Mapping the Problem(s): My Health Problems

Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets. W. Edwards Deming
So, connect results with causes; identify the elements of the system and adjust the controls for the best results.

A Current Reality Tree (CRT) is a statement of an underlying core problem and the symptoms that arise from it. It maps out a sequence of cause and effect from the core problem to the symptoms. Most of the symptoms will arise from the one core problem or a core conflict. Removing the core problem may well lead to removing each of the symptoms as well. Operationally working backwards from the apparent undesirable effects or symptoms to uncover or discover the underlying core cause. (Wikipedia)

A CRT begins with a list of problems, known as undesirable effects (UDEs.) These are assumed to be symptoms of a deeper common cause. The CRT depicts a chain of cause-and-effect reasoning (if, and, then) in graphical form, where ellipses or circles represent an “and”. The graphic is constructed by: (1) attempting to link any two UDEs using cause-and-effect reasoning; (2) elaborating the reasoning to ensure it is sound and plausible. Elaboration gets added as in-between step. (3) linking each of the remaining UDEs to the existing tree by repeating the previous steps. This approach tends to converge on a single root cause. (Wikipedia)

Sequence Codes … If … then …
= is the result of the sequence.
+ is a step in the sequence
/x/ is a planned injection or interruption in the sequence.

Mapping the Problem(s): HEALTH

Moved to RD Blog 6/22/21

FEES = Fasting + Exercise +Examen +Sleep (For Obesity+Strength+Behavior+Sleep)

OBESITY / Diabetes

Goal #1: Morning blood sugar below 150 by September.
Goal #2: Weight <310 by Sept 1, <300 by October 1. (10 lbs a month adjusted)

Path: Daily Examen,
Run the Program
Do No Harm:
Program goal: Simply stop consuming too much sugar/carbs – it’s harmful.
Morning Blood Sugar Consequences: >200= nothing till supper, >300 Fasting Day overnight
Fast day: No sugar/flour/carbs
No calories/food after 7 pm
No food between meals
Food diary kept in Journey app – the harm of denial.

Do All the Good I can:
Intermittent Fasting 3×36 per week to burn stored fat
16 oz vegetables or Metamucil daily (Fiber)
Eat only real food, not processed. No added sugar.
Moderate protein consumption.

Study materials on Blood sugar/diabetes/obesity
– Fung books
– Other ADF Books
– Other sources for balance
Develop a strategy: Write the program.

Define the root cause:
Simply: consuming too much sugar/carbs

= Health worsens, diabetes worsens.
+ Body runs out of room, so fat stored in organs
= Obesity increases
+ Activity and metabolism decrease due to obesity
= Obesity increases
+ Estrogen increases due to fat
+ Fat accumulates as it is not needed for fuel
+ Sweetener increases insulin
= Obesity increases
+ Insulin turns excess blood sugar into fat
= too much insulin
= too much blood sugar
+ Too much added sugar+grain carbs+processed food (root cause)


Goal #1: Daily muscle use – weights, walk, eliptical, isometrics. Daily work.
Goal #2: Begin weight lifting program Sept 1
Goal #2: Begin exercise class Jan 1 – flexibility, small muscle strength, yoga?

Path: Daily Examen,
Run the Program
Incremental Exercise:
Weights (Curls 25 @15 lbs; press 25@25 lbs)
Elliptical minutes

Define the problem:
Sedentary lifestyle provides no health benefit demands upon muscles.
I don’t need to build muscle as much as initially I need to USE muscle I have … therefore light weights, high reps, multiple times per day. As if I was working at a non-sedentary job.
/x/ Canonical hours? 9 am, noon, 3 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm? With a prayer?
/x/ Tiny habits … 1 rep?

= atrophy of strength
+ No physical activity or work


Goal #1: Sleep goal > 6+ hours
Path: Daily Examen,
Run the Program: Intentional Sleep
Bedtime: <10.30
In Bed > 8 hours.

Study materials on sleep
Develop a strategy: Write the program.

Define the problem:

= less than optimal sleep
+ rumination, anxiety, worry
+ too light in bedroom
+ reading late on phone – fiction can be too stimulating
+ looking for entertainment
Caffeine consumption

Sexual Dysfunction

This is primarily a problem of physiological biology.
A lot will be better once I’m thin, non-diabetic and physically stronger.

This will encourage testosterone.

Here are 8 evidence-based ways to increase testosterone levels naturally.

Strong research shows a link between low testosterone and obesity, increased disease risk and premature death.

  1. Exercise and Lift Weights
    New research in obese men suggests that increased physical activity was even more beneficial than a weight loss diet for increasing testosterone levels. Resistance training, such as weight lifting, is the best type of exercise to boost testosterone in both the short- and long-term
  2. Eat Protein, Fat and Carbs
    Constant dieting or overeating may disrupt your testosterone levels
  3. Minimize Stress and Cortisol Levels
    Stress and high cortisol can also increase food intake, weight gain and the storage of harmful body fat around your organs. In turn, these changes may negatively impact your testosterone levels. For both optimal health and hormone levels, you should try to reduce repetitive stressful situations in your life.
  4. Get Some Sun or Take a Vitamin D Supplement
    A 12-month study found that supplementing with around 3,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day increased testosterone levels by around 25%
  5. Take Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
    In one study, zinc and vitamin B supplements increased sperm quality by 74%.
  6. Get Plenty of Restful, High-Quality Sleep
    Getting good sleep is just as important for your health as diet and exercise: research suggests around 7–10 hours of sleep per night is best for long-term health and your testosterone.

Path: Daily Examen,

Study materials on Sexual dysfunction
– Schnarch
Develop a strategy:
Write the program.

Define the problem:
Obesity, depression, relationship tension, bad habits, past abuse survivor, low testosterone, poor circulation create a self-destructive, ongoing system which retards both libido and physical function, both in self and relationship sexual activity.


Hands Shaking

= Can’t play guitar
= Can’t type
+ What causes this?

Essential Tremor – This nerve disorder is the most common reason your coffee cup won’t stay still while you hold it. It kicks in while your hands are doing something, but goes away when they’re not.
Lack of Sleep
Low Blood Sugar
Lack of Vitamin B12

Inescapable Examen:

Inescapable Examen: tracking behavior changes behavior
Emotions: Mad, Sad, Glad, Scared?
Needs: Power, Belonging, Fun, /Free?
Was I detached? From anger?
What was better today?
What can I learn from today?
Was I faithful to myself?
Was I able to Interrupt Stress?
Was I appropriate in the moment?

Morning Clean routine +Brush Teeth
Evening clean routine.
Brush teeth
Alcohol w/insulin shot:


What gets my attention?
Do I understand the need or problem?
Do I understand the potential solution?
Do I understand how to apply that strategy?
What questions do I have for the experts? What might be the answers?
Who needs to hear this?
What do I do next?


SOURCE – Footnotes:

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