Welcome to CompendiumDX
Here you will find a collection of resources for individuals taking responsibility for their own health. We offer an encouraging look into the world of the Undoctored®, self-directed medicine, do it yourself healthcare consumers, the medical selfies and quantified self. If you want to become more engaged in the process of regaining and maintaining optimal health, then CompendiumDX.com is for you.
This site is part of my effort to better understand the factors affecting personal health and wellbeing. We will be reviewing health apps, at home diagnostics, direct-to-consumer labs, and medical wearables available to patients without a doctor’s prescription. In the end, we hope to show you how to save money, gain insights and learn ways to monitor, track and improve your personal health.
I am inspired by the writings of Dr. William Davis and Dr. Richard Maurer, the movement and meet ups behind the #QuantifiedSelf (www.quantifiedself.com) and enthusiastic about the growing trend empowering self-directed healthcare and direct-to-consumer laboratory diagnostic tests.
So you might be asking yourself, “Hey Kyle, why don’t you just rely on your health insurance?” I could, but as a self employed businessman, my access to quality insurance coverage is limited. Let’s be honest, political volatility has destabilized the health insurance industry. The Affordable Care Act, (Obamacare, Trumpcare or other term du jour) is a mess. The result is, like millions of Americans, I have a high deductible insurance plan that pushes off a great deal of my annual healthcare spend back on to me through the way of high deductibles and co-insurances. What that means, is that in addition to my monthly insurance premiums, a vast majority of my initial healthcare encounters for my family and for me are still my responsibility. So, despite having and paying for health insurance, I have to pay on top of my already very steep premiums for office visit co-pays, lab or imaging diagnostics coinsurances and prescription medicines. There’s got to be a better way. The system just feels rigged against the consumer.
Among developed countries, the United States has the highest infant mortality rate, the lowest life expectancy, and the most preventable deaths per capita.” – Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care – and Why We’re Usually Wrong, By Robert Pearl
As a health care executive, I have a bit of an insider’s perspective on the situation and I’m sad to to report that elements of the U.S. healthcare industry are rigged against you. Don’t get me wrong, most doctors and probably yours, are truly involved with medicine out of an altruistic desire to improve your health. However, many of the interests, regulations, influencers, suppliers and manufacturers serving the healthcare industry have a purely profit motive. It’s hard to show a profit on one hand and fight to cut healthcare costs and reduce healthcare utilizations on the other.
This misalignment leads to over utilization of medical services, unnecessary procedures and a preference to medicate rather than eliminate. Why cure a disease when we can medicate you for a life time, where that medication often leads to side affects that can only be alleviated through the prescription of another medication. You might be shocked to learn that:
- 82% of Americans take at least one medication
- 29% of Americans take 5 or more medications
- 50% of the medications patients take are ineffective
- 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. are Adverse Drug Reactions
I’ve learned that when it comes to healthcare, it’s not done for you, it’s not performed on you and it’s not done to you. When it comes to healthcare, it’s up to you to choose health. We the people deserve a better healthcare system!
Hope On The Horizon
I recognize that this opening letter has a bit of a melancholy tone. I don’t mean to be a downer… In fact, I think the future is bright. We are in the dawn of a whole new age in personal healthcare. Never before has the consumer had so much access to information, computing power, tracking tools, genetic insights. Over the next few years everything is going to change, the way you live, work, retire, invest and care for your health. The wave of self-directed medicine, or DIY healthcare, is here.
Think about it, in just the last few years we have:
- Sequenced the entire genome (now available to you for just a few hundred bucks)
- Developed life saving biologics
- Regularly transplant hearts, kidneys and livers
Scientist are predicting average life spans will soon extend well into the 100’s. And that’s not even the best part. On the horizon, new drugs will:
- Cure Alzheimer’s
- Stop cancer
- And Nano bots will repair DNA damage at the cellular level.
In order to make more informed healthcare decisions, we will all have to be come responsible for our own health. In fact, NOBODY should know more about your health than you! This is a growing trend known as ‘consumer-driven medicine’ or ’self directed healthcare’. It is being driven by waive of technology, direct access lab diagnostics and medical wearables that allow you to track, trend and optimize your personal health.
What you’ll find on this site
Join now to get free and immediate access to our full compendium of:
→ Direct to consumer diagnostic laboratories. (i.e. no doctor prescription required)
→ Convenient At Home Health Tests
→ DIY Health Products
→ Medical Wearables
→ The best health apps for your smartphone
→ Listings of the top health tracker websites
→ Best selling personal health books you should read
Join The Discussion
I hope that along the way that I can create something of value for you. But I don’t have all the answers. In fact, I need your help, that’s why an important component of CompendiumDX is the CDX Forum (COMING SOON) a place where we can share insights, uncover and access better diagnostics and doctors. I’ve also include a book club of sorts with reviews of books and references that CDX forum members have recommended.
The end goal is that this blog will act as a handbook, a blueprint, or an owner’s manual on how to track, trend and optimize your personal health for years to come.
ATTENTION HEALTHCARE CONSUMERS
Health consumers, you deserve to know what’s in your medical records. Ever wonder why every time you go to the doctor that you are constantly filling out reams of new paperwork and form after form. Well, you are basically signing your rights away. Signing your rights and privacy away to insurance companies, and ironically may be limiting your access to your own health data. I predict the political uncertainty around insurance reform will only get worse. As such, I want to prepare you for increased constraints on your access to traditional healthcare.
There is no obligation to join us. Simply register for free with your preferred email address. That way you can have access to all of our work.
What We Do at CompendiumDX
We do have to run this a bit like a business. These tests are expensive and if you like our work, you might become a fan of our work and a regular user of our site and click some of our affiliate links or referral offers where we might get a small commission for the referral.
CompendiumDX is a brand new site for now. If you’ve made it this far, you are what’s called an early adopter. You are either a quant, a numbers geek type concerned with all things data or you are perhaps a self directed healthcare consumer looking for sincere advice on how to improve your specific health condition. As an early adopter, I want to thank you. Stay tuned…
Over time this site will be jam-packed with literally dozens of useful ideas, diy health hacks and self-improvement techniques to help you make better informed medical decisions.
As I said, you are now part of a growing trend known as ‘self directed healthcare’ or as Dr. Davis calls it, “Undoctored”. It is being driven by a waive of technology, direct access diagnostics, online lab tests, new fangangled wearables & health tracking devices.
What you’ll find on the site is access to and directory of direct-to-consumer diagnostic laboratories, a review of new health devices & wearables, links to the best smartphone apps & websites and much, much more.
Look, I can’t tell you exactly what to do – that would be practicing medicine; and I am not a doctor. I do not play a doctor on T.V nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn last night. But I can show you what I learn along the way and where I learned it.
The only question is: Will you join this DIY health blog for self-direct healthcare, personalized medicine, medical selfie movement?
Now.. I know.. some of the ideas and solutions we’ll explore might seem a bit radical. I plan to explore my micro-biom (poop analysis). I recognize that fecal transplants and continuous glucose monitoring for weight loss are definitely not mainstream medical modalities (for now).
But the truth is, this is what I’m personally doing to figure out where I am, where I need to improve and zero in on treatments, interventions or lifestyle modifications necessary for optimal health. As I said, I can’t afford to go to the doctor once a week to figure this stuff out.
If you like what you find, great! I hope you’ll want to keep reading our research and insights into the future of personalized healthcare delivery. The best way to stay involved is to register for free to our regular email newsletter where we’ll publish our periodical research, reviews and insights.
Nobody should know more about your health than you do! Here’s to your health,