Delaware Health: The Sadkhin Complex

Putting the ‘Pressure’ on Weight-loss

A recent newcomer to Delaware takes a novel approach to weight loss. The Sadkhin Complex, designed by Dr. Gregory Sadkhin in 1989, was inspired by Asian holistic healers and the diets of people who lived long and stayed slim.

The diet stresses fruit, vegetables and whole milk. (Vegans can use soy milk.) Here’s the interesting bit: Participants wear tiny spheres behind their ears, affixed with surgical tape to active “hunger-control” points. Wearers rotate them regularly, pressing firmly on the points.

It’s not for everyone. “The diet was a drastic shift for me,” says one customer, who declined to give his name. “I couldn’t handle the whole milk days.” After six days, he gave up. “I am the first to admit I wasn’t committed to all the rules.”

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Suzie Sauerwalt, however, was firmly committed. Not only did she travel to the Claymont location every two weeks from Philadelphia, but she rented a car to do it. “I felt immediately so much better,” says Sauerwalt, who lost 40 pounds. “It’s not just a diet. It’s something I will do for the rest of my life. Now I really taste food.”

The initial consultation is free. The first visit is $150. Subsequent visits are $75. Sadkhin also offers products, such as a line of vitamins, teas, honey and herbal supplements, for an additional fee. You buy your own food at the grocery store. (

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