 2020 in over 100 publications that obesity, diabetes and metabolic health were the key driving factors in COVID-19 mortality [17:50
  • How Virta Health in 10 weeks, can get a patient from a diabetic HbA1c to a non-diabetic HbA1c in a program that only involves diet and exercise [18:30]
  • Diabetes is a driver in Alzheimer’s dementia which is now being called Type 3 diabetes as the brain becomes insulin resistant [20:10]
  • The effects of hyperglycemia include things such as PCOS, Peripheral Vascular Disease, gout, acne, mental health – depression and anxiety which is twice as high in people with metabolic disease, circadian rhythm disruption, and even NAFLD in children [21:23]
  • Sleep, stress, movement, and food are the four contributors to metabolic disease and about Dr. Casey Means’s shift to make her process scalable for metabolic improvements [22:30]
  • About how people have to close the loop between their actions and what is happening. Nutrition is an open-loop system and if you don’t have any direct 1:1 reaction to what’s happening, it’s really difficult to take ownership of which food(s) caused a problem for you [23:50]
  • How continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) works, what it is. It works by reading the interstitial fluid between cells and taking readings every 15 minutes automatically and sending the information to your phone [25:45]
  • Levels is an FDA approved device for type 1 and type 2 diabetes continuous glucose monitoring [26:45]
  • That insulin has a second action – to block cells from burning fat which signals the body to burn glucose, never allowing the body to dip into the fat stores for energy [29:30]
  • Most weight loss studies show failure at the 2-year mark because they’re not approaching it from a metabolic standpoint and the fact that you cannot burn fat without having a low insulin state [30:00]
  • Glucose spikes can be lowered through reduction of carbs in a meal, timing of carbs (eat them last). Use cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, or berberine as insulin sensitizers. Deep breathing can also affect it, keeping the glucose low by reducing the stress response in the body. Walking for 20 minutes after meals or even 2 minutes every 30 minutes throughout the day can also lower glucose response [31:03]
  • How to get a CGM through Levels Health – about the process and the device [33:50]
  • Dr. Casey Means describes what it’s like to wear the device and how it feels like having a superpower to be able to get immediate feedback on whether she’s feeling a particular way due to blood sugar fluctuations or a food she ate [36:16]
  • How interoception (similar to somatic awareness) helps people connect how they are feeling to what’s happening in their body [36:55]
  • About the hyper-palatability of food products and how the Levels Health CGM can help you make better decisions when the brain is hijacked by food chemicals [38:40]
  • How you can train your body to recognize blood sugar signs and signals to be able to tell what your blood sugar is by utilizing tech while you’re learning the signs from your body [40:20]
  • About the study out of Israel where they gave 800 people CGMs and provided the same meals for them all and found vastly different responses in blood sugar [41:20]
  • With the keto movement we can tap more into the fat burning because the substrates aren’t even there for burning glucose for fuel. But with CGM monitoring, you can monitor how specific carbs affect you personally. You can have a higher carb quantity in your diet and not significantly raise your blood glucose to bring a more balanced way of eating back into your life [43:40]
  • Discussion around food: how combining fats and proteins with carbs can help lower the metabolic response [46:00]
  • How long does it take to reverse metabolic issues? And how to achieve metabolic fitness [47:40]
  • About the importance of metabolic flexibility for athletes [52:15]

References

Levels Health Website
Levels Blog 
Levels – Twitter 
Levels – Instagram
Dr. Casey Means Instagram 
Dr. Casey Means Twitter
Virta Health Clinic
Israel CGM Study
Wired to Eat – Robb Wolf

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Ep. 52 – How Megan Ramos of The Fasting Method is Using Intermittent Fasting and Heads Up’s Remote Monitoring Technology to Help Patients Worldwide Reach Their Health Goals

Ep. 52 – How Megan Ramos of The Fasting Method is Using Intermittent Fasting and Heads Up’s Remote Monitoring Technology to Help Patients Worldwide Reach Their Health Goals

Megan Ramos is the co-founder of The Fasting Method Program based out of Toronto, Canada, developed with Dr. Jason Fung, author of books such as The Obesity Code and their latest book: Life in the Fasting Lane. Together, Megan Ramos and Dr. Jason Fung have helped thousands of patients get their lives back through the use of intermittent fasting and data tracking.

Join Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up and his co-host, TJ Anderson, as they talk all things intermittent and long-term fasting with Megan Ramos for both practitioners and patients. 

Practitioners go through the Fasting Method Program for their own health to learn how to utilize fasting for their own patients. If you’re unsure of how to go about fasting, wonder if and when it’s safe, or how to implement it with your patients, then listen in to this episode that is jam-packed with all kinds of useful and exciting information. Megan Ramos shares a wealth of information and how you can find out more about joining in on this hot topic in health and wellness to be on the cutting edge with your patients. Learn how Megan Ramos and Dr. Jason Fung are using their unique fasting approach, powered by Heads Up, to deliver remote monitoring, support, education, tracking and behaviorial coaching to help their patients obtain greater health outcomes.

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“People who track their own data make sustainable changes to their lifestyle. They modify their habits.” – Megan Ramos

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Megan Ramos talks about how easy it is to get started and how it’s simple because there is only one rule: Don’t eat. You’re asking your patients not to do more, but to do less [5:30]
  • Why patients with brain fog can really benefit from fasting because it takes less, not more – supplements, special foods, rules, etc. [7:50]
  • Fasting is like a muscle – the more you do it the easier it gets [8:40]
  • Examples of different types of intermittent fasting [9:50]
  • Megan Ramos talks about ways to quantify success and results with tests; i.e fasting insulin, C-peptides, ALT, GGT, HDL, ferritin, and more [11:50]
  • The importance of changes in body composition versus weight on the scale, etc. [14:30]
  • How to know if a patient is eligible for fasting and when they wouldn’t be a good candidate for fasting due to nutrient deficiencies or specific functional issues [16:40]
  • About fasting during pregnancy and breastfeeding [19:15]
  • Not to discount other disease processes that could be happening by writing off that the patient is just not eating enough [20:00]
  • How people with chronic conditions can fast too if they’re in a stable state [20:30]
  • Tracking fasting lab results – be mindful of uric acid levels – what to look for and how to navigate if they elevate while fasting [23:13]
  • About fasting, thyroid health and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and the swing that can happen from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid [26:00]
  • How Megan Ramos empowers her patients with laboratory data that they can overlay with other metrics in Heads Up to see that their diet and lifestyle changes are that are working or not working for them [27:50]
  • The top measurements that Megan Ramos uses – waist to hip ratio, why BMI is bullshit, why and when/when not to use DEXA scans and how organ fat affects the results [28:45]
  • TJ asks Megan Ramos about longer-term fasts and autophagy and learns how it has helped patients lose up to 160 pounds and not require loose skin tissue removal due to autophagy [35:30]
  • Considerations for a 3, 5, or 7-day fast right out of the gate – who benefits, who shouldn’t do it [38:00]
  • Long term fasts, diabetics and their meds, hypertensives and their meds and more [39:20]
  • In a long-term fast, you need to be mindful of electrolytes early on, and not wait until later in the fast [40:20]
  • Autophagy peaks around the 72-hour mark and stays relatively active for the first 5 days of a fast [42:00]
  • How Megan Ramos and Dr. Jason Fung have systemized their process of intermittent fasting by remotely monitoring fasting patients with the use of data and teaching their patients to understand the data [44:15]
  • Their new program allows Dr. Jason Fung and Megan Ramos to help patients track their data and customize their approach all over the world through remote work [49:20]
  • That 28% of people in the program are healthcare professionals [55:39]

References

The Fasting Method – You can enroll with FSA or HSA

The Fasting Method Blog

Diet Doctor – Dr. Jason Fung

About Heads Up 

Heads Up is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Ep 51 – Becoming a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach with Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy

Ep 51 – Becoming a Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach with Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy

Whether you’re a seasoned pro in the healthcare field or looking for a career change, if you have a passion for helping people with their health, and/or are interested in becoming a Certified Health Coach, you’ll want to listen in on this episode with Dr. Sandi Sheinbaum, Founder & CEO of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy.

Have you ever thought about becoming a Certified Health Coach but wondered if you have what it takes to become one? Or maybe you’re curious about adding Certified Health Coaching credentials to your existing career path? Have you had your own health crises and now want to help others after learning how to help yourself?

Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum, Founder & CEO of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, talks with Dave Korsunsky, CEO & Founder of Heads Up about the benefits, and what it takes, to becoming a Certified Health Coach. Learn about her unique coaching program that focuses on what is going right and how to help your client tell a more empowering health story.

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“Have you worked through your own health issues and now feel the calling to serve others?” – Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum’s journey. From teaching children with learning disabilities and getting her doctorate in clinical psychology to where she is today [2:20]
  • That as she began focusing on what was right with individuals, rather than what was wrong with them, she saw that they could control things with their own mindset, seeing just how the mind and body were connected. (Note: Dr. Sandi was doing this back in the 1970s!) [4:00]
  • How her own experience in training with IFM led her to approach integrating what she already knew about psychology and the mind-body connection to create a health coaching program at the age of 65 (after practicing for 40-years in private practice) [5:00]
  • How Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum has utilized her own experiences (around food, education and teaching those with learning disabilities) in creating the coaching program [7:30]
  • The importance of starting before you feel like you’re ready [10:45]
  • How you can use your own personal experience, that may have felt like a setback in your own life, to help others [11:50]
  • Who is a good fit for this program? And what can students expect? [12:30]
  • Dr. Scheinbaum talks about the students that come to the program. How they’ve had their own health crises and now want to help others after helping themselves [13:05]
  • Why health coaches are intuitive and have a calling to bring hope, compassion, and passion to support their clients. And why you don’t need a formal education or background in healthcare to become a coach [14:30]
  • “Your value is your story. Nobody has your own story.” [16:50]
  • About Functional Medicine and the IFM and the difference between the Coaching program and the IFM programs for medical providers [19:00]
  • How the coaching program emphasizes the behavior change process and how to help people hold themselves accountable [21:50]
  • Why the coaching program is 100% online, extending their reach to support the functional medicine model, which can be more affordable [23:00]
  • The different ways IFM coaches are connected to IFM healthcare providers and how they can run their own businesses or work under medical providers in clinics [23:50]
  • The scope of practice for certified health coaches vs. licensed medical providers [24:40]
  • About the role of technology in health coaching and how it can provide a deeper correlation for clients and coaches, helping to support clients towards their best health [25:45]
  • About the future of remote client coaching [28:40]
  • A real-life example of how health coaching can support a client [29:30]
  • How this coaching program approaches the whole person to support the person’s whole health — their lifetime events, exposures, traumas, triggers, etc.[31:55]
  • About the unique layer that IFM Coaches are trained to overlay onto the timeline of how the person got to where they are. How that includes what went right along the way, to retell their stories with a new interpretation of their life events, showcasing their strengths [34:35]
  • Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum walks us through the twelve-month online program – what it entails, as well as who the demographic is that signs up for coaching classes [37:35]
  • About becoming a nationally certified health coach and what certification means. Also: eligibility for insurance reimbursement [40:00]
  • About the role of health coaches and how they are so needed right now, and moving forward in the world we now live in [41:00]
  • About the current and future landscape of reimbursement for certified health coaches [44:15]
  • Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum on how to turn adversity to advantage by retraining to be a certified health coach [46:00]

References

Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)

Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. (FMCA)

National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC)

Dr. Sandi Scheinbaum – Instagram

Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. (FMCA) Facebook

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Ep. 50 – How ThreeHealth is Helping Their Clients with Sustainable Weight Loss Using Telehealth and Technology

Ep. 50 – How ThreeHealth is Helping Their Clients with Sustainable Weight Loss Using Telehealth and Technology

Do you want to help your clients with sustainable weight loss and optimized outcomes using technology and telehealth? Then you’re in for a treat! ThreeHealth, a unique medical group, offers a weight loss solution like you’ve never experienced before. Rather than focusing on just the number on the scale, prepackaged food or an emphasis on dropping pounds quickly, ThreeHealth offers their clients sustainable weight loss with well-rounded support. Both in-person and/or via telehealth. Recognizing that metabolic and emotional issues go hand in hand, ThreeHealth combines behavioral and medical support along with advanced technologies to help modify behaviors and make sustainable weight loss changes. All without judgement and with utmost compassion.

Brad Butterfield, LMHCA, Brandy Wiltermuth, ARNP and Marlene Sexton, LMFT, all licensed medical professionals, make up the foundation of the ThreeHealth team. What makes ThreeHealth stand out is how they utilize advanced technology such as the Oura ring and Biosense breath testing, helping their clients track relevant biometrics and monitor progress, including medical records. All of this is tracked through Heads Up’s practitioner portal, creating customization within their patients’ protocols for healthy and sustainable weight loss.

Join Heads Up Founder, Dave Korsunsky, and (NEW) Co-host, TJ Anderson, as they discuss ThreeHealth’s unique approach to sustainable weight loss with Brad and Brandy in this episode. You’ll learn more about the history and evolution of their weight loss approach, as well as what metrics they track, how they run their insurance-friendly cash-based practice, and why health coaches and practitioners also need to remember to use a bit of patience when helping clients with weight loss.

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“By the time they get to me, they’re ready to talk about the numbers and be curious about the data. And that’s what I love about Heads Up, the ability to show them trends that they can’t see. It’s been extremely helpful!”

– Brandy Wiltermuth

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About Brandy Wiltermuth’s history working in a weight loss clinic 6-7 years ago getting great weight loss results, and frustration with the missing piece of the behavioral health aspect of dietary change [3:30]
  • How ThreeHealth’s program evolved, and the way telehealth is used due to the ability to track many different metrics that integrate into Heads Up where they can easily monitor their patient’s data remotely through their practitioner portal [6:00]
  • Brad Butterfield’s career path to the health industry after retiring in 2006 from an architectural firm to study behavioral health [7:25]
  • In 2018 Brandy Wiltermuth, Brad Butterfield and Marlene Sexton left the weight loss surgery practice they worked in and went to build their own weight loss practice [9:30]
  • More about the ThreeHealth program and how it works, including behavioral and medical health, tracking, and why they require patients to use them all in tandem [10:45]
  • In the program they built, the first three months they just work on three things: time, planning and tracking. Because it takes time to build a system for change, rather than just giving their clients weight loss advice right away [12:30]
  • Why Brandy’s focus throughout the entire program is on lean muscle mass while losing fat, which is more unique to their program, reminding people that they need to eat to lose weight [13:20]
  • More about the lean body mass that Brandy tracks and why she doesn’t just focus on the weight loss number alone [14:10]
  • That they do blood labs every 3 months and they’ve had patients come off of medications due to the significant improvements with their program [16:15]
  • How they offer both in-person and telehealth to support patient compliance [18:35]
  • Why Brad doesn’t believe in willpower to lose weight and why he utilizes strategies to help patients have sustainable weight loss and stay on track [19:30]
  • How 80-85% of patients they see are significantly addicted to sugar and there is a grieving process when it’s gone [20:20]
  • Why this method is not a diet. There is no start or end; its a lifestyle [22:55]
  • When it comes to sustainable weight loss, we have to go through, and not around, the issues that are holding people back physically and emotionally [24:55]
  • How ThreeHealth uses a cash/insurance/HSA hybrid approach and about their very low no-show rate with this business model [25:30]
  • About the integration of Oura and Biosense into their program and how and why sleep tracking helps with sustainable weight loss [30:55]
  • About the HRV that Oura tracks and how Brandy helps patients to see how their diet and lifestyle choices affect their overall wellness [34:40]
  • How seeing the data motivates patients to change and how patients are more compliant with the tracking because they know it helps their practitioner navigate what strategies to use to help them reach their goals [35:45]
  • Why treating tracking as a science project helps clients feel more empowered, rather than feeling oppressed by it (“It’s not judgmental, it’s curiosity.”) [37:15]
  • How ThreeHealth’s patients are navigating the on-boarding process of utilizing the tracking devices and Heads Up’s dashboard [39:35]
  • How they navigate the tracking for people who are too focused on scale numbers etc., and how they emphasize they just need to gather the data and their practitioners will interpret it, giving them the feedback they can understand [40:40]
  • Top tips for other coaches or doctors who want to support their patients with tracking from Brad and Brandy [42:10]
  • How Brandy used Heads Up to figure out why one patient’s weight loss was stalling, even though activity had gone up. Because she was able to remote-monitor, she could see that her protein consumption had decreased. “When in doubt, eat more protein” was how she as able to get her  patient’s weight loss moving again [42:35]
  • Brad’s advice to health coaches: “Don’t be filled with anxiety about the number and results…the weight loss will come. Take your time if you want good sustainable weight loss, as they didn’t gain it overnight. It takes time, but with education, behavioral habit work, and tracking, the patients really start to see how effective it is, several months in. Rapid weight loss is not sustainable.” [45:21]

References

ThreeHealth Website: www.three.health

ThreeHealth Email: contactus@three.health

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Want sustainable weight loss and better metabolic health for your clients? Take a page out of ThreeHealth’s playbook and learn how to start optimizing health outcomes now. Join the data-driven health movement and see why functional doctors, nutritionists and health coaches love to use our health data analytics and remote-monitoring platform to save time, attract more clients, and optimize their outcomes with ease.

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Ep 49 – Jim Howard – Biosense releases breakthrough ketone testing technology

Ep 49 – Jim Howard – Biosense releases breakthrough ketone testing technology

Biosense releases an at-home breath ketone testing device for both consumers and clinical settings after three years of extensive lab development and clinical trial. This device allows clients to self monitor their breath ketones at home, which in conjunction with food journaling, or other metrics can provide invaluable insight into what is contributing to weight gain, high blood sugar, metabolic syndrome, and more while utilizing a ketogenic diet.

The Biosense testing device is non-invasive allowing clients to test without poking their fingers for a blood sample, increasing testing compliance. Increased compliance provides your client and you with better data to evaluate and customize a plan for their goals. It’s also incredibly small so that you can take it with you anywhere, and requires no calibration before use.

Measuring deep lung air and eliminates contamination from ambient air, providing the user with highly accurate, dependable results, requiring no testing strips to purchase or worry about running out of.

Join Heads Up founder Dave Korsunsky as he discusses the Biosense meter with Jim Howard, and how it’s use can revolutionize your keto compliance and results with your clients, especially when combined with other data tracking through Heads Up.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About the consistency of measurement with Biosense, which provides a 24-hour graph in-app to see your progression throughout the day [8:00]
  • How the Biosense device is providing agency to allow people to decide for themselves by seeing feedback throughout the day to know what the consequences of their actions are and act accordingly for their goals [8:25]
  • Jim Howard educates how Biosense technology testing differs from acetone testing due to Biosense using a deep lung air sample with a closed flow cell so it’s not sampling ambient air [9:18]
  • This device can fit in your pocket and only weighs a couple of ounces so it can be utilized anywhere and is the only device out there backed by a clinical trial [10:15]
  • Biosense can be purchased as a consumer or clinic use and is involved in 4 upcoming trials as a non-invasive testing device [11:00]
  • How much higher compliance is for use due to the non-invasive testing [12:20]
  • How clinics and coaches can see the data from their patients throughout the day and correlate it with the food, insulin and other metrics they have to see how compliant patients are and how effective their protocol is [12:30]
  • That testing can show more visibility of how compliant a client is throughout the day, rather than just once a day testing [13:10]
  • About a clinic in Washington State that was able to adapt to virtual visits early and roll out the program seamlessly while having patients track their breath ketones at home easily as well as other metrics that is using Biosense technology [14:13]
  • Looking at adherence to the program as the patients are able to give feedback, knowing that they are going to test throughout the day [15:25]
  • About the coach-client compliance and improved results as clients can start to make their own connections between diet, sleep, exercise and ketones [17:00]
  • About the effects of being home due to COVID-19 and how rebuilding your immune system and metabolic health will be key to returning to the world and how to utilize Heads Up and Biosense as a strategy[18:20]
  • How COVID is shifting health responsibility back to the patient or client and that can be empowering if they choose [19:10]
  • That half of the population will be obese in the US by 2030 if we do not course correct with our diets and metabolic health [21:30]
  • How we may see more health plans and other organizations utilize these tools [24:50]
  • Biosense works with clinics for Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity, and oncology that are utilizing their device for ketogenic diet support [25:50]
  • How the device can easily be utilized while out running errands or at home increasing compliance [26:50]
  • The device is firmware updatable [27:20]
  • The device is available in the USA currently, just released in Canada, and coming to Europe estimated by the end of the year. [28:10]
  • The Biosense device gives you feedback that the test was performed correctly, with consistent accurate readings, and does not require calibration. [28:25]
  • Biosense offers a much more accurate reading as it’s measuring deep lung air, rather than just providing a red yellow green reading for example. [29:30]
  • Biosense is targeted to the consumer to use on a regular basis and expected to last at least 2 years before estimating that it will need to be recalibrated or tuned up. [30:30]

About Heads Up

Heads Up is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Improving HRV, the Stress Response and PTSD with Apollo Neuro – Dr. Dave Rabin

Improving HRV, the Stress Response and PTSD with Apollo Neuro – Dr. Dave Rabin

Dr. Dave Rabin of Apollo Neuro is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist specializing in disorders of chronic stress, who has utilized MDMA and ketamine in the treatment of PTSD and depression to calm the nervous systems stress response.  After running clinical trials at the University of Pittsburgh and finding that the fight or flight system could also be calmed through the use of a wearable device, he set out to bring a device to the market that helps towards improving HRV. This allows individuals suffering from PTSD, ADD, anxiety, and even high-level executives and elite athletes with high stress response, to use the sensation of touch to recreate a feeling of safety, changing the response the body creates to a stimulus. 

Measuring HRV can give a quantifiable measure of how effective the device is in altering the stress response and allows individuals to improve conditions they’ve been told they must just live with. Dr. Dave Rabin gives a great explanation of HRV and how it differs from Heart Rate and why HRV is an important indicator of recovery and the ability to slow down the nervous system from stimuli. 

Listen in as Heads Up Founder Dave Korsunsky talks with Dr. Dave Rabin of Apollo Neuroscience on his own experience with the Apollo wearable device and how it actually feels to use it. It is Dr. Dave Rabin’s belief that as recovery is enhanced, improving HRV, people will begin to understand and reach their fullest potentials.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How stress makes chronic disease and mental health worse, especially chronic stress that happens multiple times a day [3:05]
  • Dr. Dave Rabin works with high-level executives with high stress, as well as people with PTSD, chronic depression/anxiety and substance abuse disorders and notices that commonality between these disorders [3:55]
  • That Apollo Neuro came out of his work at the University of Pittsburgh, where they were trying to develop new strategies to help improve recovery and balance in the nervous system [6:00]
  • How Dr. Dave Rabin looks at stress holistically, as a clinical psychotherapist and psychiatric neuroscientist, to help modulate the central nervous system from high-performance athletes to people with mental health disorders [6:15]
  • That Dr. Dave Rabin is trained to use MDMA for PTSD which is in phase 3 trials with the FDA and ketamine for the treatment of depression which can induce dramatic radical change within a single session that is likely to be measurable with things like HRV [7:20]
  • That metrics that can be tracked while utilizing alternative therapies such as MDMA and ketamine, as people with these chronic conditions of stress have chronically low HRV [8:40]
  • That those with PTSD will have some of the lowest HRV as they are always in a state of hypervigilance – high fight or flight, low recovery state, but when they are shown compassion or touch from loved ones, meditation, etc, they feel better and HRV goes up [10:03]
  • Apollo was created to allow people to recreate the feeling of safety allowing the body to come out of the fight or flight pattern and into a recovery pattern at home and not just while in therapy [11:30]
  • Apollo is not a substitution for meditation, but it can be used more as a tool to guide people through the stressors and understand that you can do it on your own and people seem to be able to train to it over time [14:10]
  • What is Heart Rate Variability (HRV) vs Heart Rate (HR) [15:35]
  • About how the Apollo wrist or ankle worn device brings awareness to the body when the heart rate changes to allow the brain to evaluate if the perceived stress is useful or not [19:10]
  • Apollo was tested in double-blind randomized placebo clinical trial studies at the University of Pittsburgh and found that Apollo was improving HRV within 3 minutes under stress [20:15]
  • Dave describes the sensation of what it feels like to wear the Apollo device [21:00]
  • Why Dr. Dave Rabin started Apollo Neuro to bring the technology to the market himself [24:16]
  • Dave Korsunsky’s seal of approval on the Apollo device and where you can find and purchase the device [28:40]

References

www.apolloneuro.com

Follow Dr. Dave Rabin on Twitter

Follow Apollo Neuro on Instagram

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Apollo Blog Post Strengthening Your Immune System

Apollo Neuro Blog

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