Is There a Link Between the Microbes in Your Gut and Managing Your Weight?

Doc Gumshoe looks at an obesity-fighting pitch

By Michael Jorrin, "Doc Gumshoe", July 19, 2016

[ed note: Michael Jorrin, who I dubbed “Doc Gumshoe” a few years back, writes for us about health and medicine a couple times a month. He does not typically cover the investment side of medicine, but, as today, he often digs into the health “teasers” and hyperbole that we all see along with the investment teasers. He chooses his own topics, and has agreed to our general trading disclosures.]

The definite answer to that provocative question is “maybe.” I come to that emphatically ambiguous position as a result of having dug around in response to yet another lengthy presentation to which Travis alerted me. I’m going to try to spare you the tedious repetitive build-up in the spiel, and just give you the highlights (so to speak), which run like this:

“Hi, my name is Anthony Turner. And in just a moment, I’m going to share an incredible true story with you.

“A story about how a 390 pound morbidly obese man, who just 3 months earlier had collapsed to the floor in agony, heart failing, sweat pouring down his face, fighting for breath as he lay on the floor on the verge of death, not only survived this ordeal … but was able to quickly and easily shed 142 pounds in just 90 days, transforming his health and adding years to his life expectancy in the process.

“This is the story of how a man who doctors had warned would be dead inside 6 months, stunned the medical community, and forced doctors with decades of experience and knowledge of the human body to rethink everything they thought they knew about losing weight.

“And remarkably, he did it without calorie counting… without gastric surgery… without starving himself… without medication… and without following any kind of diet AT ALL.

“In fact, this man was able to effectively ‘trick’ his body to melt away fat on a daily basis, without cutting out ANY of his favorite foods.”

The presentation then goes on to repeat essentially the same story again and again and AGAIN … always with the same conclusion, which is, in case you didn’t get it the first time or the second time, that you can lose huge amounts of weight without pain or inconvenience. The food goes in through your face as usual, but the fat doesn’t then accumulate at those inconvenient locations where you wish it wouldn’t.

Fairly early on, the spiel gives you a quick peek behind the curtain, but then goes on to explain, in serious terms, that the information you are about to receive has been divulged by a courageous individual who is defying the serious threats brandished by the pharmaceutical industry and the medical establishment so that the miraculous weight-loss protocol should remain secret and not threaten the cash flow to those greedy entities. Here are some more snippets:

“This game-changing discovery, which has already made headline news in the Guardian, USA Today, the Scientific American, and The Washington Post, is cast-iron proof that your weight gain has NOTHING to do with calories….

“NOTHING to do with your metabolism…

“NOTHING to do with what time you’re eating…

“And incredibly, NOTHING to do with how much you eat, despite what the mainstream media and the medical profession has been telling you.

… And is instead all down to a nasty ‘fat-building’ bacteria residing in your gut that is not only resulting in you gaining weight, but is also making it literally IMPOSSIBLE for you to shed that weight, and achieve the lean and toned physique that you want.

“But what’s really going to make you angry is that there’s a very simple solution to the problem –

But it’s currently being suppressed by the greedy multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry who are doing everything in their power to keep this discovery hidden from the public, for reasons I’ll reveal very soon.

“I have already been physically threatened and had 4 separate lawsuits filed against me in order to stop you from learning the truth about why you’ve found it such a struggle to lose weight, even when you do everything right.

“So I urge you to read this page while you have the chance, because there are no guarantees that it will still be here tomorrow, or even in a few hours from now.”

Mr Turner, the narrator of this epic, doesn’t see