Risk Assessment in n=1 Experimentation

Most change efforts fail. For most people, most of the time.

One reason is that we tend to rush from ‘idea’ to ‘action’ without setting ourselves up for success.

In addition to helping you to get systematic about learning what works (for you) when it comes to healing, n=1 methods can also help ensure that your change efforts succeed by prompting you to think things through and prepare appropriately. Before you launch.

Importantly, they can also help you to make sure that the health experiments you try are safe.


You can find an introduction to n=1 methods for healing here.

Step 3 of the n=1 method is where you get really clear about what you are going to do and what results you are hoping for.  As in, “If [I do this thing], then [I hope to achieve this result].”

A big part of Step 3 is assessing your idea.

This post zooms in on one part of Step 3: Idea: the risk assessment.

Do No Harm

Risk is part of life.

We manage it all the time.

When you take responsibility for your health, you start making your own risk management decisions. Whether you are aware of it or not.

When you let your doctor take the lead on your health decisions, they assess risk for you. They may not let you in on their process, but they are always weighing the potential benefits of a particular treatment against the potential risks. That is part of what we ask them to do, as medical experts.

You don’t need to be a medical expert to know how to manage risks relating to the things you do to try to improve your health.

You do need to be systematic.

This n=1 risk assessment worksheet can help with that.

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