Two Dirty Words


The two dirtiest words in bariatric surgery... have you guessed them yet?  I know the suspense must be killing you but before we get to that I wanted to update you on Sensa.

If you are a regular reader of this newsletter you may remember that several months ago I wrote about the newest/sexiest weight loss supplement, Sensa…does it really make sense?.  I just wanted to give you an update on an interesting development.  The company just agreed to pay $905,000 to settle false advertising claims.  Imagine that!!..a weight loss supplement making false advertising claims!!  (Who'd a thunk it!!) For anyone needing a cure for insomnia the link to the original legal documents describing the settlement are here:

Now….what about those "dirty words", eh?…    

Ah yes, my friends….in case you didn't guess, the dirtiest words in our office are (drumroll please…) "diet" and "exercise".  I know what you're thinking, "Aren't diet and exercise key to getting and keeping weight off"…well, yes and no, sort of…let me explain.

Just below this article you will see Glynn Fluitt's (a real live bariatric patient)  column called "From the Gut"…he tells a poignant story about some Amtrak employees at Penn Station in NYC, but I want to draw your attention to what he says before that.  He describes all the physical things he is now doing that he could never do before his bariatric surgery…riding his bike out to Montauk Point on Long Island, taking his son skiing, climbing Bear Mountain, all of which sounds like a lot of fun actually ("exercise" on the other hand is just above going to the dentist on the fun scale) .  The point I am trying to make is Glynn isn't "exercising" he is just being active.  Is this just semantics, I am just playing with words here, I don't think so.

Who wants to go on a "diet", raise  your hand (didn't think so).  If you're in my office you've been on a thousand diets and if you're in my office they obviously didn't work.  By the way, don't feel bad, they almost never do (5% or less of people loss weight and keep it off thru "diet and exercise" you know why they are dirty words!).

 A "diet" and and an "exercise routine" are hard to maintain because they aren't what you normally do.  By definition a "diet" is some special way of eating that is different than the way you normally eat. No one can keep that up for the rest of their life, but here is what you can do…you can eat healthy!  That is something you can do for the rest of  your life.  Our nutritionist, Marisol, is here to support you in it.

If you have had bariatric surgery or are considering it you will need to commit to eating healthy…that is what will keep the weight off once the surgery gets the weight off!  Eating healthy is not exactly a greased slide either, it takes something.  You need to be aware of what you types of food you put in your body (cook more of your own foods, for example), how to read a nutritional label etc (again Marisol can support you in this).

Now, what about "exercise"?  There has to be something you like to do that is active…..line dancing, ballroom dancing, zumba, golf, skiing, racquetball, swimming, tennis…something!  Whatever it is, start doing it.  Once you start losing the weight  you will be amazed at all the things you can do, that you never thought you could.  Make sure you start doing them and then KEEP doing them.  Again, we aren't "exercising" we are staying active (big difference!)

I can tell you from my own personal experience (having been in the field 10 years now) the patients who are the most successful long term (5 and and 10 years) are the ones who establish healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle because that is what will keep the weight off, not "diet" and "exercise"

Just an FYI we have two informational seminars this week, one in Millburn (on Wednesday) and one in Lakewood (on Thursday, for all our Ocean county patients), see below for details

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From 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!


Remember when … ?

I'm almost 4 years post-op (RNY April '09 — is it really only 4?) and it continues to be a celebration. I've "run" in four 5k events. I rode my bike


75 miles to Montauk. I took my son skiing. I hiked for hours and climbed my way to the top of Bear Mountain for fun. I rode my bike 326 miles across Iowa.


Those are the things that I look forward to remembering for a long time.

HERE are some of the things I remember from not so long ago.


"Hey Big Guy!"

"You need help up?"

"Keep your seat! Don't get up!"

"I better get in line before Glynn does, while there is still food!"


They don't specifically mean to be, but people can be mean. I was reminded of this a couple of days ago in Penn Station. A few AmTrak employees were hanging out and chatting. Two young thin guys, an older average guy, and a short, morbidly obese, older guy. They were all participating in the conversation, all seemed to be friendly if not friends.


One of the guys stated "we gotta get to work!". They gathered themselves together and began to amble off. One guy turned to the larger man and said "Okay, Chuck. We'll see you when you catch up.". Chuck waved as the other 3 strode off. Chuck headed the same direction, leaning back as if he was headed downhill, his arms swishing through the air like short helicopter blades trying to lift him off the ground.


Several things. (1) his buddy was not "trying" to be mean ("see you when you catch up"). (2) Chuck probably didn't consciously register that twinge of pain at being reminded of his "disability" (3) the social aspect of the group of buddies was severed (4) Chuck doesn't know th
at AmTrak's health plan would probably prefer to pay for his gastric surgery than support his obesity!!


If you're one of the "regular" folk, be conscientious about your comments and what they infer. If you're one of the (growing number of) morbidly obese folk, aren't you tired of it? Let's look into ways to help you successfully become a healthier participant in the "gang". I used to be one of those guys that would have to "catch up". I'm so glad that I'm now one that walks "with" the crowd.


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Or … Don't follow me! We'll walk together!!!!









Good Morning Casserole

 Serving Size: 4

    4 slices of bread, crust trimmed
    1 � cups of egg substitute
    1 � cups skim milk
    4 slices cooked turkey bacon, crumbled
    � cup (1oz) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
    � cup (1oz) shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese
    � cup sliced mushrooms
    � teaspoon seasoned salt
    � cup frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed


    Across bottom of lightly greased 9×9 inch baking dish, arrange bread slices, slightly overlapping. Set aside.
    In large bowl, beat together egg substitute, milk, turkey bacon, 2 tablespoons each of cheddar and Swiss cheeses, mushrooms, and salt.
    Pour mixture over bread slices
    Sprinkle potatoes and remaining cheese over egg mixture.
    Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    Bake, uncovered, in pre-heated 350 degree F oven until lightly browned and knife inserted near center comes out clean (about 40-45 minutes).


    Calories: 253
    Fat: 8 grams
    Protein: 22 grams
    Carbohydrate: 22 grams
    Cholesterol: 18 mg
    Sodium: 674 mg
    Sugar: 7 grams
    Fiber: 2 grams

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Patients are frequently asking for suggestions on how to keep track of what they eat and how they know the mix of what is in what they eat – Protein, Sodium, Fiber,Carbs, Good and Bad Fats) especially when they are out or do not have access to the labels of the food they are eating.  If you want a mobile application to assist you when on the run, out eating or just like having it at your fingertips at all times…there is a Free Smartphone App called "LOSE IT!" that I have been suggesting to patients as an option to work the menu and menu the work for before, during and after surgery.  I have reviewed the app and find it to be a good way to help you work your plan.  

If you are using it now – would love to hear how it is working for you.  
We are not associated with the app in any way or receive any compensation for recommending the application 🙂 –
Upcoming Free Informational Seminars

The next Free Informational seminar is at our Millburn office on Wednesday February 20th, 2013 starting at 6:30pm.  Dr. Yurcisin leads the discussion on weight loss, your surgical options and if 'Bariatric Surgery is Right for Me?'

If you or your guests cannot make the 2/20/13 seminar, Dr. Yurcisin continues to lead our seminars with our next seminar on Wednesday March 6th 2013 at 6:30pm in our Millburn office. Reserve your seat for you and your friends!


   Always happy to take our Informational Seminars on the road, Dr. Yurcisin is leading a FREE Informational Seminar on Thursday February 21, 2013

from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Center for Healthy Living (part of Kimball Medical Center) located at 198 Prospect Street , Lakewood,NJ 08701.  Register to reserve your seat at 1.888.724.7123 then press prompt#4. You can also call us directly to reserve your seat or email at to be sure we have you on the guest list!

In This Issue Dirty WordsFrom the GutMarisol's Nutritional CornerEnd Quotes

This Designation  is the 1st line of Defense for All Patients when looking for a Certified Center of Excellence Bariatric Surgeon.  GSBWC has proudly been Certified since we began our practice.

February 2013 Team Happenings!

Pardon Our Mess as we expand our Millburn Office and Do Spring cleaning/Painting and Re-Organizing the Office! We Appreciate Your Patience as we Freshen up Our Millburn Office!
people in arms


1% club  

Help your friends, family and colleagues join the 1% club and permanently cancel their membership in the 99% club.


" Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have"   — Margaret Mead   


Pay It Forward 2013
We will adding a new section to our website:
BIZ BUZZ?? (Please Help Us with a Great Name for the New Section on our website dedicated JUST to Patient's business):
 allowing patient's to list their businesses on our site! We know so many up to good things, creating businesses and taking on their dreams and want to give you an opportunity to let others know what you are up to in life!
If you are interested in your business being featured on our website, please email Laurie at: to get started.

Upcoming Dates and Locations of Support Group in Your Area:

Next Support Group at ACC in Livingston, NJ is March 13th, 2013 from 6pm to 7:30pm.  Support Group attendance and participation is an important part of keeping and maintaining your health and weight goals!

Thanks For Trusting Us with Your Health!

End Quotes:
"My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the heck she is."

— Ellen DeGeneres

"A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise."–A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh


 "A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs." —Joan Welsh

"Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness". –Edward Stanley  

 Yours in Good Health,  

  Michael Bilof, MD
 Basil Yurcisin, MD

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Ocean County Support Group

I am not trying to exclude the North Jersey patients but I did want to remind all of the South Jersey patients that we have a once a month support group in Ocean County.