Testing Nutritional Status: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet
Happy 2018 everyone!
After many dozens of hours putting this together, I’m super excited to announce “Testing Nutritional Status: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet.”
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Want to see a preview? Click here to look inside! You will see the introduction, table of contents, and the full sections on vitamin A and molybdenum as samples. The preview is a PDF, but the cheat sheet is also available for Kindle and iBooks.
If you’d like more background on why I made this and what it’s purpose is, I invite you to keep reading. At a minimum, check out the amazing special offer I have for you if you buy it this week. And check out what others are saying, too!
Over the course of 2017, many of you followed my podcast series on measuring and managing nutritional status. Some of you absolutely loved it. Some of you found it too technical to follow, or found the episodes too long and dense to share with your friends and family and were excited when I started condensing them into much shorter Chris Masterjohn Lite episodes. At the end of the day, I still am only about 5% through the series, mainly because producing each episode takes me about two weeks of doing nothing else and I need to clear out more time for it.
One of my goals in 2018 is to unleash the complete series.
But this also calls for something else:
- Could I completely distill the practical, actionable information from all the technical explanations?
- Could I collect it all into one, easy-to-find place?
One of you wrote to me last year:
"Hi Chris, I’d happily pay for a PDF cheat sheet containing all your evidence-based recommendations in one table. I frequently find myself hunting through your transcripts
Just a suggestion, keep up the good work."
Man oh man, was he right. Quite often, dozens of hours reviewing the science around a nutrient led me to recommend specific tests that are not in common use, or specific ranges for tests that are commonly used but where the lab’s range is far too broad, or just way off.
So I started to put together such a cheat sheet. Lo and behold, I found myself hurting as I tried to find my own practical recommendations in the sprawling 2-hour transcripts. 🤕
After all this time in the trenches, what I’ve emerged with… let’s just say, ain’t no ordinary cheat sheet.
It’s the ULTIMATE cheat sheet.
It’s is a “cheat sheet” in two ways:
● All of the lab testing required for comprehensive nutritional screening is reduced to a single page, with hyperlinks making ordering any of the tests just one click away.
● In just five pages, I provide full instructions for lab testing, blood pressure, and dietary analysis, as well as an algorithm for quick decisions on what to do next for each marker that may be off.
This “cheat sheet” is ultimate because of what comes next:
● Over 70 pages list the signs and symptoms associated with all the possible nutrient imbalances, the potential causes of nutrient imbalances, and an action plan for correcting each imbalance.
To top it off, it ends with an index of the signs and symptoms of nutrient deficiencies and imbalances. The index has 178 entries, and each entry links directly to the sections of the text where those signs and symptoms are discussed. This makes it incredibly easy to browse through the index for the things that seem most interesting or relevant to you and find exactly what you’re looking for without having to read the whole guide.
If you’re getting antsy, you can buy it right now, but read on if you’d like to learn more about it.
Three Ways to Use the Cheat Sheet
Let’s face it, testing nutritional status can be expensive. In my consulting practice, some of my clients often ask me to find ways to minimize the costs associated with figuring out nutritional problems. Others are able to get practically anything covered by insurance if they use the right labs, and others just want me to find the cream of the crop, the best of the best.
So I’ve started the cheat sheet by outlining three different ways to use it:
- In the comprehensive approach, you get the comprehensive lab screening, conduct a dietary analysis and a series of home blood pressure measurements, and collect a list of signs and symptoms that seem relevant from the index.
- In the time-saving approach, you skip the dietary analysis — the most time-consuming part — and only resort to dietary analysis if and when some of your health challenges prove too difficult to resolve without it.
- In the cost-saving approach, you skip the lab screening, only resorting to running labs when doing so proves necessary to determine the best course of action.
The comprehensive approach is the one that generates the correct strategies the fastest, but if time or finances are constraining, the other two options allow you to make the best of the resources you have at your disposal.
By the way, while practical, this is an entirely educational resource. Please don’t try anything in the cheat sheet without consulting your doctor, and please don’t ever ignore the advice of your doctor because of anything I’ve written in the cheat sheet.
This Is a Living Document
Putting this cheat sheet together has been tremendously valuable to me. It required me to do a lot of research, and to collect my thoughts and findings all into one place. I know very well that it’s going to be my primary tool for helping myself and others in the years to come. So I want to keep this constantly up-to-date for both myself and for you.
You’ll notice that I’ve called it Version 1.0. Since it’s practical in nature, I decided to think of it more like a software program than a book, and went with version over edition.
When you purchase the cheat sheet, I recommend you enter your email address in the shopping cart. That will allow me to email you updates to future editions. If I make small changes to it, I will call the versions 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and so on, and give you the updates for free. When I make bigger changes, I will release versions 2.0, 3.0, and so on, and give you steep discounts for having purchased version 1.0 early in the life of the guide.
I will also offer you opportunities to give me your feedback on the guide, and I will consider that feedback in the production of updates.
This Is a Digital Document
The cheat sheet is available as a PDF, Kindle book, and iBook. You’ll be able to download it immediately after purchase.
You can certainly print it out if you wish, and that might be best if you want to read it straight through. However, please keep in mind that one of the key features is the hundreds of hyperlinks. They bring you to the exact section you want to use when reading the instructions for use. They bring you to the exact paragraph to read when looking things up in the index. They bring you to the exact lab test when looking for a test to order. So, keep the digital version handy if for no other reason than this amazing assortment of links.
This Is Practical, Not a Scientific Argument
I’ve put together a small collection of further reading materials at the end of the guide. If I had thoroughly referenced every statement in the guide, it would be unwieldy, with a sprawling bibliography that rivaled the guide in length. I mean, geez this is a cheat sheet and it’s already 78 pages long! Instead, I listed what I consider the best starting places for developing a deeper understanding of the material. One of those resources is my podcast, where I will be doing an episode on each nutrient this year, in full scientific glory.
What that means is that this is not for you if what you are looking for is full explanations of how things work, how I came to each conclusion, and the exact source of each statement pinned clearly to the statement itself. I have plenty of writings of that nature, but this isn’t one of them.
This is for you if you want to the practical what-to-do information all distilled into one place. And hundreds of hyperlinks ensuring you never have to scroll, squint your eyes to find things, or make an appointment with Dr. Google.
The Cheat Sheet Covers Vitamins, Minerals, and Essential Fatty Acids
Just to be clear, this is about health. Although weight loss is an important part of health, this is not one of the innumerable guides to losing weight.
The focus of this guide is vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
It is not about counting calories, or even macros (protein, carbs, and fat). It does discuss certain amino acids, total protein intakes, and intakes of fat and carbohydrate, but only when they impact the status of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids or when your status of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids impacts your ability to tolerate one or another macro.
As a few examples:
- The methylation section discusses total protein intake, and intakes of methionine, serine, and glycine. That’s because these amino acids intersect in many important ways with folate, vitamin B12, and choline.
- The potassium section covers three strategies for obtaining enough potassium: one focused on a high volume of fruits and vegetables; a second focused on a diet low in fat, low in grains, and free of refined carbohydrate; and a third focused on a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. It goes into this level of detail because 98 percent of the population fails to get enough potassium and navigating the potassium requirement requires very different approaches that depend on your macronutrient balance.
- The guide discusses how your ability to tolerate carbs or fat will be impacted by your status of thiamin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid. In these cases, feeling better on low-carb or low-fat can be an important clue for whether you are deficient in one or another of these vitamins.
The Cheat Sheet is Centered on Nutrients, not Diseases
This cheat sheet will help you determine whether your nutritional status is at the root of the signs, symptoms, and health challenges you experience, and it willdiscuss their relevance to specific diseases.
However, the cheat sheet is not a guide to diagnosing or treating diseases. It is a guide to assessing nutritional status.
As an example, let’s suppose you are concerned about kidney stones. If you look up “kidney stones” in the index, it will link you to the sections on each vitamin and mineral that can impact your risk of kidney stones. Each of those sections, in turn, provide more information about how the nutrient impacts the risk of kidney stones, and a whole host of other health issues. But there is no “kidney stone” section, and information about the diagnosis and treatment of kidney stones that is not nutritional in nature is not discussed.
Preview the Cheat Sheet!
If you want a clearer picture of how the cheat sheet is organized, click here to look inside! You will see the introduction, table of contents, and the full sections on vitamin A and molybdenum as samples.
What Others Are Saying
It isn’t just me who says $30 is a steal. Check out what David wrote on Twitter:
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Here It Is…
This cheat sheet is meant for educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for or a component of a comprehensive training in medicine or dietetics, nor does it constitute medical or nutritional advice or act as a substitute for seeking such advice from a qualified health professional. If you are a health care practitioner, always do your due diligence to research alternative explanations for the information herein and ensure that any actions you take are consistent with the legal and ethical frameworks governing your practice. If you are an individual seeking to improve your own health, always ask your doctor about taking any health-related measures and never ignore professional medical advice on the basis of anything contained herein. In purchasing this educational guide, you agree that I am not responsible or liable for the results of taking any actions on the basis of this information.