Most of my work as a clinical hypnotist involves helping individuals fight obesity. The good news is that it appears I have a never ending client flow. The bad news is that not only don’t I see any progress in mainstream awareness of the need to make healthful choices, but there doesn’t seem to be any perceived connection at all between lifestyle choices and the affect it has on how heavy one becomes.
I recently had a 21 year old client in for gastric band hypnosis. She was unemployed and had ample time to embrace the process and to do sessions at home. During our 3 weeks together she never once listened to the prescribed home session or practiced self-hypnosis, claiming she never got around to it. Instead, she reported on her last visit that she was signed up for gastric band surgery because it was easier.
Here is a great article highlighting the dangers of surgery:
Dangers of Using a Gastric Band
Posted on August 19th, 2010 by Dr. Mercola
A gastric band, also called a lap band, is an inflatable silicone band surgically inserted around the top section of your stomach that creates a small pouch to restrict food intake.

In 2007, about 25 to 30 percent of the more than 200,000 bariatric surgeries (weight-loss surgeries) done in the U.S. used gastric banding.
Doctors say gastric banding is the least invasive form of bariatric surgery. With the obesity epidemic showing no signs of slowing down, many of those battling weight issues may be considering using a gastric band.
Obesity puts you at an increased risk of arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, several forms of cancer, and many other diseases. It is a major public health crisis, but one that can be addressed without resorting to gastric band surgery, Dr. Joseph Mercola points out.
There’s always a risk when you go under the knife, but gastric banding and all types of bariatric surgery are fraught with a higher ratio of potential complications and risks.
One American clinical study that included a 3-year follow-up revealed that 88 percent of patients that tried a gastric band experienced one or more complications. 25 percent ended up having the gastric band removed permanently.
About nine percent of patients who had gastric band surgery had to undergo a second surgery to correct a problem with the band and/or a complication from the original operation.
Common gastric band complications are:

  • Band eroding into the stomach (1.3 percent, requires band removal)
  • Band slippage and/or pouch dilation (24 percent, requires another surgery)
  • Difficulty swallowing (9 percent)
  • Esophageal dilation and reduced esophageal function (11 percent)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (34 percent)
  • Leaking or twisted access port into the stomach (9 percent)
  • Stomach obstruction (14 percent)

Other possible complications include bowel and gallbladder issues, fainting, infection, kidney stones, malnutrition, and an increased risk of death, Dr. Mercola warns.
Bariatric surgery is just a quick fix and is NOT an effective weight loss tool because of the many negative long-term health consequences associated with this type of procedure.
Losing weight is very simple, if you know what you need to do, says Dr. Mercola. The number one dietary enemy in America is fructose, which is believed to be the main culprit in the obesity epidemic. Avoiding or completely eliminating fructose from your diet will greatly help your weight loss efforts.
Paul Gustafson, R.N., C.H. has been featured on WBZ radio, hosts TV show Healthy Hypnosis, is an Angie’s List ‘Super Service’ provider. Check out his in-office Gastric Band weight loss program. Also available as MP3 download.
Contact Paul for free consultation: 888-290-3972 or and visit Burlington Hypnosis.