Quantitative Medicine FAQ

WHAT IS QUANTITATIVE MEDICINE?

The Theory and Practice of Peak Health

Quantitative medicine is the practice of determining and modifying your health guided by direct measurement of Mikemeaningful biological markers. Everyone is different. The best diet is unique to each of us. Diet markers must be directly and precisely measured. If your health is good then your measurements (mostly blood tests) will be good as well. If you can maintain these ideal measurements (and most people can if they set their mind to it) you will be healthy,will age slowly, and will be at low risk of degenerative diseases such as cancer, adult onset diabetes and heart disease.

What we are selling

Quantitative Medicine, in my opinion, is the only rational way to practice medicine; at least since we now have the conceptual and computational capacity to so practice medicine. The only thing this blog is selling is the power of that idea. Rather than the haphazard ‘take one of these and call me in the morning (alternatively; take one of these for the rest of your life) I believe a well grounded and quantified understanding of your health will precisely prescribe a path to peak health. At a general level most of us believe this, however, this is a classic case of ‘God is in the details.’ The details will emerge as various issues are addressed in this blog. Stay with me, contribute questions, opinions, whatever, but let’s create a healthier future for all of us based on precise information.

Everyone’s bodies are quite capable of maintaining pristine health into very old age so along as its unique needs are met. The body knows how to handle a wide variety of behaviors. However, only clear markers highlight the correct path for each of us. These clear markers must be measured and not guessed at by using misleading metrics like your weight. Unfortunately, our ‘civilized’ lifestyle is not the correct path, at least not for most people. We are largely a product of what went on a million years before all that.

This mismatch between the ideal and the actual affects different people in different ways. For instance, can you eat grain? Or does it cause problems? Measure. If your numbers are ok, then eating grain is OK. Enjoy. Numbers not OK? We can usually predict the dietary changes needed to correct them. This may mean cutting down on grain, eating more protein or different fats. So try it and see. “Quantify” yourself. Paying attention to our evolutionary genetics is not pedantry or romanticism; it is a guide in choosing which metrics matter and which ones to measure and modify.

This works and it works well. The methodology has been refined and used on several thousand patients for the last 20 years with dramatic results.

This method can be used by almost anyone. It is straightforward and we will explain it step-by-step in coming posts.

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