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06 Jun Bariatric Surgery; Gastric Bypass, Gastric Band, and Gastric Endoluminal. Or you can eat plant-strong.

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In an effort for people to be saved from themselves they are turning to several different types of bariatric, or weight loss, surgeries, which are the various procedures performed by surgeons to treat obesity by modification of the gastrointestinal tract to reduce nutrient/caloric intake/absorption.

This is absolutely ludicrous. As I’ve gone around the country promoting the Engine 2 Diet book, I’ve run into many people who have undergone these expensive and invasive procedures, and who tell me that they initially lost many pounds, but within two to three years they often gained their weight back . Still, with more than 33 percent of America considered OBESE, the medical field will continue to come up with more and more costly procedures so we don’t have to look in the mirror and take responsibility for our erroneous ways.

Below is a list of the different bariatric procedures so you can decide if any sound appealing. I have copied and pasted these from the website cited in case you want more information.

THE BYPASS (from www.mayoclinic.com.) In gastric bypass, the surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of your stomach and adds a bypass around a segment of your stomach and small intestine. He then surgeon staples your stomach across the top, sealing it off from the rest of your stomach. The resulting pouch is about the size of a walnut and can hold only about an ounce of food. The pouch is physically separated from the rest of the stomach. Then, the surgeon cuts the small intestine and sews part of it directly onto the pouch.

THE BAND (from www.realizeband.com.) Gastric banding limits food intake by causing you to feel full after eating a small amount of food. During gastric banding surgery, an adjustable band is placed around the uppermost part of the stomach. The band divides the stomach into two portions: one small and one large portion. Since the stomach is divided into smaller parts, most patients feel full faster, thereby decreasing their need for large amounts of food to satisfy their hunger. No part of your stomach is stapled or removed during surgery. Likewise, the intestines are not rerouted and can continue to absorb nutrients from food.

THE GARDEN HOSE THROUGH THE MOUTH (www.sciencedaily.com.) “This dramatic advance is the future of bariatric surgery,” says spokeperson Dr. Garber. “The endoluminal technique introduces the instrument that reduces the size of the stomach through the mouth, reducing the risk of infection from surgical incisions, preserving future treatment options, nearly eliminating pain for the patient, and requiring less recovery time than open or even minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures.”

Or, you can chose THE ENGINE 2 DIET (www.theengine2diet.com  or  engine2academy.com.) Here you do nothing but eat delicious, nutritious foods that are filled with fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals – as many and much as you want – and enjoy a healthy, long, and disease-free life.

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Rip Esselstyn

As a firefighter for the Austin Fire Department, he helped people and saved lives. As a friend to other firefighters, he transformed the way Austin ’s Engine 2 firehouse ate in order to save a firefighting brother’s health. Now, as the author of The Engine 2 Diet, Rip is teaching people the irrefutable connection between what they put in their mouths and their ability to reach their ideal weight and their ideal health.

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