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frustrating weight issues
Posted by: Rachel
Date: June 11, 2006 6:14 PM

I am a 48 year old female who for the past 7-8 years gained weight without excessive eating, and been unable to lose weight no matter what I do. I am about 50 lb overweight. I have tried every healthy diet known, I have consulted with multiple doctors, alternative health practitioners, nutritionists, etc, had multiple testing done, been on multiple programs of supplements, herbal and homeopathic remedies, progesterone creams, food allergy diets, .....the list goes on and on, all with no success. I work out regularly, eat very healthy, drink lots of water, and follow supplementation programs according to whatever practitioner I am consulting at the time, and nothing ever helps. Several other issues started about the same time and have not improved either,including consistent hair loss, excessive bone loss secondary to periodontal disease (dentists say this severity is usually only seen in 70+ year olds), and hypercholesterolemia (290-300 range despite my healthy lifestyle). Heavy metal challenge testing was suggested, but I don't seem to fit that profile. Do you have any suggestions for me?

RE: frustrating weight issues
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: June 11, 2006 11:50 PM

Slowed metabolism is the issue here. There are three issues which should be looked at: (1) heavy metals, (2) chronic infection, and (3) adrenal aging or toxicity. The most likely source of heavy metals is dental amalgams, but can also be a number of other sources (think fish and industrial). Testing requires a DMPS Challenge Test, but only after removal of possible sources. The most common source of hidden chronic infections are gut wall and cavitations. You can read about both of those on this website. Use Search This Site in the upper left. Metal toxicity can slow down hormone production and thus metabolism which means weight gain and hormones slow with age anyway, but at no reliable (and very individual) rate. Correction involves accurate testing and supplementation with orthomolecular natural hormones. Of course the thyroid system should not be overlooked, but it is rarely the problem (and the only one docs usually think of). You need a doc who can wrapped his or her mind around all of this, and they are rare.



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