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A Consumer’s Guide To Lap Band Surgery

Lap Band surgery is used to help patients lose weight; however, it is only used for those who have a BMI of at least 40 or an individual with a BMI of at least 30 with at least one obesity related condition, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.. In order to qualify for this elective surgery, individuals must commit to making a variety of significant changes in their lifestyle, including dietary restrictions and moderate exercise.

This surgery is only approved for adults who are healthy enough to undergo surgery in Houston. Those with gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune diseases or cardiopulmonary diseases should not undergo this operation. Additionally, those who are unwilling to follow strict dietary restrictions, are addicted to drug or alcohol or women who are pregnant or might become pregnant should not undergo this surgery.

This outpatient surgery involves implanting an inflatable silicone device near the top of the stomach to decrease the amount of food a patient can eat. because the band creates a smaller stomach, it is important that patients follow a strict diet to avoid stretching the stomach or dislodging the band. Additionally, anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, should be avoided as they can contribute to band erosion.

Lap Band InstrumentsLap band surgery patients may require additional surgeries to deflate the bands, replace the bands or remove the bands. However, because of medical advances, the surgery may be able to be performed laparoscopically, which results in less pain and faster recovery times.

One of the main benefits of lap band surgery is the ability to remove the bands laparoscopically once the patient’s weight loss goals have been reached. Because the surgery can be done laparoscopically, minimal scarring occurs. Once the band is removed, the patient’s stomach returns to normal size, which can cause weight gain if the patient is not careful. However, with proper exercise and a sensible diet, the patient can maintain their weight loss.

Because this surgery does not remove any of the digestive tract, patients normally do not experience the nutritional deficiencies often experienced with more drastic weight loss surgeries. As long as the patient follows a sensible diet, no deficiencies should occur.

On average patients lose between 50 and 100 pounds during their first year. During this year, patients will learn how to eat properly to encourage weight loss and avoid weight gain once the lap band is removed.

EZ Winter Gardening with 2 Layered Hinged Low Tunnel


EZ Winter Gardening with 2 Layered Hinged Low Tunnel
How I built my 2 layered hinged low tunnel for EZ winter gardening!

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Session 9: GROW BIOINTENSIVE: A Beginner’s Guide — Maintaining Your Garden


Session 9: GROW BIOINTENSIVE: A Beginner’s Guide — Maintaining Your Garden
This is the final installment in the how-to GROW BIOINTENSIVE series from John Jeavons (the author of the sustainable gardening classic “How to Grow More Vegetables”) and Cynthia Raiser Jeavons.

More episodes are available to watch and the whole series is available as a full-length uncut DVD at http://www.johnjeavons.info/video.html

With this revolutionary organic gardening method, you will learn to grow more food in less space, to build truly sustainable soil fertility, and to save money by reducing water, energy and fertilizer use! This self-teaching series provides an excellent introduction to the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method and will get you out into the garden in 8 sessions!

Other topics in the series include growing seedlings in flats, preparing the garden bed and soil, transplanting, composting, harvesting, saving seeds, and choosing your crops.

For more information about the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Method, or to take an in-depth workshop taught by John Jeavons, go on a tour of Ecology Action’s Biointensive research mini-farm at The Jeavons Center in Willits, CA, or download a free copy of The Biointensive Farmer’s Handbook, go to www.growbiointensive.org.

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How to Create a Sustainable Garden


How to Create a Sustainable Garden
To view the next video in this series click: http://www.monkeysee.com/play/1691 This video series will show how to create a sustainable garden. Expert gardener Susan Harris takes viewers through the steps of drawing and then installing mixed borders filled with plants that are not just beautiful but environmentally friendly, low-maintenance, and easy on the budget.

Organic Self Sustainable Garden – Hacienda Okhra – Kid Prepper


Organic Self Sustainable Garden – Hacienda Okhra – Kid Prepper
Checking out all the cool fruits and vegetables my friends family grow on their farm. It’s all ORGANIC and self sustainable. I would say that it’s pretty awesome.
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Back to Eden Garden (Sustainable Permaculture with Permanent Wood Chip Mulch) Step 1: Site Selection


Back to Eden Garden (Sustainable Permaculture with Permanent Wood Chip Mulch) Step 1: Site Selection
After watching the “Back to Eden” film demonstrating the effectiveness of sustainable permaculture established by applying and maintaining a permanent mulch covering, we were convinced that we should transition our gardens using the same methods.

We currently have two areas fenced in as garden spots, and are planning now to begin the transition as soon as the weather allows. Our goal has always been sustainability and self-sufficiency, and after watching the film and many, many YouTube videos posted by others using permanent mulch, it seemed obvious to us that this is a necessary step in the right direction. We will provide video updates of our progress, so please Subscribe!

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Sustainable Garden Ideas


Sustainable Garden Ideas
Visit the home garden of EnviroscapeLA Founder Mike Garcia. This Southern California front yard has lots of waterfalls and fountains packed into tiny spaces. Get inspired to do something great in your own yard. www.EnviroscapeLA.com

10 Gardening Products & Practices I’ve Abandoned & Why


10 Gardening Products & Practices I’ve Abandoned & Why
Over the years, I’ve abandoned a number of the gardening products and practices I grew up with or used in the past in my own garden. This process of elimination has led me to a low cost, low effort approach that gets excellent results by focusing on what really works.

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Today I share 10 different gardening products and practices I’ve abandoned over the years and why I abandoned them.

1) Tilling – 0:30
2) Growing in Rows – 1:52
3) Synthetic Fertilizer – 2:35
4) Store Bought Compost – 3:30
5) Store Bought Organic Fertilizer – 4:17
6) Rock Dust – 5:04
7) Biochar – 6:10
8) Comfrey Tea – 7:27
9) Compost Tea – 8:22
10) Turning Compost Frequently – 9:15

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Summary of Biochar Benefits from Washington State University: http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/FS147E/FS147E.pdf

Growing Squash in Straw/Hay Bales – Sustainable Vegetable Gardening


Growing Squash in Straw/Hay Bales – Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
In this video I show you from start to finish the process of growing squash in a bale. It is very simple and we were really pleased with the results even though we were growing on a west facing bank. It is cheap, easy to do and a fun project for anyone growing food. Become a supporter of HuwsNursery: https://www.patreon.com/huwsnursery
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