Issue #219 March 1, 2012

In This Issue
Spring into Health
You Can't Pass Up This Dummies Deal!!

Qnexa Poised to Offer Hope for Millions  

Inspiration to Lose Weight
Some Things Never Change
Recipe: Stir-Fried Chicken and Cabbage
Revision Surgery: One Patient's Experience

Spring into Health

Is anyone thinking Spring? I know I am! Many of us have had a very easy time of it this winter, weather wise. But even though the winter has been relatively easy, the thought of Spring still makes me smile. It makes me want to get out and walk around; rush the season and get outside as soon as possible.

Those of you who are long time readers know that I love to geocache. Geocachers (like myself) try to find hidden containers around the world using hand held GPS devices, and then go onto to share their experiences. It is a different way to get exercise and I always love that. Give me different and I'm happy!

A friend of mine has been talking to me lately about T'ai Chi, which emphasizes a sequence of slow movements. It is very relaxing and promotes health. I haven't as yet tried it, but I understand that it is a great way to build strength and is easy to start and gradually build up strength. Again - it's something different.

Remember when people would talk about exercising and it meant doing sit ups and lunges? You can still do that, but there is a world of other things out there that you can do in order to get healthy. Tap into your spirit of adventure, get ready to get out, and try something different.

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Qnexa Poised to Offer Hope for Millions

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Panel overwhelmingly approved the new weight loss drug, Qnexa. Although recommended by the panel, Qnexa must still be approved by the FDA before it will become available. The target date for the FDA to review Qnexa is April 12th.

Qnexa is a combination of two drugs, phentermine and Topiramate. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant and Topiramate is an anti-seizure medication; however Topiramate has been used to counter-act the weight gain associated with anti depressants.

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Inspiration to Lose Weight

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Some Things Never Change

A friend of mine just had gastric bypass surgery and was complaining that the popsicle she was eating had a terrible taste.  That immediately took me back a little more than 12 years ago when I had my surgery and had a similar complaint. Nothing tasted right, and I feared that nothing would taste right ever again. We all felt that way after surgery, "Is it always going to be this way?" Remember that scared feeling - what have we done?

We tell "newbies" that the strange coppery taste to food will pass and that food will eventually taste normal again. And that is true.  That awful coppery taste does go away. But what we never know is how our taste will change forever. There are certain things for me - and I'm sure for you - that are different than they were pre-op. Some things didn't go away.

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  Stir-Fried Chicken and Cabbage

We are all busy, but still want to cook at home.  Home-cooked food allows you to exactly control what you are eating, and you are doing something healthy for your family. Again - the problem is time! But this recipe uses a coleslaw mix that is pre-packaged, so the time-consuming chopping part is done for you.


2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch wide strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
4 cups packaged coleslaw mix
2/3 cups chicken broth
1/4 pound snow peas
1/3 cup rice or cider vinegar
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3/4 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until hot but not smoking, over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a plate. Set aside.

2. Add the bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the pepper is crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add the coleslaw mix, stirring to coat. Add the broth and cook, stirring frequently, until the cabbage is crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in the snow peas and cook until warmed through, about 1 minute.

3. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, mustard, sugar, cornstarch, coriander, salt and pepper. Add the mixture to the skillet and bring to a boil. Return the chicken to the pan and cook just until warmed through, about 2 minutes.

Makes 4 servings

Nutritional values per serving:
4 grams fat, 226 calories, 18 grams carbohydrates, 30 grams protein

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Revision Surgery:
  One Patient's Experience

Many people have asked about revision surgery, and for experiences that people have had. Here is a story about revision surgery gone badly.

I want to offer a special thanks to Rita J. for sharing her story with us. Here is her story:

Dear Barbara,
My original gastric bypass surgery was done on May 9, 2001. My pre-surgery weight was 437 lbs and I successfully lost 197 lbs of the approximate 260 estimated lbs that I needed to lose.

I kept the weight off for a number of years, but in 2009, the bottom fell out of my world. There were too many negative and troublesome things happening, which was just too much at one time to deal with effectively. I didn't deal with life and reality very well, and I returned to unhealthy eating habits.

I quickly regained about 80 to 90 lbs. Included in that 80 to 90 lbs, I regained 40 lbs in 2 months when I had to go on antidepressant medications. I then had a great deal of trouble losing the weight after I was finally able to convince my doctor that I couldn't handle the weight gain on top of the other issues. Finally, he agreed to take me off the antidepressant medications. But after regaining the 80 to 90 lbs, I also regained the depression, low self-esteem, and lack of energy; all the horrible things I had lost since my 2001 surgery.

My primary care physician suggested a revision surgery to deal with my weight regain, and I started to consider it. My doctor wrote the referral letter, and I was assigned to a top surgeon in the area.

The revision was a remake of the original surgery, and it left me at first with my stoma completely closing from the new scar tissue. This caused me to throw up everything for about six weeks. My surgeon did an endoscopic procedure in which he tore the scarring, and it healed thicker than before, but eventually it did heal larger.

I have no issues now with swallowing any size foods, which is really bad, as I find I can already eat more than I should be able to just 10 months after my revision surgery. The revision surgery has left me with a meat intolerance; deficiencies in iron, protein and calcium; and a couple of other low readings. I had to go on 3 iron tablets a day to get my iron level into the normal range again, and my protein level is now normal, but it requires a lot to keep it there due to my meat intolerance. In order to get protein in I must eat most of it in soups or mashed. I no longer can enjoy a bite of steak or roast without extreme nausea or throwing up.

I have lost about 70 lbs of the 85ish that I regained. The surgeon is not at all happy with that and expected me to lose 50 lbs in 3 months. Patients who have revision surgery don't typically lose like they did the first time around.

I am near my lowest weight since this journey started back in May of 2001. I am still obese, but not super obese any longer. Admittedly, since this surgeon is not people-friendly and has made some accusations to me on my last office follow-up, I've had some eating issues develop since and feel like I'm on this journey by myself again.

Fear and abandonment are big issues for me to deal with. I do attend weekly counseling sessions, and also attend a weight loss surgery support group. My dietitian and I stay in touch with my primary care physician, who also monitors my blood work and health issues from the revision. I have weight loss surgery friends I've made. I have gone through so much positive mental growth that's taken place over the past 11 years. I think you would agree, that these are all necessary tools in this journey.

Being retired military, my health care covered everything, even though I was referred to the civilian community. The surgery didn't cost me anything other than $12 co-pays for any office visits with the surgeon after my surgery for the first three visits. I would get all my labs, tests, and x-rays done at my military treatment facility, otherwise if any were done at the civilian hospital there would be co-pays to deal with.

I never regretted the original surgery, not once, not even for a second, but boy do I regret having had the revision. From my 2001 surgery, I never had any low readings from my blood work, and I could enjoy a variety of meats and vegetables; but not now. Lots of vegetables do not sit well with my remade pouch, and I can't tolerate meat or any kind of mayonnaise or creamy food.

So yes, as you say, keep the faith and work the program from your original surgery. It does work if you work it. Don't think that if things go wrong you can always have revision surgery, and that will make it all better. It doesn't necessarily work that way.

Rita J.

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