Thursday, August 15, 2013

Get your tounge stitched?

Where have I been? As you can see (courtesy of the scroll bar) my most recent posts have been either styles or pictures opposed from words. This isn't because I have nothing to say, but more because I have so much to say that I have to formulate it in the right way. It's also hard to figure out what type of posts people prefer more. So please feel free to comment below and say (if you prefer one over the other!).

As the last few weeks of summer approach and my senior year of college begins, I can officially say that I will miss 90 degree heat and laying on a pink lilo. But I am definitely looking forward to getting back into the swing of things, in terms of walking around here there and everywhere, and bumping into friends around campus.

Dr Chugay's tounge patch
So lets talk gossip. First of all Lady Gaga. Am I the only one who thinks she has gone under the knife!? (aside from her mandatory hip surgery) In recent barely clothed pictures (in order to promote her new album) her entire face looks different (from cheeks-nose-chin!). Also Kim Kardashian has finally emerged in public, since giving birth to "North West" and while some are arguing that she looked great after giving birth just one month ago, my siding goes to Jessica Simpson who recently made the cover of US weekly for her drastic weight loss (post pregnancy).

Onto much more crazier topics, would you have a patch stitched to your tongue, just to lose weight? two women put the "miracle" patch to the test. The Daily Online shared a story about two women: Marlene Beltran age 20 and Lysander Launza aged 27 who decided to get the stamp sized square sewn onto their tongue, in order to control their food cravings.

Despite the discomfort and pain, both women ended up happy with the results (with Marlene loosing 18 lbs and Lysander loosing 23 lbs in just 30 days). The two shared their experience on an ABC news segment.

So where did this magical patch come from? It was first launched in 2009 by Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Nikolas Chugay. It's secured to the tongue in less than 10 minutes, and takes 6 stitches, and $2000 from your wallet. As the sutures make solid food excruciating to eat, users are forced to resort to Dr Chugays (liquid only) 800 calorie-a-day diet.

The patch is yet to be approved by the FDA.  According to a study submitted by Dr Chugay, his patients lose approximately 18 lbs in 30 days and can keep the weight off for up to eight months. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery hasn't yet published the research proclaiming that it had "insufficient data".  Dr Robert Huizenga (a weight loss expert) told the Daily online that he is not convinced of the patch's effectiveness, especially over a period of time.

"This is so primitive an approach" the physician who has appeared on the Biggest Loser, stated. "You could hire somebody to hold a gun next to your head and threaten to shoot you every time you eat.
The idea that you put this patch in and every time you take one morsel of solid food, you get this stabbing pain, who the heck know what the long-term consequences of that are" He stated, while also adding in the importance of studies that suggest those who lose weight rapidly usually gain it all back.

What would you say to having a patch sewn into your tongue...just to loose weight?


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