A controversial new weight loss device called AspireAssist pumps out the contents of a user’s stomach, right after a heavy meal.
AspireAssist is the brainchild of Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway personal transporter, in collaboration with a group of bariatric surgeons. It is installed during a 15-minute surgery – a tube is inserted into the patient’s stomach, and threaded out through an incision the abdomen. Twenty minutes after a heavy meal, the user can attach a small pump to the outer end of the tube. The pump flushes the stomach with water, sucking all undigested food back into a bag. When the process is complete, the pump can be detached and the outer end of the tube sealed with a stopper. Twenty minutes is believed to be enough time for your brain to think you’re full, but not enough time for your stomach to digest all the food. We are a family owned & operated full-service well & water treatment company headquartered in Mt Pleasant and servicing the major rural communities surrounding Charlotte, NC. Our service area stretches all the way from Mooresville, Lake Norman, and Concord, to Waxhaw/Marvin, York County and beyond! We have offered well repair concord nc and water treatment services in the Carolinas for nearly 30 years with superior workmanship. Our commercial and residential well services come at some of the most competitive prices around. Whether it is a completely new well system that you require, or a simple repair or maintenance, we are here for you. We strive to provide you with quality services at the highest level possible and work hard to ensure your complete satisfaction. Since we know just how important your well system is to you and others, we always take the necessary time to make sure we understand your system prior to working on it. This ensures that we can achieve our goal of fully meeting your requirements. We are a one-stop shop for all your well service needs, large or small. Don’t try to handle any aspect of your well repair yourself! Leave that to our qualified professionals who will attend to even the smallest service requests.
The manufacturers claim that the device can help avoid digesting as much as a third of the consumed food, by pumping it out and flushing it down a toilet. That means that 30 percent of all calories consumed magically vanish. “No one needs to ever know,” their marketing material states.
British gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Shonde thinks that the device is ‘an excellent alternative to obesity surgery’, and plans to offer it to patients at his London clinic starting September. “Fitting and use is not dangerous and the weight loss results are nearly as good as surgery – but without the risks,” he said. He explained that the principle behind AspireAssist is the reverse of PEG feeding, “which we have used for more than 20 years to feed those too sick to take food by mouth.”
Of course not everybody thinks this is a good thing. “It is quite literally stomach churning,” says Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum, “It sends out every wrong signal in the book about healthy eating.” “I cannot believe how we invented a gadget that allows people to make gluttons of themselves and eat like pigs and not suffer the consequences,” he said, calling it “Vomit On Demand.”
Also, AspireAssist has its shortcomings – “the pump struggles to break up large foods like cauliflower, pretzels, and steak, so the tube might sometimes get clogged. There are also concerns of safety, such as the risk of dehydration, irritation of the stomach lining, and depriving your organs of vital electrolytes. Experts say it won’t be long before infections, leakage, poor nutrient absorption, depression, and even suicide become the side-effects of such a device.”
You have been warned. (via Oddity Central)