Archive for August, 2011

Alternative Therapies Picked On Again… Alternative Therapies and Cancer Patients…

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Note From Madonna Guy ND
Chief Clinician New Leaf Natural Therapies
Wynnum, Brisbane, Australia

I hate articles like the one below…  The heading indicates that a doctor using alternative therapies ‘killed’ 5 patients by using these alternative therapies.  When you read on it was ‘crazy therapies’ she was using – “concoction of minerals, industrial solvents and paint stripper” – okay, so they’re alternative but this is NOT the way naturopaths like us work!!!

We can absolutely help cancer survivers in so many ways:

  • supporting the immune system
  • maintaining healthy weight through programme
  • finding genetic defects with our live blood analysis and working to reverse them
  • detoxification of the chemicals such as chemo and radiation that are known to stay in the body for many, many years…
  • kinesiology for the stress and re-booting of immune systems, detoxification pathways and endocrine systems
  • pain protocols with frequency specific microcurrent
  • lymphatic drainage massage and infrared saunas to help the detox process

Ah well… read on!

THE Australian doctor at the centre of a coronial inquest into the deaths of five cancer patients who received an alternative therapy in her Perth home has disappeared.

Counsel assisting the coroner Celia Kemp yesterday told the inquest they had been unable to serve Alexandra Boyd with a summons to give evidence.

Dr Boyd’s lawyer, Richard Lawson, also said he could not find her. “I don’t know where Dr Boyd is,” he said. “I haven’t heard from Dr Boyd for weeks.”

Mr Lawson handed deputy coroner Evelyn Vicker a letter from a clinical psychiatrist, which was not read to the court. He said he had not been able to speak to the psychiatrist either.

The five patients had received a concoction of minerals, industrial solvents and paint stripper while being treated in Dr Boyd’s Mosman Park home in 2005. They later died, some after vomiting green fluid and suffering chronic diarrhoea. It was part of a treatment promoted by disgraced doctor Hellfried Sartori, who trained in Austria and was later deregistered in several US states, and served jail time in the US for practising without a licence.

He was not registered to practise medicine in Australia either, but the inquest has heard he gave instructions to staff at Dr Boyd’s home from Thailand. Registered nurse Merrilee Baker yesterday told the inquest that when she worked at the home she thought there was no risk in injecting patients with the chemicals, but she had since changed her mind.

Dr Kemp asked Ms Baker why staff had administered peppermint for nausea and not taken the temperature of a patient, who was later found to have developed a serious infection and died.

She questioned why Ms Baker had administered intensive intravenous treatment on the oral orders of another nurse acting on instruction from Sartori.

“I’m suggesting you were aware what you were doing was not consistent with accepted nursing practice,” Dr Kemp said.

Ms Baker said she would be “very wary” of acting on oral orders again, but said patients had received a “higher” level of care than they would have in hospital.

Paleo Diet – do’s and dont’s… not to mention why!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

So… you’ve heard of the Paleo Diet? (This article will not be useful for vegetarians/vegans)

I saw Loren Cordain (Author – The Paleo Diet) who’s been researching food and how it affects us for over 20 years, at a congress in 2009.  Loren was amazing.  He linked just about anything that wasn’t on the Paleo Diet to chronic disease.  This’ll be no surprise but preservatives, flavourings, processed foods, sugars, excessive salts, meats with marbled fat, foods that have been genetically changed, grains, grains, grains… all are linked with insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, ADHD, Aspergers and Autism, cancer, dementia and so much more.

The idea of the paleo diet is to eat what we are genetically designed to eat – for thousands of years.  Our body’s are not keeping up with the changes to foods in the past 50-100 years and as a race, we are suffering!  Think about your genes for just a second – do you have dodgy genes? Do you look at family members and think you’re just having a lot of bad-luck-health-wise?  Well, Paleo can help to reverse genetic defects by feeding our body the food it is genetically designed to eat!

WHAT TO EAT?!

Meats, seafood and eggs are perhaps the most important component of the Paleo Diet. So many people are reducing these foods for reasons such as cholesterol, bowel cancer, acidity, cancer – but to what effect?  These health issues have not reduced in the past 30 years – they’ve increased!  As always, there’s a balance in life!

In a perfect world, or if the choice is there, the meats, seafood and eggs should be organically grown, bred in the wild (not grain fed), and best choosing low-fat meats.  For example, here in Australia kangaroo meat is fantastic – 2% fat compared to lamb meat which has up to 40% marbled fat (even lean-lamb).   Obviously they shouldn’t be ‘breaded’ or ‘coated’ when cooking.

Vegetables are encouraged… pretty much all vegetables that can be eaten raw are allowed on the diet.  Since legumes are not permitted in Paleo, that means green beans and peas not allowed since they are legumes. Potatoes and other starchy tubers are not allowed.

Fruits… are generally allowed.  For those with insulin resistance (Triglycerides / HDL Cholesterol should be < 0.8) or who want to lose weight:  reducing to 1 piece per day until insulin resistance/weight gain is under control.

Nuts…are generally allowed.  For those trying to lose weight, keep nuts to around 140g daily.  Raw is best.  Cooking nuts changes good oils into carcinogenic oils.  Or lightly roast them yourself so that you are in control of heating, oils and salt.  Unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk are used in place of dairy milk.

Oils…  Generally oils from allowed plants are fine. Olive oil, nut oils, and flax seed oil are universally endorsed. Cordain recommends canola oil, but not coconut oil. Fish oil supplements are often recommended.

Beverages…  Cordain is quite lenient about beverages.  Many Paleo researchers say it’s water and tea, and limited quantities of juice – specifically no coffee and no alcohol. Cordain – anything other than water should only be drunk in moderation, with the following recommendations.

  • Diet soft-drinks (very controversial in the Paleo community from what I can tell – diet drinks contain neuro-toxins and naturopathically I would never recommend them.)
  • Coffee & Tea (limited)

Also, although in one place Cordain says alcohol “should be limited to an occasional glass of wine, beer, or spirits”, in another place in the book he defines moderation as:

  • Wine – 2 x 1/2 glasses
  • Beer – 1.5 glasses
  • Spirits – 2 x 1/2 glass (which is more than is recommended by anyone else, Paleo or not)

FORBIDDEN!!!!

Refined Sugars

There is a long list of foods which are basically sugar – Some allow small amounts of honey or pure maple syrup – but this would have been a rare treat.

Grains

Yes, there were wild grains, and a few roasted kernels have been found in ancient fires. But really – how much wild grain could have been collected at a time? Answer: not much. Corn is a grain.

Starchy Tubers

No starchy tubers, including

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams
  • Cassava
  • Manioc
  • Some say beets

Legumes (Beans, Peas, Peanuts)

Generally not allowed – much is made of the lectins in legumes, but basically, no!

Dairy Products

No  Paleo researchers endorse eating dairy: milk, butter, cream, yogurt, ice cream, cheese,,,

Some Meats

Most processed meats (made with nitrites and additives) are not allowed, including hot dogs, bacon, sausage, and lunch meats, although sometime more healthy forms of these can be found. Cordain does not allow fatty cuts of meat, including poultry skin and dark meat.

Oils

Definitely avoid the following:

  • Corn oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Rice bran oil
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Palm Oil (environmentally – worst oil)

This includes products, such as mayonnaise, which include these oils.

Oils with a better ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids are preferred.  Cordain is down on coconut and palm oils yet other researchers allow these.

Salt

Using natural flavours/herbs is best.

Other

  • Vinegar – Lemon or lime juice is preferred over vinegar; no pickled products.
  • Yeast is not allowed

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
33486098 / 0417 643 849
www.newleafnaturaltherapies.com

HCG Recipes

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Lemon Oregano Whitefish Packet w/ Asparagus

100g whitefish

  • asparagus (allowed amount)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 t oregano
  • salt/pepper
    1. Preheat the oven to 400F/180C.
    2. Snap off woody ends of asparagus and discard.
    3. Tear off a large sheet of non-stick aluminum foil.
    4. In the center of this sheet, place asparagus spears and sprinkle with salt/pepper.
    5. Place whitefish on top of asparagus.
    6. In small bowl, combine lemon juice & oregano, and pour over fish.
    7. Fold up edges and completely seal packet on all sides.
    8. Bake 10-20 mins, until fish flakes.
    9. Serve.

    Cinnamon Stewed Apple

    1. chop up apple
    2. put in saucepan, sprinkle with cinnamon, add a few cloves
    3. add tbsp water
    4. Heat and stew for about 25 minutes.
    5. Yummo!!!!
    6. In consolidation phase – add a small amount pure cream.  mmmmm
  • Ketosis for Fat Loss – Questions and Answers

    Saturday, August 13th, 2011

    1. What are ketones?
    2. How will ketosis help me to lose weight?
    3. But, isn’t ketosis dangerous?
    4. How do the ketone test strips work, and where do I get them?
    5. I’m following Induction strictly; why won’t my strips turn purple?
    6. Will I lose weight faster if the strips show dark purple all the time?
    7. Does caffeine affect ketosis?
    8. Will drinking alcohol affect ketosis?


    What are ketones?

    Ketones are a normal and efficient source of fuel and energy for the human body. They are produced by the liver from fatty acids, which result from the breakdown of body fat in response to the absence of glucose/sugar. In a ketogenic diet, such as Atkins … or diets used for treating epilepsy in children, the tiny amounts of glucose required for some select functions can be met by consuming a minimum amount of carbs – or can be manufactured in the liver from PROTEIN. When your body is producing ketones, and using them for fuel, this is called “ketosis”.


    How will ketosis help me to lose weight?

    Most reducing diets restrict calorie intake, so you lose weight but some of that is fat and some of it is lean muscle tissue as well. Less muscle means slowed metabolism, which makes losing weight more difficult and gaining it back all too easy. Ketosis will help you to lose FAT.

    Being in ketosis means that your body’s primary source of energy is fat (in the form of ketones). When you consume adequate protein as well, there’s no need for the body to break down its muscle tissue. Ketosis also tends to accelerate fat loss — once the liver converts fat to ketones, it can’t be converted back to fat, and so is excreted.


    But, isn’t ketosis dangerous?

    Being in ketosis by following a low carbohydrate diet is NOT dangerous. The human body was designed to use ketones very efficiently as fuel in the absence of glucose. However, the word ketosis is often confused with a similar word, ketoacidosis.

    Ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition for diabetics, and the main element is ACID not ketones. The blood pH becomes dangerously acidic because of an extremely high blood SUGAR level (the diabetic has no insulin, or doesn’t respond to insulin …. so blood sugar rises … ketones are produced by the body to provide the fuel necessary for life, since the cells can’t use the sugar). It’s the high blood sugar, and the acid condition that is so dangerous. Ketones just happen to be a part of the picture, and are a RESULT of the condition, not the CAUSE. Diabetics can safely follow a ketogenic diet to lose fat weight … but they must be closely monitored by their health care provider, and blood sugars need to be kept low, and stable.


    How do the ketone test strips work, and where can I get them?

    Ketone urine-testing strips, also called Ketostix or just ketone sticks … are small plastic strips that have a little absorptive pad on the end. This contains a special chemical that will change colour in the presence of ketones in the urine. The strips may change varying shades of pink to purple, or may not change colour at all. The container will have a scale on the label, with blocks of colour for you to compare the strip after a certain time lapse, usually 15 seconds. Most folks simply hold a strip in the flow of urine. Other folks argue that the force of the flow can “wash” some of the chemical away, and advise that a sample of urine be obtained in a cup or other container, then the strip dipped into it.

    The chemical reagent is very sensitive to moisture, including what’s in the air. It’s important to keep the lid of the container tightly closed at all times, except for when you’re getting a strip to take a reading. Make sure your fingers are dry before you go digging in! They also have an expiry date, so make note of this when you purchase the strips … that’s for the UNopened package. Once opened, they have a shelf-life of about 6 months — you may wish to write the date you opened on the label for future reference.

    Ketone test strips can be purchased at New Leaf Natural Therapies, without a prescription.


    I’m following Induction strictly; why won’t my strips turn purple?

    Ketones will spill into the urine ONLY when there is more in the blood than is being used as fuel by the body at that particular moment.

    You may have exercised or worked a few hours previously, so your muscles would have used up the ketones as fuel, thus there will be no excess. You may have had a lot of liquids to drink, so the urine is more diluted. Perhaps the strips are not fresh, or the lid was not on tight and some moisture from the atmosphere got in.

    Some low carbers NEVER show above trace or negative even … yet they burn fat and lose weight just fine. If you’re losing weight, and your clothes are getting looser, you’re feeling well and not hungry all the time .. then you are successfully in ketosis. Don’t get hung up on the strips; they’re just a guide, nothing more.


    Will I lose weight faster if the strips show dark purple all the time?

    No. Testing in the darkest purple range all the time is usually a sign of dehydration — the urine is too concentrated. You need to drink more water to dilute it, and keep the kidneys flushed.

    The liver will make ketones from body fat, the fat you EAT, and from alcohol — the ketone strips have no way of distinguishing the source of the ketones. So, if you test every day after dinner, and dinner usually contains a lot of fat, then you may very well test for large amounts of ketones all the time. However this does not indicate that any BODY fat was burned.

    The strips only indicate what’s happening in the urine. Ketosis happens in the blood and body tissues. If you’re showing even a small amount, then you are in ketosis, and fat-burning is taking place. Don’t get hung up on the ketone sticks.


    Does caffeine affect ketosis?

    This is questionable. There ARE a few studies that suggest caffeine may cause blood sugar to rise, with consequent effect on insulin … The studies involve consuming 50 gm glucose orally, followed by a dose of caffeine. This is quite different from a low carber, who is consuming only 20 gm carbs, in the form of high-fiber vegetables, spread throughout the day.

    Many low carbers continue to enjoy caffeine-containing beverages with no serious impact on their weight-loss efforts. However, there are some sensitive individuals … and persons who are extremely insulin resistant may need to restrict or even eliminate all caffeine. If you have been losing successfully then find your weight loss stalled for a month or two, and you are following your program to the letter, you might consider stopping all caffeine for a while, to see if that will get things started again.


    Will drinking alcohol affect ketosis?

    No and yes. The liver can make ketones out of alcohol, so technically, when you drink you’ll continue to produce ketones and so will remain in ketosis. The problem is … alcohol converts more easily to ketones than fatty acids, so your liver will use the alchol first, in preference to fat. Thus, when you drink, basically your FAT burning is put on hold until all the alcohol is out of your system.

    This rapid breakdown of alcohol into ketones and acetaldehyde (the intoxicating by-product) … tends to put low carbers at risk for quicker intoxication … especially if no other food is consumed…

    Madonna Guy ND
    New Leaf Natural Therapies
    3348 6098 / 0417 643 849

    Open Night: 16th August 2011 – Natural Pain Techniques

    Thursday, August 11th, 2011

    NATURAL PAIN TECHNIQUES

    Time:      5.45 for 6pm start (finishes at 7pm)

    Where:   New Leaf Natural Therapies
    IGA Shopping Centre
    89 Bay Tce, Cnr Bay Tce & Florence Streets

    Bookings: 3348 6098 / 0417 643 849

    Why come?

    • everyone who attends receives great specials to use to try our services
    • we have great success – learn why!
    • you will meet the team – Madonna, Kat, Helen & Gabby.  (Unfortunately Doug’s in Victoria & unavailable)
    • understand the causes/challenges of pain conditions
    • we work totally differently to the medical profession.

    Learn about our techniques for pain:

    • frequency specific microcurrent
    • musculo-skeletal therapy/deep tissue massage
    • infrared saunas
    • naturopathic remedies for pain relief – the science is there!!!
    • kinesiology for structural balancing
    • reiki/energetic healings for emotional pain/blockages

    Tests we do which show improvement/worsening of pain:

    • Live blood analysis: many signs of pain, inflammation, congestion, toxicity
    • VLA’s/Bio-impedance analysis:  cellular inflammation, poor nutrition in muscles, dehydration signs
    • Insulin resistance:  insulin acts like ‘glass’ in the arteries when out of balance – getting this under control is massively important to get pain under control

    Are you sick of pain?  Come along and hear our team, ask questions and feel confident that something CAN be done!

    Madonna Guy ND
    New Leaf Natural Therapies
    3348 6098 / 0417 643 849

    Homeopathic HCG Drops – Shift that Abnormal Fat!!!

    Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

    How are our diet drops used?

    The diet drops offered here are a unique quality formulation of a complex BioEnergetic homaccord with multiple homoeopathic homaccords designed to facilitate exceptional outcomes in fat metabolism and weight management strategies. There are other inferior products available but we have opted for a premium quality product and offer Naturopathic support services to ensure optimal client outcomes. It is also recommended that you take a few days to prepare your body and your calendar as the system will require organisation and preparedness at both levels.

    The product is a liquid treatment taken through the day either as drops or spray, as per instructions on the bottle label, for a period no less than 23 days and no more than 40 days. A low calorie diet (500 calories daily of nominated foods) is taken starting 2 days into the program and continuing 2 days after the drops cease.

    (1) The first two days are referred to as the Loading Phase when no limits are set to what and how much you can eat. Enjoy yourself.

    (2) The Low Calorie Phase lasts 23-40 days. This is where our clients rave about the significant weight loss that occurs, melting away the unwanted fats with the required dietary discipline. The 500 cal diet is continued for 2 days after the drops are stopped. These two days are referred to as the ‘Flushing Out’, preparing your body for the all important Maintenance Phase that follows.

    (3) The Maintenance Phase then starts. It lasts for the same number of days as the Low Calorie Phase (23-40 days). The maintenance period is regarded as the most important as it resets the hypothalamus, locking in the newly established weight and fat metabolism activities. All foods are increased except starch and sugars. The only rules are watch the scales and avoid all starches and sugars.

    (4) Lifetime Strategies are phase 4 where skills are learnt to continue to harmonise with your new weight and rejuvenate the bowel and body.

    The above is a brief overview of our revolutionary weight reduction system, more information is offered on our program page.


    3 Types of Fat… Reserve, Structural and Abnormal…

    Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

    Three kinds of fat

    The following information is from Dr Simeon’s “Pounds and Inches” and may provide some insight as to why most diets are destined to fail:

    “In the human body we can distinguish three kinds of fat. The first is the structural fat which fills the gaps between various organs, a sort of packing material. Structural fat also performs such important functions as bedding the kidneys in soft elastic tissue, protecting the coronary arteries and keeping the skin smooth and taut. It also provides the springy cushion of hard fat under the bones of the feet, without which we would be unable to walk.

    The second type of fat is a normal reserve of fuel upon which the body can freely draw when the nutritional income from the intestinal tract is insufficient to meet the demand.

    Such normal reserves are localized all over the body. Fat is a substance which packs the highest caloric value into the smallest space so that normal reserves of fuel for muscular activity and the maintenance of body temperature can be most economically stored in this form. Both these types of fat, structural and reserve, are normal, and even if the body stocks them to capacity this can never be called obesity.

    But there is a third type of fat which is entirely abnormal. It is the accumulation of such fat, and of such fat only, from which the overweight patient suffers. This abnormal fat is also a potential reserve of fuel, but unlike the normal reserves it is not available to the body in a nutritional emergency. It is, so to speak, locked away in a fixed deposit and is not kept in a current account, as are the normal reserves.

    When an obese patient tries to reduce by starving himself, he will first lose his normal fat reserves. When these are exhausted he begins to burn up structural fat, and only as a last resort will the body yield its abnormal reserves, though by that time the patient usually feels so weak and hungry that the diet is abandoned. It is just for this reason that obese patients complain that when they diet they lose the wrong fat. They feel famished and tired and their face becomes drawn and haggard, but their belly, hips, thighs and upper arms show little improvement. The fat they have come to detest stays on and the fat they need to cover their bones gets less and less. Their skin wrinkles and they look old and miserable. And that is one of the most frustrating and depressing experiences a human being can have.”

    We can test people’s fat mass as it moves with VLA/Bio-impedance technology and ensure as weight loss happens we maintain the all-important muscle mass.  Fat can be shifted with Shake It/HCG protocols…

    Madonna Guy ND
    Wynnum Brisbane Australia


    Questions and Answers – HCG Diet

    Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

    What is the HCG Diet?

    Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, a specialist on obesity and weight regulation, introduced a program that has helped many people overcome weight loss resistance. The program utilizes a natural hormone that is produced during pregnancy called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG). Dr. Simeons’ theory is that HCG causes the hypothalamus area of the brain to trigger a release of abnormal fat stores. When administered in relatively small doses and coupled with a very low calorie diet, people routinely lose 20 pounds in 30 days. (We use homoeopathic drops in our clinic – RFM HCG drops, 10 drops 3 x daily)

    HCG has helped thousands of people lose those stubborn pounds. In addition to weight loss, many patients who have completed the HCG program also experienced many other health benefits, including a drop in cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.

    What is the Hypothalamus?

    The hypothalamus is a part of the diencephalon area of our brain. This is the vital part of the brain which controls all of the autonomic functions of the body, including breathing, heart beat, digestion, sleep and the complex functions of the endocrine system. One of the many functions of the endocrine system is regulation and control of your metabolism and weight.
    Does HCG work for everyone?

    Although HCG is naturally produced only in pregnant women, as a diet aid it works the same for men and women. Most people on this program report losing between 0.5 to 1 pound per day (400-600g), and claim it is the only program where they have been able to keep the weight off afterward. However, as with any drug or medication, or even with food (e.g., allergies), there is individual variation in its efficacy.

    Everyone is familiar with the fact that doctors often have to change people’s medications because they don’t respond as expected. So although HCG is effective for the great majority of people who try it, there is logically no promise that it will work for everyone, every time!

    What is the difference between homeopathic HCG drops and HCG injections?

    Homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. It has been the primary medical system of choice for a great number of people in other countries for many years, with the allopathic methods being their secondary choice.  Homeopathics have been used for many years to very effectively bring about healing and better health without the negative consequences and side effects that allopathic methods often have. Its popularity in the Australia has grown dramatically over the last decade because homeopathy is effective, all natural and safe. There are no dangerous side effects with homeopathic remedies, and they can be taken along with other medications without worrying about adverse reactions.

    Homeopathic formulations function on the theory of “like heals like” and that a very small amount of the active ingredient brings about change, because of the unique way homeopathic products are produced. Homeopathic HCG is produced by taking pure full strength HCG and making it into a sublingual mixture through a process of dilution and succussion. True homeopathic products, when tested in a typical lab, will come back negative for the active ingredient because the ingredient actually exists as a unique energy signature or imprint in the carrier liquid that cannot be measured chemically. This is also the reason homeopathic HCG drops will not show positive on a pregnancy test. It is important to realize that physical elements interact and affect each other in more ways than just chemically. Homeopathic products have continually baffled the Australian Medical Association when they fail in their chemical lab tests, yet are very successful when put to work in the human body. This has certainly been the case with homeopathic HCG used in the HCG diet program.

    Another difference is the method of administration. Sublingual HCG drops are used by placing them under the tongue, an area rich in capillaries, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Our homeopathic HCG is manufactured in a TGA registered laboratory in Australia. It does not require a prescription. HCG injections, on the other hand, must be prescribed by a doctor and are administered by a shot into your muscle tissue. The cost of injections obviously is much higher due to the involvement of the doctor and clinic.  The drops are available at our clinic in Wynnum,  Brisbane.
    How does HCG help me lose weight?

    HCG appears to act on the hypothalamus, signaling the body to release stored fat into the bloodstream where it is then available to be used by the cells for nourishment. This alone will not cause weight loss, though, unless you reduce your food intake. This forces the body to use the mobilized fat from the bloodstream. HCG causes the release of abnormal fat without affecting structural fat and muscle tissue. Which means you lose in those stubborn areas–hips, thighs, buttocks and upper arms!
    Do I have to follow a special diet while I take the HCG drops?

    Yes. You must follow the entire HCG Diet Protocol as described in Dr. Simeons’ manuscript, “Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity”, where he outlines a special 500-calorie-per-day diet that was tested on thousands of patients. HCG is only effective for weight loss if it is taken while strictly following Dr. Simeons’ HCG Diet Protocol, including the 500 calorie diet. Taking HCG alone (without the diet) will not cause you to lose weight. HCG takes effect when you reduce your food intake so that the mobilized fat will be used for your body’s energy needs. If you fail to follow the diet you will fail to lose weight. If you only follow the diet without taking HCG, you are simply starving yourself because there is no fat in the bloodstream to burn. Simply put, both are required. Also see the next two questions.
    What food am I allowed to eat?

    The HCG diet is balanced, unlike many extreme “fad” diets out there. It consists of a healthy variety of protein, vegetables and fruit, with a small amount of starch. You eat them in specific portions and combinations as outlined by Dr. Simeons. Allowed proteins are veal (low grade), beef (95% lean whole cuts), chicken breast (boneless, skinless), crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp, and any fresh, white-fleshed fish. Allowed vegetables are asparagus, beet greens, cabbage, celery, chard, chicory greens, cucumber, fennel, green salad, onion, red radishes, spinach, and tomato. Allowed fruits are apples, strawberries, oranges, and grapefruit. Limited starches include grissini (breadstick) or Melba toast. Vegetarian protein substitutions (may slow weight loss) are a protein shake, soy patty, egg (1 whole + 3 egg whites), cottage cheese or fat-free milk.
    Why can’t I just go on a 500 calorie diet without the HCG?

    In order to answer this question you need to understand how the body stores and uses fat. Dr. Simeons identified three separate fat stores:

    1. Normal fat: This type of fat can be likened to a checking account from which the body can easily draw energy or deposit it as needed. Normal fat doesn’t take a lot of effort to lose.
    2. Structural fat: Pads the various organs, protects the arteries and cushions the bony prominences. You don’t ever want to lose this fat. It is vital to your health and well being. Yet, on the typical “starvation” diet, this is the fat you lose when the normal fat is depleted.
    3. Abnormal fat: This is much like a bank safe deposit box, where fat is stored and basically locked away. This fat is very difficult to lose via exercise and calorie restriction, but with the help of HCG the body readily pulls fat from these “last resort” fat stores.

    Bottom line: If you go on a 500-calorie diet without HCG, the body uses the normal fat and then starts to use the structural fat and muscle. Losing your structural fat and muscle tissue can adversely affect your health and well-being. In addition, “starvation” diets without HCG can cause you to be excessively hungry, which is typically not true for those using HCG drops on Dr. Simeons’ special 500-calorie schedule. This is not just a VLCD (very-low-calorie-diet). See next question.

    Will I be hungry on the HCG diet?

    On HCG, the vast majority of our customers indicate they were either not hungry (unlike other diets where they were starving), or they felt in control and surprisingly little hunger and had plenty of energy. That aligns perfectly with Dr. Simeons’ theories about the fat-releasing properties of HCG; in essence, HCG is helping you get the majority of energy and calories from stored fat instead of only food in your stomach. Everyone is different — and some report mild hunger in the first week as their body adjusts — but it has become very clear that the Healthy HCG diet plan is something very special, something out of the ordinary.

    It is most definitely NOT just a “500-calorie diet”. In addition, the HCG diet starts with a “gorging” phase, which helps load the body with calories to use during transition into the low-calorie phase. People who faithfully follow the protocol as outlined by Dr. Simeons in our materials, and stick to it will see fantastic results. We encourage you to TRY it and see for yourself.

    Do I have to exercise while on the HCG diet?

    No. Exercise is not a mandatory part of the program. While vigorous exercise may increase the amount of weight you lose while on this plan, it is not a significant increase and is not recommended, because on a 500 calorie diet you can easily become too exhausted. That leads to discouragement and frustration. However, we do recommend moderate activity for all of the other benefits you receive, including stress relief and cardiovascular health.

    If you are already accustomed to exercising at a certain level and would like to continue, do so, but do not over do it. Pay attention to your body’s response. Scale down the intensity of the workouts if: (1) you don’t have the energy to get through it; (2) you start feeling ill or light headed; (3) you gain weight the next day; or (4) you don’t have the energy to get through the day after you work out.

    Our suggestion for those who want to exercise is that you walk for 20 to 30 minutes daily. Walking is great exercise and contributes to your health in a variety of ways. It helps relieve stress, keeps the bowels moving, conditions your cardiovascular system, and encourages better blood/oxygen circulation. When you are are finished with the HCG diet regimen and are back on a regular diet you can then pick up the intensity of your exercise routines.

    Talk to us today about our Fat Loss Programmes and how our Bio-Impedance Analysis (VLA System) will show exactly how much muscle mass/fat mass and fluid is shifted througout this programme.  Madonna and Jason have personally used the HCG programme to shift 6-7 kilos of fat each, whereas Gabby and Doug have used the ShakeIt Weightloss Programme to lose weight.  Either works, it simply needs to fit your lifestyle and needs.

    Madonna Guy ND
    Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane, Australia
    3348 6098 / 0417 643 849

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    Published in NEXUS Magazine, vol. 17, no. 4, 2010
    AN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC
    An amazing low-calorie dietary protocol that utilises human chorionic gonadotrophin
    (hCG) is having enormous success for overweight and obese people and offers a way
    out of the global health crisis.
    by Sherrill Sellman, ND © 2010
    450 W. 7th Street #1502
    Tulsa, OK 74119, USA
    Email: drsellman@whatwomenmustknow.com
    Website: http://whatwomenmustknow.com
    A Costly Problem Worldwide
    Look around. Notice anything? Our world is getting fatter…much fatter. Never
    before in the history of humanity have such corpulent bodies walked the earth.
    Overweight and obese men, women and children now make up the majority of the
    population of most westernised countries. The USA (74.1 per cent), Australia (67.4
    per cent),
    New Zealand (68.4 per cent) and the UK (61 per cent), have the distinction
    of being ranked in the top 25 most overweight countries in the world.1
    The World Health Organization (WHO) now describes the prevalence of obesity as an
    epidemic.
    (Obesity is defined by percentage of body fat.

    Women with more than 32
    per cent of their weight from fat and men with more than 25 per cent are deemed
    obese.)
    People all over the world are getting fatter than ever. Once considered a
    problem only in high-income countries, obesity is dramatically on the rise in low- and
    middle-income countries. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of an
    emerging epidemic of obesity in the developing societies. In fact, the rate of increase
    in obesity prevalence in developing countries can often exceed that in the
    industrialised world. Indeed, the yearly rate of increase in overweight and obesity in
    regions of Asia, Africa and South America is two- to five-fold that seen in the United
    States.2
    The statistics revealing the impact of this epidemic are staggering.
    • Three quarters of American adults and nearly 24 per cent of US children and
    adolescents will be overweight by 2015.3
    • By 2030, over 86 per cent of American adults will be overweight or obese.4
    • In America, obese people now surpass the number who are overweight.5
    • One in 10 British children is likely to become obese by 2015.6
    • In New Zealand, a 2006–07 health survey found that one in three adults were
    overweight (36.3 per cent) and one in four were obese (26.5 per cent).7
    • Excess weight has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1.7 billion
    adults being either overweight or obese.8
    • WHO predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world by 2015, and
    more than 700 million of them will be obese.9

    People are getting so fat that new categories have been created to define accurately
    the growing fatness of people.
    Once the term “morbidly obese” described a small
    segment of the population, but beyond this is now the “super-obese” category.
    Almost 500,000 Australians are “super-obese”, a fivefold increase during the past two
    decades. The super-obese have a body mass index of 50 or more and weigh upwards
    of 200 kilograms. It is predicted that the ranks of the super-obese will double in the
    next decade.10
    This current health crisis has created a growing panic around the world, threatening
    not only to overwhelm health care systems but also to create excessive financial
    burdens on governments. For example, the health cost of obesity in the USA is as
    high as US$147 billion annually, based on a new study from RTI International and the
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.11 According to the latest research
    published in The Medical Journal of Australia, the total direct cost of overweight and
    obesity in Australia is A$21 billion a year, double the previous estimates.12
    By far the greatest cost of obesity is its serious threat to good health. Obesity is
    associated with more than 30 medical conditions including diabetes, high blood
    pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, coronary artery disease (CAD), strokes,
    gallbladder disease and cancers of the breast, prostate and colon. The non-fatal but
    debilitating health problems associated with obesity include respiratory difficulties,
    chronic musculoskeletal problems, skin problems, osteoarthritis, gout, sleep apnoea
    and infertility. Obesity puts more stress on joints, which explains why the majority of
    joint and hip replacements involve overweight people. The toll to one’s self-esteem
    and self-image is immeasurable. No wonder that depression and anxiety are more
    common in overweight people.13
    While the costs to health and to government coffers are enormous, there is a booming
    business to be made out of this health disaster. The profits of the weight loss industry
    are overflowing. The overweight population is very big business. Americans spend
    over $59 billion a year on weight loss programs.
    In 2007, Weight Watchers’ products
    and services alone netted over US$4 billion worldwide.14
    In an effort to find a solution to this problem, the latest trend is seen in the growing
    popularity of bariatric weight reduction operations like gastric banding, gastric bypass
    and variants of these stomach surgeries. Demand for weight loss surgery is soaring,
    with more than 100,000 procedures performed annually in the USA.15 It is estimated
    that over the next few years the total number of obesity surgery patients in the United
    States will exceed one million annually. The average cost is $20,000 to $30,000 per
    procedure.16 According to a University of Washington study, as many as one in 50
    people die within one month of having gastric bypass surgery, and that figure jumps
    nearly fivefold if the surgeon is inexperienced.17
    What’s Really Going On?
    Obesity is a modern problem: statistics about it did not even exist 50 years ago. Yet,
    in just several decades the growing corpulence of millions of people threatens not
    only their health but also the health of future generations. Fingers point at the
    “obesogenic” nature of western diets and lifestyles that promote the increased intake
    of refined, high-carbohydrate, high-sugar-ladened and nutrient-depleted foods as well
    as physical inactivity.
    But, something else is amiss. Our bodies, especially our metabolism, seem to be
    going haywire.
    The paradox of this overweight condition is that some people are
    getting fatter, even though they’re eating fewer calories and exercising more.
    Healthier dietary and lifestyle choices don’t seem to be effective in shedding excess
    kilos. They once were, but not any more. So, what is the problem? If we are truly
    seeking a solution to obesity, we need to look elsewhere. Traditional weight loss
    theories and dietary and lifestyle approaches are falling far short of stemming the tide.
    Societies are drowning in fat.
    This is exactly what a brilliant British endocrinologist, Dr. A.T. W. Simeons (d.
    1970), realised. And he committed 30 years of his life to seeking the answer to the
    underlying cause of obesity.

    Dr Simeons was a graduate of the University of Heidelberg Medical School in the
    1920s. He chose endocrinology as his speciality, which in turn led to a fascination
    with tropical diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and leprosy. Simeons spent
    several years in Hamburg, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of such diseases.
    In 1928, he travelled to central Africa to study these diseases personally.
    In 1931, Dr Simeons accepted a post in India, where he spent the next two decades.
    While there, he developed the use of the drug Atabrine, which became and remained
    for years a mainstay of conventional antimalarial treatment. He also investigated a
    new method of blood staining to better observe the malaria parasite. For his work
    against malaria, Dr Simeons was awarded the Order of Merit by the Red Cross.
    During World War II, he held several important Indian government posts, conducted
    extensive research on bubonic plague and also developed model centres for the
    treatment of leprosy.
    After India became independent, Dr Simeons set up in private practice in Bombay and
    was frequently consulted by the government. Destiny, however, would direct him
    toward a very different mission.
    In 1949, with his wife and three sons, Dr Simeons moved to Rome, where he worked
    on psychosomatic disorders at the Salvator Mundi International Hospital. He was
    regarded as one of the top research doctors in Europe.
    Although much of his early work was concerned with the infectious diseases malaria,
    leprosy and bubonic plague, psychosomatic disorders were another of Dr Simeons’
    interests.
    As he travelled the world, Dr Simeons became fascinated with the condition of
    obesity, which was a relatively rare condition at that time. His research would lead
    him to investigate the links between endocrinology, obesity and psychosomatic
    disorders.

    He studied every potential solution for obesity offered anywhere in the world. As
    part of his thorough investigation , he researched the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal
    glands, the pancreas, the gallbladder and over 100 other physiological functions. He
    could find no direct correlation between obesity and these various glands and organs.
    Dr Simeons finally concluded that the key to the obesity problem lies within the part
    of the brain called the diencephalon, a complex of structures that includes the
    thalamus and hypothalamus. It is particularly the compromised function of the
    hypothalamus, he discovered, that is at the core of the problem.
    According to Dr Simeons: “If obesity is always due to one very specific diencephalic
    deficiency, it follows that the only way to cure it is to correct this deficiency. At first
    this seemed an utterly hopeless undertaking. The greatest obstacle was that one could
    hardly hope to correct an inherited trait localised deep inside the brain, and while we
    did possess a number of drugs whose point of action was believed to be in the
    diencephalon, none of them had the slightest effect on the fat centre. There was not
    even a pointer showing a direction in which pharmacological research could move to
    find a drug that had such a specific action.”18
    While it was commonly believed that overeating causes obesity, Simeons found that
    overeating is the result of a metabolic disorder
    —not its cause.
    Now that he had discovered the long-sought-after cause, Dr Simeons was in pursuit of
    a solution. His “Eureka moment” came when he noticed that very thin pregnant
    Indian women, although having a low-caloric intake while at the same time doing
    demanding physical activity, delivered healthy full-weight babies. These pregnant
    women could easily lose weight by drastically reducing their dietary intake but
    without feeling hungry or in any way harming the child in the womb. After much
    research, he attributed this phenomenon to the presence of a substance called human
    chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), which is made in high amounts in a woman’s body
    during pregnancy.
    He also reflected on the rare medical condition of young obese Indian boys, known as
    “fat boys”, who were cured of their obesity with daily injections of small amounts of
    hCG: they miraculously lost their ravenous appetites and reshaped their bodies to
    normal.

    Dr Simeons wondered if hCG could assist in opening the abnormal, secure reserves of
    fat in non-pregnant women and possibly even in men. Under normal conditions, these
    abnormal fat reserves are almost impossible to access and are only released as the
    body’s last survival strategy during times of extreme starvation. However, Dr
    Simeons found one very interesting exception: hCG signals the body to mobilise
    these fat reserves. At his hospital, he experimented with this approach, using daily
    hCG injections combined with a very specific 500-calories-per-day diet. After many
    years of working with thousands of test patients, he perfected his “weight loss cure
    protocol”. The results were astonishing. Almost 100 per cent of his patients were
    losing approximately one pound (0.5 kilogram) per day while on the protocol. And
    they were only losing the most difficult and resistant form of body fat, i.e., abnormal
    stored fat.
    Was hCG the key that could safely and successfully reset a dysregulated
    hypothalamus?
    Importance of the Hypothalamus Gland
    The problem of fat storage, which results in being overweight and obese, seems to be
    related to the master gland, the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a collection of
    specialised cells located in the lower central part of the brain, allowing
    communication between the endocrine and central nervous systems. It is one of the
    central elements of the brain and comprises the neuronal circuitry that controls
    emotional behaviour and motivational drives. Without proper hypothalamic function,
    the two systems fail to respond appropriately to each other’s signals.
    The hypothalamus gland also produces secretions that are important to the
    management of cardiovascular function, certain metabolic activities such as the
    delicate maintenance of water balance, sugar and fat metabolism, body temperature
    control, appropriate sleep programming, appetite and thirst responses. The secretion
    of all hormones is facilitated by the hypothalamus. It is also involved in control of the
    pituitary gland.
    Hidden within the hypothalamus is a satiety centre that regulates appetite; it is
    controlled by two chemicals that stimulate the surrounding hypothalamus to increase
    metabolism, reduce appetite and increase insulin to deliver energy to cells rather than
    to be stored as fat. Unfortunately, these systems can be easily compromised.
    The endocrine system is an intricate “feedback” system in which hormones release or
    suppress other hormones, controlling the way the body works. Balance is crucial
    because an unhealthy gland could cause repercussions to cascade down into all parts
    of the body.
    It appears that our 21st-century lifestyle is a serious threat to a healthy, wellfunctioning
    hypothalamus. An imbalance of the hypothalamus results in intense and
    constant hunger, low metabolism, and accumulation of excessive and abnormal fat in
    various parts of the body including the abdomen, hips, thighs and waist as well as the
    knees, back and upper arms. This gland does not operate normally in people who are
    fat. In fact, even the mildly overweight may also have an impaired hypothalamus.
    The hypothalamus is adversely affected by stress and trauma, cycles of fasting and
    bingeing, and a toxic diet of highly refined, low-fibre food contaminated with tens of
    thousands of man-made chemicals and additives. However, there are even more
    modern-day perils that take their toll. Toxic substances breach the blood-brain barrier
    and enter into the hypothalamus and then into the pituitary gland, where they cause
    dysfunction; for example, pervasive environmental oestrogen disruptors such as
    nonylphenol (NP) and bisphenol A (BPA) have a direct adverse impact on the
    hypothalamus.19
    According to medical researcher Robert O. Becker, MD, electromagnetic fields
    (EMFs) also have an adverse impact on the hypothalamus. “The sites of the greatest
    change—the brain’s hypothalamus and cortex—were cause for concern. The
    hypothalamus, a nexus of fibers linking the autonomic nervous system, is the single
    most important part of the brain for homeostasis and is a crucial link in the stress
    response. Any interference with cortical activity…would disrupt logical and
    associational thought…”20
    Noted researcher Dr Henry Lai stated: “The added stress of continual exposure to
    wireless frequencies from use of mobile phones and other wireless devices further
    challenges the brain.”21
    In less than 30 years, almost 90 per cent of the planet and its inhabitants have been
    engulfed by continuous exposure to unrelenting EMFs and wireless technologies.
    Perhaps our delicate brain, especially the major controlling centre, the hypothalamus,
    has finally reached the tipping point from exposure to the many unrelenting toxic
    substances, physical and emotional stressors, and 21st-century technologies.
    With compromised functioning of the hypothalamus, fat will continue to increase
    whether one eats excessively, normally or minimally. No amount of dieting or
    exercise will ever cause the stored fat reserves to budge. The plain, simple fact is that
    this gland does not operate normally in overweight people and probably is
    compromised to some degree in most people. In order to release stored fat reserves,
    increase metabolism and reduce unrelenting physical hunger, the hypothalamus must
    be reset in both women and men.
    Not All Fat Is Equal
    There are three types of fat in the body: structural fat, normal fat reserves and
    abnormal stored fat.
    Structural fat provides protection for the body’s major organs and joints and is not
    burned for metabolism. Normal fat reserves are spread all over the body and are
    reused for fuel when the body is faced with immediate nutritional or caloric
    insufficiencies. These first two types of fat are needed for good health.
    Abnormal stored fat, or adipose fat, is kept in storage under the skin and around the
    organs as a “spare fuel supply” for severe nutritional emergencies. In the obese
    person, it tends to collect in places like the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees,
    ankles, upper arms and neck. This is the fat that not only causes the body to be
    misshapen but also causes other health problems.
    Under normal dieting programs, the body will release structural and normal fat
    reserves. It will also burn muscle and water. The very last fat that a supple body will
    burn is abnormal fat reserves, since it is the body’s final survival strategy for a
    severely malnourished body.
    So, try as dieters might, all that bulging, distorting fat around the gut, hips and thighs
    will never be touched. Instead, these people become gaunt, saggy and weak as they
    lose their structural and reserve fat supplies…and further diminish their hypothalamic
    functions.
    Dr Simeons found that hCG keeps the structural fat and muscle intact while only
    breaking down the abnormal body fat, using it as fuel and causing a person not only to
    lose kilograms but also centimetres. With hCG, the body releases and transforms the
    abnormal stored fat into 1,500–3,000 calories a day of energy and nutrition. The
    more stored fat there is, the greater the daily fat loss.
    Furthermore, Dr Simeons found that hCG maximises the functional capacity of all the
    centres in the hypothalamus, including what he termed the “fat centre”, making it
    possible for fat to be released from abnormal fat deposits and to become available as a
    source of fuel to the body.
    This discovery led him to write in 1954: “Someone suffering from obesity [who]
    attempts weight loss through a low-calorie diet will first lose lean muscle tissue,
    followed by protective visceral fat.” He wrote that “only as a last resort will the body
    yield its abnormal reserves”, adding that “by that time the patient usually feels so
    weak and hungry that the diet is abandoned”.22 This is the tragedy of those who
    repeatedly attempt low-calorie diets that invariably fail.
    Dr Simeons concluded that hCG, when reintroduced into the adult system,
    recalibrates the hypothalamus gland—the part of the brain that regulates
    metabolic processes. It helps unlock adipose deposits, making them available as a
    fuel source when calories are not otherwise available, as when eating a low-calorie
    diet. However, low-calorie diets cause the loss of lean muscle mass and structural fat,
    while the hCG diet results in only the abnormal stored fat being released.
    HCG to the Rescue
    Human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is a substance produced in huge amounts by
    the placenta during pregnancy. It is the biggest glycoprotein substance (not
    technically a hormone) present in human beings.
    After its discovery, scientists tried to find a name for this substance, and when they
    observed that the administration of hCG helped to provoke ovulation in
    experimentation animals, they named their discovery “gonadotrophin”, which means
    that it has an action on the gonads (testicles or ovaries), and “chorionic”, because later
    it was found that it is produced by the chorium of the placenta.
    The word “hormone” comes from the Greek, meaning “I act through distance”, and is
    used to describe substances that, produced in one organ, have actions elsewhere in the
    body. Thus, testosterone, thyroid hormones, oestrogen and insulin qualify under the
    term “hormone”.
    According to Daniel Belluscio, MD, Director of The Oral hCG Research Center in
    Buenos Aires, Argentina, who for most of his medical career has been devoted to the
    study of the hCG method for weight loss: “…hCG has been found in every human
    tissue, also in males and non-pregnant females. Investigators are very intrigued
    regarding the presence of hCG, for example in lungs, liver, stomach, etc.”23
    Dr Simeons developed a very specific protocol for the use of hCG along with a
    precise dietary plan. The program must be followed meticulously. People who need
    to lose 15 pounds (7 kilograms) or less require a 23-day protocol. And the protocol
    can also be used for up to 40 days to lose 34 pounds (15 kilograms) at a time.24
    When hCG is given in conjunction with a very low caloric diet, a condition is
    simulated in the body, “tricking” it into acting as though it were dealing with an
    emergency starvation situation. As a result, the hypothalamus signals the release of
    stored fat reserves. Since about 1,500–3,000 calories of stored abnormal fat is
    transformed into energy and nutrition, there is a safe but rapid loss of fat, over a
    pound or more (0.5+ kg) a day (the more fat there is to lose, the more rapid the fat
    loss).
    More remarkable is the rapid resculpting of the body as the abnormal and distorting
    fat reserves literally melt away, revealing a new contoured shape in the areas of the
    body that have been most resistant to change. The abdomen becomes flat, the hips
    and thighs return to normal proportions, and fat pads in the back, upper arms and
    knees disappear. At the same time, the body becomes more toned and the skin more
    radiant. As abnormal fat reserves are transformed into energy and nutrition, people
    report an abundance of energy and rarely, if ever, feel any hunger.
    The best thing about hCG is that it is undeniably safe. Remember, pregnant
    women can experience high levels of HCG with no negative effects. The
    small amount ingested during the weight loss program comes with absolutely
    no adverse side effects.
    The introduction of hCG is the key to Dr Simeons’s program. Normal low-caloric
    dieting causes cellular metabolism to slow down, so in the long run the
    weight returns while bone density and muscle mass decrease. By using hCG
    with his low-calorie diet, extra fat is mobilised for energy and the rest is eliminated.
    This low-calorie diet is vital in preventing the immediate refilling of emptied fat cells.
    You benefit by preferentially getting rid of excess fat without affecting bone and
    muscle.
    Other Health Benefits
    It is now widely recognised that the main function of the fat cells is to act as a
    reservoir of energy, as triglycerides, but it has also been implicated in the sex
    hormones metabolism. The fat cell is one of the most metabolically active tissues all
    over the human body, nearly tripling the blood circulation of any other organ.
    As the body releases and literally dissolves excess fat cells, people notice many health
    benefits. There is a reduction of inflammation, which is generated by excess fat, and
    aches and pains disappear. Also, people report that their hip and knee pains improve,
    since for every pound of excess fat there is 4–5 pounds of pressure exerted on hip,
    knee and ankle joints.
    According to Dr Simeons: “The most important associated disorders and the ones in
    which obesity seems to play a precipitating or at least an aggravating role are the
    following: diabetes, gout, rheumatism and arthritis, high blood pressure and
    hardening of the arteries, coronary disease and cerebral hemorrhage.”25
    People following the hCG protocol discover that their blood sugar and blood pressure
    levels return to normal range, their moods and sleep improve, sugar and carbohydrate
    cravings disappear, and their triglyceride and cholesterol levels normalise. However,
    it is important to monitor these levels regularly, especially if you are on medication.
    Always seek the advice of a medical doctor, preferably one who is familiar with hCG.
    Perhaps the most significant benefits of the hCG protocol are improvements in the
    metabolism and resetting of the hypothalamus. After you complete the program,
    which lasts 6–12 weeks depending on how much weight you decide to lose, and make
    the appropriate changes to diet and lifestyle, the new set point will hold. For people
    who are obese, several rounds of the hCG diet will be necessary.
    “Every disease has a beginning,” notes Dr Belluscio. “Those 10 pounds that someone
    cannot seem to lose can also be seen as the beginning of a progressive disorder called
    obesity. This initial stage may last a number of years. Although the disease is not
    mature and the body may not be noticeably distorted, the dangers are clear. As the
    body ages and the metabolism slows down, the pounds can naturally pack on,” he
    warns. “Even at 10 pounds overweight, people are gambling with their health. Those
    10 pounds signal the potential onset of hypertension, coronary artery disease,
    diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer—all the increased risk factors that come with
    obesity.”26
    Dr Simeons published his research in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet in
    1954.27 As a result of his stellar reputation, his meticulous research and outstanding
    results on thousand of patients, medical doctors around the world flocked to his
    technique. Exclusive clinics that catered to the rich and famous were established
    throughout Europe, and are still in existence today.
    Yet, fearful of ridicule or more nefarious agendas from multinational corporations and
    the medical orthodoxy that were not favourable to a safe fat-loss cure, Dr Simeons
    was most protective and secretive of his protocol. While there have been detractors to
    Dr Simeons’s work, some studies that have seemingly proven his protocol ineffective
    were discovered upon further investigation to have been flawed in some manner.
    Recent research conducted by Dr Daniel Belluscio has demonstrated consistent results
    with hCG. Records show that his clinic has used the oral hCG approach on 6,540
    patients to date. This reliable and effective method for obesity management has been
    validated by appropriate double-blind studies.28
    According to Dr Belluscio: “Results are not surpassed by any other modality of
    obesity therapy.”29
    HCG can benefit everyone. Whether you are struggling to lose a stone (over 6 kg) of
    menopausal belly fat or are seriously overweight or obese, as long as you follow Dr
    Simeons’s hCG program precisely, in conjunction with his specific low-caloric diet,
    then success is guaranteed.
    The tremendous successes with the loss of stored fat reserves, as well as the many
    remarkable health benefits that accompany the resetting of the master gland, have
    proven to medical practitioners and patients alike that this is an effective solution to
    the obesity epidemic.
    A Personal Journey on hCG
    As with so many women, the mid-life middle spread snuck up on me. I knew I had
    just emerged from two years of major life changes with their accompanying stresses.
    However, I was not at all prepared for my doctor’s rather blunt comment. Rather
    tactlessly, he said: “What has happened to you? You look like you are six months’
    pregnant.” Now, I knew I had been carrying some extra cortisol-induced weight
    around the midriff, but I guess denial is a wonderful thing. I really didn’t think I
    looked that overweight. Stepping onto his scale ripped the veil of illusion from my
    eyes!
    Whether we like it or not, the older we get the less efficient our body becomes at
    detoxifying, maintaining a dynamic metabolism, balancing hormones and managing
    blood sugar. All of these issues can add to ever upward creeping weight. Popular
    drugs also play their part: HRT, antidepressants, statins and blood pressure
    medications list weight gain as a side effect!
    I have not been immune from this obsession with body image. There have been times
    when I was thin, and times when I was fat. I dieted and fasted and cleansed and
    starved and exercised until I was blue in the face! Over the years, I cleaned up my
    nutritional regime. I basically ate a gluten-free, sugar-free, soda-free, processed-foodfree,
    organic food diet. I exercised. I made the extra effort to manage my stress
    levels. I took my nutritional supplements. I balanced my hormones (naturally). I
    went to sleep at a decent hour (going to bed after 11 pm and getting less than seven
    hours’ sleep increases weight gain).
    I thought I was doing everything right, but my weight loss was stalled. I couldn’t get
    it to budge. So it’s no wonder that my doctor’s comment was such a blow to my selfimage
    and my fruitless efforts!
    One day, a chance comment about a new kind of weight loss program changed my
    life. I was introduced to hCG , human chorionic gonadatropin—an obscure hormone
    that I had never heard of before.
    I used to believe that the thyroid would help with fat loss. However, according to Dr
    Simeons, that is not the case. In fact, the thyroid plays no part in releasing the fat that
    causes us to be overweight or obese. This was quite a revelation to me!
    Dr Simeons wrote in his book, Pounds and Inches: “When it was discovered that the
    thyroid gland controls the rate at which body-fuel is consumed, it was thought that by
    administering thyroid gland to obese patients their abnormal fat deposits could be
    burned up more rapidly. This, too, proved to be entirely disappointing because, as we
    now know, these abnormal deposits take no part in the body’s energy turnover—they
    are inaccessibly locked away. Thyroid medication merely forces the body to consume
    its normal fat reserves, which are already depleted in obese patients, and then to break
    down structurally essential fat without touching the abnormal deposits. In this way, a
    patient may be brought to the brink of starvation in spite of having a hundred pounds
    of fat to spare. Thus any weight loss brought about by thyroid medication is always
    at the expense of fat, of which the body is in dire need.”30
    Are you sceptical of such a program? Who wouldn’t be. Most people have tried diets
    galore, only to be disappointed in the end.
    Dr Simeons’s original program required a doctor’s prescription to purchase daily
    subcutaneous self-administered injections of hCG. There is also an oral form of hCG
    and it, too, is only available on prescription from a medical doctor.
    However, I learned that there is another effective hCG option: an hCG homoeopathic
    remedy, taken daily as oral drops. Homoeopathy is a 200-year-old healing approach,
    based on the emerging science of energy medicine that imprints the energy of a
    substance without using the actual physical substance. The body is literally able to
    read the information and create the desired outcome.
    Homoeopathic hCG has the same effect as the medically prescribed hCG versions.
    So, I decided to give it a try.
    Using the hCG homoeopathic drops three times a day for 23 days and following Dr
    Simeons’s protocol of eating specific foods in specific amounts for a specific period
    of time, I embarked on this experiment. The best part of all is that this program
    requires no specific exercise routines, expensive eating plans or special dietary
    formulas.
    Now, for most of us, stepping onto a scale to weigh in is an extreme, masochistic act.
    However, on this hCG program, it was closer to a religious experience. I would step
    onto the scale in the morning and discover that a pound of fat had literally
    dematerialised from my body overnight!
    But it wasn’t only the fat: it was also the inches. My old clothes were literally falling
    off me. I wasn’t hungry at all. My energy level was off the chart. Before my very
    eyes, I saw my body transforming. The midriff disappeared and my hips and thighs
    are the thinnest they’ve ever been since my 16th birthday—an accomplishment I never
    thought possible. And wonder of wonders, my muscle tone improved.
    During this 23-day protocol, I lost 15 pounds (6.75 kg) and two dress sizes! I have
    since done another 23-day protocol and my total weight loss has been 25 pounds
    (11.25 kg) and four dress sizes. And I now have a totally flat tummy!
    The entire program as created by Dr Simeons requires 23 days on hCG followed by a
    maintenance phase of another three weeks of a low-carbohydrate, low-sugar diet. The
    complete program is required not only for fat loss and resculpting but also for the
    resetting of metabolic functions.
    The most impressive part of this program is that by resetting my hypothalamus and
    metabolism, my weight has not varied by more than a pound (0.45 kg) in several
    months. It appears that Dr Simeons was right. By improving metabolic functioning
    on the hCG program, there is a greater likelihood that this new weight loss is here to
    stay.
    Since venturing into the hCG world, I have assisted over 200 of my patients on this
    protocol. Every single one of them has been successful, even those who were
    severely obese and had given up hope of ever becoming “normal”. Men seem to have
    a fat-loss advantage over women; they are much bigger losers on this program.
    However, the good news is that everyone can be a big loser!
    Not only did my patients lose pounds and inches, they all gained health benefits: joint
    and knee aches and pains disappeared, blood sugar levels returned to normal, blood
    pressure was lowered, sleep improved, energy increased, skin tone rejuvenated and
    food and sugar cravings disappeared.
    It’s not often that a weight loss program can deliver such fabulous results. In fact,
    there is no other weight loss program that I know of that can safely release long-term
    fat reserves or reset the hypothalamus for ongoing weight maintenance.
    Could the discovery of Dr Simeons really be the solution to the growing obesity
    epidemic with all the accompanying chronic health problems?
    According to Dr Simeons: “Obesity problems are perhaps not so dramatic as the
    problems of cancer, but often cause life-long suffering. How many promising careers
    have been ruined by excessive fat; how many lives have been shortened? If some
    way—however cumbersome—can be found to cope effectively with this universal
    problem of modern civilised man, our world will be a happier place for countless
    fellow men and women.”31
    I have no doubt that in our diet-crazed world of people desperately seeking solutions,
    this is the ultimate program for fat loss and body-resculpting while at the same time
    helping to rebalance the functioning of the master gland, the hypothalamus.
    Fortunately for an overweight world, Dr Simeons’s discovery has finally offered a
    safe, affordable and effective solution for this global obesity crisis.
    About the Author:
    Sherrill Sellman, ND, is a naturopathic doctor (Board certified in integrative
    medicine), an educator, a women’s natural health expert, psychotherapist and
    journalist in the field of women’s health. She is also a much sought after international
    lecturer, the host of two weekly radio shows, and a senior editor and contributing
    writer to numerous health publications. She is the best-selling author of Hormone
    Heresy: What Women MUST Know About Their Hormones and What Women MUST
    Know to Protect Their Daughters from Breast Cancer. Dr Sellman is a scheduled
    speaker at the 2010 NEXUS Conference in Queensland, Australia, on 24–26 July.
    For more information, visit http://whatwomenmust know.com. To see the complete
    version of Dr Sellman’s article, go to
    http://whatwomenmustknow.com/freereports/hcg.
    Endnotes
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    19. Elobeid, M.A. and D.B. Allison, “Putative Environmental-Endocrine Disruptors
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    25. ibid.
    26. Belluscio, op. cit.
    27. Simeons, 1954, op. cit.
    28. Belluscio, Daniel Oscar, MD, “Utility of an Oral Presentation of hCG (Human
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    31. Simeons, 1954, op. cit.