By Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz, N.D.
Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States with about half of Americans considered to be overweight or obese. That’s about 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 6 children who are obese. Many of today’s health issues are associated with obesity, from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. It is very important to maintain a healthy weight, not just for appearance sake, but to prolong a healthy life.
Let’s look at what is fueling this growing epidemic of obesity.
Quantity and quality of the food we eat is so important. What I see every day in my practice is that people are obese, but are dying of malnutrition. We are surrounded by food, but the food we are surrounded by is dead and processed. We are bombarded with commercials and billboards that show us the availability of foods, and it has been made so easy for us to consume more than what we need by “Super Sizing” it.
Our environment and lifestyle is very conducive to a sedentary lifestyle. People spend more time in front of a computer and TVs rather than doing exercise or other physical activities.
There is no quick, miraculous solution for losing weight, but there are many ways to lose weight naturally. It takes time and effort, and many people want that magic pill. What I have seen in 32 years in my practice is there is no magic pill. There are healthy food choices, finding out if an organ needs support (thyroid, hypo-thyroid, adrenals, liver, pancreas, etc.) and then supporting that organ with natural supplements to aid the body to increase metabolism and to help shed those extra pounds.
Supplements that I use are to burn and pull stored fats, natural thyroid support if the problem is hormonal, and getting the hormonal panel back in balance. Abdominal fat is associated with testosterone, estrogen and progesterone, and getting the hormonal panel corrected reduces belly fat, but as a cancer survivor, I know high levels of estrogen cause breast cancer. I personally know, for my cancer was estrogen-driven, and I take supplements to pull excess estrogen out of me. The herbs I take work, for it is documented yearly on my blood test how my cancer numbers are down every year.
If I can help you with weight issues or hormonal issues with indicators of high estrogen levels, please do not hesitate to call my office.
Julia Whipkey-Michniewicz is a Naturopathic Practitioner who in the year 2000 found out she had breast cancer. She did not do the chemical therapy or radiation. She specializes in helping people with auto-immune disease. You may reach her in her Rockford office at (815) 962-3326.
From the Dec. 11-17, 2013, issue