Thanks for coming back and checking out my
new case study. We’re going to talk about a lady called Claire today. This is not her
real name, of course. Claire is 59, which is not her real age, but I can assure you
it’s a very real case. Claire came to see me some time ago now, inability
to lose weight, shocking psoriasis, very bad psoriasis. I remember all around the neck,
the scalp and around the ears, on the arms and on the elbow areas. Claire also had flatulence,
bloating, indigestion, reflux, continual sore throat, pins and needles, fluid retention,
high cholesterol, sweet cravings, itching, also arthritis. I think there was a touch
of psoriatic arthritis in this case. The patient had her gall bladder removed when she was
in her 20s, just after her first baby was born.
Psoriasis really developed in her 40s, so she’s had quite a lot of different stresses
in her life. She’s also taking an acid blocker, one of the H2 antagonists, acid blocking medications
that stop reflux, which is not uncommon after gall bladder removal. If you have had your
gall bladder out and have reflux, you need to take digestive enzymes because it will
make a huge difference. In Claire’s case, it certainly helped. Always hungry, she says
here. Eating protein does help, but love sweets. The big thing with Claire was really the diet
change. This lady is 126 kilograms, so that’s 250 pounds, quite a large person. People who
are that large who have psoriasis often have sharpening psoriasis, so they can have really
bad inflammation because of their weight. People who are obese, often have much higher
rates of inflammation, blood sugar disorders, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, everything
just crashes with these people. Think of it like having a four-cylinder car and then putting
six or seven 200-pound people in it, you’re putting massive stress on this vehicle. Because
that’s what you’re doing to a person’s frame when you carry a lot of weight. You’re putting
massive stress on the joints, the heart, the liver, the bowel; every part of the body is
under massive stress with a lot of weight. People who weigh a lot less have a lot less
stress when it comes to their organs and metabolic function. Bigger people get punished pretty
badly. It’s not easy for people to lose weight. Dieting
doesn’t help in the majority of cases. It’s a waste of blooming time trying to get people
to eat less food or change the way they eat. It’s really a lifestyle approach that will
help people. People have to make changes on multiple fronts. You’re going to find people
who specialize in weight loss; some will target the mind, the emotional set. They’re all about
motivation. “You can think yourself thin” and all this sort of crap. And then you get
all these diet gurus and diet priests out there who say, “Nope. You can eat yourself
thin.” And then you get the exercise gurus, “You can exercise yourself thin.” The problem
is none of these guys talk together. They all try to make a million dollars with their
own websites and forget about the fact that the only way people are going to lose weight
and maintain that weight loss is to look at a holistic concept. Every person needs to
lose weight depending on the way they think about life, the way they think about diet.
The only way you really make change in your life is to have a PMF, a primary motivating
factor. So in Claire’s case, her primary motivating factor was to want to live long enough, the
quality of life, for her grandchildren. And that’s what I found out with talking to her.
She didn’t care. She was in a fantastic stable relationship. Husband loved her if she was
100 pounds or 300 pounds, so she had a fantastic marriage. That was working out quite well
for her. She had a good relationship with her children, but the children were worried
about mom and worried about mom getting so big. Very worried about her because she might
not live long enough to enjoy spending time with her grandchildren, so that was here PMF.
And I tapped into that big time. I’ve had multiple consultations with Claire
now. We’ve had fantastic weight loss with this lady just by gently engaging her in making
changes in how she eats and thinks about food, getting out there, small amounts of walking
has now resulted in large amounts of walking, etc., you know how it goes. So the big challenge
here is no gall bladder. Gall bladder removal for a lot of people can spell lots of bowel
problems, lots of liver congestion, lots of burping, lots of farting, lots of reflux,
lots of sick feeling, lots of weight gain, inability to breakdown fat-soluble vitamins,
the list goes on and on. When the gall bladder is gone, it’s problematic for a lot of people.
So we have to do a work around with the diet. We have to look at a liver friendly diet.
We need to look at foods high in natural enzymes. We need to really change the way we think
about eating and the kind of foods we eat. Processed foods are no good for people with
no gall bladder. Don’t you make the mistake of thinking you
can eat canned or packaged foods without a gall bladder; you can’t do that anymore. You
can, but you’re not going to feel good. And, of course, the bowel becomes a breeding ground
for bacteria and yeast infection, and that’s exactly what this woman had. She had huge
amounts of farting, bloating, indigestion. When the gall bladder is removed, it’s easy
for the cholesterol to go up. And, of course, with that kind of weight issue, you’re going
to get high blood pressure. And that’s exactly what this woman had. The combination of high
blood pressure and high cholesterol is disastrous. That’s like having a combination of no income
and high gambling and high drinking. You might as well put a gun to your head.
This is a heart attack waiting to happen. And I spelled it out to her and she cried.
And it hit her hard. But sometimes you have to hit people below the belt before they make
change. You’ve got to kick them right between the eyes. I don’t do it upfront with people.
I do it gently and slowly. I’ll pinch them before I kick them. But the thing is I like
helping people to make change. I can’t do it for them; they’ve got to do it themselves.
And Claire has made change. When you make change, your life changes. Everything
changes. And then when everything changes, your confidence goes up. Your self-esteem
goes up and your quality of life improves. And I call that the upward spiral. You’re
going up and up and up. Because I see too many patients on the downhill spiral. They
feel sick. They feel fat. They feel unsexy. They feel unloved. They hate their life. They
look at themselves in the mirror and they just hate themselves. And having that negative
self-talk pulls you down and down and it makes you walk to the fridge and grab another piece
of bread or peanut butter, another bar of chocolate, and another can of beer because
you feel like crap. And those are the people that end up with a lot of guilt, a lot of
weight, and a lot of health problems. So don’t you be one of those people. Remember,
change comes from you wanting the change. Not from people telling you to make the change.
You’ve got to go home and think about some of this stuff that people talk to you about.
Patients go home after I’ve had a consultation and they think about it. And they come back
and I can see they made the change. This lady is feeling awesome and that’s what it’s all
about. Getting people to feel awesome. So think about that consultation and if any of
that stuff applies to you. Thanks for tuning in.
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