Dr. Douglas Murray is the clinic director at his Foundation for Wellness office, 4995 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite 5, El Dorado Hills. He is also a practicing chiropractor who uses the latest research and technology.
In the 2-1/2 years since he began his practice in El Dorado Hills, Murray has helped around 500 patients lose weight through a protocol called the HCG Weight Loss Cure. For overweight or obese individuals who have tried other programs and regained weight, this approach may end yo-yo dieting. The HCG method was developed to keep weight off if followed correctly.
“Inside every fat person is a slender person wanting to get out” may be a cliché, but for Myrnalyn Murray it was the story of her life. Myrnalyn, wife and business partner of Dr. Murray, said she was the only member of her family who had problems keeping her weight at the right level. “With the money I spent on diet programs I could have bought a car,” she said.
Murray said he became interested in the HCG weight loss protocol as a result of his work with patients in lowering their toxicity levels. He said peoples’ health can be affected by different toxins in our everyday lives, from the food we eat — even organics — to the air we breathe, the cosmetics we put on our skin, cleaning agents and naturally occurring pesticides.
Myrnalyn served as a test patient for the HCG approach. If it was successful she would be able to guide other patients through, having had the experience herself.
The 5-foot, 11-inch blonde was always attractive, and always active and fit.
By strictly adhering to the HCG program, Myrnalyn lost 70 ponds and 40 inches. She lost 11 inches around her waist. She went from a size 16 to a 6 or 8 in three rounds of weight loss, each lasting 23-40 days, with periods of maintenance in between. She lost 30 pounds in the first round, 25 pounds in the second and 15 pounds in the final “finishing” round. Now Myrnalyn would be described as “svelte” or “stunning.” Her energy level is higher than ever, and she said that when she looks in the mirror she sees her real self. “The gift of this approach is that you reset your metabolism so you can eat normally and never have to worry about losing weight again,” she said.
The HCG weight loss protocol was developed in Rome, Italy, by A.T.W Simeons, MD, who had been doing research on obesity since the 1950s. In the forward to his book, “Pounds and Inches, A New Approach to Obesity,” Simeons said, “We have grown pretty sure that the tendency to accumulate abnormal fat is a very definite metabolic disorder, much as is, for instance, diabetes.”
Simeon’s theory is that the hypothalamus is the thermometer for metabolism and needs to be reset to burn the abnormal fat that accumulates in the body. Myrnalyn said with typical dieting the intake of lower calories turns the thermostat off. “With HCG, the body is in full fat-burning mode,” she said.
HCG is a homeopathic hormone. It is the key to the weight loss. Murray supplies it in an oral liquid form. The food on the protocol is normal fresh food, not packaged. “Sometimes couples commit to the protocol together,” he said. Murray, who has maintained a healthy weight all his life, said he had no trouble with meals while Myrnalyn was on the HCG. “You just add more healthy food for yourself,” he said.
“What surprised me since we started this program is the number of men who are sensitive about their weight,” said Murray. “This program works well for men. Men typically lose 40 to 50 pounds. Women usually lose 30 to 40 pounds.”
The HCG protocol does not involve heavy exercise, but moderate exercise such as walking and yoga is encouraged.
It’s possible to do it yourself, but because the course must be followed precisely that approach has a much lower rate of success.
Murray examines prospective patients to make sure they are in good health to qualify for the protocol and follows them through to reaching their goal. Myrnalyn is the coach, available by e-mail and telephone to answer questions and give encouragement. “Some practitioners deviate somewhat from Dr. Simeon’s method, but I stick to it strictly because I know it works,” she said. “If someone starts now they will be able to enjoy the summer.”
The Murrays moved to San Jose from Canada in 1987 so he could attend Palmer College, where he received his doctor of chiropractic degree. Myrnalyn also attended classes there so she could become familiar with the field. He opened an office in San Jose, and moved to El Dorado Hills so they could be closer to the mountain sports and other outdoor activities they both enjoy.
Education is an important part of Murray’s practice. He does workshops and speaking engagements on relief care and wellness care. Free newsletters are available on edhchiro.com. For more information call (916) 941-6500 or visit SkinnyUpforGood.com.