The Natural Way

Thursday, November 29, 2001

Last week, I received an invitation to attend the "Third Conference of Nutrition and Vitamin Therapy" to be held in February, 2002.

This is a powerful and credible gathering of people who will be presenting or attending a three-day program with topics such as: Nutrition and Anti-Oxidants to Augment Oncology Care; The Brain Chemistry Diet; Breast Cancer and Breast Health; The Role of NK Cell Activity in the Management of Immune System Problems, plus many more.

The presenters are leaders in their fields.

Our health care system is slowly changing, much to my and many others' sense of relief. One topic really caught my attention; "Combat Syndrome X" by Stephen Holt, M.D.

He describes Syndrome X as a hidden epidemic estimated to affect 70 million Americans. This syndrome is defined by a highly variable combination of obesity (body mass index greater than 27), high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, with the pivotal underlying problem of insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance is not really diabetes, but is widely thought to lead to Type II diabetes. The current thinking is that for most of us, as we age, our bodies become accustomed to having to digest too much sugar outright. Problems are created from eating too many refined carbohydrates. Our systems produce too much insulin for too long and that creates hormonal imbalances across the board, resulting in love handles, pot bellies and well-padded, child-bearing hips. That's not the worst of it, though. When one hormone is out of balance it throws the entire hormonal system off balance which then causes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and plenty of trouble for menopausal women. Going on a low-fat diet can actually create more problems if hyperinsulinemia (insulin resistance) is the real trouble.

You know how I like to collect bits of information from many sources and pull it all together in a new way. Well, I just happen to be reading Suzanne Somers' new book Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away, and, you know, she talks about this same syndrome. She also makes suggestions on how to effectively combat it while losing weight, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure without medication or supplements. I suggest you read this book and decide if it's for you.

I'll also be going to that conference in February.

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