An ‘n=1’ is an experiment with one participant. You.

We each have unique histories, genetic profiles, environments, and patterns of responding. That is why standardized approaches to complex health challenges can have limited effectiveness.

Personalized (n=1) experimentation enables you to find the pattern of living that will support your well-being.

The n=1 experimentation process has seven steps:

  1. Challenge: What is my health goal?
  2. Inquire: What has worked for other people?
  3. Idea: By doing [ x ] I hope to achieve [ this result ].
  4. Investigate: Here’s where I test my idea in real life. My real life.
  5. Consider: Did that work out the way I expected it to? What did I learn?
  6. Communicate: I can share my results. Or not. It’s up to me.
  7. Change: I adapt based on new information.

Q & A

Risk assessment and risk management are core elements of our n=1 experimentation methods, so you can ensure that your experiments are safe.

An n=1 approach is fully compatible with mainstream medicine, as well as with alternative approaches. You can use this approach while working with your doctor. Medicine values evidence, clinical trials and scientific proof. This approach uses exactly those methods, but based on you, as an individual.

Involve your trusted health care team throughout the n=1 process.

You can use these methods with the newest health apps and biosensors, or print the kit materials on paper and do everything 100% offline.

Adapt the methods to your life.

You can think of n=1 as a science experiment, a change process or a spiritual discipline.

What matters is whether it helps you to improve your health and live the life you want to live.

This method is specifically designed for people with autoimmune and other complex chronic health conditions, but n=1 experimentation works for everyone. Including optimizers.

Motivation is one of the things you can work on using this approach.

In fact, improving motivation is a perfect place to start your n=1 experimentation practice.

Having a chronic health condition is overwhelming.

You can benefit from using this approach at the simplest level. Start exactly where you are now and take whatever steps feel manageable to you. That’s what’s different about this approach: you’re in charge. You decide what to start with.

Some situations are very complex. Many health issues develop over decades and therefore take time to heal.

We need to enter into the healing process with realistic expectations, and also know that we can ‘get results’, even in the shorter term, if we set the right goals.

When can I get started?

We are in the process of creating an n=1 workbook kit that should be available within the next month. In the meantime, here’s are two worksheets from Step 1 and Step 2 so you can get started.

They are a work in progress, so feel free to share your feedback.

For updates on n=1 experimentation, including more free resources and information about the n=1 workbook kit , sign up here.

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