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Admitting obesity first step to health

Peter Gott United Media

Dear Dr. Gott: You know, you make it sound so easy to just stop eating flour and sugar. Have you ever been morbidly obese? It isn’t as easy as just stopping eating. If you do, it doesn’t always work as well as you say. Ever since my mother saw your column, she’s like, “You can do it if you want to.” Thanks a lot.

Dear Reader: Your mother is correct: You can do anything if you want to. Perhaps this realization, if you accept it, could make a huge difference in your future health. For sure, no one can do it for you, so if you tend to blame other people for your lack of success, quit. Admit your obesity and deal with it.

Do some people suffer from genetic overweight? Yes. Are they likely to lose weight simply by dieting? No. Are they often helped by following a reasonable and inexpensive diet? Yes – for a while. Could they drop a few pounds and keep them off? Absolutely. While my “no flour, no sugar” diet seems very easy to follow, some patients have a problem with it because of genetic factors. In such instances, I recommend a recommitment to the diet plan, or any other weight-loss program, with close medical supervision.

To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Losing Weight” which includes my “no flour, no sugar” diet. Other readers who would like a copy should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.

Dear Dr. Gott: I have friends who are convinced that we all have parasites living in our colons and that these parasites must be extracted through herbal laxatives, as described in the enclosed brochure. What do you think of this theory?

Dear Reader: Not much, I’m afraid.

Without any doubt, intestinal parasites are common in many countries, especially those near the equator. But, to my knowledge, these infections are easily diagnosed by appropriate stool analysis and can be cured by anti-parasite medications. Moreover, parasitic infections usually cause signs and symptoms such as weight loss, malnutrition and diarrhea.

In my view, the colonic cleansing urged by the brochure you sent is inappropriate for people who are symptom-free and live in northern climates. It appears that this practice is yet another way of separating a sucker from his bucks. Don’t waste your money by buying into this crackpot scheme.

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