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Weight Loss Surgery:
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Issue #55

September 15, 2004

I was so pleased to read about the National Institutes of Healthís initiative into solving the obesity problem reported in the research article below. That is a topic that is very close to my heart. It is important that our society starts to accept that obesity is a disease and to treat those of us who have the disease with more dignity. 

On October 1st I will be speaking to health care professionals in Wisconsin on what it is like to be a morbidly obese patient.  We are most vulnerable when we are in a hospital, and although we often receive wonderful care, sometimes we do not.  There have been many studies done on attitudes of health care professionals toward the morbidly obese.  We need to applaud and appreciate those who are so good to us and work on changing the attitudes of those who are not.  

In This Issue


* Research Article: Obesity Attack Plan
* Join My Team
* Recipe: Recipe: White Chicken Chili  
* Success Story: Mags Loughlin
* Spreading the Word in Sioux City, IA and Dallas, TX

Research Article:
  U.S. Launches Obesity Attack Plan

Government sets goals to combat all aspects of obesity

Web MD reported a few days ago that the government is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to funding for obesity research.  The National Institutes of Health has launched a tremendous effort that will involve research and funds to try to combat obesity.  The NIH has funded an Obesity Research Task Force which will try to discover why some people are obese and others are not.  They are starting with the premise that obesity is genetic and not a lack of willpower.  Among their funded activities is research into bariatric surgery to compare the effectiveness and safety. 

The more that obesity is viewed as a disease, the more research that will be funded.  We will not defeat this disease without that. 

Join My Team

The happy people in the above photo are only part of my distributor team.  They are on the road to developing an income that will eventually make them debt free.  They come from all walks of life but are working as a team with the common goal of helping other people to be in a financially better position.

Many of you have tried the line of vitamins that I market and are as thrilled with them as I am.  They are  a top quality line that is in a powdered form that you mix with water and drink. They are absorbed within 5 minutes.  The vitamins are a part of a complete line of  health and wellness products that are part of the next trillion dollar health and wellness industry.  Wouldn't you like to be a part of this?  You can by being on my team.

But I bet you didnít know that my product offering also includes makeup that can be custom blended to your exact skin color so you never have a line where your makeup ends and skin begins. There are also anti-aging and anti-wrinkle face and hand creams. There is also a line of health and wellness products that are pharmaceutical quality that are only distributed by doctors and other health care professionals. Additionally, over 700 major stores have partnered with us to market their products.  You may recognize names like Nordstrom, Disney Store, Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl's, Hallmark, Eddie Bauer and Barnes & Noble to name a few.  Wouldn't you like to be a part of this?  You can by being on my team

You do not need any sales experience to be on my team and you can work from your home.  If you like to help other people and have a strong desire to be in a  financially better situation than you are in today, call my office toll free at (877) 440-1518 and let's talk.  The position may or may not be for you, but you will never know unless make the call.

Recipe:  White Chicken Chili
Thanks so much to Julie Dunlap, of Moon Township, PA., which by the way, is very near where I live!  If you like spicy food, you will love this.  It is so strange the way our tastes change.  I never liked spicy food before my surgery.  However, since my surgery I love it.  Go figure!

White Chicken Chili

3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
6 cloves roasted garlic
1 cup onion, chopped
1/3 cup fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded & chopped (used canned if you like it hot, hot, hot)
3 cans (15oz) Great Northern Beans
2 tsp. Vegetable oil
3 cans (14.5 oz each) chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 cup lime juice
1 TBSP. Cornstarch
1 TBSP. Cold water
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, snipped

  1. Drain 1 can of beans and rinse, transfer to a bowl.  Drain and rinse remaining 2 cans and set aside.  Squeeze roasted garlic from skins into bowl with 1 can of beans.  Mash beans and garlic using a fork or potato masher.
  2. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium heat.  Add onion and jalapeno peppers, cook 4-5 minutes until onion is tender.  Add chicken, mashed bean-garlic mixture, whole beans, broth, cumin, and lime juice.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  3. Combine cornstarch and water.  Add to chili and continue cooking 5 minutes stirring constantly.
  4. Snip cilantro and stir into chili just before serving.

Makes 8 very generous portions.

I do not have nutritional information available for this recipe. 

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

Success Story: Mags Loughlin  
I am short on success stories again.  If you are 1 year or more post op and can email before and after pictures, I would love to receive your story.

I want to offer a special thanks to Mags Loughlin of Willow Grove, PA.  Here is her story:

I was born 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Small by some standards. It would be the smallest I would ever be. I was always heavy and was always shopping in the plus size section even when I was really young. Most of the clothes were really hideous.

In the 5th grade, I was about 5 feet and weighed 177 pounds. When I got to the end of 6th grade, I was 230 pounds and 5'4. I left high school at a whopping 375 pounds, and was 5'6.

While in grade school and middle school, I tried Weight Watchers, limiting my diet, cutting out sweets.... you name it. When I first went to high school, I developed Anorexia and Bulimia, simply because I figured that if I just stopped eating or threw my food back up, that I would lose every ounce of fat.

After high school, I started college. I quit to take care of my dad, who was morbidly obese. His heaviest weight was 720 pounds, and he was 6'10. My dad passed away over 4 years ago from a massive heart attack caused in part by his weight. I get my morbid obesity gene from him.

I developed the same leg condition as my father which is Lower Extremity Venous Stasis Disease. This disease stops the blood flow into your legs, causing your skin to blister and bruise all over. Then finally, when the blisters pop, you are left with exposed muscle and tissue, and in really extreme cases, you could also have exposed bone. You have hardly any feeling in the feet, but the ulcers, as the open spots are called, are really painful. There is only two ways of getting this under control. One is to keep your legs elevated, and the other is to lose weight.

I told no one of this condition at first. I would continue my lifestyle I had before this came up, and it was only making things worse. I was draining at least a gallon of fluid out of my legs, and the areas where I had the sores were not healing.

I think my turning point was June of 2001, when we had the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison in my area. We had 10 inches of rain in a span of about 6 hours, everywhere was flooded, and we had 8 feet of water in our basement. My mother and I were driving home when we got caught in a three foot wall of water. I was told to undo my seatbelt, unlock my door and keep my hand on the door handle, in case we had to get out of the car in a hurry. I knew that with all that water, I would never be able to get the door open. And I knew that there was no way, because of my legs and my weight that I would be able to climb out of the hatchback of the car to safety. If we had to try to get out of the car, I know I could have died.

Soon after I was eligible for Medical Assistance and received care for my legs. By then I weighed 453 pounds. If I did not get my weight under control, in 2 years at the age of 29 I could be a double amputee. I was also in danger of a heart attack at any time. I had to act fast.

I made an appointment with my weight loss surgery surgeon.  The earliest appointment I could get was 7 months later.  But I used that time to research and research some more.  My surgery was scheduled for August 21, 2002.  I now weighed 480 pounds.

My surgery was done as an open incision rather than laparoscopically because my organs were not in the right spot.  Unfortunately I had an incision infection after surgery.  My weight loss was dramatic.  My first month, I lost 58 pounds, my second month only 4 pounds.  But the third month 14 pounds, and the fourth month I lost 27 pounds, for a total of 103 pounds in 4 months. I have since lost almost 200 pounds.

My legs are much better but are still a problem, but not like they were before.  

I told everyone that I was having weight loss surgery, because I wasn't going to lie. I didn't care what others thought of me for doing this. I still don't care what others think. I am up and actually doing things that weren't possible before surgery. I have a ceramic studio downstairs in my basement that I sunk money into that wasn't getting use. I am down there now when I can get down there, and I love it. I also love to walk my dogs now, and they see it as a treat, since they know that I wasn't doing this before surgery.

I also plan on going back to college. I'm not going back for the major I started out in, which was a major in elementary teaching and a minor in computers.  I've decided to take up nutrition, try to become a Registered Dietician, and deal with mainly those of us who have had surgery and/or also have medical conditions that limit their diet, like diabetes and hypertension. I know these three areas because of taking care of myself and my Dad.

I do wish my Dad were here to see my success, but I know he's out there somewhere, beaming at my success so far. And the best part of this?? I know it's going to get better.

Mags Loughlin, Willow Grove, PA

Mags at 480 Mags at 286

I love good news.  If you have good news, a success story to share, or inspiration, please send it to me at Barbara@wlscenter.com so that I can include it in future issues.  

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