- HEALTH TRACKER
But sadly, the big headline is "alcohol" and not the focus on the root cause of the addiction and other problems. Here is an excerpt from the article:
"The suicide attempt (HR, 4.1), alcohol abuse (HR, 4.0), and depression (HR, 2.4). For the restrictive surgery cohort, these HRs were, respectively, 1.4, 2.4, 1.2, and 1.8, she said." cohort had higher Hazard Ratios (HR) than the restrictive surgery cohort for substance abuse (HR, 3.8),
Gastric Bypass % Increase
3.8 1.4 2.7
Suicide Attempt 4.1 2.4 1.7
Alcohol Abuse 4.0 1.2 3.3
Depression 2.4 1.8 1.3
I translated this to a table to show, though indeed alcohol abuse is a big problem, there is also a large increase in problems in substance abuse, depression and suicide attempts which are reflections that there is more going on here.
What I've come to discover over the past couple of years is that these “addictions” are likely being caused by malnutrition that is created by nutrient and amino acid deficiency. This causes the brain to act strange and the patient to feel “wrong” or be in a constant state of "un-well-being" or "dis-ease" all the time and need to . As soon as the drug of choice provides relief (such as alcohol or narcotics) the brain puts 2 and 2 together and comes up with WOW pretty quickly and creates those addictive pathways in the brain FAST! But it could be other behaviors as well - shopping, gambling, sex, eating, exercise, etc. Whatever. But, these problems are not happening at nearly the same rate when the intestines are not bypassed - that is the key.
I figured the answer to getting my life back would be in attempting to compensate as much as possible for what the surgery took away from me, in terms of nutrients. What did the intestines do (the duodenum and jejunum specifically), and how could I compensate for their role now that they were bypassed? Once I was able to renourish my brain and my body, the need to self-medicate disappeared. I slowly returned to my former self.
If you are interested there are some amino acids that can be quite effective in dealing with the symptoms that drive a person to self-medicate. In my case, I felt deficient in endorphins (your body's "joy chemicals") and serotonin (that sense of "ahhh" and "well-being"). I added the amino acid DL-phenylalanine (DLPA) in the morning and afternoon (which boosts the endorphins) - WOW what an improvement and right away - no waiting 4-6 weeks. I added 5-HTP throughout the day to increase serotonin. I also added GABA and Taurine in the evening for relaxation. You can feel a difference with DLPA within 30 minutes and you'll know whether or not it is working for you. I place the GABA under my tongue as the effects are a bit more subtle (think of GABA as natural Valium or Xanax).
These, of course, are not a substitute for overall brain/body nourishment - but they can be effective in that difficult transition stage. You will still forever have to compensate for what you've lost but amping up your absorbable protein (to get a good dose of ALL the amino acids), all the vitamins, minerals, as well as Omega-3 fish oil. Your brain consists of approximately 30% DHA (a major component in fish oil). Also, many of the aminos depend on certain vitamins to work properly, so it really is a package deal.
Another reason I think the aminos are so effective, is that a recent study the surgeons are terribly excited about that explains why this surgery is so effective at "curing" diabetes immediately (even before much weight is lost) and they discovered a huge drop in branched chain amino acids in the blood, which they believe is causing the cure in diabetes - BUT at what side effect? They believe the amino acid drop is caused by protein malabsorption.
I am very empathetic to what you are going through and why you posted - so many have gone through this or are going this now. Also, so many want to hide away, when they are no longer the poster child for success. We need more people sounding this horn.
If you are interested in a sample list of vitamins, doses, amino acids, etc, that I take daily I post it on my blog at:
Good Luck to you! I hope you find something that works for you.
Frank talk about the DS / "All I ever wanted to be was thin, like that Rolling Stones dude ... "
HW/461 LW/251 GW190 CW/313 (yep, a DS failure - it happens :-( )