Pi Day

So, all this time we've been talking about consuming less calories and now Dr. Bilof is telling us to eat pie???? Well not quite, sharp eyed readers will notice that the title is spelled "pi" not "pie", well its not a typo…

If its not a typo then what is it? Pi is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet. It also happens to be the ratio of a circles circumference to its diameter but the real reason I have made it the topic of today's newsletter is the first five digits of Pi are 3.1415. So, once per year (March 14th, that is 3.14) it is Pi day but once a century it is Pi Day, the 14th day of the 3rd month of the 15th year, that is 3.1415, in other words….. today!.

In fact, if this newsletter reached your inbox at 9:26 and 53 seconds in the morning (3.141592653) then we have Pi out to 10 digits! (By the way, if you're wondering if Dr. Bilof has a little too much free time you might be right!). Now, if you are real Math nerd (and I'll confess that I think I might be!) today is even better because today is the anniversary of Albert Einstein's birthday! That's right, Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day (March 14th 1879). It's like New Year's Eve and the Superbowl rolled into one for Math Geeks!

pidayIf you go to the Wikipedia page for Pi here you will find out all sorts of fun facts about Pi. Like the fact that using supercomputers Pi has been calculated out 13.3 trillion (with a "T") digits or that according to the Guiness book of world records (is that really still around?) on Nov 11, 2005 Lu Chao of China recited the first 67,890 digits of Pi from memory, it took him 24 hours and 4 minutes to do so! Talk about having too much free time!

The ancients knew of Pi and had it's value within a few percent of the true value. There are, in fact, two verses in the Hebrew bible describing a pool in the Temple of Solomon with a diameter of 10 cubits and a circumference of 30 cubits, which if the pool was circular would give a value of Pi equal to 3.

piday2Anyway, I obviously have not begun suggesting that you eat large amounts of pie but I just wanted to give a bit of a shout out to those of you celebrating Pi Day. We won't see another one for a hundred years!

And don't worry next week we get back to the "regularly scheduled program" discussing weight loss, bariatrics, nutrition…you know, medical stuff!

P.S. If anyone actually reads the End Quotes (you know who you are!) you might think today's is rather strange. It is actually a quote designed to aid in remembering the digits of Pi. For example the first word has 3 letters the second has 1 the third has four and so forth

P.P.S. If you are feeling particularly mathematical today (or any other day) you may want to go to the Museum of Math in New York City, check out the website here. According to their website they are the only Museum of Math in the entire USA! Only a hop, skip and a jump away in NYC.

fromthegutFrom the Gut... by Glynn Fluitt
Mr. Fluitt is a patient, member of the Century Club and graciously contributes his thoughts and insights as a patient, a champion and an advocate for us all!


For old times' sake…

A friend of mine at the office called me yesterday to tell me that a friend of HIS, again at the office, asked if my friend thought I would be willing to discuss weight loss surgery with her.

Hmmmm.. "Yes!" I responded with absolutely no hesitation!!

It made me realize how long it had been since I had discussed my surgery and the related tribulations that went along with it. I used to write THIS article for Dr. Bilof regularly as a way to share some of my personal thoughts with potential and existing WLS surgery patients. How did I fall off the waagon?!? I am 6 years post-op, but I am STILL a WLS success story! I am still an ex-morbid!!!

I'm back!

And I started thinking about what I would discuss with my friend's friend – let's call her Sue (because that's her name!).

I began figuring that I would tell Sue about my pre-surgery trials with protein powder samples. How about regaling her with stories about my "Book of Firsts"? Oh – and she should learn the proper calculations about protein calories versus those for carbs and fats.

Then I realized it was about HER agenda, not mine! She probably had her own questions or topics to discuss. I had no way to know what's going on in her head that would prevent or propel her to being successful as a WLS patient. So I'm just going to let HER drive the agenda — with as much support and information as I can muster.

Come to find out my friends sister had had the sleeve surgery during the holidays without telling anyone in her family for fear of making them "worry" during the Christmas break!

She's doing great, btw, but she did it alone.

WLS is like every other topic. You'd be surprised how many others are out there in the same situation. Pre- or post-surgery. Wondering if it is the right thing to do. Fretting about the after-math. Wondering how they'd fit and how they'd behave in a world of "normal" people who can eat whatever and whenever they want!!

Folks!! There are no "normal" people!!!! Ask your damn questions!!!! Seek out counsel!!! Get informed!! Be happy and certain about the choices you're trying to make.

For one, that's my crusade! Ask me!! I'm not the world's foremost expert, but I've been there.

After looking into all the support groups and systems, I began following so many other patients and candidates. I have hundreds of followers across my multiple twitter accounts. Sometimes I tweet, sometimes I read. But I have never stopped celebrating the fact that I am an EX-morbid. And have been for multiple years.

I'm going to revisit some of my legacy articles and topics and see what I can resurface for discussion. In the meantime, I encourage you to keep the conversation going. You never know who might be lurking in the shadows willing to either share information or air their concerns.

Or just ask me. For old times sake…

Follow me @BariatricDude

Hope to talk to you soon!

partyUpcoming Free Informational Seminars

The next Free Informational seminar isWednesday, March 25th in our Millburn office (225 Millburn Ave, Suite 204)starting at 6:30pm.  Dr. Yurcisin leads the discussion on weight loss, your surgical options and "Is 'Bariatric Surgery is Right for Me?  

The next informational seminar in Toms River will be on Thursday March 19th, in our office at 1430 Hooper Ave, Suite 203, Toms River, NJ.  It starts at 5:30 pm  

END QUOTE:"How I need a drink, alcoholic in nature, after the tough chapters involving quantum mechanics!"

Please remember this is not advocating consumption of alcoholic beverages, its just a device to memorize the digits of Pi!

 Yours in Good Health,
 Michael Bilof, MD
 Basil Yurcisin, MD

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