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The Weight Loss Surgery Podcast is created by Reeger Cortell, FNP for the WLS community. Reeger created WLS Podcast with three main objectives: 1) Provide evidenced-based education 2) Motivate through unwaivering belief in a persons ability to stay on track to their goals and to take charge of their lives. 3) Inspire people during all phases of the WLS journey to remain focused on what's most important: Safe, optimal, life-long health and wellness.


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Recent Episodes

What if Food Addiction is Part of the Problem? A Talk with Dr Vera Tarman
In this episode I talk with food addiction expert Dr Vera Tarman. Dr Tarman has been working in the field of addiction medicine since 1994 and has been the director of Renascent, an addiction treatment center in Toronto, Canada since 2006. Although she works full-time in all areas of addiction, her particular passion is helping people recover from food addiction. She is the author of the book, “Food Junkies: Recovery from Food Addiction” now in its second edition. We cover a lot of ground in this episode including discussing eating behaviors on a spectrum from normal eating to different types of eating disorders. Then we talk about the similarities and differences between what Dr Tarman identifies as three distinct disease states: Obesity, Emotional Eating, and Chemical Addiction to food. We then focus-in on chemical addiction to food, specifically foods that are created in labs, are highly processed, and are specifically formulated to target the reward centers of our brains. When the reward center in our brain turns on our brain releases neurochemicals that results in thoughts and feelings of, “yes, that tastes especially good and when I eat it I feel, at least temporarily, better, happier, calmer, more fulfilled.’ This sounds great but what is so concerning are the false “promises” that come with highly processed foods and the price we pay is much higher than we realize, including what more and more evidence is showing to be the growing phenomena of chemical addiction to food. Discussed in this episode: Please Consider supporting the podcast at either Patreon or PayPal (THANKS!)  Defining Normal Eating as best we can. Eating disorders of Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating. Obesity, Emotional eating, and Chemical addiction to food. What excess sugar does to the human body Dr Tarman’s personal story with food addiction. Gastro and Neuro hormones that are released in response to eating. The cycle of addiction. Bariatric surgery influence on gut and brain hormones. Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). Dr Tarman’s “Your Sweet Enough- Sugar Free September Challenge” on Facebook. How to begin abstinence from sugar. Overeaters Anonymous support. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous How to handle social situations when abstaining from sugar. A little history on why Binge Eating Disorder is in the DSM-5 but Food Addiction is not. How to connect with Dr Tarman Reeger’s concluding thoughts
Making Connections with Bariatric Surgeon Dr Neil Floch
In this episode I chat with Dr Neil Floch. Dr Floch is a bariatric surgeon at Western Connecticut Health Network, now known as NuVance and is in private practice at Fairfield County Bariatrics. This episode starts with Reeger's preamble acknowledging two important anniversaries in the month of June, getting closer to our 5% patron goal (Thank you!), and how to become a patron at either Patreon or PayPal.    Discussed with Dr Floch:  Dr Floch's introduction to bariatric surgery from Dr Raul Rosenthal (a prior guest on this podcast HERE). What is Dr Floch’s overall passion and goal when it comes to educating people about the disease of obesity.  How does bariatric surgery work. Set-Point and the work of Dr Sandoval and Dr Randy Seeley (a prior guest on this podcast episode 34, episode 56, and episode 74). Bariatric surgery changes Hormones, Bile acids, and the Gut Microbiome. Factors Dr Floch takes into consideration when talking with patients about which bariatric surgery to choose. Should weight loss be required prior to bariatric surgery. How big should a person be before they are considered a candidate for bariatric surgery. The influence of reality TV on peoples bariatric surgery decision-making. What does Dr Floch say in response to comments like “Bariatric surgery is the easy way out.” The disease of obesity is a different problem than the problem we were treating 20-30 years ago. Dr Floch’s thoughts on the work that remains to be done. Connect with Dr Floch on Twitter Connect with Reeger: email: reeger@weightlossurgerypodcast.com Facebook Instagram Twitter In Kindness, Reeger
Living with Bariatric Surgery: A Conversation with Author Denise Ratcliffe, DClinPsych
In this episode I speak with the wonderful Denise Ratcliffe, DClinPsych. Dr Ratcliffe is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist based in London, United Kingdom. Since 2007, she has specialized in helping people with the psychological issues that may arise before and after bariatric surgery. I invited her on the podcast because she has recently published a book titled, Living with Bariatric Surgery, Managing Your Mind and Your Weight. This is an important book that I wanted to highlight on the podcast because it is filled with helpful insight and great wisdom regarding some of the emotional challenges people can confront before and after bariatric surgery. Throughout the book Dr Ratcliffe offers reality-based tips and strategies to help people overcome those challenges.  Discussed in This Episode: Become a podcast patron at either Patreon or Paypal Why Dr Ratcliffe felt the need to write this book. Bariatric surgery can be an emotionally trigging event for people. Things to consider prior to bariatric surgery. What are some common thinking traps that may influence a person’s eating habits. How do people start to redirect those thoughts. What are some practical strategies people can begin today that can help reinforce healthier eating habits. What are the Golden Rules for Eating. We all have an emotional relationship to food but sometimes this relationship can become unhealthy.   The Cycle of Emotional Eating. Tips to help a person break the cycle of emotional eating. What is Anticipatory Mourning. Creating a Memory-Bank for the future. Early post-op dip in mood. Some common worries that people can have related to their weight in the first few months after surgery and how best can they address these. The three ways we have a relationship with food: Psychological, Behavioral, and Environmental and how these relationships impact our decision-making. When should people be on the lookout for eating and behavioral problems after bariatric surgery and what can people do to address them. The two times people can be most vulnerable to emotional difficulties after bariatric surgery. The ways in which low self-esteem and lack of confidence can impact a person after bariatric surgery and what are some tactical things people can do to boost-up self-esteem and build up their confidence. What are “Thinking Habits” and how can they influence a person’s decision making. Why is physical activity important after bariatric surgery. Body image is about how you see yourself and how you feel about yourself. Strategies people can do to improve their body image. Relationships can change after bariatric surgery, and not always the way we anticipate. How to manage weight loss expectations and weight regain. What are some habits of successful weight loss maintainers. Dr Ratcliffe’s concluding thoughts.    Reeger's concluding thoughts.
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Jun 12th, 2013
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Jun 26th, 2019
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