For a full year, A.J. Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could — from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.
June 30th, 2010
We’ve talked about Participatory Medicine and DIY in various ways, but we’ve only scratched the surface of what people are starting to do by collecting and sharing their health-related information. If you read Gary Wolf‘s> recent New York Times Magazine cover article, The Data-Driven Life, you’ll enjoy this call. He and Kevin Kelly recently started the multiparty blog The Quantified Self, where they (and Alexandra Carmichael, who just joined the fray) are describing the many facets of QS. With Gary, let’s discuss:
- What is QS? Your favorite examples? Will everyone call it QS?
- Why is it taking off now? What sectors will it affect most?
- What dangers lurk in QS?
- What’s the best thing that QS enthusiasts might do to advance the discussion?
Paul had bad knees from trying to get fit. Fernando is approaching his 50s and wants to keep running marathons. Phil’s a rock-climbing instructor. They’re all part of a global community called Quantified Self. This is where people gather and analyse their own data about their health, exercise, diet and sleep using web-based tools.
Quantified Self has been described as marrying technology with self-improvement. It’s also known as self-tracking, body hacking - and can possibly lead to "cyberchondria"! Right now, it’s fitness freaks, geeks and early adopters who are into this stuff, but as health care systems around the world are coming under increasing pressure, is self-tracking the way of the future? Will we all need to be body hackers in years to come?
When it comes to tracking the health of your nervous system, your ability to bounce back from a training session, and even your mental, spiritual and emotional stability, nothing is as effective as heart rate variability (HRV) tracking. In the