LiveWell ADK
Gerber Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center
LiveWell ADK
Meet Dr. Gerber!
Click here to learn about Gerber Chiropractic

What is being said?

  • My fasting (morning) glucose level was 130 +/- when I started. Within a week it was in the 90’s. Also, I switched to a "milder" diabetes medication and my doctor cut the dosage in half.
    -- J.C., 1-4 weeks
  • Significantly changed the management of my type one diabetes & blood sugars run concurrently between 80 -130 optimal blood sugar ranges. Very few low, few to no high's 25D+ I feel great and have learned to the importance of maintaining a carb balanced 3 measured diet to control my diabetes.
    -- J.B, 1-4 weeks
  • Very Positive. Eat more now than before only balanced meal times and amounts. Clothes fit better, energy level is higher.
    -- MB.C., 5-12 weeks
  • The program is easy to follow. Has a support system when needed, and works! After losing over 90lbs. I have my self-esteem, self- confidence and self-worth back! This will be the last diet you will be on. Stick to it. Count on the staff and yourself and you will be successful.
    -- C.R., 20+ weeks
  • 32 lbs. lost in 4 weeks on the program. Within 3 days my knees felt perfect instead of constant pain and could not kneel down. Also, in the same three day period I stopped feeling tired all the time. I feel 100 % better in such a short period of time. There is no program on the planet that works this well, this fast without having a surgery. It is by pass results without the trauma. Ultra Satisfied.
    -- D.J., 5-12 weeks
  • I originally started the program at 205 hoping to lose 15 pounds, after years and years of unsuccessful dieting I lost 15 pounds in the first two and a half weeks. Now four months later I have lost 40 pounds. I have never felt better, slept better in my life1 always active; I have never been as active as I am now. I feel amazing. My alertness has been amazing. I cannot believe how much better I feel and how much better I look. This was the first successful diet I have ever encountered!
    -- A.L., 13-20 weeks
  • Dr. Gerber & his whole staff have been there every question I have. They have taken phone calls from me on weekends or whenever I have called. They explain every step to you. They have encouraged and supported me. I was very doubtful at the beginning but Dr. Gerber & his staff have convinced me that this is the best program for me. I no longer have any need for insulin. I was able to lose 14 lbs. in the first week! I am currently no taking any meds for my diabetes!
    -- F.Y., 1-4 weeks
  • After 10 weeks on the program I have lost 40 lbs. and was able to stop taking all prescription medications. I have never felt hungry, or had any problem finding a variety of vegetables to eat. I feel confident that with the support and guidance of Dr. Gerber and staff I can continue to lose weight and have a healthy lifestyle.
    -- B.L., 5-12 weeks
  • I was over weight due to not being able to do much of anything after a back injury and shoulder injury. I started this program and learned how to eat healthier. My Dr. wanted to increase my cholesterol meds and I refused to and started this program. Now that I've lost some weight, I don't need any more meds!!! I was on high blood pressure meds for 34 years and am able to go off all my meds now. I feel much better not taking meds. My dr. was so pleased! I lost 32 Lbs. and 30 inches as of Aug. 24th 2012. I've gone from size 18 that was tight on me to a size 10 and sometimes a size 8.
    -- P.D., 13-20 weeks
  • After being on The LiveWell Protein program for less than 1 week, I found myself having increased energy, aches & pains subsiding and a more positive outlook each and every day.
    -- C.D., 1-4 weeks
  • I have never felt so good on a diet you really don't know you are on a diet and the weight and inches keep coming off fast. I feel like a new person.
    -- S.E., 1-4 weeks
  • Very positive! Eat more now than before only balanced meal times and amounts. Clothes fit better, energy level is higher.
    M.B.C., 5-12 weeks
  • I have tried countless programs over the past 25 years and I can honestly say this is the only one that truly works! It literally is a tremendous weight off your shoulders and so easy to follow.
    -- B.M., 1-7 weeks
  • The program was awesome! The Staff was there for me all the way. Everything Dr. Gerber says about this program is true. This program has improved my life in so many ways. I am now in control of my eating habits & the food I eat. I am more confident in myself and everything I do. What I've learned is truly priceless. I will live longer, live happier & live healthier.
    -- M.J.S., 20+ weeks
  • Results almost immediately. Boost of energy, I can't imagine going backwards.
    -- CD, 20+ weeks

Interview with Mike Ciell on Ideal Protein

Article courtesy of

Many of you know the Co-op’s good friend Mike Ciell, RPh, from his article explaining Linus Pauling’s breakthroughs in treating coronary heart disease.  Our Heart Plus fans love Mike’s article, as it explains in simple language why cholesterol is merely a symptom of nutritional deficiencies and not the cause of heart disease.

After writing this article, Mike went on to do some amazing work with Dr. John Young at Foundational Health Clinic in Largo Florida in an integrative clinic in Tampa, Florida.  The pair got terrific results with chronic disease patients using high-dose IV vitamin C therapy along with nutritional supplements.  However, Mike’s clinic had an especially difficult patient population: chronically overweight and clinically obese patients. 

In working with these patients, Mike began focusing on insulin resistance and a weight-loss protocol called Ideal Protein. Over time, it was clear that patients on the Ideal Protein program achieved important health outcomes (reduced use of pharmaceuticals, improved blood sugar management and blood pressure readings, reduced markers of inflammation, etc.) in addition to satisfying weight loss.

As you know, this kat is unusually skeptical about weight loss products given the fact that scammers hawking new “miracle” weight loss products keep sprouting up, a bit like mushrooms in the dark.

However, I do know that we still have a number of fat kats out there, and also thinner folks with subclinical insulin resistance issues.  Plus, our own former fat kat, Stephen, swears by the program.  He has lost more than 30 pounds and can personally vouch for Mike’s protocol, as can his wife, Kelly, and a fair number of newly-svelte members.  So I decided it was time to catch up with Mike for a chat.

OHC: You’ve been traveling around the country talking about the Ideal Protein program. Could you share more about how you got involved?

Mike Ciell: Sure.  Four years ago my friend, Olivier, approached me about Ideal Protein, but I was pretty skeptical. As a chronic dieter with some central obesity at the time, I was working out like a dog six days a week, but I couldn’t lose my gut and I sure wasn’t gaining muscle. I even hired a trainer, but I was still gaining weight.

I thought my lack of success was just age – a slow metabolism, low testosterone, and low growth hormone levels, the usual stuff. Discouraged but not wanting to give up, I tried Ideal Protein myself.

After the first week, I had lost 9 lbs., and over the next 11 weeks, I lost 48 lbs. and I was also visibly gaining muscle. I was working out a lot less, only one to two days a week, and yet I felt great. My cholesterol dropped from 239 to 159, my HDL went from 45 to 68, and my fasting insulin level below 2 (which is really, really good).

The guys at the gym kept asking, “Dude, what are you doing? We know you’re a pharmacist, you’ve got to be on steroids.”  And I would say, “No! Really.”  

Turns out my problems losing weight weren’t from age. My body just had way too much insulin running the show, and I kept loading up on more carbohydrates that spawned even more insulin.

OHC: You lost almost 60 pounds. That must have made a huge difference?”

Mike Ciell: It did. Dr. Young and I then began offering the Ideal Protein protocol to our patients. With people losing 10-12 pounds the first week, we immediately had to adjust their anti-hypertensive medications. Most patients also had to be taken off anti-diuretics after the first week. Two weeks later, we had to drop the doses yet again. We’d never seen anything like it.

After six weeks, patient lipid panels were even more astounding – triglycerides dropped from 1000 to 100 and cholesterol levels of 300 dropped to 150. Dr. Young didn’t believe it so he ordered new tests, but the results came back the same.

People were able to get off insulin and other meds. We saw GERD cured 100% within two weeks, and we saw thyroid problems resolve during the program. We saw people come off their inhalers, stop having skin problems, eliminate Crohn’s symptoms, cease arthritis pain. 

Pretty much any kind of “itis” disease is related to inflammation and the insulin-glucagon balance, so we saw lots of chronic disease symptoms disappear.

OHC: Lots of people know about insulin, but not about glucagon. Why is glucagon important?

Mike Ciell: Insulin and glucagon play very different roles in blood sugar management and other metabolic functions.  Diet regulates which one kicks in and when.

I wrote a paper on this topic that I delivered to the Massachusetts Osteopathic Medical Society’s Annual Meeting last year. In my paper, I included a chart that compares the differences between insulin and glucagon, which you can include for your readers to  reference. 

OHC: Thanks, here it is!




Lowers elevated blood sugar

Raises low blood sugar

Shifts metabolism to storage mode

Shifts metabolism to burn mode

Converts glucose and protein to fat

Converts protein and fat to glucose

Converts fat to storage

Converts fat to energy

Moves blood stream fat to fat cells

Releases fat from cells to blood for energy

Increases body’s production of cholesterol

Decreases body’s production of cholesterol

Makes kidneys retain excess fluid

Makes kidneys release excess fluid

Stimulates growth of arterial smooth muscle cells

Stimulates regression of arterial smooth muscle cells

Stimulates use of glucose for energy

Stimulates use of fat for energy


Figure 1 - Insulin and Glucagon Influences in the Body


Mike Ciell:  As you can see, too much insulin causes excess weight, fluid retention, thick arteries, excess cholesterol, and other dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, the typical American diet produces massive amounts of insulin.

Food combinations producing the most insulin are carbohydrates (breads, cereals, sodas), carbohydrates with fat (bagels with cream cheese, croissants, French fries, etc.), and carbohydrates with low protein (most pasta dishes, rice dishes, etc).

Glucagon on the other hand helps your metabolism gear up to convert protein and fat to energy, balances insulin, and decreases cholesterol production, all good things for weight loss and other health benefits.  Meals boosting glucagon levels emphasize protein and fat combos (meat and cheese antipasto plates) or protein and low-carb combos (meat and veggies).

OHC: Can you describe the effects of too much insulin from the typical diet?

Just as cholesterol is an important molecule that turns dangerous when it sticks to arteries, insulin is vital but dangerous when levels get too high.

Insulin resistance results from diets consistently high in carbs that flood your body with sugar.  Since you can’t burn so much sugar all at once, your pancreas releases insulin to gobble excess sugar up and stores sugar as glycogen in your liver and muscles. When your glycogen reserves are full, insulin converts excess sugar directly into fat.

If you’re eating lots of carbs, insulin is coursing through your veins all the time. Your cells become insulin resistant because they are trying to protect themselves from the toxic effects of too much insulin. Cells eliminate some of their insulin receptors outright and also reduce the sensitivity of remaining receptors to try to relieve overstimulation. When that happens, your pancreas cranks into higher gear and puts out more insulin because your body can’t tolerate all that sugar running around.

Your pancreas can't keep up and ultimately insulin production slows down, while insulin resistance in cells continues to go up. Blood sugar rises, diabetes sets in, and most people have to start pumping insulin by medication. Just what you need, more insulin, right?  Actually, no. You can only pump so much insulin into a person before a wheel-chair is the next step.

OHC: So how does the Ideal Protein diet address insulin resistance?

Mike Ciell: Most people don’t eat enough protein, especially those trying to eat healthy.

Think about some typical healthy choices. Orange juice and steel-cut Irish oatmeal for breakfast. A salad with free-range chicken for lunch.  Fish and veggies for dinner with fresh fruit as dessert. These meals are all low-fat and include whole foods, yes, but they don’t provide enough protein to reduce insulin generation and rest an overworked pancreas.

OHC: So your diet helps promote glucogon to rest the pancreas, right?

Mike Ciell: Yes. The goal is to boost availability of glucogon, which promotes insulin sensitivity in formerly numbed out cells. With less insulin assaulting your cells and more glucagon circulating, fat cells are also instructed to open and begin burning fat stores. Your metabolism gets the signal that it’s safe to shift into burn mode for weight loss.

Ideal Protein is a product line emphasizing protein, and it was designed around the premise that resting the pancreas requires more protein and fewer carbs. We make it easy for people to get enough protein. The calculus goes like this: determine your weight, divide by two, and you’ll have the number of grams of protein we aim for on the diet. 

If you are 200 pounds, that translates into 100 grams of protein a day. Think about the meals I mentioned earlier.  A full breast of chicken has about 30 grams of protein. The fish adds 20 or so grams.  With a serving of broccoli or asparagus at dinner, you add about 3 grams of protein.  You’ve eaten around 53 grams of protein, which comes in 47 grams below what we would recommend for resting your pancreas. 

With protein-rich foods already packaged for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, we make it easy to boost daily protein intake.  While people eat regular dinners, we give our dieters basic guidelines for making good high-protein/low-carb choices.

OHC: A lot of our members are whole foods fanatics and are skeptical of packaged foods.  What would you say to them?

Mike Ciell: Sure, it’s a common concern. I tell people that our program is like a treatment, it’s not meant to be permanent. When people have life-threatening infections, antibiotics can be lifesavers.  That doesn’t mean antibiotics should be used casually or as prevention, as that leads to all sorts of resistant strains of bacteria.

Likewise if you’re body is inundated with insulin and your cells have become insulin resistant, we’re going to “treat” you with an intentionally “unbalanced” diet to correct a slew of health problems created by too much insulin.

Most weight loss diets stick with keeping protein, carbs, and fats balanced. They just cut the portions and calories in half. Unfortunately, these diets don’t correct insulin problems because proportionally there are still too many carbs. Plus, with half the calories, dieters are always ravenous and easily fall off the wagon.

People trying to lose weight with insulin resitance issues really have it rough. Even if they have amazing self control, they can go crazy with hunger and food cravings. 

An unintended result of these “balanced” diets is loss of muscle, since protein goes down with carbs and fats.  Your body will break down muscles for its protein needs on such a diet.  Muscle loss was a big problem with people into the Fen-Phen craze so many years ago. Dieters would lose too much muscle, including in their heart muscles.

OHC: How do you measure success on your Ideal Protein program?

Mike Ciell: We don’t measure success by body mass index or the percentage of body fat. We measure physical ailments, amount of medications, and how people feel.  We track these things each week.  Our dieters report ailments disappearing and reductions in meds even in the first few weeks. 

Seniors are a special category and often need to gain weight. The trouble is many people turn to products like Ensure, which is horrible stuff loaded with sugar.  Even if you don’t want to lose weight, we offer modified protocols ti support normal blood sugar or even weight gain but without spiking blood sugar.

OHC: How long does one have to stay on the protocol?

Mike Ciell: There are different phases of the protocol. Length depends on how much you want to lose. Most men will lose 5-6 pounds a week. Most women will lose 3-4 pounds a week. Phases I and II of the protocol are the weight loss phases.

Phase III reintroduces some complex carbs, which will add around 3 pounds of weight, so I tell people to lose 3 pounds more than their ideal weight because that 3 pounds will come back with the addition of complex carbs in the diet at the end.

Once people reach their ideal weights, they may return to Phase I and II every year or so for a couple of weeks as maintenance. I do a maintenance program myself at least every year, and I have never had more energy or fewer health problems. 

OHC: Thanks for your time, Mike!

Mike Ciell: You’re welcome. I am passionate about this program because I see the medical results every day for people who had given up on feeling better or losing weight.