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Health benefits from fasting that was NOT associated with reduction of calories.

Good news, but people in Medicine are a bit slow in getting the very notion of 2nd order effect /Jensen’s inequality and disentangling mentally the first from the 2nd order effect. Which is why few are getting Antifragile or the more general sensitivity to scale of a distribution.
In the paper, Longo and associates saw health benefits from fasting that was NOT associated with reduction of calories, but solely from the variability (5 day fast compensated by subsequent boost in calories). So it is NOT the caloric deprivation but the convexity of the human body to change (over a specified range) that is the subject under concern. Luckily you can detect that without too many experiments given its mathematical necessity (the link between convexity and benefits of volatility).

This report missed the point. And look at the silly weight loss connotation.


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Any doctor in the room?

Any doctor in the room?
I’ve found very few medical papers making use of nonlinearity by applying Jensen’s inequality to medical problems, in spite of the ubiquity of nonlinear responses in biology. I am generous, I actually only found a single one , thanks to Eric Briys, and a single one that used it properly, so the response “we know that” when nonlinearity is explained to medical researchers is rather lame. The philosopher’s stone explained that the volatility of, say, a dose matters, often more than the average. If you are antifragile to a given substance, then you are better off to have it randomly distributed, rather than provided steadily. Remarkably it works in an identical way as with options, innovations, anything convex. Now let us apply it …

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