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This will forever change the way you look at weight loss…

With The TakeDown Challenge just 10 days away, it seems fitting to share some interesting research I came across this week.

It’s dealing with extreme weight loss surgery, and what researchers are discovering may be the real reason behind any surgical benefits one may receive.

And here’s where it gets really interesting …

Researchers believe that any weight loss benefit that may be associated with extreme surgeries, such as:

Gastric Bypass, Vertical Banded Gastroplasty, (stomach stapling), and Gastric Sleeve and Roux-En-Y, and others …

… isn’t caused by limiting the amount of food you can eat — and this is important — but by triggering long-term changes in the types of microbes that live in your intestines.

Just let that last sentence sink in for a moment and think about the implications of this new research.

We are going to talk all about that in just a moment, but first, let’s take a quick look at what some of these extreme weight loss surgeries, and what they consist of.

We’ll take a look at the risks involved, the associated success rates, and the cost associated with each procedure.

Let’s start off with what has become the most popular of these extreme surgeries, Roux-en-Y.

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 9.22.31 AMRoux-en-Y average cost: $19,000.

Death rate: 1 in 200.

Complications: dumping syndrome, hernia, blood clots, kidney stones, gallstones & stomach pouch problems.

Average excess weight loss: 60%

Roux-En-Y is a gastric bypass surgery that makes the stomach smaller and bypasses a partroux-en-y of the intestine, reducing how much food and nutrients you absorb.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) reduces the size of your stomach to a small pouch about the size of an egg — an egg!Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 9.22.45 AM

Take a look at the picture to the left, and you’ll see the size difference between your God-given stomach, and the altered egg-sized surgery.

Obviously, this is going to reduce the amount of food you can eat and enjoy.

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 9.22.55 AMThis egg-sized pouch is attached directly to your small intestine, and it bypasses the remaining stomach and the upper part of your small intestine.

This reduces the amount of fat and calories you can absorb from the foods you eat.

Ironically, this is advertised as a benefit, promising that you’ll experience, “… even more weight loss.”

But when it goes bad, it can go very bad. It can make you feel like your life is taken from you as it did in the case of Susan, who tells her horror story found here. http://gastricbypass.me/surgery-failures/roux-en-y/roux-ey-y-gastric-bypass-failure-story-by-susan/

But for your convenience, I’ve copied and pasted a portion her story below:

My body was starved of nutrients and my blood sugar dropped so low I was admitted to the hospital for a week. They wanted to monitor my blood levels and gave me IVs for nourishment. Tests showed that my pouch no longer held food but dumped it directly into the small intestine. Even if I ate 4-5 times a day, my body would still not get the protein and other nutrients I needed. I was always tired, my hair fell out and my teeth are decaying. I have to get blood transfusions to treat my anemia.

I asked the surgeon if I could have the surgery reversed but was told that it was too dangerous, that my remaining stomach may not have adequate blood flow and would rot. It was hard to receive such dismal news. I don’t know what lies ahead, I feel like my life was taken from me. Surely, I should have done more research.

Ugh, it’s hard to read such an unfortunate story.

I’m going to keep the rest of these to just the basic facts, but much like the procedure above, they come with high costs, varying rates of success, and potential life-threatening consequences.


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Vertical banded average cost: $20,000.

Death rate: 1 in 400.

Complications: dangerous infection, outlet stenosis vomiting, staple line leak & fistula, band erosion, stoma stenosis, food intolerance, and pouch dilation.

37% excess weight loss at 5 years.

Throughout the sleeve gastrectomy, about 75% of the belly is eliminated making a narrow, gastric pipe or “sleeve”.

The intestines are not bypassed nor are they eliminated with the sleeve gastrectomy. Much like the gastric bypass, this surgery restricts the amount of food that each patient can ingest.

 


 

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Gastric bypass average cost: $12,000.

Death rate: 1 in 200.

Complications: dumping syndrome, hernia, blood clots, kidney stones, gallstones & stomach pouch problems.

Average excess weight loss: 60% to 70%.

Gastric bypass is an operation that divides the gastric-bypass stomach into a small upper pouch and a larger lower remaining portion; the small intestine is then rearranged and reconnected to both parts of the separated stomach.

Most bariatric surgery leads to a marked reduction in the functional volume of the stomach, accompanied by an altered physiological and physical response to food.

 


 

 

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Lap Band average cost:  $9,000 to $22,000

Death rate: 1 in 1000

Complications: band problems, blood clots, bowel perforation, gallstones, constipation, nausea & vomiting.

Average excess weight loss: 52% in 2 years

The percentage of patients requiring reoperation is extremely high… up to 50% of all patients require lap band removal.

Other complications include:

Band erosion (2.1% – 9.5%) – (also called “band migration”) occurs when the band actually grows into the stomach. The only treatment is the permanent removal of the band.

Band slippage (2% – 18%) – occurs when the lower part of the stomach “slips” through the band, creating a bigger pouch above the band. Either removing fluid (from the lap band) or surgical repositioning is required to repair band slippage.


 

 

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Liposuction average cost: $4500

Death rate: 1 in 5000

Complications: infections, embolism, seroma, skin necrosis, fluid imbalance, puncture wounds in the organs.

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is probably the leading cause of death associated with liposuction. It occurs most frequently with general anesthesia or heavy intravenous (IV) sedation; unnecessary perioperative IV fluid infusion, causing hemodilution; and excessive liposuction.

Thrombosis is a manifestation of a complex series of events leading to vascular inflammation.


Ok, now that we have an overview of the different kinds of extreme weight loss surgeries, let’s get back to the research that suggests that when some benefit does occur, it’s not because the stomach is smaller.

It’s because the surgery may work by triggering long-term improvements in the types of microbes that inhabit your intestines.

The research suggests that bariatric surgery might trigger improvements in the microbiota — the swarms of microbes that dwell in your intestines and help you digest food.

Studies are showing that bariatric surgery dramatically alters the microbiota’s make up.

Amazingly, in a research project led by Microbiologist Fredrik Backhed of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, they studied 14 women who went through the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, or the vertical banded gastropathy 9 years ago.

They compared these 14 women with 7 other women who had not undergone the surgeries, and looked for differences in microorganisms that inhabited their intestines, via stool samples.

The results were reported in Cell Metabolism: The 14 women who underwent the surgeries had a different variety and abundance of their microbes in their intestines, compared to the 7 women who did not undergo operations.

The ultimate goal and hope of the research are to find ways of …

“Tweaking patients’ microbes might provide the benefits of bariatric surgery without the risk of undergoing the procedure.”

Finally, someone is making sense!

With this research, we can conclude that the bacteria in your gut affects your ability to be lean and healthy.

To do so, however, requires paying particular attention to your GI track that contains more than 1,000 kinds of bacteria … and weighs up to two pounds.

Individuals who have low microbial diversity in their guts have higher rates of obesity, which scientists now believe are a consequence of adipose (fat) inflammation.

This inflammation also makes it harder to lose fat.

Restoring proper bacteria to your GI tract will calm the inflammation and restore health.

It’s often been said that death begins in the colon, but so does life!

It’s one of the reasons, I believe, that The TakeDown Challenge and The TakeDown LifeStyle programs are breaking this cycle, resulting in better metabolic health.

It’s why you can expect to lose between 12 to 24 pounds in only 28 days.

And it’s why you’ll have the tools to succeed for the rest of your life.

With liposuction costing an average of $4,500, and with Roux-en-Y procedure costing an average of $19,000, doesn’t it just make sense to enter The TakeDown Challenge for $229?

And save yourself the life-threatening side effects?

Plus, what do you think the chances are that the hospital will refund your money if you don’t get the result you are after?

Let me help you with that: Zero-zilch-nada-none.

But when you enter The 28-Day TakeDown Challenge beginning on September 11th, if you don’t lose at least 12 pounds, I insist on refunding 100% of your $229 investment.

You can sign up for The TakeDown Challenge by clicking here.

I hope you will.

My best,

Paul