Horrible Payback For Getting
My Biochemistry Out of Whack
"How long will it take to get
Have you tried every diet and still made no dent in your fat thighs
or tummy? Do you work out six days a week but still continue to
tip the Toledoes?
Frustrating, isn't it? Your lack of results has nothing to so with
power, calorie counts, determination or desire. The answer is scientific:
You can't lose weight if your biochemistry is out
of balance. It is impossible to lose any significant amount of
weight permanently if your biochemistry is not in balance. You
must first return to biochemical equilibrium before the weight
Specifically, you can not raise your metabolic rate if six
critical body nutrients are out of balance.
When that happens, you can recalibrate your metabolism -- through
diet and exercise -- to burn fat at its most efficient rate. Burning
deep into your fat stores will cause you to lose weight and look
much, much better.
With two Ivy League degrees, I shouldn't be admitting my stupidity
in public. But 99 percent of my inability to lose weight was my fault.
I just assumed I knew what to do and how to eat. However, after I
learned the complexities of the body's biochemistry, I discovered
I was actually doing everything incorrectly, gastronomically speaking.
There's only one scientific weight loss formula. Here it is once
again: You cannot lose weight if your biochemistry is out of balance.
Generally, by the time we become adults, we have too much of some
basic nutrients yet way too little of others, Until your body returns
to biochemical equilibrium, it is IMPOSSIBLE for you to shed those
unwanted pounds. Your physiology won't allow it.
More specifically, you cannot lose weight if six critical body nutrients
are out of balance. Calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium
and potassium must be in their ideal ranges BEFORE you can burn any
significant amount of fat. Even if just ONE of these elements
is out of sync, there's no way your body can utilize you unwanted
Each of these nutrients depress the metabolic rate so you cannot
burn any serious amount of excess fat. Can you freeze water at 80
Calcium was the villain in my body
I'm ashamed to say, my calcium problem was all my fault. I literally
poisoned myself with the stuff.
As I approached 40, I began to worry about my calcium intake. You
can't pick up a magazine or newspaper without reading about the pressing
need for increasing calcium in the diet once women reach this exalted
I couldn't imagine myself a little old lady with a walker, trying
to recover from that broken hip. The magazines said fossils like
me needed calcium, right? So I drank milk by the quart. I never began
a day without yogurt and I stuffed myself with Alaskan salmon at
However, I did not realize my body's biochemistry was severely out
of whack, a by product of four decades of fine dining, including
a couple of years as food editor and restaurant critic for the now
deceased Dallas Times Herald. This imbalance meant my body could
not handle the massive influx of calcium it was suddenly receiving.
My distorted endocrinology caused a metabolic disturbance which did
not allow my body to utilize calcium properly. To be exact, too much
copper caused me to deposit the calcium in my soft tissues. This
short circuited my bones, which needed the nutrient desperately.
The result: I was still osteoporotic (meaning I did not have enough
calcium in my bones) but was making gall stones suitable for inscription
in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Dangers of Too Much Calcium
Six months after I added calcium rich foods to my diet, I made
a routine trip to the dentist for a teeth cleaning. My annual X-ray
showed an alarming loss of bone in my jaw. In fact, my four back
molars were about to fall out. There wouldn't have been enough
money under my pillow to pay for the $5,000 operation I needed
to have my own teeth grafted back onto my jaw. In fact, I had lost
so much bone, I had to buy bone from a bone bank to put my teeth
back where they belonged. The surgery was more painful than child
birth. To ease the pain, I was given six cc's of morphine intravenously
along with a letter explaining why I couldn't pass a drug test
for a year.
I had a tissue mineral analysis (a test which measures all the
body's biochemical nutrients) right after the surgery. Graphically,
it pinpointed my calcium toxicity. I learned that when a nutrient
is out of balance -- when you have either too much OR too little.
I was losing bone because I had too much calcium, the same result
as if I had too little.
In addition to clearly defining my problem, the tissue mineral
analysis (TMA) included an eating plan which removed all calcium
from my diet. I sadly had to say good bye to lovely foods like
salmon. Sugar had to go too, because sugar causes a chemical reaction
which keeps in the tissues. I could savor only one piece of luscious
cake a week. (Boo)
The TMA also included foods which would force my system to precipitate
the excess calcium. There is justice in the world. My TMA said
I needed to eat more lobster, oysters and mussels. (Yum)
Having too much calcium also caused another problem for me. It
was keeping me fat! Calcium, you see, depresses metabolism. That
meant no matter how hard I worked out or how correctly I ate, I
could not burn enough fat to lose weight. It was biochemical impossible
because my metabolism was too low. I had to solve my calcium imbalance
before I could lose one ounce.
A.A. Milne in "Winnie The Pooh"
"Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due
season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."