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Why I like Timothy Ferris

I'm fascinated with the book, 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferris.

When I was in college, getting a BS in biochemistry, or chiropractic school; if I was required to read a book, even if it was a good book, or a research paper, it was difficult to bring myself to read it.  Maybe because I was forced to, and I tended to be resistant to what everyone wanted me to know.  I always tended to be suspicious of what I was being hand fed, but generally accepted it, if everything else agreed with what I was being taught. 

On the other hand, when I found something I wasn’t required to be interested in, but was truly interested in, I couldn’t get enough information and would look for everything I could find.  Bear in mind, this was before the internet.  During the early 90's, the internet was just barely getting going—at least to me, and I was just beginning to understand the power of the information that would soon be available.  I graduated from chiropractic school in 1995. 

With that being said, things changed when the internet came into being.  I read Timothy Ferris’, 4-Hour Workweek, and was challenged his contrarian thinking, as well as, having to shift my paradigm as to what was possible.  The internet, making much of the 4-hour-Workweek possible, as well as the resources, outsourcing and information available, made that possible.

When I found out he wrote the 4-Hour Body, I had to see what he had to say.  This is what my thinking was, “If I had as much time as wanted to devote to research, access to professionals, journals, and a team of people to research for me, a network of experts, and nearly unlimited financial resources—investors, people who believed in my search for truth, and my own fortune, this is probably the book I would want to write.”  The problem with that is no one would listen to me, because I'd have no credibility.  Not only does he try the experiments out on himself, he has his “guinea pig” friends and in his network—mainly those on Twitter, and his network of experts and friends try it out also, with great results.  Now that I've read his whole book, and I even have the audiobooks—he encourages us to treat it like a buffet and sample what you like.  After reading just a few pages about how to lose weight, I was thinking to  myself, “I love this guy”. 

He's not a traditional thinker.  That's another reason why I like him.  I became a chiropractor because after an injury that I had, I didn’t like the traditional medical option, and ended up a chiropractor because of my personal experience with chiropractic, despite what people said about chiropractors.  I just wanted to know what worked, and why.  Timothy Ferris does just that, he’s not motivated by a research grant, a drug company, and is not limited to even American thinking.  He travels the world in search of data, which he then interprets to get to truth, whatever it is.  Whatever he ends up with, he allows us to see what his research is.  I'm not sure if I even agree with what he says about everything yet, but he usually has a well thought out, logical reason for what he thinks.  There are some theories that may take a lifetime to prove, but when you can send an e-mail and have hundreds or thousands verifying and re-verifying, and experimenting and coming out with similar results, one must take notice.  50 years ago, a book like this may not have been able to be written, maybe even 20 or 30 years ago.  A thinker like Timothy Ferris, and his ability to compile data, as well as interpret that data because he doesn’t have a vested interest in the data other than, “did it work, yes?  Great.  No?  Find out what does and use that.” 

 It’s brilliant.  I don’t know anyone else who could do it, with the resources that would actually have an audience to hear what he said, and care that he said it.  I love this book