On April 10, 2019, Stig Bengmark – author of the books “Välj Hälsa!” and the creator of Synbiotics – turned 90 years old! We are incredibly happy and grateful for the work that Stig does to promote health in Sweden and around the world. Stig is genuinely passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle and he sees it as his life’s work to spread his knowledge to as many people as possible.
Stig Bengmark was born in 1929 in Östervåla, outside Uppsala, and in 1956 received his medical degree from Lund University. After that, a long and successful career awaited him as Professor of Surgery, as well as Chief Surgeon and Head of Clinic at Lund University Hospital (1970-1994). During his time in Lund, Stig made a big impression as Chief Surgeon when he, among other things, modernised the clinic’s working methods and divided what was previously called General Surgery into 8-9 medically independent teams. Stig was also a driving force within various research projects, both as an inspirer, supervisor and researcher. Liver surgery became Stig’s main area of interest and Stig is still today seen as a pioneer in the field, in Sweden.
During his time as surgeon, Stig became increasingly convinced that poor eating habits and unhealthy lifestyle choices are to blame for many of the lifestyle diseases and health problems that dominate Western medicine today. Stig formally retired in 1994, but his work did not end there. As Professor Emeritus and visiting professor at the University of London since 1999, Stig continues to study the connection between lifestyle, gut flora and inflammation even more closely. Stig’s research is also the basis for our dietary supplement Synbiotic.
Health inspirer and role model
For the past 30 years, Stig has devoted himself to researching, lecturing and spreading the message that, through an intestinal-friendly diet and a healthy lifestyle, we can take control of our own health. In addition to the knowledge and experience that Stig possesses, he also leads by example – Stig practises what he preaches and is, at the age of 90, full of energy and drive. In order to inspire more people to make healthy lifestyle choices, Stig has summarised his research and his best recipes and tips in his book “Välj Hälsa!” which was published in November of 2018.
Thank you Stig for the fantastic job you do, and congratulations!