While billions of people worldwide are suffering from malnutrition or starvation, the US and some European nations have epidemic levels of obesity and eating disorders. Despite the over abundance of super-sized food supplies, we remain overfed and undernourished. Whether it is the highly effective marketing of the food industry or the chemicals that are injected into the soil, the animals, the farms, the processed foods and even the packaging materials, we are all at risk for weight issues if we continue to indulge in this SAD (Standard American Diet) way of eating.
At CHI Lifestyle Medical Center, we focus on realistic and sustainable goals in a tangible program:
- Analyzing weight gain or loss as medical, metabolic or mental (diseases, deficiencies or decisions)
- Identifying lifestyle issues affecting weight management
- Designing a dietary regimen that is balanced and reasonable
- Targeting individual metabolic pitfalls for maintaining, losing or gaining weight
- Providing an exercise program that fits the individual needs of each patient
- Utilizing stress relief techniques to help maintain the program goals
On another level, we are subjected to added hormones, dyes, fillers, excipients and flavor enhancers, not to mention the artificial sweeteners in diet foods and drinks, which, ironically, have been clinically shown to cause metabolic reactions that actually cause chronic weight gain. All of which, imbalance and impair our natural barometers for hunger and thirst, as well as, create hormonal havoc with our thyroid, adrenal and pancreas functioning.
Our ancestors had to hunt, gather, plant, harvest, prepare and serve each meal. No wonder obesity was rare. There wasn’t enough time or energy to keep the weight piling on when you were working so hard to just bring a single meal to the table. Immediate access to fast foods, frozen foods and delivered foods, makes it irresistible to the appetite and enabling to those whose lifestyles allow little time to shop for, prepare and sensibly eat a healthy diet. In addition, we are exposed to high levels of radiation, microwaves and electronic flux from cell phones, big screen TVs, microwave ovens, computer screens, radio wave towers, etc… These all have the potential to cause thyroid stress and disorders, causing possible metabolic upheaval with weight management.
Hormones can play a key factor in weight management and Dr. Christenson makes sure the proper medical tests are taken to provide a clear view of any metabolic imbalances that need to be corrected. Often, a sluggish thyroid or other genetic factors play into weight management. CHI Lifestyle Medical Center in Kailua is fully equipped to handle all aspects of weight concerns and offers patients individually designed programs to achieve and maintain their goals.
“Thank you so much for all you have done for our whole family. Our bodies are smaller and feel better. I have lost 22 lbs and Rod has lost 18. My sleep pattern has improved. Love to a Great Doctor.” – Jon & Joan D.
“My experience with Dr. Elizabeth Christenson and CHI Lifestyle Medical Center has been very interesting, to say the least. I began treatment with Dr. Christenson in May of 2001. I had been to various doctors complaining of extreme fatigue, migraines, depression, MS-like symptoms (tremors, dizziness, muscle weakness), nausea, weight gain, low thyroid, insomnia, and high blood pressure. I had been put on a variety of drug therapies, but found most of these caused more problems than they helped. My brother-in-law told me about NAET – his experience with a practitioner in Knoxville, Tennessee had been nothing short of miraculous! When I began treatment with Dr. Christenson, I was so weak and discouraged, that I almost cancelled my initial appointment. I must admit to being very cynical about this type of medicine. I found out immediately that I was severely allergic to the chemical hormones I was taking following my hysterectomy-after starting natural hormones, I still tested allergic, but Dr. Christenson was able to alleviate my allergy to them. I then went through various allergy testing-thyroid, organ, gland, RNA, DNA, and amino acids. After clearing these, we moved on to calcium and dairy products, vitamin C, vitamin B, sugar, iron, minerals, iodine, lead, corn, salt, and complex sugars. I tested allergic to almost everything! I had a big problem with sugar, and when this was cleared, noticed a big difference in energy, cravings, and depression. I was also treated for sinus headaches; I would tend to get these during high humidity and an air pressure change. To date, I have lost 45 pounds, get up every morning at 5:00 a.m. to run or workout, have no symptoms of poor health, and feel like I’m in the best shape of my life! I am so thankful to have found Dr. Christenson and CHI Lifestyle Medical Center. Currently, my parents are now her patients, along with many of my friends and acquaintances to whom I have recommended her. Thank you Dr. Christenson for giving me my life back.” – Blessings, Patricia H.