Prepaidlab – How does it work?

On March 28, 2011, in Reviews, Tests, by Andrea

If you’ve been around the weight loss surgical block for awhile, you know lab tests are vitally important.

If you’ve been around for a long while, you’ve probably figured out that there are some tests that we need that many docs don’t know to order.  Some docs are good about ordering tests that their patients request.  Some?  Not so much.

Depending on how you handle the above scenario, you can either find a doctor willing to work with you better (which is what I do..) or you can find alternative ways to get your tests. is one way to do so.

Learned more about this great service back in December, and since then, the company has created a page of tests specific to WLS folk.

To help show how this service works, Chris over at gave me a discounted code for a ferritin draw so I could go through the process and blog it for y’all to see beginning to end.

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On March 25, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

It’s been a busy couple of days around this viking household, and I’ve been very busy.

Yes, I’ve even been neglecting email.  I’m sorry.  It’s been hectic.

I have announcements.  They probably should be one separate posts, but I’m going to do them together because I should really be in bed now, still really should write something I meant to do on Monday, and I need to be up in 6 hours.

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Whey Protein Recall

On March 20, 2011, in Protein, by Andrea

A salmonella outbreak from a manufacturer of whey protein is causing a voluntary recall.  This company makes protein for its own brand, as well as branding for other companies (of which I’ve heard of exactly none.. but still).  The recall affects many states, and many points of distribution.

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I’ve gotten a number of requests to compare ViSalus vitamins to WLS needs, so the first up is their MultiMineral and Vitamin — the closest thing I can find to a “general all-purpose multivitamin” in their line.

I’d like to start out by saying that when I had questions about their actual content, I called the company.  Was then told to email them when the representative floundered through my questions, not having a clue as to the actual makeup of the vitamin product the company was selling (always a great sign, yes?).  So I dutifully emailed the company at the address provided, and was shot back with an auto-reply stating I would have a response within 48 hours.

Not so much.

Tried calling back today to see if I could get a smarter associate, or at least someone who could give me a better email to try, and they are closed.  I give up.  Therefore, I am going to simply make the guesswork based on the literature on the websites I have found and assume it to be accurate as I have no other concrete evidence to which to base my suppositions on.

Always a great start of a review, eh?

There are a great many ingredients listed that I won’t go over — these are “natural” ingredients such as herbs and such and as I have no knowledge about how they absorb, affect the WLS body, etc, I will not comment on them.  This is the “hook” for most of the new MLM’s these days.  These ingredients promise “antioxident” powers, “higher energy,” etc.  Some of them have been found by the established medical community to contain neurotoxic qualities (chlorella, for example), which of course the “natural food industry” denies vehemently.  Who’s right?  I don’t know.  And since I don’t have enough knowledge to evaluate these “natural” remedies sufficiently yet, I’m going to skip them for now.

ViSalus says:

This supplement combines vitamins, minerals and other ingredients in a unique ormulation. The amounts o each ingredient have been careully measured to provided the reported potential benet. This supplement has been designed in concert with the Supercharged Antioxidant to provide the essential vitamins and minerals to promote better health at a cellular level

Pine Bark is a powerul antioxidant. In nature, it protects trees rom the damaging
eects o the sun, weather, and other elements. In the human body, however, Pine Bark
Extract serves to help protect us rom damaging oxidation that takes place with our
every breath.

The Multi Mineral & Vitamin works in concert with the Supercharged Antioxidant to
provide a perectly-balanced daily supply o the body’s essential needs.

All o the minerals used in the Multi Mineral & Vitamin supplement have been chelated with an amino acid to enhance absorption. Other brands are not chelated so your body may absorb roughly 2% – 4% o the minerals you take in. The rate o absorption o this chelated mineral supplement has been proven to be between 35% – 40%.

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First off, I must apologize for a lack of pictures in the following post.  My laptop is in pieces on a desk across from me, and I’m waiting for a new one to be delivered.  I am very sad about this unfortunate turn of events as my laptop was my close and dear friend.. but c’est la vie.

It seems for every fad diet there is out there, there is a MLM, or multi-level-marketing company willing to cater to it.  I’ve been asked a number of times about several of these, so I’ve decided to tackle a few of the companies in a series of posts.  While I won’t be covering ALL of the products put out by a company, I will try to cover those most likely pitched to WLS patients.

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