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Responsibility starts with a satisfactory coalition between one's self and the demanding 1012 cells of one's own body. -- Lilly, in Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer

Not all methods of self-transformation require advanced, unproven technology; some have been available for a long time. Exercise, balanced eating and healthy habits have big life extension and body improvement potential.

Needless to say, there is an immense literature and number of websites about health, dieting and exercise out there. Which methods work the best for whom is a complex subject; it is a good idea to look around, study the literature and make an educated decision, not just believe in every passing fad. In general, the more flexible methods are the more useful.


Diet in General
Control of Diet
Functional Foods
Taste and Sensualism
Exercise and Bodybuilding
Other Sites
See Also


Self-augmentation by David Musick. About the simple things we can do to augment ourselves.


Health is an important but ill-defined concept. A transhumanist definition might be that health is optimal functioning given the desires of the person and available techniques for treatment (see Nanomedicine by Robert A. Freitas Jr. for a more through discussion of a transhumanist perspective of health and disease).

The Determinants Of Health From A Historical Perspective by John W. Frank and J. Fraser Mustard. What determines how healthy we are?
Treatment of the common cold by Sherif B Mossad (BMJ 1998;317:33-36). Review of what can be done about the common cold.
Nanotechnology and Medicine by Ralph C. Merkle.
Keep on taking the URLs. As more health information becomes available on the web, the relationship between patient and doctor will change.



Food Safety and Nutrition Information at IFIC (International Food Information Council)
10 Tips To Healthy Eating
Does eating fruit and vegetables protect against heart attack and stroke? by Andrew R Ness & John W Powles. A study of the scientific evidence: yes, they are healthy.
Dr. Walford's Food Database Search


The Hacker's Diet, How to lose weight and hair through stress and poor nutrition. By John Walker.
Obesity, Leptin, and the Brain, editorial in NEJM, Feb 1996. About the recent findings about leptin, the ob gene and the hypothalamus.
Obesity Gene Quest Lures Pharmaceutical And Biofirms with Promise of Fat Profits By Carol Potera (Genetic Engineering News, September 1 1995).
Calorie Restriction The so far most effective method of slowing ageing and disease.
Survival Guide to the Holiday Season by Steven Wm. Fowkes

Functional Foods

Functional Foods. About foods which are biologically active not just in a nutrition sense.
Military Strategies for Sustainment of Nutrition and Immune Function in the Field. About stress, immune function and food.


The Supplemental Fallacy (XO Magazine). An useful reminder that there are no magic pills; most nutrient supplements simply do not do much.
Do Sports Claims Measure Up? (Nutrition Science News May 1997). Evaluating supplement claims.
Antioxidants: An Antidote to Aging?
Aphrodisiacal Drugs. Should be taken with a large grain of salt.
Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and Carotenoids
Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline
Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride
The Role of Protein and Amino Acids in Sustaining and Enhancing Performance
FAQ: Hormone Therapy for Transsexuals. Adjusting the body to fit the gender identity.
Dietary supplements in Google
Bodybuilding supplements in Google

Taste and Sensualism

It is important to remember that food should not just be nutritious, but also delicious. As transhumanists, our goal is to enjoy life, not just prolong it. We should always keep our senses and minds open to new sensations and experiences in order to grow and enjoy.

Experiments in Good Taste. On the perception of taste, and genetic differences in tasting ability. Since the tastes are detected by genetically determined this suggests that we could add new taste receptors for an even subtler sense of taste.
Flavor: Keeping Pleasure In Its Place. About how taste gives us pleasure.
Food Editors Prefer "Umami" Taste Sensation About a fifth basic taste.
The Aphrodisiac Home Page. About drugs and foods with (reputed) aphrodisiac effects.
Arise (Associates for Research Into the Science of Enjoyment). Organisation for the study of pleasure.
The Responsible Parent's Guide to Healthy Mood-Boosters for all the Family by David Pearce. A thorough review of mood-enhancing psychopharmacology.

Exercise and Bodybuilding

Walking for Exercise and Pleasure
Walking the Ultimate Exercise?
Reality Check: The Future of Physical Fitness (Wired). When will we get the future of fitness?
Getting Fit Your Way - A Self-Paced Fitness Guide
Athletic Fitness vs. Health Fitness. After all, there is a difference between being fit and being an athlete.
US Army Physical Fitness Research Institute. Includes several usefuls texts.
Improving Motor Performance This review suggests that mental training does have noticeable positive effects.
Men's Fitness One in the large number of fitness/health journals.
Fitness in Yahoo


Muscle Media Online "The Art and Science of Bodybuilding".
Bodybuilding in Yahoo

Other Sites

CyberDiet. Adapting a healthy lifestyle and diet.


See also

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