It is a bit amazing how poorly pilots eat. It is so common to see beer belly guys around airports and airshows. So it is no surprise Lisa Jenerette got grounded, and apparently she still is, so I wonder what she is doing to change (Maintaining your medical: Grounded by something as simple as not eating right, Aug. 5 issue).
I am a licensed naturopathic physician so I see the effects of bad diets all the time. However, it is not that difficult to change to a decent diet; it is mostly common sense.
Without seeing lab results, etc., it appears she is (or was) very hypoglycemic (with weakened adrenals), a common problem if pop and junk food are the mainstay. Metabolic typing would help to see if, indeed, she needs to focus on protein/quality fats rather than complex carbs. On top of the health advertising, there is too much hype on “antioxidants” and high potency synthetic food supplements, both near fraud ideas. Then we have the hype that we need to keep our bodies so alkaline. Balance is needed; again it goes back to common sense. There are food supplements that are truly “natural” (such as from Standard Process Labs) that, at least for a time, are often very beneficial.
Fellow pilots, get with it on straightening out your diets and life style.
Cordell E. Logan, Ph.D., N.D.