weight-loss surgery

  1. Weight-loss surgery can lead to depression

    The secret toll of stomach-shrinking surgery

    I know it's tempting to go with the quick fix.

    If you've really put on too much weight over the years, surgery might seem like the answer to your prayers, helping you to rapidly lose weight and cut your risk of diabetes at the same time.

    But this is a quick "fix" that could quickly leave you in need of more repairs.

    Even as the surgery helps trim your waistline and cut your need for meds to control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, it can cause other problems in another part of your body.

    And it's one spot you don't want to mess around with: your brain!

    The new study finds that folks who have the surgery and are on antidepressants beforehand still need the drugs afterward.

    Even worse, folks who aren't on the meds before are actually more likely to NEED them later on!

    The study doesn't show the reason, but this makes perfect sense.

    When you cut the stomach with surgery, you change the delicate balance of bacteria in the gut -- and not for the better. You need those bacteria for absorbing nutrients such as the vitamin B12 that's so essential to mood and memory.

    Those friendly germs even crank out mood-boosting neurotransmitters.

    As a result, your mood can plunge right along with the numbers on the scale... and instead of enjoying life in your trim new body, you could end up more miserable than ever.

    Adding insult to injury, you could also find yourself battling other issues in the brain, including memory loss and a foggy, hazy mind.

    The surgery-pushing mainstream is of course already trying its darndest to dismiss the study.

    Since the research was done in Denmark, maybe the study won't apply to people in other countries. And even if it did, they say, it's better to have control over blood sugar and blood pressure than your mood and memory.

    But I say you don't have to choose one or the other.

    Even if you've really let yourself go... even if it SEEMS like you're out of options and NEED that surgery... I'm here to say you've got a, better, safer alternative that will help cut your waistline and improve your mood at the same time.

    All you need is a time-tested back-to-basics diet.

    There's a reason folks in the Mediterranean region suffer from fewer cases of obesity, a lower risk of diabetes and live longer, too: It's their diet, rich in fish, poultry, olives, nuts and fresh produce... and low in red meats, sugars and dairy.

    Yes, it will take you a little longer to reach your goal. But if you keep at it, you'll get there -- and you'll be healthier because of it.

    More importantly, you'll be happier, too.

  2. AspireAssist offers weight loss with a catch

    A 'hole' new approach to weight loss

    Imagine being able to lose weight without changing a thing in your diet. Eat all the same bad foods -- eat even more of them if you want -- and watch as the pounds just melt away.

    And best of all, there's not a single drug involved.

    But there's a downside to this with AspireAssist, of course.

    All that food has to go somewhere, right? And it does go somewhere -- out your belly via a brand new hole in the front, surgically created by doctors and capped with a release valve.

    Shortly after eating, you open the valve and attach a handheld device, AspireAssist, to suck the food out before it gets added to your waistline.

    No, there's nothing wrong with your calendar. It's not April Fools' Day and this isn't some elaborate hoax.

    AspireAssist makers claim it can eliminate nearly a third of your calories after you eat them. In a one-year trial of 24 obese people, that led to an average weight loss of 45 pounds -- or nearly half of their excess weight.

    But there's a huge problem with this device, and it's not just the fact that you get a brand-new hole where God didn't make one.

    It's that you might lose weight, but it's not the way you should -- from eating right. The machine might even "train" you to eat wrong, since foods that are more difficult to chew, including healthier foods like vegetables and lean meats, could actually clog it.

    It's much easier to release softer foods -- and that means ice cream and cake are on the menu.

    Of course, the makers of AspireAssist say that's not their intention -- they'd rather people use the machine as they learn to eat right.

    But if you're going to learn to eat right, you don't need the machine in the first place.

    And while some morbidly obese patients may need an extreme approach to lose weight, for most people it's not a good option.

  3. The worst way to lose weight

    Surgery is supposed to be the ultimate shortcut when it comes to weight loss: Let the doc put you under, and when you wake up you're on your way to a brand-new body. If only it were that simple.
  4. Diabetes 'cures' you don't need

    The mainstream is finally ready to admit you can beat diabetes without meds -- too bad they're still on the wrong track!
  5. Diabetics turn to dangerous surgery

    It's no secret--diabetics can often win complete control over their condition by simply losing weight and watching what they eat.
  6. What’s in a name? Not much

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    Obese folks considering weight-loss surgery might feel reassured when they choose a hospital that’s been labeled a “center of excellence.”

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