One of my favorite books of all time is Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
Bill Clinton and US Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis have both been known to carry around personal copies of the book with them.
(This is a must read, top 10 all-time material)
One of the best lines from the book is Marcus describing the end goal of life- “The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”
Translation: “Being normal is not the point of it all”
I love this quote – because it’s true – and it reminds me of a line by Dr. Neal Rouzier when he was speaking at the 2011 World Medical Seminar describing *NORMAL* blood labs.
“Normal labs are when your lab values are as crappy as everyone else’s.“
The range of lab values on your report when you go to your doctor have no reference for *Optimal*.
Do you know how those *normal* lab ranges are found anyway?
It’s literally a range of 300+ people that were rounded up, with 5% of the outliers lopped off like a scalpel to both ends.
Keep in mind, this is all based on the average of people getting that particular lab.
Last time I checked, that population getting labs checked is not exactly the healthiest segment of the gene pool.
When your numbers come back in the *normal* range and you get the thumbs up from your doctor, they’re really just saying your numbers are just like a lot of other possible-to-likely sick people.
Wait, it gets better.
As the population gets dumber, fatter and sicker (which it is), the number of people who are now “clinically normal” gets even larger, making the definition of abnormal or diseased relative.
Why would you want to be one of the normal like Marcus says?
Why haven’t you joined the ranks of the insane(ly) optimal?
If you’re fine being compared against a sick population – a population getting sicker by the day – by all means don’t find out what your *optimal* levels are.
Or do and level up in all aspects of your life.