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Dr Tracey Lotze and Dr Jason Boxtart

Tracey Lotze, MD, MB.ChB, CCFP, and Jason Boxtart, ND

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In the quest for eternal youth, humanity has traversed myriad landscapes of science, folklore, and myth, seeking the elusive elixir that promises to bestow everlasting vitality. Yet, as we stand on the threshold of a new era in biomedicine, we find ourselves confronting a profound truth: the fountain of youth lies not in a magical potion, but in the intricate dance between our genes, our environment, and the choices we make each day.

Tracey and I met John years ago as he was beginning his journey towards living younger and dying older.” As a functional-medicine team, I being a naturopathic physician and Tracey a medical physician, we bring differing but synergistic expertise to our practice.

Together, we have witnessed the transformation in mind and body as we battle the challenges of aging within the intricate web of disease prevention, health maintenance, and performance improvement. John does all this while managing the challenges of running a significant, multifaceted business. I see our job as keeping the franchise player at the top of his game. This goes for all our patients.

The concept of longevity has undergone a profound transformation in recent years, propelled by groundbreaking discoveries in the field of epigenetics. This burgeoning discipline unveils the remarkable capacity of our genes to respond to environmental cues, regulating their activity in ways that can profoundly impact our health and ageing process. Central to this paradigm shift is the recognition that our biologic age—the age of our cells as determined by epigenetic markers such as DNA methylation—may diverge significantly from our chronologic age. This revelation challenges the conventional notion of ageing as an inevitable march towards decline, inviting us to reimagine the possibilities of healthy longevity.

As we embark on this journey into the depths of our molecular biology, we are confronted with a powerful realization: that the choices we make today have the power to shape not only our own destiny but also the destiny of generations to come. We can begin to do this by embracing a lifestyle characterized by mindful nutrition, regular exercise, and stress management. Combining this approach with strategic use of lab investigation to identify and act on modifiable risk factors, we can tip the scales in favour of health, vitality, and longevity.

But perhaps even more importantly, this journey reminds us of the interconnectedness of all life —the intricate web of relationships that bind us to each other and to the world around us. In nurturing our own well-being, we contribute to the health of our communities, our planet, and future generations.

So, dear reader, we invite you to embark on this transformative odyssey with an open heart and a curious mind. We hope that Johns story inspires you to not only transform your own health but also pay it forward, as John does here.

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David Bilstrom, MD

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It's with profound admiration that I introduce John Brink’s fourth book, Living Young, Dying Old.  This book is a powerful call to action, urging you to redefine the rules of your life. It asks you to let go of the myth that physical and mental decline are a natural part of the ageing process.

In conversing with John and in reading this book, I recognize in John a kinship of spirit and purpose with his proactive approach of optimizing healthspan, not just lifespan.

As a quadruple-boardcertified MD who has spent 20 years helping chronically ill people reverse autoimmune disease, I can say with certainty that John is the embodiment of what's possible when you take charge of your mind and body.

This book takes you back into John’s childhood, marked by adversity and resilience. Born on the cusp of World War II near the border of Germany, John was traumatized in childhood by the harsh realities of war and starvation. After immigrating to Canada in 1965, he carried with him not just the scars of war but a relentless drive to succeed and a deep appreciation for life.

As you read this book, you'll appreciate the way John distills the complexities of topics like personalized medicine and emerging longevity technologies into understandable and actionable knowledge. His ability to offer clarity across a wide range of topics is a testament to the fact that he’s living the wisdom he shares.

As you turn these pages, allow yourself to be guided by John's unwavering commitment to “attitude, passion, and work ethic,” the powerful combination that has shaped his remarkable trajectory. Throughout this book, John shows us how to shift our focus from merely adding years to our lives to making our years as rich, rewarding, and purposeful as possible. This is a life where we “live young and die old.” Thank you, John!