I know what you are thinking.
“What on earth does technical documentation have to do with cancer and health?”
In one sense, absolutely nothing. But if you are willing to approach health with a creative mindset, I think you’ll find they have much in common.
In fact, I believe after reading this article, you’ll understand how following a detailed, specific series of steps (a la technical documentation) will uncover all kinds of affordable secrets to improving your own health and the health of your loved ones.
A Technical Approach to Cancer and Health: Documentation
In this article, we will lay out a simple yet detailed step by step process that any literate seven-year-old (with enough free time) can implement to gather the necessary data, which will help expose the underlying causes of not only cancer but every other physical and mental ailment known to man.
We’ll be thoroughly documenting five lifestyle areas: People, Thoughts, Actions, Diet, and Environment. However, each of these five areas will follow the same framework for gathering data. To begin, you will need two ultra-high-tech modern pieces of analytical medical equipment: a pencil and a sheet of paper.
These two objects are your top-secret, magical devices which you will wield to uncover and implement a path to health that many others believe is impossible to even conceive.
Make sure your pencil is sharp, and your paper plentiful. Get ready, take a deep breath, and:
- Draw a big T on your paper, like so:
- Do it again, five times, on five separate pieces of paper.
- Above your Ts, label the first page “People,” the second page “Thoughts,” the third page “Actions,” the fourth page “Diet,” and the final page “Environment.”
- Above the left most column (in the top left quadrant of your T), write the words “Date / Time.”
- Above the right most column (in the top right quadrant of your T), write the words “Description.”
When you are all done, your page should look something like this:
There you go! Take a step back and admire your work. You are well on your way to taking back control of your own health! You have the basic framework in place. You may recognize this layout as a simple spreadsheet format. It’s very useful for methodically gathering important data, and that is exactly what you will be doing. Your life is important, and so is your health. It’s time to give them both the careful, loving attention they deserve!
How This Health Recovery Method Works
The way these pages work is you will track all interactions and events for each lifestyle area on separate rows as you go throughout your days. Some areas will need to have data tracked every hour, others only need data points every 4-8 hours.
In general, the more data you can gather the better, but you must ensure the rate at which you collect data is sustainable. Don’t give up! You can do it!
You will be gathering data for a minimum of 30 days and ideally, you’ll continue capturing information until you have achieved your desired health outcomes.
After you have an intimate first-hand understanding of your own health, it will all become second nature to you. You can then dispense with the mechanics of writing things down. True, this isn’t some high tech, sci-fi approach to destroying cancer. It’s a low tech, ancient method that has been available to us all since time immemorial.
If this all sounds too intimidating or time consuming, relax. We have you covered there too. We’ll go over several strategies at the very end of this article to make this whole process smooth and easy for you and your family.
We also went ahead and put all the columns into one printable cure-all-spreadsheet for your convenience.
Now let’s get into the details on gathering pertinent data from each of the five critical lifestyle areas:
1. People & Relationship Documentation
Frequency: Every hour (ideal), or every 2-4 hours.
What to capture: Who. Who you talk to. Who you spend time with. Who you see. Who you hear. Who sees you. Who hears you.
This one is pretty simple. It doesn’t matter if you are conversing on the phone, via Facebook messenger, text, email, or in person.
In the description column, write down who you interact with. Every hour, on the hour, jot down their names, and how you talked with them (the communication channel). You could also make a note of how long you talked.
It’s easiest to fill out the Date / Time column with 24-hour markings for each day. This will take up lots of paper if done every hour, but don’t underestimate the power of knowing precisely who you interact with and how often. It can affect your health in subtle but meaningful ways.
2. Thoughts & Emotions Tracking
Frequency: Every hour (ideal), or every 2-4 hours.
What to capture: Thoughts. Feelings. Ideas. Concepts. Emotions. Dreams. Hopes.
Again, in the Date / Time column, put rows for each hour in the day, then fill in the description column with your thoughts during that time period.
The Thought lifestyle data will likely have close correlations with your People and Actions lifestyle data. Write down how you felt, why you felt that way, ideas you had, what you mentally dwelt on, for how long, etc.
Don’t feel the need to turn this sheet into a complete personal diary (unless you really want to). Keep it short, to the point, and hit the most important details that you can remember from the most recent time period. No sense in writing a small book each day if you quit after just one week. It’s most important that you keep up this tracking activity over weeks and months to capture patterns in the data.
3. Record Your Actions
Frequency: Every hour (ideal), or every 2-4 hours.
What to capture: What your body did. How were you positioned? What was your posture like? What physical actions did you take? Were you standing? Sitting? Walking? Watching? Listening? Were you playing? Working? Sleeping?
This lifestyle area is also very easy to document. As before, fill in the Date / Time column with hour markings. Then, put all the wonderful details into the description column to give yourself a good picture of how you utilized your physical body during that time period.
You should also track any physical injuries here, and any medical procedures you underwent.
Defecation and urination events should be kept on this sheet too.
4. Diet & Nutrition Spreadsheet
Frequency: Every meal and snack time (ideal), or just every meal.
What to capture: Everything that enters into your body. Food. Beverages. Medication. Injections. Inhalations.
Sometimes, I leave the Date / Time column open and write in the time whenever I eat something. That works well for me because my eating schedule can be semi-random.
It’s important to capture details here. No snack or piece of candy is too small to record on this sheet and be mindful of the quality of the food.
If you inhale a fly, consider coughing it back out to identify what kind of fly it was, before swallowing it again. If you ate a carrot, do you know where the carrot came from? Was it homegrown? Store-bought? Organic? Etc.
Don’t forget beverages, they are every bit as important as food. Medications are also important, along with injections. If you smoke or vape, write that down too.
5. Environmental Analysis
Frequency: Once a day, or once a week.
What to capture: Where you were physically located, and what your surroundings were composed of. Air quality. Environmental factors. Chemical exposure.
This sheet doesn’t require frequent updates unless you often find yourself in new environments. So, this process of tracking environmental factors is very different than the other four. Just spend a good amount of time early on brainstorming with a group of environmental health aficionados to uncover all possible elements of your environment that could have an impact on your health. Just 30 to 60 minutes is plenty of time.
Think about hidden mold. Sources of allergens. Unnatural or harmful chemicals in bedding materials, walls, carpets, paint, or household furnishings. Think of clothing materials and cleanliness.
Think of air quality, air pollution, temperature, humidity, and air pressure. Think of common household chemicals, cleaners, soaps.
Think of beauty products, toothpaste, air fresheners, pesticides, herbicides. Think of factors inside your home and outside your home.
Think of all factors at your place of work, the places you socialize, the places you sleep and eat.
List in detail everything that could possibly be a factor that affects your health or mental or emotional state. Revisit this brainstorming activity every week at the very least for the first 30 days so you have a record.
I Need Help Tracking Health Data!
If you find yourself struggling to keep up with these data tracking activities, try these tips:
- Simplify the lifestyle notes you take. You are realistically looking at about 5-10 minutes of writing activity every 1-2 hours. Feel free to reduce your workload by only tracking data every two hours or every four hours.
- Just keep at it. Keep on keeping on for at least one week. Once the habit begins to set in, it will get much, much easier to track your lifestyle habits.
- Track with Voice Records. If you can find someone to listen to your recordings and transcribe the information, then you could build your technical health documentation by just talking into your phone. Even easier than a pencil and a sheet of paper.
- Recruit family. This is ideal because they already live with you, so there is no relocation needed. As we mentioned before, even a conscientious child who can read and write and is able to ask questions can jot down the necessary details throughout the day.
- Recruit friends and/or caretakers. If they can spare some time each day to spend with you, they can take the load off.
- Hire locally. If you have the resources, the job requirements are very easy to meet so the cost should be minimal. Even high schoolers or college students can do this on nights and weekends. It would look great on the resume of anyone pursuing a career in health or charity work.
- Hire remotely. Accessing the global market can cut labor costs dramatically. Hire a remote health assistant and have them call you (or you call them) at predetermined times throughout the day and ask you the needful questions. Most people talk about 8 to 10 times faster than they can write. So, you can potentially cut twenty minutes of writing down to just two minutes of talking with the right remote assistant who will transcribe your responses. We here at Doakio have extensive experience in hiring and working remotely, and we have trained remote agents who can provide the needed data collection services for just $350 per month. They’ll help you track all lifestyle areas twelve hours a day, seven days a week. Please contact Alexander for more details.
Whoever is going to help you should read through this article completely to understand the concept. They should also be able to commit to a certain period of time each day (say 4 to 12 hours of tracking) for at least a few weeks.
I Have the Lifestyle Data, Now What?
Great! If you can keep up the daily habits for at least 1 to 2 weeks, you have enough data to start analyzing for areas of potential improvement.
Now, just having the raw data isn’t enough to realize perfect health of course.
Imagine a builder who has a series of books on how to build a home. Does the home magically appear in front of him once he knows how to do it? No. Gathering the critical knowledge is not a solely sufficient step, but it is a necessary one.
Even with all the data, you need to actually develop and implement a series of actions (backed up by data specific to you) which will bring about the home (or health) you desire and deserve.
Most of us generally think we know how to live a healthy life, but I can’t stress this point enough: Share your lifestyle data. Get help. At the very least, find someone in your life who never has any health problems. Find someone else who you trust for fantastic health advice. Ask them to sit down with you for a few hours each week to review the data you’ve collected.
But even better than seeking out a friend or family member for health advice, is to go straight to the health experts with your lifestyle data.
We’ve reached out to different health experts who know exactly what to look for in your data set, and moreover, they can come up with effective, practical strategies to suit your specific living situations:
Lifestyle Health Experts
Professional Relationship Counselors
Nikki Delaney, LPCC, NCC, CRS at A New You Counseling
“People who have successful relationships have more rewarding lives than those who suffer with dysfunctional relationships. Science has confirmed it. Having weak or minimal social relationships has been shown to be as detrimental to health as tobacco use. Many people do not have the necessary skills needed to maintain successful relationships. They usually lack appropriate communication skills, or listening skills, or conflict management skills. What matters when it comes to relationships is the quality of the relationships that you have, not the quantity. Emotional connection, validation, support, fun, enjoyment, trust, kindness, common interests, quality time, conversation, cooperation, compromise, and teamwork, are a few of the relationship qualities that contribute to successful, rewarding relationships.
It also takes commitment to do the work necessary to ensure success in relationships. I tend to think of relationships like gardens, if you plant the seed (which is usually the “falling in love” part), that isn’t all you need to produce a lush garden. It requires continued maintaining of the garden through watering, weeding, pest deterrent – before it really grows into something that is considered successful.” – Nikki Delaney, Certified Relationship Specialist
Nutritional & Dietary Mentors
Marietta Amatangelo, MSc, RDN, LDN
“I have found food, mood, timing, symptoms, all invaluable in determining underlying issues with digestive conditions. Emotional issues can be related to food and weight loss programs, detoxes, methylation issues and food intolerances. The style of documentation that Alexander presents here is far and above more precise, and something I want to implement in my programs.
There are a multitude of factors that influence our eating patterns, what we eat, and how much we eat. In order to work successfully with an individual, uncovering all these factors is paramount. I have been in practice at 2 Nourish Nutrition, and offering Healing and Coaching through www.DigestiveDiva.com for more than 25 years. My expertise is in digestive issues, special diets such as Fodmap, Cancer, and weight loss; and they all demand this type of data mining to lead a client/patient to their goals.
The goal of my practice is to get to the root of the health condition, and not simply band-aid the symptoms! Please reach out for more information about our services and programs at info@2Nourish.com, or visit our website.” With Healthy Blessings, Marietta.” – Healer, Nutritionist, and Health Coach Marietta Amatangelo
“Yes to Food Journaling: I do recommend my clients keep an accurate account of the foods, beverages, medications and supplements they take. Symptoms related to intestinal permeability can appear many days after foods are consumed and symptoms can be continuous if there is in fact a Leaky Gut. Consuming Whole Foods and practicing better Food Combining Techniques will support digestion and intestinal health alleviating symptoms related to candidiasis, dysglycemia and allergies. Re-establishing healthy intestinal flora is a first step for a successful parasite or Candida elimination protocol.
Optimum health requires good digestion and absorption of nutrients, with healthy elimination of toxins. Both malabsorption and increased intestinal permeability are associated with chronic gastrointestinal imbalances as well as many systemic disorders.
I recommend my clients keep an accurate account of the foods, beverages, medications and supplements they take. Symptoms related to intestinal permeability can appear days after foods are consumed and symptoms can be continuous if there is in fact a Leaky Gut. Contact me today to start your journey to total health! 1-250-331-3195 or firstname.lastname@example.org“ – Alice Russell, R.H.N, Natural Nutritionist
Cara Janzen, RHN
“Journaling, for all purposes, helps us to make connections that you may not have thought about. What you eat, how you feel, how well you excavate out what is in your body…I know, life is stressful enough that you may forget to write down everything that happened throughout your day. This is a great reason why it is super helpful and important to have an accountability and supportive Coach to help you work through your situation alongside you. Try this out this data tracking exercise for the 30 Days – see what new connections you make that you may not have thought about. Seek some additional health transforming support.
Digging into the roots of your health concerns and issues can be stressful and sometimes scary. Sometimes we forget how connected we are – our lifestyle, our thoughts, our emotions, our actions, our beliefs, our activity, our sleep, everything we put in our mouths, everything we breathe in, anything we do (or don’t) let out of our body – ALL impact our overall health and well-being. Sometimes the journey to understanding what you are experiencing at the current moment, takes you years and years back into an emotional experience that created a change in your body that you are now feeling as digestive upset, chronic headache, chronic inflammation, excessive cell turnover.
I work with clients on all levels, Body, Mind and Spirit, with my Radical Nutrition programs. I work with people who want to gain control of their Type 2 Diabetes, Chronic Digestive Issues, Weight-Loss, and many other reasons for taking back your health! Connect with me through email (email@example.com) website (www.carajanzenrhn.com) or Instagram (@cara.j.rhn) I’d love to be a support for you as your journey through your health transformation to regaining control of your life!” – Cara Janzen, Registered Holistic Nutritionist & Metabolic Balance Coach
Mental and Emotional Lifestyle Experts
Kaycee Goodall, Ph.D. in Biblical Naturopathic Sciences, and Master Holistic Health Practitioner at Creator’s Clinic
“The lifestyle documentation process described is second to none! I would be pleasantly surprised to have someone bring this magnitude of data to us!
Creator’s Clinic main focus is primarily on emotional well-being among other bodily imbalances including, methylation pathways, toxins and detoxes, natural thyroid balancing, food intolerances and many others. We analyze and balance the body on an energetic level. A regular bio-energetic scan would compliment this type of data collection perfectly. Our goal is to find the root of the problem and balance it properly using bio-energetics. Every single cancer client we see has trapped emotions and a heart wall. Carrying emotional baggage is heavy and it’s not your burden to carry! Aside from the bio-energetic scans, we help clients release emotions with a non-invasive technique, you don’t even have to talk about your feelings! Contact Creator’s Clinic for more information on the services we offer.” – Kaycee Goodall, Ph.D. in Biblical Naturopathic Sciences, Master Holistic Health Practitioner
Joel Yang, Chartered Clinical Psychologist at Mind What Matters
“Emotions are our primary media of knowing how we are feeling. It is therefore important for us to be aware of them in order to convey our thoughts accurately to others. Unfortunately, most people tend to not be as tuned into them as they would like to be, or think they are. One way which we can all improve our emotional awareness is to have a thought diary as suggested – recording the situation, emotions, behaviors and thoughts. Tracking data on your emotions throughout the day allows for constructive reflection that increases your awareness of the present, boosts your emotional intelligence and improves your communication skills. Furthermore, you will feel better in the long run!” – Joel Yang, DPsych
Norman Gajowiak, MA, TLLP at Center for Integrative Psychology
“Keeping a thought journal offers therapists the rare opportunity of seeing a tiny, yet precious, glimpse of you and your emotional states over time. The words patients record can assist the therapist in identifying trends that can be both negative, or positive. These trends serve as a road map to a highly tailored treatment plan that will benefit the patient much more than following a treatment plan the therapist learned from reading a textbook.
More importantly, though, thought journals are like having a therapist with you all the time! As individuals record our thoughts and experiences our brain processes these experiences the same as if they are being vocalized to a therapist.
Finally, remember the happy stuff! Often, patients stick to recording only the negative. If they would only record All of their experience, they might possibly discover that life is better than it seems. Unfortunately, time machines don’t currently exist. Thus, we cannot go back to change the past, we cannot catapult into the future. Live in the moment, enjoy the mundane, take a breath, record your thoughts. Life, despite its challenges, is beautiful. Look for the beauty; you’ll find it.“ – Norman Gajowiak, Child, Adolescent, Young Adult Therapist at BrainOptimizationMI.com – (734) 846-4009
We here at Doakio are masters of effective research and data analysis. But you don’t have to take our word for it.
Many others have enjoyed fantastic health outcomes with these methods, and the professionals all agree: it works.
Naturally, a full-on spreadsheet like Excel or Google Sheets would be of great use to organize and share your health data with those who can help you achieve the health you deserve. So, considering tracking data in those electronic formats (as opposed to the mighty pen and paper) if you find yourself so technically inclined. (But paper health records are 1,000 times better than nothing!)
Alternatively, you can pass your hand-written notes (or audio files) off to us, if your chosen health experts need it in a cleaner digital format. Contact us for more information.
Update: We went ahead and created a Google Sheet that you can use to track your own health data online or from your smartphone.
So, there you have it. Do you think we delivered on our promise to help you lay out a path to your total health mastery using technical documentation? Let us know in the comments below!