Obesity: It Isn’t Just What You Eat

Many of my patients have complained to me about how hard it is for them to lose weight.  I empathize greatly.  Several factors seem to be involved.

The first is hormones:  There is an epidemic of women, especially, suffering with low thyroid.  Their blood tests are supposedly normal.  Subclinical hypothyroidism, however, is a recognized ailment which often can be addressed with supplementation.

Toxicity seems to be another source.  We don’t know just how this happens, yet we see clinically many patients with the obesity problem who eat modestly and don’t lose weight.  Their past history often indicates major exposure to toxic chemicals or metals.  Detoxification can rectify this for many people.  One caveat: people who are very sensitive would do better to detoxify under the care of a knowledgeable health practitioner.

Now there is a newly recognized issue as mentioned on one of my favorite websites, the Alliancefor Natural Health (anh-usa.org)  Antibiotics.  What you say?  But everybody has had antibiotics in their lives and they don’t all become fat.  There are many variables, yet it looks as though antibiotics taken at a very young age imbalance the flora of the gastrointestinal tract throwing off the normal metabolic processes. http://www.anh-usa.org/antibiotics-may-be-contributing-to-the-obesity-epidemic/  Conventional medicine is only just beginning to recognize the importance of a healthy GI tract.  We need all our beneficial bacterial in there and we need them in the correct balance.  Like everything else, some of us are going to be more sensitive and more affected by imbalances.  Perhaps these are the ones more likely to have their weight affected.

This is an argument for a healthful diet and for a supplement regimen that specifically supports your own individual needs.  I encourage you to partner with a practitioner with whom you are comfortable to determine the regimen that best fits you.

About Cathie Lippman, M.D.

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