Theresa, on one of the tests, your TSH was significantly elevated. Any idea why?
Yes, that result was on day 7 of my fast, as to be expected, the fast taxed my thyroid.
TSH History on Gundry lab tests (normal conditions): (Singulex range .27 – 4.2)
5/2015 - 3.160
1/2016 - 2.110
6/2016 - 3.130
1/2017 - 2.950
All those are within range, so no issue. On the 7th/last day of my fast, however, TSH was 6.110 -High (labcorp range .450 – 4.5), but to be expected. As Mr Spock would say, “Fascinating.”
Juliegee also asked,
Are you both planning to start his Vital Reds?
Can't speak for George. I have been taking Vital Reds “here and there” but will be taking on a daily basis from now on.
I’m basing my decision on two things:
1. After reading a post from a 76 yo woman on one of the facebook pages dedicated to following Dr Gundry. She reported her natural hair color was returning after a few months of taking it, (ahhh, vanity! I’m not very gray, but would sure like to stay that way.)
Plus other facebook page followers have had good reports too.
2. After our consult with Dr Gundry. He made of point of not “hawking his wares,” but he did say he is proud of his products, so the subject did come up and these were Dr Gundry’s statements that pursuaded me:
-Dr Gundry, “unbeknownst to me, they started taking my product Vital Reds and, knock on wood, so far every one of them, their Lp-PLA2 (a coronary heart disease risk indicator reflecting the “sticky” cholesterol) has gone down to normal."
-Despite doing basically everything right on Dr Gundry’s diet, George was slightly “yellow” on oxidized-LDL and it’s the oxidized LDLs that Dr Gundry insists are the bad actors in cholesterol, and are especially problematic for ApoeE4s. Regarding this test result, Dr Gundry said, “it’ll be interesting to see what you do on Vital Reds. Yeah, so I think it will be worth the experiment.”
-And lastly, Dr Gundry said, “polyphenols in general are probably the key to not having all the mischievous things that ApoE4 does in your brain. So basically, the more polyphenols I can cram down somebody’s throat, the better. And one of the cool things about Vital Reds, it’s just concentrated polyphenols and different polyphenols, and so it’s a great product for you guys.”[ Apoe4s].
Juliegee, regarding Nigerians, he gave us a preview of coming attractions in his presentation at the Ancestral Health Symposium, August 2016. Starting at about the 3:30 minute mark of his presentation:
Now as many of you may not know Nigerians have the highest incidence of the ApoE4 genotype of any studied population, in fact it is a huge percentage of their population. But their incidence of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are extremely low. Age-matched and ApoE matched African-Americans from Indianapolis have significantly higher LDL and small particle LDLs than their corresponding age matched Nigerians and significantly higher rates of Alzheimer's disease. There have been two studies, and I apologize I didn't put the references, I put references on everything else and somehow I missed, but there are two studies done by the same group that have looked at this comparison and the comparison stands up in a small group study that was initially published and now in a much larger group to study. Now interestingly, despite the increased association of Alzheimer's disease and African-Americans with ApoE4 vs Nigerians what's striking in this comparison study is that elevated LDL-C had the highest association with Alzheimer's disease regardless of a ApoE status. In other words what this study showed in black Americans vs. Nigerians that high LDL-Cs was the strongest predictor of Alzheimer's disease regardless of ApoE status. And in fact the Nigerians who do develop Alzheimer's disease and there are a few small ones, in fact have high levels of LDL-C.
Juliegee also wrote,
I really like that he and Dr. Bredesen have become friends. That was one of our goals- mission accomplished
Edited addition: If someone is now thinking of trying VitalReds, DO NOT BUY on Amazon, it'll cost you an arm and a leg there. Go to the GundryMD.com website, click on "new customer" and after you buy for the first time they will subsequently offer periodic discounts.