The Douglass Report July 2006

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Dear friend,

Finally! After years of twisting the arm of my publisher, I’ve gotten him to see things my way.

Now, without begging, cajoling, or bribing, I’ll be “allowed” to really separate the truth from fiction every month and help you cut through all the bull out there, so you can make smarter decisions about your own health.

Right away, you’ll notice the new name and the new look. They reflect the fact that the newsletter will include more commentary from yours truly with more myth-busting ideas, so you’ll always get the real story about your health–and not from some prettied-up feel-good publication that would only look good on your coffee table. I will continue to expose the medical conspiracies and give you real news you can use every month. Just expect more in every issue.

This is my life’s work to challenge the so-called health experts and give you life-saving, real health facts like this one…

The quick-fix, short-term obesity solution with mortality rates too high for comfort

You only have to look around to see that there are a lot of fat people out there, but I didn’t realize gluttony had been classified as a surgically correctable disease.

Between gastric bypass surgery, adjustable band, and biliopancreatic diversion, it’s a veritable smorgasbord of options for wide-bodies looking for a quick fix. Well here’s a newsflash: There is no quick fix, no matter what your surgeon tells you. Even if you get one of these risky surgeries, you’ll still have to change your eating habits for the weight to come off and stay off. Of course, that won’t put the surgeon’s (fat) kids through college.

Take a look at these statistics: In only 10 years the number of these barbaric surgeries has jumped from 10,000 to over 170,000, according to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. (Can you believe there’s an association for this madness?) This is a shocking increase for procedures that are still experimental. That’s right, no one really knows their long-term effects at this point.

The criminal part is that as many as 5 percent of patients who undergo a gastric bypass or biliopancreatic diversion (BPD) are dead within the year. Gastric bypass, or stomach-stapling as I like to call it, is the most common form of this barbarism here in America. The surgeons cut you open and put two rows of staples in your stomach to create a pouch, then they sew part of your small intestines to the new pouch area in order to bypass the rest of the stomach and small intestines.

Goodness knows if this were happening to children in refugee camps in Africa, Hollywood celebs like Angelina Jolie would be alerting the world of the atrocities faced by Third World citizens deprived of education and first-rate medical treatments. But when it takes place in the U.S., it’s considered “advanced” medicine.

Well, I can tell you that this “advanced” form of barbarism doesn’t stop when you get out of the O.R. People who have had the surgery are forced to eat so little that they can’t possibly get all the nutrients they need. So instead of getting all the protein they need from a big, juicy steak, or folate from chicken liver, they have to load up on supplements to avoid malnutrition.

Doesn’t it seem a bit backward for people to pay big bucks for something that makes it impossible for them to get enough nutrition from the food they eat when relief organizations are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix the problem of malnutrition around the world? Why not buy a ticket to Somalia or Kenya? I’m sure a few months there would have the same effect as these drastic surgical procedures.

Of course, gastric bypass isn’t the only option. You could have bilio-pancreatic diversion (BPD) or adjustable band surgery. Since adjustable band surgery kills “only” 0.1 percent of patients, you’d think the relative safety of this one would make it the most popular form. So what’s its drawback? Simple. The weight loss results aren’t fast enough. It
takes as much as five times longer to achieve the same results as gastric bypass surgery. If it takes that long, why not just go the diet route from the start and do your own cutting away at the pounds of fat hanging from your body?

But let’s get down to the REAL issue here. What could cause 61 million people in the United States to be obese? Is it gluttony, or is it a lack of education on what you should and should not put in your mouth? Instead of chasing dietary cholesterol, fat, and cigarette smoke, doctors should concentrate on teaching people about sugar–the No.1 addiction in Western society.

This is obviously just another case of treating the symptom instead of the cause. And unless you educate people about nutrition, they’ll just be back where they started–whether they’ve been cut, sucked, stapled, or put through the ringer.

But remember, this is all about the money. The weight loss industry is a profit center that’s getting fatter by the day. So what are the docs who don’t advocate these drastic surgeries doing to make a buck? They’re selling you the magic cure–weight loss drugs.