Sadly, the current statistics reveal that most of us are overweight or obese. These are harsh words to start an article but to resolve this crisis, it is mandatory that we accept these facts. Most doctors in practice have it all wrong. It is not their fault because medical schools do not seem to be able to offer both pharmacology and nutrition as part of their curriculum. What this means is that, through no fault of your own, you have it all wrong too.

People quietly, clandestinely, secure themselves in their bathrooms and gingerly step on the scale only to be horrified at the number that they see.  They experience the same terror as if they were pulled over for a breathalyser as the number starts to climb.  This is wrong. People listen to doctors and scientists talk about obesity and metabolic syndrome and how it is all related to BMI, body mass index.  Wrong again.  Speaking as a doctor, it is not our fault merely because at the time curricula were developed for medical schools, weight management was not a major issue. Once again, your doctor cannot be at fault if he was not exposed to the information because you do not know what you do not know!

Of course these statements are all generalizations and no one is receiving the actual factual explanation.  In part this is because your doctor, your primary care practitioner, really does not want to deal with it.[1] [2] Is it the fact that your doctor does not feel competent in this area or that the doctors cannot spare the time? [3] [4] [5] [6] In fact, no one is really dealing with it.[7] And a major reason that this is not handled by primary care practitioners is that “the most prevalent barriers to obesity care were poor education during medical school and residency.” [8]

Do nothing and your life may go on subject to the whims of others and enter entropy, however the decision to take effective action in a proper sequence enabling a proven predictable formula will allow you to manifest significant change. Continue in those actions and it will only be a temporal relationship before you achieve the results of that formula: extropy. Which would you rather have? Either can be in your future it all depends on you and the philosophy of the mentor you choose.

We have a good idea what are the factors in major diseases and the solutions to these are absent from our food chain. For decades we have known that oxidative stress plays a major role in the onset and etiology of diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders but have not really made this common knowledge. [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]      Inflammation seems to play a fundamental role in the incidence of so many chronic diseases and their progression, and it has direct ties to atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease and cardiovascular disease. [14] [15] [16]  All this ties in to obesity which is in turn tied into the lack of nutrition in the food chain!   If your body has a craving for nutrition and you consume foods that have no nutritional value but still have a caloric value, then these empty calories will not satisfy your cravings but will increase your waistline.

The soil has lost most of the mineral content: 85% between 1892 to 1992 and there has been no action taken to further enhance the nutritional quality. GMO foods are a plague. If you were to compare the incidence of disease with the increase of GMO food introduction into the food chain, you would be startled that the slope of the graphs are virtually identical. Avoid GMO food at all costs!

Hippocrates old adage about giving the body what it needs and the body will correct itself has been deranged by the fact that environmental issues has caused such a great amount of chronic disease that this is not possible. “Give the body what it needs and the body will repair itself to the best of its ability. Give the body the proper amount of what it needs and you will find that all the health demographics will change.”

[1] Lewis A, Jolly K, Adab P, Daley A, Farley A, Jebb S, Lycett D, Clarke S, Christian A, Jin J, Thompson B, Aveyard P. A brief intervention in weight management for primary care: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2013;Nov 19(14):393. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-14-393.

[2] Ware L J, Williams S, Bradbury K, Brant C, Little P, Hobbs F D, Yardley L. Exploring weight loss services in primary care and staff views on using a web-based programme. Inform Primary Care. 2012;20:p.283-288.

[3] Leverence R R, Williams R L, Sussman A, Crabtree B J: Obesity counseling and guidelines in primary care. A qualitative study. Am J Prev Med. 2007;32:p.334-339.

[4] Ware L J, Williams S, Bradbury K, Brant C, Little P, Hobbs F D, Yardley L. Exploring weight loss services in primary care and staff views on using a web-based programme. Inform Prim Care. 2012;20(4):p.283-288.

[5] Huang J, Yu H, Marin E, Brock S, Carden D, Davis T: Physicians’ weight loss counseling in two public hospital primary care clinics. Acad Med. 2004;p.79-82.

[6] Leverance R R, Williams R L, Sussman A, Crabtree B J. Obesity counseling and guidelines in primary care. A qualitative study. Am J Prev Med 2007;32:p.334-339.

[7] Wing R R. Treatment options for obesity: do commercial weight loss programs have a role? JAMA 2010;304:p.1837-1838

[8] Forman-Hoffman V, Little A, Wahls T.   Barriers to obesity management: a pilot study of primary care clinicians. BMC Fam Pract. 2006 Jun 6; 7:35. Epub 2006 Jun 6.


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[11] Baynes J W. Role of oxidative stress in development and complications in diabetes. Diabetes. 1991;40:p.405-412.

[12] Sinclair A J. Free radical mechanism and vascular complication of diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Rev. 1993;2:p.7-11.

[13] Giugliano D, Ceriello A, Paoliso G. Oxidative stress and diabetic complications. Diabet Care. 1996;19:p.257-267.

[14] Mullenix PS, Andersen CA, Starnes BW. Atherosclerosis as inflammation. Ann Vasc Surg.2005;19:p.130–138.

[15] Libby P, Theroux P. Pathophysiology of coronary artery disease. Circulation. 2005;111:p.3481–3488.

[16] Hansson GK. Inflammation, atherosclerosis, and coronary artery disease. N Engl J Med.2005;352:1685–1695.

Article by  Dr. Howard Fisher


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