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    Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    Adults Need Only One Main Meal A Day

    Last week an obese patient returned to my office having gained weight instead of losing. She told me I should be “proud of her”.

    I asked, “Why?”

    She said, “Because I am eating lots of small meals each day.”

    I said, “I didn’t tell you to do that.”

    She said, “I know, but my friends told me it’s the best way to lose weight.”

    There is so much wrong with this. So typical of the United States where people put faith in what people merely say. Americans seek belief, not knowledge. They don’t see the difference.


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 11:15 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    If You’re Fat, Blame John F. Kennedy

    Shall I explain? During World War II the U.S. government paid farmers to grow as much wheat and corn as possible, to feed our army and devastated countries in Asia and Europe. Our farmers, mostly single family operations, responded vigorously.


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    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    ​ALCOHOL

    ​Alcohol

    Patients often ask about alcohol. When alcohol arrives in the body if the insulin level is low, the alcohol is burned to carbon dioxide. On the other hand when alcohol finds the insulin high, the alcohol is stored as fat. So alcohol makes fat people gain weight, but does not make skinny people gain. It’s not fair I know, but fairness is a human ideal, not a divine one. 


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    Tuesday, May 08, 2018

    CALORIE COUNT

    Restaurant Calorie Counts

    Effective today, restaurant chains with more than 20 restaurants are required to post the calorie count of each meal on their menu. A law passed under Obama. This goes ahead in the face of ample evidence showing that posting calories does not significantly help people lose weight. This was true for multiple reasons. (A) People don’t know how many calories they should be eating; they haven’t been told in a clear way. (B) Calories are not the important factor anyway; insulin is.

    The fact that this measure went forward anyway, in the face of the evidence, suggests a problem with government, democratic government in particular, mainly that the appearance of action is more valuable to people in government than real action.


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    Monday, February 05, 2018

    VITAMINS

    ​Vitamin D

    ​Many of the overweight patients who come to me are taking a vitamin D supplement on their doctor’s orders because the doctor measured the vitamin D and said it was low. Many of the same patients have had kidney stones recently. There is a link.


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    Thursday, February 01, 2018

    PHEN-PRO BENEFITS

    ​Phen-pro Works On Stuff Other Than Weight

    Phentermine-Prozac helps people lose weight by (1) reducing hunger, (2) helping people focus & not make sleepy mistakes and (3) helping fight off food-cravings. You can guess from the last two items that phentermine-Prozac might help with other conditions, too. For instance . . . 

    Phentermine-Prozac is very effective for attention deficit disorder (ADD). When a fat patient with ADD comes in, they have to stop their ADD medicine before they can take phentermine-Prozac. There’s nothing lost because phentermine-Prozac works as well or better than their ADD medicine. And phentermine-Prozac is cheaper, and I can prescribe it for longer periods of time.


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    Friday, January 05, 2018

    Fast Food

    ​Fast Food

    ​Fast food has a reputation for being fattening, but it doesn’t have to be like that. You can eat at fast food restaurants without getting fat. Why is fast food fattening? Let’s look at the reasons.

    Eating fast food fast raises insulin more than the same burger and fries eaten slowly. Obesity is all about insulin; it has little to do with calories. If you eat even cake very slowly, it is less fattening, even though the same number of calories is taken in.


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    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    The Holidays

    I don’t understand the holidays. To me they seem like an excuse for severe overeating and snacking on candy. What is Thanksgiving all about? Thanksgiving was first proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to give thanks for the Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg. It had nothing to do with pilgrims or turkeys. (I looked it up on my cell phone.) The pilgrims and the Indians didn’t eat together. They committed mutual genocide.  Read the American Nations by Colin Woodard.


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    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    BELIEF

    ​People Hear What They Already Believe

    Teaching is the hardest thing in the world. Having lost no weight, some patients come back proud that they cut out fatty foods and joined a gym. I didn’t tell them to do any of that! How could they think such ideas work after hearing the First Visit Speech? Because they weren’t listening, and few read the manuals I give them. They think the pills will do it all.


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    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    MEAT

    You Should Eat Some Red Meat

    ​​Over the years I have noticed many fat vegetarian women. Like you, I would have thought vegetarians would be lean. I don’t know why I thought that. Pretty dumb really. The idea was a holdover from the days of thinking that calories matter. Fat has 9 calories/gram, carbs only 3.5. But of course you know now that calories have nothing to with getting fat. Insulin matters more. Read The Obesity Code by Jason Fung if you still don’t know this.

    Vegetarians might be lean if they were really eating mostly vegetables, but they aren’t. They are eating mostly grains. You can live like that, for a while–a billion people do–but you can’t be healthy doing it. Watch author Lierra Keith at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFm2QLLuh6I&sns=em. You can type all that in, or just google Lierra Keith and click on the video from PaleoHacks. Nothing you will ever read is as good as her book The Vegetarian Myth. Nothing you will ever hear is as well-expressed as her video.


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 9:41 am | [0] comments

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    Saying It All In One Sentence

    One of my secretaries asked me to sum up myself in a single word. I won’t tell you what word I chose. It’s a ridiculous exercise. Well, it is and it isn’t. There is a place in the Bible, Matthew 7:12 where Jesus says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” I am not a Christian, just a reader. But it’s a good exercise to try reducing your doctrine to a single sentence.

    So here I reduce everything to this. DO NOT EAT IF YOU ARE NOT HUNGRY. Find something else to do.


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 11:08 am | [0] comments

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    WHERE’S THE EVIDENCE?

    The Duty Of Smart People

    ​On NPR I saw that the American Heart Association recommended against drinking coconut milk. I assure you, reader, this was done on the basis of no evidence whatever. The thinking was that coconut milk is high in saturated fat, and saturated fat is used in the synthesis of cholesterol. All true, but (A) reducing saturated fat in the diet has never been shown to reduce blood cholesterol, and (B) reducing blood cholesterol has never been shown to reduce heart attacks or deaths. In my office are posted 23 articles in major journals, JAMA and Lancet, showing that the higher the blood cholesterol the longer people live. And there is nothing on the other side. If you think the august doctors of the American Heart Association would not make such a basic mistake, you are a dreamer. It’s as though when you get your MD degree, you get a license to say anything you want and it will be deemed true.


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    Friday, August 18, 2017

    METABOLISM

    ​Reducing Intake Slows Metabolism

    I have been sick. I developed an electrical problem in the heart making the heart go too fast. Not a heart attack, but causing episodes of passing out. To ease the problem, I was put on a medicine called amiodarone. Great for the heart but sometimes toxic to the liver and lungs. And it made me nauseated–I couldn’t eat. Realizing I was going to lose weight, I did an experiment on myself;  I measured my pulse and body temperature daily.

    You see I had been telling people you can’t lose weight long-term just by eating less,  because if you reduce calories, over time the metabolism slows down. Amiodarone gave me a chance to check out my advice.


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    Sunday, May 28, 2017

    STRESS

    ​Compromise and Lowering Stress

    I have read, but seen no scientific proof, that emotional stress itself can make people gain weight. The proposed mechanism is that stress makes the adrenal gland produce more cortisol. Cortisol causes the liver to release more glucose. Elevated glucose triggers insulin. High insulin causes  obesity.


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Sun, May 28, 2017 11:36 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, May 09, 2017

    BREAD

    Dave’s Bread

    Late last year I changed order #3, which used to read “Eat less starch and sweets”. I was embarrassed about that order because I knew it can’t be right. In China and India, the two leanest nations, people eat lots of starch in the form of rice and potatoes. They just eat few sweets. So non-sweet carbs by themselves must be okay. 

    The thing to really avoid is (1) sugar and (2) sweeteners regardless of calories and (3) white bread, because these things vigorously drive up insulin without satisfying hunger. Fatness is not about calories, friends; it is about insulin. Read The Obesity Code by Jason Fung MD.


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    Tuesday, May 02, 2017

    DIETING

    ​Yo Yo Dieting

    Last week an article in the New England Journal of Medicine furnished evidence that yo yo dieting increases the chance of a heart attack or stroke. You should not believe this right away because the data were epidemiological, i.e. there was an association between yo yo dieting and heart attack, but association does not prove causation. It might have been for instance that yo yo dieters ate more sugar than no yos or did less exercise. The “dieters” may not have even been dieters at all; the study wasn’t even about yo yo dieting; the data were extracted from a study of Lipitor’s effect on heart disease. The authors merely remarked that people in the study whose weight varied a lot were more prone to heart attack. But weight can vary for many reasons other than dieting.

    Nevertheless, it is beyond doubt that each time you lose weight and regain, it is more difficult to lose weight the next time. Yo yoing leads to insulin resistance. 

    Sometimes patients, returning many times, complain that the phen-pro medicines aren’t working like they used to. Usually the problem is not the medicines; it’s yo yoing.


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    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    ​The Parable of the Two Dogs

    I have two dogs of the same breed, Sam and Lulu. Sam is 8 years old, Lulu 3. Sam weighs 88 lb. He is overweight by the charts. I can’t feel his ribs, a standard way to tell if a dog is overweight. Lulu weighs 50 lb, normal by the charts; I can feel her ribs. Sam gets more exercise than Lulu. I feed Sam 50-70% of the amount I feed Lulu at each meal, using the same food. They have no other source of food. Their relative weights are not changing. Neither dog is sick, and their blood tests are normal.

    What can you learn from this true story? The answer is not a trick, and you ought to understand it after reading the two previous MOWs.


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    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    DON’T JUDGE PEOPLE

    ​Judge Not

    The books I’ve recently read have made me aware, again, how complex obesity is. My god, there are viruses that may make you fat, genes, bacteria, ethnicity, age, gender. Most of my patients lose some weight and keep it off, but there is variation. Some lose a lot, some lose a little, a few lose none. Some keep it off, some regain. Some are not following my Ten Orders, others are. Some ‘fess up, others lie. Some think they are not following the orders even when they really are. They assume that if they are not losing weight, THEY must be at fault. 

    They might be. They may not be. It may even be MY fault. It’s just all so darn complicated.


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    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    FAT

    ​New Thinking

    When people walk into my office wanting to lose weight, almost everything they know about fat is wrong. Their first article of faith is that fat is bad for you, either as a food or on your body. WRONG. The second article is that to lose weight you must either eat less or exercise more. WRONG. If you gained weight back, it was because you ate more or stopped exercising. OFTEN WRONG. The whole matter is so much more complex. Read The Secret Life of Fat by Sylvia Tara or The Obesity Code by Jason Fung. Read something. Your doctor hasn’t read anything, because they are not paid to study, don’t expect to, and don’t know how to. The drug companies rule.


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    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    COFFEE

    Coffee

    ​While on phentermine, patients should not drink regular coffee. Phentermine is a stimulant and caffeine is a stimulant. Taken together, they increase the chance for nervousness, palpitations and poor sleep. Besides that, people tend to put a lot of sugar or sweetener in coffee, and we were trying to cut down on sugar. That’s was the main point these days.

    I don’t care about the caffeine in tea or chocolate. There is so much less caffeine in brewed tea. Interestingly there is just as much caffeine in an ounce of tea leaves as in an ounce of ground coffee beans; but you use so much less tea leaves to make a cup of tea than beans to make coffee.

    You may drink decaff coffee. Here are some things I have heard patients say.


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    Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    FAST FOOD

    Fast Food

    ​When asked to give examples of fattening food, most patients list “fast food” first, meaning things such as KFC and McDonalds. I bet most of my patients have a fast food meal once or several times a week. When I pass such places on the road, there are always long lines of cars in the take-out lane. I assume most of these meals are eaten in the car.

    When I ask patients why fast food is fattening, their first answer is because it contains so much fat. Even people coming for a fourth visit, people who have been told many times that it is sugar, sweeteners and refined (white) flour that cause obesity, they still make the mistake of blaming fat. Old (mental) habits die hard–if ever at all. All of you should be reading The Obesity Code by Jason Fung MD.

    I don’t know of any prospective studies testing whether fast food is fattening, but assuming it is, I lay the fault to the following...


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    Monday, January 16, 2017

    Beverages Are Food Too

    Many people who have trouble losing weight don’t think to count beverages when they total up the amount they consume each day. Losing weight is all about keeping the insulin level low between meals. Anything sweet, solid or liquid, drives insulin level up and prevents weight loss.

    You have to be aware of how many sweet drinks you take in.

    And how big. All our sodas and coffees are obscenely huge.

    Between meals you must find something to do to entertain your hands and your mouth, other than smoking, eating or drinking. Try reading a book or talking to a friend or playing a game.


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    Monday, November 28, 2016

    PHEN-PRO

    Phen-Pro No Longer Means Phentermine-Prozac

    A weight-loss doctor in Texas has acquired the trademark to the word "phen-pro" so I will no longer use that word. His product contains neither phentermine nor Prozac. I have no direct knowledge whether his "phen-pro" named product works. 

    For many years I had the use patent for the phentermine-Prozac combination, but I never acquired the trademark because I was not producing phentermine-Prozac pills. There is published evidence from me and other doctors that Prozac enhances the weight-loss action of phentermine, but the most important thing is not the pills--it's the Ten Orders.


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    Thursday, November 03, 2016

    OBESITY MYTHS

    Eating And Exercise Are Strongly Linked

    Last week I read Gary Taubes’ wonderful book How We Get Fat and What To Do About It (2010). The book taught me nothing new, but I admired the clear way Gary expressed things. In particular he reminded me that it is impossible to lose weight by eating less or exercising more. Because of insulin, if you exercise more, you WILL eat more. If you eat less, you WILL move less. You cannot overcome it with willpower.

    Pause for a moment to consider how much of what most people and doctors “know” is bullcorn.  I continue to be amazed by it. Science and math, reading, are the only things on which you can rely. What people only tell you is worthless.


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    Monday, September 12, 2016

    KIDNEY STONES

    ​Colas and Kidney Stones

    For years I have been telling dieters to avoid “diet” sodas because the artificial sweetener in them is too sweet. Sweet flavor itself raises insulin, blocking weight loss. Dieters would be better off with the high fructose corn syrup in regular Coke than with the aspartame in Diet Coke, or so I thought.

    Now I must modify that advice. Overconsumption of cola-type drinks increases the occurrence of kidney stones, and that fact is especially true of the type sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. The intake of fructose increases the urinary excretion of calcium and oxalate. Ninety per cent of kidney stones are composed of calcium oxalate. Moreover cola-type sodas, diet or non, contain phosphoric acid. Phosphate contributes to starting stones. Fresca and Sprite don’t have phosphate, but they are still fraught with the fructose issue. 


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