Dr. Oz did a positive weight loss surgery show!!!!
Posted on 01/24/2012 by Yvonne McCarthy / 26 Comments / Leave a Comment »
I think I’m dreaming.
Please don’t pinch me and wake me up!
Yesterday history was made when Dr. Oz did a positive show on gastric bypass surgery. Lap banders he did a show for you a few months ago and I posted about that here.
Of course I expected the very vocal anti-surgery types but I was a little surprised at how many pro-surgery people picked it apart. I had to remind myself that many post-ops are fairly new and don’t remember the years of abuse we have suffered from other talk show hosts. I’ve blogged many times about Oprah and even Dr. Phil who is kind of half and half on the subject (one of his nephews had the surgery). I’ve blogged about People magazine that won’t include us in “women half their size” because they say “no surgery, no gimmicks”. I’ve offered articles about great weight loss stories to many magazines but they don’t want weight loss surgery content. The list is endless. The stigma is alive and well.
When I read the description of the show I thought it was a trick. It was called The most under performed surgery you should be getting. A Dr. Oz special report on how to lose weight instantly, prevent heart disease, cancer and even reverse diabetes overnight with a surgical procedure. After reading it about ten times and peeling myself off the floor I was jazzed. Dr. Oz usually has a pro and con professional but this time he only had positive professionals. The only post-ops were one woman who was four years out and had done well and another who was ten years out that hadn’t. The woman that hadn’t done well had three children after surgery and said she gained with each pregnancy. I’d say that’s pretty common under any circumstances. More power to post-op women after pregnancy who keep the weight off because I’m not sure how well I would have done.
Let’s remember that just because he didn’t cover other surgeries, cross addiction, and the many other possibilities that it’s at least a beginning. He did cover lifestyle changes and vitamins. Instead of complaining about the show why don’t you write Dr. Oz and ask for specific subjects to be covered? I’m very close to many people in AA and one of my favorite sayings about addicts is “you could ask one of us to a birthday party the wrong way”. That translates to no matter what is said someone will find fault in it. This surgery basically cures diabetes and we will be paying for years treating the disease instead of stopping it or at least slowing it down. We all know post-ops that have had various levels of complications but they are in the minority and most of the post-ops I talk to say they would do it all over again. Having the surgery is a personal choice and I’m tired of being criticized for taking the easy way out. I’m healthy for the first time in my life and it shouldn’t matter how I did it as long as I didn’t damage myself.
I can’t convince you to like this show, the content, or Dr. Oz but I believe this is one great step for man and one great leap for mankind. (Thanks Neil Armstrong)
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