Sniff Your Way To Skinny?

Several companies have recently started to market inhalers, scent jars and crystals to be sprinkled on food, each of which creates a variety of different scents that are “sniffed” by the diner before consuming the food item. Supposedly these scents stimulate the “satiety center” in the brain which reduces the desire to eat. Significant weight…

Surgery for Type II diabetes???

The International Diabetes Federation has recommended that bariatric surgery be considered as an early option for the treatment of obese patients with Type II diabetes. A panel of 20 medical and surgical specialists, concerned that obesity and diabetes is now a global public health issue, released a position statement recommending bariatric surgery as an acceptable…

Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss Improves Cardiovascular Health

Swedish and American surgeons presented two studies in March at the Second World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type II Diabetes which demonstrated a marked reduction in the incidences of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, rapid pulse rate and a lowered serum lipids following bariatric procedures. Cardiac function was also demonstrated to have improved.…

HCG Flunks as a Weight Loss Aid

HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is used in some states by certain practitioners who promote it for weight loss. Mobilization of fat, increased metabolism of fat tissue and increased metabolic rate are among some of the claims made by those who distribute this medication. The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) has issued a position…

Dr. Blackshear now Board Certified in Bariatric Medicine

Dr. Bill has recently been recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine. This award recognizes a high level of professional competence in the knowledge and practice of bariatric medicine. Diplomates must pass a rigorous written examination covering all aspects of (weight loss) bariatric practice and an on-site inspection of office policies,…

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