Could weight-loss surgery give you cancer?
Cut your stomach… and cut your risk of some of today’s most common cancers.
That’s the latest sales pitch for stomach-shrinking bariatric surgery, as a new report claims that folks who lose weight through the procedure are less likely to get hormone-related cancers.
But don’t sign up for that surgery just yet.
There’s some fine print here… because while going under the knife MIGHT cut the risk of some cancers, it can also do something else at the same time.
It can BOOST your risk of another cancer!
And this one can be a whole lot tougher to treat and harder to beat.
You could end up with colorectal cancers.
Overall, the study finds that surgery can cut the risk of breast, endometrial, and prostate cancers by 77 percent.
But it can increase your odds of colon cancer… and in some cases DOUBLE your risk of getting it.
Getting a disease that kills nearly 1,000 Americans every week isn’t the only risk you’re taking — it’s just the LATEST risk.
These surgeries can cause everything from immediate problems, such as infection from the operation, to major long-term health problems.
Your newer, smaller stomach could lose the ability to properly digest nutrients, leaving you fighting weak bone sand heart problems and even facing DEATH.
That’s an awfully HIGH price to pay for a LITTLE weight loss!
But mainstream surgeons have their eyes set on an even bigger price tag — and it’s not the cost to your life.
It’s the nearly $3 billion a year in profits that these operations now generate, an entirely new market segment that didn’t exist until a few years ago.
And no one wants to slow that gravy train down.
That’s why they keep pushing MORE people through surgery, despite the fact that we’re learning of new risks nearly every month now.
I get it. Weight loss can be such a struggle that you might actually be willing to risk all that – if not MORE – just to drop those stubborn extra pounds.
But there’s another way.
There’s a way to lose the weight and reverse all the dangers of obesity – including diabetes – without drugs or surgery.
And it works even if you have more than just a few pounds to shed.
A short period of fasting followed by a brief period of a diet very low in calories can reset your body’s hormones and metabolism, helping you to burn off fat fast even as you return to a full diet. Or, as I’ve shared with House Calls readers before, you can reap many of the same benefits by fasting for just two or three days a few times a year.
It’s important to remember, though, that fasting doesn’t mean starving… nor does it mean eating and drinking nothing it all… so make sure to work with a doctor who can monitor your progress and ensure that you’re getting proper nutrition.
If you’re in the San Diego area, I can help with a weight-loss program customized to meet your needs. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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