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Friday, August 8, 2008

Warning about Weight Loss Surgery

Many surgical procedures for weight loss are being sold to an unsuspecting public. These are quick fix solutions being offered for those who are obese or who have type 2 diabetes; both conditions that can be corrected non-surgically with far less risk. In fact, the statistics are alarming on lap band surgery and other surgical weight-loss procedures. Dr. Mercola reports that "the mortality rate for adult bariatric [obese] patients currently stands at 2 percent within the first month after surgery." (Source: One of the Most Ridiculous Studies on Weight Loss Ever Published. Accessed August 8, 2008). These quick-fix doctors often have Web sites and promoters who talk about how comfortable you'll be in their center and how nice their facilities are. Irrelevant and distracting from the real issue. The real issue is mortality statistics for those undergoing such surgical procedures. People don't die from Atkins. They do die from these needless and ridiculous weight-loss surgeries. The physicians who do them should be ashamed to call themselves doctors.

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