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QS Radio Episode #1

April 18, 2015

In our first episode of QS Radio we hit the ground running with a great pair of interviews and some super interesting news and discussion about exciting self-tracking projects. In our show&tell segment, we hear from Shannon Conners, a self-tracking enthusiast who’s been learning amazing things from tracking her diet, exercise, and weight for over…

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QS Access: Self-Report & Quantified Self in Health Research

January 23, 2015

As part of our new Access channel we’re going to highlight interesting stories, ideas, and research related to self-tracking data and data access issues and the role they take in personal and public health. We recently found this expert report, published in the International Journal of Obesity, that tackles issues with the data researchers rely on for…

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How To Access & Export MyFitnessPal Data

January 13, 2015

MyFitnessPal is one of the leading dietary tracking tools, currently used by tens of millions of people all around the world to better track and understand the foods they consume every day. Their mobile apps and online tools allow individuals to enter foods and keep track of their micro- and macro-nutrient consumption, connect additional devices…

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Julie Price: 30lbs of Family Visits, Races, and Games

December 17, 2014

Julie Price has been tracking her weight consistently for the last four years. Like many of us, she found that her weight goes up and down depending on various life events. In this talk, presented at the Bay Area QS meetup group, Julie discussed what she’s learned about her weight and what correlates with weight…

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Nan Shellabarger: 26 Years of Weight Tracking

November 26, 2014

“When I look at this, this is the story of my life in these years.” Nan Shellabarger has been tracking her weight for 26 years, including almost daily tracking since 1998. In the talk embedded below, presented at the Washington DC QS meetup group, Nan describes her experience with diving deep into how she’s making…

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Bryan Ausinheiler: Diet and Digestion

November 21, 2014

Bryan Ausinheiler was experiencing gastrointestinal issues for years and decided it was time to figure out what was causing it. By precisely controlling his diet – eating exactly the same quantities at exactly the same time – for a month and then measuring the quality of his stool in a self-designed spreadsheet he was able…

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Sue Lueder: Solving a Food Allergy Mystery

October 28, 2014

Sue Lueder contracted mysterious ongoing stomach ailment after a vacation to Spain that her physician dismissed as heartburn. To find the true root of the cause, she began to track her symptoms and diet. In this talk, presented at our 2013 Global Conference, Sue describes how she used the data to make sense her illness.

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Jan Szelagiewicz: Losing 40 kg with Self-Tracking

August 27, 2014

On July 4th, 2009 Jan Szelagiewicz decided to make a change in his life. After taking stock of his personal health and his family history with heart disease he began a weight-loss journey that included a variety of self-tracking tools. Over the course of a few years Jan tracked his diet, activities such as cycling,…

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Anne Wright: Breaking Free of the Tyranny of the Norm

July 22, 2014

We’ve heard from our friend, and Pittsburgh QS meetup co-organizer, Anne Wright, many times before. She’s a wonderful proponent of the power of self-tracking and using data, research, and continuous exploration to discover and learn about what is meaningful in your life. All of that passion stems from a personal experience with overcoming various health…

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Ellis Bartholomeus on Tracking Food with Photos

July 9, 2014

At the start of 2013 Ellis Bartholomeus decided to start keep track of her life. Since her friends were always asking about her eating habits (she was a consistent traveler and rarely at home) she decide to start tracking her food. Instead of entering in her food into a calorie counting app she started taking…

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Max Gotzler: A Testosterone and Diet Experiment

June 9, 2014

Max Gotzler wasn’t feeling his best during a long German winter. He decided to visit his physician to see if anything might be going on. This included various blood and micronutrient tests. When he received his results he noticed that his testosterone levels were on the low end of the acceptable range. Intrigued by this,…

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Conference Preview: Bob Troia on Tracking Blood Glucose

April 21, 2014

We’ve learned a lot from the diabetics in our community, such as Jana Beck’s lessons from 100,000+ blood glucose readings, and Doug Kanter’s narrative visualizations of a year of his diabetes data. At the upcoming QS Europe Conference on May 10th and 11th in Amsterdam, we’re going to hear the interesting story of a non-diabetic who began tracking his fasting glucose…

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Max Gotzler on Tracking Testosterone and Diet

March 13, 2014

Max Gotzler was smack dab in the middle of a long Berlin winter and he started experiencing reductions in this mood, energy levels, and sleep. After getting a blood test he found out he had low levels of vitamin D and testosterone (among other biomarkers). His prior reading and research led him to experimenting with…

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Katrina Rodzon on Celiac Discovery

February 6, 2014

Katrina Rodzon thought she was a relatively healthy person until she realized that seemingly disconnected symptoms pointed towards something real, a gluten intolerance. She took this hunch and decided to test it out using a simple elimination diet along with tracking her weight and subjective bloating and mood ratings. Watch her great talk from our…

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Chris Bartley on Understanding Chronic Fatigue

December 16, 2013

Chris Bartley worked on land mine removal as part of his undergraduate work, applying data collection and statistics to help with the process of removal. While on a trip for his research he contracted Reiter’s Syndrome. Even after he recovered he still felt like something was wrong. After consulting a physician he started tracking his…

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Doug Kanter: A Year Of Diabetes Data

November 20, 2013

The complex relationship between behavior and diabetes control has long been a testing ground for gathering and making sense of personal data. Doug Kanter is a Type-1 diabetic who’s been thinking about how self-tracking influences his diabetes control for a few years. While in graduate school at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU he…