As we all age, many of us feel that we have no choice but to accept certain medications for pain, discomfort and other ailments that the aging process throws our way. Unfortunately, most of us do not have any pre-warning signs of what the future holds in our health spectrum as we journey through life faced with stress, environmental toxins, pollution, pesticides, processed foods and heavy metals which can promote cellular damage and diseases.
Enter, Eric Bischof, Professional Trainer, Triathlete, Endurance Training Expert, Iron Man Athlete, Fitness Expert, Podcaster with over 200 podcasts (Life in Ketosis) and founder of Biostak. There are many supplements on the market today that offer several protective properties, but at the same time many offer negative aspects. It is such an overcrowded marketplace that the professional athlete, amateur athlete, avid fitness person or just anyone who has no time to workout as needed, has no idea what is correct for them.
Many of the products on the market have been generically developed with no specific emphasis on who the true target audience is. This type of development has certain advantages, but given the differing groups of potential customers that exist, the final product has a type of overlapping effect wherein it’s beneficial for some and not for others. Eric’s Biostak is the only supplement on the market that has been developed for every human being on earth regardless of their lifestyle or fitness level and Eric spent 3 years researching and testing it himself to finally end up with the 5 most potent nutrients working in synergy to become Biostak.
Eric has always been an avid athlete and trainer, but the Biostak story really began in 2002. Plagued with excruciating knee pain from snowboarding led to two different torn medial meniscus needing arthroscopic surgery to repair. The doctors reported from surgery that 85% of Erics articular cartilage was gone- almost bone to bone! Knee replacement was inevitable.
So, Eric’s journey began. His objective was to seek relief and reduce the inflammation. In the beginning his concentration was on FISH OIL- OMEGA 6 FATTY ACIDS- AROCIDONIC ACID- EICOSNOIDS- PROTAGLANDINS- OMEGA 6-OMEGA 3 RATIO ETC… Eric was only concentrating on controlling inflammation. The journey had not led him to Free Radicals/Oxidative Stress, yet.
In 2002, Eric took up running as a part of his fitness program. At age 47, he started racing 5k’s, with his knees still a major issue. By 2005 he was running marathons, but his knees were not holding up well. In 2006-7, Eric was introduced to Triathlons. He trained and raced a couple of short distance Triathlons, with his knees still causing serious issues.
In 2008, and now at age 52, Eric ran 2 Half Marathons and his first Half Ironman Race (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike & 13.1 mile run). Unfortunately, with only 4 miles from the finish line, Eric ended up in an ambulance totally dehydrated. Determined and focused on what he would later find he was genetically geared towards, Eric entered another Half Ironman, but this time he completed the race with a 5 hour 19 minute time, which is a great finish time at the age of 53 with bad knees. The next racing season, Eric trained very hard and only raced one Sprint Triathlon, while giving his body and knees a rest. His knees were good at times, but there was still lot of pain and inflammation from his issues and arthritis.
Then in 2010, Eric had the crazy idea to complete the St. George Ironman, which consisted of a 2.4 mile swim (and Eric did not even know how to swim), 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. This was one of the toughest challenges Eric had ever presented himself with. So his training had begun. With his knees in severe pain, Eric visited Dr. Richard Parker, the Cleveland Cavaliers head physician. Still on his Omega 3’s and after his examination, Dr. Parker told Eric that he needed full knee replacement and that he would be crawling back to him within 3 years and definitely not on his hands and knees, but with his knees dragging, due to his excessive training. Eric raced in 1 Marathon and 1 Half Ironman in preparation for his upcoming May full Ironman.
At age 55, the day had arrived for the Full Ironman. Unfortunately, it was not a good experience for Eric. With his knees giving out, stomach issues, freezing water and a weight loss of 11 pounds, Eric finished, but ended up in the emergency room with severe dehydration. Not happy with his first Full Ironman competition, what did Eric do? He signed up for the Louisville Kentucky Ironman, which was only 4 months after the St. George Ironman and it entailed 4 more months of continuous training about 23 hours per week. Even Eric wondered whether his knees would hold out. By this point, Eric’s wife, Lisa, who stayed very involved in his training, thought he had gone insane due to all of his crazy and out of the box training rituals.
In the Kentucky Ironman, 94 degree heat and high humidity was causing racers were dropping one after another. But Eric learned from before. The heat was torture, but he remained hydrated and with rebelling knees, he completed the race. He felt that his knees were done after this. Over the next couple of years, Eric needed a break from long distance training, so he decided to enter 5k races. He raced nine 5k’s in a row and he took first in his age group in every one of them. Along with the 5k’s, he raced 2 short distance Triathlons and won both of them in his age group. Little did he know it, but the journey towards Biostak had begun. His research had led him to Broccoli Sprouts (Sulphoraphane), more inflammation research, coaching and training others. This started his intense dive into researching nutrients, self experimentation, Ketosis and more Ironman training. He felt it was time to test Keto and the power of fatty acids and Ketones on energy output.
As Eric spent several years studying mitochondria, energy pathways, free radical damage, VO2 threshold, fasting, self experimentation and formula testing, bioStak was born. After years of self testing, biohacking and intense research, Eric developed a formula of natural and organic ingredients that would benefit every human being on the cellular level.
At age 60 and after deep research adapted to the KETO diet, Eric decided to put KETO to the test and subsequently trained and raced an Ironman with his daughter. Now at age 64 and with 2020 upon us, Eric’s knees are feeling great and he trains on them like he has never trained before, but 2 full knee replacements have been recommended. He is back to trail runs, hill bike climbing and his wattage & speed are up. Eric is keeping the Orthopedic Surgeons at bay, as they are still demanding 2 full knee replacements. Training hard with new races on the horizon, Eric has developed a new bioStak for energy production during workouts, training and athletic performances, again all natural and organic. His research and passion has led him to mastering NRF2 and free radical control along with assisting Biostak users with their individual mutations and the importance of their NRF2 Pathways and control of free radical damage.
Stay tuned to bioStak, we will keep you updated on Eric’s latest self experimentations for optimal energy output and production. He is currently 9 months into his one year self experiment on extreme threshold of lactate production. Oh, did I mention that Eric fasted 7 days water only and trained high intensity every day to deplete his glycogen and ended this 7 day fast with the Idaho Spartan race!! He proved it can be done with just stored fatty acids (glycerol, fatty acids, Beta) and some lactate! More crazy experiments to come!!