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The trend of an increasing number of weight-loss surgeries in Sweden (where I live) has now definitely been broken. For the second year in a row, fewer and fewer people have undergone this type of surgery.
Those responsible for weight-loss surgeries want to make the claim that the decline in weight-loss surgeries is because other, more urgent, types of surgery are given higher priority. But perhaps the real reason is different?
Perhaps more and more people are beginning to question the health benefits of such mass and indiscriminate surgery. There is no disease where the surgeons operate. Healthy organs are cut out. Healthy stomachs and healthy intestines are surgically removed with disconcerting routine.
Solutions this extreme can’t be necessary for more than a small minority. There must be more natural solutions for most people.
Weight-loss surgery is the ultimate proof of how the health-care system has failed miserably to deal with the obesity problem – a panic button. It’s not a long-term solution and perhaps more and more are starting to understand this. If this is the case the decrease is good news! Continue Reading →
The other week I got an e-mail from Linda Börjes, who had started to google gastric bypass surgery, but instead got lucky and found LCHF through friends.
Here’s her story: Continue Reading →
Children under the age of 18 may now undergo weight-loss surgery in Sweden. In certain cases children as young as 13 will go under the knife!
There is no disease in the stomachs or intestines, which surgeons cut away from the children. They are healthy organs, that are being surgically removed. There’s something extremely sick in our society when methods this radical and extreme are required for children to maintain their weight.
The risks of long-term side effects are great. In adults who undergo weight-loss surgery the need for medical treatment increases long term. We know very little about the long-term consequences for children.
- MailOnline: As more teenagers have weight-loss surgery, a horrifying insight into the terrible price they pay as they grow up
- ABCNews: Obese Kids Going Under the Knife
The ethically bizarre in this is that the healthcare system rarely provides the best lifestyle treatment before resorting to major surgery.
A Swedish government expert committee recently concluded that advice on a low-carb diet provides more weight loss and better health markers than current calorie-obsessed advice does. At least as long as the advice is followed. Several new studies show that a low-carb diet also works better for children and adolescents.
Failing to provide support and advice on the most effective lifestyle therapy, before resorting to irreversible major surgery for children? That should be considered malpractice.
After weight-loss surgery – when you surgically bypass almost the whole stomach and part of the intestine – the body cannot easily absorb the nutrients it needs anymore. There’s a risk of all sorts of malnutrition.
How does this work when the need for nutrition is at its greatest – in pregnancy? The answer is as would be expected:
- NYT: Weight Loss Surgery Raises Some Pregnancy Risks
- BMJ: Perinatal outcomes after bariatric surgery: nationwide population based matched cohort study
Yet another downside of removing healthy organs… Continue Reading →
Recently My Westerdahl reached a milestone and sent me a message:
Today I step on the scale and it shows me that my greatest milestone to date is reached! I’ve lost 165 lbs (75 kg) by adopting an LCHF diet! I was able to decline gastric bypass surgery by exchanging carbohydrates for generous amounts of fat! I haven’t suffered any allergy or asthma shocks since the day 3.5 years ago when I made the diet change! Please tell me, why would a body respond with health on a diet that will kill it? Doesn’t this violate the principles of evolution? Thank you, Diet Doctor, for your tireless work spreading knowledge for a healthier population!
Congratulations My! Continue Reading →
Here’s the world’s youngest weight-loss surgery patient: a Saudi Arabian two-year-old.
Around 35 percent of the population in Saudi Arabia is obese, compared to, for example, 14 percent in Sweden. Why is obesity such a disastrous epidemic in Saudi Arabia? There are no doubt many reasons, but I can imagine a big one:
Saudi Arabia is a muslim country, where you don’t drink alcohol. Moreover, it’s hot, so you have to drink a lot. So what do you drink? Probably the same thing as in the world’s most obese country, Mexico. Same thing as in the parts of the U.S. with the highest diabetes rates.
There is of course a simple and profitable solution to the problem, that doesn’t affect the soft drink industry. Surgical removal of the stomach in the entire population, including young children.
Or you could find a better and more natural solution.
Johanna Engström has had a fantastic journey. She was inches from having gastric bypass surgery, but decided at the last minute to try LCHF instead. Fast forward around one year and she’s lost 112 pounds! And her internal organs are still intact.
Expressen (Swedish paper): How we got thin and styled like the stars (Google translated from Swedish)
Weight loss surgery, cutting away healthy stomach organs, is promoted as the only effective treatment for obesity. But the cracks are starting to show now – not surprisingly. Yesterday a 20-year follow-up of the largest study on weight loss surgery was published and it could be the largest setback yet.
It turns out that obese people undergoing weight loss surgery get an INCREASED need for medical treatment, even years after the surgery. Despite their weight loss! For example they need more inpatient care in hospitals. During the first six years after surgery the increase is very large (see figure above).
The cause is either complications from the surgery (like bleeding, infections, leakage of stomach contents into the abdominal cavity) or long-term dangers like bowel obstruction, anemia, gallstones or malnutrition.
Obese people who did not receive surgery ultimately needed less medical care. So how healthy is it to lose weight by surgery?
There was also an increased need for psychiatric medications (e.g. for depression and anxiety) for weight loss surgery patients.
We need a safer and wiser treatment for obesity. Amputating healthy organs is just an emergency solution. We need to stop giving simplistic calorie-fixated advice (the least effective advice in study after study) before exposing patients to risky surgery. These operations should be the last resort. Thus patients should first be offered advice on low carb (the most effective advice in study after study) and adequate support.
Weight loss surgery may be extremely lucrative for hospitals (the complications are an added bonus!) but if you are a patient: Be warned. And make sure you have good insurance.
Weight loss surgery is hot. A lot of people are starting to see it as the only effective treatment we have for obesity. That’s just insane.
Here are some slides from a lecture at the obesity conference last weekend. The slide above shows the magnitude of the obesity problem. Bariatric (weight loss) surgery will hopefully never have to be used on more than a small minority of obese patients.
Why not operate on everyone? Here’s why: Continue Reading →
In Sweden we have an ideom: “Don’t walk across the river to get water”. I’m sure you see why – but not everybody thinks like that.
Many scientists are amazed today. They don’t know how to explain why so many type 2 diabetics are cured by gastric bypass surgery, when their stomach is removed. At least they need a lot less insulin – from day one!
What’s the cause? Continue Reading →
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