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No Sweat Tips to Shed the Winter Weight

Posted Jun 10 2009 12:04am

In This Issue:

Three Nutrients Help You Drop the Pounds

By Al Sears, MD

vitamin D Here in South Florida the weather is warming up. Yesterday’s high was 92 degrees! The whole practice is talking about getting our bodies back in beach shape. A bunch of us are doing PACE, plus we’ve got a secret weapon to curb our cravings.

In fact, it makes losing that extra “insulation” that we all tend to pack on in the winter as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Three natural supplements that I’ll explain in this article can help you:

  • Achieve a leaner physique
  • Stop being a slave to food and start creating a healthy relationship with it
  • Keep blood sugar levels that are already within the normal range consistent to maintain ideal body functions

The first one is Garcinia cambogia, a pumpkin-shaped fruit from Asia. It has been used for centuries in places like Indonesia and India to make small meals seem more filling.

Garcinia’s rind contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA), a natural appetite-suppressing compound. In a Georgetown University Medical Center study, individuals taking HCA supplements decreased their appetite, lost a significant amount of weight, and helped maintain healthy cholesterol levels that were already within the normal range in just 8 weeks. 1

And Garcinia does more than recondition your body to eat less. It also helps you lose weight by blocking the action of an enzyme called citrate lyase, which turns excess carbs into fat. So, instead of putting on the pounds, your body ends up using carbs more efficiently.

The second gut-busting supplement is Hoodia. You’ve probably seen the stories featuring it on 60 Minutes, the Today Show and on ABC.

For centuries, the nomadic San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert have eaten its stem before long journeys to stave off hunger. A molecule in Hoodia that scientists have named P57 suppresses your appetite by sending your brain the message that you’re full — even if you haven’t eaten. And it is not known to cause any side effects. 2

The third key nutrient is chromium. Chromium is vital in helping to maintain blood sugar levels that are already within the normal range. So, if you have a sweet tooth, you definitely want to maintain a healthy chromium intake.

But, nutrition experts say that 90 percent of all adults in the U.S. suffer from chromium deficiency, so it’s likely that you aren’t getting enough of this essential nutrient.

But you can’t take just any chromium. Some types may actually do more harm than good. And research shows that chromium needs niacin to be an effective supplement.

Look for chromium polynicotinate a niacin-bound form which is safe and effective as a dietary supplement.

I recommend you take the following amounts of each of these fat-busting supplements before each meal to help shed the winter weight.

  • 400 mg of Garcinia cambogia
  • 200 mg of Hoodia
  • 500 mcg of chromium polynicotinate

To Your Good Health,

Dr. Al Sears, MD


  1. Preuss, HG. Int J Clin Pharmacol Res. 2005;25(3):133-44.

[ Ed. Note: Dr. Sears is Chairman of the Board of Total Health Breakthroughs. He has written over 500 articles and 7 books in the fields of alternative medicine, anti-aging, and nutritional supplementation . Learn more about his appetite suppressing spray by clicking here.]

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clove oil Nutrients & Health:

The Herb Emporium: Clove Oil
( Syzygium aromaticum

By Candace Booth, ND, PhD, CNC, SHC

It is recommended that you speak with a knowledgeable health professionalbefore using any herbal remedy.

Clove is used as a domestic spice worldwide, but oil of clove also has extensive healing qualities. The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and immune-stimulating properties.

Clove bud essential oil contains phenol eugenol, a power anti-inflammatory agent that is strongly anesthetic.  Eugenol inhibits prostaglandin E (PGE) synthesis, which creates pain. 1 This action has made clove oil popular for pain relief from tooth aches, mouth ulcers and sore gums.

Gargles made from diluted clove oil help in easing the throat.  The characteristic smell of clove oil also helps remove bad breath .  As a result, clove oil is added to numerous dental products and medications including mouth washes and tooth pastes.  Dentists mix clove oil with zinc oxide and prepare a temporary white filling material for a root canal. 1

Clove is also a great antiseptic against bacterial and viral infections, wounds, cuts, burns, fungal infections, athlete’s foot, etc.  Use the oil in diluted form for these problems but avoid using it on sensitive skin.

Clove oil can be used as an inhalant for various respiratory problems such as cold, cough, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and tuberculosis.  We have all suffered anxiety from knowing we are breathing the recycled air in an airplane filled with all sorts of pathogens from coughing, sniffling passengers.  I have taught people for years to put a few drops of clove oil on the wrist or a hankie and sniff it intermittently when flying.

Clove oil can even help headache pain.  When mixed with salt and applied to the forehead, clove oil provides a cooling effect that relieves headache pain.  If you suffer from insomnia, put two or three drops on your “third eye” (the middle of your forehead) before bed. 2


  1. Lawless, J. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. England, Element Books, Limited, 1995, p. 223.
  2. Buckle, RGN, Clinical Aromatherapy in Nursing. San Diego, CA, Singular Publishing Group, 1997, p. 58.

[ Ed. Note: Candace Booth has a natural health practice in Tavares, Florida where she offers consultations in nutrition and overcoming disease symptoms with natural healing remedies.  Her new book, HOW MUCH FAT ARE YOU CARRYING? The Ultimate Fat Loss Guide for People Who are Sick of Diets is available at]

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grilled vegetables Healthy Recipes:

Herb-Grilled Vegetables

By Laura LaValle, RD, LD

No need to heat up the entire house by turning on the oven this summer.  Grilling thesevegetables gives them a wonderful smoky flavor and brings out their sweetness. Serve as a side dish with your favorite grilled meat.

Time to table: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Healing Nutrient Spotlight
Excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-12
Good source of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, copper

3 T. oil (choose a high smoke point oil like avocado, safflower, or  sunflower oil)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves, crushed
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
Sea salt, to taste
1 large red onion, thickly sliced
1 large red or green pepper, cut into wide strips
1 medium zucchini or yellow squash, thickly sliced
2 cups large mushrooms

*Choose organic ingredients for optimal nutrition.

Lay vegetables out in a single layer on a cookie sheet or large platter.  Stir together the oil, thyme, and black pepper in a small bowl.  Brush both sides of the vegetables with the oil mixture, then season with sea salt. Spray the grill rack with non-stick cooking spray and then heat the grill to low to medium low. Grill the vegetables for 10 minutes or until they’re tender, turning over once during cooking.

This recipe is very easy to modify.  If you don’t like thyme, substitute rosemary or just use salt and pepper.  Also have fun experimenting with the various flavors you can attain using a different oil, such as sesame seed oil.  And finally, you can choose different vegetables like asparagus, which is great when grilled.

101 calories, 3 g protein, 9 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 1 g monounsaturated fat, 5 g polyunsaturated fat, 4 g sugars, 3 g fiber, 2508 IU vitamin A, .24 mg riboflavin, 2.4 mg niacin, .77 mg pantothenic acid, .23 mg vitamin B-6, 26 mcg folate, 5.5 mcg vitamin B-12, 85 mg vitamin C, 36 IU vitamin D, .31 mg copper, .98 mg iron, 23 mg magnesium, .17 mg manganese, 417 mg potassium, 4.4 mcg selenium, 76 mg sodium

[ Ed. Note: Laura B. LaValle, RD, LD is presently the director of dietetics nutrition at LaValle Metabolic Institute.   Laura and her husband, Jim LaValle, R.Ph, CCN, ND have developed the powerful and life-changing Metabolic Code Diet containing step-by-step, easy to follow recommendations for harnessing optimal metabolic energy and turning your body’s chemical make up into a fat-burning furnace.  To learn more click here now.]

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