Gobble, Gobble + Hot Topics in Quantified Self Movement

Happy Thanksgiving from the B3 team!

Two of us will be indulging in turkey, one will not. No worries though, there are so many great sides at Thanksgiving, who cares about the turkey? 

Speaking of which, if you're worried about how many extra calories you're taking in today or how many grams of sugar are actually in that cranberry dressing, you might enjoy a soon-to-be released product called TellSpec. From the makers themselves, this little device: is a revolutionary handheld consumer device that can analyze the chemical composition of any food.  

Photo credit: TellSpec

Photo credit: TellSpec

Photo credit: TellSpec

Photo credit: TellSpec

Image credit: TellSpec

Image credit: TellSpec

Photo credit: TellSpec

Photo credit: TellSpec

Sounds like a dream come true for any others out there that share in our enthusiasm for personal health data! 

In other quantified self news, did anyone hear about the FDA/23andMe issue that's happening right now? Apparently the FDA is trying to shut down genetic testing company, 23andMe, because "The FDA believes that (the test) constitutes a "medical device," making it subject to FDA regulation. And it argues that the product poses health risks. For example, "if the BRCA-related risk assessment for breast or ovarian cancer reports a false positive, it could lead a patient to undergo prophylactic surgery, chemoprevention, intensive screening, or other morbidity-inducing actions,"

You can read the full Washington Post article HERE

What do you guys think? I'm all for data! And also happy I send my tube in 6 weeks ago. I would like to reserve my right to know and educate myself. But clearly I'm based. Crazy stuff!!

- Morgan and the B3 Team