WHICH WILL KILL YOU FASTER,
"Patients who insist they have thyroid disease causing their weight problems are frequent. Some try thyroid medications, yet they feel worse and don't lose weight. These patients would only benefit from therapy for their hypothalamic dysfunction." Dr. Saad Sakkal
A few years ago, one of the most brilliant physicians on the planet (Dr. Datis Kharrazian) published a paperback book specifically written for patients with Thyroid problems. The name of the book is Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal? The book is an excellent primer on the relationship between the Immune System, the Endocrine System, the Brain / Nervous System, and the Gut. It seems that the medical community just might be coming around to this way of thinking. In a recent study by Kentucky endocrinologist, Dr. Saad Sakkal; we find him pitching the Hypothalamus (a part of the brain) as the primary culprit in a great deal of obesity cases. Although the study is yet to be published, it was presented at last week's annual meeting of American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Las Vegas ("Why Obese Patients May have Normal Thyroid Tests Despite 'Thyroid Symptoms'"). If you follow my site, all of this is old news.
Earlier this year, I published a post on the relationship between Obesity and Hypothalamus Dysfunction (HERE). While quite small in size, the functions of the Hypothalamus are numerous and significant. It controls things like LIBIDO, FERTILITY, Emotions, Motivation, Circadian Rhythms (sleep / wake cycles), Body Temperature, and Hunger. This is probably why Dr. Sakkal reported that the symptoms of the people (mostly women, as is the case with the vast majority of those with ENDOCRINE DISORDERS) in his study of Obese individuals with the appearance of Thyroid Dysfunction.
- Fatigue (76%)
- Temperature Dysregulation (68%)
- Weight Changes (88%)
- Changes in Sleep (70%)
- CHRONIC PAIN (72%) Be aware that 68% also had TRIGGER POINTS
- Mood Swings / Disorders (80%)
- Libido Issues (38%)
- Symptoms of SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE (64%)
Although some of these are symptoms of Thyroid Dysfunction, Dr. Sakkal says that if you have three of four of the above symptoms, you "likely" have a HYPOTHALAMUS issue. If you have four or more, you are "definite". Dr. Sakkal concluded that this problem is not only common, but relatively easy to diagnose clinically (without tests). Which all begs the question of how he and others are treating this condition.
Although he and his team treat these problems with multiple drugs, I am not convinced that in many maybe most) cases, drugs are the best options. The vast majority of the chemicals and neurotransmitters your body makes and uses are on negative feedback loops. In other words, they work just like a thermostat on your heater. When the temperature gets too low, the thermostat senses this and triggers your furnace to kick on. Once the temperature regulates, the thermostat turns the heater off again. When you take drugs / medications, your body senses that it has enough of whatever particular chemical you are taking into your body. This, in turn, shuts down endogenous production.
If you want to start turning the tide on this problem, seek out someone trained in Functional Neurology who knows how to get your brain firing properly again. Next, you'll have to figure out what is driving INFLAMMATION in your body (GLUTEN, Heavy Metals, Parasites, ENDOCRINE-DISRUPTORS, etc, etc). There are several NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS that could benefit you as well, including Standard Process's Hypothalamus PMG. As far as other steps, many are general and could benefit the better portion of the population (HERE).
ARE CHILDREN REALLY GETTING THINNER?
"Research that trumpets a sudden improvement should always be taken with a grain of salt. I would hate for people to think that all of a sudden we have stopped the adult and childhood obesity epidemic, because we most certainly haven't." Dr. Stephen Pont, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics provisional section on obesity as told to AFP
We know that approximately one in three Americans is OBESE, with another third being overweight. Throw in the 7-8% who are MONW ("Skinny Fat"), and you'll see that three out of every four Americans is struggling in this area. A recent study by NHANES (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) concerning children from the ages of 2-19 confirmed this --- even though they reported otherwise. The truth is, childhood obesity has increased by approximately 2.5% over the last 15 years. And inf fact, in direct opposition to what the government reported, the heaviest of the heavy are actually getting heavier.
If you look at children who are at least 20-40% heavier than the 95th percentile of their peers, you'll see that this group has increased by (gulp) 100% over the course of the past decade and a half. Furthermore, because the average child is getting progressively heavier, any given percentile is going to be heavier as well. In other words, kids who are in the 95th percentile of weight today, are significantly heavier than the 95th percentile of kids 15 years ago. I was in grade school 40 years ago, and can tell you that there were very few children who today would be considered heavy, let alone obese. All of this begs the question of how the government looked at this data and reported that children were not only getting less obese, but were getting way less obese.
I have shown you previously that there are any number of ways to set up studies to get the results you are looking for. More specifically, many researchers use a technique commonly known as "Data Mining". When researchers "mine" data, it means that they do their study, and then look at the data to see if there is any conceivable way that it can be twisted to get to the sought after end point. Oh; I see. You are one of those people who still believe that scientific research is "independent", "unbiased", and "untainted" by financial conflicts of interest. Trust me. With our government so deeply entwined with so-called "EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE" (HERE is one such example), and drug companies always looking for new ways to cash in, it is difficult to trust anyone anymore. Science is bought and paid for by the highest bidder. Mostly it is whatever he who has the most cash says it is. Don't believe me? Check out the link on EBM above.
The way the government got away with it in this particular instance was to start their study from the year 2003, instead of 1999-2000. 2003 saw a sharp spike in childhood obesity (my guess it was due largely to HFCS). So, when we compare rates of childhood obesity increase today, it (the rate of increase) is less than it was in 03. This is sort of like our politicians claiming that our government is getting our spending under control. Their proof? Our rate of deficit spending is decreasing. Not that we have balanced a budget, mind you. But the rate of borrowing has gone from 50 cents on the dollar to 40 cents on the dollar. The old saying is certainly true. "Figures never lie, but liars figure." However......
When Dr Joseph Skelton (a Wake Forest Medical Center pediatrician) and Dr Ashley Cockrell Skinner (a University of North Carolina professor of 'Health Policy') published their brand new study in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics (Prevalence and Trends in Obesity and Severe Obesity Among Children in the United States, 1999-2012) --- a study based on the very same data used by our government ---- the results were nearly 180 degrees opposite of what was reported by the CDC.
Drs. Skinner and Skelton concluded that even though the dramatic increase in obesity might be "stabliizing," "nationally representative data do not show any significant changes in obesity prevalence in the most recently available years." Furthermore, the authors went on to say that, "unfortunately, there is an upward trend of more severe forms of obesity (probably the understatement of the day)" Of course their solution was more research into the cause(s). Do we really need more tax dollars spent on this issue? This is NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. We have a "plugged in" and overly-sedentary society --- particularly among our youth. On top of that, most of these kid's diets (even SCHOOL LUNCHES) have become so devoid of nutrition, that we are seeing diseases previously only seen in adults, in epidemic numbers of grade school aged children. Unfortunately, this story does not end here.
Just the other day, a study was published in the April issue of the medical journal Pediatrics (Lifetime Direct Medical Costs of Childhood Obesity). The authors concluded that America's obese children are going to cost us a lot of money --- much of it out of taxpayer's pockets. How much money? Depending on the way the authors calculated, as little as $13,000 per child or as much as $40,000. If trends continue, not only will we find that their estimates are low, they will barely scratch the surface of what it takes to take care of these folks for the better parts of their lives. The study showed that if you only consider our nation's obese / overweight 10 year-olds, the lifetime cost for taking care of these individuals will be in excess of 20 billion dollars over their lifetimes (again, these dollar amounts will prove to be low).
OBESITY, DNA, AND EPIGENETICS
(IS DNA REGULATION TIED TO OBESITY OR IS OBESITY TIED TO DNA REGULATION?)
"Scientists now think epigenetics can play a role in the development of some cancers. For instance, an epigenetic change that silences a tumor suppressor gene — such as a gene that keeps the growth of the cell in check — could lead to uncontrolled cellular growth." Livescience (June 2013) -- an online science journal
It seems that recent research is revealing that gene expression might be more affected by obesity (or other factors) than the other way around. In other words, obesity is adversely affecting your genetics, not simply your genes making you fat. What does the most recent research say about the connection between your genes and things like OBESITY, AUTOIMMUNITY, CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES, TYPE II DIABETES, CANCER, and numerous others? Only that genetics are increasingly playing second fiddle to something called 'epigeneitics'. What are epigenetics? Glad you asked.
According to the online scientific journal, Livescience, "Epigenetics literally means above genetics (or higher than genetics). It refers to external modifications to DNA that turn genes on or off." These modifications do not change the DNA sequence, but instead, they affect how cells read genes." One of the most commonly used examples of Epigenetics has to do with something called methylation. Methylation has to do with changing the structure of DNA by adding a methyl group (METHYL DONORS) to a section of DNA that acts to prevent specific genes from being expressed, which in turn, changes the function. In other words, just because the genetic code for trait XYZ is contained within one's DNA, the specific characteristic(s) of XYZ will not manifest unless that gene is "turned on" (expressed).
A recent study done at the University of Minnesota explored the association between BMI and DNA Methylation --- describing it as "significant". The goal of the study was to identify the genes that are affected (altered) by things like obesity. Stop and ponder the significance of this for a moment. Your genes are more affected by your weight than your weight is by your genes. For another example of EPIGENETICS IN ACTION, just click on the link. And if you want to see an extremely cool post on genetics -vs- epigenetics, click THIS LINK.
TROUBLE LOSING WEIGHT?
YOUR YO-YO DIETING MAY HAVE FRIED PART OF YOUR BRAIN
"Yo-Yo dieting is really a metabolic disaster. What happens in the human body when cycles of weight loss and weight gain are repeated over and over again as is the case with so many overweight people? Yes, Yo-Yo dieting has negative effects on future weight loss. It can lead to weight gain, not weight loss. Probably 70% or more of individuals struggling to lose weight, are caught up in the destructive cycle of Yo-Yo dieting." Health24, Yo-Yo Dieting = Weight Gain
According to Dr. Louis Aronne, director of the weight loss program at New York's Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, new research is pointing toward neurological damage to the brain caused by continual yo-yo dieting. The part of the brain that seems to be most affected by this phenomenon? The Hypothalamus. In an article for MedPage Today, Dr. Aronne goes on to say that, "The evidence is quite convincing – eating fattening foods causes inflammatory cells to go into the hypothalamus. This overloads the neurons and causes neurological damage". What have I told you time and time again? When it comes to Chronic Sickness and Disease, everything is Inflammation. Learn how to control INFLAMMATION, and you will dominate both your health and your weight ---- instead of them dominating you.
BUT WHAT DOES THE HYPOTHALAMUS DO?
- The Hypothalamus controls eight major Pituitary Hormones
- The Hypothalamus regulates body temperature
- The Hypothalamus regulates sexuality and reproduction
- The Hypothalamus regulates the daily cycles known as the circadian rhythm
- The Hypothalamus mediates emotional response
- The Hypothalamus has strong connections to the part of your brain that regulates your level of motivation or level of 'drive' (HERE)
- The Hypothalamus regulates both hunger and thirst, as well as playing a large part in metabolism
Did you catch this last one? The Hypothalamus plays a critical part in modulating your metabolism as well as your hunger levels. Foul up the Hypothalamus, and watch what happens to your weight.
HERE'S THE COOL THING
FEED IT PROPERLY, AND YOUR HYPOTHALAMUS IS CAPABLE OF REGENERATION
A study (Relationships Between Dietary Macronutrients and Adult Neruogenesis in the Regulation of Energy Metabolism) was published in last February's edition of the British Journal of Nutrition. Neurogenesis is simply the term used to describe the ability of the nerve system and / or brain to regenerate --- something that may be of great use to those of you who have totally fouled up your metabolism via yo-yo dieting. Listen to what researchers from the Department of Obesity and Endocrinology at the Institute of Aging and Chronic Disease, of the University of Liverpool, England have to say about the relationship between Neurogenesis and diet.
Neurogenesis, previously thought to occur only in the embryo, is now known to take place in the adult brain, dependent on numerous stimulating and inhibiting factors, including dietary components. Because of classic associations between neurogenesis and the hippocampus, in learning and cognition, this brain region has also been the focus of attention in the study of links between diet and neurogenesis. Recently, however, a more complete picture of this relationship has been building: not only has the hypothalamus been shown to satisfy the criteria for a neurogenic niche, but appetite-related mediators, including circulating hormones, such as leptin and ghrelin, pro-inflammatory cytokines and the endocannabinoid intracellular messengers, are also being examined for their potential role in mediating neurogenic responses to macronutrients.
SCIENCE OUT OF CONTROL?
THE HCG DIET, WEIGHT LOSS MEDS, WEIGHT LOSS SURGERIES, AND tcMRgFUS
There are a million weight loss gimmicks out there. I recently saw an estimation that by 2015, the global weight loss spending could eclipse $150 billion. Besides the crazy numbers of moronic WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENTS on the market, you have the HCG Diet (Human Chorionc Gonaditrophin --- a hormone of pregnancy used by steroid abusers to jump-start their shriveled testicles into making their own testosterone again after cycling off the roids), Bariatric Surgery (these involve all sorts of renditions of STOMACH STAPLING), a whole host of new WEIGHT LOSS MEDICATIONS, tcMRgFUS (trans-cranial magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound beams aimed at specific parts of your brain for the specific purpose of diminishing hunger signals), along with any number of others. Please not that I am not saying that there is not a time or place for some of these. Nor am I telling you they don't work --- at least for the short term. But let's be honest with each other for a minute. Do any of the things on this list address the underlying causes of obesity or CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY ILLNESS (obesity is part of this class of disease)? Of course not. And we haven't even addressed the issue of side effects yet. So...........
WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN TO YOU AS FAR AS WEIGHT LOSS IS CONCERNED?
AMERICANS USE A LOT OF ANTIBIOTICS
FOR BOTH PEOPLE AND ANIMALS
"Every day, Americans use some 51 tons of antibiotics. But only about a fifth of that is to treat human illness. Most of the rest is given to livestock -- and not because the animals are sick. Instead the drugs are used for what the FDA calls 'production purposes': to help animals gain weight more rapidly....." Michael Smith from a recent MedPage Today article called Antibiotic Use in Animals Under Fire.
Last year, the FDA, realizing that ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE was skyrocketing, decided to 'suggest' that antibiotics only be used if approved / prescribed by a vet. Makes us feel all warm and cozy doesn't it? Not after you realize that not one in a hundred farmers are even aware of the 'ban'. This is because the supposed ban came in the form of having the PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES add a few words to the small print on the bottle's label. If things have not improved in three years, the FDA will revisit the issue and "suggest" some changes to their original suggestions.
By then, the individuals most responsible for these suggestions will be working inside the industry as paid lobbyists or 'consultants' where they can be paid the big bucks for their suggestions (see FDA link above). Hey; it's the way that EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE works here in America! What can you personally do about this problem? Find someplace other than the grocery store to buy your meat. Yes; as a promoter of the PALEO DIET, I am a promoter of consuming meat (preferably antibiotic-free meat).
If you live somewhere where there are a lot of deer, you could HUNT for a good portion of your meat. If that is not an option, find someone selling beef (or poultry) that is both antibiotic-free and HORMONE FREE. Although there are many in our area, a great new resource for this kind of meat is FRESCOLN FARMS.
TAXPAYER FUNDED JUNK FOOD
GOOD IDEA OR BAD IDEA?
“There’s a basic question of dignity and freedom here. Poverty is undignified. It’s not that SNAP beneficiaries are eating a lot more chips than the rest of us. We all eat too many chips in this country.” The Yale-educated David Beckmann (Rev.), president of the Washington DC-based Bread for the World, taken from the December 2, 2012 issue of Bloomberg News
For most taxpaying Americans, the answer to the question raised in the title seems like a no-brainer. It's a question that I addressed SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, as this issue keeps coming up for debate in congress. Part of the problem though is with OBESITY being such a health catastrophe here in the US; funding any kind of junk food with taxpayer dollars is the equivalent of another subsidy for the Junk Food Industry ---- not to mention both Big Pharma and the medical community.
This is a situation where if it really wanted to, the Federal Government could step in and solve this problem with little fanfare. But they won't. In similar fashion to the WIC Program (Women, Infants, and Children), there needs to be some strict limits on what folks can buy on another's dime. How about vegetables? Whole chickens would be a good choice as well? Beans and eggs would also fall into this category. These are what my generation or older would refer to as "dietary staples". Candy, junk food, and heavily processed foods? I fail to see the logic. In fact, I think that keeping any and all forms of junk food in SNAP is an impossible position to defend. But that's exactly what Dr. Beckmann and numerous other have attempted to do.
I have heard of poor arguments before, but Beckmann's argument --- an argument widely held by many other governmental decision-makers --- takes the cake (literally). It is ridiculous for taxpayers to end up footing the bill for other people's JUNK FOOD HABITS simply because it would create a 'stigma' for those who use SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program ---- the new name for the old "Food Stamp" program). Sorry, but being able to put absolutely anything one wishes into a shopping cart and then whip out their government-authorized "Credit Card" to pay for it all is not a constitutionally-protected right. Our country is not only broke, we are approaching 20 trillion in the hole. Furthermore, medical costs are at an all-time high, with BLOOD SUGAR / OBESITY-DRIVEN DISEASES leading the charge.
Should we be surprised that the same politicians who have been cuddling up with lobbyists from the junk food, processed food, and soda industries, have been on the receiving end of 10 million lobbying dollars this year alone? That is how desperately these industries are at keeping their products in the SNAP Program. Must be why the USDA (they administer SNAP) recently blocked attempts by both Minnesota and New York to prevent those on SNAP from purchasing soda or candy. The USDA's official response to their blocking the block? Doing so would, "perpetuate the myth that participants do not make wise food purchasing choices." That's it? Are you joking me? This is political correctness and cronyism run amok!
But hey, what can you expect from politicians who have created programs to buy people cell phones and computers? The cold truth is that WASTE is easy when it's other people's money. This is why socialism / communism never work. Dr. Beckmann is correct about one thing --- this is not simply a SNAP issue. As a nation, we are making terrible food choices. But this cycle has to stop somewhere. Email your congressman about this issue.
THE MYTH OF
"FAT BUT FIT"
"Kramer and colleagues conclude that being metabolically unhealthy at any weight confers health risks, and that normal weight does not necessarily indicate cardio-metabolic health. These findings cast doubt on the existence of metabolically healthy obesity..... Our results do not support this concept of 'benign obesity' and demonstrate that there is no 'healthy' pattern of obesity" From an editorial and study that were both published in the December 3 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, "Are Metabolically Healthy Overweight and Obesity Benign Conditions?: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis"
If you Google, "Fat but Fit" you'll get over 27,000,000 (that's 27 million) hits. Many, if not most of these articles talk about research that shows, "it's not how much you weigh, but how healthy you are". And believe it or not, there are even those who, like I showed you above, say that carrying excess pounds is actually healthier than being normal weight. New research is throwing water on this crazy idea. But before we delve deeper into this topic, I think we need to address what large numbers of people in the medical community have been referring to as Metabolically Healthy Obesity or MHO for short (not to be confused with Metabolically Obese, Normal Weight --- MONW --- aka "Skinny Fat").
Brand new scientific research from The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, and The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shed some light on this particular topic. Although no one has come up with any sort of "official" designation, some of the factors that seemed to best characterize MHO are.....
- BELLY FAT or lack thereof
- INSULIN RESISTANCE or lack thereof (people in the MHO category had four times the rate of Diabetes of those of normal weight.)
- The presence or absence of INFLAMMATION
- One's level of PHYSICAL FITNESS
Despite what many experts have told us for the past number of years, it looks like the jig is up. Some of this may be due to the NEW GUIDELINES ON OBESITY. However, most of it is likely due to a recent spate of studies showing that excess non-lean body mass is a risk factor for early death, no matter the circumstances. In fact, Salynn Boyles wrote earlier this week in MedPage Today that, "Metabolically healthy, obese people were found to have a long-term increased risk for death and cardiovascular events compared with their normal-weight counterparts, suggesting there is no such thing as benign obesity. Metabolically healthy obese people have a long-term increased risk for death and cardiovascular events compared with their normal-weight counterparts, suggesting there is no such thing as benign obesity."
Dr Caroline Kramer (M.D. / Ph.D) of Mount Siani Hospital in Toronto Canada is the person who actually performed the above-mentioned research. Mind you, she did not do any new research. She simply re-analyzed 8 of the biggest studies ever done on this topic, this time accounting for several variables (her systematic review and meta-analysis involved over 60,000 people). A same-issue editorial from researchers at the University of Colorado carried an identical message. "Obesity is taking a toll on the health and well-being of Americans. Accepting that no level of obesity is healthy is an important step toward deciding how best to use our resources and our political will to develop and implement strategies to combat the obesity epidemic." Just understand that none of these "POLITICAL RESOURCES" (HERE also) have been shown to be worth a flip at reversing, or for that matter, even preventing OBESITY.
JUST A FEW OF THE MANY HEALTH PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY
- Nearly 400,000 Americans per year die as the direct result of complications associated with being overweight.
- Obesity is associated with all sorts of Cardiovascular Risks including CHOLESTEROL ISSUES and TYPE II DIABETES. "In 1990 about 11 million Americans had type-2 (adult onset) diabetes, a disease of insulin resistance that commonly coexists with obesity. Just nine years later the number was 16 million, or about 6 percent of all Americans. Then, from 1999 to 2003, we saw a 41-percent increase in diagnosed diabetes" Jeff Schweitzer from his Huffington Post article called The Dangerous Myth of 'Fat but Fit'.
- Obesity causes CANCER.
- SLEEP APNEA is more common in obese people.
- HORMONAL PROBLEMS are more common in the obese as well
- Each increase two pound increase in weight, increases your chances of developing DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS by about 10 percent.
THE SUGAR / CANCER / OBESITY LINK
The study, done at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health in Minneapolis, and published in the latest issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention, showed that the rate of estrogen-dependent Endometrial Cancer (cancer that forms in the tissue lining the uterus) nearly doubled (a whopping 78% increase) in women drinking four or more sweetened drinks a week (that would be one every other day). Listen to what Charles Bankhead wrote on this subject in Friday's issue of MedPage Today.
"Consumption of sugar-containing drinks has risen in parallel to the prevalence of obesity in the U. S., offering one potential explanation for sugar's association with endometrial cancer, which occurs disproportionately in obese women. In developed nations, obesity is associated with at least half of type I [estrogen-dependent] endometrial cancers. Epidemiologic studies have linked higher intake of sugar-sweetened drinks to higher risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Collectively, available evidence provides biologic plausibility for sugar-sweetened drink consumption as a contributing factor in endometrial cancer..... The finding that sugar-sweetened drinks might contribute to the most common type of endometrial cancer is not particularly surprising, given the cancer's association with obesity"
Listen folks; nearly ALL DISEASES start the same way. Once you begin to understand this, you can begin to understand why OBESITY is so intimately linked to so many different chronic illnesses, and why dietary changes are so critical to your regaining your health. What diet do I recommend? That's easy. For the vast majority of you; the PALEO DIET is the way to go. Don't simply shrug it off. Click on the link, do a little bit of research, and learn why going Paleo might not simply solve your weight issues, but your INFLAMMATORY HEALTH ISSUES as well.
WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
IS IT WORTH IT?
An annual $190 billion is spent on obesity-related medical costs, according to a Reuters report, citing data from the Mayo Clinic. There are even obesity-associated costs to the overall economy. The report says job absenteeism among the obese is higher, airlines need an extra $5 billion in jet fuel to fly heavy passengers compared to 1960 weight data, and we spend an additional $4 billion annually on extra gas for heavy passengers and drivers. Bruce Kennedy from MSN's MONEY "Is weight-loss surgery worth the cost?" (Feb 25, 2013).
A popular online encyclopedia defines it thusly, "A variety of procedures performed on people who are obese. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through removal of a portion of the stomach or by resecting and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch." Although it varies for different procedures, the cost for Bariatric Surgery runs between $15,000 and $45,000.
What do the studies say about surgical weight loss? Although several recent studies of Bariatric Surgery (a couple from just last week) show health benefits that could only be described as "astounding", we might not be getting the whole story. And as is all too often the case, the story we are getting might be bought and paid for.
Research suggests that over several years, many bariatric patients regain some of the weight they lose in the first two years -- a fact that has raised doubts about the cost-effectiveness of the surgery, which can cost $20,000 to $25,000 for the initial procedure, plus a wide range of costs to treat complications after surgery. Melissa Healy from a November 13, 2013 article in the "Science Now" portion of the LA Times.
"In contrast, the surgical group lost almost one-third of their lean body mass [muscle mass]. This is kind of a dirty secret that's not very well advertised for bariatric surgery, that you can lose a lot of lean mass and I don't think we fully understand the long-term consequences of that." Dr. David Cummings being quoted by Nancy Walsh in Tuesday's issue of MedPage Today concerning whether a "Diabetes Cure" via surgery is more effective than by medication.
Complications from weight loss surgery are frequent. A study of insurance claims of 2522 who had undergone bariatric surgery showed 22% complications during the initial hospital stay and a total of 40% risk of complications in the subsequent six months. This was more common in those over 40 and led to an increased health care expenditure..... Nutritional derangements due to deficiencies of micronutrients like iron, vitamin B12, fat soluble vitamins (A, E, D, & K), thiamine, and folate are especially common after malabsorptive bariatric procedures...... A study in Veterans Affairs (VA) patients has found no survival benefit associated with bariatric surgery among older, severely obese people when compared with usual care, at least out to seven years. Wikipedia
The point is, although everyone seems to be singing the praises of of Bariatric Surgery these days, it's not all peaches and cream. Just visit some of the weight loss surgery message boards. Although most people will still say, "I've tried everything and nothing works --- it's time for the surgery", this is rarely the case. As a last resort, see a doctor who specializes in "FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE". Lastly; can we really trust the research? As you should have noticed from my post THE OTHER DAY, I have serious doubts.
One of the latest studies (presented recently at Atlanta during the "Obesity Week" meetings) touting the benefits of Bariatric Surgery was headed by Dr. Cummings, who just happens to be on the payroll (he "received the financial support") of Johnson & Johnson ---- the maker of the "Realize" gastric band. The meetings themselves were sponsored by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery --- an organization whose mission statement reads, "The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases".
WHAT DO I RECOMMEND FOR LOSING WEIGHT?
BRAND NEW MEDICAL GUIDELINES
FOR TREATING OBESITY
As BMI increases, the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer all go up. Donna Ryan, MD, co-chair of the Guideline Committee for Cholesterol and Weight Control by the AHA, ACC, and Obesity Society
Approximately 37% of male doctors reported being overweight, with 5.3% being obese. This was very similar to a 2004 study that found 38% of male physicians to be overweight and 8% obese, suggesting that the situation has not improved much over the past 7 years. As for women, according to the CDC, 28.6% were overweight in 2008 and 35% were obese. In the Medscape survey the percentage of women physicians who reported being overweight tended to be slightly lower (26%) than the nation's women. A 2012 survey from Medscape. As you might imagine, the numbers are lower on a survey, than the actual findings of physical examinations
But what about doctors? As it turns out, we tend to be healthier than people on the other end of the stethoscope, but only barely. Fifty-three percent of physicians in the U.S. are heavy enough to be classified as overweight, a number only slightly lower than the general population (64 percent). Dr. Eric Van De Graff of the website LivewellNebraska from a 2013 blog post
This study suggests that providers perceived to be overweight or obese may be vulnerable to biased attitudes from patients, and that providers’ excess weight may negatively affect patients’ perceptions of their credibility, level of trust and inclination to follow medical advice. The conclusions of a study published in the March issue of the International Journal of Obesity
"Obesity Guidance" is one of the four parts of the NEW CARDIOVASCULAR GUIDELINES I dealt with the other day. Dr. Ryan wants obesity to be dealt with on every single doctor visit and wants insurance to pay for it all. Not to say that obesity should not be dealt with in the doctor's office, but let's be honest with each other for a moment. With approximately half of all doctors being either overweight or obese, how's that whole thing working out so far? Click on the previous link to find out.
After reading a recent article on the numbers of weight loss drugs currently in development, I am more convinced than ever that the new emphasis on WEIGHT LOSS will really be looked at as a way to sell more drugs (HERE). Argue with me all you want, but take a hard look at the financial conflicts of interest on the last link, and you will come to the same conclusion. In fact, let's just look at the conflicts personally reported by Dr. Ryan regarding the publication of her Guidelines
For this study, Dr. Ryan reported relationships with
- Alere Alere is a company who, among other things, manufactures tests for both cholesterol levels and blood chemistry related to the heart. Dr. Ryan helped write the newest guidelines concerning both of these.
- Amylin According to Wikipedia, "Amylin Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego, CA, that was founded in 1987. The company is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of drug candidates for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and other diseases."
- Arena Pharmaceuticals Again, according to Wikipedia, "Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company located in San Diego, California that manufactures the drug lorcaserin (Beliviq). Lorcaserin is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, and who have at least one weight-related health condition, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol."
- Eisai Eisai is a Japanese pharmaceutical company that is ranked in the top 25 in the world according to its revenue (approximately 10 billion a year). You would recognize many of their drugs, including Acotnel (OSTEOPOROSIS), and Asiphex (REFLUX).
- Novo Nordisk Novo is a Danish company which has been around for almost a century. Novo is famous for its "Insulin Pens". The company has been in the news lately for problems with its Diabetes drug Tresiba. From what I can gather, Novo makes about half of the world's supply of anti-diabetes drugs.
- Nutrisystem Nutrisystem advertises a great deal on TV using celebrities or ex-athletes who have lost weight on their products and with their "weight loss counseling". Webmd states that Nutrisystem is a problematic way of addressing eating issues because, "dieters may only experience success while they are ordering the prepackaged foods because once they are on their own, they are faced with the real world of cooking, meal preparation, and issues they are not prepared to handle because they were not addressed on the plan". I have a number of issues with the Nutrisystem Diet that time constraints will not allow me to cover.
- Orexigen The company Orexigen Therapeutics does very similar things that Arena (above) does. It is a company based in San Diego and Osaka (Japan) whose chief purpose is creating drugs for weight loss.
- Takeda As you might imagine, this company (it's been around since 1781) is Japanese. It is in to just about everything, with a strong emphasis on drugs for TYPE II DIABETES (Actos and Basen)
- Vivus Vivus is a smaller California company whose website says, "Developing innovative, next generation therapies to address unmet needs in obesity, diabetes, and sexual health [they have their own version of Viagra]". I have written previously about the widespread problems of drugs used for DEPRESSION / Weight Loss (HERE). Vivus also happens to be the company about which the documentary movie ORGASM, INC was created.
- Scientific Intake SI makes a creature called "The SMART Device". This is a custom mouthpiece that fits against the upper palate, forcing a person to take smaller bites and chew more in order to be able to swallow. Kind of a cool, non-invasive idea.
Although Dr. Ryan has some serious conflicts (there were others I did not list), the other members of the committee reported "numerous relationships with industry" as well. This probably means that for the number of people on the committee, listing all of the "relationships" would have taken up far too much valuable journal space. For those who are not aware, this is status quo. After reading the list above, do you think that Dr. Ryan can be trusted to do what is in your best interest as far as things like diabetes and weight are concerned?
Am I saying that Dr. Ryan or the individuals on her committee are corrupt? No. A financial "conflict-of-interest" does not necessarily mean that these people have done anything devious or underhanded. It is, however, at the very least, the appearance of such. She and the other members who have their hands in more cookies jars than we can keep track of, simply need to recuse themselves from having anything to do with these guidelines. By the way, there are several Physicians Organizations that do not support the guidelines put forth by Dr. Ryan's committee.
And as far as other recommendations (which diet or exercise programs to use), there was a great deal of disagreement within the committee. They looked at 17 different diets and could not come to a consensus other than to say that, "clinicians should prescribe a diet based on patients' other risk factors". This sounds well and good, but where are these clinicians being trained to do this? Oh, and the other recommendation for dealing with obesity....? BARIATRIC SURGERY. At best I am leery of turning weight loss over the medical community. At worst, the overweight will become (as if they haven't already) another commodity to be looked at by those who control healthcare as walking, breathing dollar signs. And on top of this, it simply does not work (HERE)!
THE BEST WAY(S) TO LOSE WEIGHT
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA TOUTS ITS SUCCESS AT REDUCING CHILDHOOD OBESITY
San Diego's Childhood Obesity Initiative launched after two county supervisors recognized and sought to tackle the problem of childhood obesity in San Diego. The group organizes community leaders in schools, after-school programs, healthcare, local government, business, and the media to encourage strategies that recognize and help prevent childhood obesity. From an article by David Pittman from the Sept. 30 issue of MedPage Today
It was reported recently by UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research that over a period of five years (2005 - 2010), the obesity rate in San Diego's 5th, 7th, and 9th graders dropped from 35.8% to 34.5%. Put a calculator to this and it means that after spending a boatload of dollars (much of it, as you might imagine, straight out of the pockets of the taxpaying public) over a period of 1,825 days, the childhood obesity rate dropped by roughly 3.7%. I am no statistician, but I wonder if this is even statistically relevant? And even it it is, I personally would not be calling attention to it if it were my program. But that's how governmental spending works. Look for any success --- no matter how small --- and run with it. Just make sure that you put out enough propaganda to convince the public of just how wonderful a job you are really doing.
If you want to see an example of children making real dietary changes, watch the movie Super-Size Me. In the movie, a Wisconsin public school bid out it's food service to a local organic farmer / cook, and the results were truly amazing. We don't need more governmental programs telling us what to eat and what not to eat. I mean, who could ever forget the FOOD PYRAMID debacle of the past quarter century? We need action, and action starts with knowledge. Learn everything you can about WHOLE FOODS and move forward from there.
SLEEP APNEA AND OBESITY
MORE COMMON-SENSE MEDICINE
The first line of defense against obstructive sleep apnea should be weight loss, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians. Drug therapy has been tried, using a range of medications, but evidence was insufficient to conclude that any of them worked. Cherry picked from a recent issue of MedPage Today, as reported in the October 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine
Nearly five years ago, the most prestigious medical institution on the planet (Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland) published several studies on the cause(s) of Sleep Apnea, and listed three things that are heavily associated with this common problem.
- LIVER DISEASE: The number one form of Liver Disease is "Fatty Liver". The number one cause of Fatty Liver is not alcoholism, but obesity.
- OBESITY ITSELF: It only stands to reason.
- SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE: After reading the article called, "Sitting is the New Smoking," I completely understand.
Here is the deal folks. Lack of quality sleep is one of the great destroyers of health (HERE). Combine that with THESE amazing statistics on Sleep Disorders in America, and you'll begin to understand the magnitude of this problem. Sure; CPAP machines can be a great help to those who struggle with Sleep Apnea. But if you are truly interested in getting to the bottom of the situation and LOSING THE EXCESS WEIGHT, I have a whole section on the topic.
The verdict is in. You have to take charge of your health. You doctor cannot do it for you. One of our government's dirty little secrets is that Obama-Care is not the savior it was portrayed to be. Since most diseases are diseases of lifestyle, drugs and surgery are not the answer. Never were. Sooner or later you will figure this out if you desire to live a long and productive life.
DYSBIOSIS AND OBESITY
FEEDING THE BEAST
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. Thomas Edison
Just one short week ago, I reported in a post called EAT DIRT, about a recent Danish study linking the type and number of bacteria in one's gut to things like CHRONIC INFLAMMATION, INSULIN SENSITIVITY, DIABETES, OBESITY, as well as poor lipid profiles (HIGH CHOLESTEROL / high triglycerides, etc). In this study, Dr. Gordon's team of researchers found identical twin females (human), where one twin was lean and the other was obese. They then bred rats with no gut bacteria whatsoever (can anyone say GMO?).
Next, they transplanted fecal material from the various humans into different rats. Amazingly enough, despite identical diets, the type of fecal material that was transplanted to the mice made them either fat or thin --- depending on the weight of the host. Furthermore, Dr. Gordon's team found that when fed a 'healthy' diet, the lean rats could confer the leaning effects of their bacteria to their fellow rats (yeah; rats are "coprophagists" --- they eat each other's feces). However, when they were fed cruddy diets, the ability to transfer weight reducing properties was negated.
Dr. Gordon went on to conclude that, "In the future, the nutritional value and the effects of food will involve significant consideration of our microbiota, and developing healthy, nutritious foods will be done from the inside-out, not just the outside-in." Wow! This quote sounds suspiciously similar to things that were said by some rather intelligent people of generations gone by (see quotes below). The truth is, despite Big-Pharma's stranglehold on the practice of modern medicine, a new generation is discovering (or re-discovering as the case may be) ancient truths regarding dietary habits and health. For more articles on this topic, visit our GUT HEALTH PAGE.
MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN AND THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSION
With 70% of our adult population being either overweight or OBESE, and nurses having to frequently move these patients without any help as 'dead weight,' it is no wonder there is an abundance of injuries. I routinely hear aides talking about the fact that on one hand they are supposed to get help to move patients that weigh more than a certain amount. But on the other hand, they are given a job to do and expected to do it --- often times very short-handed and within a certain time frame.
Is this problem going to get better? According to the report, if more tax dollars were poured into OSHA, it might. I personally find that hard to believe. The report itself gives the reason that the problem is not going to get better. "The burdens placed on the healthcare industry will only increase as the number of baby boomers requiring nursing and living assistance grows over time." And if the vast majority of these folks are overweight, the physical burden placed on those who take care of them will continue to take a large toll. And even though the MedPage report stated that,"for safe patient handling, they recommended, the use of lifting and transfer aids or similar devices should be a requirement while caring for residents and patients, and this device assistance should be required during all shifts and units", we know full well that understaffed facilities that are actually in the process of slashing the numbers of employees due to the Obamacare cuts, are not always going to be following this advice.
THREE EASY STEPS TO HELP GET RID OF CELLULITE
The average woman loses 5 lb of muscle and replaces it with about 15 lb of fat every decade of her adult life. Prevention Magazine advisor, Dr. Wayne Westcott.
One of the questions that I am asked over and over and over again by my female patients whether or not our SCAR TISSUE REMODELING treatments will get rid of cellulite. Unfortunately, they won't. But before I tell you what you can do to dramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite on your butt, thighs, and abdomen, lets talk about a few of the things that seem to cause it.
Firstly, you must realize that the number one cause of cellulite is simply being born female (about 90% of women have cellulite). Yeah; I know ---- just one more thing you gals have to put up with. By the way; isn't it interesting how every picture touting the latest "Get Rid of Your Cellulite Today!" article in Cosmo, Redbook, or Women's Fitness is of a model who probably does not even know what cellulite is?
Secondly, when one starts looking for the causes of cellulite, the first thing you'll notice is that many of these are extremely vague. Some that I found included things like "changes in metabolism and physiology", "hormonal or genetic factors", or "changes in circulation or the extracellular matrix". What I did find interesting is that two of the factors I saw on various lists were INFLAMMATION (why not? It causes just about everything else.) and "alterations of the connective tissues". Another common alteration of Connective Tissue has to do with the MICROSCOPIC SCARRING that is so epidemic in people dealing with various CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROMES.
The real question on everyone's mind though, is how to get rid of it ---- or at the very least; how does one halt it's progression and enhance its appearance?
DIMINISHING THE APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE
- FORGET ALL THE GIMMICKS: The truth is that all of the expensive pills, potions, lotions, procedures, LASERS, endermologie, cellulite massages, supplements, and who-knows-what-else, are not going to help you for any real length of time as far as your cellulite is concerned. I am not arguing that they might not help with the appearance for awhile, but like I said, any long-term results are probably a pipe dream with these methods. I am asked almost incessantly about the FB from AB Guru (HERE). While I think it's great and certainly appears to have helped a lot of people (it's certainly not anything new), it's another example of a product that is probably overstating what it can do on a number of levels.
- CHANGE YOUR DIET: It's not a secret that heavier women tend to have the most cellulite. If you are interested in LOSING WEIGHT, don't go on a crash diet. Eat a PALEO DIET, based on WHOLE FOODS. As a female, you'll need to step up to the plate and address your HORMONE DISRUPTORS as well.
- CONTROL INFLAMMATION: The cool thing is that by following the advice in the previous bullet point, you automatically help your case concerning this one! If you don't really understand what INFLAMMATION is, it would be in your best interest to take the 5 minutes it will take to read this link as it contains the link to Dr. David Seaman's Anti-Inflammatory Diet article (HERE). Bear in mind, however, that inflammation always leads to some degree of Scar Tissue (HERE).
- ENGAGE IN RESISTANCE TRAINING: I once knew a woman who, even though she was quite thin, had a real issue developing cellulite in all the places that women typically develop cellulite. As crazy as it sounds, she was exercising way too much ---- THE WRONG WAY, and actually creating a problem with something known as MONW. When she started lifting weights, the results were rapid and very noticeable. To understand this phenomenon better, visit THIS POST.
COULD YOUR CARDIO WORKOUT
BE MAKING YOU FAT?
(OR AT LEAST PREVENTING YOU FROM LOSING WEIGHT?)
Are you interested in losing weight? Then you should cut back on classic cardiovascular exercise. Shun it, even. Abolish it. Throw out your treadmill or better yet, give it to someone you don’t like as cardio doesn’t work if your goal is long-term weight loss.
Jim Karas used to have a weight problem. Today he is a celebrity trainer who has several best selling books under his belt besides a regular guest on numerous TV programs --- including the Dr. Oz Show. Last week he wrote an article for Yahoo called, "Is Your Exercise Making You Fat?". I surely don't agree with everything Jim espouses (one article about a day in his life had him drinking DIET COKE for BREAKFAST), but as far as this topic goes, he largely hit the nail on the head with his article. The quote at the top of the page was taken from the first paragraph of his article.
Some of you like to run for the sake of running. Far be it from me to discourage you. Just be aware that there are some serious myths floating around about the benefits of running / Cardio Training (I wrote about some of these in depth in my numerous posts filed under CARDIO TRAINING -vs- STRENGTH TRAINING). Jim's biggest beef with using Cardio Training as a weight loss tool is that it causes the loss of lean body mass ----- i.e. muscle tissue. According to the scientific literature, he is correct. Why would anyone perform exercise that is known to make you lose muscle mass when muscle mass is so tough to acquire in the first place? They buy into all those old WEIGHT LOSS MYTHS.
I have always heard that after the age of 30, people are losing 10% of their muscle mass per decade for the rest of their life ---- unless they are actively and specifically doing something to combat it (and as is usually the case, women are affected by this phenomenon significantly more than men). How do you combat this muscle loss? There is only one real way ---- STRENGTH OR RESISTANCE TRAINING. You see; loss of lean body mass presents an ugly metabolic dilemma once you realize that muscle burns more energy at rest than does an equal amount of fat --- far more energy.
Why is this weight gain happening? It's simple—muscle loss. When you lose muscle, your metabolism is destroyed. You are also decimating your metabolism by dieting without exercise or dieting with cardio. Your successful weight loss formula is dieting plus strength training. Period.
Are you interested in gaining weight? If you are, perform cardiovascular exercise, and a lot it.
You never want to worry about the calories you burn during exercise. More important are the calories burned after exercise, called EPOC (Excess, Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption). You get up to 38 hours of EPOC from interval-based strength training.
MSG, ASPARTAME, AND OBESITY
(Or Why in the Name of Corn on the Cob is there MSG in Vaccines?)
Male rats received subcutaneous injections of MSG or saline during the first five days of life. At 150-days old, MSG rats presented massive abdominal fat deposition, hypertriglyceridemia, hyperinsulinemia, glucose intolerance and high plasma levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), a lipid peroxidation marker." From the January 2018 issue of the European Journal of Nutrition
"Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a widely-used flavor enhancer and stabilizer in ready-made or packaged foods. The excessive use of MSG has been shown to increase oxidative stress in different organ systems and causes glucose metabolism disorders, obesity, and coronary diseases." From the August 2016 issue of the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
MSG, Mono Sodium Glutamate, Mono Potassium Glutamate, Disodium Inositate, Glutamate, Guanylate, Glutamic Acid, Vegetable (legitimate "vegetables" will be listed by name), Protein (any kind of protein found on a food label “list of ingredients” is MSG), Extract, Gelatin, Hydrolyzed, Autolyzed, Sodium Casienate, Natural Flavor, Artificial Flavor, Flavoring or Flavored, Textured, Nutrient, Enzymes, Yeast (all kinds), Senomyx, Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Stock, Broth, Bullion (pure, 100% MSG), Whey, Isolate, Concentrate, Modified , Soy Sauce, Seasonings, Fermented, Starch, Cornstarch, Fructose, Lecithin, Carrageenan (sea weed / algae ---- big in Japan), Spices (legitimate spices, pepper, paprika, cloves, etc, will be labeled as such), Enzymes, Solids, Annatto, Gluten, and many others.
It gets crazier from here. If you look at the list found on the "Ingredients of Vaccines" page, which is found on the freakiest / scariest page of the CDC's entire website (HERE), you'll find among other fun things such as MERCURY (thimerosal), ALUMINUM, and FORMALDEHYDE; MSG (it's said to be a "stabilizer"). Once, however, you begin to understand what MSG does to the brain (make absolutely sure to watch Neurosurgeon, Russell Blaylock's video at the bottom of the page), you might think twice about following governmental VACCINATION recommendations (HERE is my information on Flu Vaccines). All the more troubling in light of what we know about 'MSG Obese' rats. MSG-Obese rats? Huh?
You see, not only have we known for decades that MSG causes behavioral problems (see quote at top of the page), but scientists are well aware that it causes OBESITY. How does MSG cause obesity? By affecting certain areas of the brain, most particularly the HYPOTHALAMUS (one of the single most important parts of the entire brain). This craziness is explained perfectly in the title of a 1997 study from the Department of Physiology of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil ---- "Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)-Obese Rats Develop Glucose Intolerance and Insulin Resistance".
Think about it for a moment; this is one heck of a combination. An intolerance to Glucose means that higher levels of blood sugar are going to give you such a wide array of physical and mental problems I can't even begin to mention them all here. But it doesn't end here; resistance to insulin means that it takes more and more insulin to get the glucose out of your blood and into your cells, leaving you with the dangerous combination of perpetually high blood sugar and perpetually high insulin levels (HERE or HERE). As we move forward, let me hit you with a few recent study titles showing the phenomenon of MSG or Hypothalamus Rats --- the process that scientists use to purposefully induce obesity.
Sex-Based Differences in Phagocyte Metabolic Profile in Rats with Monosodium Glutamate-Induced Obesity From the April 2018 issue of Scientific Reports
Environmental Enrichment Improved Cognitive Deficits More in Peri-Adolescent than in Adult Rats After Postnatal Monosodium Glutamate Treatment From the December 2017 issue of Physiology International
Liver Steatosis in Hypothalamic Obese Rats Improves After Duodeno-Jejunal Bypass by Reduction in de novo Lipogenesis Pathway From the November 2017 issue of Life Sciences
Efficacy of Nanoceria for Periodontal Tissues Alteration in Glutamate-Induced Obese Rats-Multidisciplinary Considerations for Personalized Dentistry and Prevention From the March 2017 issue of the EPMA Journal
Glibenclamide Treatment Blocks Metabolic Dysfunctions and Improves Vagal Activity in Monosodium Glutamate-Obese Male Rats From the May 2017 issue of Endocrine
(p-ClPhSe)2 Reduces Hepatotoxicity Induced by Monosodium Glutamate by Improving Mitochondrial Function in Rats From the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Cellular Biology
Since rats are the test-animal of choice for doctors studying drugs; when scientists need obese rats for their drug studies, and since there are no naturally occurring breed of rats, they must create their own. How do they do this? They inject them with MSG shortly after birth, scrambling their hypothalamus and areas of the brain that control satiety (the ability to sense 'fullness' after eating). Thus, we now have rats that eat and eat and then eat some more, gaining weight like there's no tomorrow simply because they never feel full. If you go to PubMed and start searching terms like MSG Obese Rats, MSG Obesity, or any dozens of others (there are just about as many terms for this as there are names for MSG), you will find hundreds upon hundreds of studies similar to what you are seeing today --- some of them dating back to when I was in grade school (and I'M A GEEZER). What does the MSG industry have to say about this?
MSGFacts dot com, the official site of MSG manufacturers, touts this sort of thing as one of the added benefits of MSG. That's right folks, this is how they spin MSG's addictive qualities. "Studies have found that adding MSG to certain foods, such as soup and mashed potatoes, has been successful in increasing the food intake of institutionalized elderly populations." Yay! Give individuals in the old-folks home MSG-laced grub so that they'll eat more of it. You can bet your bottom dollar that the MSG manufacturers are also aware of the evidence linking MSG to almost every neurological problem you can name (PARKINSON'S, ALZHEIMER'S, ADD / ADHD, DEPRESSION, MIGRAINE HEADACHES, ASTHMA, DIABETES, FIBROMYALGIA as well as a wide variety of GUT HEALTH problems).
So, whether you are a lab rat or a person trying to maintain your weight; just remember that MSG is going to cause you to gain weight in at least three different ways.
- It is going to cause an increase in insulin levels (INSULIN RESISTANCE) while leaving you less sensitive to glucose (meaning you need more and more blood sugar to achieve the effect your body requires).
- It is going to scramble certain parts of your brain, particularly your hypothalamus, often times leading to various forms of SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE.
- MSG and processed foods are extremely and purposefully addictive. When you add to this the fact that much of the foods that contain MSG could best be described as "junk food" or "junk carbs," think for a moment about the exponential nature of the ADDICTIVE POTENTIAL.
By the way, Glutamate (the most abundant neurotransmitter in the body) is intimately related to the amino acid Aspartate, which Aspartame is made from. Aspartame causes the exact same brain lesions as does MSG. This is why current research has shown for decades (plural) that DIET SODA WILL ACTUALLY MAKE YOU FATTER (much fatter) than regular soda. Truthfully, this is the sort of information which, if you are breathing, have a pulse, and care about your family, you should know about. Reach the people you love and care about most by liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK.
A LITTLE EXERCISE GOES A LONG WAY
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
"A single, short bout of high-intensity exercise three times a week led to significant health benefits in slightly overweight men.... Participants saw changes in oxygen cost, blood pressure, and fasting glucose [blood sugar]." Dr. Arnt Erik Tjonna from the May 29, 2013 issue of PLOS One.
Simply dealing with this LARGELY MISUNDERSTOOD HEALTH PROBLEM will improve your overall health (and weight) by leaps and bounds --- and the study showed that this form of exercise does just that. Listen to this sentence from the study's Abstract, and let it sink into your brain. "A growing body of evidence suggests that exercise training with low-volume but high-intensity may be a time-efficient means to achieve health benefits." These people were on a treadmill for a 10 minute "warmup" at 70% of their max heart rate. They then kicked the intensity to 90% for one minute, followed by three minutes at 70% and a five minute "cool down". Add it up. That is 19 minutes, with only a single minute of what we would truly call "high intensity" exercise.
I get it. You don't have the time to do do the entire hour to hour and a half of P-90X or "Insanity". You don't have the money for a gym membership. You don't have room in your house for a bunch of bulky gym equipment. The thing is, these individuals saw huge changes in only 10 weeks, while exercising for less than 20 minutes three times a week --- walking / jogging / running. No one, and I do mean no one can tell me that they do not have 19 minutes, three times a week. All you have to do is crank your heart rate up. You can accomplish this in any number of ways. But if you really want to boost your results, try doing the same amount of time with some modified RESISTANCE TRAINING. I promise that your results will be even better!
One of my favorite success stories of High Intensity / Low Duration exercise is TRACY REFKIND'S crazy body transformation that took place over a period of about three months. All she did was perform Kettlebell Swings two or three times a week for an average of 20 minutes or so (in "interval" fashion, of course). Coupled with a LOW CARB DIET, she lost 100 lbs in 100 days and now runs a Kettlebell Fitness Studio.
If you are CHRONICALLY ILL or dealing with CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROMES, you will not be able to jump right in and go. But do something. The health benefits of just a little bit of exercise are too good to pass up. Not to mention, I have never one time heard a person say that they started exercising and feel worse. You can do this. Simply make a plan and stick to it. Oh; just one more thing. If you have great results, let me know so that I can share them with everyone.
OBESITY, DEPRESSION, LOSS OF LIBIDO, AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO POOR GUT HEALTH
I love it! My wife comes home from the gym with a testosterone buzz and attacks me. A patient explaining one of the benefits of his wife's new-found love of Strength Training.
When I woke up mom and dad were rolling on the couch. Rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my Kiss records out. Cheap Trick from 1978's Surrender.
When you look at lists of the things that most commonly affect one's sex drive in an adverse manner (whether male or female), there are two that seem to come up over and over and over again; Depression and Obesity. If you follow my blog, you'll see that I have written about both topics extensively. My goal is to help those of you dealing with this unhappy triad of OBESITY (be aware that it's possible to fall into this category even if you are 'SKINNY'), DEPRESSION, and Low Libido, get your lives back without feeling the need to resort to dangerous and addictive drugs.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SEX
- Relieving Stress / Lowering Stress
- Lowering Blood Pressure
- Immune System Booster / Less Illness / Less Cancer
- Heart Healthy
- Improved Self Esteem
- Increased levels of Oxytocin / Increased Intimacy / Increased Connectedness
- Endorphin Release / Natural Pain Relief
- Look Younger / Live Longer
- Strengthens Pelvic Floor and Core Muscles / Can be a form of Exercise
- Improves Sleep
- Improved Mood / Anti-Depressive Qualities (INTERESTING STUDY ON THIS TOPIC)
Unfortunately, not only are increasing numbers of couples not having much sex, many are actually in marriages that are, by definition, "sexless" (less than once a month or less than 10 times per year). This begs the question as to how much sex is "normal"? Although every couple is different, over the past twelve years, the average for married couples here in America has dropped from 132 times per year to 103 times per year (-22%). After a little study on the matter, it's not difficult to figure out why.
IF SEX IS SO GOOD FOR PEOPLE, WHY IS THE FREQUENCY DROPPING SO DRAMATICALLY?
Obesity is associated with depression.... Persons with severe obesity may represent an “at-risk” population...... This association between severe obesity and depression is also of interest to clinicians, since depression is associated with poorer treatment outcomes. Is Obesity Associated with Major Depression? Results from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Johns Hopkins University, from the 2003 issue of The American Journal of Epidimiology
Overall, poor health has a negative impact on sexual function. Illnesses that interfere with endocrine systems are particularly important in the impairment of female sexual desire. Several lines of evidence have revealed a link between sexual desire and levels of androgens [Too little or too much testosterone --- PCOS] in women. Consequently, disorders of ovarian function and of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis have been associated with decreased sexual desire and arousal..... Some drugs (especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and antipsychotics) have also been linked to orgasm disorders...... Untreated depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders have been linked to problems with sexual desire and arousal. Excerpted from From Hence Comes HSDD? Sharon J. Parish, MD, from the July 2009 issue of the Journal of Family Practice.
The numbers speak for themselves. 12% of American women and nearly 7% percent of American men aged 18 and older (over 12 million and 6 million respectively) deal with Clinical Depression --- numbers that skyrocket far beyond this if you figure in sub-clinical Depression as well as those who have never been 'officially' diagnosed. If you factor in the fact that Depression is characterized as a disturbance in one's mood, which is characterized by feelings of sadness, anger, low self-esteem, general loss, and loss of interest in pleasurable activities, you begin to see where this is headed. Take it a step further and notice that the scientific-medical literature on the subject also strongly associates Depression with a PATHOLOGICAL CRAVING for processed carbohydrates. Once you understand that the vast majority (90 - 95%) of the body's serotonin (a 'feel-good' neurotransmitter) is manufactured in the Gut (HERE), the link between Depression and loss of libido starts to become more clear.
A 1995 study done at Massachusetts Institute of Technology called Brain Serotonin, Carbohydrate-Craving, Obesity and Depression, and published in the medical journal Obesity Research, had this to say on the subject, "Serotonin-releasing brain neurons are unique in that the amount of neurotransmitter they release is normally controlled by food intake: Carbohydrate consumption. Serotonin release is also involved in such functions as sleep onset, pain sensitivity, blood pressure regulation, and control of the mood. Hence many patients learn to overeat carbohydrates (particularly snack foods, like potato chips or pastries, which are rich in carbohydrates and fats) to make themselves feel better. This tendency to use certain foods as though they were drugs is a frequent cause of weight gain, and can also be seen in patients who become fat when exposed to stress, or in women with premenstrual syndrome........"
I would think that we would all agree that Depression needs to be treated. The problem though is that treating Depression with anti-depressant medications can be a double-edged sword that often produces a vicious (and sexless) cycle. This is because not only is Depression a libido destroyer in and of itself, but so are the medications used to treat it.
Depression is bad news for the libido because while it is sapping one's sex drive, the antidepressants prescribed to treat it are doing the same thing. The conclusion of a large meta-analysis of studies on this topic was published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry in 2010. The study called, Overweight, Obesity, and Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Longitudinal Studies, said that, "This meta-analysis confirms a reciprocal link between depression and obesity. Obesity was found to increase the risk of depression, most pronounced among Americans and for clinically diagnosed depression. In addition, depression was found to be predictive of developing obesity." And the kicker is that despite most drug's warning labels saying that somewhere between 2 and 16% of those on antidepressants (SSRI's) will develop sexual side effects, many experts say that 40% of those on anti-depressants develop diminished libido. Both groups might be significantly underestimating the problem.
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry published a study clear back in 2001 that looked at the medical records of 1,000 individuals who were being treated for Depression at the University Hospital of Salamanca (Spain). A whopping 57% of the women reported sexual side effects of their treatment --- mostly SSRI's. The most common were loss of libido and orgasm dysfunctions such as inability to orgasm or painful orgasm. And while the women's side effects were considered to be more severe, men were affected at a rate that was actually 5% higher than the women. The results were similar in a South Korean study that was published in a 2010 issue of the medical journal Psychiatry Investigations. After looking again at the effects of SSRI's on sexual health, the authors concluded that, "The incidence of sexual dysfunction was substantially high during antidepressant treatment..... Our study suggests the need for clinicians to consider the impact of pharmacotherapy on patients' sexual functioning in the course of treatment with antidepressants."
The bottom line is that I could quote the scientific research all day long, as there are literally hundreds --- probably thousands of studies on the topic. Instead of doing that, I want to leave you with a few things that you can do to boost your sex drive naturally. These are not gender-specific and unless otherwise noted, will work equally well for both men and women. They are in no particular order.
BOOSTING LIBIDO NATURALLY
- KILL STRESS: I get it. Getting rid of stress is not as easy as simply wishing it away. But remember this. Prolonged stress leads to ADRENAL FATIGUE (the older name for Fibromyalgia). If you cannot get the stressors in your life under control (family, relationships, job, diet, etc), it will be difficult to deal with the underlying causes of diminished libido. By the way, there are lots of studies saying that sex itself is a great stress reliever. Think about this treatment cycle for a moment; more sex, less stress, increased libido, more sex, less stress, increased libido. I realize it's not that easy, but it is definitely a noble goal.
- WORK ON THE RELATIONSHIP: I do not claim to be some sort of 'Relationship Sherpa'. However, my wife is --- she's a marriage counselor, and some of her wisdom has rubbed off on me (she might sometimes debate this). You'll need to communicate well, spend quality time with your spouse (can anyone say "Date Nite"?). Remember though that even though the emotional side of diminished libido gets a lot of play, you cannot neglect the physical side and hope to solve your problem(s).
- CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR: Let me qualify this statement by saying that many people (both men and women) who are at or near a 'normal' weight, are, metabolically speaking, obese (HERE). Virtually everything that is related to health comes back to blood sugar, and whether or not it is being regulated properly --- even if you have not (yet) been told you have DIABETES. One of the single most important things that you can do for your sexual health and libido is to deal with UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR. Listen up men. Your POT BELLY is FEMINIZING YOU! You are not only causing Depression, lethargy, and diminished physical performance, you are essentially castrating / neutering yourself with high blood sugar, high insulin levels, and the subsequent weight gain which, sooner or later, is sure to follow. By the way, if you are a woman who is struggling with female issues in general, please take a few minutes to read my piece called BEATING INFERTILITY NATURALLY (it is not just about fertility). Oh, and what is the best way to control your blood sugar...............?
- EAT A LOW CARB DIET: Have you picked up on the fact that the scientific literature is showing that both depressed and obese individuals lean heavily toward SUGAR / CARB ADDICTIONS? Despite this, there are MANY PEOPLE who promote high carbs to boost both Serotonin and mood. HERE is the information on using a Low Carb Diet to break the cycle and provide A SEROTONIN BOOST. As I stated earlier, over 90% of the "feel good" neurotransmitter Serotonin is found in the gut. Thus, it only makes sense to........
- FIX YOUR GUT: I have already shown you that Gut Health is intimately tied to Depression. My blog also happens to be full of posts on the relationship between Gut Health and Obesity. But did you know that POOR GUT HEALTH is being tied as a root cause of nearly every health issue you can imagine (MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU READ THIS)? If you are one of the tens of millions of Americans who (almost always unknowingly), is dealing with LEAKY GUT SYNDROME, there is no way that you are going to have a healthy sex drive. One of the best ways to positively affect Gut Health is to....
- GO GLUTEN FREE: Gluten Free is not a big leap if you are already eating Low Carb. In case you have not been reading my blog on a regular basis, let me just remind you that almost every health problem you can name is being linked back to Uncontrolled Blood Sugar and GLUTEN --- HERE is one example. Just a few short years ago (2010), a study published in The Journal of Reproductive Health showed how Gluten was directly involved with a plethora "Reproductive Symptoms" seen in prior studies on sexual health. The bottom line is that sick people usually see incredible improvement when they go GLUTEN FREE. Oh, and if you do not understand GLUTEN CROSS REACTIVITY, read the link.
- EXERCISE: Do I even need to talk about this? There are about a jillion studies linking moderate exercise to lower incidence of Depression, Stress, and Obesity. There are probably just as many showing the link between exercise and improved sex drive (I Googled 'exercise sexual health' and got nearly 17 million hits). I am not going to belabor this point, but you should value yourself / your spouse enough to EXERCISE 20-30 minutes, 3 or 4 times a week. If you are discouraged about exercising, READ THIS.
- BEWARE OF MEDICATIONS: Have you seen the list of meds that can ruin one's sex drive? It is downright freaky (HERE). There are a host of meds (including birth control pills, high blood pressure medications, ANTIBIOTICS that all destroy Gut Health, and STATINS) that diminish sex drive. It is critical to remember though, that the number one class of medication for fouling up libido is anti-depressants. Of these, SSRI's lead the way. Interestingly enough, another leading class of drugs known for messing up one's sex drive are meant to affect the Gut (anti-nausea and ANTI-ULCER DRUGS).
- UNDERSTAND INFLAMMATION: Although everyone has heard the term "INFLAMMATION" used about a million times, few people really have any idea of what it is. And since Obesity, Depression, and Diabetes are all considered to be "Inflammatory Diseases", it would behoove you to understand a little bit more about Inflammation, what drives it, and how to squelch it.
- UNDERSTAND YOUR THYROID: If you Google "Thyroid Low Libido", you get over three quarters of a million hits. I would suggest you take the time to visit the THYROID EPIDEMIC site for a better understanding of how this all works together. The really cool thing is that many thyroid problems can be effectively dealt with by following the bullet points on this list. Blood Sugar Dysregulation and Thyroid Problems are both problems of the Endocrine System. Do you recall the quote from earlier in the post from the Journal of Family Practice? "Illnesses that interfere with Endocrine Systems are particularly important in the impairment of female sexual desire."
- TAKE THE RIGHT SUPPLEMENTS: What do I recommend? Firstly, I recommend WHOLE FOOD SUPPLEMENTS as just that ---- a "supplement" to a healthy diet. The problem is that most people want a Viagra-like supplement that allows them to keep on destroying themselves with their crappy diets and self-destructive lifestyles (INTERESTED IN FEMALE VIAGRA?). The best natural Testosterone booster is Tribulus Terrestris. A great general libido booster is Ginkgo Biloba (both by Medi-Herb). I am also sold on Symplex M and Symplex F by Standard Process (for men and women respectively). Again, it is far more about your diet (what you are eating or not eating) than it is about spending a lot of money on supplements. And while you are at it, READ THIS ARTICLE on why boosting Serotonin might not be the panacea it has been made out to be.
- GIVE UP THE SMOKES AND DRINK ONLY IN MODERATION: One of the biggest problems with SMOKING is that it hinders blood flow. Without good blood flow, both men and women are going to struggle with satisfactory sex. Too much alcohol not only does the same thing, it is metabolized very similarly to sugar.
- BALANCE YOUR HORMONES: The big driver of libido for both men and women is Testosterone. That's right ladies, the very substance that drives your husband's libido, also drives yours. However, more is not always better. Increased Testosterone in women is heavily associated with (diagnostic of) PCOS --- the most common female hormonal problem in America ---- a problem that actually decreases sex drive. Although I have a lot of information on balancing hormones, the best thing you can do for yourself (other than following these bullet points) is to make sure you are getting just a little bit of high quality protein every two hours. Also make sure to visit our post on XENOHORMONES as well. Understanding this concept is critical to those of you who are in a state of ESTROGEN DOMINANCE (possibly the majority of you, both women and men). Remember just a few points back when I accused overweight men of feminizing themselves? Estrogen causes weight gain, while fat cells (along with the female organs) manufacture Estrogen. Repeat. See the vicious cycle setting up?
ADHD IN CHILDREN LINKED TO OBESITY LATER IN LIFE
WHY IS BELLY FAT PARTICULARLY BAD, WHAT DOES IT MEAN,
AND WHY IT IS CRITICAL YOU START DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT TODAY?
Faced with these risks, it’s no wonder that you want to know how much you should weigh. But this common and important question is actually the wrong question. For health, the issue is not how much you weigh, but how much abdominal fat you have. The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide
It was not that long ago that women hardly ever had "CENTRAL OBESITY" (aka Abdominal Obesity). Yes, we men have always tended to accumulate fat stores around our waists (the proverbial 'spare tire' ---- apple shaped), but women have always tended to put weight on in the hip / butt area (pear shaped). Now it is not only common to see women with Central Obesity, it is shockingly common --- even in women of "normal" weight. These women are often referred to today as "SKINNY FAT" --- the topic of yesterday's post. The point of this post is not to issue an indictment against those of you who are struggling with this particular problem, but to help you understand why Abdominal Fat is so bad, and why it leads to so many other health problems. The cool thing is that if you understand what is actually causing you to put weight on around your waist, you can formulate a plan to conquer it.
ABDOMINAL OBESITY means that you have too much "Viceral Fat". Don't get me wrong; we all require some fat around our Vicera in order to be healthy. But once you understand that the word "Vicera" means organs, and that Viceral Fat is the fat that surrounds (and potentially entombs) your organs, you will begin to understand why Central Obesity is such a serious problem --- a killer.
When a person has large amounts of fat engulfing their organs, that fat tends to create responses in the rest of the body (particularly the ENDOCRINE SYSTEM) that can never really keep up with what is being demanded of it. Although the organs (pancreas, liver, ADRENAL GLANDS, etc) are scrambling to CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS, they eventually FALL BEHIND. As organs fail to keep up, weight gain can end up like a snowball rolling downhill --- picking up momentum and feeding itself as it goes. But be warned.... not all weight gain is equal. Some is worse than others.
WHY ABDOMINAL OBESITY IS WORSE
THAN GENERALIZED OBESITY
As the American diet has gotten worse ----- based more and more on processed grains, TRANS FATS, chemicals, and sugar ---- rates of Central Obesity have skyrocketed. Yesterday's blog proved that at least 7 of 10 American adults are overweight, with about half of those being OBESE. It gets worse. For the over-50 crowd, 50% of the men and 70% of the women are not only obese, they meet the criteria for Central Obesity. What are those criteria?
WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE RISK FACTORS FOR ABDOMINAL OBESITY
LESS THAN 37"
37 - 40"
31.5" to 35"
WHAT DOES CENTRAL OBESITY
(A HIGH WHR) REALLY MEAN?
Cortisol (aka Hydrocortisone) is your body's chief stress hormone, and is made by by your adrenal glands in response to stress. Bear in mind that this stress can come in many forms; emotional, physical, dietary, etc. According to a popular online encyclopedia, the chief functions of Cortisol are to, "increase blood sugar through gluconeogenesis; [and] suppress the immune system...." Did you catch that? Cortisol is an Immune System Suppressor that raises blood sugar via gluconeogenesis (creating sugar from muscle tissue or fat stores). Although creating sugar from fat might sound like a wonderful thing, in many cases it is not.
If a person already has high blood sugar levels and gets a subsequent boost in blood sugar, they are going right back into storage mode unless they burn it for energy. This is unlikely. Since these folks are already fighting Central Obesity, the new sugar they create from metabolizing fat is simply re-stored as fat. Only this time it will be stored as belly fat. If occurring on a regular basis, this process will literally exhaust your body. This is why it is called Adrenal Fatigue and is intimately related to Fibromyalgia (ADRENAL FATIGUE OR FIBROMYALGIA?). Also be aware that HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP ---- the sweetener most commonly used for practically all modern processed foods ----- is more associated with Belly Fat than other sugars --- far more associated.
OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH ABDOMINAL OBESITY
- ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: Although a number of studies have linked Abdominal Obesity to Alzheimer's, a study from Dr. George Razzy's team of Launceston General Hospital, University of Tasmania, Australia showed that older people with Central Obesity had a 10 times greater chance of developing ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE than the general population.
- LOW / HIGH TESTOSTERONE: If you are a male (or FEMALE) who is struggling to hit home runs in the bedroom (HERE), odds are that you have some degree of Central Obesity. Clear back in 1990, a Dutch study showed that men with Abdominal Obesity were much more likely to have high insulin and blood sugar levels, while having low testosterone. However, if you are a female, listen to what Drs. Rasa Kazlauskaite (Endocrinologist) and Sheila Dugan (Physical Medicine Specialist) of Rush University Medical Center have to say about testosterone. "When that delicate balance of estrogen to testosterone shifts toward testosterone during the menopausal transition, the distribution of fat also shifts and women tend to accumulate more belly fat. In men, we know that when their testosterone decreases naturally as they age, they tend to accumulate belly fat, but in women it isn’t really about having more testosterone, it’s about upsetting the estrogen-testosterone balance. We used to think estrogen protected premenopausal women against cardiovascular disease and that the increased cardiovascular risk after menopause was related only to the loss of estrogen’s protective effect. But now we know that it’s actually the change in hormonal balance that’s largely responsible for visceral fat. So if you’re a woman in your 30s or early 40s and you aren’t already eating healthy and exercising regularly, you should get started now and work hard to maintain these healthy behaviors throughout the menopausal transition."
- PCOS: Strongly related to the above, if you have PCOS, you are much more likely not only to be INFERTILE, but to have Central Obesity as well. Women with Central Obesity are more likely to deal with a wide range of hormonal issues (see the first link in the bullet point above).
- INFLAMMATION: People with Central Obesity are much more likely to have high systemic levels of INFLAMMATION in their bodies. Inflammation is strongly associated with nearly every health problem you can mention.
- LOW BACK PROBLEMS / ARTHRITIS: Do you think it might be hard on your joints carrying 50, 100, or 150 extra pounds of weight around for years, or even decades? It's a no-brainer (HERE).
- GALLBLADDER DISEASE: Who is likely to get GB Disease? People with Central Obesity. The moniker we learned in school was "fat, fertile, female, and forty".
- METABOLIC SYNDROME: What is METABOLIC SYNDROME? It is essentially a pre-diabetic condition that is in play if a person has at least three of the following ----- a blood pressure of 130/85 or higher, a triglyceride level above 150, a fasting blood sugar level of 100 or greater, low HDL levels, or high LDL levels. By the way, if you were paying attention to yesterday's post, you realize that large numbers of people of "normal" weight have at least one of these.
- FATTY LIVER: Although a Fatty Liver is usually thought of as being a problem of alcoholism, the largest class of people who develop this problem are those with Central Obesity.
- CERTAIN KINDS OF CANCER: The truth is that many kinds of CANCER --- particularly the ones that originate in the abdominal area such as colon cancer, are heavily associated in the peer-reviewed literature with Central Obesity.
- SLEEP APNEA / BREATHING DIFFICULTIES: Show me a person with Central Obesity who breathes just fine, and I will show you 100 that do not (HERE). And if it is bad enough to affect sleep, I promise it will affect your health in other ways.
- BLOOD CLOTS: Enough said.
- OSTEOPOROSIS: Even though OSTEOPOROSIS is often associated with tiny little women, the truth is, if you have an oversized belly you are at risk (HERE).
Although Obesity is bad, Central Obesity is doubly bad. If you want to live a long, enjoyable, life, and be there for your children and grandchildren, you need to do what it takes to get this problem under control. Fortunately I have created a plan for you. All you have to do is follow the information on THESE POSTS. Granted, it's a ton of information. But there is no way to effectively lose weight, get healthy, and stay that way for life unless you know what made you fat in the first place. Knowledge is power, and if you will follow the advice on my blog, virtually everyone reading this post will know what it takes to get a handle on your Central Obesity. Just remember; the choice is yours.
WHAT IS "SKINNY FAT"?
(METABOLICALLY OBESE --- NORMAL WEIGHT)
Not quite a year ago, the August 2012 issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) published a study done at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. The study concluded that almost a quarter of the "normal weight" population would fall in to the MONW category. Think of it another way. According to government statistics, nearly 70% of the adult American population is currently overweight or obese. This latest study brings the total closer to 80%. And here is the real kick in the teeth. These MONW individuals die off at twice the rate of visibly fat people if they have DIABETES. But forget the adults for a minute, lets look at the younger generation.
This is one of the biggest reasons that our government school's OBESITY PREVENTION PROGRAMS are failing so miserably. They fall into the trap of modern medicine; always trying to tie one's health to one's weight (HERE). The so-called "skinny" people feel they are justified in eating whatever they want since they fall into the proper spot on the Height / Weight Chart. The problem is that they are not only undermining their health with these bad habits, sooner or later they will end up visibly undermining their weight. We all know that skinny guy who is constantly scrounging for food ---- loading up on fast foods, junk foods, and deserts. Trust me. He won't be the "skinny guy" forever. If you think your body will perpetually be able to keep up with the steady barrage of SUGAR, JUNK CARBS, and TRANS FATS, and still maintain a normal weight, just show up at your next High School Reunion. You will be in for a rude awakening!
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SKINNY FAT
- EAT A WHOLE FOOD-BASED DIET: It is imperative that you eat a diet based on WHOLE FOODS and Whole Food Supplements. As you might imagine, this will likewise help you to.........
- AVOID PROCESSED FOODS AND SUGAR: Eating low on the Glycemic Index (LOW CARB or PALEO) will help you CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR. These first two steps will help get rid of the "fat" part of Skinny Fat. This next step will help you gain some lean body mass (muscle) and change your body's shape as well as provide your metabolism a significant boost.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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