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500 mg calcium chews - NEW FLAVOR!


I have a need for these, Bariatric Advantage.  I adore citrus-y flavored vitamins.  Tropical orange calcium chews in a 500 mg dose.   Yes, please!

Take less - Get more! Our Calcium Citrate 500 Chewy Bite delivers 500 mg of elemental calcium as calcium citrate in a delicious chew. They also contain a full 500 IU of vitamin D3 for healthy absorption.* These chews are sugar-free and with minimal carbs, so you can get the calcium you need. Each chew is individually wrapped so you can take them with you wherever you go.

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You can pre-order them here, use my validation code and I get a little credit and I love you for it.   Pre-orders are shipping on October 10.  

My MM code -  BA42213 - add it at checkout. 

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Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy — Considerations and Nutritional Implications

Note - I pasted most of this article in full from "Today's Dietician" as it is chock full of good nuggets of information and vitamin information - scroll down - I do not own this information the links are all below -  GOOD GOOD STUFF here!  -MM  

Thank you Bariatric Fusion for the tip!

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Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy — Considerations and Nutritional Implications.  

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Bariatric Advantage Advanced Multi EA Formula


New from Bariatric Advantage -

A complete chewable mixed fruit bariatric vitamin formula designed to specifically meet the nutritional needs of those who have undergone bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass. This formula is made of the highest quality, most bioavailable nutrient forms. It is designed to be hypoallergenic, great tasting, and easy to digest and absorb. Includes a comprehensive B-Complex and trace minerals.

Nutrient Amount %DV *
Calories 10    
Total Carbohydrates 2 g 1%
Sugar <1 g
Vitamin A (from Beta Carotene) 7500 IU 150%
Vitamin C (from Sodium Ascorbate USP, as Ascorbic Acid) 120 mg 200%
Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) 1000 IU 250%
Vitamin E (as d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) 30 IU 100%
Vitamin B1 (as Thiamine Mononitrate) 6 mg 400%
Vitamin B2 (as Riboflavin) 3.4 mg 200%
Niacinamide 50 mg 250%
Vitamin B6 (from Pyridoxine HCI) 4 mg 200%
Folic Acid 800 mcg 200%
Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin) 100 mcg 1667%
Biotin USP/FCC 600 mcg 200%
Pantothenic Acid (from Calcium D-Pantothenate) 20 mg 200%
Calcium (from Calcium Citrate) 200 mg 20%
Magnesium (from Magnesium Citrate) 50 mg 13%
Zinc (from Zinc Citrate) 15 mg 100%
Selenium (as L-Selenomethionine) 100 mcg 143%
Copper (from Copper Citrate) 2 mg 100%
Manganese (from Manganese Sulfate) 2 mg 100%
Chromium (from Chromium Picolinate NF (Chromax®)) 120 mcg 100%
Molybdenum (as Sodium Molybdate) 75 mcg 100%
Sodium 10 mg < 1%
Citrus Fruit Peel Bioflavonoids Complex (50% Bioflavonoids) 12.5 mg
Inositol USP/FCC 5 mg
Choline (from Choline Bitartrate FCC) 2 mg
Vanadium (from Vanadium Citrate) 25 mcg
Per 2 tablets

Directions: Take 2 tablets per day or as recommended by your physician.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
✝ % Daily Value not established.

FTC Announces Initiative Against Deceptive Claims Made by National Marketers of Fad Weight Loss Products

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Finally, maybe?!  I can't wait to see some rules slapped down on these irresponsible companies.

Celebrate ENS Video - All in one vitamin, protein, and more!

Celebrate says -- This is MUCH MORE than a protein shake. This is as close that you will ever get to having an ALL IN ONE bariatric supplement! Our Celebrate ENS shake is a one of a kind way to get your multivitamin, calcium, fiber AND protein all in one. Each ENS (Essential Nutrient System) shake contains a high potency multivitamin, 500 mg of calcium citrate, 4 g of fiber, and 25 g of whey isolate protein in each serving. This product is the best option for patients immediately following surgery.

Created for surgical weight loss patients, our ENS (Essential Nutrient System) shake contains a high potency multivitamin, 500 mg of calcium citrate, and 25 g of whey isolate protein in each pack. Our integrated formula provides maximum solubility and ensures that the vitamins and minerals are readily bioavailable. This product is the best option for patients immediately following surgery. 

* The vitamin and mineral content of each pack is equal to taking one chewable multivitamin, plus 500 mg of calcium, plus 25 g of protein. 
* Due to the nature of the formulation, this product is appropriate for any surgical weight loss procedure. As with any of our other delivery systems, you may need additional supplementation based on surgery type. 
* It is recommended to be blended with 8 oz of cold water, shaken, and consumed but can be mixed with as much or as little water as you want. It may also be mixed with milk. 
* Each pack also contains 4 g of soluble fiber, added electrolytes and a 500 mg antioxidant blend, and a 200 mg green tea blend. 
* Like our other products, taste is important and this has a delicious vanilla flavor that will make you think that you are drinking a glass of milk flavored like cake batter. 
* Since quality is a critical element of all of our products, we utilize an ultra refined whey isolate protein that scores 100 on the PDCAAS scale. 
-Celebrate Vitamins 

Who would benefit from this product? 

1. Early post-operative patients - Since this may be diluted to taste, there are virtually no issues with taste aversion. 
2. Athletes - If you are a surgery patient turned athlete, this can help to flavor that boring water that you need to drink. Water is critical and taking your vitamins and calcium while hydrating makes it easier. 
3. Anyone looking for a convenient alternative to pills or chewables.

Bariatric Advantage Ultra Multi Formula with Iron

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From Bariatric Advantage a capsule supplement taken three times a day - with no chewing necessary.
Impressive Stats.
Powerful nutrition in 3 capsules! Our newest encapsulated multi formula is the highest potency member of our multi family of products.
Designed to meet the latest guidelines* just add one of our great selection of calcium products and you are ready to go for the day.
Contains a full 3000 IU vitamin D3, 400 mg Magnesium, 45 mg Iron, and a unique phytonutrient blend to support good health.
You also get at least 200 % DV for all the B vitamins, a full range of trace minerals, and all four fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) in water-miscible forms.
Our new Ultra Formula is a great choice for anyone who wants the benefits of great nutrition with nothing to chew.
  • Via - Bariatric Advantage 
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  • Price - $19.95 for 90, $49.95 for 270
  • Pros - No chewing, everything but calcium is in this dose
  • Cons - None that I can see
  • Rating - Pouchworthy, I am waiting to see if I can handle the size to swallow them - I am sure they are fine.

MM Sail Away Giveaway!


I'm off on vacation -- let's have some fun while I am gone!

How about a givewaway from Wellesse?  How about FIVE?  

Wellesse products can be easily integrated into any routine by adding one ounce or less a day to a smoothie or protein shake, water or juice, helping bariatric patients achieve better compliance in taking their needed vitamins and supplements.  Our naturally flavored liquids become a fun, flavorful treat while fulfilling the important nutritional requirements of bariatric weight loss surgery patients on their journey to ever increasing good health.

I have FIVE Wellesse Summer Packages to share with you!

Each are valued at approximately $55 each, full of Wellesse supplements and fun summer goodies!  If you'd like to be entered to win:

  • Make sure you have liked the Wellesse Page, tell them MM or BBGC Sent you!
  • Make sure you like liked the MM Facebook Page
  • Be SURE to leave a comment on this blog post so I know you want in!  I'll pick five winners when I get home - (Unless my dog sitter blogs for me.)
  • Please consider sharing this link, or a link to this blog on your Facebook or Twitter!  Sharing is caring.  
  • Want a FREE SAMPLE right now?  Click here for a sample pack from Wellesse!

They are BACK! Free shipping and 25% off!

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Calcet® Creamy Bites + Vitamin D contain calcium citrate which is highly absorbable by the body.

Each Creamy Bite is individually protected and sealed using the Pharma-Seal™ NitroPak to assure the maximum potency you expect, with the freshness and flavor you love.

  • Buy three boxes for free shipping -- and 25% off with this --
  • This is not an ad - I receive nada from this - it's just a good deal.
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Do you buy brand-names or generic?

When you go to the pharmacy or big-box retailer do you choose brand-name or off-brand generic over the counter medications and pills even with the same active ingredients?

This kind of thing enthralls me.  I love you NPR. 

Why do people choose what they choose when given the option of the same product in different packaging?  

Some of you are SO. INSISTENT


"It is the ONLY ONE!"

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Don't EVEN bring it to crazy-town with mayonnaise.   But we're taking about medication today.

My line of thinking (...when making that choice in the aisle) goes to:

  • Is is *exactly the same?*
  • Does it have the same efficacy?
  • Is the generic brand safe and effective?

When side-by-side store branded pills versus big brands aren't all that different, same active ingredients, similar labeling, the only thing that stands out to many of us is the pricing.  So why do you choose the more expensive product, if you do?

If I am being completely honest, I don't buy off-brand super inexpensive pills from big box retailers like Wal-Mart (...or a Dollar Store, shiver!) because quite frankly I am terrified at the potential of an eighty-eight cent price point and where THAT came from.  It's not that I am a brand snob, but just, no.  I read the packaging of every side-by-side product and if the ingredients match by percentage and you can see the source -- I do not mind paying less per pill.

I will admit for some things I have brandsnobbery  (...but even so much less lately and not really. I have even downgraded to generic huge tubs of coffee.  RIP Starbucks at home, entirely.  Thanks to blogging not being so, uh, lucrative, don't quit your dayjobs!)  But not for over the counter medications.  I bought approximately three boxes of generic gas medications, gut-fail medications and the like prior-to and during my trip to Portland last week because of desperation and it worked and kept me from ROTTING ON A PLANE THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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Why does anyone buy Bayer aspirin — or Tylenol, or Advil — when, almost always, there's a bottle of cheaper generic pills, with the same active ingredient, sitting right next to the brand-name pills?

Matthew Gentzkow, an economist at the University of Chicago's Booth school, recently tried to answer this question. Along with a few colleagues, Gentzkow set out to test a hypothesis: Maybe people buy the brand-name pills because they just don't know that the generic version is basically the same thing.

"We came up with what is probably the simplest idea you've ever heard of," Gentzkow says. "Let's just look and see if people who are well-informed about these things still pay extra to buy brands."

In other words, do doctors, nurses and pharmacists pay extra for Tylenol instead of acetaminophen, or buy Advil instead of ibuprofen?

Gentzkow and his colleagues looked at a huge dataset of over 66 million shopping trips and found that, "lo and behold, nurses, doctors and pharmacists are much less likely to buy brands than average consumers," Gentzkow says. (Their findings are written up here.)

Pharmacists, for example, bought generics 90 percent of the time, compared with about 70 percent of the time for the overall population. "In a world where everyone was as well-informed as pharmacist or nurse, the market share of the brands would be much, much smaller than it is today," Gentzkow says.

I asked several people who had a bottle of Bayer or Tylenol or Advil at home why they'd bought the brand name. One guy told me he didn't want his wife to think he was cheap. A woman told me Bayer reminded her of her grandmother. Another guy, a lawyer, said he just didn't want to spend the time to figure it out, and decided it was worth the extra couple bucks to buy the brand.

In general, we often buy brands when we lack information — when, like that lawyer, we decide it's easier to spend the extra money rather than try to figure out what's what.

Jesse Shapiro, one of the co-authors of the headache paper, told me he buys Heinz ketchup rather than the generic brand. He likes Heinz. He thinks it's better than the generic, but he's not sure. "I couldn't promise that, if you blindfolded me, I could tell them apart," he says.

No pills to take?

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Neurologic complications of bariatric surgery

"My doctor said my blood work looks great.  I'm going to stop taking my vitamins."  

-Said someone in my group today

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Neurologic complications of bariatric surgery have an estimated incidence of up to 16% per year and need to be discussed with patients who are considering surgery. Neurological deficits are most commonly associated with nutritional deficiencies that develop following surgery. The most commonly described nutritional deficiencies include thiamine (B1), B12, folate, vitamin D, vitamin E, and copper deficiencies.Risk factors for nutritional complications include vitamin noncompliance, protracted vomiting, and excessive alcohol consumption.

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Nine year RNY post op with permanent cognitive neurological disorders.

CLOSED - Bariatric Vitamins Building Blocks Giveaway, Times THREE!

Thank you!  CLOSED.  Picking winners now.

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Selenium deficiency may cause cardiomyopathy post-gastric bypass

Just an interesting tid-bit -

Selenium deficiency may cause cardiomyopathy post-gastric bypass.

Non-compliance with vitamin and mineral supplementation protocols after bariatric surgery could lead to nutritional deficiencies and related health complications, such as heart damage, according to two separate case reports unveiled at the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 77th Annual Scientific meeting in Las Vegas.

#malware #scam Bariatric Eating Susan Maria Leach Before + After BEHealthyDrinks + Book Release

Presented without commentary for your perusal.   

PS.  Susan, you might want to take back control of your social media.

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Bariatric Eating Media Tour is a-comin'! Can you feel the anticipation?

I am getting all tingly excited over the upcoming release of Susan Maria Leach's newly revised and updated book:  Before + After!  

"Susan Maria Leach maintains her new weight and devotes her time to motivating others to keep on track and sustain healthy patterns of diet and exercise not just for a short period after surgery but for life. She owns and operates and has opened her first nutrition store in Pompano Beach, Florida. Her company is a member of the corporate council of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery."


Check out -  its chock-full of helpful... malware?

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Check out the social media

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So. excited.

Thanks BE!  You rock!

Oh. Yes. She. Did.

Hold the Press Releases, Suz!  

How do you go from not paying your taxes, failure to ship orders since 2011, closing your store, foreclosure, shutting down all communication to... THIS?

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