QuadrigaCX is dead, Long live Crypto

I think about crypto currency like an island in the middle of the sea. When you are out in the middle of the ocean there could be huge swells up and down, but you are safe in you little boat and ride up and down on them. You may get a little sea sick, but you are safe.

Likewise, when you are on land and away from the shore everything is steady, you aren’t sea sick any more and don’t have to worry about the ocean swallowing you up.

Where the danger lies is clsoe to shore, those swells that don’t bother you in the middle of the ocean all of a sudden rise up and crash against the rocks. You have to manouve carefully to find a safe harbour, but there are rocks, and cliffs all around. Then when you are on land, you have to get away from shore because you never know when one of those waves will swell up again and drag you back into the ocean, this time without the safety of your boat.

FIAT is the Ocean

FIAT is like the ocean, vast and moving all the time. Crypto is static, and secure. You don’t have to trust that it will be there, you just have to trust in the self interest of everyone participating. It’s at the edge of FIAT and Crypto that the danger lies.

It is impossible to tell what exchange is a safe harbour and what is a rocky shore. There will be brave people trying the waters and beaconing others, but unlike the shoreline, an exchange can go from a safe harbour to rocky in an instant. This is a failing of the lighthouse and the harbour.

The edges are scary

Exchanges live on the edge of the crypto space, and it is always best to transit through them and never stay long. Keep moving from the ocean to safe land (your own wallet), or vice-versa. Don’t store, don’t stay.

The other analogy I use for exchanges is the poker table. You would never leave your entire bankroll on the table to be lost with pocket aces, likewise you should never leave more value in an exchange that you can afford to lose.

What is health?

This seems like a strange idea, you would think that “health” would be concept that everyone knows and agrees on. We “know” what healthy food is for example. Right?

I don’t think we, as a modern society, have a definition of health. For example, if you visit the Health Canada Mission and Values page there isn’t a definition of health. They compare it to lifespan, lifestyle and the cost of the public health care system.

Health Canada is committed to improving the lives of all of Canada’s people and to making this country’s population among the healthiest in the world as measured by longevity, lifestyle and effective use of the public health care system.

From the Health Canada Mission and Vision on February 25, 2019

So, Canadians will be “healthy” if they have a healthy lifestyle (not defined), don’t spend too much money on health care (effective use) and finally live a long time.

Peter Attia prefers the term healthspan vs lifespan when coming up with interventions in diet, exercise, supplementation, etc. There are four areas that he focuses on, when he defines health:

  • Mind (cognition);
  • Body (physical capacity);
  • Freedom from pain; and
  • Stress tolerance.

This is getting closer to what health is, but is still relative. It is still “I will know it when I see it”. This isn’t easy for a policy machine, like Health Canda, to work towards especially when “healthy” becomes the mean of society when that society is unhealthy as a group.

Another resource that I’ve found helpful in my search on health is John Kiefer. He went so far as to create a podcast called Deconstructing Health, and wrote an article about why he thinks health science doesn’t exist.

The main premise of the article is that we, as a society, don’t have a scientific framework to test interventions with regards to making a populace healthy. It is something that he is developing, but I will wait and see if it ever makes it out into the world.

I give Kiefer the benefit of the doubt, for now, based on my personal success implementing his simple protocols and how well they have aged. The Carbnite Solution was written in 2005 and it still works. While the understanding of why it works is better understood today, the only thing I change when using it is the amount of caffine.

What is health to me?

I know it when I see it. For me, its personal. I am healthy if I “feel” healthy, and I do use something similar to what Dr Attia uses when defining health for myself.

Cognition

How well can I concentrate on the task at hand? How long does it take me to get the work I want to do done?

Body

Can I run up those stairs? Can I touch my toes? Do I have that “spring” in my step when moving from room to room?

Pain

How do I feel when I wake up in the morning? Is my back sore? What about the day after I run up those stairs, how do my legs feel?

Pain for me is all about recovery. If I do something physical, how long does it take for me to recover? If it takes a very long time, what do I need to do, health wise, to reduce that recovery time?

Stress Tolerance

Stress is common to everyone, and there are going to be stressful events that come up in my life. But like pain, how long does it take me to recover to a baseline after a stressful event? Is it weeks? Days? Hours?

This helps me calibrate my background stress a lot. If there is a stressful event that is still bothering me weeks after it happens, occupying my thoughts, I think that my background stress level is still too high and I need to create habits or intervene to lower it to a better baseline.

So what

The more that I learn about health, lifespan, etc; the more I believe that we need cycles in our life. The best example of this is building muscle, you don’t build muscle in the gym bench pressing that huge weight; you build muscle during that rest in-between. I believe (don’t quote me as knowing) that this can be applied to stress, thinking, and even pain relief. How fast you recover from a major stressor tells you something about your health.

Pain is the tricky one, because if you have cronic pain it is probably because you are doing something fundamentally wrong and need to move better, start with the free stuff at MoveU on instagram. Rest isn’t going to solve the underlying problem. Its the same reason why “resting” graze land increases desertification. Your shoulder hurts, so you don’t move it, but by not moving it at all (resting) you are not making it better. You are probably just compensating.

So health is personal, but that means that YOU have to define it and educate yourself. Don’t rely on Health Canada, your doctor, or anyone else to define it for you. They are just comparing you to the sick majority, where average isn’t very good.


Hello world!

Re-installed and starting anew.

This used to be the place for my rambling thoughts before they went to Twitter, Facebook and the like. This new place is for the same thing.

Here I will put all my thoughts that don’t really fit within my business, but thoughts that I think have value. Thoughts that might help others on their journey.

Of course, there may be some cool photos and random-ness that you would have read from my on the various Instagrams and Twitter, but those have useful-ness too.