Health by the numbers

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Maybe it was my mail-order diabetes kits and the hundreds of blood extractions. Or possibly when my wife found me wearing multiple belts cinched tight across my belly.

It could have been the bags of candy. Tasty, but nobody craves eight Butterfingers in a row.

At some point, I accepted my curiosity. Twenty years too late to uncrumple my med school admittance letter. But plenty of time to learn more about the human body.

What drives health?

Medicine took on the killers and won. Polio. Childbirth. Sanitation. And many more. But what about health?

Feeling strong, thinking smart, and looking good. Battling infections and recovering from injuries. Maybe even handling the long-term damage that leads to heart attacks, cancer, and strokes.

You get the sense this is all a bunch squishier. Difficult to measure and easy to confuse with short-term results. Nobody knows much, so it's ok to believe anything. 

Measuring health

Want to know what builds you strong and fit? First, find a useful metric for health.

Feeling "good" is important, but too subjective. Weight fails because it combines good (muscle) and bad (fat). Athletic measures like number of pushups or cycling speed are tied to specific activities. 

The single, best number is bodyfat. So a friend and I built a simple way to measure it accurately.

Where will knowledge take you?

Use the bodyfat readout to find out what works best for you. 

I'll write on some unconventional, but powerful fitness concepts in this space. I believe these ideas can affect diabetes, heart disease, cancer, vision, and even healing wounds. Or just make you look good on the beach.

While I'll push the envelope, I will also aim to tie into solid scientific concepts around evolution, mechanical systems, and physiology. And I'll also work to back up my claims with data.  

I'm hoping you'll build on these ideas. Criticize them. Or even prove me wrong. Mostly, I hope you'll add your voice to making us all healthier.