If you’ve tried to lose weight but nothing seems to work… it may be only a matter of time before your doctor suggests a procedure to help.
It used to be all that I had to worry about with patients who suffer with obesity was if their conventional doctors tried to convince them to have dangerous (and, in my opinion, worthless) gastric bypass surgeries.
But now the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new procedure to help patients lose weight – and it goes way beyond shrinking the size of your stomach to make you feel full.
It actually gives you the power to pump your own stomach!
It all has to do with a device called “AspireAssist.” During a short surgical procedure, you get a small tube implanted into your stomach that leads out to the outside of your body.
You eat, wait 20 minutes, and then excuse yourself to go pump what’s left in your belly out into the toilet.
But if you ask me, it’s no different than trying to lose weight by throwing up the food you just ate.
How is this a good idea?
For one, ANY surgery comes with risks… but in this case, you have to worry about dirty endoscopes that could infect you with a superbug that can’t be cured.
If you make it out of the procedure unscathed, having a tube in your stomach can lead to other types of infections, leakage, and side effects like indigestion, vomiting, diarrhoea, and constipation – not to mention dehydration and imbalanced electrolytes.
This is no “treatment” for obesity, because it completely ignores why we eat in the first place: nutrition.
We need to EAT to live. We just shouldn’t LIVE to eat.
Yes, AspireAssist has helped some people drop pounds – while they were purging.
But it doesn’t do a thing to ensure a long and healthy life… especially if it’s depriving you of nutrients and letting you fill your belly with junk.
The truth is: You CAN eat as much delicious food as you want, as long as it’s nutritious and not junk food. If you stick to a “back to basics” diet like Paleo with lots of animal proteins that will keep you feeling full, you won’t need to pump anything out.
And cutting out carbs and refined sugars will help you lose weight, too – without spending half your dinnertime in the bathroom trying to work some crazy contraption.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
FDA Approves Stomach Draining Obesity Treatment, foxnews.com/health/2016/06/14/fda-approves-stomach-draining-obesity-treatment.html
FDA Approves AspireAssist Obesity Device, fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm506625.htm