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Under is an approximation of this video’s audio content material. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, photos, and quotes to which Dr. Greger could also be referring, watch the above video.

A reasonably overweight individual doing reasonably intense bodily exercise, like biking or brisk strolling, would burn off roughly 350 energy an hour, however most drinks, snacks, and different processed junk are consumed at a price of about 70 energy per minute. Due to this fact, it solely takes 5 minutes for somebody to wipe out an entire hour of train.

Enter: the “AspireAssist siphon meeting.”

It’s a percutaneous gastrostomy system, which means surgeons minimize a gap in your abdomen and tunnel a fistula out by way of your stomach wall. So, after every meal you possibly can connect a suction gadget to the opening and immediately drain out your abdomen contents. You might gorge on doughnuts, spew them out by way of the opening in your abdomen, after which gorge once more on extra doughnuts. Have your cake, and eat it too…and three, and 4 occasions. It’s like bulimia—with out the aftertaste!

Appears to me the quintessential American invention, straight from the land that introduced you Jell-O salads, spray cheese, and deep-fried Snickers bars. Sufferers do shed some pounds, maybe partially, maybe, as a result of the fistula might intervene with the relief of the abdomen wall throughout a meal. The method additionally requires consuming numerous water and for meals to be chewed totally, each of which can assist with weight reduction in different methods by growing hydration and slowing consuming price. Sufferers additionally began to make more healthy selections to “keep away from unpleasant-appearing gastric aspirate of unhealthy meals selections.” The tubing is obvious and evidently fried meals look notably gross as they’re pumped out.

All sufferers have to take supplemental potassium, because it’s sucked out within the abdomen juices; in any other case, they danger changing into potassium poor (a typical complication in true bulimia), however most unwanted side effects are simply minor wound problems. Critical hostile results, like stomach abscesses, are uncommon. The massive promoting level is that the siphon system “doesn’t alter the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract.” Looks like a low bar, however in right this moment’s Wild West world of weight reduction procedures, you possibly can’t take something as a right. Working example: the “duodenal-jejunal bypass liner.”

Gastric bypass surgical procedure works partially by slicing out a part of the small gut from the move of meals to stop assist the absorption of energy. As a substitute of main surgical procedure, how about simply dropping down a pair toes of plastic tubing to line the intestinal partitions? The issue with the “EndoBarrier” is that it must be anchored within the digestive tract. That is achieved with ten barbed hooks that trigger lacerations, accounting for almost all of the 891 hostile results reported in 1,056 sufferers. That’s almost 9 out of 10. Extreme penetrating trauma, leading to esophageal perforation or liver abscesses, is fortunately extra uncommon (occurring in solely about 1 in 27 sufferers).

Concern has been raised concerning the “palatability” of the AspireAssist abdomen pump, however probably the most cringeworthy endoscopic process I ran throughout in my analysis was intestinal “resurfacing.” Why cowl the within of your intestines with plastic to stop absorption when you possibly can simply “thermally ablate the superficial duodenal mucosa.” In different phrases, have your intestinal lining burned off. Or reasonably, “resurfaced.”

Surgeons have tried injecting botox into the abdomen partitions of overweight people hoping it might partially paralyze their gastric muscle mass, sluggish abdomen emptying, make folks really feel fuller longer, and shed some pounds. It didn’t work.

Researchers in Sweden tried randomizing folks to put on corsets for 12 to 16 hours a day, seven days per week, for 9 months. And it didn’t work. You possibly can guess why—the research topics simply didn’t put on them. The corset was “perceived as uncomfortable.” Duh.

“Sanitized tapeworms” have evidently been broadly marketed as a weight reduction treatment since again within the early 1900s. The truth that dwelling tapeworms have been found throughout bariatric surgical procedure operations suggests infesting your self with parasites might not be notably efficient both.

Talking of disgusting methods, how about disgust itself? A research entitled “Harnessing the ability of disgust: a randomized trial to cut back high-calorie meals enchantment by way of implicit priming” tried utilizing subliminal messages to break folks’s urge for food. Instantly earlier than photos of wholesome meals, researchers confirmed folks completely happy photos like a bunch of kittens in a 20-millisecond flash. That’s too fast to consciously register, however the hope was to plant a constructive imprint on the mind. Earlier than photos of high-calorie meals like ice cream although, they as a substitute flashed scenes of a “cockroach on a slice of pizza, vomit in an unclean toilet, a burn wound…” Apparently, it labored! Topics subsequently reported a decreased need to eat high-calorie meals, although this wasn’t examined immediately. The researchers conclude subliminal revulsion is perhaps a “profitable tactic to fight the onslaught of meals cues that promote unhealthy consuming.”

The remainder of the world appears to be like on bemused by American machinations, penning commentaries like “A view from throughout the pond…Don’t allow them to eat cake!” A paper within the journal Weight problems Surgical procedure entitled “What are the Yanks doing?” reviewed the U.S. expertise with “implantable gastric stimulation,” inserting electrodes into the muscular layer of the abdomen wall. When that didn’t work, we tried “colon electrical stimulation.”

Much more surprising have been research like “Repetitive electrical mind stimulation reduces meals consumption in people.” Although putting deep mind electrodes is taken into account a “complication-prone operation,” scientists have lengthy contemplated whether or not “putting an electrode someplace within the mind might make folks eat much less.” Holes have been drilled by way of the skulls of 5 overweight people, and wires have been pushed into their brains for “electro-stimulatory exploration.” As soon as they poked round and located spots the place they have been capable of elicit “convincing starvation responses,” they despatched sufficient juice in to fry out “electro-coagulatory lesions.” It appeared to work in cats and monkeys, however the researchers discovered that burning holes in folks’s brains “didn’t produce weight reduction in overweight people.” Fortunately, as I purpose to clarify in my e-book How To not Food plan, wholesome sustainable weight reduction isn’t mind surgical procedure.

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