Dr. Connie Casad’s Wellness Advice Mirrored in Time Magazine Article

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In the article “Ending the War on Fat,” Time Magazine touts wellness advice that Dr. Casad has been giving her patients since 2009.

For the past five years, Dr. Connie Casad, a Dallas, Texas gynecologist and bio-identical hormone specialist, has been advising her patients to eat good fats, eliminate sugar and processed sugars in their diets, to increase fruits, vegetables, grains and reduce portions for a healthier lifestyle. Now, she is seeing that same advice mirrored in a Time Magazine article.

“Optimal health is achieved only through continued effort to eat a healthy, well balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates and fats found naturally in our world and not manufactured,” said Dr. Casad. “The food industry today produces more and more manufactured and genetically engineered food substances that the body does not have an inherent way of processing. As a result, nutritious aspects of our food sources are being depleted and replaced with not only ‘hunger busters,’ but ‘health busters’ as well."

Bryan Walsh’s Time Magazine article, “Ending the War on Fat,” published June 23, points out that virtually all the truths about preventing heart attacks that physicians and patients have held dear for more than a generation are wrong. Advising people to eat less fat and cholesterol to reduce your risk of a heart attack didn’t work and in fact, lead to other health issues. He points out that in doing this, people cut the fat, but by almost every measure, Americans are sicker than ever.

The guidelines encouraged manufacturers to produce “low fat” and “no fat” choices in food products that were anything but healthy. Walsh discovered the thinking for consumers was simple: Fat is dangerous, and this product has no fat; therefore it must be healthy. By buying low-fat products, consumers have mistakenly thought they have been eating healthier, while actually consuming more calories.

In 2010, these people consumed 2,586 calories a day compared to 2,109 calories in 1970. This resulted in increased obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Refined carbohydrates found in many of the products, the article pointed out, encourage the body to store the calories as fat and intensify hunger, making it more difficult to lose weight.

“As a general rule, a whole foods approach to eating is always best,” says Dr. Casad. “Limiting processed foods and sugar should be the mainstay for each of us. Up to half of us have some kind of gluten and/or dairy sensitivity and should limit these foods as well. That leaves lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts and plant oils. Many people often have sensitivities to eggs, soy, corn and peanuts and could consider eliminating them as well. We tend to eat the same 10-12 foods every day and our bodies may develop specific intolerances to these foods so rotating foods on a four- to five-day rotation is also very helpful.”

Dr. Casad concluded, “I tell my patients that food is the absolute foundation of any program of health and well being.” The Time Magazine article helps re-enforce that consumers must learn how to make better choices, educate themselves about the products they are eating, and change their lifestyle now.

About the practice:
Dr. Connie Casad is the medical director of a restorative wellness practice based in Dallas, TX, offering personalized attention and care that patients will not always find at other medical practices. Dr. Casad focuses on improving the health and wellness of women using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). She specializes in creating integrated, comprehensive and individualized programs for her patients to resolve age-related diseases in addition to stress and weight management issues. Focusing on prevention, Dr. Casad encourages her patients to preserve and promote long-term wellness by taking proactive measures towards achieving health and beauty from the inside out. For more information, visit http://www.bio-identicaldoctors.com/.

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