Count yourself lucky if you’re one of the few who wake up jazzed to get in your exercise each day. Not you? Don’t worry. Most people have a certain level of “meh” when it comes to working out, especially if it hasn’t been a top priority in a while (or ever). A big part of […]
The Legacy of Dr. Michael Davidson By Miranda Feeling, M.D. / January 22, 2015 In 1994, I was working at my first radiation oncology job in San Diego at Grossmont Hospital when I came into work to hear disturbing news. One of my colleagues in medical oncology, a compassionate man known for his gentle nature, […]
Nearly 7 million people in the United states suffer from symptoms of GERD, with at least 15 million Americans suffering from daily heartburn. If you are one of the 15 million Americans living with heartburn, you know how deeply heartburn affects your quality of life and enjoyment of dining. While many acid reflux sufferers find short-term relief in supplements like TUMs or longer-term relief through PPIs, those treatment options do not actually address the common cause of GERD: a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Fortunately, Ehrlich Bariatrics offers a few options for treating acid reflux if you have not found relief through traditional methods like diet changes or weight loss.
If you’ve decided that you are ready to take control of your weight and health this year, you may feel overwhelmed researching which options will provide the most benefits with the least interruption to your daily life. For those who have struggled to lose weight through traditional methods such as diet and exercise, bariatric surgery may provide the missing tool needed to get control of eating habits and tackle weight issues. Type in “bariatric surgery” on any search engine and you’ll find nearly 10 million results discussing the different types of surgeries available. With all those results it can feel overwhelming deciding which bariatric surgery is right for you!
To kick off the New Year, we bring you our January patient of the month, Toni. Toni has gone through a journey of struggle and success with bariatric surgery, doing it all with a smile on her face, even when it was really tough. We invite you to read her journey:
We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life has remained baffling.
Now new research reports that the answer may lie, in part, in our DNA. Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning of our genes, an important stop on the way to improved health and fitness.
We are on the cusp of a new year, and with it brings promise, hope, and – if we’re honest – a little bit of anxiety. Many of us decide to set goals for the New Year in an effort to better ourselves and challenge our willpower, however, according to the University of Scranton, only a dainty 8% of people actually accomplish a New Year’s goal. Instead of setting impossible goals for 2015, consider setting a few small, manageable goals to work towards.
Deciding whether or not to have bariatric surgery is not a light decision. There are many questions you should ask yourself before making this important and personal decision. Unlike traditional diet and exercise, which requires serious commitment to see results, weight loss surgery requires complete commitment. Aside from the LAP BAND and REALIZE BAND, weight loss surgery is a permanent decision that changes your body’s physiology; unlike a diet, there is no “falling off” bariatric surgery, it is a lifetime decision. However, the results are often big weight loss and improved health, which is why so many Americans are turning to weight loss surgery to help them achieve their goal of reaching a healthy weight.
Weight loss truth: losing weight is hard and regaining weight is easy, no matter how hard you worked for those results. It’s no wonder that 95% of people who lose weight with traditional diet and exercise regain the weight within 10 years. Without proper support and a total change in diet, weight loss efforts can get waylaid by life craziness and slowly easing back into bad health habits. It’s not uncommon for people who have chosen weight loss surgery to be told by friends and family that they’ve either cheated or they don’t have to work hard at their weight loss now that they’ve had surgery. Not so!
Raise your hand if you’ve tried just about every weight loss method – traditional calorie or points tracking, low-carb diets, intense fitness circuits, intermittent fasting, juice cleanses, and other celebrity touted regimes – and still battle to keep the weight off. The reality is that most overweight (and average weight) people struggle with meaningful weight loss: long-term weight loss and behavior changes necessary to improve your general health.