Obesity is the single most common problem that doctors see in their
practices. Unfortunately, it's also a risk factor for a host of disorders.
People who are more than 20 percent over the recommended weight for their
height and sex are more vulnerable to degenerative diseases-heart problems,
certain cancers, diabetes, arthritis, and so on-than the rest of the
population is. High blood pressure, strokes, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernias,
varicose veins, kidney problems, infertility, gallstones, and liver disease
are all more likely to strike the overweight. And since heavy people are
likely to consume high quantities of toxic food, their immune systems are
depressed, leaving them susceptible to any virus or bug that happens to be
going around at home or in the office.
But most people with weight problems already know all that. Weight loss is
probably the most written-about subject in America, but despite all the
diets, pills, spas, and programs, only a small percentage of people are
able to lose weight and keep it off. In fact, the rising occurrence of
obesity can be traced in part to our attempts to fight it. Take the
low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet that in the early 1990s was universally
espoused as healthful: People filled up their plates with so much pasta,
bread, and fat-free sweets that they actually ended up eating more
calories-and, of course, gaining more weight. Other strategies, such as
appetite suppressants, and extreme diets, do indeed help people lose weight
in the short term. But they're also too dangerous to use for long, so at
some point those people have to return to a lifestyle that is healthful.
Because many "diet gurus" haven't taught people how to put healthful eating
in the context of their daily routines, they soon put the weight right back
There are several reasons why a person is susceptible to obesity. Genetics
is an obvious factor that makes it more difficult for some people to lose
weight. One example is people who have syndrome X. This inherited condition
makes some people more likely to put on weight from simple carbohydrate
consumption than others are. Insulin levels spike upward and result in fat
deposition. This problem is compounded by the fact that the average
American consumes 150 pounds of sugar each year! In addition, some
researchers feel that the body has a genetically programmed "set point."
This refers to the theory that the body tries to maintain a set metabolic
rate at which calories are burned, especially the fat cells. For people
with a genetic susceptibility, it is even more important to be diligent
with the diet and lifestyle recommendations we make. Also, nutritional
supplements can help to lessen genetic tendencies.
The amount of calories someone consumes is an obvious reason for weight
gain. Consuming too many calories without burning them results in a simple
mathematical reality-weight gain. To stay within a certain parameter for
your metabolism, it is helpful to grasp the concept of general calorie
amounts of commonly consumed foods.
The second important concept, after calorie consumption, is the calories
expended through movement and exercise. The more calories are utilized for
energy, the less will go toward fat accumulation. In this technologically
advanced and television-addicted society, people are expending many less
calories than they used to.
Hormone balance is also important for the prevention and the treatment of
obesity. Many hormones in the body have an effect on metabolism. The most
notable are thyroid hormones, which greatly influence the metabolic rate in
our cells. However, several others hormones, such as DHEA, testosterone,
and growth hormones, have powerful effects as well. We have also found that
an estrogen and progesterone imbalance contributes to fat deposition and
water retention, and thus to weight gain. This seems to be particularly
true for women who use synthetic hormones. A hormone balance also includes
the level of the brain hormone serotonin. Low levels of this
neurotransmitter contribute to feelings of hunger and to sugar/carbohydrate
cravings. There are natural ways to optimize this neurotransmitter. Further
research in this field will shed more light on the role of
neurotransmitters and obesity.
Toxins in the body also pose a problem for people who are overweight. Many
of the chemicals that people are exposed to interfere with normal cell
function, including metabolism. Pesticides, heavy metals such as mercury,
and others are a part of out polluted world. Interestingly, many of these
toxins are stored in fat tissue in order to prevent damage to vital body
organs, such as the brain and the heart.
In addition, a diet that is devoid of nutrients leads to nutritional
deficiencies. The body does not burn fat by magic but requires several
vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It appears that certain nutrients can help
in the prevention and the treatment of obesity. While none should be
considered "magic bullets," they can in some cases be quite helpful as part
of a comprehensive weight or fat reduction protocol.
The mental and the emotional, as well as the spiritual, well-being of a
person cannot be ignored in regard to obesity. Imbalances in these areas
often supersede genetic and physical reasons for weight gain. For example,
many people with depression and anxiety consume comfort foods as a way to
feel a false sense of love or worth. Some patients with obesity first began
to have problems with weight after experiencing an unresolved emotional
trauma. Treating the whole person is of paramount importance with obesity.
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of
effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
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The top 7 vitamins and supplements shown to help
The Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch,
M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription #1
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Take 400 mg daily. Magnesium is a muscle relaxer, and a
deficiency contributes to cramping, aching, and
Super Prescription # 2
Calcium / Magnesium
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Take 600 mg twice daily. Calcium is required for muscle
and nerve relaxation. It works in tandem with magnesium
to relax muscles.
Super Prescription #3
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Take up to 300 mg daily. A potassium deficiency can
lead to muscle cramping. Note: If you are on blood
pressure medication, use under the guidance of our
Super Prescription #4
Aspirin – All Natural
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Take as directed on bottle. This remedy is has shown
help in this area.
Super Prescription #5
Multivitamin – High Potency
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Take a high-potency multivitamin and mineral formula
daily, as it will contain a strong base of the
nutrients that protect against muscle cramping.
Super Prescription #6
Phyto Greens - Super Greens
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Take an organic super green food, such as chlorella or
spirulina, or a mixture of "super green foods" each
day. Take as directed on the container. It contains a
variety of minerals for muscle relaxation.
Super Prescription #7
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Take 500 mg three times daily. This nutrient has
natural antispasmodic properties. It is especially good
for muscle cramps and aches related to an injury.
Reduce the dosage if diarrhea occurs.
Weight gain and fat deposition
Obesity is almost always caused by a combination of the first two items
listed here: taking in more calories than are expended. But, as we
described, there can be many factors at work.
Poor diet (high in calories and simple carbohydrates)
Hormone imbalance (particularly thyroid)
Neurotransmitter imbalance (serotonin)
Mental, emotion, or spiritual issues
Preexisting medical conditions (e.g. hypothyroidism)
Side effects of pharmaceutical medications (e.g. antidepressants)
Instead of counting calories or fat grams, your best bet for health and
weight loss is to focus on eating foods that are fresh, whole, and
Don't rely on someone else: start cooking for yourself. Shop for a variety
of basic, whole foods. You can eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds raw
for their fiber and digestive enzymes; the rest of the time, use light
cooking methods like broiling, steaming, roasting or grilling.
Make sure you get enough protein every day. Otherwise, you'll feel deprived
and downright hungry. Fish is an excellent source of protein, but few of us
can eat it every single day. Plan on having beans, lean poultry, soy
products, nuts, or yogurt with every meal. High-quality protein drinks from
whey, eggs, or rice are good choices.
Whole complex carbohydrates like brown rice, whole-grain bread, and oats
are necessary for a healthful eating plan. They're also high in fiber,
which helps you feel full and keeps you free of toxins. Use common sense,
though; carbohydrates are meant to be one part of your diet, not all of it.
Have a small or moderately sized serving at each meal-no more.
Essential fatty acids are just what their name implies: fats that are good
for you. Cold-water fish, flaxseeds, and cold-pressed oils like olive oil
are necessary for proper functioning of almost every body system, and they
help you feel satisfied after a meal. As with everything else, however, use
EFAs in moderation. Extra helpings of anything, even of salmon fillets,
contribute to your waistline but not to your health. Saute your vegetables
in a tablespoon, not a cup, of olive oil.
Low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, may increase your desire for
refined and complex carbohydrates, including for sugar. Eat foods that are
high in tryptophan-turkey, chicken, tuna, soymilk, and live unsweetened
yogurt. This chemical encourages the production of serotonin and may stave
Vegetable juice is healthful and filling. Drink a glass a half hour before
meals to keep your appetite in check.
Water also takes the edge off your hunger. Plan on drinking a glass of
clean water every two waking hours.
Eat a balanced ratio of the major food groups. Many people do well on a
diet that is 40 to 50 percent carbohydrates (mainly, complex carbs), 30
percent fats (mainly, good fats), and 30 percent protein. This is just a
sample percentage. Some people do better with a slightly higher protein
Eat more small, regular meals throughout the day to quench your appetite
and balance blood-sugar levels.
Do not skip meals, particularly breakfast. This puts the body into a
starvation mode that can increase fat accumulation.
Foods to Avoid
Americans are addicted to sugar. Sugar is high in calories and causes mood
swings and blood-sugar crashes that may only increase your cravings. If
you're trying to lose weight, your first priority should be to reduce or,
in some cases, eliminate refined sugar from our diet. No cookies, cakes,
candy, ice cream, sodas, white breads, pastas, and crackers, and especially
no low-fat sweets, which contain extra sugar to make up for the missing
richness. It's also wise to limit your intake of natural sugars. Fruit
sugars, honey, and molasses are less damaging to your body than refined
products are, but in large quantities, they can still lead to weight gain.
Eat them only in moderation.
Avoid processed and junk food. Food made with artificial flavors, colors,
and preservatives offers you little in the way of real sustenance. Their
toxins are also highly addictive. As most of us know, even one fast-food
cheeseburger or a handful of greasy, salty potato chips is enough to derail
your body from its natural sense of what's healthful.
Refined flours are another example of the proverbial "empty calories."
Pasta, white bread, and white rice are stripped of most of their nutrients,
leaving you with nothing but a plate full of calories.
You've heard if a thousand times, and it's still true: you must radically
cut back on your consumption of "bad" fats. If you stop eating processed
food (including margarine and shortening), you'll go a long way toward this
goal. Naturally sweetened baked goods are also high in saturated fats. If
you enjoy any of these items, reserve them for the occasional treat.
If you're overweight, chances are that you've been eating food that's
highly toxic. A short juice fast will encourage your fat cells to release
their waste products and toxins. A few days without solid food will also
help you break your addictions, so that your body "remembers" the healthful
foods it needs and begins to crave those instead of junk. Consider
beginning your diet with a one- to three-day juice fast.
People who are overweight may also suffer from frequent constipation. The
best course of action is to follow the eating plan given here; with less
fat and more fiber, you'll soon find that you're regular again.
Identify your food sensitivities. Food sensitivities or allergies can
contribute to weight gain.
A high-potency multivitamin provides a base of vitamins and minerals
required for people on a restricted diet.
Supplementing 7-KETO (3-acetyl-7-oxo-dehydroepiandrosterone) has been
shown in a study of overweight people to help with weight and fat loss.
Take 100 mg twice daily.
Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) improves liver metabolism and
detoxification, which may support weight loss. Take 300 mg or 2 ml with
Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) supports thyroid function. Use it if
you have suboptimal thyroid activity. Take 100 mg or 1 ml twice daily.
Exercise. It's more effective than dieting alone. But you don't have to
run a marathon to reap the benefits of activity; in fact, it's far
better for you to take a brisk walk every day than to engage in more
strenuous activity once or twice a week. Overall, it is best to pick an
exercise that you really enjoy. If you're very out of shape or have
heart problems, contact your doctor before starting an exercise
program. And whatever you're doing, ease into it gradually.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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