Why Weight? Why Wait?









There is an obesity epidemic in the . Excess weight can increase the risk of many common diseases. Many people have less energy and feel worse about themselves if they are overweight. The obvious answer is to eat less and exercise more, which does work quite nicely for some. Why does this approach often fail? The answer is more complicated than just lack of willpower. First, as we eat less, our bodies think we are starving and slow the metabolism in response, making it much harder to burn more calories than we take in. Second, we find that there is often an imbalance in the body’s biochemistry that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to lose weight. There are many factors, including our stress and exercise levels. The types of food we eat might be more important than the quantity.


The “Why Weight?” program at COHA was formed to overcome these obstacles and provide a simple solution to a complex problem. We identify biochemical imbalances that might interfere with your ability to lose weight. Then we formulate an individualized, completely natural program that will help you achieve a reasonable weight safely and effectively. The weight that is best for you might depend on your body mass index, percentage body fat, and degree of fitness. You do not have to be as thin as a movie star. With this program, it will be easier for you to maintain your reasonable weight indefinitely, so you can avoid the consequences of obesity.




1. Define biochemical reasons why you are overweight


2. Take effective measures that can restore the balance so that you can function normally


3. Make a few lifestyle changes that you can sustain


4. Be very successful in converting fat to muscle and achieving your reasonable body weight.



1. History and physical examination


2. Basic laboratory testing for everyone in the program


--Lipid panel (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL) and blood sugar to look for hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and Syndrome X


--Thyroid thermography-- a very sensitive screening test for thyroid problems


--Urine neurotransmitters and heart rate variability to determine general state of health, and to look for reasons for cravings and poor appetite control and inability to control the effects of stress and depression


--Body composition testing to determine the fat/muscle ratio and body mass index.


3. Optional tests based on history and physical exam and agreement between you and the physician on their importance for you.


--Adrenal Stress Index to define the adrenal gland's role in controlling the effects of stress and low blood sugar and how it might interact with the thyroid to control metabolism.


--Sex hormone and/or essential fatty acids testing


--Digestive testing such as stool cultures, peripheral blood analysis and gastric analysis.


--Food allergy testing


--Growth hormone testing with IGF-1


--Thyroid blood tests to confirm the nature of the thyroid imbalance


--Heart attack risk with Cardiovision test and more detailed blood risk factors


--Cancer risk with estrogen subfractions, breast thermography, PSA or colonoscopy (referral needed for the latter).


--Toxic load by checking a liver function blood panel and doing an EDTA challenge test for heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic.



1. Determine the right diet for you


a. Low carbohydrate (or yeast control)


b. Alkaline Way ()


c. Food allergy/elimination diet


d. Meal substitution an option


2. Balance neurotransmitters and/or fatty acids


3. Improve digestion, control lipids and blood sugar


4. Hormone balancing (thyroid, adrenal, sex hormones, growth hormone)


5. Supplements to reduce appetite and cravings, increase energy


6. Reduce risk of cancer, heart disease, strokes, hospitalization, surgery


7. Detoxification, if needed



1. Many options available—choose the ones that are right for you


2. Control the effects of stress


3. Healthy, enjoyable exercise


4. Habit control



1. Regular visits in follow-up, as needed


2. Monitor body composition (muscle/fat ratio, BMI more than total weight)


3. Increased energy, improved digestion, reduced risks, feeling better, quality longevity


4. Achieve your reasonable body weight that is right for you


5. Long- term maintenance plan



Physical exam for new patient--$192, for established patient--$95-125


Basic Laboratory Testing--$350


Other optional tests—will discuss as needed


Follow-up visits--$95-125


Body Composition--$45


Supplements—as needed


Insurance might cover a good deal of the cost.


We will provide insurance forms to submit to your insurance


The information on this website is only the opinion of COHA. It is not meant to be medical advice. Before you do anything, you should seek the advice of your personal physician. This is information only. No treatment is proposed, no cure is implied, and no claim is made for the effectiveness of any treatment or test.

© 2016 by Celebration of Health Association