WEIGHT LOSS, SYNDROME X, AND FOOD ALLERGIES
Terry Chappell, MD
Celebration of Health Association
Being overweight is the most common affliction in the United States, and the incidence is increasing. Too much fast food and processed foods and not enough of the right kind of exercise are the most common causes. Obesity is a risk factor for many illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Statistically, the most effective diet to lose weight is the restricted carbohydrate diet (RCD), although a vegetarian diet and a Mediterranean diet with lots of fruits and veggies both can be effective for certain people.
Some overweight people become frustrated when cutting calories and increasing exercise does not result in effective weight loss. Usually the reason is either a functionally low thyroid gland (which controls your metabolism) or a number of food allergies (which cause you to retain fluid in your connective tissue). Both of these problems require a blood test for diagnosis. We use a thyroid thermography to pick up cases that do not show up in the blood. Hypothyroidism is treated by taking thyroid supplements. Food allergies can sometimes be treated by simply eliminating a few foods from the diet. More often, there are multiple and/or common foods implemented.
Syndrome X (or the Metabolic Syndrome) is characterized by abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, and elevated triglycerides and blood sugar. It is often a pre-diabetic state, and it greatly increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Often, supplements are needed, as well as the RCD diet. If this condition is not strictly controlled, the patient is headed for trouble.
For those who still cannot lose weight, we will sometimes suggest HCG injections and/or the PACE exercise program. These advanced programs can really stimulate fat-burning and result in impressive weight loss for almost everyone.