My friend Kaitlin (not my daughter, it should be noted.. we call this Kaitlin my Other Kaitlin..) over at The Bypassed Life wrote a great post about Flintstones vitamins in a way that makes it very easy to see why they are not a good choice for .. well? Anyone.
She’s got some great content on her blog, including a post about a study on antidepressant absorption (or lack thereof) in our guts. She’s worth a read if you are need of another good quality blog.
So without further ado:
Many years ago, the gold standard for post-operative supplementation was Flintstones children’s chewable vitamins, as well as Tums for calcium. Unfortunately, this regimen was woefully incomplete. Without the proper supplements, people developed deficiencies. Not always immediately—the body has stores of many vitamins—but they did eventually appear. In some people, circumstances helped to accelerate nutrient depletion. My friend Andrea had babies. Greedy little (adorable) things that they were, those babies stole from her vitamin stores. Her Flintstones and Tums simply couldn’t keep up. Andrea got rickets.
There are few things I tell people they MUST do.
You MUST get your own labs and put your own eyes on them to track trends.
You MUST learn how to stand up for your health.
Now? You MUST go and print off a copy of the ASMBS Clinical Pearls for Emergency Care of the Bariatric Surgery Patient.
Yes. I mean it. Go. Do it now. And put it with your list of medications and supplements and last labs for any emergencies that might pop up.
You never know when you might need it.
It could even save your life.
It’s no secret that I listen to a great deal of music. I link quite a bit of it on my Facebook account, and put the lyrics up that I think are especially potent to what I’m feeling at the time.
I can be pretty quiet. I know it can seem hard to believe, but it’s true. And it was much worse when I was younger and used my weight as a shield to hide behind. So I’ve always used music to express my true feelings. And as Beth says, I listen to angry boy music, so be prepared.
I’ve been advocating a great deal of personal responsibility of late – responsibility for our own health and responsibility to stand up for ourselves and demand better health from our health care professionals.
A neat little study that is in the latest JAMA looking at values from 25 hospitals and 62 surgeons performing RNY, VSG, and AGB. Basically, risk is minimal, and completely unrelated to COE accreditation. Also, there is some discussion in the full listing about the efficacy of COE accreditation (which is something I question as well).