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Issue #170

July 15, 2009

In This Issue


* What’s That Smell?
* Research Article: Complication Rate for Obesity Surgery Drops
* Recipe: Cream Sickle Jello
* Success Story: DeAnn Cornwell

What’s That Smell?

A side-effect of weight loss surgery is gas, and often it is gas that smells terrible. Even if we are told about it, we don’t take it very seriously. After all, how bad can it be? Well, it's bad, really bad!!

This side effect often happens to those who have had bypass surgery. After bypass surgery, our food isn’t absorbed and digested as well. When the undigested food enters the colon, the enzymes and bacteria in the colon try like crazy to digest this food, and a result of this activity is gas.

This problem is a serious one, because it causes so much distress. Unfortunately, because it is not life threatening, others don’t take it seriously.  But it is a problem that severely affects your quality of life, thus needs to be addressed.

There are many people who experience this problem. Most “out grow” it after a year.  So let’s see what can be done.

  • Eliminate Certain Foods

First of all, eliminate most of the foods that normally cause problems – chocolate, Sorbitol in sugar-free products, nuts and spicy foods, and high-fat food.  Fibrous food, while very good for you, may also be problematic.  These would be vegetables such a broccoli.

Determine Trigger Foods

Try approaching eating much the same way as someone with irritable bowel syndrome does.  Try eating a bland diet.  Click here for a very bland soft diet.  

Eat this way with as few foods from the bland diet as possible until your condition improves. It may take a couple of weeks.  Then add other foods, one at a time, no more than 1 new food per week. If you have a flare-up, you can easily tie it to the new food that you just added.

  • Remedy to help the problem

If you are not prepared to wait several weeks for these possible solutions to work, then try Devrom a product that has been shown to be effective in 96% of cases.  Devrom is a pill that you take during meal times.  It is FDA approved and available without a prescription. It works like an internal deodorant.  

So if you are afraid to use a public bathroom, have very odorous gas and  are getting complaints from family members, then try Devrom and be among the tens of thousands of those who have found a solution to this embarrassing problem.


Research Article:  Complication Rate
  for Obesity Surgery Drops

A very important study was issued by William Encinosa, Ph.D of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). After looking at the complication rate for surgeries done in 2005-2006 (7,060 surgeries) Dr.Encinosa found far fewer complications than he did in his study of surgeries performed 2001-2002. The complication rate went from 40% to 19%. He attributed the better rate to 3 factors:

1.      1.  More laparoscopic procedures. In 2001-2002 the number laparoscopic procedures accounted for 9.6%. In 2005-2006 the rate rose to 70%

2.      2.Gastric banding is now done more often which is less invasive and safer.

3.      3. Operations are being performed by fewer hospitals which means that those hospitals offering bariatric surgery are doing more and are therefore more experienced.

All of this is especially important because people are safer in general, and because insurance companies have been quoting the 40% complication rate as a reason for not offering weight loss surgery.

Click here to read the entire article, including what Dr. Encinosa considers a complication.

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  Cream Sickle Jell-O

Many thanks to Alida Turner for submitting this recipe. She writes, "This is a low-calorie recipe. I had my surgery March 10, 2009 at Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake, NY and have lost 62 pounds since then, I lost a total of 107 pounds since a year ago following Weight Watchers."

Cream Sickle Jell-O - makes 4 servings

1 pkg (4 serving size) sugar-free Jell-O, whole box
3/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup cold water
8 oz light or nonfat yogurt, can be sugar-free or whatever kind you like

Pour boiling water into Jell-O, mix about 2 minutes until dissolved, stir in cold water, put in refrigerator to cool, not set. When it is just starting to get giggly, whisk in the yogurt and let it set about 4 hours.

If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues of this newsletter, please send it to me at

Success Story:
  DeAnn Cornwell

I want to offer a special thanks to DeAnn Cornwell for sharing her success with us. Her before picture was before her surgery on July 21st, 2008. Her after picture was taken only nine months later. She has now lost a total of 100 pounds. Here is her story:

In 2006 when my neurologist said I had to have gastric bypass surgery, I weighed my heaviest, 297 pounds.  I was humiliated, felt hopeless and in great pain both physically and emotionally.  I remember crying, thinking he doesn't care and just wants me to feel bad. I thought; ‘He can't be serious.  I can't be that overweight. I surely have some other options.  I can't do surgery.  There has to be another way!’ 

I remember reading my medical records I had obtained for an appointment with a specialist and seeing "Morbid Obesity.”  I thought; ‘What? Are they serious?  How can they be so cold?’  In that feeling of shame, I made a commitment to myself to do whatever it took to lose weight. 

I was determined that gastric bypass surgery was not the road for me and I was going to show him and everyone.  I knew I needed to face my problems with food, change my behavior and the long lived habit of relying on food for comfort and as my dear friend.  I believed I had choices available to me. 

Within the week I joined Weight Watchers.  I stuck with Weight Watchers for over a year and never reached my 10%.  It was extremely frustrating.  Once again the feeling of humiliation and shame overcame me.  I thought; ‘Why isn't this successful?  I know people have been successful on Weight Watchers, why can't I be?’  

It was at that time I realized I had to face the facts, bite the bullet and be honest with myself.  I took a long look in the mirror and at several pictures.  I literally looked myself in the eye and said, "DeAnn, you are morbidly obese. You have to do something about it or you are going to die."  It was at that very second I knew I had exhausted all my options and had been unsuccessful.  That was unacceptable for me.  So I began talking to my best friend, seriously thinking about what I was willing to do and what I was willing to give up or modify. 

I began my many hours of research on the internet, reading many books, magazine articles, watching actual surgeries on the internet, etc.  I sat myself down and took an honest evaluation of myself, my life and my surmounting health issues and admitted I had exhausted every other option.  In order to save myself and live life to the fullest, I would have to have the surgery.  It was at that moment, for the first time in many years, I truly felt hopeful about resolving my health issues.  I honestly believed this route would be the tool I needed to love myself in the way I deserved.  This was the lifestyle option I needed to live fully and not just exist in a state of exhaustion and routine.

Deciding on surgery was an act of loving myself.  I rarely put myself first, but I knew I had to do something or I wouldn't have a self to put anywhere.  Since that day of decision, February 14, 2008, I have been a more positive, up-beat, enthusiastic and confident person.  I went to a support group meeting and then an informational meeting at Geary Community Hospital; Junction City, KS.  The Innovative Weight Loss Solutions Weight Loss Program was in charge of the meetings.  The staff was enthusiastic and helpful.  Ronda is the director and very bubby and encouraging.  Pam is very sweet and knowledgeable.  She is willing to help with anything.  Jennifer is the dietician and is always there for me.  All three are the best supporters of my life.  They are all enthusiastic and caring.

The surgery is more than just a surgery.  It is a tool to a new lifestyle.  I have had to not just change what I eat and how much I eat, but how I think, what I expect, how I view food and life in general.  The surgery is not a cure for obesity.  It is as I stated, just a tool.  I still have to do the work every day.  I have changed my thoughts on exercising, eating and on myself.  I am a more positive, excited, happy and confident person because of the surgery, its results and my outlook on life.  I feel great and wish I had had the surgery 3 years ago.

I have finally figured out that support of others is a must through this journey called “life.”  You have to let others support you as much as you have to rely on yourself.  That used to be hard for me to do.  Putting myself and my health first wasn't an option or act I did very well.  Within the text of this surgery and beyond, I have discovered the support of family, friends, co-workers, organized groups, and sometimes strangers, is the glue that keeps the plan together.

I had surgery 11 months ago.  At one time I was taking 11 different medications (13 pills a day).  My doctor has now removed me from all but 3.  One of those I will discontinue to take in about 3 weeks.  I have to taper off of it.  I now take 3 pills a day. I am no longer on blood pressure medication.  I have not used my C-Pap machine since October 30, 2008.  I exercise 1 ½ - 2 hours a day 4-5 days a week.  I used to not exercise at all because it was too uncomfortable.  I have so much energy and a positive outlook.  I have lost 100 pounds in 11 months.  Surgery was a lifesaver.

I hope I can be an inspiration and encouragement to those who have had surgery and those who are trying to explore and decide on the path their life is going to take.  I’m glad my path has been improved and repaved by health and happiness.  Of course I would be amiss if I didn’t credit that health and happiness to the one who provides everything and sustains me—God!

If you want to follow my journey from 3 days before my surgery up to the current date, go to

DeAnn Cornwell

Congratulations DeAnn


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