Body temperature and pulse: cheap n' useful metrics to monitor

Dan Wich looking disgusted at a urine test

By: Dan Wich

[a work in progress]

Influenced by the ideas of Ray Peat and Broda Barnes, I monitor my body temperature and pulse a couple times a day to watch for trends in stress and metabolism.

Josh "Can Lift More Iron Than Should Be Legal" Rubin has a useful page outlining how to measure and what different values might suggest.

I've tried more thermometers than I'd like to admit (including all kinds of cheapo ones, the commonly-suggested Geratherm, and the well-reviewed Exergen temporal artery scanner), and I've finally found one that I harrass everyone I know to buy, the Braun Thermoscan 5 ear thermometer. I've found it more reliably-repeatable and convenient than any of the others, which makes it easy for me to stay consistent. They go pretty cheap on ebay if you get an open-box / used model. You just have to overcome the mental images that it might've already been used by these guys.

If you're interested in self-testing as I am, check out my Facebook or Twitter account where I post interesting self-testing news and get a little too excited about blood test sales.


Please leave a comment if you see a way to improve this page or if you have any questions. Keep in mind that I know little about the medical side of bloodwork, I just enjoy making sites with lists of things.

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