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THE WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
~Thoughts for Thinking People~

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OBESITY IS A SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUE

     As 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.

     Now, 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.

     This 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.

     Carbohydrate 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 and caffeine.

     Later 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.

     True story, folks. It happened this very morning as I am writing this.

     It 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.

     Early 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.

     Festering within 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.

     There 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.

     Carbohydrate 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 society.

     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.

     I 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 toll obesity brings is so tragic, this may be a course you must choose when all efforts to follow the Optimal Health Program™ fail.

     Resolve 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 it.

     Let us know if we can help you in the process in any way.


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