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More than 60% of Americans are overweight, and about 30% are obese. Obesity contributes to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and arthritis.

Also is believed responsible for about 300,000 deaths a year, obesity-related illnesses and complications adds billions of dollars to the nation’s health care costs — and to your budget for healthcare expenses.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY with Dr. Cindy Fraed to discuss our diet programs: Body Solutions and prescription HCG drops. It works — Dr Cindy is the proof of  it and why she’s so excited about the program. She personally lost nearly 85 pounds using prescription, sublingual HCG.  Most people lose 25-30 pounds in the first month.

While you are at the Clinic, Dr Cindy can do complete your annual pap exam, offer an assessment for bio-identical hormones and discuss breast health. Pap and pelvic exams are procedures for which insurance is generally accepted.


Complete your appointment by October 28 and get $25 off your first month’s hormone supply from LaVita Compounding Pharmacy.

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Two new studies have linked drinking diet soda to poorer health compared with those who don’t drink the beverage.

In the first study, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day experienced an increase in waist size six times greater than those of people who didn’t drink diet soda.  The study, called the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging, followed 474 participants for nearly 10 years.  Researchers found that soda drinkers, as a group, experienced 70% greater increases in waist circumference compared with those who do not drink diet soda.

The second study involved feeding aspartame to diabetes-prone mice. One group ate chow with corn oil and aspartame; the control group had chow with corn oil. After three months, the mice that ate aspartame showed elevated blood sugar levels, suggesting that exposure to large amounts of aspartame may increase the risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes in humans.

What’s sad about this is that it isn’t new — and yet, the FDA still allows aspartame to be used in hundreds of products, not just diet sodas.  When aspartame is absorbed, it passes immediately to the liver where it is broken down into its toxic components – phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol.  Toxicity in the liver decreases its ability to break down of fat, increasing weight throughout the body.

Every physician probably encounters aspartame disease in practice, especially among patients with illnesses that are undiagnosed or difficult to treat. This applies to ALL fields of medicine and public health. A partial list of reactions include headache, dizziness, depression, convulsions (seizures), impaired vision, complications to diabetes, hypoglycemia, MSG sensitivity, chronic fatigue, eating disorders, and a long list of neurological symptoms.  Conditions that may be related to aspartame can be misdiagnosed as inflammatory arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and even Alzheimer’s disease.

In my book, “FOWL“, about bird flu, Tamiflu and the scam of the flu shot, I discussed aspartame at length. Here’s an excerpt from the book:

The aspartame story can be traced back to Donald Rumsfeld prior to becoming a politician. Throughout his career, Rumsfeld was been known as a highly ambitious, tough operator with a reputation for ferociously pursuing what he wanted. An article in the Chicago Magazinedescribes his assent. Although he had next to no experience in private business, what he brought to the table for Searle were government ties and an insider’s grasp of the workings in Washington. All of these attributes were exactly what Searle needed.

Since 1965, Searle had been attempting to bring aspartame to market. Originally developed as a drug for gastric ulcers, the research scientist who was working with the compound had inadvertently tasted it and found it to be extraordinarily sweet. On further testing, the sweetness was 180 times greater than the taste of sugar. Searle immediately shifted the focus from developing a limited-use pharmaceutical product to a “calorie-free” additive that could be used in thousands of products and purchased by billions of repeat customers worldwide.

However, despite spending millions on research and drug applications, the FDA refused to approve aspartame for use. From the beginning, the approval process had been fraught with problems ranging from rejections due to inconsistent safety studies to grand jury probes into fabricated data. Consumer groups had filed legal proceedings to stop its use due to serious concerns; studies had demonstrated that aspartame caused brain cancers in experimental animals. Prior to Rumsfeld’s arrival at Searle in 1977, there didn’t seem to be much hope for getting this potential blockbuster approved.

However, things began to look up with the return of the Republican Party to the White House. When Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as the fortieth president on January 21, 1981, Rumsfeld was poised to move the approval of aspartame through to completion. He was so confident in his party connections that, according to former G.D. Searle salesperson, Patty Wood-Allott, he told his sales force “he would call in all his markers” and no matter what, he would see to it that aspartame would be approved during that year. Politics would supersede safety since reports from aspartame research showed disastrous consequences on the health of nearly all animals tested.

Four days after Reagan’s inauguration, previous FDA commissioner, Jere E. Goyan, was replaced by professor and defense department contract researcher, Dr. Arthur Hayes. No clear reason can be found in the public record why he was selected over other candidates but it was rumored he was “hand-picked” due to his close ties with Rumsfeld during his previous tenure as the Secretary of Defense.

Despite all information to the contrary regarding aspartame’s supposed “safety,” Hayes over-ruled the Public Board of Inquiry, disregarded scientific warnings, and ignored several laws of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, and in July 1981 approved aspartame for use in dry foods. Just as Rumsfeld had predicted, the approval had been completed within the year. Several years later (1983), the chemical was approved for use in consumer soft drinks. Today, aspartame is found in more than 5,000 products under the brand names Equal® and NutraSweet®.

Attorney and consumer-advocate James Turner, who fought the aspartame approval process for years, commented that for Hayes to arrive so quickly to the conclusion that aspartame was safe, he had “firewalked a path through a mass of scientific mismanagement, improper procedures, wrong conclusions, and general scientific inexactness,” meaning he had been given marching orders which he carried perfectly to completion, turning a blind-eye to both scientific evidence and laws.

Shortly after the additive was approved, Commissioner Hayes was forced to leave the FDA after being investigated for accepting a bribe from General Foods, a major user of aspartame. As with many top bureaucrats, even criminal investigations rarely leave them unemployed for long. Dr, Hayes became Dean of New York Medical College and was hired by Burson-Marsteller, Searle’s public relations firm (which also represented several of NutraSweet’s major users), as senior scientific consultant and medical advisor.

The rewards for those involved with the approval process for aspartame were huge. In 1985, Searle was purchased by Monsanto and lawyer Robert Shapiro, who navigated the name change from aspartame to NutraSweet, was named President of Monsanto. After the sale was finalized, Rumsfeld reportedly received a $12 million bonus. The full story was detailed by attorney, Jim Turner here.

The complete story of aspartame is far beyond the scope of this text but a fe w points deserve to be highlighted. In 1992, FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler approved its use in heated food, such as baked goods, despite research that shows heated aspartame is converted to formaldehyde. Four years later it was approved for use in all foods. After the completing the approval process, Kessler resigned from the FDA to take a position as Dean of the Yale School of Medicine.

This story demonstrates how deeply politics, big business, and medical education are connected with little regard to the health of humanity.

Have you experienced the diet roller coaster, with your weight going up and down like the amusement park ride? Well, you’re not alone.

Obesity is uniformly endorsed by physicians as America’s number one health concern, second only to smoking. The NIH estimates $125 billion is spent each year on obesity-related diseases. For the individual, over weight and obese persons pay on average $1,400 (42 percent) more in health care costs than normal-weight individuals. As few as 20 extra pounds can contribute to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, musculoskeletal pain and diabetes.

The gold standard for shedding those extra pounds — eat less and exercise more – doesn’t work as well as touted, particularly for women in their 50s. In fact, nearly 90% of people who rely on dieting alone will gain back their weight within two years. And if they don’t stay in the battle to keep it off, by year 5, most will not only gain back what the lost, they will typically balloon to a weight above where they started.

Eating the right food is good, but many eat for the wrong reasons. For example, food can be used as a stress reliever, a reward or for consolation. Nibbling when you’re not hungry packs on the pounds.And everyone eats out frequently for work or for social functions will eat more than they do when eating alone.

How Doctors View Obesity
Recently, I watched an online presentation entitled “Emerging Strategies for Obesity” presented by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. I learned some interesting – and some troublesome – information about how physicians interact with their overweight patients.

The webinar discussed in detail a survey of 122 physicians who were asked to assess their interactions with overweight and obese patients. All of the physicians who responded to the survey conceded they had “no experience” in working with obese patients and reported “low confidence” when it came to discussing  weight loss options with their patients. While 93% of older doctors attempted conversations with patients about their obesity-related disease, only 65% of younger doctors even advised patients to lose weight! Worse than just having little knowledge, younger doctors also have negative attitudes toward “quick weight loss programs,” including South Beach Diet and weight loss supplements.

The survey revealed that younger physicians have surprisingly negative attitudes toward extremely obese patients. Young doctors spent less time with overweight patients, order more tests and report feeling “annoyed” when they had to address their patient’s medical problems. (Imagine…You’re not feeling well and you self image probably isn’t stellar, yet your doctor finds you “bothersome” simply because you are obese!) Most disturbing, rarely did either age group refer obese patients to formal weight loss programs.

Health concerns with obesity
Medications, particularly antidepressants and drugs for type 2 diabetes, are among the most common causes of obesity. Many patients attribute low thyroid conditions to their obesity. While this is true in a fair number of cases — and we address this issue all the time at Tenpenny IMC — there are other reasons contributing to extra weight.

Excess abdominal fat is an independent risk factor for obesity-related illnesses and early mortality. While the BMI, body-mass index, is the gold standard for calculating risk, a simple assessment that can be done at home is waist circumference. For men, a waist circumference of more than 40 inches and for women, a waist of more than 35 inches, defines obesity.

While family doctors find it challenging to discuss obesity with a patient, to be fair, it is often a challenge for patients to discuss the “white elephant” in the exam room. Some patients even change doctors if the subject of weight loss is brought up. Everyone wants a “natural pill” and a “quick fix” for their health problems rather than working on the underlying cause: their extra weight.

I can affirm this is true. For example, I recently saw a new patient who was 5ft tall..and weighted nearly 200 pounds. She came with a host of physical complaints: knee pain, low back pain, snoring/not sleeping well, headaches, shortness of breath, hypertension, high cholesterol and mild diabetes. Despite this long list, her main issue was excessive fatigue. She was on eight prescription medication — one for each problem — and wanted a “more natural approach.” When I leveled with her that all her symptoms were likely due to the extra 100 pounds she was carrying around on her petite frame, her response was not good. At first she became very aggravated. Then she began to cry, accusing me of being “mean” and not wanting to help her. Even though we spent more than an hour discussing options for a healthier life and the programs we offer at the Clinic, she wanted no part of it. Sadly, I have not seen her since.

What can you do?
Permanent weight loss and restoration of health requires more than just going on a diet. What most people need is transformative program to change their life. After many months in development, Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center, is launching our trademarked program, THIN for REAL™ , a lifestyle and weight loss program.

Our physician-supervised program is directed by Dr. Cindy Fraed, MD who has lost more than 80 pounds using our approach. She truly “walks the talk” when it comes to THIN for REAL. Our program has two parts which can be completed separately or simultaneously. Part I, getting THIN, is designed to remove Toxicities, ensure adequate Hydration, and Identify missing nutrients and health risks with several extensive blood tests. Dr. Fraed will help you select the right Nutrition program, using either Medifast or prescription HCG, depending on your baseline blood profile and weight loss needs. Part II, is getting REAL with your life: Removing of toxic emotions, developing a tailored Exercise and stretching system, identification of hidden food Allergies and adding Lifestyle modifications that begin with having fun!

THIN for REAL is not only about weight loss. It is about becoming successful and happy in every area of your life! Our program is what you need if you want to get off that roller coaster, once and for all.