Andrew Armstrong

Teardown Lab - Blood Tester DRM
Component of the day - I take a closer look at the blood tester chip and potential for hacking the blood test unit!

For your own blood testing machine see Amazon:

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Andrew Armstrong

Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Tens Unit
Need to evacuate your bowels in a hurry? If so you need to watch this video!
I was not really prepared for the gut wrenching tingling, but once I figured out this unit, its pretty cool!
Alarmingly Amazon not only sell these, but cheaper than I paid on eBay! WOW!

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Black and Blum charcoal water bottle
Yes, just what I needed! A water bottle with a stick in it! My life is complete! #winning
Interestingly a question prompted me to calculate this against a competitor:
Brita Fill & Go water filters = £26.40 (16 pack ) = 16 weeks = £1.65 per week
Black and Blum Stick = £4.95 (1 pack) = 6 months = £0.20 per week
Bottle cost = about the same, around £15.00
The running costs on the Brita are about nine times dearer (£85.80 per year vs £9.90 per year) and still be considerably cheaper.
Amazon sells these beasts, they really do work well:

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Easylife GCHB Blood Tester Review and Test!
I decide to confirm if my previously massively high blood glucose reading was accurate, will I survive? :)
You can find these and their consumables on Amazon:

Andrew Armstrong

Teardown Lab - Am I diabetic!!! Omron Blood Glucose Monitor
Here I was playing with a bit of medical equipment and I find out I may have diabetes! That is always the risk!
I read up on the subject just a little:

So apparently your bloody is sweet and lovely and full of sugar (in the form of Glucose), to keep this in check your body produces insulin to metabolise it. If you cannot produce enough insulin, or your organs are not efficient at using the levels you do produce you need to inject more into yourself. People use these to make sure their levels are stable.

I have a sneaky suspicion that my glucose levels may have been higher despite the 8 hour fast because I had completed a bootcamp workout earlier in the morning on just a few sips of water.

Now I understand that using old test strips are a BIG no no! Clearly my after eating results should have been a lot higher than the before figure. So I am reasonably confident that I am not a diabetic, however, there is no harm in getting checked out, and I will be making an appointment soon.

That being said, if you want to buy your own and do the test, they are pretty cheap and you have lots to choose from on Amazon and they can do more than just glucose:

Amazon USA:
Amazon UK:

However, if you have any doubts or you are showing any symptoms, why not go ask your doctor for the once over?

Andrew Armstrong

Mystery Sports Nutrition Pack Unboxing
I unbox a mystery selection of nutrition to aid the peak athlete (not) that I am!
Many thanks to @TWWhittaker for kindly sending me this selection of goodies and I look forward to putting them to the test on my long runs!

High5 Nutrition products are easily available! I found some offers on Amazon for you to try:


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