In February 2013 the Clean Health Performance Centre will be proud to host world renowned health expert and lecturer Mark Schauss for a 3 day seminar titled “The Art & Science Of Biochemical Individuality”. More information on that can be found on our website here.
In preparation for next years visit we decided to interview Mark so that course participants and readers could greater understand what drives the man, a bit about his background and his plans for the future!
CH: How long have you been involved in nutritional/functional medicine and what spurred you to get into the area of helping people overcome health issues using natural alternatives?
MS: I got my start in 1983 working for my brother Alex’s research institute, AIBMR (American Institute for Biomedical Research) and was fascinated by the way nutrition and functional medicine provided answer for causes of diseases instead of the so-called traditional side of medicine just covered problems up.
From there I moved to another research institute in Spokane, Washington where I met my mentor, John Kitkoski, who I worked with for 9 ½ years. It was during this time, I discovered the approach that I would use for the rest of my life and that is treating each person as a unique being, the concept of biochemical individuality. It was also where I developed a methodology for analyzing laboratory data that could apply the world’s knowledge of natural medicine to people in a biochemically individualized manor. This discovery led me to start my first company Carbon Based Corporation.
From there, I was able to meet and become friends with some of the giants of the nutritional and functional medicine industry, like the late clinical nutritionist Robert Crayhon, noted researcher on brain issues Dr. Parris Kidd, cardiologist Dr. Mark Houston, heavy metal expert Dr. Andrew Cutler, and of course Charles Poliquin who I met in 2005 when lecturing at a conference known as Boulderfest.
But if I have to pick one event that steered me into finding answers for perplexing health issues it was the onset of epilepsy by my then 3-½ year old daughter Tasya. The doctors gave her little hope of living past the age of 12 but that was not an acceptable answer for me. I was driven to find answers for her but while doing the research, I was able to open up a vast new area of research as I believed that environmental toxicity was at the root of her, and many other people’s health challenges. It was this discovery that drove me even harder to share what I’ve learned over the years with people all over the world.
CH: How long have you been lecturing and educating other industry professional and what are some of your highlights here?
MS: Believe it or not, my first lecture was in 1988 at Stanford University in California to a group of pharmaceutical researchers. My topic was on the use of vinegar to lower blood pressure in a drug resistant woman. The research institute I was working with had tracked the blood pressure of a woman over an 18 month period and I presented the methods we used to track and analyze the data. At lunchtime members of the audience mobbed me, most of whom were MD’s asking how to lower their own blood pressure as the drugs from the companies they worked for didn’t work. I realized then that I may have a gift while lecturing to present information in an easy to understand yet impactful manner.
Over the years I have presented at over 50 conferences in North and South America, Europe and Asia. One of my great memories was of Boulderfest 2005 where I was asked to lecture on the effect of environmental toxicity on LDL cholesterol. When I was done, I was asked out to lunch by Dr. Mark Houston who was the master of ceremonies that day along with two other well-known MD’s. I was the only non-physician on the panel that day. The next day Charles Poliquin approached me to talk about health and the rest is history.
CH: In your book “Achieving victory over a toxic world” you talk a lot about how environmental influences are ruining our health. Australia is commonly known as one of the more toxic countries in the world, especially when it comes to xeno-estrogens. What are three simple things that people can do daily to counter act the negative side effects from our environment everyday on their health?
MS: The first and most important thing is to avoid toxic exposure in the home. Go to a website like www.ewg.org and use their Skin Deep database to see what kind of toxins are in your personal care products. Limit use of toxic chemicals like cleaners that are not naturally based. Also, stay away from things that are made to smell good, as they are often loaded with the testosterone lowering chemical phthalates.
Secondly, use the amino acid glycine (3-5 grams a day minimum) to help bind up petrochemical toxins.
Lastly, know your enemy by testing for toxins to see what you are being exposed to. Both heavy metals and petrochemicals need to be tested for.
CH: You have done a lot of work with the Poliquin Strength Institute before and have been an advocate of PICP and Biosignature certified personal trainers. What do you feel differentiates them from your standard personal trainers?
MS: Their knowledge of the concept of biochemical individuality stands out. I have never been around a group of trainers or any type of health care practitioners who are more aware of the complexity of working with people as they do. Their knowledge of hormones, nutrition, and proper diet is as better than anyone else I’ve worked with over the decades. That and they demand personal responsibility of their clients which I believe is the number one, most important way to become healthy.
Personally, I remember teaching a class at PSI in Rhode Island and mentioned that I had suffered a separated shoulder back in the 1980’s and had limited use of my left arm. After assessing the muscles around my sub-scap, one of the Biosignature trainers pressed on a spot there and asked me to lift my arm which I could do with no problem. Made me come back home and hire a PICP Biosignature trainer myself which had gotten me into better shape at 54 than I was when I was a competitive runner at 23.
CH: Have you been to Australia before? Do you intend to do some sightseeing whilst here delivering your courses?
MS: This will be the very first time I’ve been to Australia and am planning to spend a few extra days to sight see. My wife spent 6 weeks in Australia before she met me and says that she enjoyed it as much as any place she has been too because she thought the people were the friendliest in the world.
CH: Looking into the future, what projects are you working on and areas of health are you researching?
MS: I am working on a project, which I will announce for the first time when I come to Australia, that will give everyone a blueprint to reverse diseases like type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis and many other inflammatory diseases as well as describing the best and safest methods to detoxify heavy metals and petrochemicals. I will be merging the best of the treatments from the many top health care practitioners I’ve met throughout the world.
As if that weren’t enough, I have been asked to build a state of the art medical laboratory to be replicated throughout the world. Our mission is to provide the best and most useful testing available at costs that will make it affordable to everyone.
To register for Mark’s 3-day seminar in Sydney in February 2013, please visit the link below: Mark Schauss CHPC Sydney Seminar 2013