Weight gain, especially as fat tissue, is an indicator that you may be exposed to too many toxins. Food, drinks and medications need to be detoxified, as do other toxicants to which we are exposed on a daily basis. These include mercury in fish and dental amalgams, chemicals from smoking, estrogenic compounds found in consumer products from plastic bottles to clothes and cleaning chemicals, pollution from the environment, bacteria, and toxins from normal body processes like stress and intense exercise. Toxins lead to premature aging and inflammation and contribute to many chronic and degenerative diseases such as autoimmune diseases, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Typical signs and symptoms are rather unspecific, so identify a cluster from any of these:

  • Brain fog
  • Low mood, irritability
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue / sluggishness
  • Excessive recovery time after anesthesia
  • Bloating, constipation (or diagnosed dysbiosis and/or leaky gut)
  • Skin diseases
  • Adverse reactions to processed foods
  • Nasal or skin sensitivities (nasal drip/dermatitis, sneezing)


A detoxification nutritional intervention, best known as a “detox plan”, can potentially transform toxicants into molecules that can be safely eliminated thru urine or sweat. Some well-known interventions, like “juicing” or “fasting” can be counteractive and may increase the toxic load. A properly structured plan must include:

  • antioxidants from food and high-quality supplements to disable free radicals,
  • a balanced amino-acid protein intake to help conversion of toxins into less harmful molecules,
  • B vitamins as aids in detoxification
  • Gastrointestinal support like probiotics and enzymes to prevent reabsorption of toxins.


Key recommendations are to minimize toxins from food, drinks (do you really want another soda?) and exposure to environmental pollutants at home and work. Avoid processed foods or drinks, eat organic or wild foods, choose from a wide variety of colors in fruits and vegetables, include herbs and spices whenever possible, drink 4 cups of green tea and plenty of water to help flush toxins away, choose lean and high-quality protein, reduce vegetable oils in your diet and avoid gluten, dairy, soy and alcohol, AND be physically active to promote toxin elimination.


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OCC’s epidemiologist is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status and is actively issuing updates as they are available. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the most trusted sources online.  While the CDC has announced new mask protocols for vaccinated individuals, there will be no changes for our office protocols for patients, guests, and staff members as the announcement does not apply to hospitals or medical facilities. Masks are still a requirement for all patients, guests and staff at our facility.

As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

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