Taking the Trouble to Record Your Own Data
The production of Value
Value exists in a few critical ideas integrated into your life in a useful way. Value may most easily be found by correctly applying a pre-existing model, plan or idea like the Banting Diet. The task of making your diet really personal lies with you.
The most likely situation is to reach a plateau which is as far as you can go with today's knowledge. We all need to be constantly working on numerous improvement cycles or innovative projects.
The blockage of your progress, a reversal, a failure may give you the keys that unlock whatever health problems you may have been working on.
How do you inform yourself?
Your journal allows you to save the pieces of your life so it's possible to resolve your life puzzle.
Be an Accountant
Learn how to count and measure, and write down the result. Provide the data that you can come back to in a year or two, and check again for changes.
The Consequences of Error
Take down the structures in your life that prevent you from asking new question or better questions.
How do you prepare yourself for the possibility of being wrong?
Resolving Health Problems
The integration of all the ideas needed to understand a personal health issue takes time. You can't "make it happen" just because you need a result today. Integration is the result of living with a set of ideas in your memory, and your experience, until they modify themselves, and make sense of each other.
Knowing you've got a health problem does not automatically provide a solution. Nor is it possible to "buy solutions" to problems that involve your values, how you see yourself, or how you think.
The production of Value
You can't contract out your ability to think. Working on problems that interest you, collecting your own data, conducting real trials, or debates, or thought experiments, are essential tasks in developing your own thinking.
Your defense against the stupidity of others, your defense against bad professional advice, your defense against misinformation, that is the common currency of the news media, is your own data. Without your own data, you are likely to behave like a leaf in the wind. With your own data, you become like a tree firmly rooted, and able to stand against the wind.
Work with Other People
Regular meeting with a "mastermind group" is another way to examine what you are doing and to benefit from the ideas of other people. Join groups interested in the exploring the same areas. Nobody can do this work for you. Your ability to think is entirely in your own hands, either you develop it, or you don't. You will live with the choice you make.