On Sunday afternoon, I attended Dr. Mark Liponis’ lecture here at Canyon Ranch entitled “UltraLongevity“. Dr. Liponis is the Corporate Medical Director of Canyon Ranch and was one of the authors of “UltraPrevention“, which was published in 2003. He was among the pioneers who preached prevention and the clever book title helped catapult the idea throughout the spa world.
In September, he is coming out with his new book “UltraLongevity” and this afternoon’s lecture was kind of a sneak peak into its contents. The bottom line is that he believes we have overactive immune systems and they are causing us a whole lot of medical problems. The barometer of how active our immune systems are can be measured by what is called the C-Reactive Protein (CRP) test. You want the number to be as low as possible so that your rate of aging is slowed dramatically. A level of three is considered normal but he argues that you are better off having a number less than .7. Then he shared seven ways to lower your CRP.