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I thought I’d share my take home message from spending 3 days with Dr. Patterson Stark, founder of Stark Health and president of the International Academy of Prevention, Performance and Longevity. When at the age of 34 Dr. Stark was given weeks to live due to an aggressive form of testicular cancer, he came to New Zealand to die, that didn’t work out….
He spent the next 15 years studying how to keep himself healthy and then another 15 years refining how to do this for others. As president of the International Academy of Prevention, Performance and Longevity he is on a mission to teach one thousand G.P’s how they too can keep their patients in incredible health…
Here’s five key tips for prevention, performance and longevity, I got from spending 3 days with him…
Dr. Stark made it clear that not one of his patients he has assessed had been getting everything they need from their diet. He recommended that at least a base level of supplementation of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fish oils is needed to reach optimal levels for prevention, performance and longevity. He then also explained that through blood testing he can then isolate which metabolic pathways are working sub-optimally and then up regulate these pathways through diet, lifestyle and nutritional supplements.
2. Exercise, exercise, exercise!!
Dr. Stark is a massive fan of exercise, he recommends 4-5 hours a week minimum and optimal levels of 8-10 hours a week. There is no substitute for exercise! Not even a great diet with fantastic supplementation can make up for a lack of exercise. This was highlighted in my personal case, where I’ve only been exercising a few hours a week. In my physical assessment Dr. Stark was able to see my body was transferring testosterone to estrogen for fat storage (and I’m not fat!), based on where I was storing fat. My body was essentially doing this because I was not using the testosterone in rigorous exercise.
3. Everyone is different, stabilising blood sugar levels is of primary importance
Dr. Stark’s base nutritional recommendations involve eating a vegan diet with some fish, wild meat and grass fed free range animal meats. However, clinically his priority is to stabilise blood sugar levels in his clients. As most people in the western world have some degree of hormone receptor site dysfunction ie insulin resistance/estrogen dominance, in reality many people need to be on a high protein/fat, low carbohydrate diet to stabilise blood sugar levels and reduce body fat.
4. Make vegetables your primary carbohydrate – be a vegan…..who eats enough meat to stabilise blood sugar levels
I think that sentence says it all!! Make vegetables your primary carbohydrate as they provide carbohydrates in an extremely low glycemic index form, while providing maximal antioxidants, nutrients and fiber.
5. Water counts for a lot, drink at least 7 glasses of water a day, ideally filtered, structured water
Dr. Stark explained how the electrics of water works to maintain vascular health and move blood around your body, being essential to preventing heart attack. He used an example of how drinking 7 glasses of water a day reduced the rate of heart attack by 50% in a group of 7 Day Adventists.
The best water to drink is water that is structured to have a negative charge, this kind of water is found naturally in plants (another reason to eat fruits and vegetables) and artisian wells. It can also be made by modern water filters by using magnets (such as this one).
To learn more about Dr. Starks story and protocols I would recommend his book – ‘Live NOW – Die Later’ Click here to view in store…