Dysbiosis, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, gluten, lactose intolerance, helicobacter pylori, immune and allergic response; what do these conditions have in common?


The microbiota is an ensemble of microorganisms that live in our intestine, and is often refer to as an “acquired organ” due to its direct impact to our health:

◦     Aids in food digestion.

◦     Produces vitamins, such as Vitamin K and some Vitamin B´s.

◦     Combats harmful bacteria

◦     Provides a barrier effect, an important role in the immune system

◦     Improves gut function, including better absorption of nutrients


Probiotics are good bacteria that should be brought to us by food. Americans may not be getting enough from the SAD (Standard American Diet) and for people who eat fewer calories, as in weight loss treatments, this is even a more difficult challenge.

Probiotics from supplements are a well-worthy investment for anyone, especially for those who suffer from poor gut function and have an immune condition, from allergies to thyroid issues. My recommendation is to supplement with different strains of probiotics, For Life!

A not so common strain is Saccaromyces boulardii, which can prevent diarrhea from antibiotics – band Traveler´s diarrhea too!

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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.

See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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