September 22, 2009
The patch -- implanted in only 10 people so far -- remains in the mouth for a month, a daily reminder not to eat. During that time, one gets all nourishment through a liquid diet "full of vitamins and nutrients," according to a news release on the product.
The tongue patch inventor is Dr. Nikolas Chugay, medical director of the Chugay Cosmetic Surgery Medical Clinic, where "genetics don't have to stand in your way." He says patients report losing 15 to 30 pounds in a single month. What, would you expect anything else when you're on a liquid diet? The weight, meanwhile, is sure to return the minute you start eating solid food again.
"I'd say the Chugay Tongue Patch is a daily reminder of how just because your physician has an 'M.D.' behind their name, it doesn't mean they're bright," said obesity doc Yoni Freedhoff, author of the Weighty Matters blog (weightymatters.ca).
"That a physician believes that 'doing no harm' involves promoting physical discomfort as the key to helping inspire long-term behavioral change in patients is truly depressing, both for his patients and for the profession."
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