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Getting to Know the Gut: A QS Dublin Report

March 31, 2017

Earlier this month, the Quantified Self Dublin group got together for an engaging evening of talks on gut health by members of the local medical community. CDSA Explained Francesco Polito, a nutritional therapist, talked about the markers that are found in a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA). This is a test that he has his clients get…

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Richard Sprague: Microbiome Gut Cleanse

September 6, 2016

In this talk, Richard Sprague shares his attempt to improve his sleep quality by increasing the amount of bifidobacterium in his gut through eating potato starch. You’ll learn why he took the extreme step of flushing his digestive tract and rebuilding it from scratch.

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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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What is in My Gut?

March 5, 2015

This past fall we learned about a unique study, conducted at Stanford University, designed to contribute to the understanding of the human microbiome. This study also has a component not common to academic research — data is being returned to the participants. Intrigued, I contacted the principle investigator, Les Dethlefson, to learn more. Ernesto: Tell me about…

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QS Access: Data Donation Part 2

February 25, 2015

In our Access Channel we’re trying to expose ideas, efforts, and insights about personal data access and it’s role in both generating personal and public insights. The last time we wrote about data donation we mentioned a few different projects that allowed you to collect and/or publish your self-tracking data for others to view and…

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Conference Preview: Tracking our Bacterial Buddies

April 23, 2014

We are not alone. No, there haven’t been any extraterrestrial sightings lately, but there have been many advances in understanding the organisms that make up the ecosystem of ourselves. Did you know that you are supporting almost 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells? These bacterial collaborators have a profound affect on health and wellbeing. Jessica…

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What would you do with your microbiome sequence?

August 1, 2012

If you had access to free microbiome sequencing tests, to detect and analyze bacteria living in the nose, mouth, skin, gastro-intestinal, and/or urogenital areas of the body, what experiments would you think up? Would you compare oral bacteria in people with lots of cavities vs. people with no cavities, look for differences between people with…