Inward Bound – How to get rid of cravings and addictions for good!

Inward Bound – How to get rid of cravings and addictions for good!

In Episode Three of Inward Bound, Dave Korsunsky speaks with Sopurkha Kaur, CEO of Awareness Generation, who offers simple tips that help us address and dismiss cravings—on the spot. For long term help, she shows Dave the step-by-step instructions for a meditation specifically designed to retrain the brain away from addictions and into lasting transformation.

In just 5-7 minutes a day, the meditation: Breaking Addiction by Rearranging your Subconscious Mind can help you conquer addictions and cravings whether they be to food, drugs, alcohol, shopping, sex or basically anything else that tries to control you.

These tools, while fairly simple to do are highly effective in assisting transformation—when done on a daily basis—consistency is key! Dave committed to doing this meditation for 40 consecutive days and he encourages you to commit and see what changes in your life!

Make sure to sync your data from your Oura ring or other tracking devices to see how things like HRV and sleep change as you get rid of addictions.

Sopurkha Kaur has earned the equivalency of a Master’s Degree from the Kundalini Research Institute. As a Certified Teacher for the past nine years, she has observed remarkable personal transformations in herself and thousands of other people after consistently incorporating techniques established over 5,000 years ago. Kundalini techniques are designed for the ‘modern-day householder,’ or busy people who have a desire to heal and evolve through mind-body practices but also need to focus on jobs and families.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • What a food craving actually is
  • Where food cravings come from in the mind
  • Why breathing and meditation are such highly effective ways to eliminate cravings and that the techniques learned here can be applied to any addiction or craving in your life
  • The food industry uses fMRI to engineer their foods to light up certain areas of your brain when you eat their food, leading you into food addictions and cravings
  • When in the throes of a craving you can immediately engage Breath of Fire (Sopurhka Kaur demonstrated in Episode Two of Inward Bound) to get yourself out of the ‘thinking mind’ and overcome any craving
  • Kundalini techniques strengthen the nervous system and the glandular system—enabling you to harness the energy of your mind, allowing you to control your emotions and yourself—effectively taking back that control that food manufacturers are hijacking from us though chemical strategies
  • Learn a specific meditation for lasting change: Breaking Addiction by Rearranging Your Subconscious Mind
  • When dormant, the pineal gland makes mental and physical addictions seemingly impossible to kick—meditation activates the pineal gland.
  • This meditation also engages the pituitary gland which supports and balances the entire endocrine/hormone systems. 
  • Gain radiance and vitality to set yourself free from demoting patterns

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About Awareness Generation

Awareness Generation elevates workplace productivity, engagement, teamwork, and health by teaching people how to transform stress into vitality. Our unconventional programs are taught on or offsite in varying length workshops—customized to the business goals. Programs are people-centric, can be infused into any industry, are offered across the globe, and are focused on Igniting Human Brilliance in the Workplace.

Inward Bound – Facebook Live with Dave Korsunsky and Sopurkha Kaur – How to Wake Up

Inward Bound – Facebook Live with Dave Korsunsky and Sopurkha Kaur – How to Wake Up

Inward Bound - Episode Two - How to Wake Up

In Episode Two of Inward Bound, Dave Korsunsky speaks with Sopurkha Kaur, CEO of Awareness Generation, about how to wake up with several important things to do immediately upon waking up from sleep. She shares quick-hit, actionable techniques that properly prepare the body to start the day, both for better health and to fire up a feeling of empowerment. These are little-known tips to improve your day and your overall health with just a few simple practices. Sopurkha Kaur has earned the equivalency of a Master's Degree from the Kundalini Research Institute. As a Certified Teacher for the past nine years, she has observed remarkable personal transformations in herself and thousands of other people after consistently incorporating techniques established over 5,000 years ago. Kundalini techniques are designed for the 'modern-day householder,' or busy people who have a desire to heal and evolve through mind-body practices but also need to focus on jobs and families. David discusses how we can employ these promoting habits in our daily life and quantify them with the latest digital health technology.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Review key sleep practices from Inward Bound - Episode One
  • Best practices on how to wake up to start the day
  • How to take your vitality back by empowering yourself with the things you can control in life
  • Five things to do as you're waking up —before you even open your eyes
  • Five things to do immediately after you get out of bed
  • Awakening the nervous system in the morning, and slowing it down for sleep in the evening can be measured through a heart rate monitor and your phone HRV
  • Breath of Fire (BOF)—major benefits include:
    • Releases toxins and the deposits of mucus in our lung linings, in our blood vessels and all of our cells
    • Expands lung capacity and increases vitality and vital strength
    • Strengthens the nervous system to be able to resist stress
    • Reduces addictive impulses from drugs, smoking, and bad foods
    • Increases oxygen delivery to the brain, which facilitates a focused and intelligent and neutral state of mind so we can make better decisions throughout the day
    • Boosts the immune system and it may prevent diseases
    • Promotes synchronization of the biorhythms of the body’s systems
    • Repairs and balances both the sympathetic and parasympathetic system
    • Energizes the body while it calms the mind
  • One step you're already doing—using the toilet to eliminate waste—here we remind you to look at your waste, notice the color of the urine and notice what your stool can tell you about your health based on the Bristol Stool Chart
  • Another step you are likely already doing is brushing your teeth—however, there is an additional aspect to that step which is very beneficial and hardly anyone has ever heard about—gaging the monkey glands. Do this by brushing the way back area of the tongue (the monkey glands) and get yourself to gag several times. This releases the pool of toxic bacteria that the glands catch and store throughout the night. Release those toxins BEFORE swallowing any saliva (an unconscious, natural thing we do upon waking) or drinking anything. Added bonus, the eyes will water when you gag, which makes an excellent daily lubricant
  • How (a specific walkthrough with Sopurkha Kaur) to take a proper Cold Shower. Major benefits include:
    • Open up capillaries and circulation
    • Flush the organs with clean purified blood
    • Keep blood chemistry young, virile, and healthy
    • Stimulate healthy secretion of the glandular system
    • Keeps skin radiant
    • PRECAUTIONS - DO NOT DO A COLD SHOWER WHEN:
      • You have a fever
      • When menstruating or pregnant
      • If you have rheumatism, heart disease or circulatory issues (like Raynoid's disease)
      • Go slow with cold showers if you have issues with sciatica or high blood pressure
      • Protect the genitals
  • Cryotherapy is another biohacking option for cold exposure (see Dave Korsunsky and Dr. John Limansky take a cold plunge into Lake Tahoe)
  • The final Good Morning step is to allow quiet time to listen to inner messages, to consciously breath, to intentionally meditate, or simply to set your intentions for the day. Open your brain and body to receive guidance from your soul—your true, unconditional, best friend. This is a key step for success in any area of your life and health. Some of the most successful people in the world will start the day with an extensive (2-3 hours) early morning practice. If it's new to you, simply start with a few minutes and you will still begin to experience positive results in your day. Again, do this daily—consistency is key!
Join us every Friday on Facebook Live for a new episode of Inward Bound, where Dave Korsunsky interviews experts in the areas of mindfulness, meditation, and other body awareness techniques and explains how you can track them through Heads Up Health to learn more about how to support your unique health and body.

About Heads Up Health

Heads Up Health is an app 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 data to optimize your health.

About Awareness Generation

Awareness Generation elevates workplace productivity, engagement, teamwork, and health by teaching people how to transform stress into vitality. Our unconventional programs are taught on or offsite in varying length workshops—customized to the business goals. Programs are people-centric, can be infused into any industry, are offered across the globe, and are focused on Igniting Human Brilliance in the Workplace.
Inward Bound – Facebook Live with Dave Korsunsky and Sopurkha Kaur – Habits for Better Sleep

Inward Bound – Facebook Live with Dave Korsunsky and Sopurkha Kaur – Habits for Better Sleep

Inward Bound - Episode Two - Habits for Better Sleep

In this Inward Bound episode, Dave Korsunsky speaks with Sopurkha Kaur, CEO of Awareness Generation, to share 'promoting habits for better sleep'. Learn actionable tools that are sure to improve your sleep with a few adjustments—from the orientation of your bed to quick hit breathing exercises for optimal relaxation. 

Sopurkha Kaur has earned the equivalency of a Master's Degree from the Kundalini Research Institute. As a Certified Teacher for the past nine years, she has observed remarkable personal transformations in herself and thousands of other people after consistently incorporating teachings established over 5,000 years ago. Kundalini techniques 
are designed for the 'modern-day householder,' or busy people who have a desire to heal and evolve through mind-body practices but also need to focus on jobs and families.

David discusses how we can employ these promoting habits in our daily life and quantify them with the latest digital health technology.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How the position of your bed affects your sleep based on its relation to the earth’s gravitational pull on your body
  • How Left Nostril Breathing affects energy flow and produces calming for sleep(guided Left Nostril Breathing is practiced at the end of the show)
  • How the firmness of your bed affects your sleep. Make sure your spine is supported by a firm bed
  • The importance of strenuous exercise every day. Getting at least 30 min sets the body up for great sleep
  • Be mindful of when you stop eating before you go to bed, as digestion can delay deep sleep
  • Hydration is key in allowing the brain to rest and rejuvenate
  • Lower lights, switch to candles before bed, unplug and avoid blue light devices for a couple of hours before bed
  • There are approximately 72,000 nerves that end in the feet, soaking your feet in icy cold water for 3-4 minutes before bed will instantly calm your entire nervous system and your organs throughout your body
  • Using acupressure/foot massage on your feet before sleep to support your organs can be really helpful too. Here's a foot map to show the exact areas on the feet correlate to specific body parts/organs
  • Track your heart rate, HRV and sleep with a tracking device so you can start doing your own n=1 experiments to find out what is most affecting your sleep
  • How to practice Three Part Breathing (click for instructions). The mind follows the breath, so when we consciously control our breath, the mind has no choice but to listen to the cues the breath is giving it.
  • Try Left Nostril Breathing (click for instructions) for optimal relaxation before sleep, or if you wake up and can't get back to sleep. The left nostril is connected to the moon's energy which is cleansing, calming, and cooling energy.

Join us every Friday on Facebook Live for a new episode of Inward Bound, where Dave Korsunsky interviews experts in the areas of mindfulness, meditation, and other body awareness techniques and how you can track them through Heads Up Health to learn more about how to support your unique health and body.

About Heads Up Health

Heads Up Health is an app 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 data to optimize your health.

About Awareness Generation

Awareness Generation elevates workplace productivity, engagement, teamwork, and health by teaching people how to transform stress into vitality. Enjoy unconventional training taught on or offsite through varying length workshops—customized to the business goals. Programs are people-centric, fuses perfectly into any industry, offered across the globe, and focused on Igniting Human Brilliance in the Workplace.

Cancer Diet: How Keto and the Glucose Ketone Index Helped Us

Cancer Diet: How Keto and the Glucose Ketone Index Helped Us

How a cancer diet of eating ketogenic plus tracking the glucose ketone index helped my husband gain back control of his body and health.

Our lives were turned upside down when my husband was diagnosed with cancer at the end of 2014. The future looked bleak and we didn’t know where to turn to for hope, for help. My husband sat me down and showed me the passwords to all things financial. We hired an attorney to help us with a will. Then we drove to the beach in Pacifica with our 10-year-old son to watch the ocean waves crash against the sand. I sat, shivering from the cold wind, wondering how many more times we would be able to do this as a family.

After the initial shock, we decided to confront this problem together, one day at a time.

Our desperation turned into action. We decided on a multi-pronged approach to fighting his cancer. 

Cancer diet - discovering keto

A good friend suggested we look into the ketogenic diet, as it might help starve the cancer cells and possibly shrink tumors. My husband was diagnosed with Stage 2B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; the size of his tumor was 8 cm. Could his tumor possibly shrink with the addition of the keto diet? That very night after our friend left, we both began to cram, like hyper-diligent grad students. We absorbed everything we could find online about how to eat keto. What was ketosis? How did one eat this way?

At the time, there wasn’t an abundance of information about the ketogenic diet. But we were happy to discover e-books by Miriam Kalamian, Ellen Davis and Patricia Daly, with keto recipes and information for people with cancer. A short while later, my sister told me about Jimmy Moore’s Keto Clarity book, a tremendous resource, which opened our eyes even more.  

In Miriam Kalamian’s book, she asserted that "the diet alone is not a cure...instead it's intended to slow down the progression of disease while offering you a better quality of life."

Armed with this knowledge, we decided to use keto in conjunction with chemo and radiation treatments. 

And we wanted to do this right.

One of the first things we did was consult with Miriam Kalamian (who by the way, now has a more current and incredibly informative book--Keto for Cancer--deemed by Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried as "a masterpiece." ). She helped us navigate the overwhelm we felt during this time, trying to learn how to eat and cook keto specifically for cancer.

Next, we ordered the Precision Xtra device to measure blood glucose and ketones. To measure the amount of protein, carbs, and fat entering my husband's body, we purchased a kitchen scale. MyFitnessPal helped us track these macronutrients and ensure his carbs were limited to 12 net grams. Borrowing from the Paleo/Primal template, we sought to buy the highest quality whole foods, avoiding processed and fast food, grains, and sugar. (Now we're in love with the Keto-Mojo, because the blood ketone strips are so much more affordable, allowing us to check our ketones every day. Sometimes, even more than once!)

Since I also had some weight to lose around my midsection, I decided to join my husband in eating keto.

Miriam’s book introduced us to Dr. Thomas Seyfried’s glucose ketone index (GKI) as a way to monitor progress with the keto diet. The glucose ketone index measures the ratio between blood glucose and ketones. At the time my husband kept his GKI, per Dr. Seyfried, between 1 and 2. Now we've learned what Dr. Seyfried calls "therapeutic ketosis" -- where it's optimal to have a GKI of under 1 -- and this is achieved through at least three days of fasting up to five days or more, ideally water-only, a way to "blast the crap out of incipient tumors." 

At the time, my husband couldn’t find a better way to track his GKI other than recording it in a paper notebook and Evernote. But tracking the data was worth it. In his words: Eating keto and tracking my progress helped me gain back a sense of control of my body and health.” 

Looking back, a tool like Heads Up Health would have made this much easier and informative--especially with the ability to graph and correlate GKI and other health metrics.

Cancer diet - tracking the Glucose-Ketone Index (GKI)

Cancer diet - tracking the Glucose Ketone Index (GKI)

 

Physically and mentally, we both began to look and feel better. After a year of eating strict keto, along with conventional treatments, his tumor shrunk from 8 cm to 1 cm! The oncologist and nurses were awed by how fast he improved and that he didn't experience the normal side effects of nausea and hair loss. Encouraged by PET scans showing the tumor shrinking, we felt motivated to keep on keto-eating.

Also a nice surprise: as the one cooking, I also ate this way, delighted to discover that my pre-diabetic blood glucose levels went down so much that I'm no longer in the pre-diabetic range per my last A1C test results (although what's "normal" in the conventional range is not where I'd like to be just yet, still aiming for a more optimal range). Another nice bonus: no longer was I using multiple inhalers daily for my asthma...and I lost some weight, especially around my waist!

Now two full years in remission, my husband remains focused on keto-eating as a way to maintain good health. His goals are different, but the need to monitor and see trends remain. As a self-professed data nerd, he enjoys finding new ways to use data about his health and life to make small improvements.

Tracking and monitoring our health markers is now a regular part of our lives. We use Heads Up Health to track our glucose ketone index, fasting glucose, ketones, weight, and more. Recently, we added fasting to our health regimen. To stay motivated, we use the Heads Up Health Fasting Timer. Fasting, we’ve learned, is also a cool therapeutic tool that has a host of benefits, including anti-aging, cancer-prevention, and help with insulin resistance. But that’s a whole other blog post.

Cancer diet - tracking metrics with Heads Up Health

Cancer diet - tracking metrics with Heads Up Health

Now past this cancer scare, we’re excited about the life ahead for ourselves and our family. It's caused a whole new shift in priorities.The cancer was a catalyst in us deciding to live more simply, free from the chains of traditional office jobs and hefty mortgages. My husband quit his full-time job and we're selling our house to move into a RV with our kid, planning to travel the world, working part-time as digital nomads. More than ever, we feel empowered because we've realized health is the ultimate wealth!

 

About Heads Up Health

Heads Up Health is a powerful tool designed to help individuals take control of their health data. The web-based software can integrate medical records, wearables, apps and any other health metrics that are important to track. The software provides dashboards, trends, alerts and other tools to help individuals take a data-driven and self-directed approach to managing their health. Additionally, the product has been optimized for those following low-carb and ketogenic diets. Sign up for a free trial at www.headsuphealth.com.

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Keto Lifestyle Transformation- In for the Long Haul

Keto Lifestyle Transformation- In for the Long Haul

The new year is approaching and several of you are going to set out to have a fit and healthy 2017.  You will hit 2017 strong and ambitious, but, unfortunately, may burn out a few months into your new program.  Instead, think of 2017 as a transformation, a lifestyle change, and start putting together your toolkit now to keep your new and healthy lifestyle close to you.

Our longstanding, adored customer Ginny, is an amazing example of how you can change your health and your life.  She has lost 85 lbs since she started focusing on her health and is determined to lose 30 more!

Before (Ginny on the right):

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After:

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Ginny is a 64 year old long haul truck driver and keeps her ketogenic lifestyle close to her even when she is on the road. She has a vast history of heart disease and diabetes in her family and she is determined to beat the odds.

She feels that we all need to take our health concerns into our own hands. Here is Ginny's story in her own words...

Ginny's Story

I am a 64 year old woman and a long haul truck driver. Since my early thirties I have been yo-yo dieting and, like many others, have tried every diet ever mentioned. In September of 2015, a friend mentioned to me that she had lost 20 pounds.  I asked her what she was doing and she told me about the ketogenic diet.  It was at this moment that my life changed! I began researching and reading all I could about it and started the keto diet on 2/29/16.

Eight Great Ketogenic Diet Benefits

A low-carb/high-fat ketogenic diet

I want to mention a little family background before I jump into my journey.  Both of my grandfathers and my father passed away in their early forties from massive heart attacks. My mother had several strokes, triple bypass surgery and a heart attack. One of my grandmothers had RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and the other died from complications of diabetes. My one sibling lost 2 toes to diabetes in Feb 2015. She had triple bypass surgery in February 2016 and is now dealing with kidney and liver issues. Her doctors are still pumping her with insulin and I cannot convince her to change her eating habits.

When I started the keto diet, I was already eating low-carb.  By adding healthy fats to my diet, I was able to reach nutritional ketosis fairly quickly. I did not experience the ‘keto flu’ I had read about. My hunger stopped, cravings stopped, constant thoughts of what I would eat next stopped, and thinking about food 24/7 STOPPED. I could not get over how it was like a switch had been turned off!  And though my initial interest was to lose weight, I soon discovered all of the other health benefits. Making the connection that high levels of insulin causes obesity,  I also realized I was addicted to carbs, had problems with leaky gut and was insulin resistant – just to name a few things going on.

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Track blood ketones with the Precision xtra

I also suffered for nearly 5 years with extreme foot pain. Two issues, plantar fibromatosis, marble sized knots running the length of my feet, and neuropathy, though not diabetic.  I couldn't even stand the bed sheet touching my feet at night time. After three foot doctors, a neurologist, hundreds of dollars spent on every kind of shoe out there, pain meds and 1200mg gabapentin a day for nearly 3 years, nothing helped. Two weeks into keto, I noticed less foot pain. Four weeks....pain free! It’s been 9 months now, still pain free. Neuropathy has improved to the point that I no longer take gabapentin or tramadol for pain.

Having read many books and listened to many podcasts, I began figuring out how the ketogenic diet worked and that we each need to spend some time fine tuning it to fit our health issues. I used several keto calculators to figure my ideal macros. In the beginning I used MyFitnessPal to track my daily food intake and macros. After a few months I was able to keep track without the app. Though, when I hit a stall, I go back to tracking to see what might be causing the stall. As time went on, I discovered things like bone broth, how foods raise blood sugar, how to measure ketones, and intermittent fasting.

Track your macronutrients with myFitnessPal

Track your macronutrients with myFitnessPal

I use Heads Up Health to track blood glucose, blood ketones, blood pressure, weight & exercise. Being able to manage all this information in one place along with my medical records, doctors, insurance information, medications and all my other health information has been such a time saver! I love that I can tap on a few boxes and pull up a chart of whichever info I want.

I feel we all need to take our own health concerns into our own hands. A few years ago, my doctor wanted to put me on statins and when I took him an article and asked him to read it and comment – I got eye rolling.  Just dealing with him (now replaced) and trying to talk to him about following a keto way of living – having him roll his eyes at me AGAIN – well – that did not go over so well with me. I knew then, I had to find a keto supportive doctor – and have.

For me reading and listening to podcasts keeps me motivated. Also a lot of interesting videos on YouTube. I discovered Heads Up Health while listening to a podcast and signed up right away. I can’t express how helpful it’s been to be able to gather all my medical info and have it in one spot. I love that I can open the program and see my stats all there. I have begun using Fat Secret to track food and macros and have added a Fitbit fitness tracker. They sync with Heads Up Health – all right on my dashboard. When I had my (new Keto) doctor appointment last he was quite impressed with all the info I had at my fingertips. Thanks, Heads Up Health!

I appreciate the chance to tell my story and hope it encourages others to consider a ketogenic way of living and to make good use of Heads Up Health!

Don't try to do it all at once. There is sooooo much to take in and as we try to wrap our heads around all the new info....it can become overwhelming and frustrating. The longer you stick with keto, the more your body will heal from the inside first. We want to see instant results but it’s important to remember there is more going on inside than we can see. I have read dozens of books, listened to hundreds of podcasts and over & over the same message comes thru - stick with it - YOU WILL see results.

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Thank you for sharing your story, Ginny. You are an inspiration to others who are seeking to take control of their own health. We are glad that Heads Up Health can be a part of your journey and we thank you for your support.

For more stories like Ginny's, head over to the transformation section on our blog. If you'd like to learn more about the Heads Up Health program for health tracking, visit our homepage. And if you're eager to jump right in and start building your health portfolio, sign up below.

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Stories of Transformation: Todd Smith

Stories of Transformation: Todd Smith

People all over the U.S. are digging for solutions to the countless problems in the healthcare system. Heads Up Health is part of the healthcare solution, providing technology that allows you to centralize all of your health, fitness and medical data in one place.

Recently we caught up with Todd Smith. Todd used Heads Up Health technology to discover a significant heart condition that he had been born with — and living with unknowingly all along. He told us about how he used the technology and healthcare analytics to identify this issue and take appropriate action to treat it.

Todd Smith

Todd Smith

Heads Up Health: So, you’re in great shape, you love taking long cycling trips and pushing your body. What happened that made you realize, “Hey, something’s not right”?

Todd: In early 2014, I went to a spin class; I was training for a ride down to Sarasota, FL. After the class, I had really bad headaches for weeks afterwards. [My doctors] did a CT scan and didn’t find anything.

So, I road down to Sarasota and on the last day of the bike ride — day five —  I had heart palpitations for 24 hours. I had an echocardiogram last year and again nothing was discovered, so I didn’t think it was anything serious and neither did my doctors.

When I went to get my physical [exam], my doctor noted high blood pressure and cholesterol as potential issues and recommended a medication for hypertension. But, instead of jumping on a hypertension medication, I decided to start taking matters into my own hands.

I decided to hold off on the prescription and began collecting my own data at home including blood pressure, heart rate, sleep, activity and other lifestyle metrics. I also started tracking my own lab test results in Heads Up Health. My data led me to suspect the diagnosis from my doctor was incorrect. I sought out a second opinion from a different cardiologist and that’s when the correct issue, a genetic issue I was born with but had never been properly diagnosed.

Heads Up Health: Tell us about your experience with healthcare and your life leading up to the discovery of your heart disease.

Todd: As far as my own experience with healthcare, I’ve always been physically active. When I was in my 20s I ran marathons; I ran the New York City Marathon twice, plus the Los Angeles Marathon. After having some knee trouble, I dialed back from that and got into cycling. I even rode my bicycle coast to coast. I have a long bucket list I’d like to accomplish of other bicycle rides, too.

Heads Up Health: How did you feel after your diagnosis? What did you do?

Todd: I’ve continued to track my own health very closely using Heads Up Health’s solution. I’ve finally found the right specialist, which has ultimately led me to the right healthcare treatment. I was nervous about the outcome, but I’m confident that I have control over it. My hope is to jump right back onto the bucket list and cross things off.

Heads Up Heath: How do you use the Heads Up Health technology?

Todd: I have the Withings wireless blood pressure monitoring cuff to track my blood pressure and pulse rate. I use a FitBit to track my sleep and physical activity. Both of these devices are connected to my Heads Up Health account. I manually enter my BMI, weight, body water and muscle mass into my Heads Up account about once a week.

Blood pressure tracking with Heads Up Health

Blood pressure tracking with Heads Up Health

As someone that’s super busy, I’ve used Heads Up Health’s Concierge Service to help me get all of my clinical data (labs, medication history, conditions, etc.) into my profile. I can now track all of my medical data alongside all of my daily lifestyle data and share this with my doctor as needed.

Heads Up Heath: How did this whole experience between the Heads Up Health technology and interaction with healthcare providers make you feel confident about being in control of your health?

Todd: I think the analogy is, you’re becoming the driver of your own healthcare, as opposed to a passenger. Especially when you have a tool like [Heads Up Health]. I feel very confident about my situation. I don’t feel like I’m in the dark; I feel like I have control, and that’s pretty cool.

Other issues could crop up as I get older — I’m 45 — but hopefully I’ll be able to make decisions quickly, especially seeing trends over time. The more information you have, the more you have to make decisions to take care of yourself.

Heads Up Heath: OK last question. Based on your personal experience, what's the one piece of advice you would offer others who are on a similar journey toward health transformation?

Todd: My one piece of advice is that people should take 100% control of their own health, instead of relying on hurried, overburdened healthcare providers.  At the end of the day, I know that no one has a more vested interest in my health than I do.  Far too many people place some sort of mystical trust in doctors, and the fact of the matter is they're human, they make mistakes and overlook things, and they're really taught to be reactive instead of preventative.

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Interested in another Heads Up Health Story of Transformation? Check out  beta user Bill Schuller’s story about how the technology helped him organize all his electronic health records.

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