Polar Bear Fitness began in the summer of 2019, but it grew out of about fifteen years of my own quest for optimal health and performance. I became a physician out of a desire not only to help others, but to help myself. Like many young Americans, I had a litany of medical problems as a child. I now see these conditions in my own patients. I began reading about natural and holistic medicine at the age of fifteen, and have been immersed in studying it since then.
I attended Connecticut College and studied Environmental Health. I graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2014 and went on to train in Internal Medicine at Maine Medical Center. After my training concluded, I was ready to enter the world of alternative medicine. I quickly became disillusioned by the way that my colleagues were treating patients. They were not using nature to fix their problems, they were using pills, injections, and all sorts of gadgets. They made health and wellness complicated and expensive. I quickly realized that not all "natural" approaches to health and wellness were truly "natural," much less worth pursuing.
Then, I ran into Doctor Jack Kruse. He recommended that I read about polar bears. He told me to, "live like a polar bear." I had no idea what he meant, but my curiosity was piqued.
As I read about bear physiology, I began to realize that the diseases my patients struggled with were simply adaptations to the environments that they were living in. This is the key to reversing modern disease. We must achieve balance in our lives between the times of day and the seasons of the year. That is the premise of Polar Bear Fitness.
I realized the best way to spread this message was to offer an online course with all the essential information. I spent two years experimenting with different supplements, daily routines, and some pretty extreme practices, like ice bathing!
That's the story behind Polar Bear Fitness. Thanks for being a part of the journey! And remember - live like a polar bear!
You can learn more about me at my website, StillmanMD.com. I am board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. I have been published in the peer-reviewed literature, which you can read here.