Today In I Can’t Believe You Just Said That

Don’t read this opinion piece if you like doctors who “specialise in obesity care” to, well, care.

Especially don’t read it if you take exception to the idea that some people are more equal than others. (Spoiler: guess who Dr. David Haslam thinks is more deserving of weight loss surgery: an old woman who’s immobile, or a middle-aged man with erectile dysfunction?)

Let’s hope the dear doctor is too busy pontificating to see any patients, as clearly, they’ll fare better without his “help”.

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2 Comments on “Today In I Can’t Believe You Just Said That”

  1. vesta44 says:

    Personally, I think that doctor needs to have his head examined. I read that article a few days ago – it was posted on one of the diabetes lists I belong to. Having had a WLS that failed spectacularly, made me fatter than I would have been without it, and gave me complications that I could well live without and that make working impossible, I don’t think WLS is the answer for anyone who is still mobile. And I have it better than most people who have had WLS, I don’t have near the complications of most survivors.
    I have fibromyalgia, migraines, possible MS (depends on the lesions on my brain, if they increase/get bigger), explosive diarrhea depending on what I eat (salads, milk, dairy are no-nos), and veinous insufficiency in my lower legs. All of this has made the mobility issues I had before the WLS worse, not to mention the fact that I now weigh 35 lbs more than I did before I had the surgery.
    Yeah, having that surgery is certainly going to make that man’s life better – IF he survives the surgery, IF he doesn’t end up with any complications, and IF he doesn’t gain any of the weight back. Too many IFs for my peace of mind. And it may not put his diabetes in remission. He may end up with good hbA1c’s because that’s an average of the highs and lows of his blood glucose over a period of time, but if he’s not testing before and after he eats (after the surgery) like he did before the surgery, he’s not going to know if his blood sugar is spiking above 140 after a meal, nor is he going to know if it’s going below 70 before a meal. Those spikes above 140 are what do the damage, if they’re left uncontrolled over a long period of time, especially if the spikes are above 180 – 200.
    When it comes to WLS, I don’t believe anything a doctor has to say about it anymore.

  2. Rachel says:

    Yeah. That article just set off a lot of alarm bells for me. The insistence that WLS was the one true path seemed bizarre, frankly, and the way he categorised human beings into “worthy” and “unworthy” seemed more suited for a religious setting than a medical one.
    And every article like this makes me trust my doctors a little less. I already ignore their “helpful advice” when it comes to my weight, shape and attractiveness. It’s only a matter of time before I start thinking that my entirely fictional 7 years at med school is worth more than their real 7 years.


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