A Novel Platform
SLO-tility.com is an online platform which will enable users to sign up, make a natural food change to their diet for 1 month, and enter and track their results. The website will aggregate and analyze users' results to see what is working better for the crowd, and what is not- in short, a crowdsourced diet!
An Original Concept
A crowdsourced diet is optimized and evolved as more and more people try the different diet options and enter their feedback. The feedback data is aggregated and analyzed to see what diet options are working the best, and which are not working as well. For example, let's say we have 100 people taking vinegar for 1 month, and 100 people taking cinnamon, and we start to see that people are having better results using vinegar (ie losing more weight, or lower blood pressure, or lower blood sugar, etc.). Then we can use that data to prioritize taking vinegar, or perhaps then to look at combining cinnamon with another diet option to see if results will improve. The point is, no one knows how the diet will optimize- you, the crowd, are going to steer the diet forward!
An Engaging Methodology
The first step involves choosing one of the 24 different natural food options you want to try. So let's say you choose vinegar- so you sign up on the website and you'll be given all the instructions you'll need. Then you take a standard amount of vinegar daily- all you have to do for the month is keep track of how many days of the month you took the vinegar. Then at the end of the month, you enter how many days you took the vinegar onto the website, along with your results. The website will store and analyze aggregate results to see if any data trends show that some options are working better than others. The key to the crowdsourced diet is the power of numbers- the internet is the perfect medium to generate enough statistical power to verify and evolve which SLO-tility options work the best!
The New Word on the E-Street
The name SLO-tility comes from wanting to SLOw down stomach moTILITY while eating, and the SLO-tility regimen consists of all the natural foods and eating techniques which slow food down in the stomach. Why is slow motility important? First, because it makes you feel more full, which will help to maintain a healthy weight. And second, slow motility lowers blood sugar and hormonal spikes, which over time can help stave off the onset of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. As such, the SLO-tility regimen will serve as the basis for the crowdsourced diet. There will be 24 SLO-tility supplements to choose from:
X (positive effect); CI (contraindicated); NE (no effect); blank cell (unknown)
Over time, as more and more people enter more and more results, the SLO-tility diet will be optimized in terms of which foods and combinations will form the most effective backbone of the regimen.
And let's not forget about you! As far as self-optimization goes, individuals will get feedback to help calibrate their own diet to help slow their food down:
Waiting to be Born
SLO-tility.com will be a 3 month birth, er... build, according to the web development manager. Here is a schematic of the website functionality:
The website will be developed using a .Net platform and utilize 3 predeveloped main functionality modules including Apogee CMS and E-commerce. The database will utilize SQL, and interface with SPSS software to load, analyze, and transfer results data, testing for statistical significance, as well as controlling for what variables we can. We need funding for the custom programming that will go into the site build.
Of the Crowd, By the Crowd, and For the Crowd
SLO-tility.com will be crowd funded, crowd sourced, and crowd friendly. If you can donate money to reach the goal amount, the website will be built, and you can sign up and score some shwag at the same time (see rewards to the right). And your results will add building blocks to a database that will help support the rest of the crowd in determining which Slo-tility diet supplements work the best.
All We Need is You
So if you or anyone you know might find it fun to try a SLO-tility diet supplement for 1 month, please let them know- friends could try the same or different supplements and compare results, and we can all see how the crowdsourced diet evolves. Oh, and sharing is a click away, with Indiegogo's share tools found below the video up top.
And if you're international, we want you too- everybody's gotta eat. Not sure how escargot goes with vinegar, tho...
TOGETHER, WE CAN REVOLUTIONIZE DIETING: SLO-tility.com
The Unofficial AutoBiography
Who's the man in the video? No, it's not a stunt double- it's me, Frank Duffy: native of Jersey, now in Philly. Nutritionist by trade and moonlight as an intellectual. Work with patients, students, and a little bit of research. Traveled to Ghana and lived in Chicago and Kentucky, but couldn't shed Northeastern roots. Interested in public health and specialize in diabetes. Self proclaimed pinball wizard who had 15 minutes (ok, seconds) of fame appearing on MTV news' coverage of a pinball tournament at the old Broadway Arcade (back when MTV was cool and played music...
The Nutriculum Vitae
Here's the gist of my research in nutrition. My main interests are diabetes and GI nutrition:
"Dietary Treatment for Gastroparesis." In Gastroparesis, edited by Henry P. Parkman and Richard W McCallum, 237-256. New York: Humana Press, 2012. (when I started to research SLO-tility: the concept of slowing food down in the stomach)
The Modus Operandi
The purpose of this project is to serve the public interest by reducing the risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease in the general public. Our healthcare system is buckling under the cost of treatment- healthcare reform must create preventative models which educate and empower citizens to develop healthy lifestyle habits and stave off the burden of chronic illness. The SLO-tility diet will use an internet platform as a vector to help as many people as possible decrease their risk through healthier eating habits. That is our goal and, with your help, we will achieve it- one slug at a time (so to speak...).
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