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12 Pounds in 3 Weeks!?
Dr. Wright’s Starvation-Free and Gym-Free Weight Loss Secret

By Jonathan V. Wright, M.D.

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so. questions came up at the Tahoma Clinic once again—many more 1 than in the 1980s. I thought I’d look into it in more depth. Judgment––hopefully educated and informed judgment––is always necessary with anything we read. In the 1980s. I looked for information about Dr. not surprisingly. my first step was to look for publications by the originator of the program. Simeons appeared. paper.T. So when some Tahoma Clinic clients asked about this “natural weight loss program. Straight from the source In the 1970s and 80s. and a bit from the hips for Holly. So instead of reading the recent popular book. no abstract of any of the four articles was available. which. Dr. “On-line” is no different. but we hadn’t even been unusually hungry. and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1963 and 1964). as most of you know first-hand. recently there was a bestselling book enthusiastically discussing the same natural weight-loss program. All four titles mentioned the same natural hormone. I was busy with other things. and started to teach what I had learned to interested physicians with my colleague Dr. Alan Gaby. it’s best to start with the original source. thanks to daily injections of a natural substance that first made the news more than 30 years ago. I continued to research and develop nutritional therapies. But as you may know. And throughout that time. which is frequently the case with such quick results. progesterone. I tried the website of the National Library of Medicine (more commonly known in the medical field as “PubMed”). cave walls. all of our children were still at home. not water. That’s definitely not a problem in the Internet-aided 21st century. but. (And for you skeptics out there. A. German medical schools were widely considered to be the best in the world. whether on stone. the enthusiasm died down. So this time. (During the latter part of the 1800s and the early 1900s. After awhile. First. Holly (my wife and very best friend) lost nine. Dr. and thyroid. anywhere. Dr. I lost 12 pounds. that’s been the case as long as humans have been writing and reading. our “impedance” measuring scale confirmed that the large majority of the weight we lost was indeed fat.” I checked into it briefly and said I didn’t think it would hurt. but. in my defense. The sort of media attention surrounding “diet trends” always invites skepticism and controversy. And the weight came off just where we wanted it to come off the most—the lower abdomen for both of us.) Granted. I was working on accumulating the scientific information base about natural medicine that would help establish Tahoma Clinic.W. like many Britons and Americans of his time. Although he was born in England. Simeons attended a German university. In the 1970s. human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG). but didn’t pursue it any further. Four citations attributed to Dr. graduating summa cum laude in Medicine from the University of Heidelberg. information was considerably harder to find. we had been on a program involving a severely calorie-restricted diet. Simeons was definitely no “diet huckster” or “quack. and I forgot all about it. oddly. DHEA. But from my experience. So from there. and three of the titles specified the use of HCG for treatment of obesity. or news-print. Simeons.” but a brilliant physician with a solid list of accomplishments. So why hadn’t I done this before? I suppose I should have been more attentive in the 1970s and 80s when the first large wave of interest in this same program occurred. Simeons himself. testosterone. parchment.) He then did post- . During the 80s I was also starting to develop combined bio-identical hormone therapies—estrogens.12 Pounds in 3 Weeks!? Chapter 1 How I lost 12 pounds in 3 weeks—and how you could lose even more I could hardly believe it: In 23 days. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (1956). published in very respectable medical journals—Lancet (1954). While it’s certainly true that you can’t believe everything you read. makes following a restricted diet much more difficult.

Simeons developed the use of the drug Atabrine. Froelich. breasts any flat-chested maiden would be proud to possess. knock-knees.2 (Anyone who’s heard me speak at bio-identical hormone seminars is likely aware of my enthusiasm for organotherapy. and underdeveloped 2 HCG is not HGH Just so there’s no confusion: HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) is not the same as HGH (human growth hormone). as well as on endocrinology. Germany. where he changed the focus of his practice. In 1949. Although much of his early work concerned infectious disease—malaria. Both are entirely natural molecules and not intrinsically dangerous. While he was in India. These observations were the key to his development of HCG treatment for obesity. aided by los Federales—and replaced by “endocrinology. obesity. most of the time it was a physical. HCG is ordinarily made by the placenta. HGH has become very controversial and is treated as a “controlled substance. He also invented a new method of blood staining to better observe the malaria parasite. which became and remained for years a mainstay of conventional anti-malarial treatment. slender hands. While in India. it’s not difficult to obtain. consequently. During his years in India.) According to the 1924 textbook. and around the hips. and then to India from 1931 until 1949.” In Pounds and Inches. He developed an interest in tropical diseases. He insisted that while obesity had psychosomatic components. it’s also accompanied by a growth in the pituitary gland. Unfortunately. Organotherapy in General Practice tells us that variations of Froelich’s syndrome can develop at any time of life. in 1901. In some cases. and the links between the three.doctoral work in Germany and Switzerland. and breasts. And thanks to the varying degrees of severity. my next step was to look up Froelich’s syndrome. It’s also remarkably less expensive than HGH. he also developed a model center for the treatment of leprosy (Hansen’s disease) and did extensive work concerning bubonic plague (the disease known in Europe in prior centuries as “the Black Death”). organotherapy was literally pushed off the stage in the 1940s—with a great deal of help by patent medicine companies. Dr. But with or without a pituitary growth. For all his work against malaria.” There’s no athletic advantage associated with HCG (other than weight loss when used with calorie restriction) and although it requires a prescription and should only be used when working with a physician. So when he moved to Rome. he began researching and working on them. but since large quantities of HGH have given both professional and amateur athletes a competitive advantage seen as unfair. Simeons was awarded an “Order of Merit” by the Red Cross. he re-located to the Salvador Mundi International Hospital in Rome. he observed many “fat boys” with “long. In his book Pounds and Inches (which is widely available for free downloading online1). sometimes bio-identical—instead of the complexes that occur naturally in the body. not mental.” While endocrinology is a very useful science. The little-known syndrome that could be related to your stubborn weight gain Having learned about Dr. the textbook hypothesizes that the milder forms of Froelich’s syndrome are “undoubtably much commoner than supposed. Dr. it uses single molecules—sometimes patented. The excess fat accumulates in the lower abdomen. disorder. bubonic plague—psychosomatic disorders were another of Dr. Simeon’s interests. . Germany. followed by work at a hospital in Dresden. buttocks. studying and working at the School of Tropical Medicine in Hamburg. The best description I found came from a 1924 textbook titled Organotherapy in General Practice. buttocks and thighs with striation [stretch marks]. which is a discipline based on copying Nature by using naturally balanced complexes of naturally derived hormones. From there. he went to Africa for two years. underdeveloped genital organs. he refers to his observations while in India of a syndrome first described by a German doctor. Simeons describes his experience with one of the common variations of Froelich’s syndrome. leprosy. large hips. and occasionally by “trophoblastic” tumors. people suffering from full-scale Froelich’s syndrome are usually extremely obese and have underdeveloped gonads (ovaries and testicles) and. so the degree of underdeveloped gonads varies from severe to mild to none at all. HGH is made by the pituitary gland. Dr. Simeons and his solid credentials.

with or without weight loss. Simeons guessed that combining HCG injections with relatively severe calorie restriction would lead to significant weight loss without significant hunger. along with another two grains of thyroid substance. In his experience. the woman’s waistline had shrunk 5 inches (30 inches to 25 inches). Simeons observed that their shapes changed. too. So he tried this approach—daily HCG injections combined with a 500-calorie-per-day diet—in a few 3 hundred cases of “regular” overweight individuals and observed that his guess was correct. Simeons’ technique. as you read above. Simeons. We’ve put our supplement regimens together very carefully over the years and know we do much better with them than without. Within three months.6 to . often with undescended testicles. her treatment included a common “organotherapy” preparation of the time: tablets containing glandular substance from animal pituitary. but volunteered to do herself. What you can gain even from less-than-average loss After all of this careful research. she lost only one pound of body weight the entire time. average weight loss is approximately .” Dr. but according to Dr. since the body would use the “mobilized” fat as fuel. both Holly and I can personally vouch for Dr. and there was a “distinct decrease in the circumference of the hips. and every single patient experienced very significant weight loss. But despite the dramatic change in her measurements. and adrenal glands. thyroid. and her hip circumference had gone down 7 1/2 inches (43 to 35 1/2). but. but they also “seemed to lose their ravenous appetites.9 pounds per day. our results were actually below average. “just in case.3 This case occurred in a woman with a more typical case of Froelich’s syndrome. Despite the calorie restriction.” I’ve tried nearly everything except for bio-identical estrogens. there was just one more thing to do before recommending Dr.” And while the boys weren’t on restricted diets and didn’t actually lose any weight. But just because Holly and I continued our supplements doesn’t necessarily mean you must continue . we made sure to “load” our bodies with fish oil and GLA before starting the HCG-restricted calorie diet. We did stop taking our fish oil while we were on the program. and I lost 12. Dr. which may have resulted in our slightly-less-than-average results. Simeons observed in the Indian boys who did undergo HCG therapy helps strengthen the case for this “fat-mobilization” theory that critics tend to brush off. rather than just moving it from one place to another. Simeons was intrigued. Dr. We were quite pleased. It’s possible that Holly and I didn’t lose as much weight as many others because we continued our supplement programs during the entire series of HCG injections. Simeons found that when the so-called “fat boys” were given small daily injections of HCG—a substance extracted and purified from the urine of pregnant women—their testicles not only descended into the scrotum.12 Pounds in 3 Weeks!? genitals. In a matter of 23 days Holly lost 9 pounds. But the Organotherapy in General Practice textbook actually highlighted another example of this sort of fat mobilization and redistribution. his patients didn’t get unusually hungry. Nearly all conventional MDs believe that “fat mobilization” and consequent body re-shaping by HCG. He recommends against nearly all other supplements. Simeons’ weight loss program to my patients: Try it myself. The fact that an HCG-free program containing pituitary and related glandular extracts can do the same thing that Dr.) And. However. is a myth. The extra quantities would be stored in every cell membrane and our bodies would be able to use those supplies while we followed the HCG program. Instead of HCG (which wasn’t available in purified form until years later). which included considerable excess fat on the hips and abdomen. knowing that our health is much better while we’re taking essential fatty acid supplements. So it’s possible that our bodies burned some of those stores of essential fatty acids before burning the body fat that had been mobilized by the HCG. which Holly won’t let me do. Taking this theory one step further. Simeons makes a repeated point in his writings to explain that fats and oils must be very strictly controlled during HCG use—even oils in skin crèmes—or the body may burn those before it burns the “mobilized” fat. Dr. He theorized that the HCG injections had moved (“mobilized”) the fat from the hips and deposited it in more normal distribution for a male body without any actual change in overall weight. for an average of 15 to 20 pounds over 23 days. (My policy has always been to try anything new on me first before trying it for clients.” Dr. as possibly interfering with weight loss.

and when the series is complete. For seriously overweight individuals who want or need to lose more than 34 pounds. they at once begin to feel ravenously hungry in spite of continued injections. For those who need to lose 15 pounds or less he advises a 23-day series of HCG injections along with the 500-calorie-per-day diet.000 until you’ve completed the full HCG program. Dr. yours—although at a very minimum I’d suggest continuing at least 2 grams of vitamin C and a general multiple vitamin-mineral daily. lower blood sugar. Simeons advises careful monitoring of blood sugar in all type 2 diabetics who undergo HCG treatment. it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor about what other approaches you can take either during HCG treatment (to take advantage of the maximum combined effect) or afterwards (if you prefer to follow Dr. It does rise again once HCG is stopped. extreme blood sugar swings can be dangerous— even when they’re in the right direction. Two of the more surprising benefits of HCG treatment are improvements in conditions not typically associated with weight—psoriasis and varicose ulcers (although Dr. high blood pressure often drops during HCG treatment. However. without this three-day follow-up. Like elevated blood sugar. you should work with your doctor to increase your daily calorie intake to 1. As Dr. Simeons found that psoriasis patients may relapse afterwards). Of course. the blood pressure doesn’t usually rise to it’s former heights. some patients may “put on weight alarmingly. Simeons found that type 2 diabetics sometimes have a drop in elevated fasting blood sugar to normal values within two to three weeks of starting HCG treatment. Continuing the 500-calorie-perday diet for three days after the HCG injection series is over ensures that every trace of HCG is eliminated from the body. and 3 other HCG benefits besides a smaller waistline In his decades of HCG use. Different programs for different goals Over the course of several decades treating thousands of patients. Dr. he advises stopping the injection series at that point. Simeons did set a limit on total weight loss for any one series of injections: If the patient loses 34 pounds before completing the series of 40 injections. but most patients report that it’s less than before and more manageable with less pain relieving medication.” He also warns that once patients have “lost all their abnormal superfluous fat. Simeons explains that the three-day “protein loading” lead-in provides the body with extra protein to “get through” the first few days of diet restrictions. Type 2 diabetes is the condition most often associated with obesity. There is also a three-day high-protein. And since they all tend to recur (although in lesser form) once HCG is stopped. high-calorie “lead-in” to each course of HCG injections.Less pain. Weight loss that’s worth a shot You might be wondering if it’s possible to take 4 . he suggests a full 40-day course of injections along with the diet. Simeons’ advice of keeping supplement use to a minimum during treatment). Simeons recommends continuing the 500-calorie diet for another three days. While this is a great added benefit. So Dr. arthritis pain usually returns. Dr.” So if you reach this point during your series of injections. The weight loss the injection and diet program brings on also helps to improve other obesity-related health problems. he recommends additional series of 40 injections. Dr. After that. Dr. For people with more than 15 pounds to lose. but waiting approximately six weeks between each series. Simeons worked out two different programs. Simeons explained. Dr. but following the significant weight loss that almost always occurs with the HCG and diet program. Simeons also found that “all rheumatic pains” improve within just a few days of starting HCG treatment. Dr. Simeons observed that the benefits of HCG go beyond physical appearance. But please make sure to discuss the issue of your personal use of diet supplements during HCG treatment with a physician skilled and knowledgeable in nutritional and natural medicine. After the HCG treatment is over. the fuel your body needs comes from the 500 calories you eat each day along with the fat that the HCG mobilizes. all of these problems also have successful natural treatments other than HCG and diet.

4 Pregnenolone is the “parent” of all steroids and is made from cholesterol. when you’re using natural. This research suggests that HCG stimulates that process. Simeons may very well be 5 What every gout patient needs to know before trying HCG There are a few potential complications of HCG use that Dr. your best bet is to copy Nature and stick with the injections that go directly to the bloodstream.” He writes: “At first. he also found that after the initial “attack” there’s no more pain at all—even if the patient undergoes a full 40-day course of injections. to treat their condition prior to following the HCG and diet program. Simeons discovered during his years of research. In the 1950s and 60s before the advent of “HDL.12 Pounds in 3 Weeks!? HCG orally rather than by injection. this greatly alarmed us. Simeons discovered that “those who have regained their normal weight remain free of symptoms regardless of what they eat. bio-identical hormone treatments.” “LDL. This rapid increase causes some people to experience “acute and often severe attacks” after the first few days of HCG treatment. according to Dr. He also found that if a person’s total cholesterol is normal before HCG treatment. HCG treatment is the only time that these proportions change. The first is gout. and he hypothesized that “the rise [in total cholesterol during HCG treatment] is entirely due to the liberation of cholesterol deposits that have not yet undergone calcification in the arterial wall. Even better. HCG treatment may cause their “total blood cholesterol [to] soar to heights never before reached. Simeons found that the increase was mostly free cholesterol. I’d certainly follow his lead and recommend that anyone with gout work with a physician skilled and knowledgeable in natural and nutritional treatments.” And only after that is it disposed of by the liver and kidneys. Fortunately. HCG enters the bloodstream first. made up approximately 75 percent of a person’s total cholesterol.” Esterified cholesterol was thought to be the fraction related to arterial damage. . But then we saw that the patients came to no harm even if treatment was continued. So until someone (and someone likely will) invents a 100-percent-proven form of HCG that doesn’t get absorbed by GI tract and sent to the liver first—where at least some of it will be metabolized and lost—or totally “trapped” in the skin before it can reach the bloodstream.” As I’ve had gout (fortunately only once.” as Dr. Simeons believed (although he didn’t actually prove) that HCG treatment could at least partially clear the arteries of recently deposited but not-yet-calcified cholesterol.” In other words. directly or indirectly. it’s best to copy Nature. Simeons recommended. and. Dr. In 1981. Dr. where at least half of any “oral” hormone preparation goes. serum cholesterol was typically measured in two fractions: “free” and “esterified. then their levels won’t increase or decrease. not a risk. I didn’t have a gout attack during my course of HCG injections. However. none of them are serious or lifethreatening. And some subsequent research suggests that he may have been on the right track in suggesting that the HCG-stimulated rise in cholesterol is actually a health benefit. even though uric acid levels may persist for several months after completing the program. Dr. Dr. in my University undergraduate days) this was another reason to try HCG treatment on myself first. and we found that in follow-up examinations that the cholesterol was much better than it had been before treatment. Simeons. and is therefore highly beneficial. But as you’ve read from me many times before. while “free” cholesterol made up the remaining 25 percent. despite deliberately avoiding “premedication. HGC doesn’t enter the body through the gut. a research group working with animals demonstrated that HCG is one of two substances that breaks down esterified cholesterol (the “bad” fraction) and increases the production of pregnenolone. other than during pregnancy. And like any other internally produced hormone.” and today’s even more detailed cholesterol tests. Simeons found that serum levels of uric acid rise after initiating HCG treatment. Skyrocketing cholesterol levels: A benefit in disguise? The next complication of HCG treatment may actually be a benefit in disguise. Simeons found that. So it appears that Dr.” Dr. and free cholesterol becomes a larger proportion of a person’s total cholesterol. circulates around the body affecting its “target cells. But since my personal experience with gout attacks isn’t as frequent as many people’s. But if a patient’s total cholesterol is already high.

and potassium prior to undergoing the HCG program. randomized. If you intend to keep weight off after your HCG program is over. if you are overweight and have elevated cholesterol. and decrease in hunger. we suspect the spasms were related to dehydration. So I looked up the article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. and I also encourage everyone to make sure to drink plenty of these fluids. it’s very likely that you have insulin resistance.org. Still. I would certainly say that seeing and experiencing—not just reading—is believing. 5 negative. In the two cases that have occurred. we’ve noted one other possible adverse effect not mentioned by Dr. it’s a good idea to work closely with a physician skilled and knowledgeable in nutritional and natural therapies to monitor your cholesterol by more modern means. Drink more. you may want to consider a period of “loading” with calcium. 6 The truth behind the criticism “Mainstream” criticism of HCG claims that studies have shown that it’s ineffective as a weight loss aid. For those of you especially susceptible to spasms. “Not-sowell-designed” studies: 6 positive. www. the founder of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM). Simeons emphasizes that the use of water. if there are too many to avoid altogether) will be a help.” But claiming that HCG is “ineffective” based on this conclusion is more than a little deceptive.” So according to the authors of this “negative” study. You can find one in your area by contacting one of the following: the American College for Advancement in Medicine— (800)532-2688. If your test is positive.acam. Dr. prospective. during. and desensitizing them. Here’s the missing information. spasm less Since we started the HCG and restricted-calorie weight loss program at the Tahoma Clinic (admittedly not very long). mean weight loss per injection. then keeping weight off after the HCG program will be considerably easier if you stick with one of the diets outlined in the following chapters. as actually written in that supposedly “negative” article: “Numerous reports have been published attempting to support [6 articles cited] or to disprove [5 articles cited] the Simeons’ theory on the usefulness of HCG in weight reduction. Theron Randolph. prospective. For help with insulin resistance and allergy testing.6 there had not been a well-designed. mean weight loss as a percentage of initial weight. This single study concluded: “HCG does not appear to enhance the effectiveness of a rigidly imposed regimen for weight reduction. magnesium. www. the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians—(866)5382267. 2 hints that will help you keep the weight off for good If you’re significantly overweight and have type 2 diabetes in your family. www. this was reflected by a significantly greater mean weight loss.correct in hypothesizing that the increase in alreadyelevated cholesterol levels caused by HCG is actually a good thing. study yielded evidence that HCG had a statistically significant benefit over placebo. Dr.com.naturopathic. before. rotating. because (as is often the case) it leaves out some key information included in the rest of the study. it’s best to consult with a physician skilled and knowledgeable in nutritional and natural medicine. as well as help with the HCG program itself. and after intervals of HCG treatment. since there’s extra water loss (in addition to fat loss) during the first few days of the program. However. or the Academy of Environmental Medicine—(316)684-5500. double-blind study comparing HCG and placebo in the setting designed to test the true Simeons technique. please check with a physician skilled and knowledgeable in natural and nutritional medicine to have yourself tested. and coffee (unsweetened or sweetened with stevia only) is unlimited throughout the HCG program. [Harper and Asher’s] . tea. double-blind” studies: 1 positive. Hardly the resounding disproof the critics would like us to believe! And based on my own experience as well as Holly’s and the handful of Tahoma Clinic patients who have tried the HCG program so far. the “score” by the time of their publication was: “Well-designed. and found that that claim was true—as far as it went. You should also have yourself checked for food allergies before undertaking the HCG/restricted-calorie diet program.5 frequently cited as the “definitive” study. randomized. Before you even start an HCG and restricted-diet program.aaem. 1 negative. and I’ve observed this relationship to be true for many allergic individuals. Simeons—muscle spasm. was one of the first to write about the connection between food allergy and weight gain. until Asher and Harper’s report. avoiding food allergens (or avoiding.org.

and I’m not saying that all of the changes are bad—or that we should all start running around in loin-cloths. But even as recently as 150 years ago. cancer. But for those surviving childhood and childbirth. healthy life Our ancestors ate what they could hunt or gather. science. That’ll certainly bring down the life-span averages! And many children living in the crowded. it makes sense that they still require the same sort of nourishment to stay well.” people today who still follow the original human diet pattern. We’ve come a long way since the hunter-gatherer days.000 years ago. diverticular disease. Of course.000 years is a very long time for you or me. longevity was very close to what it is today. you can’t just go back to your old eating habits once you’ve reached your goal with the HCG program and expect to keep the weight off. unhygienic cities of the 1800s died of infectious diseases. let me just say that there’s plenty of research to back up this opinion. but before you blame it on the food. . historic diet. Researchers have found skeletons of people from 2 million years ago and determined that their genetic makeup is virtually identical to ours. Infection and accidents killed many at a young age. Life was physically much more strenuous and. really lowering average longevity. so more people died very young of infectious disease. or obesity. it’s actually only 1/2 percent of the time span humans have been on this planet. those who survived were “genetically programmed” to live just as long as any of us today. I’ll show you how to get “back to basics” with a modern adaptation of this health-promoting. Among these people.12 Pounds in 3 Weeks!? Chapter 2 The diet after the diet Just like any other weight loss program. (Keep in mind that even though 10. of cow’s milk or dairy. Make a healthier history repeat itself I’ve mentioned before that I studied anthropology as an undergrad student. consider some of the following factors: In Paleolithic times. Obviously. hypertension. in many cases. our bodies have stayed healthy on what I call the original human diet—a diet that included not a single ounce 7 Just a few careful supermarket selections could lead to a long. And the move from hunting and gathering to farming only happened about 10. But with the modern conveniences of supermarkets and natural food stores. and there were no hospitals and no surgeons. For 99. to die during childbirth. But before you start thinking I’m just “prejudiced” in my belief that the huntergatherer diet is optimal for human health. there were no antibiotics. Researchers have also carefully observed the health of “modern hunter-gatherers.) This change turned out to be essential to the progress of civilization. it wasn’t uncommon for women. osteoporosis. Nevertheless. mostly between the ages of 18-25.5 percent of human existence. and virtually no cereal grains or legumes. but it bears repeating that the best diet for all of us to follow as closely as possible is the kind our ancestors ate for hundreds of thousands of years prior to the introduction of agriculture. there are no exact statistics available for 2 million years ago. Right about now you might be thinking: “But aren’t people today living longer than ever before? Wasn’t the average life expectancy only 40 years (or less) 100 or so years ago? And weren’t life spans shorter when our remote ancestors were spearing large game animals for dinner?” Those things are all true. and technology but not so good. in many ways. You’ve read this in various issues of Nutrition & Healing many times before. Since our bodies are very similar to those of our remote ancestors from millions of years ago. that is how our bodies are designed to be nourished. But if you exclude infection and trauma. stalking and killing our dinners. diabetes. there’s virtually no cardiovascular disease. more dangerous. for human health. So in the following chapter. very few of us could live that sort of life today—even if we wanted to.

nearly any other wild game you can find 8 Fish and seafood • Fish: sardines. watermelon (These are the least likely to be contaminated. squash.its actually easier to find the “right” kinds of foods than ever before. Among modern hunter-gatherers. but the basic level might be a good starting point for you and will still boost your health considerably. purslane. gooseberries. The original human diet can be done at what I’ll call basic and advanced levels. you’ll still be buying vegetables and fruits from the supermarket. cranberries. cauliflower. whitefish. sirloin steak. rutabaga. perch. catfish. deer. herring. turkey. seaweed. spiny lobster Vegetables At the basic level. oranges. passion fruit. mushrooms. I’ve listed the groups of produce below in order from “least likely to be contaminated” to “most likely. rabbit. pumpkin. swiss chard. mustard greens. cabbage. lean veal. pears. elk. peppers. game hen (should be eaten as all white meat with no skin) • Eggs: chicken. Just a little extra attention to detail when you’re doing your weekly grocery shopping will make it fairly simple for you to follow a diet plan very similar to the original human diet—and to get all the added health benefits that come with it. salmon. crab (king. Taking your diet—and your health— back to basics Here’s an outline of foods included in the basic original human diet: Meat • Beef: extra-lean hamburger. Most of the produce there is commercially grown. non-starchy vegetables and fruits. plums. dungeness). any other lean cuts • Pork: Loin. lamb: tongue. quail. brussels sprouts.” • Broccoli. pollock. duck. The advanced level will probably require more effort and trips to health food or specialty food stores. chuck steak. grapefruit. pork. figs. the basic level includes things that can be found almost entirely at your local supermarket. the percentages of total protein and fat have been found to vary from 36 percent to 97 percent. rhubarb. parsley. parsnips. halibut. cassava. lime. and the occasional all-natural sweetener. they should only be eaten occasionally. grapes (U. “sweetbreads” • Wild game: buffalo. asparagus. beets and beet greens. pomegranites. dandelion greens. lychee fruit. guava. sweet potato/yam (Please note that even though these root vegetables are less likely to be contaminated with pesticides and chemicals. Put simply. But there is no one-size-fits-all original human diet. chops. haddock. star fruit. Obviously. pheasant.) Fruits • Avocados. honeydew. flounder. celery. That leaves a lot of room for you to determine the best ratio for your individual needs. radish. the advanced level will have the most health benefit. flank steak. other lean cuts • Poultry: chicken.S.) • Seafood: Scallops. kohlrabi. collard greens. tomato. nuts and seeds. so it’s probably been exposed to various amounts of pesticides or other chemicals. lettuce. cucumbers. so you might want to consider buying organically grown. pineapple. carrots. green onions. London broil. spinach (These are the vegetables most likely to be contaminated. mahi mahi.) • Artichoke. blueberries. raspberries. the original human diet consists of lean meats. kiwi. boysenberries. persimmons. grown). at least for these. cod. onions • Potato. nectarines. papayas. mangoes. fish. anchovies (These fish have relatively low mercury content. with total carbohydrates varying from 3 percent to 64 percent—and the people at both “extremes” are equally disease free. bananas. lemon. tanner. While both levels will probably require you to make some major dietary changes. endive. goose • Goat • Organ meats: beef. turnips and turnip greens. kale. since they were found in very limited areas of the world in “hunter-gatherer” times.) • Blackberries. watercress • Bell peppers. goose. eggplant. squash. tangerines .

it’s important that it at least be organically raised. canteloupe. That said. (Wild animals don’t hold 9 . all products containing dairy ingredients. all other herbal teas • Coffee • Wine. beer (small quantities) Sweeteners • Minimal calories: stevia. specifically. grapes (Chilean). advanced version of the original human diet. and any other nonnatural substances. our hunting and gathering ancestors ate primarily wild game meat. like bell peppers. and was eaten by all meat-eating hunter-gatherers.12 Pounds in 3 Weeks!? • Apples. but tea and coffee should definitely be organic. The list isn’t outrageous (there are far more foods you can eat). hazelnuts. olive.) Nuts and seeds • Flaxseed and walnuts (They have the best omega-3/ omega-6 fatty acid ratio. other agricultural chemicals. And it’s certainly true that absolutely none of these items was ever part of the original human diet. you can— and should—eat plenty of liver from organically raised. peaches. In our chemical-laden era. herbicides. On the all-organic version of this diet.) • Almonds. they’re items that can be very difficult to eliminate. lo han • Higher calorie level: honey. If you can’t find free-range. and spinach. You’ve probably heard and read about some of the most popular and well-known reasons for switching to organic foods: to avoid consumption of artificial colors. First. pork. maple syrup Making the move to advanced health with an organic arsenal on your side If you decide to do the advanced version of the original human diet one major difference is that all foods should be organic. flavors. cucumbers. cashews. but look for ones from organically grown sources. chestnuts. pistachios. should be grass-fed. There are just a few particulars to keep in mind when following the all-organic. The oils are the same as the ones listed in the basic version of the diet. So even though organic is more expensive. sunflower seeds Oils • For cooking: olive oil. macadamia nut oil • Salads. bovine growth hormone (BGH) and other hormones. you might want to consider buying organically grown versions. Most of us were raised on diets made up of large quantities of these foods.—should be free-range (beef. etc. unfortunately. pine nuts. Beverages are also the same. Any other meat— beef. preservatives. a diet high in commercially raised liver could cause more problems that it solves. pecans. black. I understand that it won’t be a change you can make overnight. These foods are literally more nutritious—ounce for ounce—than their commercially grown counterparts. But. here are the foods you should do your best to stay away from: • All dairy products. genetically modified organisms. strawberries (These are the fruits most likely to be contaminated. pumpkin seeds. sesame seeds. flaxseed. And that’s OK. avocado Beverages • Water (filtered) • Tea: green. you’re getting greater quantities of nutrients (per pound and ounce) for your money. since commercial coffee and tea crops are heavily treated with chemicals before they’re harvested. poultry. macadamia nuts. free-range). other uses: walnut. celery. there are also some things you’ll have to give up. apricots. Gradually reducing your intake and eliminating these things over time will still go a long way in helping you reap all of the benefits the original human diet has to offer. You can’t accentuate the positives without (gradually) eliminating the negatives Of course. free-range animals. But there’s an even better reason to go all-organic. research has shown some mineral levels of organic foods to be double or triple those found in the same amount of the “regular” version. cherries. so those are your best bet (refer back to the outline on the preceding pages for details). pesticides. But uncontaminated liver is one of the most nutritious foods available. You can also eat wild or organically farmed salmon on this version of the diet. Most salmon you find in the supermarket is commercially farmed and fed antibiotics. In fact. so. brazil nuts.

the best. (2002) and The Paleolithic Prescription by S. most healthful way to go about it. how to keep it safe. M. sausages. salami. pork rinds. Just do the best you can. ham. who shouldn’t.” This list includes bacon. ketchup. buckwheat. And remember. • All fruit juices not containing whole fruit. peas. No one is perfect. that’s fine. Ph. I’ll give you all the important details on this diet plan—including who should do it. most pickled foods. and Melvin Konner. so don’t worry if you try to follow the original human diet plan but occasionally “fall off the wagon.” If it takes time to gradually work into. (1988). (Our non-farming ancestors simply didn’t eat them. and much more detailed discussion of its health benefits. and what supplements are especially important if you choose to follow a low-carb diet. Marjorie Shostak.D.still to be milked!) • All cereal grains. canned and/or salted fish and meat. I’m a firm believer that the original human diet is the healthiest human diet. check your local library for The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain.D. • All sugar and sugar-containing candies. Boyd Eaton. and when you ultimately get there.” In the next chapter.D. salted nuts. • All soft drinks. what lab tests to keep an eye on. Ph. etc) • All high salt foods. deli meats. your improved health will make it all worthwhile.. Although I don’t agree with every point they make. 10 . and nearly all commercial salad dressings.) • All legumes (beans. processed meats. and why. there’s lots of room for individual variation within the original human diet pattern. as well as amaranth. Salt was a relatively rare commodity during all prehistoric times and even during most of “recorded history. hot dogs. And it actually overlaps quite a bit with one of the most heavily promoted diets in recent years—the lowcarb “trend. olives (canned). quinoa. Modern-day healthy living: Taking advantage of technology and history For further information about the original human diet.

but it may not work as well.complex carbohydrate diet recommended (for nearly everyone) by mainstream physicians over the last 15 to 20 years and the several centuries old trend toward ever-increasing consumption of refined sugar. (See the July 2001 issue of Nutrition & Healing for more details on this test. or any other symptoms that appear when you don’t eat for several hours. One group of students had absolutely no family history of diabetes. it’s been more nonsense than not.” At the end of the month. along with excess insulin excretion. a diet that is suitable for a metabolic problem you don’t have is less likely to work. Professor John Yudkin performed a simple experiment that illustrates this point. your insulin levels. then insulin resistance probably isn’t responsible for your . So. high. At the beginning and end of the month. or a family history of either are most likely to have some degree of insulin resistance. and I’m still gaining weight!” Every time I hear this complaint. skin tags. Decades ago. And researchers are continuing to discover many other problems. high blood pressure. nervousness. I’ve found that all of the media coverage about low-carb diets contains some useful information. These diet trends are. the students with no family history of diabetes had gained an average of 3 pounds each. including increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. He recruited university students in their 20s to live in a dormitory for one month. eating only the food provided there. While this common problem does not always indicate a tendency toward type 2 diabetes. Symptoms of low blood sugar include extreme hunger. an amount easily consumed in two to three “soft drinks. then a low-carb diet probably is your best choice. the students were weighed and had their insulin. In addition to contributing to obesity. I know to start looking for a family history of diabetes. a combination of diet trends has made it a more distinct possibility than ever before. Low-carb diets can help control your blood sugar swings and. The daily diet contained 14 ounces of refined sugar. a low-carb diet may work for you too. overall. how do you know if low-carb is a good choice for you? Aside from the old “just try it and see” method. and triglyceride levels measured. also known as hyperinsulinism. If you or your family members don’t have any of these problems. namely. insulin resistance/hyperinsulinism has been proven to lead to high cholesterol and triglycerides.) Being “sensitive” can make you fat There’s a phrase I hear over and over from individuals who visit the Tahoma Clinic: “I’ve been on a strict low-fat diet for months. while the other group had positive family histories.” low-fat. low blood sugar. awakenings. or if these problems are in your family. and atherosclerosis. But it won’t hurt to try: Sometimes it works anyway. 3 to 5 a. there are some guidelines. if you fall into this group. which we’ll go over in detail in the following pages. associated with this type of inherited body chemistry. but you’re carrying more pounds than you want. What’s the difference? People with Type 2 diabetes. but. This combination makes it difficult for diabetes-prone people to lose weight. All of the students were given exactly the same food to eat for the entire month.12 Pounds in 3 Weeks!? Chapter 3 The healthiest way to join the low-carb revolution Over the years. a low-carb diet may do a lot more for you than take a few inches off your waist. and other clues. If you haven’t inherited this family tendency. headaches. cholesterol.m. So it certainly seems like this topic could use a little clarification. The students with a positive family 11 Do you fit the low-carb mold? If you have Type 2 diabetes or symptoms of low blood sugar. the “politically correct. excess weight. Obviously. And if you want to know for certain whether or not you have insulin resistance. the glucose tolerance-insulin resistance test can help. in turn. Since there’s no diet plan that’s “best” for everyone. then improve or disappear with food.

some should be eliminated with the refined versions. Of course. it’s actually a refined carbohydrate. and cholesterol levels than the students with no family history of diabetes. Soybeans are one exception. Refined sugars include high-fructose corn syrup. a large number of vegetables are naturally low-carb. winter. Unless the fruit juice is made from the whole fruit. maltodextrin. which means low-carb diets are best for at least 90 million Americans. once again. there simply wasn’t/isn’t enough food to eat. Once sugars are absorbed into your bloodstream. is very important. with exactly the same diet? Carbohydrates are broken down and metabolized into sugars in the body.or no-fruit diet. After the month. which we’ll discuss later. adding as many organic items to your diet as your budget and location will allow. Even tiny quantities aren’t good for anyone. insulin resistance/hyperinsulinism. which is why soy appears in so many processed low-carb foods. Ideally. when it’s obviously bad for us? Actually. but especially with low-carb plans. many of them “call out” insulin to help move them into your body cells. these students had also developed significantly higher insulin. Why have so many of us inherited this body chemistry. A few commercially available orange juices are made from the whole fruit. Grains and beans do contain protein but are more than 50 percent carbohydrate. It sounds easy enough. and early summer) when our ancestors’ bodies didn’t overproduce insulin and store excess fat for the coming winters. So the ability to quickly “pack on” fat from smaller amounts of carbohydrate allowed people to survive “starvation times” by burning stored fat. Commercially grown vegetables have varying degrees of pesticides. and other undesirable content. plus significantly greater amounts of vitamins and minerals in the same weight of food. They’re the worst offenders when it comes to causing wide swings in blood sugar and insulin levels. containing more than 50 percent protein and oil. “sugar sensitivity” has only been “bad” for a century or two and only in certain areas of the world. spring. eliminating or at least minimizing processed (especially canned) vegetables. Type 2 diabetes-research has shown that the same amount of sugar will put up to three times as much weight on you as it will on someone without this genetic heritage. organic foods have little or none of these. . fructose. By restricting the sugar and carbs going into your body. the point of a low-carb diet is to get the majority of your daily nutrition from protein and eat as little sugar and carbohydrate as possible. herbicides. free-range. But generally. and especially fruit juices. low-carb programs should include very little grains or beans. total elimination of refined sugar and refined carbohydrates is essential. And they’re also the items your body is most likely to store as fat.history of diabetes had gained an average of 9 pounds each. On the other hand. our ancestors passed their sugar-sensitivity survival mechanism down to us. People went hungry— a lot. are a real problem for a low-carb diet. But there are a few important points to keep in mind to ensure that your lowcarb diet is still a healthy one. and in some areas of the world even now. sucrose. small quantities (get out that carb counter) are OK. Why the variance of 9 pounds versus 3 pounds in one month. 12 First and foremost. Refer back to page Chapter 2 for a listing of vegetables “least” to “most” likely to be contaminated. dextrose. and everything else ending in “-ose” It gets a bit trickier when it comes to non-refined carbs: Some are OK. you force it to burn stored fat for energy instead. and the juice is often filtered for clarity. Low-carb do’s and don’ts Obviously. Try use as much fresh produce as you can. a low-carb diet should be a low. That’s why supplementing with some of the nutrients you can only get from fruit. since the pulp and fiber are missing. triglyceride. it’s also a good idea to get as much of your animal protein as possible from organic. Years ago. where they’re burned for energy or stored as glycogen or fat. Fruits. whatever diet plan you follow. causing you to lose weight in the process. In general. If you’ve inherited any of the “sugar sensitivities” I mentioned above-low blood sugar. It’s OK to be picky about your protein While we’re on the topic of organic foods. but just do the best you can. But the vast majority of us don’t need it anymore. since there’s always an abundance of food around. So low-carb diets re-create those “low-carb seasons” (late fall. and it can be. though. Approximately 1/3 of us have “sugar sensitive” body chemistry. they should all be organically grown.

catfish. no-sugar. Research suggests that diets high in nucleotides may slow aging and promote longevity. grass-fed. no-calorie soft drink (although. herring. and is 100 percent OK for locarb diets. Aside from the numerous health problems—from allergies to osteoporosis to prostate cancer-associated with milk and dairy. This is one aspect I just don’t agree with. Wild game-elk. see www. goose. Free-range. Unfortunately. organic. no-carb. Like meats and vegetables. since they contain mostly omega-6 fatty acids. sesame seeds. And some cheeses stimulate more insulin secretion than pasta. the water that comes out of your tap is anything but pure. there is a healthy option. Scallops. since the animals it comes from eat a diet natural to them and aren’t pumped full of hormones or antibiotics. Flaxseed and walnuts are particularly good. and wild salmon are relatively low in mercury and are particularly high in nucleotides (DNA. chestnuts. In fact. Almonds. nuts and seeds should be organic whenever possible. For more details visit www. some non-farmed fish are also best avoided. pumpkin seeds. Nuts and seeds are good non-animal sources of protein. macadamia nuts. Other “lower-mercury” fish include flounder. Zevia is an all-natural. Sardines. Some liquor companies have been advertising their products as “zero carb. organically grown tea and coffee are far preferable to commercially grown. pollock. or wildgame meat is much healthier for you. The dairy exception to the low-carb “rules” Since milk is more than 50 percent protein and fat and most cheeses are very low in carbohydrates.12 Pounds in 3 Weeks!? grass-fed sources. They can be on the expensive side. lower in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. since it contains stevia. los Federales won’t let it be called a “soft drink. beef from free-range cattle is considerably higher in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. quail. and halibut. tanner. but many oysters and clams are contaminated with toxic metals. Compared with meat from commercially raised. and sunflower seeds all go well in a low-carb program. Even though “diet” soft drinks have no carbs. (For more information about the mercury content of various fish. Green and black tea are at the top of the list. occasionally. and spiny lobsters are OK. brazil nuts.gov). against them in this case. But go easy on them. pine nuts. Since the weight-reducing effect of a low-carb diet is directly connected to it minimizing insulin secretion. and rabbit-is another good option if you can get it. what can you drink? 100 percent pure water is always an excellent option. milk and fermented milk products stimulate as much insulin secretion as whole wheat does. anchovies. grain-fed cattle. Quench your thirst without the carbs So if milk and fruit juice are out. pecans. drinking milk and fermented milk products and eating cheese is actually counterproductive. since they actually enhance insulin’s natural activity. Dungeness). Herbal teas are good. are contaminated with antibiotics and other chemicals. porridge. Small quantities. pistachios. Tap water almost always contains chlorine. again.” so technically it’s a “carbonated stevia supplement”). but they’re well worth the investment. But a good filtration system can remove most or all of the chemicals from your drinking water.fda. deer. and much higher in cancer-preventing conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). pheasant. whitefish. “Farmed” fish also have less beneficial fatty acid patterns and.zevia. crabs (king. and many other chemicals. the various chemicals they contain are not good for anyone. they do cause significant insulin secretion. Researchers have found that even though milk and fermented milk products don’t drastically raise blood sugar levels. unfortunately. RNA). since these two crops are the most heavily sprayed with pesticides in the entire world. Zevia comes in four flavors. there’s an even more specific reason I advise 13 . cashews. since they contain a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. But.com.” While that’s technically true—an alcohol isn’t a carbohydrate—the similarity of alcohol and carbohydrate metabolism makes alcohol a “no-no” for regular use in a low-carb program. mahi. perch. And because of mercury and other contaminants. or “all-bran” cereal and almost as much as brown rice and popcorn. haddock. But if you enjoy soda. they’re usually included in low-carb diet plans. are OK. fluoride. and coffee can be included. cod.cfsan. hazelnuts (filberts).

And in some specific cases. either way. your doctor may prefer another one.) For further details. And while you’re doing that. Aspartame. When these bacteria come into contact with the proteins (a process called bacterial digestion. If you aren’t sure whether you have low stomach acid. and other “sugar alcohols. while also reducing insulin resistance. and other chemical sweeteners are zero-carb as advertised but should be eliminated anyway. Despite considerable evidence to the contrary.wrightnewsletter. If your degree of bone loss is too high. this is a greater possibility.” Protein digestion in the stomach is accomplished by the enzyme pepsin. But once you hit 40. it’s not much more expensive to have liver and kidney function tests done. time. The more protein you eat. since they don’t contain any carbohydrates. where the liver and kidneys must try to detoxify the overload. the more acid is needed to completely digest it. check with a physician skilled and knowledgeable in natural or nutritional medicine before you 14 The potential risks of high protein and how to avoid them Low-carb means high-protein. If you have a sweet tooth. dozens of bacterial species “lie in wait” for those incompletely digested proteins. or putrefaction). low-carbohydrate diets will elevate your cholesterol levels. some “experts” are still warning that high-protein. But no matter what the percentage of protein and fat/oil in your diet.000 micrograms daily.Carb-less sweet tooth solutions Sweets are some of the hardest things for most people to give up when they begin a low-carb plan. Many of these toxins are absorbed into the bloodstream. you have an increased risk of not having enough stomach acid present to do the job effectively. low-starch diets with percentages of total protein and fat varying from 36 percent to 97 percent. older people in populations at both “extremes” were equally disease free. The only exception was increased osteoporosis among those at the 97 percent protein “extreme” for an entire life- . Xylitol. you can easily check for bone loss using one of several presently available urine tests.000 to 4. maple syrup. On a related note. Farther down the intestine. They’re available in natural food stores. Other natural sweeteners—honey. but. So keep quantities small if you use them at all. but please don’t go anywhere close to that amount. saccharine. I’m sure you’ve read that high-protein diets can lead to the loss of excess calcium and possibly osteoporosis. just to be certain. If they aren’t operating up to par. I’ve observed that supplemental chromium in quantities of 3. all metabolize like carbohydrates. it produces toxins. In fact. liquid and powdered preparations of the herbal sweeteners stevia and lo han are your best alternatives.com and logging on to the Archives with the username and password listed on page 8 of your most recent newsletter). That’s why it’s so important to monitor your liver and kidney function closely if you decide to follow a lowcarb diet. the “toxic upper level” for chromium is 70. The little-known risk you haven’t read about The low-carb diet hazard that concerns me most is one that’s generally overlooked by the majority of the articles and books out there: intestinal “putrefaction. a low-carb diet will likely lower your cholesterol. All of them are bad for your health. (According to a leading chromium expert. and molasses—are relatively healthful but contain considerable carbs.” which are appearing in all sorts of packaged “low-carb” foods these days. mannitol. but only in a very acidic environment. pancreatic enzymes can’t handle it all and some partially digested protein is passed along down the intestine. If you aren’t sugar sensitive. If you’re from a sugar sensitive family or are sugar sensitive yourself. the toxins can cause all sorts of problems-possibly even cancer. since they’ve been so chemically manipulated. you can adjust your diet and/or your supplement program accordingly and re-check your results within just a few weeks. high-protein can pose risks. sucralose. refer back to the June 2007 issue of Nutrition & Healing (subscribers can download and view it for free by visiting www.000 micrograms daily can significantly reduce sugar and carb craving in just a few weeks. I use the NTx. this is extremely unlikely. no-sugar. If protein isn’t well-digested in the stomach by acid. it’s easy enough to check your cholesterol levels to make sure you’re OK. But anthropological studies have shown that this isn’t necessarily the case: Among groups following whole food. if these conditions apply to you. whether you’re sugar sensitive or not.

constipation. The best food sources-fruits and berries-should only be eaten in very limited quantities (if at all) on a lowcarb plan. capillaries. So you’ll also need to supplement with these as well. Also. anthocyanidins. If all of this seems a little overwhelming.” in Organotherapy in General Practice. a mixture of fruit. “Ineffectiveness of human chorionic gonadotrophin in weight reduction: a double-blind study. Bilberry. indigestion. Symptoms of low stomach acid production can include one or more of the following: heart-burn. A good general dose is 1. et al.com/HCG_Diet-Dr-Simeons-Manuscript. 63(1): 101-108 Stein MR. make sure to take at least 400500 milligrams of potassium daily. pages 124-127 Beck HG. G W Carnrick Co: New York City. And this amount of calcium should always be accompanied by 300 to 400 milligrams of magnesium. If you’re not taking herbs. bloating. gas. hunger.htm “The Pituitary Body. almost none in fats and oils. Unless you’re a tea drinker. following a low-carb diet is a major lifestyle change. Fruits and vegetables are the primary dietary sources of potassium. my present recommendation for a flavonoid supplement is Kyanthenol.000 milligrams a day or perhaps a bit more if you’re a woman at or past menopause. and nearly all connective tissue. But flavonids are crucial to your health. “Effect of human chorionic gonadotrophin on weight loss. 1924. If you’d prefer to take individual flavonoids. you may not need a specific flavonoid supplement. hawthorn. Ginkgo. 26: 211-218 15 . high-protein diet. hesperidin. Boyd GS. grape-seed extract. 29: 940-948 Asher WL and Harper HW. veins. But hopefully these guidelines will help you enjoy the benefits this eating plan can provide without compromising your health—or your taste buds. Just like the original human diet. be sure to offset it by taking a phosphorus-free calcium supplement daily. “Action of gonadotrophic hormones on cholesterol side-chain cleavage and cholesterol ester hydrolase in the ovary of the immature rat. If you’re using two or more of these. and many other commonly used herbs contain flavonoids. and intermittent diarrhea. a “food just sitting in the stomach” feeling. Echinacea. References 1 2 3 4 5 6 http://www.hcgdietinfo. and only small amounts in vegetables. don’t get discouraged. and there are bound to be a few bumps in the road. If you’re following a low-carb diet and aren’t eating at least five to six servings of vegetables every day. and catechins.12 Pounds in 3 Weeks!? start and/or continue a low-carb. American Journal of Medical Sciences 1918. and some reduce the risk of heart attack and certain cancers.” J Reprod Fertil 1981.” Am J Clin Nutr 1976. There’s very little flavonoid contained in animal protein. rutin. November: 714 Leaver HA. since there’s so much phosphorus in protein. Take two capsules daily.” Am J Clin Nutr 1973. there are virtually no flavonoids in low-carb diets. A special diet calls for special supplements In addition to a general vitamin-mineral supplementation program—which is essential for all of us in the 21st century—there are a few supplements very specific for low-carb diets. Kyanthenol is available from natural food stores and compounding pharmacies. They strengthen arteries. some of the more well-known are quercetin.and berry-derived flavonoids. and feeling of well being.

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