Archive | August, 2011

Diet Sodas – Can It Make You Fat?

Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, DACNB, Scottsdale Thyroid Doctor Comments:

I read an article yesterday from Biotics Research that I just have to share.  Many dieters, in their quest to consume fewer calories, often opt to drink diet soda instead of sodas with sugar in them. It turns out that drinking diet soda may not be a very good strategy for losing weight.

Research was performed at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (and presented at the June 25, 2011 American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions) found a connection between diet soda consumption and girth. The researchers monitored 474 subjects between the ages of 65 to 74 years for nearly a decade. They measured the weight, height, and waist circumference of the subjects every 3.6 years. They also kept track of diet soft drink intake.

They found that the weight and waist circumference of the subjects increased proportionally to the amount of diet soda consumed.

“On average, for each diet soft drink our participants drank per day, they were 65 percent more likely to become overweight during the next seven to eight years, and 41 percent more likely to become obese,” said Sharon Fowler, who was a faculty associate in the division of clinical epidemiology in the Health Science Center’s department of medicine at the time.

The fact that something that does not have any calories can actually cause weight gain may change how we think about calories and weight loss. Another study, presented at the same meeting by Sharon Parten Fowler, Ganesh V. Halade, and Gabriel Fernandes showed a connect ion between aspartame consumption and weight gain in mice. Mice fed food that was high in aspartame (an artificial sweetener sold under the brand name Nutrasweet) actually had higher blood sugar levels than mice not fed aspartame. Fowler postulated that aspartame could trigger an increase in appetite, but it does nothing to satisfy it. It can also interfere with the body’s ability to feel full and can cause overeating. The taste buds may perceive that the drink is sweet, but the brain knows the difference.

One study found that women could not tell the difference between sugar and Splenda in taste tests. When the brain was viewed with functional MRI scans, it was determined that the brain’s reward center responded more completely to sugar than to artificial sweetener.

“Your senses tell you there’s something sweet that you’re tasting, but your brain tells you, ‘actually, it’s not as much of a reward as I expected,'” stated Dr. Martin P. Paulus, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego and one of the authors of the study.

Even if  you don’t have a chronic health problem like Fibromyalgia or Hypothyroidism, you should not be putting artificial sweeteners into your body.


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Celiac Disease: A Precursor to Fibromyalgia and Thyroid Dysfunction

Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, DACNB, Phoenix Metro Area Thyroid Doctor Comments On The Connection Between Celiac Disease and Thyroid Dysfunction …

So what do we know for sure? As early as 2003, the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago reported some startling numbers regarding the prevalence of Celiac disease in America. A fact sheet distributed by the center made the claim that Celiac disease affects approximately one percent of healthy, average Americans. That means as many as 3 million people in the United States are living with Celiac disease. Of those 3 million, more than 90 percent of sufferers remain undiagnosed, attributing their chronic pain, intestinal irritability and bowel issues to something other than Celiac disease, fibromyalgia or thyroid maladies.

There are more than two hundred signs and symptoms associated with Celiac Disease. Keep in mind that the disease may have no symptoms at all. The symptoms may or may not cause digestive dysfunction.

Up to 60% of children and 41% of adults with celiac disease may be asymptomatic.

Here is a list of a few common symptoms associated with Celiac Disease:

1. Recurring abdominal cramps, gas and bloating

2. Chronic diarrhea

3. Vomiting

4. Liver and gallbladder dysfunction

5. Fatigue

6. Weight loss

7. Greasy, gray or tan, foul-smelling stools

8. Anemia (iron-deficiency that does not respond to treatment and B12 deficiency)

9. Skin rash

10. Stunted growth in children (delayed puberty)

11. Osteopenia or osteoporosis

12. Infertility (recurrent miscarriage)

13. Amenorrhea

14. Sores in the mouth

15. Peripheral neuropathy

16. Anxiety/depression

17. Joint pain

18. Fluid retention

19. Bruising easily

Luckily, several advancements in these specific areas of digestive medicine have been made, and a variety of treatment and testing options are now available to those who want to address their pain.

You can have a blood test or biopsy come up negative and still have Celiac Disease.  Genetic testing is available and affordable.
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Call us today and take your life back from the discomfort and distress of Celiac disease, fibromyalgia and thyroid complications.

One last thought,  a common misdiagnosis of celiac disease  is irritable bowel syndrome.


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