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FDA Approves Bulimia Device as Treatment of Obesity

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The race to invent crazier and crazier weight loss methods doesn’t stop. But this one – just approved by the FDA – may be the craziest so far.

It’s a “bulimia device” called the AspireAssist, that allows you to lose weight like a bulimic without having to throw up. It accomplishes this by adding a new esophagus to your body – a new hole in your stomach, leading to a tube.

Like any person suffering from bulimia you’ll eat your food and then head for the bathroom. Some of the food you’ve eaten will then be poured into the toilet.

CBC News: FDA approves stomach-draining obesity treatment

In case you’re wondering, this is not a joke. Your doctor may now prescribe medicalized bulimia to “help” people lose weight.

Obviously recommending things like a low-carb diet or intermittent fasting would be way too extreme. Also, people not eating would be bad for the GNP. Way better to have people buy lots of food and then also buy the device to pour the food into the toilet.

It paints a beautiful future of unlimited profits for the food industry: soon people could be able to eat all the time.

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“I Don’t Feel Like I’m Five Years Older – More Like Five Years Younger!”

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Before and after

A few years ago Johanna was scheduled for gastric bypass surgery for her obesity. At the hospital she got cold feet and declined. Instead she went on a low-carb diet and lost 112 lbs. (51 kg):

How to Lose 112 Pounds With LCHF Instead of Gastric Bypass Surgery

So what has happened since then? She just sent an update:

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Should Weight-Loss Surgery be the Standard Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes?

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Experts are calling for weight-loss surgery to be routinely offered to many people with type 2 diabetes:

Diabetes UK: International Experts Say Weight Loss Surgery Should Treat Type 2 Diabetes

The surgery often resolves the type 2 diabetes, at least in the short term. But it’s a surgery with a relatively high risk of complications, and it’s not fully reversible. Some people bitterly regret having it.

More fundamentally, obesity and type 2 diabetes are not caused by a disease in the stomach. There’s no disease where the surgeon is operating. We’re operating on healthy organs.

There’s something quite disturbing about routinely removing or surgically altering healthy bodily organs.

Fortunately it’s possible to get the effect of surgery without a surgeon, without the side effects, and for free.

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Get the Effect of Bariatric Surgery Without the Side Effects, Without the Surgeon, For Free

Fasting – are you crazy?

F****** – are you crazy?

Are you considering bariatric surgery for weight loss or diabetes reversal? It’s a very effective treatment in the short term, but with a huge risk of nasty complications. Mostly things that simply reduce your quality of life, but occasionally people even die from it.

It turns out it’s possible to get the same effect with none of the complications… without rewiring and removing healthy bodily organs… and for free.

Dr. Jason Fung: Bariatrics is Surgically Enforced Fasting

Do you want to try? Start here:

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Treatments That Cure Type 2 Diabetes

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Do you want to know what treatments that cure – and don’t cure – type 2 diabetes?

Interestingly, conventional treatment is fully focused on treatments that don’t cure the disease, treatments that at best hide the symptoms, and can even make the disease worse.

On the other hand there are three treatments that cure the disease, two of them virtually without side effects, but they are rarely used.

As a practicing physician meeting these patients daily it’s fully understandable that Dr. Fung get’s frustrated with this unacceptable situation. Normally Godwin’s Law means that whoever mentions the Nazis in an argument automatically loses, but in this abnormal case it feels almost appropriate. Here’s his impassioned new blog post, well worth reading:

Dr. Jason Fung: Treatments that Cure Type 2 Diabetes

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Of course there are some minor exceptions to the graph at the top. A few medications actually help cure the disease (however they are not often used yet). Continue Reading →

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“Meet the Obese Teenagers Going Under the Knife”

Very sad reading:

TheGuardian: 30 stone at 13: meet the obese teenagers going under the knife

While some may be better off after the surgery, removing the healthy stomach organs of a generation of kids is not the solution to the obesity epidemic.

The obesity epidemic is caused by a sick environment filled with easily available sugar and refined carbs, plus mistaken simplistic beliefs about energy balance (sponsored by Coca Cola). Those are the things that must change.

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“I Feel Great and Strong and Life is Good”

Before and after

Before and after

What a change!

Ingegerd Salomonsson has an experience that many others share: Her obesity was associated with pregnancies. When she was young she was lean, but during three pregnancies she gained a lot of weight. More than most. She ended up weighing 309 lbs (140 kg) and probably also had type 2 diabetes.

After trying to lose weight in many ways, as early as in the 80’s she was given the opportunity to undergo weight-loss surgery (gastric banding). She lost a lot of weight – but over the years it came back. A second weight-loss surgery (gastric bypass) produced weight loss again – but again the weight began to creep back up over the years.

What do you do when not even two weight-loss surgeries solve your weight problems?

Finally Ingegerd found what worked for her – without new surgeries or medications. A lifestyle change brought all her health markers up to perfect and her weight fell back to where it was when she was young. And even though this lifestyle change is controversial her doctor approves and thinks she should continue.

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Number of Weight-Loss Surgeries Continues to Decline in Sweden!

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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 →

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Instead of Weight-Loss Surgery

Before and after

Before and after

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.

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Obese Kids Going Under the Knife – for Weight Loss

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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.

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.

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