Obesity is on the constant rise, especially here in the America. People are continually looking for the newest “quick fix” or “super diet” that will help them lose weight without the effort of following a healthy lifestyle or making conscience decisions in what they put in their mouths. Every year it has been estimated that over 200,000 people opt for Bariatric surgery due to our unwillingness to make any efforts to do our part and the pressure from the medical community as a last chance in ever losing the weight that can lead to a myriad of diseases, especially Type 2 Diabetes. I am going to share with you what these “weight-loss” surgeries really do to our bodies and the severe consequences in having one.
Bariatric surgery comes in many variations; gastric bypass surgery, biliopancreatic diversion, duodenal switch, stomach stapling, vertical-banded gastroplasty, and sleeve gastrectomy. The main purpose is to remove large sections of the digestive tract to essentially reduce food intake. Doing so reduces our appetites so our food consumption is cut down and we ingest less calories but it also restricts the ability of our now-brutalized digestive tract to absorb nutrients. What we are left with is a stomach 15% of its original size, a small intestine that has had essential segments like the duodenum removed. Now our bodies cannot effectively process, metabolize, and absorb what goes into it. These surgeries create malnutrition and alter the body’s biochemistry and metabolism in a way nature never intended.
Complications that follow are anemia, osteoporosis, nutritional deficiencies, and food intolerances, just to name a few. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is almost consistent with patients who undergo these surgeries, yet they are finding hyperinsulinemia to be equally common. Hyperinsulinemia is a condition when too much insulin is circulating in the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body’s cells absorb glucose through the cell membrane. Post surgery, the quantum of insulin now released by the pancreas is too much in proportionate to the too-little glucose now produced by limited food intake. The body doesn’t have enough glucose that needs to be absorbed. Obese individuals, after surgery, tend to grow more insulin-producing Islet cells in the pancreas (nesidioblastosis). Post-surgery, despite the dramatic reduction in food intake, the pancreas continues to produce elevated levels of insulin. This usually leads to the only medical solution by removing the pancreas.
Another major complication is “gastric dumping”. Gastric dumping occurs when an abnormally reduced digestive tract forces the shrunken stomach to dump undigested food into a shortened small intestine, clogging it and leading it to congestion. Food is therefore not metabolized properly. Undigested foods, whose nutrients that cannot be absorbed through the small intestines, tends to back up, leading to gastric reflux. Signs of gastric dumping are lightheadedness, abdominal cramping, vomiting, diarrhea and reflux.
Intestinal leaks are very common after these surgeries. They can occur at any area that has been surgically cut ad re-attached to other parts of the digestive system. Leaks happen because there are two parts that are ripping or tearing at the seams that haven’t been effectively stitched or stapled together. Now since most of small intestine has been removed, the bowels are much closer to the stomach, which will cause waste from the bowels to back up into the abdominals. The undigested waste, starts to rot and ferment and invariably leads to infection or even sepsis that could be fatal if not detected in time.
It’s a scary thought knowing someone would choose to allow a surgeon to cut out, pulverize and stitch their internal organs, which furthers disrupts their biochemistry and so arrogantly proclaim to have solve their obesity, while leaving them open to further chemical imbalances, infection and even possible death. Let’s start with nature. Cut out all processed foods, refined sugars, starches and sugary beverages, deep-fried foods, and especially High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is in everything made by man today. Start consuming whole, organic foods; drink plenty of clean water. Once eliminating these poisons from our diet, you will notice profound changes in your body.