Dr. Wolfgang Rohner, M.D.
Dr. Wolfgang Rohner, M.D.
Born in Zurich in 1947, I attended secondary school with the Capuchins in Appenzell and studied medicine from 1967-1974 at the University of Zurich, where I passed the Swiss state examination in 1974 and became a doctor in the same year.
In the period that followed, I served as a substitute doctor in various practices and worked for the on-call emergency medical services.
In 1976, I opened my own office as a general practitioner in Zurich-Nord, where the Swiss medical journal had indicated there was an urgent need for a doctor.
Already at that time, I was intensively involved with complementary medicine, and the treatment of chronically ill persons still constitutes a large part of my professional activity as a doctor.
In addition to patients requiring urgent treatment, there were also numerous cases of overweight individuals. As for a majority of other doctors at the time, it seemed evident to me that overweight persons simply ate too much. The obvious response was thus to prescribe appetite suppressers and dietary plans based on 1200, 1000 and 800 calories.
While the weight reduction was generally successful, the overall result was not satisfactory. The patients looked gaunt, but in problem zones such as the belly or the pelvis they had only reduced a little. If anything, their figure had gotten worse. The patients certainly didn’t look healthier and above all were not any happier. At best they were proud to have accomplished something.
What had gone wrong? The majority of patients had demonstrated discipline!
Never before had so much been written about nutrition or the subject discussed so frequently on television. There had never been so many nutritionists as there were today, and yet despite everything, obesity was becoming an ever greater problem.
There must be a basic error of reasoning in the approach to solving the problem, which recommended a reduction of energy intake.
Looking back at the history of humanity, times of abundance (summer/autumn) had to be used for building up reserves to live off of in times of want (winter). Evolution thus favoured individuals who were able to build up good reserves at every suitable opportunity. On the basis of these reflections, I came to the conclusion that this ability to constitute reserves can be established by means of the glucose tolerance test. Using a measuring method for assessing the figure it could further be determined where the constituted reserves are built up in the form of layers of flab.
Over the years my understanding of nutrition and food chemistry continued to grow. I developped a concept geared to the genetic predisposition of the person with regard to storage of nutrients. Using this concept, my patients can not only lose weight easily and without suffering hunger, but can also lose kilos in the right places and maintain their ideal weight successfully once they achieve it.
In the meantime, more than 30’000 persons have undertaken the program. The capacity of my own medical practice is no longer large enough to handle the volume of inquiries, so I decided to train a network of partner doctors. Thanks to their help I hope it will be possible to enable many more people to participate in applying my concept.