Celebrate Goodies

So back in October (yes, I realize it’s almost January..) Vic from Celebrate sent me a care package of some of Celebrate’s newer products.  It included a bottle of their Pineapple-Strawberry multivitamins, Cherry Tart calcium, Cherry B12 sublinguals, and their full line of ENS liquid multivitamin/calcium mixes.

I was in bariatric heaven.

Since I got a full month of the multivitamin, calcium, and B12, and because I’m not normally one for chewable vitamins?  I decided to actually TAKE the vitamins for a full month before doing the reviews on the products to see when I got tired of them, IF I got tired of them.  This is coming from someone who thinks Flintstones take like crap, could not stand Optisource, etc.

First up?  The Pineapple-Strawberry multivitamin.

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B12 and Folate Deficiencies in VSG

On December 6, 2010, in Vitamins, Water Solubles, by Andrea

Cyanocobalamin Injection

I deal with folks of RNY and DS persuasion on a regular basis simply due to the fact that we know we have to do supplementation due to our malabsorption of micronutrients for the rest of our lives.

What AGBers and VSGers fail to understand is that they also need to supplement as well.  And in some cases, it is more than just a simple multivitamin and calcium.

A study was started in June of 2007 of VSG patients and conducted for 12 months afterwards to study the possibility of iron, B12, and folate deficiency with only taking an iron-free multivitamin.  A total of 61 patients were included in the study.  Parameters for those who don’t have access to the whole study (and, if you just read the abstract?  You’d not realize the significance of this study!!  It’s VERY SIGNIFICANT! for VSGers!) like I do.

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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).

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Fake Doctor? OMG.

On March 29, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Okay.  Now, this frightens me.

How many of us, when looking for surgery, actually, you know, check out our surgeons?  Our PCPs?  Our GIs?  I know *I* never have.  Perhaps I should.

A drum had been banged for some time about a doctor running an after-care clinic for WLS surgery in Mexico, who, was not, in fact an actual doctor.  There was some proof, but many discredited the proof for one reason or another.  This is NOT the surgeon – this is the “doctor” that is in charge of the care AFTER the surgery.  He was in charge of pain management, wound care, drains, giving injections, etc.

Last night, another person stepped forward with the same claim — with pictures of the Mexican medical license.  When you put the number in the Mexican Licensing Board — a different name pops up.


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10 year old undergoes WLS

On February 3, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea




But still.  10!

I understand childhood obesity.  Not to this degree.  But 10?!?!

I weighed 320 at surgery at 25.  This kid weighed close to 280 at 10.  Yes, something had to be done, but OMG.


From Times of India:

10-year-old undergoes weight loss surgery

TNN, 23 January 2010, 05:31am IST
AHMEDABAD: At 10, Kshitiji Jindger from Chennai weighs 127 kg. Jindger used to be mostly confined to his home but after undergoing bariatric surgery, he is hoping to play his favourite sport cricket soon.

Jindger is Asia’s youngest patient to undergo bariatric surgery,” said city-based laparoscopic and obesity surgeon Dr Mahendra Narwaria who conducted the operation.

He added that Jindger had normal body weight at birth but started gaining excess weight after he turned two. “He was doubling his weight every other year, the body mass index was at 54.3, normally it should be 22 to 23. Jindger underwent laproscopoic sleeve gastrectomy over a month ago and already lost 13.5 kg,” said Narwaria.

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric or weight loss procedure in which the surgeon removes approximately 80 per cent of the stomach, shaping the remaining stomach into a tube or sleeve’. The surgery is done through sophisticated medical instruments and using titanium clips.

Referring to a recent city survey, Narwaria said, “According to research, 16 per cent children going to private schools in Ahmedabad are obese. These are alarming figures.”

Explaining reasons for obesity in young children, he added, “Imbalance in energy intake, junk food, sedentary lifestyle aggravates the problem. Only less than five percent obesity is caused by abnormality like hormonal, genetic and syndromic causes,” added Narwaria.

According to him, obesity in children doubles the mortality rate and kids suffer from depression, hypertension, sleep apnea, diabetes and menstrual disorders in women.

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