Stark Health Centre
Australasia's first Lifestyle Medicine Centre (2004)
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Stark Health Centre is part of the answer to a larger problem of chronic degenerative disease, which is linked to nine out of ten deaths today. Lifestyle integration can improve quality of life, performance, resistance to disease, reversal of disease and management of serious chronic health problems. Dr. Patterson Stark is one of the most highly trained and accredited specialists in Australasia with over 40 years of clinical practice in the field.
Additionally, with"TeleMedicine", clients from around the world work in with our online focus group meetings, thus more effectively using their local resources.
WHAT IS LIFESTYLE MEDICINE and WHERE DID IS START
The Chiropractic Profession is an advanced form of the healing arts dating from the late 1800's in the USA. One could say by virtue of being a drugless form of health care, Chiropractors along with Osteopaths, Acupuncturists and Herbalists have aways promoted Lifestyle as central to their respective disciplines. Today the body's innate intelligence is recognised as one of the most powerful influencers of health and disease. Inasmuch, Chiropractors have found proper structure of the body is a gateway to understanding where the stress and dysfunction are and how to unlock it. To this end a Chiropractic Physician is first trained as a primary health care doctor to diagnosis and prescribe a proper treatment based on objective findings. When drugs or surgery are ruled out, chiropractors use gentle hands on modalities, nutrition, exercise and counselling aid all aspects of patients lifestyle. Lifestyle Medicine has embrased this holistic philosophy focusing directly on Chronic Degenerative Disease.
Founded in 2004, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the medical professional society for physicians and other professionals dedicated to clinical and worksite practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system. Practice involves the use of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, such as eating a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, getting regular physical activity, adequate sleep, managing stress, avoiding use of risky substances and pursuing other non-drug modalities, to treat, reverse, and prevent chronic disease.
Today Lifestyle Medicine is taught as part of the curricula at over 108 medical schools in the USA and there are international societies, colleges and associations in over 18 countries and growing yearly. The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) is the second largest group worldwide and includes New Zealand. The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine is the third largest.
Modifying your behaviour, use lifestyle as a medicine to :
Eat Well - plants
Move More - every 20 minutes
Love More - positive relationships
Stress Less - take action to find happiness
These are proven lifesaving concepts. Doctors specialised in this area up to date with the latest methods to help you implement the correct behaviours at the right times in your life.
The Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA) gives medical leadership and a world-wide strategy via international chapters. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises Lifestyle Medicine as the answer to "non-communicable disease" and looks to our organisation as the experts on the global syndemic of Lifestyle and Chronic Degenerative Diseases
WHERE IS IT USED AND HOW
Standard Medical practice is not educated in behaviour change and thus - can never provide enough drugs, surgeries or procedures to turn back the Tsunami of Chronic Disease we are currently in.
Lifestyle as Medicine yields superior clinical results. According to Dr. Dean Ornish, MD. it is paid for by insurance and national health in the USA, saving six dollars for every one invested. Lifestyle interventional programs achieve over 85-90% success rate in maintaining lifestyle and health promoting habits at one year. This high retention and success rates are due in large part to Lifestyle Medicines focus on behaviour as the driving force towards or away from chronic degenerative disease.
Medical practice today promotes the articulate diagnosis and treatment of disease as it occurs, thus remaining "symptom based" with medication and surgical intervention the expected norm. Standard medical care admits it struggles to deal with patients who have chronic disease and it is bankrupting the modern world's economies.
My name is Dr. Patterson Stark, D.C., FASLM, I am a U.S.-trained Chiropractic Physician, Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (FASLM) and one of a handful of Board Certified specialists clinically practising in Australasia. A Diplomate Allied Health Care Practitioner in both Lifestyle and Anti-Ageing Medicine, my life is dedicated to the well being of others. There are about two hundred Medical Specialists who have obtained the rating of "Fellow of the American, Australasian or European Colleges or Societies". I am humbled to be the first Chiropractor to obtain the Fellowship from the Australasian Society - FASLM.
Additionally, as a 30 year "terminal" cancer survivor, I bring a personal "patient-perspective" to all that I do.
A HIGHLY LOGICAL CHOICE - HEALTH CARE MUST CHANGE
Lifestyle Medicine as an evidence-based science, is a logical and complementary choice to the Medical and Chiropractic professions.
Radically, we promote positive lifestyle behaviours:
a whole foods plant based diet,
regular specific exercise,
mind-based stress reduction and sleep hygiene
positive psychology, motivation and support
We can dramatically affect pain and suffering, enhancing healing and in many cases reverse disease when we learn to treat the cause. We have not found a more effective management of chronic degenerative illnesses.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
"Chronic degenerative diseases are affecting every aspect of how we live as people, societies, countries and planet." Professor Boyd Swinburn, PhD. University of Auckland has called it "The Global Syndemic of our time". (The Lancet Commission Jan. 2019)
NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION
The science is clear - if you suffer from symptoms of a chronic Degenerative Disease your lifestyle is involved - you need to learn what to do to help yourself.
Be of benefit to youself, family and community.
I BELIEVE IN THE BODY'S INNATE ABILITY TO HEAL- SO SHOULD YOU!
Now is the time to get involved with your health!
In Great Health,
Dr Patterson Stark, DC, FASLM
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PERSONALISED LIFESTYLE CARE ASSURED
Lisa or Sharon will set up a time for an initial consultation - with no obligation to proceed further.
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Our Contact Details
4/23 Humphreys Dr.
Ferrymead, Christchurch 8023