January 2015

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The Latest in Weight-Loss Advice

Even if you’re not trying to lose weight yourself now that the holidays have come and gone, someone you know is looking in the mirror and cringing. These books are aimed at helping them (or, ahem, you) get over that my-pants-suddenly-shrunk feeling.

For somebody who hates “going on a diet,” there is Smart People Don’t Diet (Da Capo). Psychologist Charlotte Markey, PhD, says there are many reasons to avoid diets, not the least of which is, “Dieting is not fun.” Instead, she believes in developing “a personalized, gradual, health-conscious approach to weight management.”

For example, Markey advises keeping a detailed record of what, when and how much you eat, along with your general activity level, for seven days in order to discern where you’re starting from. Topics discussed include learning to “love yourself naked” and how mood affects food intake.

The China Study, a large study of diet and disease among rural Chinese in the 1980s, was the subject of a 417-page tome of the same name by study leader T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and his son, Thomas Campbell, MD. Now Thomas has written The Campbell Plan (Rodale) to help you turn that mass of data into a usable eating strategy.

The Campbell Plan does explain and interpret the China Study results, which support a whole-foods, plant-based diet. But the heart of book is the third part, in which Campbell provides two weeks’ worth of menu plans, recipes and shopping tips.

Are you not only overweight but tired and frazzled to boot? If so you may be interested in The Adrenal Reset Diet. According to author Alan Christianson, NMD, weight gain isn’t your fault—it’s your body’s stress response that’s to blame.

Christianson says “processed food, pollution and the pressures of life” foul up your adrenal glands, causing hormonal imbalances that lead to weight gain. His plan is designed to correct the imbalance by supporting the adrenals, especially by eating protein in the morning and carbohydrates later in the day, when the body is better able to process them. The Adrenal Reset Diet supports this idea with recipes and suitable lifestyle modifications.

For more books on losing weight, visit energytimes.com.


The Jacuzzi Hydrotherapy Walk-In Tub

Just about every ancient culture valued immersion in water as a form of therapy. That appreciation for therapeutic bathing has lasted for eons. Aging Americans who have difficulty moving and risk slipping don’t have as much access to the healing powers of bathing as many others. That’s why we like the Jacuzzi Hydrotherapy Walk-In Tub.

The tub features a leak-proof door that allows you to simply step into the tub rather than stepping precariously over the side. It features a state-of-the-art acrylic surface and a raised seat, and the controls are within easy reach. In addition, the tub features the patented Jacuzzi PointPro jet system. The tub provides pain-relieving therapy with
a balanced water-to-air mix, and offers a specialized foot massage with a unique spinning motion.

Luxurious and affordable, the Jacuzzi Hydrotherapy Walk-In Tub makes the therapeutic powers of water accessible to everyone. Visit HydrotherapyBathing.com


VA Pushing Easier Vet

Access to Healthcare

When dealing with a health issue that requires professional care, a common challenge is to make sure your primary doctor and specialists are communicating with each other. Veterans face a similar challenge, and Secretary Robert A. McDonald of the US Department of Veterans Affairs says one of the department’s goals is ensure that veterans’ VA doctors and civilian doctors “know what the other is doing.”

McDonald made his remarks at the 10-year Anniversary Heroes Gala of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a group that helps bring attention and services to veterans of those wars. Smoother communications among doctors is just one issue under the spotlight as part of an overhaul in VA services that McDonald is spearheading. The overhaul comes in the wake of whistleblower complaints early last year that exposed improper scheduling practices at VA Medical Centers around the country. Accompanying the complaints were allegations that as many as 40 veterans died while awaiting care, leading to the resignation of McDonald’s predecessor, former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

McDonald, a former chief executive of Procter & Gamble, wants to bring more customer service to Veterans Affairs, and has announced a goal to eliminate wait times for veterans seeking mental health services.

“Accelerating care to veterans is our top near-term priority,” McDonald said at the IAVA event.

Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA’s chief executive and founder, observed that 2.8 million veterans have served since 9/11. “Veterans are too often stereotyped,” he said. “We’re not victims. We’re aware. We’re leaders. We’re teachers. Vets are rising, and we’re pushing America to rise with us.”

The IAVA event honored Uber chief executive and co-founder Travis Kalanick with the 2014 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award, and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, with the 2014 IAVA Veteran Leadership Award.


Other Approaches to Weight Loss

The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey

(Rodale, rodalebooks.com)

The Author: Former Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor; proponent of “biohacking,” the use of technology to improve one’s mind and body

The Premise: Asprey researched why he couldn’t lose weight, despite cutting calories and working out, and learned that his obesity was linked to chronic inflammation; fixes include gaining control of hunger hormones, helping the body detoxify itself and regulating gut bacteria; recommends a fat/protein/vegetable/fruit and starch ratio of about 55%/20%/20%/5%, along with supplements; eat only when hungry


The MD Factor Diet by Caroline J. Cederquist, MD

(BenBella Books, bistromd.com/mdfactorbook)

The Author: Bariatric (weight loss) specialist; founder of Cederquist Medical Wellness Center in Naples, Florida

The Premise: Weight gain is caused by metabolism dysfunction (the “MD Factor”), which often leads to sugar cravings, brain fog, bloating and sleeping problems; triggered by a combination of genetics, abdominal fat, stress, aging and medication usage; diet focuses on lean protein, along with monounsaturated fats and essential fatty acids, while cutting carbs, especially grains; Cederquist recommends supplemental magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin B12

Outsmarting Overeating by Karen R. Koenig

(New World Library, newworldlibrary.com)

The Author: Psychotherapist, eating coach and speaker; has worked for more than three decades with people who have eating issues

The Premise: Disordered eating, including overconsumption, represents a “misguided relationship with food” that in turn represents “deeper, darker problems”; fixing this problem involves learning life skills in physical self-care, handling troublesome emotions, living in a consciously engaged manner, building and keeping relationships, self-regulation, problem solving, goal-setting and achieving life/work balance

The Piper Protocol by Tracy Piper

(William Morrow/HarperCollins, harpercollins.com)

The Author: Massage therapist, acupuncturist, Chinese herbologist and colon hydrotherapist; founder of The Piper Center for Internal Wellness in New York City

The Premise: Internal cleansing promotes not only weight loss but also greater overall well-being; Piper’s four-week plan includes a 50/50 meat and vegetables diet the first week (meat and grain is a big no-no, says Piper), 20/80 meat and vegetables the next week, 20/80 gluten-free, whole-grain carbs and vegetables the third week and 100% liquid fast the fourth; colon cleanses and what Piper calls “emotional cleansing” play key roles

Super Shred: The Big Results Diet by Ian K. Smith, MD

(St. Martin’s Griffin, stmartins.com)

The Author: TV doctor (“The Doctors,” “The Rachel Ray Show,” “Celebrity Fit Club,” others); serves on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
The Premise: Rapid short-term weight loss, or what Smith calls “destination dieting”—getting ready for a cruise, for example—is possible with his four-week

SUPER SHRED program; key components include negative energy balance (more calories expended than taken in), calorie disruption (abrupt shifts in calorie consumption over the course of a week), sliding nutrient density (away from heavy, carb-loaded foods, towards high-nutrient, mostly plant-based, foods)

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