2265 North Clybourn Avenue    Chicago, IL 60614    P: 773.296.6700     F: 773.296.1131

Obesity by Infection

Here’s a topic I suspect you’ll be reading more about during the next year. For some overweight people (though certainly not all), the villain is not overeating, or even eating the wrong foods, but rather certain bacteria or viruses in the intestines that change the way food is absorbed.

Doctors have long puzzled over why some overweight people, even on dramatic low-calorie eating plans, can’t seem to lose weight. Or why obesity runs in some non-overeating families (consider the idea that family members might be infecting each other).

A pioneering molecular researcher, Nikhil Dhurandhar, who coined the term “infectobesity,” proposes that an imbalance of bacteria in the intestines changes the way we absorb food.

Among the 500 or so species of bacteria, two major groups–bacteroides and firmicutes–seem to wrestle for dominance. When firmicutes were placed into the intestines of mice and allowed to proliferate, the mice gained weight even though their diets hadn’t changed.

Dhurandhar also has seen evidence that a common virus associated with colds and flu, the adenovirus, can cause obesity in certain animals.

The idea that bacteria or a virus can cause a medical problem unrelated to infection is not new. Thirty years ago, a small group of doctors believed that bacteria–not stress–were responsible for stomach ulcers, even as most doctors were convinced that no type of bacteria could even survive in stomach acid.

Then the researchers discovered Helicobacter pylori, and today doctors treat many ulcers with antibiotics (the researchers won the Nobel Prize in medicine.)

It’s too early for a treatment to be proposed, but the general feeling is that these “obesity bacteria” may be a consequence of taking too many antibiotics or eating food that has been laced with antibiotics.

You might want to consider an intestinal detoxification. Jeffrey Bland, PhD, has written extensively on the damage to our well-being caused by wrong bacteria. He suggests a Four R Plan: Remove (the toxins), Replace (bad bacteria with good), Replenish (allow good bacteria to flourish), and Restore (a healthy lining to your intestine.)

This can be accomplished with his product, UltraClear Sustain, the probiotic UltraFlora IB, and the simple eating program that accompanies the UltraClear. The whole detox takes about three weeks and, as related in his book, The 20-Day Rejuvenation Diet Program, people swear by it.


Join our Newsletter

Get health recommendations, delicious and time-saving recipes, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!

BIRTHDAY
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Health Tips

Dr. Edelberg’s Health Tips contain concise bits of advice, medical news, nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical updates, and stress relief ideas. With every Health Tip, you’ll also receive an easy, delicious, and healthful recipe.

When you sign up to receive Health Tips, you can look forward to Dr. Edelberg’s smart and very current observations arriving in your in-box weekly. They’re packed with helpful information and are often slightly irreverent. One of the most common responses to the tips is “I wish my doctor talked to me like this!”

Quick Connect

Get One Click Access to our

patient-portal

The Knowledge Base

Patient education is an integral part of our practice. Here you will find a comprehensive collection of staff articles, descriptions of therapies and nutritional supplements, information addressing your health concerns, and the latest research on nutritional supplements and alternative therapies.

Telemedicine – Now Available at WholeHealth Chicago

In order to maintain your continuity of care, WholeHealth Chicago now offers telemedicine appointments with most of our practitioners. During a telemedicine visit, you and your healthcare provider can review medical history, discuss symptoms, arrange for prescriptions, and more. When necessary, labs and diagnostic imaging can be ordered from a facility near your home, and our Natural Apothecary can ship supplements quickly to your door.

Please contact Patient Services for details and scheduling a telemedicine appointment, or to change a regular appointment to telemedicine by calling 773-296-6700.

We’re looking forward to meeting with you in our virtual consultation room soon.

Upcoming Workshops

**Adrenal Boost!
Tue, April 28, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
With Naturopath Caley Scott and Yoga Therapist Renee Zambo

Course Fee: $75.00
(Includes custom adrenal herbal tincture and a description of yoga practices you can do at home.)

Feeling Tired? Need help improving fatigue? Learn to boost your energy! Dr. Scott will teach you about herbs that support your adrenal glands to help boost your energy and adapt to stress. Renee will teach practices that restore and build energy, support daily activities, and ensure sound rest at night. More →

Recent Health Tips

  • Coronavirus Immune Superstar #1: Vitamin D

    Take 5000 IU daily. Here’s why: • The role of vitamin D in the human body is complex, with ramifications well beyond healthy bones. One of D’s effects is to trigger your immune system into a high-alert, anti-viral state. • Low Vitamin D increases your susceptibility to viral infections, likely including Covid-19. Former CDC director Tom Frieden has publicly stated that vitamin D may protect Read More

  • Important: High-Dose Vitamin C

    Look. I know you’re crazy busy at home, sheltering in place, sleeping a lot, eating too many carbs, binging marginal TV, and generally going bonkers. You don’t have a lot of spare time. But please click to this article in the New York Post. Too busy for that? OK. I’ll summarize. Intravenous vitamin C in high doses is being used both in China and in Read More

  • Taking Care of Yourself while Staying Home

    Seeing Your Chiropractic Physician via Telemedicine? Absolutely! I know what you’re thinking. ‘How can you possibly give me an adjustment during a video conference?’  The short answer is I can’t, but when coming to our office for an in-person appointment is difficult or impossible, I can continue to help. As a chiropractic physician, I’ve been working with patients via telemedicine for several years, and it’s Read More

Join our Discount Program

Member benefits include 10% off all your purchases. Low, one-time membership fee of $25 ($35 for family).

MORE INFORMATION

Join our Newsletter

Get health recommendations, recipes, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!