This video is about overweight, obesity and PEMFs. It is based on a blog on DrPawluk.com.
Carrying excess weight has significant health implications beyond what is traditionally talked about. Overweight is a body mass index [BMI] of 25 to 30. Obesity is a BMI over 30. Weight related problems include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, gallbladder disease, arthritis, sleep apnea, increased cancer risk, skin aging and others.
The underlying cause of many of these conditions is inflammation. This quiet, constant, background inflammation has been found to be caused by the fatty tissue itself, in those carrying extra weight. The more weight, the more inflammation. Even adolescents who are overweight have been to have elevated inflammation markers in the blood. The damage in the body caused by chronic inflammation happens over years and decades. It is not an overnight problem. There are many resources available for weight control and reduction and this should be an important goal to pursue. For most people with excess weight, returning to normal weight becomes a lifelong challenge. I’m not going to get into how to reduce excess weight or how to prevent excess weight gain.
Instead, I want to focus on what is less often discussed, and, that is, inflammation and how PEMFs can help today to reduce the consequences of the chronic inflammation associated with excess weight. Reducing inflammation is much more easily attainable than losing weight, and at the same time helps with most of the health conditions associated with excess weight.
So, let’s begin. The fatty tissue throughout the body functions as an energy storage organ. The distribution of fat in the body is important too. There is the fat under the skin and fat inside the belly. Fat inside the belly is called the visceral fat compartment. This produces the so-called Apple body shape. The visceral fat has a larger role in increasing the risk of inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes and cholesterol problems. In fact, all fatty tissue acts as an endocrine organ producing many molecules, called adipokines.
Adipokines can act as hormones. Two of at least 5 adipokines, you may have heard about, are called leptin and adiponectin. While these adipokines are produced in normal fatty tissue, most are produced in much higher amounts with excess weight. These adipokines are very active in the metabolism of the body from within the fatty tissue itself, messing with the way it normally works. Leptin and adiponectin are part of a class of molecules called cytokines. Cytokines improve communication between cells.
Leptin is a pro-inflammatory cytokine, which can cause inflammation throughout the body. The inflammation in fatty tissue further INCREASES leptin levels leading to even further fat development – a vicious circle. Adiponectin is an anti-inflammatory cytokine, working to balance the effects of the pro-inflammatory cytokines. It enhances insulin actions, helps glucose levels and protects the vascular system. The amount of adiponectin DECREASES with increasing obesity. Lower adiponectin levels allow more inflammation and increase the risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis and fatty liver. PEMFs are well-known to reduce inflammatory cytokines and increase anti-inflammatory cytokines. There is a blog on drpawluk.com explaining how PEMFs reduce inflammation by affecting adenosine and the adenosine receptor. https://www.drpawluk.com/blog/pemfs-and-adenosine/
PEMFs can help excess weight and obesity in several ways:
- by reducing the levels of proinflammatory cytokines
- reducing the production of fat,
- increasing adiponectin and decreasing leptin levels,
- breaking down fat cells and
- reducing appetite.
Since the visceral abdominal fat compartment is the greatest source of inflammation with obesity, applying PEMFs to the abdomen with a wide enough applicator, at an optimal intensity, daily, will significantly help with visceral inflammation and prevent the release of pro-inflammatory weight-related cytokines throughout the body.
A better option would be to apply sufficient intensity whole-body PEMFs to help inflammation in not only in the visceral abdominal fat and the fat under the skin, but also the systemic effects of the inflammation caused by the release of inflammatory molecules by any excess fat.
You can read more about obesity and inflammation in my book, Power Tools for Health and the adenosine blog and the obesity blog on the DrPawluk.com website.