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Bariatric Surgery, A Televised Cautionary Tale

CNBC’s One Nation Overweight  – a telling recent documentarysummed up Americas  current gung-ho bariatric surgical mind set. Reporters went to the Cleveland Clinic - a leading academic center – that’s aggressively pushing bariatric surgery to  the American public. Their doctor “expert” boasted that “for patients with 100 lbs or more to lose, bariatric surgery is the only effective durable treatment. Period.”

Apparently he’d never seen, read or inquired into reports of very favorable comparisons between gastric bypass patients and those undergoing aggressive exercise-centric weight loss.

The film crew proceeded to follow bariatric surgical candidate Henry Bolton, a 330 lbs 62 year old military man. He presumably was cherry picked from the overflowing population of Cleveland Clinic gastric bypass patients, a common practice by hospital PR departments. True to the beaming Cleveland Clinic surgeons prediction, Henry lost a good amount of weight in the first two months after surgery – although no one ever mentioned whether the lost weight was fat, muscle or water!!! That’s important information cause studies suggest gastric bypass patient lose  30 plus percent of their muscle! And losing muscle is an open invitation for disease and disability.

Henry was interviewed post-operatively; he appeared proud of his weight loss, even opining he felt better.

Then on day 64th day after surgery – disaster struck.  He suddenly dropped dead.

Sadly, since Henry died more than 30 days post operatively, his tragic death will not be reflected in Cleveland Clinics advertized  “post-operative” death rate!!!  Cleveland Clinic doctors, like other bariatric surgeons, publish their death rate within 30 days of surgery – a number that for relatively healthy patients with BMIs less than 50 is usually pretty low. However the death rate  at one year is typically 1-2%. For those with BMIs greater than 50 with other medical disease – like diabetes – present, the expected one year death rate can be over 5%. And the inevitable early post op complications as well as delayed nutritional and psychiatric complications are routinely swept under the rug as well. Suffice it to say, bariatric surgery is no walk in the park and hospital statistics do not reflect the true danger of this major surgical intervention. I’ve never forgot what I learned in the halls of the Massachusetts General Hospital while a Harvard Medical student – “Once a surgical patient, always a surgical patient”.

There currently exists an aggressive non-surgical, non-drug approach to obesity studied in hundreds of patients – exercise-centric fat loss. This approach appears to be safer,  more cost effective, more mood elevating and offers superior body composition changes compared to  gastric bypass at one year.

An aggressive non-surgical, non-drug approach – properly prescribed exercise, individualized caloric restriction, sleep and psych evaluations should always be the first step.

Bariatric surgery is a surgery of last resort.

 

How Can The Clinic By Dr H Help You?

The Clinic By Dr H focuses on the process of helping individuals live a healthier lifestyle. A weight loss journey is not always easy and  it certainly takes a particular amount of effort. The weight loss process focuses on certain elements that are psychological, physical, education, and emotional. The Clinic By Dr H always strives to work together as a team and ensures that nobody is alone in their journey to achieving the health results that they want.

In order to move away from the sedentary lifestyle that some people lead, one must get up and move in such way that requires your body to burn calories, sweat, and feel a bit of exhaustion. As you remain consistent in your exercise workouts, proper water and nutrition consuming, and adequate amounts of sleep; you will notice that your weight loss voyage will not only become normal as an everyday activity, but it will be a lot more fun and exciting.

The Clinic By Dr H understands that every individual is has a different weight loss journey and that each and every one of our bodies are different. The Clinic By Dr H takes the time to give detailed attention to our clients and makes sure that each goal is targeted and that we work towards it.

 

Is There Really An Ideal Diet?

The question that most American’s ask, “Is there really an actual DIET?” We live in a fast food nation where the accessibility of fast food restaurants are located on almost every single corner of every major city. We are constantly tempted to engage in the process of “overeating” because our minds are telling us to do it, and the portion sizes that are available to us are enormous. In reality, there is no actual diet to follow. Many individuals will mention that they are on a strict diet which prohibits them from consuming several categories of food; and then indicate that they have not lost weight. Numerous people state that after dieting for a period of time, they actually experience an increase in weight. The truth is that there is no specific diet or arrangement of special foods that will kickstart your rapid weight loss journey and speed up your metabolism extra fast. The only solution is to engage in physical activity that will allow your body to burn more calories than you consume. Strenuous exercise that causes you to break a sweat and encounter exhaustion at the end of your workout, will definitely create a positive impact on your weight loss journey and healthy lifestyle. Light to Moderate physical activity such as walking a few times per week for only 30 minutes a day is sometimes barely enough to even maintain your weight. In addition to consuming the appropriate amount of calories required for your specific weight loss goal (Calories In vs. Calories Out), eating healthy foods that give you the energy to exercise will give your body the benefit it deserves. The natural and correct way will require a good amount of effort and consistency, but one will notice the long term results that they have been searching for. The most important thing to remember is to stay positive, motivated and consistent.

Maintaining Weight Loss

Once you have lost weight and you are living a healthier lifestyle it is important to continue on your journey; but, you will need help. Partner with a sponsor and help others who are struggling. The WOW! Rx– Has a maintenance plan that can help you stay at your goal weight after you initial weight loss. The book has exercise and nutrition tips that will make it easy for you. Order your copy of Where Did All the Fat Go on Amazon today.

Beliefs Versus Facts

In today’s technology filled world, with information floating all over the place, it can be hard to differentiate between what is fact and what is just a popular belief with no truth. Is diet important? Is exercise important? How fast can I lose weight? Do I need surgery to be healthy? In my book Where Did All The Fat Go?, I outline what is true and what is false. Here, I am going to give you a little preview:

118myths

#1: Some people believe that all weight loss is good, no matter the method.

This could not be further from the truth. When losing weight, you can lose fat mass or lean body mass (muscle, bone, fluids). You DO NOT want to lose your lean body mass. Instead you want to make sure you are making steady progress in losing your fat mass while never exceeding below essential fat levels (below 3 to 5 percent body fat in men and 12 to 15 percent in women).

#2 Gastric bypass surgery is necessary for morbidly obese adults and children (those with a body mass index over 40).

You can pay $25,000 for a surgery that will leave you with a 40% chance of postoperative complications, or you can choose a nonsurgical option that you can do at home. One of our contestants in The Biggest Loser who was considered “beyond-morbidly-obese” was able to drop from 51-percent body fat to an amazing 22 percent, while getting rid of his hypertension, sleep apnea, and weight-related ankle and foot problems. Surgery is not always the solution.

Obviously, there are myths and uneducated people out there. You need to understand truth from myth in order to make the most out of your life. You can find more of these myth-busters in my book Where Did All The Fat Go?.

 

Ruben Studdard’s Inspirational Attitude

This week on The Biggest Loser, Ruben Studdard received devastating news regarding his health. Although he lost an exceptional 21 pounds his first week to bring down his weight to 452, tests run by Dr. H regarding Ruben’s insulin and blood sugar levels revealed frightening information. Dr. H was forced to disclose to Ruben that he has been clinically diagnosed with Type 2 Diabates.

Although receiving such news was extremely overwhelming to Ruben, he has decided to react positively and continue to work even harder than before. “I am a champion,” the American Idol winner explains, “I am very determined to reverse my prognosis,” and with his positive attitude it looks like he might just do so. Dr. H explained that such a diagnosis is completely reversible, however it would take extraordinary hard work and perseverance, something that a motivated Ruben seems he is ready for.

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Healthy Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and it can be very tempting to over indulge in unhealthy foods. Also, the weather starts cooling down and you’re more likely to want to stay home instead of working out. As a result, studies show that the average American gains more than 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Avoid packing on the pounds this season by booking your stay at the Clinic By Dr. H. healthy-holidays

We want to help you continue on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. When you stay motivated and exercise you will notice that you won’t stress as much. You have to remember to make time to exercise, so that means waking up a little earlier to squeeze in a morning workout.

The Clinic By Dr. H is offering special rates for all returning clients this holiday season. Have a healthy holiday season by giving yourself the gift of health. Book your stay at our beautiful Malibu weight loss resort. Give us a call at (310)279-4635 for more information on our returning guest rates.

Book Your Stay at The Clinic By Dr. H in Malibu, CA

The Clinic By Dr. H weight loss resort in Malibu, CA features a 360-degree view of the coastline, and it is in the pristine peaks of Malibu. The Clinic’s guests enjoy wonderful accommodations while they participate in our revolutionary new fat-loss and diet program. This Malibu oasis lets patients focus on making lifestyle changes through training exercises, cooking classes, and healthy habits.

Take this opportunity to participate in The Clinic’s Program you will return to your daily life, work, family and friends with a new body, a new mind and new tools and techniques to maintain a lifestyle that will support your optimal health forever. You’ll learn to push yourself physically in entirely new ways in a wonderful setting.

Book your stay at The Clinic by Dr. H today, and take advantage of our special rates. We have suites and rooms available to accommodate you during your stay.
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