Dr. Walter Kempner introduced the primary complete dietary program to deal with power kidney illness and, in doing so, additionally revolutionized the therapy of different problems, together with weight problems. Kempner was Professor Emeritus of Medication at Duke, the place he got here up with the so-called rice food regimen, which mainly consisted of rice, sugar, fruit, and fruit juices, was extraordinarily low in sodium and fats, and included no animal fats, no ldl cholesterol, and no animal protein. The sugar was added as a supply of energy so individuals wouldn’t lose an excessive amount of weight. However some individuals have to drop some weight, so he began treating overweight sufferers with a decrease calorie model of the food regimen, which I focus on in my Can Morbid Obesity Be Reversed Through Diet? video.
He revealed an evaluation of 106 sufferers who every misplaced no less than 100 kilos. Why 106? Kempner merely picked the final 100 individuals who misplaced greater than 100 kilos, and, by the point he completed reviewing their charts, 6 extra had joined the so-called century membership. Common weight reduction amongst them was 141 kilos. “This examine demonstrates that massively overweight individuals can obtain marked weight discount, even normalization of weight, with out hospitalization, surgical procedure, or pharmacologic intervention…[O]ne necessary truth to be gained from this examine is that, regardless of the misperception on the contrary, large weight problems will not be an uncorrectable illness. Weight reduction will be achieved, large weight problems will be corrected, and it may be finished with out drastic intervention.”
Properly, Kempner’s rice food regimen is fairly drastic, so undoubtedly don’t do that at dwelling. In reality, the rice food regimen is harmful. It’s so restrictive that it could cause critical electrolyte imbalances, until the affected person is fastidiously medically supervised with frequent blood and urine lab testing. Harmful? Says who? Mentioned the world’s number-one advocate for the rice food regimen: Dr. Kempner himself.
The very best, secure approximation of the food regimen, that means low in sodium and with out fats, protein, or ldl cholesterol from animals, could be a vitamin B12-fortified food regimen centered round entire, unprocessed plant meals. Nonetheless, even a medically supervised rice food regimen might be considered un-drastic in comparison with procedures like getting one’s inner organs stapled or rearranged, wiring somebody’s jaws shut, and even present process mind surgical procedure.
Makes an attempt have been made to destroy the components of the mind related to the feeling of starvation, by irradiation or entering into by way of the cranium and burning them out. “It exhibits how ineffective most easier types of therapy are that anybody ought to suppose it affordable to supply irreversible intracranial lesions in very overweight sufferers.” The surgeons defended these procedures, nevertheless, explaining that their “justification in trying the operation is, in fact, the very poor outcomes of standard remedy in gross weight problems, and the darkish prognosis, psychological and bodily, of the uncorrected situation.” In reply, a critic countered, “Such sturdy emotions [about how dark the prognosis is] run the danger of being conveyed to the affected person, to the impact of masking the operative risks and steam-rolling the affected person’s approval.” The surgeon replied, “If any ‘steamrolling’ is going down, it comes quite from overweight sufferers who typically threaten suicide until they’re accepted for experimental surgical therapy.”
As of 2013, the American Medical Affiliation formally declared weight problems a illness, by figuring out the big humanitarian influence of weight problems as requiring the medical care and a spotlight of different illnesses. But the way in which we treat illnesses lately includes medicine and surgical procedure. Anti-obesity medicine have been pulled from the market many times after they began killing individuals—an unrelenting fall of the pharmacological therapy of weight problems.
The identical has happened with weight problems surgical procedures. The process Kempner wrote about was discontinued due to the complication of inflicting irreversible cirrhosis of the liver. Present procedures embody numerous reconfigurations of the digestive tract. Problems of surgical procedure seem to happen in about 20 p.c of sufferers, and practically one in ten of which can be loss of life. In one of many largest research, 1.9 p.c of sufferers died inside a month of the surgical procedure. “Even when surgical procedure proves sustainably efficient, the necessity to depend on the rearrangement of [our] anatomy as an alternative choice to higher use of ft and forks [that is, diet and exercise] appears a societal travesty.”
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Michael Greger, M.D.
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