nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Chill-Out Those Extra Fat Pounds

I ran across this article in the New York Times (Feb 3), which reports that several companies are pursuing fat-removal strategies that don't involve surgery.  In this case, called "cryolipolysis", a cooling device is applied to areas where fat cells hang out.  Those fat cells then give up the ghost and die.  Hooray!

I'm constantly amazed by how far people will go with diet-related health and appearance issues.

Here's what I think you need to know:  there's no good data right now that shows this stuff does anything.  If anything, there is feedback from patients (who plunked down the cash for the treatments) that it didn't do squat  (no pun intended).  More important, the FDA has not approved of any of them:  in fact, there's no information from which the FDA can make a determination.  So don't look for The Truth anytime soon.

I've watched the schemes for weight reduction come and go for over three decades (remember the grapefruit diet which turned out to be dangerous and had harmful drug interactions?  And the mucous diet? yuck).  I have never found any better advice than "eat fewer calories, burn more calories."  As far as the type of calories, only one word:  "balance".  Don't stop using butter, but don't eat only organic brown rice, either.

And, remember that according to some studies, those individuals who are thin and super-fit have a slightly higher mortality rate.  No joke.

Doc D

Opinions are entirely my own

UPDATE:  The NYT article linked above appeared in the "Fashion" section of the newspaper.

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