NATURAL WEIGHT LOSS
At Healing by Design we find that weight loss and natural weight management is one of the most confounding subjects with which patients struggle. That is partly because there is a huge weight loss industry providing confusing and conflicting diets, and many different strategies for recommending and selling weight loss supplements. More importantly, the physiology behind accumulation of unhealthy weight is poorly understood.
One of the more important issues surrounding weight loss but very poorly addressed in our society is the role of toxicity in causing many serious metabolic complaints, including obesity.
Though the molecular biology of this model is very complicated it can be reduced to a simple concept: toxic compounds that are the byproduct of infecting organisms that are in the body (such as candida albicans or other commonly occurring unhealthy gut bacteria) or organisms outside the body such as household mold can make the weight loss puzzle more complicated that just calorie counting. Toxins can also include heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, cadmium, and lead. Researchers in a 2011 journal article (Environmental Health Perspectives) conclude: “One side effect of an aging population is an increase in the prevalence of obesity, metabolic disorders, and neurodegenerative orders, diseases that are likely to co-occur. Environmental toxins, especially heavy metals, may prove to be a previously neglected part of the puzzle” Environ Health Perspect v.119 (1); Jan 2011
Toxicity may very well be a primary cause of why people, even when they watch their diet carefully, may not lose any weight, and in fact, might keep gaining weight. Dr. Anderson in his practice implements a herbal/nutritional strategy and deep cleansing process that he believes effectively excretes and reduces circulating toxins. This can be a great help in effective weight management when other common weight loss strategies have failed.
Toxicity has two primary harmful contributions to the obesity phenomenon.
(1) They disrupt the ability of insulin to effectively carry sugar through the cell membrane (insulin resistance) so that it can be normally burned for energy inside the cell. This results in failure of metabolic energy production and chronic fatigue, as well as accumulation of higher blood sugar, and as a result the conversion of the blood sugar to stored fat.
(2) They produce a resistance to the action of leptin. Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells that acts on receptors in the hypothalamus of the brain, where it inhibits appetite.
The action of leptin is clearly lowered by fructose (as in the high fructose corn syrup of soft drinks and many foods). That means that natural appetite suppression is hindered and people eat more than is healthy. Also, just eating too many simple carbohydrates is a problem correlated with insulin resistance, especially if the carbohydrates come from highly processed foods.
Nutrients known to reduce insulin resistance, dietary change, structural balance so that it is easier to adopt exercise regimens, and especially cleansing, naturally antibiotic herbs are all part of a program at Healing by Design that helps our patients reduce their unhealthy weight and maintain balance. Our healing philosophy gives further information on Dr. Anderson approach to solving health challenges that have not been resolved by previous care. Those practices and strategies are helpful for you to achieve your target weight.