The Roots of This Research

In the early 1990s, union members in Duluth, MN demanded the benefit of medical insurance coverage for obesity treatment. With this, Duluth became the only community in the United States where treatment of obesity (BMI >30 with no other risk factors), was viewed as a medical risk factor and covered by insurance, to include Blue Cross. By 1994, the Morgan Park Medical Clinic was the only clinic-based medical weight loss program reimbursed by all commercial medical insurances in the United States. The other Duluth program we worked closely with, was hospital based.

The Morgan Park Clinic operated as a general medical clinic where obesity was treated just like any other risk. It was common to simultaneously see diverse patients such as a weight patient, a cast removal, and a chest pain that needed stabilization and transfer to the local hospital. After each patient visit, we databased everything possible. Not being hindered by the patient’s financial resources, generated a treasure trove of observations and data not possible with any other approach. 

Next Event: 

Atlanta Airport Marriott
April 27, 2019
9am to 4pm (lunch provided)

Seattle Airport Marriott
June 15, 2019
9am to 4pm (lunch provided)

The speakers will present their original peer-reviewed clinical research papers as published on the National Institute of Health website.

It has been 20 years since treatment of obesity and other diseases were unified. We feel success is more than writing a prescription and patient support and positioning is critical. Only nutrients can properly address a nutritional deficiency. While drugs can induce a relative nutritional deficiency, they have no ability to address nutritional deficiency.

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