Norman Allan
416 928 9272
newsletter      biography      herbs      ask the doctor     science      blog
                 Weight Loss Tips
I am going to offer some simple prescriptions for weight lossÖ however, of course we have to caution that THERE IS NO UNIVERSAL PRESCRIPTION. Everyone is different and there are different solutions for different folks.  
My friend DD, obese from childhood, lost 60 pounds in six months using Atkenís high protein, low carbohydrate diet, and plans to loss another 30. put it all back on and thinks it shot his kidneys!
JKW has lost 15 pounds over six weeks with the "Beverley Hills Diet". Thatís a food combination diet modified for the Rodeo Drive palate. It also uses lots of pineapple and papaya with their digestive enzymes. JKW loves this diet and is confident she can shed another 30 pounds. put it all back on and more
Iíve lost 20 pounds over the last two years. My medical doctor, Mel Borins, says 5 percent per yearís weight loss is a much more reasonable and sustainable figure then a more ambitious effort. So many people yo-yo, put the weight back on and, too often, even more. My dietary secret? Stress. Stress can take weight off or put it on. But letís talk about the "simple solution"Ö

more like 10


put it all back on


My friend, Alex, a homeopath and supplement supply shop owner, has a relatively simple prescription for weight loss.

Thyroid function. First, check your thyroid! If thyroid function is low you are going to find it near on impossible to lose weight. Thyroid function must be normalised!


Chromium picolinate. Second, you might try the supplement Chromium picolinate. This is the "magic ingredient": Chromium picolinate, 200mg tid (three times a day).

Chromium picolinate is the discovery, or invention, of Gary Evans and you can read about it in his book "Chromium Picolinate", Avery Publishing Group 1996.

Cells respond more effectively to insulin when Chromium is present.
Insulin is the hormonal agent that takes sugar out of the blood when you eat carbohydrates. As we slowly (or quickly) weaken under the stress of the Standard American Diet our insulin response becomes maladaptive, leading us towards hypoglycemia, and our cells respond more and more poorly to insulin leading us towards adult on-set diabetes: and we put on weight. Insulin is also necessary for the utilisation of fats. As cells become insulin "impotent", fats stay in the cells, and we can only accumulate, and can not utilise, fats.

Chromium "streamlines" insulin, allowing it to work. ButÖ the body can not easily absorb metallic Chromium...

Picolinate is an amino acid (though not one of the 22 amino acids that are strung together to form the various proteins). It is a breakdown product of tryptophane (which is one of the proteinís 22amino acids) and it is a wonderful "chelating" agent for Chromium and Zinc: that is, it binds with these metals, cloaks them, and makes them both absorbable and biologically available.

It has been observed that Chromium picolinate helps people loss weight, and helps them tone their muscle mass (and, when taken with high doses of B3, niacin, it helps reduce cholesterol).

Evans recommends an adult maintenance dose of 400mg of Chromium picolinate and a therapeutic dose (for weight loss) of up to 600mg (200mg three times a day).

worth a try

Calcium Carbonate (Oyster). Dr. DeLamar Gibbon, in his book "Colitis and other IBS", says that some individuals "hyperabsorb" fats and bile salts (which strictly speaking are "reabsorb") and that this leads to a type of obesity. Gibbon says that you do not become fat by eating carbohydrates, but by eating fat. (Which just goes to underline that there are a thousand diets and a thousand opinions.) He points out that farmers canít fatten hogs with wheat (low in fat), but fatten them on corn (much higher in fat).

Gibbon observed that calcium binds fats and bile salts. If you take 1 gm of calcium (1000 mg) with each meal it will bind fats and bile salts (which are cholesterol based) and stop their absorption. Note: that this will only work if there is fat (for instance, salad dressing) in your diet. If there is no fat (e.g. salad without dressing) the calcium can not "work" to bind fat and, in any event, you are not going to put on weight if you donít eat fat. Also, this is not a license to eat megafat. 1 gm of calcium binds 14 of fat, and one gram of calcium per meal is pretty close to the maximum healthy limit.

Gibbon, and Alex, recommend Calcium Carbonate derived from Oyster shell as the cleanest (least toxin laden) source of calcium.

I don't know. I think this is a perverse way to approach the problem

These are Alexís weight loss tips, or at least my version of them.

Proenzi 99. Alexís clients have had a lot of success with the herbal complex "Proenzi 99" by "Enzymatic Therapy". Alex recommends 2 tablets to be taken with breakfast and 1 or 2 in mid afternoon for weight loss, but..

Proenzi 99 contains along with other herbs, such as adaptogens (ginseng, and such), Ma Huang (AKA Ephedra) which is a stimulant. Dr. Mel Borins asks if you want to balance the body why would you use stimulants? Why not simply use caffeine, he maliciously jests. So be careful with this supplement! Do not use it if you are hot or "hyper".

if you want to use a stimulant I'd go for the gingsen -
asian genseng is hot (so good for cold people)
north american gingsen is cold (and so good for hot people)


I have two observations to add relating to the fact that one of the problems people often face around weight loss is coping with sugar cravings.

Licorice root (and I donít mean the black anise flavoured candy, I mean the root of the Licorice plant that you can find in Chinatown for a dollar or two an ounce). Licorice is not only extremely sweet in itself, but it also will bind glucose so it may "buffer" blood sugar levels, keeping them steady. So when you crave sweetness, try chewing on some Licorice root as you would chew on gum (that is to say, spit out the fibre when the taste is gone. Donít swallow the "cud"). A caution though! There is some concern about Licorice raising blood pressure so if you have high blood pressure seek medical advice before using Licorice, and use it cautiously.

there is a caution about licorice and blood press -
take care

Avena sativa. Finally, you might want to try using Avena sativa tincture (ten drops in a little water, as needed). Avena sativa is the herbal preparation made from green oats. It reputedly acts as a mental stimulant by means of enhancing nutrition, and it is said to helps to reduce cravings.
How would I loss weight? Stop snacking! Change live style.Get happy. Move. 

see also
Salubrious Oscillations/
Good Vibrations


As mentioned, there are many diets and weight loss aids and a thousand opinions. Find the diet that suits you intellectually, emotionally and empirically. And, if you want some more advise, come in and consult with Alex (519 374 7604) or myself (416 928 9272).


alternative medicine
Norman Allan
416 928 9272