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Old 05-19-2011, 00:25   #1
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I haven't been here for a while but I did go to my doctor here in Halifax, Nova Scotia and asked her to refer me for Vertical Sleeve surgery, which she did. The problem is that there is a 5 year waiting list and I am almost 62. Oh well, I will see what happens. Very frustrating but I think this is the only doctor who does it. Dr. James Ellsmere is the guy that I think I will be seeing. I have heard that MSI will not pay for it but I think someone on this website DID get it paid for. I would LOVE to hear from anyone who DID get it paid for and what determined how it got paid for. I have T2 diabetes and am probably 125 pounds overweight. My blood sugars are pretty stable and my blood pressure is 125/75 and health is good.

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Old 05-19-2011, 18:07   #2
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Hi Diana I had a VSG performed by Dr Ellsmere and indeed it was fully covered by the provincial health plan. You might check out others who have met him at James Ellsmere, M.D. Bariatric Surgeon - ObesityHelp
Yes the Canadian health system is great price-wise but there is that dang'ed wait time.

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Hi, Diana: I have a friend who went to Mexico for her surgery. It cost her about $ 12k so not cheap. She is very pleased with it. I considered going with her but decided against it and bought Dr. Mercola's No Grain Diet book. He recommends EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) which I was already familiar with. This was about a year ago. I have lost 40 lbs and kept it off despite all kinds of problems with allergies, etc. that have made it more difficult. I should really lose another 30 lbs but can't exercise much right now (back problems) so am pretty happy with being 170 lbs instead of 210.

The Mercola Advanced Diet is the one for diabetics and it's a toughie but with EFT to help with cravings it is very healthy and I, at least, feel like a million bucks compared to before starting it. Dr. Mercola says the key is to find food that is both diet-compliant AND you really like and make menu plans out of it. This has worked great for me.

For myself, my staples are spinach salad with dried cranberries and fresh walnuts, smoothies of almond milk, whey powder, stevia and some flavoring (choice of cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.) and flax seed (raw, ground) porridge (the only grain allowed!). Add in about 9 oz meat/chicken/fish daily and all the veggies you can stand. I enjoy the food very much but your diet might look very different. It's almost all organic but still a lot cheaper than the way I used to eat.

I do cheat occasionally but go right back on the diet, so no real harm done.

Anyway, this has worked for me and I can't imagine every going off this diet or not using EFT practically daily. You also have the incentive of having to wait 5 years or spend a lot of money for surgery. May as well use some of that time to try something new.

You don't even have to buy the book, at least at first, as there is lots of info online to get you started. PM me if you want to. I'll check my profile to make sure it's enabled.

Best of luck to you. I know how scary it is to feel you are out of options.

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