Richard G. Petty, MD

Acupuncture for Obesity

I was recently astonished to realize that it is now 25 years since I began my training in acupuncture.

It is an extraordinary system of prevention and treatment, yet one of my biggest disappointments has been the lack of effect in smoking and obesity. I have plenty of friends and collegues who have had great results, but I just have not. In fact I find that the "tapping therapies" seem to be a lot more helpful.

So I was interested to see a note about a report from Germany, that claimed modest success in treating the weight gain that can accompany treatment with some prescription medications. It will be interesting to see if anyone else is able to replicate the study. If they do, I shall report it immediately.

In the meantime, we have enjoyed considerable success with an integrated weight management strategy that addresses the physical, psychological, social, subtle and spiritual aspects of the issue. If you try only to diet and/or exercise, the long term results are usually disappointing.

Address everything at once in a very carefully coordinated manner, and the results can be spectacular. Remember the adage: Combinations are Key.

I outline our strategy in the last chapter and CD of Healing, Meaning and Purpose. Later this year we shall be publishing the entire program, and inviting researchers to examine our approach objectively.

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About Richard G. Petty, MD
Dr. Richard G. Petty, MD is a world-renowned authority on the brain, and his revolutionary work on human energy systems has been acclaimed around the globe. He is also an accredited specialist in internal and metabolic medicine, endocrinology, psychiatry, acupuncture and homeopathy. He has been an innovator and leader of the human potential movement for over thirty years and is also an active researcher, teacher, writer, professional speaker and broadcaster. He is the author of five books, including the groundbreaking and best selling CD series Healing, Meaning and Purpose. He has taught in over 45 countries and 48 states in the last ten years, but spends as much time as possible on his horse farm in Georgia.

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