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The Quantified Doctor: Personal Experiments with Paleo and BodyTrack

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Paul Abramson MD (@paulabramsonMD) shares some of his personal self-tracking experiments and lessons learned at the Quantified Self Silicon Valley show & tell. …

Paul Abramson MD (@paulabramsonMD) shares some of his personal self-tracking experiments and lessons learned at the Quantified Self Silicon Valley show & tell.

@quantdoctor
http://quantdoctor.com

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  • Methodology: current status
  • Lost weightNever hungryFeel much betterAbnormal labs normalizing
  • Define terms preciselyAsk specific questionsLimit number of variables!Solve implementation glitchesProvide ongoing feedback
  • Passive sensors won’t do it all
  • Data integration
  • Open sourceUsers must control their own dataDevice agnostic
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    • 1. The Quantified Doctor:Personal Experiments with Paleo and BodyTrack
      Paul Abramson MD
      San Francisco, CA
    • 2. What I Did
      ASSESSMENT
      Current health status
      Areas for improvement
      Questions I want answered
    • 3. 7-pound weight gain in 2 months
      [was 155 in 2006]
      Yow!
    • 4. Longstanding episodic headaches
      (now more frequent)
      2/week
      2/month
    • 5. Baseline Labs2006: Weight 155#
      LDL 88
      Size pattern: LARGE/BUOYANT
      HDL 57
      HDL-2 = 16
      TRIG 88
      pretty good..
      VLDL-3 = 13
    • 6. Baseline LabsAugust 2011: Weight 172#
      (( not done* ))
      * D’oh!
    • 7. Consulted a Quant Coach
      Define experiment(s)
      Get specific
      Implement tools
      Regular meetings & feedback
      Anne Wright
      BodyTrack Project
      CMU
    • 8. #1 Implement a “Paleo Diet”
      No Grains - No Sugar - Minimal Legumes - Minimal Fruit
    • 9.
      But is the Paleo Diet Safe?
      Or will my cholesterol approach
      ?
    • 10. Tracking Dietary Change
      Weight - QD
      Blood Pressure – BID
      VAP (Advanced Lipid Profile) - Monthly
      CBC / CMP / hs-CRP / HgbA1c - Monthly
      Pictures of Food
      Carbs - Caffeine
    • 11. #2 Figure Out What’s Causing
      the Headaches
      Dietary?
      Stress?
      Sleep?
      Barometric Pressure?
    • 12. Tracking Headaches
      Pictures of Food
      Pictures of People
      Carbs + Caffeine
      Mood
      optimism (0-4)
      agitation (0-4)
      energy (0-4)
      Headaches (0-4)
    • 13. Tracking Headaches
      Sleep
      quantity
      quality
      timing
      Environment
      barometric pressure
      particulates
      light
    • 14. Tracking Headaches
      Activity
    • 15. So What Happened?
    • 16. 1300data points self-entered into Mymee app from August 19 to October 11
    • 17. BodyTrackData Visualization
      Processed carbs
    • 18. BodyTrackData Visualization
      Processed carbs
    • 19. Weight
      Lost 13 pounds
      Ate more
      No increase in exercise
    • 20. My Labs
      9/1/11
      2006
      10/3/11
      LDL
      88
      161
      131
      LDL Size
      A
      A
      A
      HDL
      57
      68
      71
      88
      122
      77
      TG
      13
      19
      12
      VLDL-3
    • 21. What I Learned
      * KEY POINT *
      Get baseline data before changing things!
    • 22. #1 The PaleoDiet seems to be safe
    • 23. #2 A Quant Coach is really helpful!
    • 24. #3 Subjective data is very important
      Pictureshelp with recall
    • 25. #4 Active data entry is very important
      Mindfulness
    • 26. headaches
      mood
      carbs
      barometric pressure
      hospital night shifts
      ignoring dozing off during activity
      New Mymee button: “eyes close”
    • 27.
    • 28. KEY FEATURES OF A DATA PLATFORM
      Open source
      Users control their own data
      Device agnostic
      .org
    • 29. Making Medicine Better
      Role of Quantified Doctor
      Role of Quant Coach
      Self-tracking and Mindfulness
      Developing an open source platform
      And more demonstration projects
    • 30. Contact
      Paul Abramson MD
      @paulabramsonMD
      My Doctor Medical Group
      San Francisco
      mydoctorsf.com
      office@mydoctorsf.com
      The Quantified Doctor
      quantdoctor.com
      @quantdoctor