I received this email today from fellow comedian and blogger Josh Goguen:
Hey, Tom -
I have satellite radio and they have a channel called Doctor Radio. I happened to be listening when they had a LAP BAND/Gastric ByPass doctor on and I couldn’t believe the things they were saying. She made it sound like something that’s just so great and easy and, aww come on, you’re not going to diet, who are you kidding?
Then she rattled off all these benefits of losing weight (diabetes relief, lower cholesterol, etc.) while completely glossing over how restrictive the diet is or how risky surgery itself is. It almost seemed sadistic. I could almost picture POWs being returned, emaciated while their captors say, “Yes, we did starve our prisoners, but if you look at their triglyceride levels, you’ll see they’ve benefited tremendously.”
Not one person who called in compared it to a forced diet and asked if a person skipped the surgery and just ate the post op food if they’d lose the same weight. It was recorded early in the week, so the opportunity wasn’t there for me to do so.
It seems as if a segment of the medical community isn’t interested in actually educating and helping people help themselves but rather just devising new means to “effortlessly” fix a problem. I wonder what will happen to these people should government healthcare takes effect.
Honestly, if that happens, I believe we can say good bye to the hopes of the lipid hypothesis overturned. I wrote a blog based off of it, but I couldn’t help but share this with you via e-mail.
Josh’s blog post on the topic, in which he creates his own miracle diet plan, is spot-on. (And I recommend adding his blog to your reading list, because he covers a nice variety of topics and makes a habit of being spot-on.)
In my previous post about the Lap-Band surgery, I mentioned that a friend of mine had gastric bypass surgery and now regrets it. So imagine my surprise when I poked through some bariatric-sugery literature available at our family doctor’s office and found that this same friend is mentioned as a surgery success story. This is what the literature said about her:
[Her name] is a size 4 today after losing more than 100 pounds from her peak weight of 230. A mother of three, her drive was to be able to be active with her youngest, the way she used to be.
Before her surgery, she had diabetes, sleep apnea, and was on heart medication. That’s all in the past. Today she and her husband and the kids play golf and tennis together.
Why, doesn’t that just sound fantastic? So I emailed her to ask if she knew she was being used as an example of the wonders of weight-loss surgery. Her reply:
Had I done it your way, I truly would have been a success story. Glad they’re excited about cutting out 20 feet of intestines and subsequently yanking out my gallbladder and keeping me in a constant state of vitamin deficiency.
But gee whiz, she can play tennis now and wear size 4 clothes …