Well I have tried to resist peeking too much at the survey data as it comes in, but today I had a browse through for the second time. And there was quite a bit to browse.
So far, there is much that is unsurprising to me, and seems to confirm much of what the common talk has been saying since I've been involved online the last year and a half. A few things are popping up though, like exactly how many people use a very high percentage of unprocessed or whole foods in their blends, and the fact that across the board doing BD seems to be more expensive than using the subject's previous forms of nutrition. Hmm.
What was unexpected for me was how emotional - teary is the right word actually - I became reading through scores and scores of comments about what incredible things people have experienced on their journeys. How a return to simple food has in so many cases proved to be such a major turning point in health and happiness. Something about a long, long list of such moments really can make your heart glad. I am a very lucky guy to have accidentally got a list of such good news stories.
And of course, redacted for any identifying info (not much there anyway) I'll share it all with you when we're done.
Anyway, data-wise the *really* interesting stuff will come when I can close off the survey (I'll leave it a week or so yet,there are clearly a few who did not manage to quite complete it so far at least) and cross-reference stuff. You know, of people who reported significant reflux prior to incorporating BD, looking at how that matches with what nutrition source they were using. Correlating improvements in gastroparesis since BD between those with a high wholefood content versus a lower wholefood content, and those who do or don't receive free water....tasty stuff for nerds, yes?
The data set is approaching a size where such results can be statistically meaningful. But, and you saw this coming, we really want more.
I think if everyone makes the effort to reach out to those few people you think mightn't have done the survey yet and jolly them along a little, we can get another 50 or so this week coming. This can be done. Just this last 48 hours I have seen an awesome display of people power and passion in a very related way. Let's harness some of that to help this great tool for the future of every person with a tube that much better!
Here it is for those who need it:
Cheers, all, yay team!