GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY
by Lawrence Wilson, MD
© June 2011, The Center For Development
Gastric bypass surgery is a popular option today for those who are obese and want to lose weight quickly. However, it is a very hazardous option. This article explains why this is so, and offers what I believe is far healthier and safer way to lose weight – even several hundred pounds - without the use of drugs, surgery, hormones or other less safe methods.
WHAT IS GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY?
Essentially, it is an operation in which the surgeon opens up the abdomen and blocks off part of even all of the stomach so that stomach capacity is reduced significantly. As a result, a person will not feel like eating as much food. This can allow one to lose weight more easily. The operation is sometimes referred to as stomach stapling, because staples are sometimes used to block off a part of the stomach.
PROBLEMS WITH GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY
1. Much worse nutritional status. Eating less food may seem like a good idea, but in fact most people are only marginally nourished today due to eating poor quality food, lack of digestive enzymes, and perhaps due to stress or other conditions in the body. If one eats even less, the nutritional status becomes even worse in most cases. The deficiencies may be very subtle, so that one is not aware of them. However, this can often lower the body’s resistance to disease and shorten one’s lifespan.
2. Toxicity due to the anesthesia and other drugs used during surgery. All surgery requires the use of anesthesia and often other drugs such as antibiotics. Contrary to what some believe, we find that residues of these drugs remain in the body for years, and often for the rest of one’s life. We can remove them, but it takes time and effort. Having drug residues in the body further reduces one’s health and well-being, often in subtle but important ways. It can interfere with nutrition, digestion, elimination and many other body functions.
3. Adhesions. This is sadly a common complication of digestive tract surgery. Adhesions are basically scars that form where surgery has been performed. The scar tissue can cause intense pain, and even intestinal blockage, a potentially life-threatening condition. At times, surgery must be performed again to break up the scar tissue, but then one runs the risk of more adhesions forming.
4. Infections and other possible complications of surgery. This is less common, but any surgery carries the risk of many types of complications including infections, blood clots in the lungs, brain or elsewhere, strain on the heart, and more.
5. Adaptation by the body to the surgery. This means that after a few months to a few years, the remaining viable stomach may dilate, so that once again a person can eat more food, and the operation is really for naught. This is known to occur in some cases with gastric bypass surgery.
6. Much worse overall health due to all of the above.
7. Other. This includes the cost of surgery, disability that occurs with any surgery, and perhaps other problems.
NUTRITIONAL BALANCING IS A FAR BETTER OPTION FOR THOSE WILLING TO WORK ON THEIR HEALTH
Nutritional balancing science can allow a person to lose 100 pounds or more, in a safe, easy way without the need for vigorous exercise, drugs, hormones of any kind, or any other less safe procedures or methods. This occurs because a properly designed program:
1. Enhances activity of the thyroid and other glands, assisting weight loss.
2. removes foods from the diet that cause allergic reactions or otherwise unbalance the body and lead to weight gain.
3. Teaches a proper lifestyle and eating habits that promote weight loss.
4. Improves overall vitality that can help weight loss.
5. Balancing yin and yang forces in the body that greatly assists weight loss in some cases.
For more about how this occurs, please read Weight Gain And Weight Loss on this website.