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Science's DISGUSTING Answer to the Obesity Epidemic
Whenever I think I’ve gotten my head around the how the mind of mainstream medicine works, something happens to show me just how wrong I am. I read news headlines like ‘Studies Show Eating Higher-Quality Food Leads to Better Health Outcomes” or “Cooking at Home Cuts Obesity Rates” and I shake my head. I think, Someone had to do a STUDY to figure that out? Really? It boggles the mind.
 
It doesn’t, however, surprise me. I admit it—I’m jaded. I’m cynical. Any illusions I had were long ago shattered. And when it comes to heart health—especially the weight-loss aspect of it—I’m particularly jaded. There have been too many conflicting “guidelines.” Too many downright stupid pieces of advice. Too much that seems designed to cause the very problems it’s meant to solve. But just when I think I’ve seen it all, a story breaks that makes me wonder if I’ve really fallen down the rabbit hole. Like this one:
 
The FDA recently approved a new “obesity treatment.” Nevermind the question of whether obesity really is a “disease” or not—which is far from an accepted idea. Anything that proposes to “treat” something that may or may not be a “disease” makes me uneasy anyway. But this so-called “treatment” is so bizarre, so outlandish, so downright stomach-churning, that it makes me wonder if the FDA has completely taken leave of its senses. And it makes me worry about a society that’s willing to give up personal responsibility on such a level that they’re willing to try it.
 
What is this “treatment”?
 
Basically, it’s a built-in stomach pump.

In normal people we call this “bulimia.” Since it’s FDA-approved it’s a “treatment”

What this “treatment” does, for all practical purposes, is let you vomit at will—but without the unpleasantness of actually vomiting. It requires a short surgical procedure. It involves some doubtless expensive new medical gadgetry. And—not to make a pun—it requires a strong stomach. Here’s how it works:
 
A tube is inserted through your abdomen and into your stomach in a surgical procedure. This tube is connected to a “port” on the outside of your body, which can be opened or closed. Then you can eat as much as you want. Half an hour after you eat, you connect the gadget—the stomach pump—to the port in your belly by a plastic tube. It squeezes water into your stomach and makes a nice runny slurry of the contents, then sucks about one third of these contents out into a plastic bag. You then close the port, disconnect the hose, and dump the contents into the toilet.
 
Just stop for a moment and let that sink in, if you have the stomach for it.
 
Once again: you eat what you want. You wait till it’s partially digested. Then you suck out your stomach contents and dump them in the toilet.
 
I have to ask: how is this any different than forcing yourself to vomit after eating? When people do this without the help of a medical gadget, we call it an eating disorder. It doesn’t matter how obese they are. We refer them to a psychiatrist or psychologist. We call it a mental illness. We call it bulimia. But, since it uses some fancy bits of plastic and includes a surgeon’s fee, THIS is called a treatment.
 
I’m speechless. And I’m angry. Because not only does this “treatment” not address the cause of obesity, it actually encourages overeating and other poor eating habits. After all, if you can just push a button and hey presto! the whole bag of cookies you just gorged on is gone, what incentive is that to change your eating patterns? If you can eat 1,200 calories at one sitting, then dump 400 into the toilet, what incentive is there to not overeat?
 
Because let’s face it: it may not be politically correct to say this, and I may alienate some people. But if this “treatment” works simply by removing about 1/3 of the calories you take in—which is how it works, according to the manufacturer—then eating 1/3 less calories in the first place would have the same effect.
 
No surgery needed. No tube poking through your abdominal wall, leaving you open to infections. No carrying a stomach-pump and barf bag with you when you go out to dinner.
 
Is this anything more than medically-promoted bulimia?

Guess how many people tried this “treatment” before it was approved?

I can’t escape the feeling that there’s an agenda behind all this. First we have the push to classify obesity as a “disease” rather than a lifestyle issue. And I do realize that for some obese people, there is an underlying physical problem such as a faulty gene. However, the blunt truth is that these people account for only a fraction of a fraction of those who are obese. Then there’s the question of how we define “obese” in the first place, and how millions of people became “obese” overnight when the BMI scale was revised.
 
We have a concerted effort to promote bariatric surgery like gastric bypass as a diabetes treatment. And now, we have the bulimia machine that lets you gorge to your heart’s content and vomit at will without the fuss.
 
Something stinks here. And it isn’t just vomit.
 
This new device was approved last month. It was hyped as an important new weight-loss treatment. The American news stories were all fairly positive in spite of the “ick” factor, and they all kept harping on one thing: on average, the people using this device lost about 46 pounds over a year. But here’s what they buried deep in the middle of the story:
 
The single clinical trial for this device only included 171 people. 111 used the pump. 60 did not. The trial only ran for a single year. Both groups had “small improvements in conditions often associated with obesity,” such as diabetes. And based on this tiny, lopsided trial, the FDA approved the personal stomach pump.
 
Here’s my advice, for what it’s worth:
 
Don’t touch this device. There are much less risky ways to cut calories. Cut out the sweets. Don’t drink soda. Cut out simple carbs and go for the complex ones found in fruit and vegetables. Invest in smaller plates, which trick your brain into thinking you’re full even though you haven’t eaten as much.
 
You don’t need a stomach pump to lose weight. And you certainly don’t need the possible complications that it brings with it.
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