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The one thing to avoid if you want your health plans to succeed…

By Marcus Santer

Here’s my favourite quote from a week of squeezing the good stuff out of the Internet:

“…any useful intervention should have mechanistic efficacy but should be tolerable enough that people can adhere to it. If an intervention is mechanistically efficacious but cannot be used long term, it is practically the same as if it lacked efficacy to begin with.”
John P.A. Ioannidis

Yeah, that’s not an easy read I agree.

But John Ioannidis is something of a hero of mine and the 2010 article: Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science – is a must read.


When I first read the quote above I confess I had to look up what the word: ‘efficacy’ means.

Here’s my dictionary definition if you need it:

“…the ability to produce a desired or intended result”

Once I’d got that straight I understood the truth of the quote and appreciated the clarity of the point made.


Because it clearly explains why most attempts people make to:

And so on are doomed to failure.


Dang, you’re inquisitive today =)

Because the plan you’re inserting into your life, to help you get from where you are to where you want to be can’t be stuck to.

It’s fair to say that pretty much everything works.


Extreme diets cannot be stuck to long-term.

Extreme workout plans cannot be stuck to long-term.

Heck most people struggle to maintain a 15 minute daily Qigong practice.

And make no mistake about it bubba, the best diet, exercise plan and stress management tool is the one you can stick to every day.

It’s very hard to stick to extreme plans long-term.

So the next time you consider trying an intervention, ask yourself if you can see yourself sticking to it for the long haul.

And if you can’t…

… It might be best to give it a swerve.

​​​​​​​As Lyle McDonald wrote:

“…as usual, extreme stances are invariably incorrect and the truth lies somewhere in the middle.”

Fortunately, everything in the Healthy Ageing Pyramid is based on solid research. And the research agree’s: extremes are not the way to stack the odds of a long, healthy and more independent life in your favour.

Slow, steady and easy to stick to is the best way to win a long and healthy life.

And that’s exactly what you’ll find in the 7 health habits of the longest lived folk on this planet.

The book will be available January 2017 and it’ll be a great way to get your year off to a strong start.

Bye for now


P.S. My editor and I completed the first round of edits yesterday.

A major milestone crossed.

Now I need to focus on getting the cover completed.

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