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Introduction; Page 2.


    FOREWARD
    By Herbert I. Stein, M.D.
    Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine
    Diplomate Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Disease

    
Mr. Ronald Sampson has been my patient since 1990, and has been
in my office on various occasions for checkups and minor matters. As a
custom and practice I have developed over the years as a practicing
physician, I focus on the individual patient’s general demeanor,
behavior, and attitude, rather than chronological age. Prior to his last
visit, he had not been in my office for quite a long time, and I did not
recall his age offhand.

    In the course of this visit, a routine checkup, I innocently remarked
that he looked very good for a man in his forties. Ron stated that he was
eight months away from being eligible for Medicare. Needless to say, I
was taken aback by this bit of information.

    As a matter of fact, to such an extent, that I was compelled by
medical curiosity to take Ron to see my two long-time assistants to have
them guess his age. Each of them, accustomed to seeing patients of all
ages in the office over the years, guessed has age to be in his forties.
In more than 25 years of practice, I cannot recall ever being so
moved by a patient to interrupt my usual office routine and put my
assistants to such a task.

    A patient of mine, who is an agent for actors in television
commercials, and whose business therefore consists of closely and
carefully observing people in general, and faces in particular, happened
to be in the office. She also guessed Ron’s age to be in his forties, and
was amazed when she was informed of his true age.

    I told Ron that whatever he was doing, he was doing something
right, and to definitely keep doing it. I was most interested to learn what
it was. I don’t really think he needed any exhortation from me – he has
very definite ideas on the subject of wellness.

    Ron then told me that he had just completed writing a book on the
subject of his theories to significantly retard the aging process and that
he was getting ready to seek a publisher. He asked me if I would like to
read it and write a contribution to it.

    I responded that I certainly would like to read it. I was most
interested to learn his theories. His appearance, attitude and general
presentation simply seemed to confound the medical reality to which I
have been become accustomed as a long time medical practitioner.
I told him that I would only contribute, however, if I approved of the
material, and that I was going to be blunt and honest in my assessment
and opinions of his work.

    My initial interest came about for the reasons I stated, and which
was the very reason that was the cause of Ron’s writing the book in the
first place – his unusually youthful appearance, vitality, attitude, and
general demeanor, and how people, myself included, remarked and
were rather astonished by it.

    My participation indicates my continuing interest based upon my
general approval of his ideas and methods. An appealing and easy-toread
“how-to” guide to achieve the stated objectives.

    In fact, the methods are simple and uncontroversial. In reality, there
can be no serious argument as to the general benefits of sensible and
proper eating habits and exercise. Ron also advises a sensible approach
to exercise – a graduated program of increasing physical exertion
designed from a starting point to be medically determined.

    In reading the book carefully, which I certainly did before lending
my name to it, I found Ron’s theories for success basically spring from a
foundation of mental power – one’s will – whose value I certainly agree
with, and which medical science is appreciating ever more as research
on the subject continues. Mental power which provides individual
motivation. The secret of his, or theoretically anyone’s, success, in any
chosen endeavor.

    The increasing awareness of the medical field as to the importance of
attitude and individual will is reflected in the literature, both as to
general wellness, and when medical treatment for disease becomes
necessary.

    The right attitude can lead the individual towards great
accomplishment. It seems to me a fundamental and elementary
component of human nature that when an individual wants something,
he will do whatever it takes, or at least as much as he can, to obtain and
realize it, if he wants it badly enough.

    That’s what the book is all about. Becoming aware of what one really
wants, and thereafter being propelled by their desire to do whatever it
takes to achieve it. In our case here – vigorous long life; enjoyment of
maximum experiences; permanent weight loss, a fundamental
component of good health. What it takes is the correct and proper
lifestyle – desired as opposed to forced or compelled. Desire that springs
from individual awareness.

    His theories regarding the lessening of the chances of contracting
serious disease and combating the far too common and dangerous
affliction affecting the American population – overweight – are logical
and make sense.

    The correct fundamental attitude regarding food, leading to proper
nutritional practices, and especially when combined with a sensible
physical conditioning program, can lead to weight loss that is
permanent.

    The very latest medical literature now recognizes as “healthy
lifestyles” precisely that which Ron has been practicing for more than 40
years – an eating plan that emphasizes a low-fat, low-salt diet rich in
fruits and vegetables, losing weight if one is overweight, regular
exercise, limiting alcohol consumption, and quitting smoking.
This food program is recommended to lower high blood pressure and
associated cardiovascular disease, and should lead to a significant
reduction in the incidence of cancer, heart disease, and associated
illness. This is of extreme importance.

    I concur with Ron’s theories on the other elements of his program as
well. Including the importance of one’s relationships, and every aspect
of those relationships, to one’s general wellness, and as to the absence
of harmful negative stress, to the extent possible, in one’s life.
It is also true that, to the extent possible, one’s general well-being
will be enhanced by the individual’s dealing with every element of the
life experience addressed in Ron’s book.

    Although perhaps not all the medical experts may agree with all of
Ron’s theories, they make definite sense to me. And the profession is
now getting on the same page of healthy lifestyles that Ron has been
on for a very long time. Experience has shown that these theories and
methods have worked extremely well for him. To that I can and do
attest.

    I believe that he sees his book as his mission, to get a lot of other
people to get onto that page. One can only benefit by a motivated,
healthy lifestyle.

    Herbert I. Stein, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P.
    March, 2003
    Los Angeles, California

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