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Our Fat Is a Heavy Burden

“By far the biggest and most pervasive issue that our health system faces today is obesity,” notes Dr. Jennifer Burch of Central Pharmacy and Compounding Center in Durham.

Dr. Jennifer Burch holds a model depicting the size, shape and weight of five pounds of fat, to an appreciative Dr. Darius Russell, who has lost the equivalent of six such packages.

“Approximately 34 percent of Americans are now clinically overweight,” she points out, “which means that they are 20 percent or more over their ideal weight. North Carolina ranks 16th highest in adult obesity in the nation. And kids don’t fare much better: 31 percent of all NC children, ages 10 to 17, are overweight. Why should this concern us? Because obesity comes with a high price tag—with every added pound we gain, diabetes and hypertension make their way into our bodies.

“There’s a higher percentage of overweight children today,” notes Dr. Burch, “and I believe a lot of this has to do with kids and parents being so busy. With so little time, it’s easier to pick up some fast food. We’re not cooking at home as much, nor are our food choices as healthy. As a culture, we continue to consume vast and ever-increasing amounts of fast, processed, unhealthy foods.”

She adds: “We also have patients who just don’t understand what they should be eating, People don’t remember the fundamentals of nutrition: the correct balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in our diets. They go to the grocery store and there are all these options, that may or may not be healthy, and they just don’t know what is good. Once you educate folks, healthy changes can be made.

“This is no small matter,” says Dr. Burch. “The consequences of obesity are huge—including an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as increased problems with joint pain and mobility. This creates a vicious cycle: your joints hurt because you’re carrying around an extra 50 or 100 pounds, and you can’t exercise. You just keep gaining weight.”

Ideal Protein Weight Loss:
A Solution to a Serious Problem

At Central Pharmacy, she notes, “we have a protein weight loss program that is comprehensive and structured. This diet tells you exactly what to eat and people tend to lose weight quickly. This diet, called Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method, reduces insulin levels. It is an easy four-phase medically designed protocol that helps stabilize the pancreas and blood sugar levels while burning fat and maintaining muscle and other lean tissue.

“It teaches us how to live off the body’s own fat reserves,” she explains. “Simple and complex sugars can prevent weight loss because the body stores approximately three days’ worth of carbohydrates. Until 100 percent of the weight loss goal is achieved, we restrict simple and complex sugars. As long as sugar is being consumed, the body is not burning fat.

“The main objective of this diet is to deplete the carbohydrate reserves completely in order to compel the body to turn to its fat reserves. How do we get the body to burn its fat reserves and not its muscle mass reserves—by providing the body with foods that have a high protein value, complete with eight essential amino acids—97 percent absorbable, which make them biologically-complete proteins.”

On the Ideal Protein Weight Loss diet, Dr. Burch reports, “Women typically lose 3 to 5 pounds a week, while men lose 4 to 7 pounds, depending on how closely they adhere to the program. Ideal Protein is simple to follow. You get a packet that tells you exactly what to do. For breakfast, you have an Ideal Protein food; for lunch, you have an Ideal Protein food plus two cups of vegetables; and for dinner, you have meat and vegetables. During the day, you can have one or two Ideal Protein snacks depending on how active or hungry you are. We don’t want people starving because that’s when they break their diet. When they first start the program, they may eat a bit more protein foods. As your insulin level drops, you tend to be less hungry.

“The hope,” she says, “is that once the goal weight is achieved, lifestyle changes have been made, and the carbohydrate addiction is broken. Once that is attained, you can go back on a maintenance program of eating regular foods without having to have Ideal Protein. Throughout the program we teach you how to make better eating decisions. Our goal is to have people realize that if they’ve gone 10 pounds over their ideal weight they need to come back and talk to us.

“How many weeks you stay on Ideal Protein depends on what your weight loss goal is. The foods are really good: shakes, puddings, bars, and crunchy things like chips. They have about 50 different foods, so if people don’t like chocolate, there are plenty of other options. An Ideal Protein dieter will feel energized, look vibrant, and feel strong. People tend to be motivated to maintain their new weight because they’ve seen the impact of it on their lives.”

Opioid Addiction

“Another soaring health epidemic in the US is opioid addiction,” notes Dr. Burch. “Opioids, like oxycodone, morphine, methadone, buprenorphine, and hydrocodone, are man-made derivatives of the opium poppy plant and are pain killers. It’s interesting that about 15 years ago pain became another vital sign, right along with weight, temperature, and blood pressure. People are now routinely asked by their doctors if they’re in any pain and then are routinely treated with opioids, which are highly addictive. Consequently, we are seeing more and more patients hooked on them.

“Since January, North Carolina has a new rule on dispensing acute pain and post-op medications—you can only dispense a 5 to 7-day supply of narcotics to a new patient for acute pain. Hopefully, this will help to reduce new patient addiction. My concern is for those patients who are in real pain and can’t get a prescription. Will they turn to the street to find pain killers?

“It’s important for people to realize that in North Carolina you can get naloxone or Narcan, the drug that reverses an overdose, without a prescription. A pharmacist can dispense it, so if people are using narcotics, or have loved ones using narcotics, it’s a good idea to have some Narcan available in case of an overdose.”