Naturopathic Medicine and Weight Loss

In this week’s episode of Body Wisdom, Dr. Michele Summers Colon interviews Dr. Raynette Ilg.

From Dr. Ray’s bio:

Dr. Raynette Ilg, known as Dr. Ray, is the owner of Olive Branch Wellness Center located in South Elgin Illinois. She also has a practice in Peoria. She is a naturopath who graduated from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard Illinois, where she received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine after she accomplished her bachelors of biological medicine, and graduated in the top 3 of her class.

Dr. Ray is also a lecturer to various healthcare organizations and business’ in the Chicagoland area, as well as to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She also teaches other healthcare professionals about the usage of Naturopathy as a means for companion care of ailments.She is also a guest lecturer at Purdue University and works closely with many area psychologists, chiropractors, medical doctors and acupuncturists, instructing them in ways to gain high quality patient healing for optimum results.

Dr. Ray is a monthly contributor to several newsletters for various business’ and lectures extensively. She is the international author of “Living La Vida Grande: Why You Can’t Lose Weight” as well as a second book coming out soon titled “Living La Vida Grande: Which Diet Should I Choose?”

Dr. Ray resides in Bartlett, Illinois with her husband. She has two grown daughters, Vanessa and Whitney, a perfect granddaughter Jersey Ray, and an amazing grandson, Spud. Dr. Ray is also an avid fan of Einstein and classic Beetle convertibles.

Main Questions Asked:

Why did you choose to go into Naturopathic medicine?

  • She recalls spending time as a young girl with her grandmother, and how she would send her out to pick different things from the garden which they would stir in pots for her grandpa to drink to would help heal him.
  • As an adult she tried following modern medicine and didn’t like it. So she went back to her roots and started looking into Naturopathy and became a Naturopathic physician.

What is Naturopathy?

  • Has been around for thousands of years but faded out in the 1930’s.
  • Teaching patients how to take care of themselves.
  • The belief in the body’s innate ability to heal itself when given the right nutrients and tools.
  • Only using things such as prescriptions or surgery as a last resort.

Do you have a specialty or a passion in the field?

  • Weight loss isn’t just about eating healthy. There can be many underlying factors that contribute to changes in weight including allergies and toxins stored in fats cell.
  • You are born with a certain number of fat cells and they don’t go away. They either grow or shrink.
  • Detoxification doesn’t necessarily mean an “intestinal tsunami” is going to happen.
  • Imbalances in your hormone levels can affect both men and women in different ways.
  • Vitamin D is a hormone which helps controls your glucose level and affects the production of other hormones.
  • Taking pills can create a toilet bowl effect of having to continuously take new pills to fix an imbalance in your body.
  • People need to be inspired to heal themselves.
  • You most likely haven’t tried everything yet, and you should try it with someone who really has a heart for your health.
  • Your body isn’t like a car. You can’t buy a new one.
  • Obesity rates and diabetes rates go hand in hand.

Who are your typical patients and what do they come in for?

  • People that are sick and tired of being sick and tired.
  • As your weight increases your energy decreases.
  • You don’t need coffee to get through the day. Water can be your best friend.

What do you say to people who have given up because they are over 40 but still come in to get help?

  • There is always hope, you just need to fix the part of you that is temporarily broken.

What advice do you give to the new generation of yo-yo dieters and fad followers?

  • Decipher whether you have a real health problem and where it comes from so proper steps toward your goals can be made.
  • It’s not about never having certain things, but keeping your body balanced so if you do it doesn’t have as much of a negative effect on your health.
  • A lot of problems stem from concerns with body image, but people should accept that there are different natural body types and focus on a healthy body, rather than an ideal look.

What tips do you have for listeners to lose weight naturally?

  • Stop eating so much sugar. Even fruit is cocaine for the brain.
  • Slightly increasing your protein intake can start a shift in weight loss and can also decrease glucose levels.


Links/Contact Info:

Website:  Olive Branch Wellness Center

Facebook: Olive Branch Wellness Center – Home | Facebook

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One Response to “Naturopathic Medicine and Weight Loss”

  1. Nancye Healy

    I have a big weight problem, even if stay off sugar, I can’t get down. For a while I was loosing weight stying on probiotics and very little carbs. I need help.


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