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About Wusang

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    Enjoy world travel, languages spoken are English, Spanish. Enjoy outdoors, hiking and camping, fishing, computers, single engine aircraft, boating and scuba diving. I'll try anything once if it doesn't kill me. I consider myself lucky in life and live every moment as if it is my last. Love Laugh and Live
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    Rochester University Highland Hospital Center for Bariatrics
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    Gastric Bypass
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  1. Hello all you skinny people! I am 10 year post op, maintaining my weight loss at 197 from the high 300's. I am curious and calling out to 10 yr post ops to compare and share what supplements your taking these days related to gastric bypass (ONLY). I lead with mine Daily One a Day 50+ Centrum multi vitamin One Vitamin D tablet One Iron capsule Montly Once a month self administered intramuscular injection of B12
  2. Can I ask, I am a gastric bypass recipient, successful, since 2007.  Now I am getting chemotherapy for cancer, side affects are horrible and it was suggest by others at the hospital to go with medicine marijuanna. I never smoked in my life anything and if I were to do this it would be edibles if at all.  Can you enlighten me a little about what will happen, absorption, how long it would last, health concerns as a result, risk. As a layman of course

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      first of all, i am so sorry about your cancer diagnosis. that can't be easy, and i'm sending all the good vibes your way for fast remission.

      uhm... as far as what will happen, it's hard to explain... but it's like your mind just goes on a huge high. your muscles, emotions... everything just relaxes and goes into a calm state. it's helped me with my depression and anxiety, as well as my migranes. absorption depends on the person and the amount of cannabis you consume. i suggest going with very SMALL doses to begin with, to see how your body reacts. i have had a couple of freakouts where i took too much too soon. it also takes a while for it to kick in. so don't go taking more just because you think it's not working... give it about 30 mins lol, it will!

      there are no known health risks or concerns. you'll be fine.

      i loved hitting from a bowl, but i can't do that much anymore due to my voice. so i have had to rely on edibles, which sometimes can be more potent. so as i said... take your time.

      keep me updated. i hope all goes well!

  3. May you find comfort, happiness and love in this very short life we live on Earth. We peak at 26 years physically and then start to decline on a bio -cellular level until death. Lifestyle will determines how fast we decline.
  4. Well I am kicking alcohol out of my life permanently. I have resolved I will not have any alcohol as in ZERO TOLERANCE in the house or around me. I find alcohol is starting to dominate my lifestyle and I don't like it at all. Alcohol for a GBS recipient is a temptation that needs to be walked away from. Another addiction I picked up on recently listening to my wife complaining that I buy too much crap. I would rationalize it was on sale at a good price, we use it eventually. I got thinking about her statements and realized she had a point! its on my list of things to keep in check. I need to channel this cross addiction problem into something positive, just not sure what that will be yet! Hopefully something I love to do and would do for free but find someone who will pay me! LOL
  5. I don't accept doctors, and all other stakeholders are not aware of cross addiction potenttialities. Any layman with am Internet connection can figure it out. Comprehensive psychotherapy however could hinder the surgical process ultimately impacting the bottom line. Not a "big revelation" to medically trained and I'd even go so far to say it a no brainer. Doctors and stakeholders need to not ignore this real side effect post surgery potential and ensure their patients have the needed resources to address the matter should it present itself.
  6. Below is an article I just found and read, I count myself one of the people they are speaking about, having never drank more than about four beers in a year (to be sociable) to drinking excessively. Mind you I went through personal problems as well but am sailing dry and right now, this article really hit home for me and explained a lot. I would love to hear and read about your opinion on this area of the post surgery challenges we are all facing. After Bariatric Surgery, Alcohol Abuse More LikelySecond Year After Weight Loss Surgery May Be RiskiestBy Kathleen Doheny WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD June 18, 2012 -- Two years after weight loss surgery, people may be particularly vulnerable toalcohol abuse problems. That news comes from a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "What we found was more gastric bypass patients reported symptoms of alcohol use disorder in the second year after surgery, compared to pre-surgery or the first year after surgery," researcher Wendy C. King, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, tells WebMD. The study will also be presented today in San Diego at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery's annual meeting. Alcohol Abuse After Weight Loss SurgeryFor years, there have been anecdotal reports of alcohol abuse becoming more likely after weight loss surgery. But studies on that haven't been conclusive, King tells WebMD. King's new study included nearly 2,000 obese U.S. men and women who had weight loss surgery at any of 10 U.S. hospitals. They filled out surveys before surgery, a year later, and the year after that. The survey included questions about alcohol use. The researchers used it to identify who had alcohol use disorders, defined as abuse or dependence. There was no spike in alcohol use disorders in the first year after weight loss surgery. While 7.6% of patients had alcohol problems before surgery, 7.3% had them one year after. But in the second year, 9.6% had an alcohol problem. More than half of those who had alcohol issues after surgery did not have them before, King says. Weight Loss Surgery and Alcohol Problems: A Closer LookWhen King looked more closely, she found that the Roux-en-Y procedure more than doubled the association to alcohol problems. But that's not proof that the surgery (or any other type of weight loss surgery) caused anyone to abuse alcohol. An association, like the one in this study, doesn't prove cause and effect. Most of the people in King's study -- 1,339 -- had Roux-en-Y. Other people in the study had different weight loss procedures, such as the laparoscopic gastric band. King says after the Roux-en-Y procedure, they believe alcohol is metabolized differently. "The alcohol gets to the small intestine more quickly," she says. Some patients say they feel the effects of alcohol more quickly than they did before the surgery, she says. However, King's team did not assign people to any particular type of weight loss surgery. So the researchers weren't directly testing whether some surgeries were more of a risk than others. Alcohol use disorders were also more likely to develop in men, younger people, recreational drug users, smokers, people who felt socially isolated, and people who drank two or more drinks per week. Bariatric Surgery and Alcohol Abuse: PerspectiveThe new research is not surprising, says Robin Blackstone, MD, president of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. She reviewed the study for WebMD but was not involved in it. As a result of the bypass procedure, the alcohol doesn't get metabolized normally, says Blackstone. "I tell people they should absolutely not drink alcohol at all if they have the gastric bypass," Blackstone tells WebMD. She says her advice applies only to the Roux-en-Y procedure. The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery does not have a policy on alcohol use after Roux-en-Y, she says. If patients are treated at a nationally recognized center, she says, they will have an evaluation to uncover alcohol problems and other issues. The new research is valuable, Blackstone says. "It not only confirms the fact that there are some people affected by this alcohol sensitivity, but it also tells us who those people are who are most at risk." With that information, doctors can suggest the best weight loss surgery for specific patients, Blackstone says. King has no disclosures. Co-author Anita Courcoulas, MD, MPH, of the University of Pittsburgh, reports receiving research grants from Allergen, Pfizer, Covidien, and EndoGastric Solutions. She is a consultant for, and serves on the scientific advisory board of, Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon Healthcare System. Another co-author, Walter J. Pories, MD, of East Carolina University, is a consultant to Johnson & Johnson Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. and receives grants from them and GlaxoSmithKline. Ethicon Endo-Surgery is the maker of Realize, an adjustable gastric band. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and various universities and medical centers. SOURCES: Robin Blackstone, MD, president, American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery; medical director, Bariatric Surgery Program, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale, Ariz. Wendy C. King, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, 29th annual meeting, June 17-22, 2012, San Diego. King, W. Journal of the American Medical Association, June 20, 2012. © 2012 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.
  7. On a lighter but still serious note try to replace your addiction triggers for food with an addiction that is positive or profitable for you. For example, healthy eating, or working out keeping in shape, Salsa dancing, golfing, educational courses, volunteer work etc..
  8. I never got any counselling on cross addiction nor informed of high risks toward alcohol, drugs, and suicide. In retrospect I wish I had. I feel Bariatric Surgery service and suppor failed in this area. Alcohol never ever played a big part in my life, I social drank on occasion 1 or 1.5 beers. When I lost one of my children, I became a depressed suicidal alcoholic overnight, so easy as a GBS patient. It was tough going as hard as I tried to get on top of it I kept spiralling down. The addiction feeling crystallize and reared it's ugly head. It wasn't until one day I came across another article similar to this one above that I realized maybe it wasn't all about my child but GBS. That was the turning point, I understood the why, it had been staring at me all along. I got it all under control, I used GBS shortcomings against itself drinking a glass of water between alcoholic drinks which basically killed my thirst for the next drink. It worked for me, I'm back to normal with help of a terrific psychologist who work through my demons with me. GBS is a life saving altering positive change, I endorse it without any reservations. I strongly recommend you research it extensively for an understanding and hook up with a good therapist to help and support you layer by layer as you lose those historical pounds of un addressed or resolved emotional fat. Don't live to eat, eat to live. Love to you all, God bless
  9. http://news.nationalpost.com/health/weight-loss-surgery-could-lead-to-alcohol-abuse-suicidal-thinking-researchers-say Weight-loss surgery could lead to alcohol abuse, suicidal thinking, researchers say.... Lets discuss this please
  10. May I suggest all the above and add one more choice to your list of things to do? Seek PROFESSIONAL psychotherapy and WORK towards coming to terms with the CAUSE of your drinking. Drinking is symptomatic of the cause. Find the trigger(s), deal with them head on no matter how scary that may seem or become. Done with a professional and support your need for alcohol will deminish. I PROMISE!
  11. Are you taking these daily?
  12. You know what is nice about this forum, we are not alone.
  13. AA is the prescription for alcohol addiction as well as many addictions. That combined with psychotherapy and counselling can literally change your life. Sometimes we just need to say to ourselves and everyone listening, I AM A _______________ and hear everyone respond in kind with welcome so are we. We are never alone in this world, there is always someone amongst us that has been there, done that, and wants to be there to lend a hand to the next. Humanity lives!
  14. I am so pleased we are finally discussing and acknowledging this serious contradiction post surgery. Having worked in Treatment vocation at one time it was the first concern I had about this surgery Which addiction will I crossover to? You try to steer it to something positive or profitable. Doesn't always work out for you that way. I got totally blindsided on this very issue but believe I've been able to get it under control and out of the way. Understanding and having information on the subject and knowing I wasn't alone really helped. Psychotherapy is an absolute God sent gift for anyone caught in this addictive cycle. The reason your over drinking and overeating stems back to learned historical behaviour. Talk it akl out with a pro and resolve it you will be so much happier having done it for yourself.
  15. After a luncheon with an old friend today wherein he had repeated an old saying we use at work "Can't see the forest for the trees" got me to conclude I never was an alcoholic. Likewise, left unchecked I would certainly developed into an alcoholic quickly from zero to 100 mph hour ABSORBTION described by Welsh Dragon , an informative NEED TO KNOW thought provoking bit of information for GBS patients concerning alcohol consumption. Our vulnerability is high, awareness is a must have working tool to protecting ourselves. To have learned that there is a scientific / empirical / measurable connection between gastric bypass + alcohol disorders holds important implications to my post bariatric surgery. Regardless my lack of alcohol history pre-surgery, I need to be educated about ALL potential effects of bariatric post-surgery particularly the increase potential risk of alcoholism. I am all for education and counselling on the various and sundry changes that will affect us post-operatively. Thank you Welsh Dragon. I now better understand the role GBS plays with alcohol. I get intoxicated quicker, and sustain intoxication longer as a GBS recipient, my blood/alcohol content readings are significantly higher than norm non surgery individuals, and has resulted in my avoidance or dilution by every other drink being water when consuming alcohol. For all that has been written I know am my own Liquor Control Board. I see the forest, and I see the trees in the forest. All good. Cheers Some interesting links (the last one is side topic interesting): http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/Addictions/5943 http://www.thefix.com/content/gastric-surgery-alcohol-abuse-switching-addictions8421 http://scholar.google.ca/scholar?q=enzyme+alcohol+dehydrogenase+and+gastric+bypass+surgery&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ei=7_GuU8K9BcKpyASzmoHgAg&ved=0CBoQgQMwAA itsnotaddictiontransfer.wordpress.com/