This month we debut a new column by Richard Firshein, D.O., a physicianspecializing in nutritional medicine. His guiding belief: mental and physian health are intimaly interwoven. Health, As he sees it, is resilience of mind and body; the ability to feel the flow of joy and energy. Natural treatments can actually recalibrate, balance, and strengthen us. Dr. Firshein is Medical Director of the Paul Sorvino Asthma Foundation, and author of Reversing Asthma (Warner Books). He successfully reversed his own nearly-fatal asthma through an entirely natural approach. He will answer several letters in each issue.
Q: I'm 20 pounds overweight, and nothing seems to slim me down except starvation. I've heard about the new wonder diet drug, Redux, but I'd rather try a natural approach first. Any suggestions?
A: Diet drugs are in vogue again. Three months after the introduction of Redux, doctors were writing 85,000 prescriptions a week, the fastest drug launch in the history of the pharmaceutical industry. Diet drugs can help treat obesity, but side effects can be harmful, and I suggest a natural approach first.
I offer overweight patients a combination of nutrients that boost metabolism and cut appetite--although they work a little more slowly than most drugs.