WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
~Thoughts for Thinking People~
I do research here I am increasingly struck with the dangers of
modern processed foods, particularly carbohydrates. This
is being manifest in a virtual epidemic of obesity.
I know this is a sensitive topic for many. Please do not take
offense at what follows. I am presenting it as sensitively
as I can without softening it or compromising the truth. It
is intended as a wakeup call.
morning I went to the grocery and was struck by the magnitude of
the problem. Of the first eleven people
I saw from the parking lot to the front door, eleven were grossly
overweight by at least 50 pounds. That's just an anecdotal
observation, but quite remarkable nonetheless. It was not
that long ago that obesity was an oddity, now seeing a person in
a normal weight range is.
addiction (the underlying cause) is every bit as real – but
perhaps more insidious and easily excused because everyone craves
carbs to some degree – as cocaine, heroine, nicotine, alcohol
this morning, my wife went to a convenience store that was being
attended by an elderly man. As he was about to check her
out he said, "I'm sorry I will not be able to take care of
you. For the last couple of hours I have been having chest pains and
I just started having pains running down my arm. I think
I am having a heart attack, so I have called 911." As
my wife asked how she could help, she was interrupted by a lady, "Where
is the sugar for the coffee?" As the man was looking
as though he was beginning to lose his balance, and his very
grip on life itself, she impatiently interrupted again, "Could
you just tell me what shelf or cupboard I could look in?" Just then, the ambulance arrived and carried the man out on a stretcher.
He asked my wife if she would make a call to his supervisor and
lock the store up. As she was doing this, the "sugar" lady,
who was at least 100 pounds overweight, gathered up some rolls
and pop and filed out with the others.
story, folks. It happened this very morning as I am writing
is a powerful addiction, indeed. Writing
on this topic has been on my mind for a while, but these two experiences
in the same day put it on the front burner.
life, due to the resiliency of youth, masks the consequences of
excess fat other than various degrees of derision and incapacity
paralleling the degree of pudginess. So the
assumption should not be made that all is well, that a fat lifestyle
is just fine because there is not illness right now.
is the whole host of cruel and tragic degenerative conditions:
heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, dental disease, cancer, increased
susceptibility to infection, autoimmunities, gastrointestinal disorders,
etc. Carbohydrate addiction and obesity aggravate every disease
condition. Obesity may be a "lifestyle choice,"
but let's be clear about the choice. It is a choice for disease, shortened
life, incapacity, psychological problems and potential social
ostracism. The sheer prevalence of obesity has created another
"rights" category and thus diminishes the seriousness
of the disease condition. But obesity is not the same as race,
gender, age or height, or physical features over which one has no
control and which have no impact on health. Obesity is like
smoking, alcoholism, drug addiction, bulimia or any other voluntary
bad choice or excess. If life and health are important (self
evident, I think), then such choices are wrong. A right,
maybe, but wrong every bit as much as choosing to have cancer,
heart disease, arthritis and heart attacks.
is such a thing as body ethic, too. We have a moral responsibility to our body and to those around
us, including society as a whole, who may have to attend to our
infirmities and to those who depend on us or who would suffer
greatly at our pain, incapacity or death. What we do to
ourselves is not entirely individual.
addiction (the primary cause of most obesity) plays some very funny
mind games. Justification and
denial head the list, as they do with any addiction.
But doesn't it seem a little silly to justify a lifestyle that
has no upside other than temporary gustatory highs, and which
is debilitating and ultimately suicidal?
As for denial, look in the mirror. That's a truer guide than tippy-toeing on scales or pouring into clothes
sized several times too small. If in doubt, use the Body Mass Index (BMI). Divide your body weight (in pounds)
by height (in inches). Divide this number again by your
height in inches, and multiply the result by 703. If the
result is 20-25, that is healthy weight. If the result
is over 25, there is a problem. Over 30, there is an obesity disease problem whether admitted or not.
It is not at all unusual for people to be 50, 100 or even 200 or more
pounds overweight. Then they wonder why they don't feel well, or are starting to have joint problems
or other aches and pains. Tell you what. Go to the
grocery store and find a 50-pound bag of something. Pick
it up and walk around with it for a while. Or stack a
couple or three together and carry them around (if you can even
lift it) and see if you notice anything. Tired, feel some
stress, having trouble walking under the load, losing balance? Imagine having to
do this 24 hours a day. The sheer physics of the thing is
really quite incredible. It's a miracle that the human
body can even survive at all under such relentless day-in and
day-out duress. Any wonder why discs blow out, and cartilage
in the knees disappears?
Obesity is serious stuff folks. Don't treat it lightly as a "life choice," or with the "I am
a victim," mentality. You control what goes in your mouth and you control what you do every day. If weight
is a problem, make it a personal challenge to fix it. You can.
But begin with the understanding that it is a result of modernity – including
sedentary living and carbohydrate addiction.
The solution is to become active and knock off the carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are so dangerous because they prevent the body from
burning fat as fuel. If the digestive tract constantly has
carbohydrates to draw from, the body will preferentially use
these for fuel, spare the fat depots and shunt whatever fat is
eaten into tissues. Fat is the most concentrated form of
energy, so the body tries to conserve it whenever it can for
anticipated times of starvation, and for a baby growing in the
case of women. Problem is, we never starve...not by a long shot...and few women
have children one after another as they are designed to have.
You don't have to do it all at once. Ease into it and convert
the diet as described in the Optimal
Health Program™. If you eat the natural foods humans
were designed to eat, predominantly in their non-processed, non-cooked
form, you can pretty much eat as much as you want. It is
not a "diet," it is a matter of simply eating real
foods. They self regulate your body weight into the normal range.
Take nutritional supplements as described in the Optimal
Health Program™ because the faulty diet that causes
obesity is nutrient deficient. We are an undernourished overfed
For more understanding on the causes and mechanisms that become distorted
in obesity read my book, The Synorgon Diet:
How To Achieve Healthy Weight In A World Of Excess.
am not an advocate of medical intervention but there are cases
when it can be the only alternative. If you
cannot correct the problem with your will or with the aid of other
psychological assistance, consider bariatric surgery to reduce
the digestive tract's ability to hold and absorb food. This is
a serious procedure that has potential negative consequences
and I very much hesitate even mentioning it. But the consequences
of leaving the 50-pound bags on are a certainty. The negative
impact on health and the incredible social and psychological
brings is so tragic, this may be a course you must choose
when all efforts to follow the Optimal
Health Program™ fail.
today to take control of your weight.
Make it an exciting personal challenge you will win. The
benefits to mind, body, and spirit will be wonderful and you will
have the personal pride of having met a truly awesome foe and defeated
us know if we can help you in the process in any way.
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