Stark Health Centre - Australasia's first Lifestyle Medicine Centre (2004)
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Stark Health Centre is part of the answer to the 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. Additionally, with"TeleMedicine", selected clients from around the world work in with our online focus groups and Zoom meetings, thus more effectively using their local resources.
WHAT IS LIFESTYLE MEDICINE?
Lifestyle Medicine is evidence-based science focused on prevention, management and reversal of chronic degenerative diseases such as Obesity, Diabetes, Irritable Bowel, Heart Disease, Auto Immune disease, Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and some Cancers among others. Outside of genetic defects - if it's not infectious, it falls under the umbrella of Chronic Degenerative Disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises Lifestyle Medicine as the answer to "non-communicable disease" and looks to our organisation,The Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA), for medical leadership and a world-wide strategy. 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 the first Chiropractor to obtain this 2-year, Master's-level Fellowship from the Australasian Society - FASLM.
WHERE IS IT USED AND HOW?
Lifestyle Medicine is not new - it is paid for by insurance and national health in the US and Europe. Lifestyle as medicine is yielding better clinical results with chronicidegenerative diseases. It saves six dollars for every one invested, in the USA. Lifestyle interventional programs achieve over 90% success rate in maintaining new lifestyle and health promoting habits at one year. This high retention rate is due in large part to online followup and motivation within the "group of participants" who shared the content.
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 struggles to deal with patients who have chronic disease and it is bankrupting the modern world's economies. For instance - other than the acute crisis, why treat high blood pressure with medication when lifestyle management has proven over 90% effective at reversing it? It does not happen because doctors are not trained to help patients change behaviour - and when they try, they are usually not evidenced-based scientific approaches now used, just well-meaning and frustrated clinicians trying to do their best for patients. It is from this situation of addressing the underlying cause of disease, that resources have been pooled over the last decade to get the science of Lifestyle Medicine into the field of education and clinical practices like ours.
Dr. Patterson Stark, D.C., FASLM, is 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, his life is dedicated to the well being of others. As a cancer survivor, he brings a personal "patient-perspective" to all that he does .
A HIGHLY LOGICAL CHOICE
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)
TAKE ACTION NOW
The science is clear - if you suffer from a chronic Degenerative Disease your lifestyle is involved in creating and reversing it - you need to learn what you can do to help yourself.
Essentially, helping you out of the "pleasure trap" of addiction to foods, poor moods and lack of movement in your life - which are proven to harm - we work with individuals and "focus groups" online to regain "health span" (the highest level of function one can have).
I BELIEVE IN THE BODY'S ABILITY TO HEAL - SO SHOULD YOU
As doctor, coach, facilitator and teacher;
I truly believe Lifestyle Medicine is the most effective road to health.
With passion, I will educate any group interested in Lifestyle Medicine to improve health. Watch the website for upcoming Lectures and Workshops. Now is the time to get involved with your health!
Call or get in touch below to discuss how this model of personalised real-health care can benefit you, your family and community.
In Great Health,
Dr Patterson Stark, DC, FASLM
START WITH A SIMPLE CONVERSATION ABOUT YOUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS GOALS
Lisa or Sharon will set up a time for an initial consultation - with no obligation to proceed further. My experience is that within five minutes we both know if we can work together effectively.
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4/23 Humphreys Dr.
Ferrymead, Christchurch 8023