Stephen Cherniske is the Chief Scientific Officer of Univera, a nutriceuticals company. He is the poster boy for healthy aging. He exercises, eats right, has a great attitude, and consumes many of his company’s products.

In his early 60s, Cherniske is lean and full of energy although he logs a lot of air miles speaking on behalf of the company. At a hotel restaurant he tells me about the pre-diabetic “metabolic syndrome” which he says is an epidemic in North America and rising even more quickly in other parts of the world, including China. Too much processed food, too many empty calories, too little exercise.

He says Univera’s scientific research provides a lot of firepower. He says Health Canada is so strict that many effective natural products will disappear from the shelves and many others cannot be introduced. “We provide boatloads of science and they still say no.”

He says that in Canada aloe is still considered a laxative even though his company removes the rind that contains this property from every leaf. Univera sells certain aloe based products throughout Europe that are not allowed in Canada.

At the moment he is promoting Level G, which helps to mainlain normal glucose metabolism. He says it encourages the body to burn fat instead of sugar, as elite athletes do. It abolishes cravings for carbs, which many people have, and which often kick in after people finish a low-carb diet.

He shows me photos of a hotel breakfast: a lot of cakes and sugar. To our hunter-gatherer ancestors carbs were different. “This type of food throws a monkey wrench into our genome and turns off the fat-burning mechanism,” he says.

Back home in Seattle, Washington, at the suggestion of his older son, he and his wife adopted two children from Ethiopia. They were so malnourished they could not pedal their bicycles. Not surpisingly, they are full of energy now.

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