Genetic-Based Healing: Trying Wild Health, here are my thoughts after 30 days

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Personalized health care, guided by your genetics. This is the slogan of Wild Health, a precision medicine service that helps achieve optimal health by providing personalized care based on genetics.

Unsurprisingly if the name Wild Health or the term Precision Medicine sounds familiar in 2021, CrossFit Health has launched CrossFit Precision Care, a service that, in partnership with Wild Health, has worked to provide a personalized and proactive data-driven approach to lifelong health . This year, CrossFit transitioned all of its members to Wild Health.

Wild Health, started in 2019 and run by a group of CrossFit physicians, works with everyone from professional athletes to everyday people, not limited to CrossFit, to deliver personalized, holistic health care. Genetics is the center of Wild Health’s work; they use your body’s unique blueprint to create this personalized cure.

I was given the chance to experience Wild Health’s health optimization protocol firsthand, following the entire process from start to finish. 30 days later, I’m here to give an update.

Noteworthy: About six months ago, I stopped tracking everything, ditched my Whoop, SugarWOD, everything and nothing because it was fueling my anxiety and I was feeling information overload. I’ve been operating for the past semester with a do-whatever-feel-good mentality, which has worked out quite well.

  • I entered mine Wild health voyage know three important things about my body and my lifestyle: I love fitness and feeling fit, I don’t want anyone to make me track what I eat, but I’m curious about long-term health and how to best serve the my body.

How does it work: The basic setup of Wild Health was this: After running blood work, a DNA test, and completing health records, I had an introductory meeting with my Health Coach.

  • (Wild Health provides a support team for every member, consisting of a Health Coach and a Physician. The Health Coach is there for questions, to help guide lifestyle changes, and to help set goals, while the Physician is responsible for interpreting and explaining laboratory and DNA results, ordering additional tests, and providing medical care.)

When my DNA and blood results come in, I schedule a call with my doctor, who reviews a 50-page report that tells me all about my body and genetic blueprint. This document would be the foundation for my personalized care: my Health Coach and physician will work together to provide optimized lifestyle choices through supplements, diet, macro and micronutrients, and recovery activities to help me perform better in the gym and in life.

My first 30 days: The Wild Health team deserves a helping hand, because their onboarding process really is as simple as it gets.

When you sign up for Wild Health, you’ve accessed a dashboard containing everything you need from data, appointment scheduling, intake forms, and more, and you’ve sent a handful of emails, some welcome, some logistics.

The welcome email gave a good insight into the program, noting that it was a very holistic program combining all the in-depth analysis of genetics (insert scientific jargon here) with a whole support team that would help me meet my health goals with physical, mental and spiritual lifestyle changes.

With that welcome email, I received my lab request for what felt like a million blood tests, a DNA test, and an invitation to fill out several forms and health records.

  • Again, kudos to Wild Health blood tests were very simple. They handled the logistics with the company, all I had to do was register for an appointment online. The appointment was also easy; I was in and out in under 15 minutes.
  • The DNA test was just as simple. Wild Health shipped the kit to me with a return label; all I had to do was swab my mouth and send it to the lab for analysis.

I found the forms and health records interesting, they weren’t what I typically expect from a medical experience. In addition to asking for my medical history, current medications, and other administrative information, they asked for some athletic metrics, my typical eating day, my mindfulness habits, and my goals.

So, it’s time for a call with my Health Coach.

This initial call was a get-to-know-you call; my coach asked questions about my habits, hopes for the program, and more, all based on information from the intake forms I completed.

Two things that jumped out:

  • There were no pushy or aggressive prompts from my Health Coach. They listened to what I wanted to learn all I could about my body and find the right balance of health for my lifestyle and they were receptive.
  • And, noting that I’ve had a bad history with food and calorie tracking, space was made to acknowledge and discuss the perspective of nutrition. My trainer has acknowledged that tracking macros or following a diet might be a negative experience for me. I appreciated this touch, knowing they were taking all of my health and habits into consideration, even if it was in the past.

First impressions in a nutshell: At first, the idea of ​​precision medicine was a little intimidating for me. But Wild Health walks you through the process with ease, holding your hand every step of the way and making it as simple as possible.

  • From the very first consultation, I felt like their support team was providing truly personalized assistance, from the simple touch of acknowledging an experience that might be negative for me. They listened to what I wanted without shoving standards, statistics, or generalized care down my throat.
  • The holistic approach to healing is refreshing. Filling out a health intake form that didn’t just focus on my health, weight, and daily medications was a different and welcome approach. Instantly, it made me take a step back to consider my health from a more comprehensive perspective.

Next on my Wild Health journey? The 50-page comprehensive health report that will give me insight into my unique genetic makeup. After I get it, I’ll be back with another update (and most likely, new health goals).

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