Reading around this and other sites, I think we need a common formula on which we can all agree, in order to persuade the doubters. Then we can focus on this rather than on our differences of opinion. I'd like to suggest the following:
Optimum Health = n x ( (0.4 x What you eat) + (0.3 x How much you eat of it) + (0.2 x When you eat it) + (0.1 x Exercise) ) / Hormone Imbalance out of 100%
With the clear caveat that the numerator is a dependent variable in the denominator. And where n=1.
Weightings are a starting point, the final formula will be the weighted average of all ideas submitted. Any feedback will be heavily credited when I publish and make my fortune...
Here you go.
(QUILT SURVIVABILITY) = (Total Energy – Growth and immunity expense) X (RESOURCES) X (efficiency) X (awareness of our environment).
Stated in levee form where: Cell longevity = LS – IGF-1 + immunity X Food Quality X leakiness of Mitochondria X environmental cues
EDIT - Humans are a complex biological system. A mechanistic, mathematical, Cartesian view of that system, even if we could some day achieve this, is not necessary to live a healthy life IMO
I'll work with you on this right after you show me how to put 50 cats in one room and get them all to do a coordinated dance routine.
After all, the people on this site are here because we agree on many things but we've also demonstrated--just by being here--that we're willing to swim against the current and seek a better way.
The key word is SEEK. We don't KNOW.
You can have a nice clean formula when dealing with chemical processes but we are both more and less than that. We aren't neat, we aren't always clean but we rise above that and do great things some times. We aren't the type of people who will just take a formula and follow it. At least I'm not.
Add "attitude" to this equation. It is easy to score high on the factors you mention and have a life perspective at odds with flourishing. For instance, there's growing evidence that pessimism can and often does contribute to immune suppression. "I'm the way I am due to circumstances beyond my control" is not widely considered a trait of wellness or a characteristic of high functioning people. Eat paleo, lift heavy stuff, go for walks, consider some sprints, and most of all (as in: first and most important, I happen to believe), actively live into possibilitieis that move, touch, and inspire you.
The best guess is that our H-G ancestors did not "work" all day. They very likely put a premium on time spent socializing, hanging out, playing games, resting, having sex, marking significant events via ritual and ceremony.
So if I eat nothing and do no exercise all day, then Optimum Health = 0, regardless of what happened on a previous day?
How do you measure hormone imbalance?
What units are you using? Are you scaling the units of each variable so that 100% really means 100%?
If n=1 always, why bother with it as a variable since it's a constant.
You're modeling a system as complex as the human body, which is made up of many subsystems talking to one another, and there are no systems of differential equations involved?
Your formula is nonsense and overly simplistic. Leave mathematical modeling to the professionals.
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