The objective of pulling culled data is not so much to cure diseases as it is to detect and predict disease susceptibilities before a disease starts or at very early stages of disease progression and initiate personalized interventions to prevent the progression of the disease before it becomes symptomatic or does damage. This is really why older paleo's, like DeVany and myself for that matter, can not generalize to the younger paleo's because what we have done early on in our life may have greatly effected what we maybe able to become longer term. Moreover, it is participatory in the sense that the collaborative participation of large numbers of health research institutions and care agencies is involved in doing the research and creating the infrastructure to make it sustainable and doable. This is already occuring in the pharma industry.
Use your imagination now for a minute, and think that we could multidimensionality structure and organize that information and data in flexible ways into databases that that reflects our evolving best scientific models of health and disease states. This eliminates the bias we have now of the top funded scientists in all fields driving the bus. If one or more are on the wrong track like still researching the lipid hypothesis or figuring out why the CETP drugs kill people but still lower their LDL to ridiculous levels we could stop wasteful research quickly. For example how a paleo lifestyle effects our biology, metabolism and how it triggers epigenetic events in our DNA and does it actually improve us and by what measures does it happen? Right now we are just guessing at what an ancestoral diet can really do long term? Is it not time to see what what a diet high in omega three's low in sixes low in fructose and devoid of grains actually does? And what it does to those with normal gut flora and those without it? Those with hormone optimization and those with a dysordered neurohumeral response? It is important that the data structuring and organization be flexible and allow constant modification as our state of knowledge expands.
Simultaneous with this, suppose we develop increasingly sophisticated computer models of healthy body states, aging and disease states - models that relate the mountains of general and individual information to human health outcomes, aging and specific diseases. Identification of disease biomarkers becomes just part of the modeling effort that is required. Antiaging medicine is currently doing this as we speak for longevity but no one is tying it to diet, nutrition, and currently tracked health metrics to make any definite claims.
The purpose here obviously would allow us to make definite statements about certain behaviors and beliefs that we see hacked on here all the time. Some of the petty disagreements are avoided because it would allows us to add data in and see what that data really means when it is add to a set knowledge base of known facts. The ultimate Hack site for science........What say you?
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on May 04, 2011
at 06:32 PM
See here for a small step towards collecting that type of information:
on April 20, 2011
at 05:57 PM
Ok, let me ask a couple of questions here. Maybe I don't understand. Are you talking about collecting data over the Internet? How are you going to guarantee the integrity of your data? Already studies on nutrition have a problem, I think, with verification: people lie on them. Completely anonymous Internet data would probably be exacerbated in this direction, I think. Can that be adjusted for? Quite likely, I am misunderstanding how you intend to collect the data. I love the idea, but I am a little skeptical when it comes to the implementation.