Are there any hidden costs here or is it really free?
My education and content is free. We are in the privileged position of being able to give this education and research away for free. This means all the information, education, blogs, articles, podcasts and recipes on this website are all free. Now is our time to be able to share all our work with you. With nothing attached. There are no hidden costs such as steak knives, branded multi-vitamin pills, multi-level pyramid schemes or exercise machines required. It is just a thorough education on how to transform your health for good. We have found our sweet spot and we are working with ethical companies who share our mission and we are extremely privileged to align ourselves fully with. This enables us to offer our educational content free of charge as a service to our wider community. This is our vision and passion as we dreamed it would be.
We have always had a charitable offering on our site where I would speak for free to any group or community who requested it (outside of commercial businesses and corporates). This remains. If you get value from any of my work, please tell your friends and family about it and share it widely. If you would like to work with me personally or have me speak at your workplace or community then just contact me here.
What happened to thelifeplan® and My20GOLDENweeks?
Tracey, our awesome team, and I ran various global online and live programmes such as thelifeplan®, my20goldenweeks® and mylifecommunity®, from 2009-2018. Tracey and I did this education as a business called ‘the exceptional health company’ (which was hosted at ‘exceptionalhealth.com’) for almost 10 years. We had thousands of people participate and transform their health. It was incredible to see what a difference my education and Tracey’s recipes actually made to real people in the real world living in their real lives. We stumbled into it and it happened by accident because of our shared passion to help people. Read a small selection of our thousands of unsolicited testimonials here. All of my articles, videos, content and advice is here now at jasonshonbennett.com, it is NOT at exceptionalhealth.com any longer and we have nothing at all to do with that site.
My long-term endgame goal has always been to give away my education to the world. Education should be free.
When I was sick and lost in my 20s, I always wished for someone like me in my 50s to show me the way to better health, in an understandable, graspable, realistic way. It has always been on our mind and we would discuss from time to time, “What about the people who are in survival, what about the ones who can’t afford to eat well, let alone pay for some education about it?” We want to make that difference on a holistic scale, country wide and globally. We are very blessed and we want to pass that on.
Any general advice or tips on getting started?
From my experience on working with thousands of people, from all walks of life and all over the world, it can take six months to two years to fully heal the human body. I fully respect and work with this natural human process. My advice is not a quick fix, it is not about wonder pills (as they do not exist), it is not about super-quick weight-loss scams, it is not about protein shakes, and it is not about drugs or miracle-promising superfoods. If you wanted to become a world-class athlete you would train for a year, not six weeks. Why? It takes time to make significant health gains, change habits, heal your illness, rebuild your body and change habits for good. My advice is about re-learning how to eat and live a healthy lifestyle. It is unique, personal and powerful and will take you on a journey like no other. It is like having someone walking beside you for a year helping you change and transform lifelong habits – quite possibly helping you to add years to your life in the process. I cut through all the sales and marketing hype about nutrition that constantly come at you from the modern world. I get right to the heart of what you need to do in this fast-paced life to achieve sustainable, long-term health and vitality. I take you right back to the core basics of diet, lifestyle, environment, behaviour change and exercise. I am purely about how to completely transform your health, weight and vitality by modifying what you eat and how you manage your lifestyle. Teaching you these things in a way that you can incorporate them into your life takes time: weeks, months. It cannot be learned overnight. Read more about how to get started here – these articles are designed to give you bite sized chunks of information and inspiration.
Can I get well at my own pace?
Absolutely. There are a number of things I recommend (G.O.L.D.E.N. Rules for example), however there are no rules as to how quickly and in what order you take on these initiatives. Where you are currently at and what you are currently facing with your state of health will determine whether you can begin doing all of these things at once or whether you choose to ease in slowly over the months. In this way you can introduce more and more initiatives as both your mind and your body are ready! Everyone is in a slightly different place. Of course we all have setbacks and fall over from time to time – this is simply part of being human and being involved in a process like this where you make a commitment to change your habits. Stepping into a whole new level of relating to our food, our health, our vitality and our wellbeing is a brave thing to do yet one that will have great rewards. I consider my education to be the single-most powerful way I know to permanently change your dietary habits and transform your health.
None. Observation, not lead by modality, emotion or money, is the foundation of every science. Science is meant to be a reporting or uncovering of the truth for the wellbeing of humanity. You do not have to be a scientist to observe and draw conclusions. When studying something you must do a few things well. Observe, gather evidence, form a hypothesis, research your findings, look at history, follow a variety of human experience, double-check, and use your common sense and intelligence. Then report back. This is what I have done. I have observed people. I have known people to live long healthy lives into their 100s without disease or the need for drugs. I have read about thousands of people who lived long, healthy lives without disease or drugs. I observed and studied their habits, their commonalities, what they did, and what they did not. I have looked at large population groups (epidemiological studies), centenarians, traditional cultures, food habits, the Mediterranean diet, the Asian diet, the caveman diet and much more.
Are you a replacement for my doctor?
NO. I am not your practitioner. I actively encourage you to continue to work alongside your own trusted health professional’s advice and not just swap in my advice as a replacement. If your doctor asks you about me then please direct them to this website or they can email me with any questions about my diet and lifestyle advice. The complimentary approach I have alongside your chosen practitioner’s advice is that I am teaching you how to avoid getting sick and your practitioner is treating you once you are sick. Both strategies are important and mutually beneficial when working together towards the best outcome for your health. Click here for more information on my credibility or my research.
What would my Doctor say about taking your advice?
Doctors generally love my ‘common sense scientifically-proven’ approach. I have doctors from all over the world recommend my books and work because I have a way of putting complex and overwhelming information into a way that inspires people to genuinely make change and take action in their lives. I do this via a mix of my own life’s experience, my own healing of “incurable” diseases, my 30 years study (over 20,000 hours), my research into the centenarian cultures and my humour and confrontational ‘no BS’ style of communication. I have worked with US doctors, UK doctors, Scottish doctors, Australian doctors and NZ doctors, who all applaud the message I am teaching.
My advice is completely compatible with your doctor’s advice of:
- No smoking
- Good nutrition
- Losing unhealthy weight
- Staying in a fit, healthy shape
- Significantly improving your blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Getting 8 hours’ sleep each night
- Moving your body more each day
- Lowering your intake of alcohol (or in some cases removing alcohol completely)
- Decreasing your stress levels
- Dramatically improving your digestion and bowel health
- Strengthening your internal organs
- Eating a heart-friendly and balanced anti-cancer diet
“I am a GP and I attended your Jason Shon Bennett seminar in Gisborne. Thank you, this is quite amazing what you do and in helping many people. The more people that can benefit of your lifestyle the better off the world will be. I look forward to your emails/blogs/articles/support”
Dr. Sirpa, USA, 2012.
“Your book is inspiring and empowering; I wish all my patients could read it”
Dr Mimi Irwin, GP, NZ, 2013.
“I will be recommending this book to all my patients”
Dr Eva Tombs, MB, Scotland, 2014.
The experts behind the world-leading BROAD study
Dr Luke Wilson, one of the key authors on the internationally-recognised BROAD study (the most successful randomised, non-exercise and non-calorie restricted weight loss study ever done), recommends my work, education and books; “Jason’s work is informative, inspirational and he has the courage to tell it as it is. Following his advice will change your life”. I have presented to large groups of highly educated, university trained pharmacists and chemists (some who were so enthusiastic about what I talked through that they swamped me for hours asking for help with their diets…). I also present to, and train, chiropractors, nutritionists, dietitians and nurses, in how to eat well and get their health back. These many and varied professionals are far more ‘learned and trained’ than I but they come to me and ask me to support them and mentor them as they have lost touch with what it actually is to eat well.
“Despite what you hear in the media, the science of healthy eating is well-established and the evidence is incredibly consistent — across years, across cultures, across everything. Instead of following the fads, rely on the fundamentals. Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for you”
Dr David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, April 2014.
“The research is staggering and shows clear evidence that regular meat consumption contributes substantially to premature death. By simply replacing meat with other foods, 10% of male deaths and 8% of female deaths could be prevented”
Dr Frank Hu, Harvard School of Public Health, commenting on the 28-year Harvard study of over 120,000 people in March 2013.
“When these patients commit to plant-based nutrition, they can not only halt but they can arrest and on occasion there will be significant evidence of disease reversal. It’s getting to the point where it will be unconscionable for patients with cardiovascular disease not to be informed that this option exists”
Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Retired Surgeon, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, January 2013.
“The evidence is that whether you are talking about bacon, ham or pastrami, the safest amount to eat is none at all”
Professor Martin Wiseman, World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), March 2008.
“These results complement the recommendations by the American Institute for Cancer Research to reduce red meat intake to decrease cancer incidence”
Dr Rashmi Sinha, PhD, National Cancer Institute, March 2009.
“Death in old age is, of course, inevitable, but death in middle age is not. There are five basic types of good behaviours (or virtues), they are: regular exercise, not smoking, alcohol consumption within guidelines, maintaining a low BMI, and eating a predominantly plant-based diet. If one practises four or five of those compared with men who practise none, the reduction in the risk for cardiovascular disease is around 67%; diabetes is 73%; cancer is 20–25%; dementia is 65%; and the reduction in all-cause mortality is 32%”
Dr David Kerr, Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, CBE, MD, DSc, FRCP, FMedSci, and past president of European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), 11 November 2013.
“The more fruits and vegetables consumed in a state, the lower the state is on the obesity rankings”
The Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2012.
“…most of mankind for most of human history has lived on vegetarian or near-vegetarian diets”
The American Dietetic Association.
“Despite having a high genetic risk for heart disease, a diet high in fruits and vegetables can change the genes”
Dr Sonia Anand, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology.
“We estimate that 3.3% of deaths could be prevented if all participants had a processed meat consumption of less than 20g per day [extrapolated out, this equates to a worldwide saving of around two million lives per year]”
Professor Sabine Rohrmann and colleagues from the University of Zurich, 2013.
“We didn’t expect to find that eating fruit and vegetables would prove to be so important in protecting men against cancer”
Professor Max Parkin, Cancer Research UK Epidemiologist, Queen Mary University of London, commenting on the most comprehensive diet and lifestyle cancer study undertaken as published by the British Journal of Cancer, December 2011.
“There is a body of scientific evidence highlighting the health risks of eating processed meat. Our research, published in 2007 and subsequently confirmed in 2011, shows strong evidence that eating processed meat, such as bacon, ham, hot dogs, salami and some sausages, increases the risk of getting bowel cancer.”
Dr Rachel Thompson, World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), March 2013.
“Limit your intake of red and processed meat”
Marjorie McCullough, American Cancer Society, July 2013.
“Substances naturally present in red/blue coloured fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of a heart attack 32% in young and middle-aged women. These foods can be readily incorporated into diets and simple dietary changes could have an impact in reducing risk of heart disease in younger women and keep arteries healthy and flexible.”
Aedin Cassidy, PhD, University of East Anglia, January 2013.
“A low carbohydrate, high animal fat-type diet raises the risk of deadly disease and does not improve weight loss sustainably over the long term”
Study by Stellenbosch University researchers Celeste E. Naude, Anel Schoonees, Marjanne Senekal, Taryn Young, Paul Garner and Jimmy Volmink “Low Carbohydrate versus Isoenergetic Balanced Diets for Reducing Weight and Cardiovascular Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”, a review of 19 international scientific trials on 3,200 people, as published in the international PLOS One journal, July 09, 2014.
“Popular diets in many cases have high proteins. Turns out one of the major factors in cancer growth is protein intake. People need to switch to a diet where their protein sources are plant-based. A high-animal-protein diet is nearly as bad as smoking”
Professor Valter Longo, Director, USC Longevity Institute, 2014.
“We do not have proof that a low-carbohydrate diet is safe and healthy in the long term, and some studies already point towards an increased risk of heart disease and death with low carbohydrate diets. Based on the current evidence we cannot recommend a low-carbohydrate diet to the public”
Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa CEO Dr Vash Munghal-Singh, 2014.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.