Monthly Archives: March 2010

Sally Anne Wins Our Free Nutrition Consultation


Sally Anne’s submission was chosen by Beth Ellen DeLuglio as the winner of a free nutrition consultation. Beth and Sally have already been working together for the past week. We look forward to keeping members of metabolism.com posted on their progress.

We thank those of you who submitted your thoughts to this contest and hope that by keeping up with Sally’s comments, problems and progress that you can gain useful information to help you achieve your own goals. We also plan to rerun the contest in the near future so keep your eyes open for more information.

Sally’s winning comment is as follows:

The biggest obstacle to acheiving my weight loss is many-fold and complex as I believe it is for most. I believe my sleep apnea is the worst “culprit”. I also have Hashimoto’s thyroid disease and in 2006 I crash dieted and lost 82 lbs in 11 months only to suffer a rapid rebound weight gain of 40 pounds. For over two years, I have not been able to get this weight off. I was previously insulin resistant and had surgery on PCOS. The fibromyalgia affects working out. I feel that all of these issues feed off one another. It is crystal clear to me that feeling poorly every day from debilitating fatigue is the biggest obstacle to acheiving the weight loss I so desperately need. I really do need help. I want to live before I die.

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What’s Fair is Fair: Health Care 2010


It’s hard to feel someone else’s pain. It doesn’t matter what political party or economic system you ascribe to, it’s just human nature to be unsympathetic if you don’t understand the pain someone else is experiencing. What does this have to do with health care reform in the U.S.?

Who in this country has the best, most comprehensive, most generous health care insurance? The answer is federal employees, including members of Congress. These are people who never suffer insecurity about getting the best health care for themselves and their families. I believe this is a key factor reducing the motivation of Congress to change our health care system. Likewise in our country, the well off are still getting the best health care available. In my experience, these are the people who are least sympathetic to healthcare reform.

It is being said that the President was “Un-American” in the way he achieved his goal of health care reform. I think it is Un-American to shrug in the face of 30 million uninsured citizens, or to accept a system where the companies offering health insurance are making billions of dollars in profit while denying coverage to those who need it the most.

As a physician I am sitting at ground zero in regards to the changes in healthcare just set into motion. I have not yet been able to analyze how these changes will effect the way I practice medicine, but I still applaud the great effort by our leaders to fix a healthcare system which is clearly broken.

Gary Pepper, M.D. , Editor-in-Chief, metabolism.com

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dr wont prescribe natural thyroid please help


I have been on Synthroid for over a year now and I still feel sick.It took forever to get my Dr to admit I was hypo because my blood test were with in normal. Finally I told them a small lie to get a ultra sound on my neck and they found Goiter which  made them get me on synthroid. (I told them I was having sharp pains in my neck)I am on public health care so I dont have a choice as to the care they will give me. A second opinion is usually a student Dr. under the Dr. you disagree with. I want to try Armour or the compound the all natural or something because I hate feeling like this. I complain about how tired I still am and they want me to go on antidepressants? I am depressed because I dont have a choice in my health care! I told them for two years my thyroid was out I knew by my own study over the net.  Please how can I get a prescripition for a natural thyroid I cant afford to pay a Dr with no insurance that will want to rerun all those test again I went through with the state Drs just to get a prescription for something I already have a script for. I am on 100mg of Synthroid I take two 50gm a day because I was alergic to the fillers they used in the 100gm pill. I was also alergic to the Levo so I cant take the generic Ive been on Synthroid for a little over a year >Please someone help me because I am 35 and my life plus my childrens is passing me by in a dream cause I sleep all the time and have gained over 50lbs in less than a year I believe from being constipated>I am not depressed! There is so much I want to do that my body just wont let me I am in tears now because I hope so bad I get a responce that can help me.

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Low Vitamin D Linked to Obesity and Atherosclerosis in Diabetics


Type 2 diabetics are more prone to heart attacks, peripheral vascular disease and stroke. All of these can be linked to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Known risk factors for atherosclerosis are high cholesterol levels, obesity and high blood pressure. A recent study now demonstrates that atherosclerosis and obesity are associated with low vitamin D 25 levels in African-American type 2 diabetics. This study published in the March issue of JCEM was conducted at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. The researchers found that low vitamin D levels in diabetics are more common with increasing obesity and also with greater degrees of atherosclerosis of the aorta and carotid arteries (which supply the brain with blood).

Whether low levels of vitamin D cause any of these diseases or are simply another abnormality found in people with these illnesses has yet to be determined. Future studies are being planned in which obese type 2 diabetics are treated with vitamin D to see if these diseases can be improved.

Gary Pepper, M.D. Editor-in-Chief, Metabolism.com

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Water, Water Everywhere…Is Our Drinking Water Safe?


Nor any drop to drink.  Remember the dilemma of the Ancient Mariner?   Water everywhere but none safe to drink.  Have we found ourselves with the same dilemma?  Heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and even radioactive elements have been found in our drinking water.  What are we to do about something so essential to health?  Water is the blood of life.  Our bodies are 60-70% water and it is necessary for transport, temperature control and the basic functions of metabolism.  We can only go a number of days without it,  while we could literally go for weeks without food (not that I recommend that!).  Most folks need at least 1/2 ounce of water for each pound of body weight ( 30 mls per kilogram of body weight in metric).  Fluid needs may change with exercise, kidney function and other variables so the initial calculation is just a baseline.  But where should we get our fluids?  Purified water with lemon juice, lime juice or alkalizing minerals would be ideal.  But what about tap water?  What about it… or more importantly, what is in it!  I refer you to EWG.ORG for an assessment of the nation’s drinking water… find your city on the list!  I encouraged them to also assess the level of radiation in the water as well because we know it can factor into health risk.

What about bottled water?  Bottled water is water in a bottle, period.   You must look further to learn exactly how and if it has been purified.  Some bottled water simple states that it is from a “municipal source,”  basically tap water!  Although bottled water must meet certain standards, just as tap water must, they may not be removing all undesirable contaminants.  We collected drinking water samples at RPHP and found radioactivity was greatest in samples within 20 miles of a nuclear power plant.  The water 40 miles away had less radiation but after reverse osmosis, almost all the radiation was removed.  That is why I encourage people to be sure their water is purified/filtered by either reverse osmosis or distillation.  Because that does remove ALL minerals, along with the radioactive ones, I am sure to supplement appropriately with minerals and trace elements.  Again, everyone’s needs are different and someone with decreased kidney function would not supplement unless guided by a healthcare practitioner.  Bottomline… be sure to get enough clean alkalized water to support your health and metabolism!

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Dr. Oz may have the tools he needs right in his pocket!


We all hope that our healthcare providers will do their utmost to remain updated on the latest and most progressive treatments and data available.  I am hoping that Dr. Oz will use the tools that I literally slipped right into his pocket at St. Mary’s Hospital during a Children’s Pavilion dedication.  The DVD I gave him was the news coverage of the link between low level radiation and childhood cancer, including the brain cancer clusters in Port St. Lucie and Miami Florida.  Being in Palm Beach County is especially high risk because we are in between the two nuclear power plants and we have a relatively high level of rainfall.  The rain brings the radioactive elements down to ground level where they leach into drinking water and into crops.  The combination of radiation and agricultural chemicals has an even more insidious affect.  The cancer clusters in West Palm Beach are following the same pattern.
The evidence is overwhelming and I was hoping to educate Dr. Oz on the subject so that he could use his public voice and television personality to shed light on the issue.  I provided him with the website for Radiation.org and a direct phone number for follow up.  Perhaps we can give him the benefit of the doubt and hope that he has been studying the issue in depth and will use his public appeal to begin to really address the underlying causes of childhood cancer.

We all hope that our healthcare providers will do their utmost to remain updated on the latest and most progressive treatments and data available.  I am hoping that Dr. Oz will use the tools that I literally slipped right into his pocket at St. Mary’s Hospital during a Children’s Pavilion dedication.  The DVD I gave him was the news coverage of the link between low level radiation and childhood cancer, including the brain cancer clusters in Port St. Lucie and Miami Florida.  Being in Palm Beach County is especially high risk because we are in between the two nuclear power plants and we have a relatively high level of rainfall.  The rain brings the radioactive elements down to ground level where they leach into drinking water and into crops.  The combination of radiation and agricultural chemicals has an even more insidious affect.  The cancer clusters in West Palm Beach are following the same pattern.

The evidence is overwhelming and I was hoping to educate Dr. Oz on the subject so that he could use his public voice and television personality to shed light on the issue.  I provided him with the website for Radiation.org and a direct phone number for follow up.  Perhaps we can give him the benefit of the doubt and hope that he has been studying the issue in depth and will use his public appeal to begin to really address the underlying causes of childhood cancer.

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Win a Free Nutrition Consultation with Beth Ellen DiLuglio


Have you been discouraged by inability to lose weight despite really trying? Have you ever paid for a weight loss program and felt you wasted your money? The experts at metabolism.com appreciate what you have gone through and want to help you get it right. Beth Ellen DiLuglio is a certified nutritionist and consultant who is collaborating with metabolism.com to offer a personalized nutrition program that we believe will get results.

To kick off this new service, Metabolism.com is running a contest to win a free consultation with Beth Ellen. To enter the contest simply post to the Comments Section on Metabolism.com’s homepage with the theme: ….What is the biggest obstacle to achieving weight loss?… We want to hear what you have to say about this common and perplexing problem.

Within 4 weeks the staff of metabolism.com will choose the best response to the question. The winner will then be entitled to a free consultation with Beth Ellen worth $80 but actually worth much more when the results you are striving for are finally achieved with her help.

So enter today and post your opinion to metabolism.com; What is the biggest obstacle to achieving weight loss?

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Dr. Oz, What Exactly Don’t You Know?


For a relatively small South Florida town, Jupiter has attracted a few national news stories. Recently there was the disturbed man who gunned down 4 members of his own family, and Tiger Woods is building his mother a house here. Bringing Dr. Oz to Jupiter is the recently confirmed pediatric brain tumor cluster just West of here. This has stirred up a lot of media attention and later this week Dr. Oz is doing a special on the cancer cluster.

What type of doctor is Dr. Oz? He is a heart surgeon. His training is in using a knife to cut the chest open and in sewing arteries together to heal the diseased heart. Why is he talking to the nation about a brain cancer cluster in South Florida? Why does he have a show where he lectures on everything from swine flu to diarrhea? This situation reminds me of a soap opera where the show’s doctor delivers a baby, removes someone’s brain cancer, and treats someone else for AIDS, all in the same episode. Sorry folks….that’s not the way the real world of medicine works.

O.K…so call me jealous. That doesn’t change the fact that our nation deserves real experts dealing out the facts, not some handsome Oprah pet doc pretending to be G-d’s gift to the medical world.

Operating on the heart requires constant practice and intense focus on only what lies underneath that knife. It shouldn’t come as a surprise therefore, that the last cardiac surgeon I would want operating on my heart is Dr. Oz.

Dr. Gary Pepper, Editor-in-Chief, Metabolism.com

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