by James B. LaValle,
Pharmacist, Nutritionist, Naturopath
The discovery of “leptin” in 1994 created an explosion of interest in the “biology of white adipose tissue” – otherwise known as FAT. You probably remember those photos of seriously obese mice sitting next to their slender littermates – and the only difference between them was that the thin ones had been given this magic substance called leptin?
Major pharmaceutical companies embarked on a flurry of research, trying to discover the next “Blockbuster Drug for Weight Control,” and hoped to make a killing selling expensive drugs to desperate people.
But the results of what scientists, clinicians, and consumers have discovered since then, may turn out to be more useful to you and me than to the drug companies.
I’ve been talking about FAT as something that promotes inflammation for a very long time. I’ve also been warning my patients about dangers of the downward spiral from FAT and inflammation into serious and life-threatening illnesses.
“Managing” your FAT is a very complex process and there probably isn’t any one single pill that will ever be able to act as a “magic bullet,” and do the whole job for you. But the good news is that there are some practical strategies that may also have emerged from all the research that’s been done. And the LaValle Metabolic Institute (LMI) has more than a decade of clinical experience treating FAT and inflammation – and preventing the illnesses they can cause.
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