“Your writing has dramatically improved my health in a number of ways,” a reader said. I asked for details. He replied:
I’ve tried most of your health interventions. The first was SLD. Overall, I lost about 90 lbs. Roughly half of this was from a more traditional diet of eating whole foods esp. vegetables and exercise. I had plateaued until I discovered SLD and lost the rest. I added flax oil, butter and homemade kefir to my taste free meal over time. The butter helped me lose more weight. At the same calories, the saturated fat was somehow more filling. Initially the butter made me happier but that wore off after a few months. My HDLs and triglyceride levels are better than when I was training for a marathon and not eating this stuff. The flax oil has improved my gum health. I can’t really see a direct result from the kefir. I’m more eating it on faith. I skinned my knees quite badly a while ago. My wife commented on how quickly I healed. So maybe the kefir and other items are helping me heal faster.
I tried morning faces twice over about a week without success. My job exposes me to a lot of evening fluorescent lights. I picked periods when I wouldn’t be exposed, but even if it worked, I couldn’t have maintained it over a long period.
Insomnia has been a long-time problem for me. One legged standing didn’t have a noticeable impact. Shifting my vitamin D3 to the morning seemed to help a bit. Bedtime honey has led to a big improvement. It’s uneven, but more often than not I’m sleeping much better. Even when I don’t sleep as well, I don’t feel as tired as I did without using honey. My mood has also improved. I’m calmer and happier. The honey seems to reinforce my circadian rhythm. I have more energy in the morning and am tired in the evening. I’m currently tracking what else I’m consuming and when to see if I can figure out how to get the benefits on the honey more consistently. My wife and friend have tried honey at bedtime and both report improvements.
My view is that of the cause-effect relations I have emphasized, the most useful will be (a) the effect of morning faces on mood (hard to use at first), (b) the effects of sweets on sleep (easy), and (c) the effects of foods on brain functionb. Bedtime honey is just the first of the sweets effects and flaxseed oil and butter are just the first of the brain effects. Full understanding and use of the morning faces discovery lies many years in the future. Of the various methods I’ve developed, I think the most useful will be the use of reaction time measurements to improve brain function (and, probably, overall health). At the level of what might be called “meta-methods” (the usual name is big ideas), I think the most useful will be that people who aren’t health experts can discover important things about health.