Dr Oz Speaks!


We have a special guest editor today... Dr. Oz!…perhaps you've heard of him 🙂   Just for the record I don't personally know Dr. Oz and have never spoken to him myself..but he has some opinions about bariatric surgery which I thought you might find interesting…

Dr. Michael BilofDr. Michael BilofDr. Oz gave an interview to "Prevention" magazine this month.  If you have never heard of Prevention magazine it is a monthly magazine which deals with general health issues. We subscribe to it in the office so next time you are in for an office visit you can read it.

This month Dr. Oz is on the cover and he gave a wide-ranging interview on topics as varied as the goofy props he uses on his show to his work out routine to the fact that his wife, Lisa, is a vegetarian.   There were however two questions he was asked which I would like to draw your attention to:

Q: "What health issue do you think can be solved in our lifetime"?
A: "Obesity.  I really do think we can get ahead of it.  It's easier to cure obesity than cancer.  And it drives most of the heart disease and a good amount of the autoimmune issues we have.  I also think gastric bypass surgery will play a big role.  We probably do only 1% of the gastric bypass surgeries we should do."

Q: "So you're a proponent"?
A: "Yes. Listen, if you're one hundred pounds overweight at age fifty, you have the same mortality rate as if you had a cancer.  Would you operate for cancer?  Yeah.  So if you cannot lose that weight, get one of these procedures.  You have to do it with counseling and full awareness of what you're doing, of course.  But if you get people to start losing 5% of their excess body weight you're really taking a big whack out of the two thirds of Americans who are overweight or obese right now."

So, there you have it, America's doctor (Dr. Oz) is a proponent of gastric bypass because he recognizes the seriousness of the obesity problem in the country and the fact that the most effective treatment we have is bariatric surgery.  If you want to read the entire interview it is in the October issue of "Prevention" magazine.

I have a second guest editor today, Marisol our nutritionist in the Millburn office.  I asked Marisol if she could put together a "bariatric friendly" and tasty recipe, and here is what she came up with….take it away Marisol

So when was the last time you saw a vegetable make an appearance on your plate?  I know, I know its an extra step no one wants to make at dinner time.  Well here is a quick and tasty recipe that takes about 10 minutes that I am sure you and your family will love.  And remember, one easy way to get veggies on your plate is to plan your meal around your vegetables.


1 – 10oz bag of broccoli florets (I like to cut the florets into smaller pieces, it yields more and the cooking time is less.)

1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil

3 garlic cloves chopped

1/8 teaspoon of salt

Ground black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon of water.


Open the bag of broccoli florets, place in a bowl and rinse.  In a medium size nonstick skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Add garlic, lower flame to medium and cook until garlic is fragrant about 1 minute.  Add broccoli, toss to combine with oil and garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper, cook for about 1 minute.  Reduce heat, add water, cover and cook for 8 minutes.  Yields approximately 2 – 1 cup servings.


Thanks Marisol, sounds delicious!  


Patient Informational Seminar


Just wanted to remind everyone we have a free patient information seminar this Wednesday, Sept 28th.  It will be held at the Millburn office, 225 Millburn Ave, Suite 204, Millburn, NJ.  The seminar will start at 6:30 PM.  We will be discussing all of the options for bariatric surgery.


Thanks for reading and trusting me and my team with your healthcare.

Michael Bilof





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