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Holiday Healthcare as a Gift Guide 2017

CompendiumDX has researched and tested these medical products so you can give the gift of healthcare this holiday season. Pick that perfect healthcare gift for the fitness buff, hypochondriac or health nut in your family - or those who need a healthy nudge to a healthier 2018.


DNA - now it's more than just ancestry

23andMe Ancestry + Health

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picture of the 23andMe ancestry + health

• Understand what your DNA says about your health, traits and ancestry • Provide a saliva sample using our at-home kit and send it back. Results ready in about 6-8 weeks • $199

Skip the hype around ancestry DNA tests that offer little more than your basic historical heritage; and opt instead for a full genetic profile of 75+ medically relevant reports.

After a fault start with the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), 23andMe has been approved for direct to consumer testing of DNA for genetic health risks such as Parkinson’s Disease and carrier status testing for things like Sickle Cell Anemia and Cystic Fibrosis.

With their more expensive Health + Ancestry service you get the full ancestry DNA report from over 31 populations around the world, plus an expanded medical profile including:

  • Genetic Health report of risks for certain diseases.
  • Wellness reports on how your genes play a role in your well-being and lifestyle choices.
  • Carrier Status to learn if you are a carrier for certain inherited conditions.
  • Traits - see how your DNA influences physical traits like facial features, taste, smell and others.

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Turn on your heart beat - on your smartphone

Kardia Mobile

• FDA-cleared, clinical grade mobile EKG monitor: • Instantly Check if your heart rhythm is normal or if atrial fibrillation is detected • Kardia works with most smartphones & tablets on Android & iOS. • $99

FDA-cleared, clinical grade mobile EKG monitor: Kardia is the most clinically-validated mobile EKG used by the world's leading cardiac care medical professionals.  Free with device purchase, the basic service allows you to instantly know if your heart rhythm is normal or in atrial fibrillation.  Patients can email the latest EKG recording to yourself or your physicians.

Upgrade to premium service through the app for unlimited history and storage of your EKG recordings plus receive a monthly EKG summary report to share with your doctor.  And includes the ability to track various vital statistics like your blood pressure, activity and weight and other metrics.

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EverlyWell - Vitamin D and Inflammation Test

• Screen for signs of chronic inflammation + Vitamin D deficiency • Quick and easy sample collection - only a few drops of blood needed. • $99

As Seen On SHARK TANK

EverlyWell makes at home health testing easier than ever. Order directly, test your health from the comfort of home, get easy-to-read results within just days.

“I haven’t been this excited about something in the medical arena for a really long time”, business maven Lori Greiner exclaimed following the EverlyWell pitch on the hit TV show Shark Tank.

Our editors zeroed in on their unique inflammation and vitamin D test as our recommendation.  But checkout EverlyWell's complete offer of easy at home tests that include: STD, Fertility, Food Sensitivity and more.

Inflammation could be killing you and you might not even know it’s there.

Most of us know that inflammation is the main cause of everyday aches and pains - even the redness and swelling around cuts and bruises. This is called acute inflammation, and is a beneficial response to trauma.

The problem is, not all inflammation causes pain or is a result of trauma - but rather persists chronically. Often a result of ongoing stress, poor diet and lifestyle choices, chronic inflammation contributes to major health concerns like heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

C-Reactive Protein, or CRP, is a protein that increases in the blood with inflammation. The high-sensitivity CRP test (hs-CRP) can detect even small elevations of CRP protein as an indicator of low levels of inflammation in the body.

EverlyWell has included a Vitamin D screen as part of this panel. Though Vitamin D is a valuable marker on its own, there is evidence that low vitamin D levels may correlate with increased CRP levels.

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Everybody is talking about Omega-3s.  Find out if your really need it?

HUFA Test & Book Combo

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picture of the Vital Choice HUFA test Kit and Book Combo

• The Vital Omega-3 and 6 HUFA Test™ (2 test kits) • The Omega-3 Effect, by William Sears, M.D. (one book) • $169

The answer is you probably do!  But to know for sure you can order something called the HUFA test.  HUFA stands for "highly unsaturated fatty acids" primarily the "long-chain" omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids essential to brain, eye, and immune system health.  The National Academy of Sciences has linked more than 60 chronic diseases to omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Western civilizations are not only lacking omega-3s in their standard diets, they are eating too many omega-6s, creating an unhealthy imbalance.  Because the Standard American Diet (SAD) is so out of balance, most Americans suffer from silent inflammation and related disorders. The Global Summit on Nutrition Health and Human Behavior has recently stated that, “brain and heart disorders resulting from omega-3 (EPA & DHA) deficiency are the biggest challenges to the future of humanity”.

The top sources of long-chain omega-3 EPA’s & DHA’s come from wild caught marine sources like Salmon and Anchovies. Conversely, short-chain omega-3s come form plant source where less than 5% are converted into the bioavailable forms of EPA and DHA.

That’s why our Editor’s Choice test and supplement source for EPA/DHA is Vital Choice Wilde Seafood and Organics company. Vital Choice is at the forefront health advocacy through their promotion of  home delivery of the world's finest wild seafood and organic fare, harvested from healthy, well-managed wild fisheries and farms.  This combo test/book will alert you of a potentially harmful imbalance in your omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.  Dr. Sears book will then show you the way to reverse these imbalances and get you and your health back in balance.

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I am really stressed out! Really?

Diurnal Cortisol (Cx4) Profile

• Diurnal Cortisol (C1, C2, C3, C4) • Results typically available in approximately 3-5 business days • $134.99

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picture of ZRT Hormone Saliva Profile 1 test kit

Cortisol spikes whenever we are stressed. The trouble is, who among us has no stress? High cortisol frequently causes a saggy belly or pendulous abdomen too!  Although not all stress is created equal —any kind of stress is interpreted by the body as stress including illness, toxic stress from the environment and personal care products, over exercising, and mental stress. Even dieting itself is stress to the body!

Cortisol is another hormone easily tested and tracked from home. A simple spit saliva Cortisol test kit can be purchased online. When determining if Cortisol levels are affecting your weight loss struggles, it is important to track your Cortisol several times throughout the day because cortisol levels should slowly rises as you sleep and should be highest in the morning.

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Midlife crisis or hormone imbalance?

Free Testosterone & Total Testosterone Home Test Kit

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picture of ZRT saliva plus dry blood spot testosterone test kit

• Works for samples from both men or women • Test Performed With a Simple Fingerstick & Saliva Collection • Results Available Approximately 5-7 Business Days Upon Receipt of Sample at the Lab • $109.99

Free Testosterone (Free T) & Total Testosterone (Total T) hormonal imbalance home test kit is perfect for both men and women who are experiencing symptoms of a testosterone hormonal imbalance. Low testosterone symptoms may include: lowered physical energy & stamina, lowered libido, weight gain, osteoporosis & muscle weakness or loss of muscle.

Free testosterone is measured in a saliva sample and total testosterone is measured in a blood spot sample. All lab and shipping fees are included in the cost of the kit and results are available approximately 5 to 7 business days upon receipt of sample at the lab. A comprehensive results report will be emailed to you so you can discuss your results with your doctor.

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Coolest cuff ever.  Blood Pressure Monitoring Made Stylish

QardioArm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

• Compact & Portable Digital Upper Arm Cuff • Bluetooth Compatible for Apple & Android Devices • $99.99

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picture of the Qardio Arm personal blood pressure monitor and app

Easy to set up, clinically validated, medically accurate, smart upper arm blood pressure monitor with automatic multiple user functionality. This compact, elegant monitor works wirelessly with your smartphone, tablet, Apple Watch or Android Wear (Apple iOS 8.0 or later, Kindle, Android 4.4 or later)

Fully integrates with the Qardio product family, allowing users to upload, store and share data and trends with family or doctor, triple measurement averaging, reminders, geo-tracking across locations and many more.

Measures systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels and heart rate with irregular heartbeat detection.

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Does Butter In My Coffee Really Put Me Into Ketosis?

Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Monitoring System

• 10 Precision Xtra Ketone Test Strips • One Month Supply of Lancets and Alcohol Wipes • $105.94

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picture of Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Monitoring System

Ketone levels and ketogenic diet are the cross-fitters and paleo enthusiasts term du jour. But did you know ketosis and the ketogenic diet plan was first invented in the 1920’s? Its original evolution within the health sphere saw many significant health benefits for previously untreatable epileptics. People with conditions unmanageable by medication suddenly found their symptoms improving because of a careful ketogenic change to their lifestyle. With a diet plan boasting countless great benefits, the ketosis revival is now in the making.

The key to success with a ketogenic diet is regular and consistent monitoring of blood ketone levels. Read how to choose a great ketone monitor.

Get started testing for Ketosis right away. Everything is included for testing Ketones.

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picture of the Omron Body Composition Monitor
picture of the Omron Body Composition Monitor

• 7 Fitness Indicators & 90-Day Memory • Easy-to-read digital screen displays body weight up to 330 pounds in seconds • Stores up to 4 individual profile settings so the whole family can track their progress with 90 days of memory • $60.99

Sure you are losing weight, but what’s really going on under the hood. Lost weight sometimes means lost muscle. That’s why many health coaches say weight alone is not a good measure of diet or exercise success. Rather, practitioners say that a mix of bio-statistics including body fat percentage, BMI, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, and weight when combined are a better estimate of overall health.

Enter the Omron Body Composition Monitor with 7 different fitness indicators.  Measures 7 different fitness indicators including body fat percentage, BMI, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, body age, and weight. Accurately easures body fat percentage using proven bioelectrical impedance method.  Easy-to-read digital screen displays body weight up to 330 pounds in seconds.  Stores up to 4 individual profile settings so the whole family can track their progress with 90 days of memory. Retractable cord makes it suitable for adult users up to 6’ 6 3/4” tall.

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A Healthy Read

Check out our healthy book library for the latest best sellers from:

• Dr. William Davis • Dr. Richard Maurer • Dr. Steven Gundry

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Nothing wrong with a good healthy read as a stocking stuffer.  Check out our healthy book library for the latest best sellers from Dr. William Davis, Dr. Richard Maurer and Dr. Steven Gundry.

We may have a broken healthcare system, but the code to individual good health has been cracked. Learn from these experts who have changed the lives of millions of people by teaching them the correct foods to eat (and not eat), what blood markers are really important, how to test and track your health from home, and more.

By applying the expert advice of these authors you can take charge of your own health for many years to come.

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