Western Medicine and Your Health

One of my earliest inspirations when studying Acupuncture was the book Between Heaven and Earth by Beinfield and Korngold.

There is a lot of wisdom to be gotten from that particular book, but the concept that struck me most was understanding how Western medicine developed.

In short, there was a Frenchman in the 1600s, René Descartes, who developed certain theories about the mechanistic aspects of the natural world. He drew certain conclusions about health and disease based on mechanical laws, which ultimately led to the logic used in the western scientific method.

Although incredibly accurate and responsible for much western scientific development, Descartes’s ideas also limited our worldview; in my opinion, by not accounting for subtlety in the natural world and also in the human body.

Western science, and therefore Western medicine, has incredible value in effective diagnosis and in addressing crisis situations, far more than any other medicine developed on the planet.

However, as one can see by the astounding number of Americans who are simply not healthy, living on medications that they need to take their entire lives in order to suppress certain symptoms, the truth of health goes beyond the scientific method. The key to health is more likely found in a subtle understanding of relationships between organ systems, glandular systems, the nervous system, and the circulatory system in the body that has been eloquently developed over the last 3500 years…known as Chinese medicine.

Interview with Curry: Oriental Medicine and You

Author Interview with Curry Chaudoir

Oriental Medicine and You

 

Curry’s book, Oriental Medicine and You, explains your health concerns in an easy-to-understand format. This book was written with the patient in mind. Over the years, we noticed that many people would seek out medical advice, only to have trouble finding the exact solution they were looking for. Here, Curry was interviewed by Heddy Keith from Milwaukee Writer’s Circle. See what he has to say:

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From Amazon.com:Curry's book“This work makes Oriental Medicine, the medicine of the people, accessible to the reader. Over the past several thousand years, Oriental Medicine has developed into the most comprehensive medical system on the planet, initially passed on via oral tradition and then written word. This work is a humble translation of ancient Chinese medical theory into layman s contemporary English terminology. This work is not a complex text laden with medical terminology for use by medical and/or scientific academics who scour materials in search of what doesn t work; rather it is a work based upon: 1. the truths of Oriental Medicine as outlined in many texts used to train Acupuncture professionals, and 2. experience with 1000 s of patients and their reality. This book is intended as a reference for use by: patients curious about Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and/or Acupuncturists who would like to offer their patients an understandable explanation of their particular symptom(s) prior to beginning care.”

 

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Your Thyroid! Free Workshop on May 6th

thyroid workshop

Many Americans suffer with thyroid gland imbalances. Often, they are treated with Western pharmaceuticals that only superficially address a much larger problem having to do with the kidney/adrenal system. To solve the problems of a malfunctioning thyroid, you must address the cause of the problem!

What follows is the actual sequence of body activities related to thyroid function:

The kidney/adrenal system stimulates Pituitary gland function; in turn, the Pituitary gland releases Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) to the Thyroid. While TSH is being released, iodine in the blood stream is used in the Thyroid to create Thyroxin.

Thyroxin (T4) is 20:1 with Triiodothyronine (T3) in the blood; eventually T4 converts into T3. T4 regulates metabolism and affects growth and rate of function of other body systems.

Triiodothyronine (T3) regulates growth, development, metabolism, body temperature and heart rate.

Overall, the Thyroid controls how the body uses energy, how the body makes proteins and the body’s sensitivity to other hormones. The Thyroid also releases Calcitonin which causes calcium in the blood to be deposited in the bones.

Be sure to attend our FREE Workshop on May 6th to learn more about natural remedies to boost thyroid function!

In this workshop, you will learn:

-What factors play into thyroid function
-What causes your thyroid to malfunction in the first place
-How conventional doctors treat thyroid malfunction
-Natural and healthy alternatives to treat thyroid function, which will ultimately prolong your life!

When: Tuesday, May 6th @ 6:30 pm
Where: Whitefish Bay Public Library
5420 N Marlborough Drive
Milwaukee, WI 5321

Call Anna by Monday, May 5th to reserve your seat!

(414) 332-8888

Who is speaking: Curry D. Chaudoir, Diplomate in Acupuncture

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

How Acupuncture Helps Treat Allergies

There are many reasons one could experience allergies with variations from person to person, however what follows are the basic mechanics. The spleen and the lungs govern the immune system, and although other systems in the body can be involved, these are most significantly involved with allergies.

The spleen, which is understood in Western Medicine as connected to the lymphatic system, governs internal immune function. The lymph is in charge of eliminating material from the body that is unneeded or unhealthy, such as toxins or pathogens. The following is a useful analogy: the lymphatic system is like the alley behind a city home where the trash is removed, whereas the blood vessels are like the street in front of the house which brings in groceries and other needed items.

Spleen function generates internal immune system activity, fighting pathogens that penetrate deeper into the body and destroys pathogens in the blood stream so that they don’t cause internal allergies. If one were to eat or inhale a potential allergen, the spleen is in charge of destroying this material.

The lungs govern your external immune function and open to the nose, throat, and sinuses. If the sinuses and the lungs are functioning well, the mucosal membranes of the sinuses have immune system factors that destroy any incoming pathogenic material, such as pollen.

Another thing to mention about allergies is the following 2,000-year-old quote: when the spleen malfunctions, it will cause fluids to build up in the body. When the lungs malfunction, they will take on fluids. An example of this would be one consuming food and fluids that aren’t fully metabolized by the spleen and stomach. Those fluids could then “travel” upwards into the lungs. The lungs, to protect themselves, would activate the cilia (small hairs that are designed to move substances up and out of the lungs), which would push those fluids out of the lungs and into the sinuses, causing sinus problems.

Acupuncture can help boost organ function and, in turn, help your body deal with any airborne particles that may cause allergic reactions.

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

An Interview With Curry Chaudoir, Diplomate in Acupuncture

 By: Josh Ellis

Q: What inspired you to get into Acupuncture?

A:I went to an Acupuncturist years ago for a digestive problem, and it was really effective. The philosophy is quite interesting and ties into many areas of life; it’s a certain way of living, I guess. As a system of treatment, it utilizes incredibly logical basic principles.

 

Q: Can you give a little information on Acupuncture?

 

A: There are essentially two fundamental systems in the human body that determine overall function: the circulatory system and the organ system. Many body systems fit under these categories; for example, the nervous system and the glandular system are closely linked to the organ system. If adequate circulation of nutrients, hormones and oxygen in the bloodstream reach all of the organs and the blood vessels, health prevails. If that same circulation is inadequate into any one of the organs or any other body tissue, breakdowns occur.

There are five main branches of Chinese Medicine outlined by physicians thousands of years ago. If one were to use all five branches from birth onward, it gives the best chance live to 120 years old (which is how long the body is designed to live).

The first branch is called “Right Thinking,” which in my viewpoint and the research that I’ve done into it would include basically doing things that calm the mind. Things like meditation and exercise fit into this branch of the medicine. It appears to me that a spiritual practice probably fits into that category. I think these ancient physicians were suggesting specific activities that would help one, under the stresses of daily living, to keep one’s head screwed on straight, so to speak!

Moving the body apparently causes certain physical effects and that’s a positive thing unless the person has a health condition that prevents the activity. That’s the first branch and then the [other five branches are] nutrition, acupuncture, herbs, and massage.

 

Q: What would you like for every asthma and allergy sufferer to know

 

A: There’s this odd Western Medical logic which has been fed to us that is quite inaccurate in terms of what truly goes on with the lung system under the influence of a pathogenic attack.

When it comes down it, the body is a little bit like a puzzle. Fluids do strange things in bodies when they’re not doing what they’re supposed to. When there are problems with fluid metabolism or fluid distribution, those fluids can go “bad” and do all kinds of strange things. If the body has great fluid metabolism and great fluid distribution, one has a greater chance of being healthy. What I would want every person who has had experiences with asthma and/or allergies to know is that 95% of the time it’s due to an internal fluid imbalance.

Now, obviously there are circumstances where the body would become overwhelmed, by an outside influence in a home [which] you would have to eliminate as an outside factor. They are called “pathogenic climatic factors” in Chinese medicine. Example: you go into a house and there is black mold…it’s a really nasty thing and nobody’s immune system would be able to effectively fight it for long. Some people with weaker immune systems would walk within 20 feet of the house and have an allergy attack due to fluids going “berzerk.”

There is a concept in Chinese sounding like a poem that makes perfect sense. The English translation: ‘When the spleen malfunctions, it may cause fluids to accumulate in the body. When the lungs malfunction, they will take on those fluids.’ The spleen and pancreas produce fluids if they’re not working well; those fluids will “float” upwards toward the lungs; and the lungs become the “container” of those fluids. Those fluids may accumulate and upon breathing in, the air is trying to get through into the capillaries through the alveoli (small sacs at the ends of the lungs). That leads to a spasm, in this case, the cough or the wheeze depending on the form of asthma, but it is fluid-based 98% of the time.

It just makes 100% logical sense when you treat a patient as an Acupuncturist: you get rid of the fluids and the asthma goes away. People [think] there’s some electrical misfiring or something in their lungs, which is a limited viewpoint, evidenced by the problem persisting when you treat the “electrical misfiring” with pharmaceuticals.

Although the medicine may seem complex, Chinese Medicine is truly simple to understand if you adopt logical basic concepts regarding the simplicity and reality of the body. There are certain logical events in the body that occur with a lack of function, causing allergies and asthma.

Conversely, Western Medicine is largely based on what is known as “Cartesian” thought. In 16th Century France, DeCarte observed a clock tower. He looked at the gears in this huge clock tower and he made one jump in logic, which was hypothetical, but the western world changed forever as a result. He decided, “What goes on in this clock tower is what must occur in the natural world.” Then he made another jump which changed medicine forever: “The human body, being a part of the natural world, must be just like a clock tower. When a gear is broken, you remove and replace it (surgery); if it makes noise, you lubricate it (medication). These are basic principles in Western Medicine and, for that matter, Western science, which has gotten us to the moon; quite amazing. When you try to apply those Cartesian principles to an organism like the human body, being unlike a clock tower or an automobile or any machine in many ways, they don’t fit so perfectly.

 

Q: Are you aware of an association between Autumn Allergies and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?

 

A: There’s a foundation philosophy in Chinese Medicine we utilize in the clinic. The first etchings of Chinese Medicine (incidentally, found on the inside of a tortoise shell in an excavated tomb) go back 3500 years. These etchings were on a higher order of logic; they actually described disease patterns found in the body, which is evidence there existed in China a comprehensive understanding about the human body that goes back over 3000 years.

Without getting too complex, a so-called Five Element theory views relationships between organ systems and the human body and that the organs actually have an interactive process. As an example, the liver nourishes heart function similar to a mother nourishing her child. In many cases of high blood pressure, it has less to do with the heart and more to do with liver malfunction.

In Five Element theory, each well-functioning organ may either excel in specific seasons of the year or struggle if that organ is weak. People that tend towards low lung function tend towards problems in the fall because that specific season relates to the lungs in this paradigm. It makes sense because in fall, the air becomes drier. There’s less humidity and barometric pressures change and oxygen levels change, and the lungs are one way our bodies interact with that change. If a person generally experiences more symptoms of any kind in the fall or generally dislike fall, it may be because the lungs aren’t working as well as possible. Whereas someone with really incredible lung function, finds it to be their best season.

Other examples of organ connections to the seasons: the liver relates to spring, the heart relates to summer, the kidneys relate to winter, and the spleen relates to late summer (also known as “Indian Summer”).

In regards to emotional changes with the season, we often have people come in and say, “I’m depressed.”

We ask, “Okay, tell me about it.”

They may often reply, “Well, my doctor told me I’m depressed when I told him what I experienced.”

We ask, “What do you mean?” and they say “I cry all the time.”

Now let’s look up the word depression in the dictionary. If you look it up, it comes from ‘depress,’ which is ‘to feel pressed down upon.’ There is one case that accurately explains and describes depression, which is somebody on a couch, can’t get up. They feel like they are “being pressed down upon,” That’s depression. Any other thing that they experience is a different emotion, but it’s all being classified together in error to get Prozac and such class medications to them.

There are a lot of examples that I can give but people with problems with lung function tend towards sadness and crying and when you think about it, it makes sense: a person crying sobs, gasping for air…lungs in action, right?

That emotion of angering easily, being impatient, or feeling abnormally irritable is a liver problem. What the Chinese discovered is that different organs relate to different emotions.

Is the sadness or depression connected to the allergies or are those emotions a separate issue? It could be due to the lungs not working well; the sadness–which isn’t depression–and the allergies may both be symptoms of the same root.

There exists a philosophy in Japanese medicine, known as “Root and Branch Theory of Disease” wherein the underlying cause (root) of the problem may yield many symptoms (branches). The sadness and allergies may both be caused by a breakdown in lung function, interestingly enough. In contrast, Western medicine views the allergies as a “disease,” when, in fact, the allergies are just symptoms.

People often say, “I was born with asthma.” Okay, that means the person was born with a specific symptoms which are unique to him/her, and in certain situations he/she cough (which is trouble with exhalation) or wheeze (which is trouble upon inhalation), and a lot of people have one or the other and not both, but it is still called asthma. In Chinese medicine, you would call it “Chuan” (coughing) or “Xiao” (wheezing) and it’s a totally different treatment regimen depending on the kind of asthma because the two have different causes.

 

Q: Is there a final message you would like to give allergy and asthma sufferers?

 

A: People with high level function don’t have symptoms. People with function below 40% of normal in any of the body’s systems will exhibit symptoms in that particular area. Symptoms do not occur if you are above 40% of normal in that system. [So] get the body’s function at least above 40% and as close to 100% as possible and then health problems don’t occur.

It certainly is possible that one could encounter pathogens that would overpower anyone’s function. My mom bought a house 2 ½ years ago in her ideal environment, however in a flood plain with a massive mold problem. She had to gut everything. Anybody that walks into that house, if they spend more than probably a week, would’ve started having health problems no matter how healthy they were.

We’re talking about degree, but within normal limits of human experience, if you have high function then you don’t have symptoms.

You do whatever it takes to get the body’s function as high as humanly possible. There are the five branches of Chinese Medicine above that allow one to regain function when and if lost.

 

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

Health secrets of the Ancients-The Emperor’s physician recommends:

Given the usual activity of the digestive system, it is strongly recommended to eat 3+ times per day; however, to ensure that one never eats within the 2 hours before sleep. For example, if one goes to sleep at 11:00pm, it is recommended to eat before 9:00pm, at the latest. Eating after that time can lead to “food stagnation” (a feeling of bloating and slowing of the digestive process caused by incomplete metabolism) the next day. Repeated late meals may lead to long-term digestive problems.

If one has to eat close to bedtime periodically:

    1. Take Natural Vitality’s “Digestive Essentials” 5 minutes before eating that night.

 

    1. Take Mayway’s “Pill Curing” to clear up the food stagnation symptoms the next day. (also good to take after rich, fat-laden meals)

 

 

 

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

    Steps to Maintain a Healthy Digestive Tract

    Basic definitions:

    Acidophilus: A microorganism that is added to dairy products or prepared as a dietary supplement, is part of the normal intestinal and vaginal flora, and is used therapeutically especially to promote intestinal health. (In Chinese Medicine acidophilus has a “cooling” nature. Meaning, if taken for long periods of time it will cool the digestive system, reducing metabolic function.)

    Bifidum: A type of “friendly bacteria” that helps maintain health in the large intestine. Increases the acidity of the region it inhabits and makes the area inhospitable to dangerous bacteria.

    Candida: Parasitic fungi that resemble yeasts, occurring especially in the mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract where they are usually benign but can become pathogenic (able to cause disease).

    Flora: The microorganisms (such as bacteria or fungi) living in or on the body. Usually only about 10% of bacteria is bad or pathogenic and the other 90% is good, non-pathogenic.

    Immune system: The bodily system that protects the body from foreign substances, cells, and tissues by producing the immune response and that includes the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, special deposits of lymphoid tissue (as in the gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow), lymphocytes including the B cells and T cells, which are the two main types of white blood cells, and antibodies.

    Metabolism: The sum of the physical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available.

    Source: Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary, © 2007 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

    There are some critical components to immune and digestive system health, including Acidophilus, Bifidum and Candida. There must be good balance among these and other organisms that live in the digestive tract; otherwise many problems occur.  There are certain signs and symptoms that go along with a person that has a Candida overgrowth including fatigue, pain, gas, bloating, skin problems, weakened immunity and digestive irregularity.

    Although many things can throw this intestinal organism balance off, the most common are sugar consumption and antibiotic usage. Candida, when given sugar, will grow in number rapidly. Antibiotic usage destroys healthy intestinal flora such as acidophilus and bifidum which may lead to a  candida overgrowth. For someone who has symptoms related to a Candida overgrowth, it’s highly recommended to use short bursts, (say for a month on and a month off) of acidophilus and bifidim consistently especially when there has been antibiotic usage over a long time. It’s also a good idea to use acidophilus upon completing any course of antibiotics.

    Incidentally, for individuals dealing with acne,

    1. Build function-Acupuncture and herbs,
    2. Seasons change: cleanse (we recommend the “ultimate cleanse” by Nature’s secret),
    3. Acidophilus/Bifidum complex,
    4. Tea tree oil gently applied in small dosages to lesions.

    Note: it seems with acidophilus, like many supplements, it is important to chose the highest quality available where you shop. When shopping at a health food store for such a thing make sure it’s in the refrigerator. It seems the more expensive versions use products with a wide variety of different intestinal flora, including at least acidophilus and bifidum. For example, we’ve seen patients do very well after a course of antibiotics by taking an entire  60 capsule bottle (say, 2-4 capsules per day), using the recommendations on the bottle. The good news is if you get acidophilus that was not refrigerated and happens to be dead there is no negative effect. It simply passes through the digestive system causing no positive or negative effects.

    Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.


    Stevia FAQ: Questions and Answers About Stevia Sweeteners.

    By Denise Mann
    WebMD Feature

    What is stevia?
    Stevia rebaudiana is a shrub native to South America. Its leaves have been used there for centuries to sweeten beverages. It is also an approved food additive in other countries, including Japan, Brazil, and China.

    In the U.S., stevia products were long sold as dietary supplements — but not as a food additives or ingredients — because of safety concerns. In 2008, the FDA stated that the use of a refined stevia preparation called Rebiana is “generally recognized as safe,” and can be used as a food ingredient. Products include, Good & Sweet, PureVia, Reb A, SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener, Sun Crystals (which combines stevia and sugar), and Truvia.

    Fresh stevia leaves can be found at many farmers markets. The FDA now also allows certain refined stevia preparations to be used in food and drinks.

    What does it taste like?
    Stevia-based sweeteners have zero calories, yet are as much as 200 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar). Some products may have a bitter taste.

    Are stevia sweeteners artificial?
    “I think that the FDA didn’t require good-enough testing,” Michael F. Jacobson, PhD, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), says in an email to WebMD. “That said, [Rebiana] is probably safe.”

    In April 2010, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced that studies showed no risk of toxicity from highly purified stevia sweeteners. The CSPI still argues that more testing of these products is warranted.

    Can stevia sweeteners be used in baking?
    Yes, they can. Many product web sites have conversion charts to help.

    How does stevia compare with other sugar substitutes?
    Here is an overview of various sugar substitutes, including stevia.

    Aspartame
    What is it: Two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine; and methanol. Brand names are Equal and NutraSweet.
    How it’s used: Equal tabletop sweetener, diet soft drinks such as Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, some sugar-free desserts, including gelatin desserts, yogurt, and puddings.
    Advantages: Tastes similar to sugar. Enhances sweet flavors, especially fruit flavors.
    Drawbacks: Should not be consumed by people with phenylketonuria (PKU). Controversy continues about whether aspartame is linked to increased cancer rates. Government agencies say it is safe. A recent study from an Italian cancer institute found more lymphomas and leukemia in rats fed very large amounts of aspartame. The CSPI recommends avoiding it.

    Saccharin
    What is it: Benzoic sulfinide.
    How it’s used: Sweet’N Low tabletop sweetener, Tab diet cola, salad dressings, baked goods, canned fruit.
    Advantages: Less expensive than other artificial sweeteners. Stable at high temperatures, so can be used for baking. Passes through the body unaltered.
    Drawbacks: After studies in the early 1970s linked saccharin consumption to bladder cancer in rats, all food containing saccharin was required to carry a warning label. But studies in humans showed no consistent evidence that saccharin causes bladder cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. The warning label is no longer required. The CSPI advises avoiding saccharin because of studies that link it to cancer in rodents.

    Acesulfame-K, or Ace-K
    What is it: Acetoacetic acid and the mineral potassium.
    How it’s used: Usually in gums, confections, cough drops, and carbonated and alcoholic beverages, often in combination with another sweetener. Also sold as Sunett or Sweet One.
    Advantages: Extends shelf life of diet drinks. Can be used for cooking and baking. Not metabolized or absorbed by the body.
    Drawbacks: Government health agencies say it is safe. The CSPI advises avoiding it and has asked the FDA to require more tests. Can taste bitter on its own; better tasting when blended with other sweeteners.

    Sucralose
    What is it: A sugar molecule chemically altered by replacing three hydroxyl groups with three atoms of chlorine.
    How it’s used: Splenda tabletop sweetener and baking products. Also in yogurt, fruit juices, ice cream, dairy products, some diet beverages, and flavored waters, sometimes combined with Ace-K.
    Advantages: Consumer groups have not raised the safety concerns with sucralose that they have with other sweeteners. Can be used in baked goods more readily than other artificial sweeteners. No effect on blood sugar levels.
    Drawbacks: Although better suited for baking than other artificial sweeteners, it’s still not a perfect substitute for sugar.

    Neotame
    What is it: A derivative of a combination of two amino acids: aspartic acid and phenylalanine.
    How it’s used: Sweetener and flavor enhancer for other ingredients, such as mint. In some store-brand juices and gums.
    Advantages: More stable than aspartame, meaning a better fit for baked goods. Although it shares some ingredients with aspartame, neotame has not prompted the same safety concerns with consumer groups. It does not carry a warning label for people with PKU.
    Drawbacks: Rarely used.

    Stevia
    What is it: Extract from the stevia plant.
    How it’s used: Dietary supplement and tabletop sweetener.
    Advantages: Less is more. Stevia is much sweeter than sugar, so less is needed. It is an option for people with diabetes as it does not affect blood sugar levels.
    Drawbacks: Some extracts have a bitter taste. It is billed as “natural,” but technically is processed.

    Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

    Nutrition and Lifestyle Suggestions: High Cholesterol

    To assist us in getting the best results with your acupuncture and Chinese herbs, follow these simple instructions:

    Nutrition

    • Increase the daily intake of cholesterol-lowering foods such as apples, bananas, carrots, cold water, fish, dried beans, garlic, grapefruit, olive oil, and fibers such as bran and oat.
    • Consume large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • Decrease foods that will raise cholesterol levels, such as beer, wine, cheese, aged and cured meats, sugar, and greasy or fried foods.  Avoid eating red meat, processed foods fatty foods soda, pastries, pies, doughnuts, candy, etc.
    • Stop drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.
    • Eat small frequent meals throughout the day.
    • Drink tea on a daily basis, especially after meals, to decrease the assumption of fatty foods from the diet.
    • Increase the intake if niacin, which can lower cholesterol levels by up to 18%,

    Lifestyle

    • Avoid the consumption of alcohol and exposure to tobacco. They increase cholesterol buildup and hardening of arteries.
    • Exercise regularly, it will improve energy levels, normalize metabolic functions, reduce fat, and burn calories.
    • Change dietary and exercise habits, to avoid rebound weight gain.
    • Do not lose weight drastically.

    Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.