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Weight Loss, Better Health… Awesome Story

Posted Jul 05 2010 9:25am

I want to extend a well-earned congratulations to one of our patients who has lost 80 pounds in 20 weeks! I’d also like to thank Steve for granting me permission to write about his story and reprint an article published about him. Steve has been a patient and friend for many years. I am so proud and happy for him and his accomplishments! Kudos, buddy!!!

Here is an article that was written about him in Carondelet Connection, a periodical published for employees of the behemoth Carondelet Health Care System.

Steps Add Up to Weight Loss, Better Health

When Steve Clarke makes up his mind to do something, it’s as good as done. Five months ago, he weighed about 285 pounds and says he was “fed up with not being able to breathe well doing simple things like tying my shoes.” Clarke works in Environmental Services at St. Mary’s Medical Center and has to walk throughout the medical center while on the job. He decided to take off some weight.

Today, you’d be lucky to keep up with him. Clarke dropped 80 pounds in 20 weeks the “old-fashioned way” – through diet and exercise. He started following the program his wife joined – counting points to determine how much he should eat. The plan encourages exercise and at about the same time, SM [sic] opened its fitness center to associates and Clarke became a big fan of the treadmills.

“I try to walk about four to five miles a day,” says Clarke. That’s in addition to the miles he puts in on the job. “I’ll walk at a pace of about 4.7 miles per hour for a while, then slow down a bit; then go back to 4.7 again.” When the weather’s nice, Clarke walks outside – on the fitness trail at SM or around his neighborhood.

Equally as impressive as the weight loss are the other health improvements Clarke has made. He used to take medication to control his blood pressure – not any more. His resting heart rate went from “about 80 beats per minute” to under 50. His total cholesterol dropped from 234 to 153. His LDL level dropped in half – from 141 to 71.

“I’ve lost weight at other times in my life, but never saw the big improvements in my numbers like I’m seeing this time,” says Clarke. He credits exercise, plus eating the two teaspoons of olive oil daily his eating plan calls for. He says exercise has become a routine he will continue because there’s no doubt about the difference it has made in his life.

Once again, congratulations, Steve! You are an inspiration, and a prime example of how healthy we can be if we just get back to the basics. Steve didn’t need medications to lose weight. He didn’t need a lap-band… a stapling procedure… growth hormones… over-priced multilevel juices… questionable supplements…  the latest infomercial gadget… or any other fad that has come and gone. Steve has just decided to make different choices. Better food choices, better portion sizes, and regular exercise is all it took. And look at all of the other unexpected benefits that came along with those healthy choices!!!

Steve graciously stated that he credits regular chiropractic care in our office with being a contributor to his achievements. Although I would love to take the credit, the admiration and respect remains with him. Chiropractic is but one tool he uses to achieve his health care goals. A little willpower, and some self-responsibility are the most important tools… and Steve’s got plenty of each!

The power that made the body, heals the body. Too often we think it’s our medicines making us well. We credit this technique, that gadget, this other treatment, etc… for “healing us.” Well, that’s just bull! Our bodies heal themselves. Any health care option we choose is just a means of trying to assist the body in healing itself. Our goal is to get the body to do what it’s supposed to do. Think about it. It’s not the band-aid that heals a scrape. It’s the body’s innate ability to recognize a problem and find a solution. Where we come in as health care providers is in assisting the body when there is dysfunction. Chiropractic seeks to optimize neuromusculoskeletal function thereby allowing the body to operate optimally. Antibiotics seek to assist the body’s immune system in fighting off bacterial infections. If you look at how tons of health options are designed, most of them are just designed to assist the body.

Therefore, as with Steve’s case, if you feed the body optimal nutrition and take care of it… it needs less assistance. Simple as that. Steve changed how he was taking care of his body, and it responded by recovering it’s ability to take care of itself.

- Dr. James C. Gray

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