The Obesity Code – Unlocking the Secrets to Weight Loss

weightThe Obesity Code is a great book. I wanted to review the key concepts here. The subtitle is “Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss”. Jason Fung, MD does a great job explaining how weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones and only understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss. This is the same philosophy I use in my Sugar Buster Program.

The truth is, there are multiple overlapping pathways that lead to obesity. The common uniting theme is the hormonal imbalance of high insulin levels.

Here are 5  basic truths.

  1. All diets work in short term, but we have been ignoring the long-term problem of insulin resistance.
  2. Obesity is a hormonal disorder of fat metabolism.
  3. Insulin is the main hormone that drives weight gain.
  4. The main approach is to reduce added sugars. insulin levels.
  5. There are multiple ways to reduce insulin and we need an integrated approach.

Most “diets” attack one part of the problem at a time. The probability of success is higher with a broad-based approach. It is important to individually address the cause of high insulin levels. For example, if chronic sleep deprivation is the main problem causing weight gain, then just reducing refined grains is not going to be the answer.

When it comes to the question of what to eat, here are Dr Fung’s basic steps.

  1. Reduce consumption of added sugars.
  2. Reduce consumption of refined grains.
  3. Moderate your protein intake.
  4. Increase your consumption of natural fats.
  5. Increase your consumption of fiber.

New Directions in Cancer Treatment – Curcumin

SANOVIV 12I am attending a Physician Symposium at Sanoviv Medical Institute on Integrative Oncology and amazed at the advances in personalized cancer treatment. I will be sharing some of my insights to open the door of awareness of what is possible and perhaps help with questions to ask if you are seeking an integrative approach. One of the main topics has been  the powerful effect that highly concentrated curcumin can have as part of an integrative cancer treatment program.

Curcumin has many physiological properties that are: anti-inflammatory, anti oxidative, anti-angiogenic, pro-apoptotic and anti-proliferative.

  • It reduces systemic inflammation
  • It reduces systemic oxidation (free radicals)
  • Reduces insulin resistance
  • Effective in the treatment of depression
  • Reduces weight loss during chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Reduces gastrointestinal symptoms during chemotherapy and radiation therapy (i.e. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation)
  • Reduces memory and cognitive changes during chemotherapy
  • Reduces the risk of neutropenia (immune suppression) and infections during chemotherapy

Sanoviv’s curcumin is a high-potency herbal extract from the tropical plant Curcuma longa, a member of the ginger family. It contains powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. When taken orally, curcumin is not easily absorbed into the blood stream. However, when administered in high doses through a special IV preparation as they do at Sanoviv, it can effectively target and weaken cancer cells. IV Curcumin is a natural substance with very few side effects.

The Curcumin Cancer Program includes

Laboratory Testing


Microscopic Blood Analysis

Chest X-ray

Medical Consultations

Nutrition Assessment

Chiropractor Assessment

Fitness Assessment & Individual sessions

Psychology Consultation

Dental Evaluation

Ozone Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen

Whole Body Hyperthermia

IV Homeopathics

IV Hydration

IV High-Dose Nutrition (personalized formulas may include: amino acids, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, IV lipid solutions, etc.)

Major Autohemotherapy + UV

Bioenergetic therapies

Daily Meditations and Energy Medicine

Food Preparation & Juicing Classes

Fitness Classes

3 Weeks Accommodations, Oceanfront Room

All Meals (organic, free of gluten & dairy)

Laboratory Tests

Complete Blood Count

Blood Chemistry


Spa treatments may include

Swedish massage

Lymphatic massage

Reflexology massage

Seaweed body wrap

Fango body wrap

Craniosacral therapy

MRT and parafango

Thalassotherapy treatment

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Is Your Thyroid Working Properly?

THYROID GLANDIs your thyroid working properly? The American Thyroid Association (ATA) estimates that 20 million Americans suffer from some form of thyroid disease—60% of whom aren’t diagnosed.

Also, women are 5 to 8 times more likely to have problems than men.

It is  a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your throat and may be the most powerful part of your internal anatomy. The hormones it pumps out regulate everything from your appetite and energy levels to your body’s internal thermostat. That’s all well and good when it’s working properly. But because it is so versatile, if it acts up, you could feel the effects in unpredictable ways.

Symptoms can be associated with other common health conditions—such as menopause, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. Because symptoms vary, lots of people are living with thyroid issues without realizing it.

While no individual health issue is a sure sign, there are symptoms commonly linked to an over- or under-active gland.
Under-Active Thyroid (Hypothyroidism)
According to the Endocrine Society, symptoms of under active thyroid include:
• Feeling cold all or much of the time
• Chronic fatigue or muscle pain
• Dry skin
• Hair loss
• Abnormally heavy periods
• Weight gain
• Constipation
Over-Active Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)
According to the Endocrine Society, symptoms of over active thyroid include:
• Eyes bulging
• Feeling hot all the time
• Heart racing, especially during exercise
• Anxiety or nervousness
• Vision problems
• Weight loss
• Increased sweating and/or clammy hands
• Increased bowel movements
• Abnormally light periods

The Bottom Line
Thyroid problems are unpredictable. Because the associated symptoms are inconsistent from person to person, diagnosis can be difficult. If you’re experiencing a couple of the symptoms mentioned above, see your doctor.