In this log, I'd like to do a handful of things.
1. Research topics with scientific scrutiny and dignity, referring to the latest research to backup ideas and and answer questions.
2. Keep track of my own health, and the results of experimentation, whilst acknowledging limitations due to multiple variables.
3. Keeping track of the variables mentioned in 2, such as sleep, stress, exercise, nutrient intake, and the like.
A bit about myself:
I have a family history of IBS and GERD, and a few family members have Hashimoto's thyroiditus. There is also a history of cystic acne. I was recently diagnosed with Psoriasis, which I've had under control for about a month or so. At it's worst, in addition to acne, I had little rashes in various places on my body, including my face. I used to be sick all the time growing up, but I haven't really been sick the same way for the past few years--maybe a runny nose here and there. Following autoimmune protocol type diets seems to have helped my acne (I am currently clear), but I want to know why.
What I want to know:
What evidence is there? What potential factors should I consider? What kind of mechanisms could potentially be at work? Are there case studies of individuals like myself? What do the animal models (if any) indicate? Is X nutrient bioavailable from Y food? What is X nutrients role in Z process? What does the dose response curve look like for X nutrient in Z process? What is involved in Z process?
What I am currently doing:
- most grains
- most dairy
- excess sugar
- latex fruits
- probably other stuff I can't think of
- eating grass fed, pastured beef
- wild seafood, especially sockeye salmon, mussels, and oysters
- fermented foods, nutrient dense foods, and new foods in general
- leafy greens
- exercising often
- sleeping well
- minimizing stress
- minimizing electronic use before bed
These are my thoughts, musings, and compilations more than anything else. These are things I've observed in myself, and I don't necessarily hold that they are correct. There are many factors that go into health. Nevertheless, It's a place to organize some of the things that I come across.
I generally like to keep my statements in line of with this mantra; "more research is needed." I believe one of the best things you can say is "I don't know." After recognizing that, you can do research to learn about what you do not know (I know, not exactly groundbreaking procedures ).
Please feel free to ask me any questions you have, and I'll do my best to answer them! I'll expand on some of the things I am doing, as well as provide scientific data, in future posts. It's almost finals time for me, so it may be a few weeks before I do all that (or my inner procrastinator may assume direct control, and I may end up writing a novel ).