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Low-Carbohydrate Diet Results in Greater Weight Loss than Low-Fat Diet

In a recent study, 150 obese adults were directed to either consume a low-fat (<30% calories from fat) or a low-carbohydrate (<40 grams per day) diet. All participants were provided with recipes, dietary counseling, and meal-replacement shakes/bars to ensure that they adhered to the diet. After 12 months, the low-carb group had lost about 8 pounds more than the low-fat group even though the caloric intake was the same between the groups. The low-carb group also saw the greatest improvement in body composition (body fat percent), cholesterol levels and inflammatory markers.

At the Village Health Clinic, we specialize in helping people lose stubborn extra weight. Utilizing a comprehensive approach, we identify the underlying medical, dietary, and nutritional factors that interfere with weight loss. We create a complete dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle plan specific for you that leads to not only dramatic short term weight loss but long term maintenance without feeling deprived. If necessary, we incorporate more aggressive strategies involving nutritional protocols, vitamin injections or hormone therapy (HCG or thyroid support) to facilitate weight loss. Ultimately, your new diet and nutritional plan lead not only to weight loss but more energy and well being – and a new you.


Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(5):309-318. doi:10.7326/M14-0180

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What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Bioidentical hormones replacement therapy (BHRT) involves the treatment of hormone deficiencies using hormones that are identical to those naturally produced in the body. Conventional hormone therapy, on the other hand, are hormones that have been chemically altered so that they can be patented and sold as a drug. It is this chemically altered drug form of hormone therapy that has received much negative attention regarding the side effects associated with hormone therapy.

The goal of Bioidentical hormones replacement therapy (BHRT) is to achieve a natural hormone balance in the body resulting in symptom relief and improved well being without the side effects. BHRT is used to treat a variety of hormone deficiencies such as menopause, peri-menopause, andropause, hypothyroidism, and adrenal deficiencies. It can also be used to facilitate weight loss and treat infertility, endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual cramping, premenstrual syndrome, low libido, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. Bioidentical hormones are made using natural ingredients and available by prescription from local pharmacies.

Dr. Brian Gluvic has over 14 years of experience using BHRT. Your appointment with Dr. Brian Gluvic will involve a comprehensive consultation, lab work and physical exam. He will present dietary, nutritional and lifestyle options that will help you achieve hormone balance in the long term and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy options to provide more immediate results.

To find out more about biodentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), schedule an appointment with a Village Health Clinic doctor.

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HCG Weight Loss Program Special Discount!!

Book your appointment to start treatment before Jan. 31st to receive the price of $450*

The HCG Weight Loss Diet is a weight-loss program that utilizes a hormone, called HCG, that is naturally present in both males and females, although it is produced in very large amounts during pregnancy. For both males and non pregnant females, injecting small amounts of this hormone on a daily basis along with a specific low-calorie diet results in the metabolism of abnormal fat stores and a resetting of the body’s weight set point – weight loss is maintained when a normal diet is resumed. When this strict diet is combined with HCG injections and with medical supervision, patients have great success with losing weight without losing muscle mass. Patients lose an average of one to two pounds a day while feeling energetic and without feeling deprived. To find out more about the HCG Weight Loss Dietand other approaches to improving your health, please schedule a consultation with a Village Health Clinic physician.

*New patients to the HCG program and clinic require an initial consultation with the doctor

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Cleanse and feel healthier than ever: Colon Hydrotherapy

Your colon, or large bowel/intestine, is the sight of fluid and electrolyte absorption from intestinal material. Over 400 species of human bacterial species reside in the colon, using undigested food particles as fuel for growth. The beneficial bacteria play an important role in our health, manufacturing short-chain fatty acids (acetate, butyrate, propionate), which are the preferred fuel of our intestinal cells and contribute to a healthy bowel pH level. These bacteria also inhibit the overgrowth of yeast, parasites, and pathogenic bacteria. Chronic constipation, digestive problems, food allergies, poor diet, and medications such as antibiotics and steroid medications often contribute to poor colon health, which may lead to many other chronic illnesses.

Colon hydrotherapy is a session, or series of sessions, using gentle “flow” of water to flush out intestinal material from the bowels. Unlike enemas, which only cleanse the last 12-18 inches of the 5-foot bowel, colon hydrotherapy directs water flow through the entire length. Such a method is used to treat various causes of constipation by stimulating normal peristalsis – the movement of the bowels. Spastic or atonic constipation can be treated using different methods of water flow such as contrasting the temperature of the water. Together with proper diet, exercise, and supplementation, constipation of various types can be effectively resolved.

Colon hydrotherapy may also be used as part of a cleansing or detoxification protocol. Colon hydrotherapy promotes the effective elimination of toxins and helps rectify digestive dysfunction. Implantations of restorative nutrients such as lactobacillus acidophilus, butyric acid, or chlorophyll can help promote proper bowel pH, provide fuel for the colon cells and beneficial bowel bacteria, and promote detoxification. These particular therapies are indicated for various autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis), immune dysfunctions (allergies, eczema), chronic pain syndromes (chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia), intestinal infections (candida, parasites, worms, pathogenic bacteria), irritable bowel syndrome and a multitude of other conditions.

Colon hydrotherapy sessions last about 45-minutes on average. A certified colon hydrotherapist performs the treatments under the supervision of a Naturopathic physician. Patients are receive on average three to seven sessions, depending on the goal of treatment and condition being treated. A screening visit with a Village Health Clinic physician is required before the initial colon hydrotherapy treatment. Ask one of the Village Health Clinic physicians if colon hydrotherapy is appropriate for you.

Latest Research

Gut Bacteria Influences Obesity

Three recent studies involving both mice and humans have shown that the type of bacteria in your gut influences your risk for obesity. In the first study, gut bacteria was analyzed in about 300 humans, half of which were obese. The researchers found significant differences in the species of gut bacteria between the obese humans compared the lean humans.

In the second study, fecal material (consisting of mostly bacteria) from humans were transplanted into mice. Half of the human participants were lean and half were obese. The mice that received the gut bacteria from obese humans became obese and developed issues commonly found in obesity – elevated cholesterol, diabetes, and increased inflammation. The other mice that received gut bacteria from lean humans did not become obese.

In the last study, the gut bacteria in obese individuals was analyzed before and after high calorie and restricted calorie diets. The high calorie diet resulted in gut bacteria typical for obese individuals and in the same individual the restricted calorie diet resulted in gut bacteria that are found in only lean individuals.

These studies highlight the importance of gut bacteria in human health. They also reveal the potential benefits of probiotics and diets that influence gut bacteria. There are several therapeutic diets that we utilize at our clinic to influence both gut bacteria and weight loss. We have observed for years the influence of these diets on improving digestive symptoms and weight loss. It is reassuring to see the science “catch up” with clinical practice.

Ridaura VK et al. Gut microbiota from twins discordant for obesity modulate metabolism in mice. Science 2013 Sep 6; 341:1079.

Le Chatelier E et al. Richness of human gut microbiome correlates with metabolic markers. Nature 2013 Aug 29; 500:541.

Cotillard A et al. Dietary intervention impact on gut microbial gene richness. Nature 2013 Aug 29; 500:585.


Power Bars

gluten free | dairy free | carbohydrate reduced

Recipe by Kitchen Caleigh

Mid-day crash got you down? Here’s a little pick-me-up that’ll get you through.  These are a perfect snack to satisfy that nagging chocolate craving. So pack them in your lunch, or take them on the road, but beware, if your kids or significant other tastes them, there may not be any left for you!


¼ cup almonds – whole
2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp roasted maple shelled flax
¼ cup raisins
½ scoop protein powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened medium shredded coconut
1 Tbsp pure cocoa powder
¼ cup almond butter
¼ cup honey
1 egg white
1 Tbsp coconut flour
1 Tbsp chia seed meal


Preheat oven to 350F

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well blended and almonds are finely chopped. Line the bottom of an 8×4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Spoon mixture into the loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes. Let cool. Cut into 8 servings.

Yield: serves 8

Nutritional Info Per Serving:

161 cals, 17g carbs, 9g fat, 6 protein, 11g sugar,  3g fiber


Apple Crisp

gluten free | dairy free | carbohydrate restrictive

Recipe from Patient of Village Health Clinic


6 apples, peeled, cored, sliced1 Tbsp coconut oil
¼ cup honey
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Topping:½ cup coconut flour
3 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp xylitol (Xyla)
1 Tbsp whole ground flax seed
1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tsp cinnamon¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp sea salt


Line the sliced apples in the bottom of an 8×2 inch round (or 8×8 square) baking dish. In a separate bowl combine the filling – cinnamon, coconut oil, and honey. Spoon the filling mixture over the apples and gently stir to evenly distribute the filling mixture.

In a separate bowl, mix all the topping ingredients. Evenly sprinkle the crumble topping mixture over the apples in the baking dish.  Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes until apples are tender and topping begins to brown.

Yield: serves 6

Nutritional Info per serving:

242 cals, 25g carbs, 12g fat, 2g protein, 16g sugar, 6g fiber


Latest Research Lifestyle Nutrition

Sugar Sweetened Drinks lead to Obesity

Obesity is an important risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Several studies have shown a correlation between excessive weight gain and the consumption of sugary drinks like sodas, juice drinks, and sports beverages sweetened with sugar. Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine has published the results of three very convincing studies that seem to remove any doubt about the relationship between sugary drinks and obesity. The first study spanned several decades and involved more than 33,000 Americans. It looked at patterns of drink consumption and their relationship to genetic predisposition to obesity and rates of obesity. By addressing genetic risk this study ensured that the results were due to the drink consumption and not genetics. Within a group of individuals with similar genetic risks for obesity, the researchers found that obesity significantly increased with increased sugary drink consumption.
The remaining studies looked at changes in weight and body fat in normal weight children and overweight/obese adolescents when sugar sweetened drinks were replaced with sugar free drinks. Both studies were randomized and placebo controlled (the children did not know which drink they had and they were randomly selected to receive either). With normal weight children, the group that received the sugar free drink gained significantly less weight than the group consuming the sugared drink. Similar results were found in the overweight/obese adolescents.
With your children’s diet, the most important step you can take to reducing risk for obesity and resulting disease is to significantly limit their consumption of sugar sweetened beverages. Replace these beverages with water and a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and good quality protein sources such poultry, dairy, fish and meats. And, don’t forget exercise.
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Genetic Risk of Obesity. New England Journal of Medicine. September 21, 2012.
A Trial of Sugar-free or Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Body Weight in Children. New England Journal of Medicine. September 21, 2012.
A Randomized Trial of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Adolescent Body Weight. New England Journal of Medicine. September 21, 2012.
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Almost a Third of Children in Canada Are Overweight

The prevalence of overweight and obesity in children has progressively increased in the last three decades. Recent statistics from the Canadian Health Measures Survey from 2009-2011 revealed that 31.5 percent of children between the ages of 5 to 17 are overweight and 11.7 percent were obese. Boys had almost twice the prevalence of obesity compared to girls and this gender gap was even greater in five to 11 year old boys.

Excessive weight in children not only increases the likelihood of obesity in adulthood but it is a significant risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and psychological issues. Children are increasingly being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea, conditions that were previously limited to adults.

This trend is a product of dietary and lifestyle behaviours– many of our children are too sedentary and consume too much of the wrong foods and beverages.

Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents: Results from the 2009 to 2011 Canadian Health Measures Survey. 82-003-X
Vol. 23 No. 3.