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    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    SCIENCE

    ​The Healthy Survivor Effect

    You are constantly seeing articles about studies showing that if you do X, then Y happens. Last week the Press made too much of an epidemiologic study in BMJ Open "showing" that...

    1. Cutting TV viewing to less than 2 hours per day extends life by 1.4 years.
    2. Sitting 3 hours less each day adds 2 years to lifespan.

    It may be true or it may not, but the study did not SHOW it. Epidemiological or population studies cannot prove such a thing; only prospective randomized controlled trials can. Read my book Medical Myths Doctors Believe, available on amazon.com or Kindle, to learn the difference.


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    Friday, July 20, 2012

    HOW TO LIVE A LONG TIME

    How to Live a Long Time

    When you talk to very old people who are doing very well, ninety years old, ninety-five, a hundred, you discover they have three things in common. They are not obese. Obese people die young, but the body can handle a moderate degree of overweight pretty well. We are not as delicate as false experts claim.


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    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Not All Opinions Are Of Equal Value

    ​Scene. A call-in radio talk show in which an interviewer questions a thoughtful, qualified guest. People speaking fifth grade English call in. "Uh, I believe that… " yak yak. The interviewer asks the caller to formulate an actual question for the guest. They never do. Their opinion is baseless, usually irrelevant and always unoriginal. You'd rather listen to the guest.

    Thomas Jefferson wrote, "All men are created equal."  He surely did not mean the statement literally. He meant "equal before the law", or maybe "entitled to equal opportunity". But even if he meant it literally, he would have conceded that men don't remain equal.


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    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    ​Change My Shingle?

    My approach has continued to evolve. At this point I'm not as focused on weight-loss as I used to be. I want my patients to lose some weight, but more than that, I want them to stop thinking like Americans. If they continue to be materialistic and distracted, there is no way they will keep weight off, no way they'll be happy.


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    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    DENTAL DIET

    The Dental Diet

    ​The obese people I examine tend to have more dental caries and gum disease than the lean people I see. No surprise--fat people eat more sugar and more often. So how about the Dental Diet! Get compulsive about brushing and flossing after every time you eat. You would be less likely to snack then. And even if the "diet" didn't lead to weight loss, it would sure lead to healthier teeth.


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    Monday, July 16, 2012

    STRESS

    ​Ming Lo Moves The Mountain

    The small number of my patients who don't lose much weight are almost all incapacitated by stress. There is no point talking to them about the Six Lessons until the stress is reduced. One technique is to read from a children's book, Ming Lo Moves The Mountain. Like all good children's books, Ming Lo is entertaining to children, but contains an important message for adults.


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    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    DR. ANCHORS’ WEIGHT LOSS LESSONS

    Dr. Anchors’ Weight Loss Lesson 2.5: Don’t balance meals

    ​I have added a new lesson to my list of six. Call it lesson 2 1/2. It is this: Don't balance meals. Americans are taught that the dinner plate isn't healthful unless it has (1) a high protein food, which will, of course, have some fat as all natural high-protein foods do, (2) a vegetable and (3) a starch. Uh, that is wrong; no other country teaches such foolishness. 


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    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    SWEETENERS

    ​Sweeteners help some lose weight? Not!

    On UPI.com July 10 "Sweeteners help some lose weight", we read that "Using sweeteners instead of sugars may help the overweight reach and maintain a healthy body weight if they don't eat more to compensate . . . a statement from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association published in the journals Circulation and Diabetes Care." The statement is followed by no research data whatever, only the credentials of the authorities making the statement.


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    Monday, July 09, 2012

    Don’t Just Buy Bigger Pants

    ​Most people gaining weight notice when their pants or, I guess, dress gets too tight. I urge you NOT to simply buy new pants when that happens. Fight the good fight. Eventually, as you age or have children, you may make a few, grudging strategic withdrawals to larger pants sizes, but don't give ground willingly.


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    Saturday, July 07, 2012

    WEIGHT LOSS TIPS

    Don’t Carry Food With You

    ​Fat women carry food with them and make sure their children carry food, too. The women are surprised that I know about their food-hiding. I challenge them to open their purse, and voila! I am never wrong.I do this trick with lean women, too, for a control--the few lean women I see--and I have never caught them with food.


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    Friday, July 06, 2012

    WEIGHT LOSS PATIENTS

    ABC

    ​After 16 years 6 months of bariatrics, I finally reached ten thousand patients. That's an actual count. I kept it on my blackboard. And I saw all those patients, individually, myself. 


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Fri, Jul 06, 2012 5:29 pm | [0] comments

    Thursday, July 05, 2012

    PATIENT’S IDEAS

    Long Day

    ​Nothing in medical school prepares you for the range of bizarre (or wonderful) ideas and behaviors people have, that you learn about by talking to them for more than five minutes. Most doctors never have this pleasure because they don’t spend time listening to patients. The doctors aren’t edified, educated or improved. And the patients aren’t benefited as much as they could be; if the medicine doesn’t fix the problem, the problem doesn't get fixed.


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Thu, Jul 05, 2012 4:52 pm | [0] comments

    Wednesday, July 04, 2012

    PEOPLE WHO DON’T LOSE WEIGHT

    ​Baked Chicken People

    A couple of messages ago I talked about a group of patients that uniformly fails to lose weight--men who don't stop talking. Now I'll give you another group that uniformly fails--baked-chicken-people. Baked-chicken-people are a subset of the people who say, "Doctor, I don't understand how I could be so heavy. I eat right." Most of these people still go on to do well in my program, but the baked-chicken people INSIST I listen to the full list of what (they say) they eat each day. The list always has yogurt in the morning and baked chicken without skin for dinner. Baked-chicken people never lose weight.


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Wed, Jul 04, 2012 3:34 pm | [0] comments

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

    COUNTING CALORIES

    Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work

    As recently as 2008 I was holding classes at my office to teach groups of students how to count calories. I worked hard, and my students are very smart, but not one of them lost any weight. I understand it now. Three reasons.
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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Sat, Jun 30, 2012 4:22 pm | [1] comments

    Friday, June 08, 2012

    The Only One Left Standing

    ​I would have thought that by now there would be better diet medicines than phen-pro. Well. Not only are there no better medicines, but phen-pro is almost the only man left standing. They took ephedra and Meridia off the market. The FDA blocked Qnexa and Contrave. Hoodia withered. Public Citizen is even complaining about Alli. Alli! which does no harm and no good.


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Fri, Jun 08, 2012 11:45 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, June 06, 2012

    The Speech I Can’t Give

    A good friend of mine who worked at Goddard Space Center suggested I give a lecture there. 

    I eagerly wrote a speech about many of the themes you have read about here. 

    After I wrote the speech, I found out that the colloquia at the Center are not just lectures by leaders-in-their-field, but are about leadership itself. 

    The tone of the speech was to be like a college commencement address. 

    I didn’t fit in.


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Wed, Jun 06, 2012 7:13 am | [0] comments

    Monday, June 04, 2012

    CHILDHOOD OBESITY

    Childhood overweight and obesity defined by BMI

    In 2000, BMI Cut off points for overweight and obesity for children aged 2- to 18-years-old have been defined for the first time. These cutoff points are linked to the adult BMI's of 25 and 30.
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    Friday, June 01, 2012

    DR. ANCHORS

    Who is Michael Anchors, MD, PhD?

    Michael Anchors, MD, PhD is a practicing physician in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

    Dr. Anchors was awarded a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University in 1974 and performed postdoctoral research in neurochemistry at UCLA from 1974 to 1978.

    Then from 1978 to 1980 he earned his M.D. from the University of Miami medical school.


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    Sunday, April 08, 2012

    5-HTP

    ​Why does 5-HTP work?

    Although 1/3 of patients lose weight well with simple phen-pro, 2/3 of them lose only some of their excess weight and then get "stuck". When one asks them about it, many of them say that although the basic phen-pro suppressed their appetite well in the beginning, after a few weeks or months, their excess appetite spartially returned. If one adds 5-HTP to the mix at that point, the extra hunger goes away again and the patients resume their weight loss.


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Sun, Apr 08, 2012 11:54 am | [0] comments

    Thursday, April 05, 2012

    PHEN-PRO

    ​What is Phen-Pro?

    "Phen-Pro" is the combination of phentermine and a low dose of one of the following: Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Luvox , trazadone or Effexor. 


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Thu, Apr 05, 2012 12:30 pm | [1] comments

    Wednesday, March 07, 2012

    FDA Approval for Phen-pro

    ​The phen-pro combination is not FDA approved, although the individual medicines in the combination are approved. Phentermine is approved for the treatment of obesity. Prozac and the other SSRI drugs used in phen-pro are not approved for obesity.


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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Wed, Mar 07, 2012 11:45 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, March 06, 2012

    Body Mass Index (BMI) Table

    Below is a body mass index (BMI) table for adults.
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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 3:23 pm | [0] comments

    Monday, March 05, 2012

    Childhood Obesity Table

    Here is a table which shows Childhood Obesity by Body Mass Index (BMI) for children.
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    Posted by Michael Anchors, MD, PhD on Mon, Mar 05, 2012 12:47 pm | [0] comments

    Sunday, January 08, 2012

    THE FRENCH

    Why are the French so thin?

    ​While in Paris to present my paper at the Eighth International Obesity Conference August 29 to September 3, 1998, I spent a lot of time walking among the crowds of people in the city. I was surprised to note that the French were all thin. The occasional overweight person I did see invariably turned out to be an older German or an American (any age). Why are the French so thin?

    Reasons you might think are important, that aren't...

    1. The French smoke more. 40% of their adults smoke compared to 25% of U.S. adults, but 60% of the French adults don't smoke and they are thin, too!
    2. The French walk more than Americans, but they don't walk much more. And the people in Paris are thinner than the people in the countryside, although the rural folk get more exercise.

    The true reasons for French thinness...


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    Thursday, January 05, 2012

    CONTACT DR. ANCHORS

    Contact Michael Anchors, MD, PhD

    Michael Anchors, MD, PhD
    16220 Frederick Rd # 210
    Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
    (301) 990-6061 phone
    manchors17@gmail.com

    Click here to link to Google Maps for office location


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