Regret is a story we choose to believe. The truth is right before us: we are here now. Where do we wish to be tommorow? Find a path to it and start walking.
Do not believe in punishment, especially your own. Self pity and regret are the illusion that if we make ourselves suffer enough we can change the past. We are right here right now and the only fact that matters is our next step.
If you are like most people struggling with weight, you have probably tried many diets, many supplements and a whole lot of gimmicks. You have probably found, like everyone, that it's a lot easier to buy a promise of weight loss than to achieve it as a reality. You have probably felt a failure many times over and you have likely spent more money than you care to admit. It is perhaps cold consolation that you are not alone.
The truth, of course, is that there are no weight loss miracles. If any of the thousands of diets, supplements and books that flood the market ever really worked, you would already know it, already be thin and certainly not wasting your time reading this.
I have no miracles to promise, but I do offer hope along with the most modern medical therapy available. Medical science has made and continues to make real progress in the treatment of obesity. Long-term weight loss is truly possible, but, with or without medical help, it still requires long-term changes in your life. Most of my patients start out believing that they are incapable of real and lasting change; they cite as evidence for this their own past weight loss "failures". Men and women who have achieved incredible success in other areas of life believe that with weight they are abject failures. Not only is this tragic, it is self-fulfilling. Who among us is going to work to achieve a goal we believe unreachable?
Obesity is a disease, not a character flaw. It responds to livable and sustained lifestyle modification and not to hocus-pocus or self-flagellation. Obesity is also a chronic disease, just like diabetes, just like high blood pressure. Obesity doesn't happen for only, say, two years and then just go away. But, just like diabetes, just like hypertension, obesity can be managed. Such management is not a cure, but it does mean that the serious health risks of obesity can be reduced through long-term weight loss. That is the focus of my work.
I treat obesity medically and in many cases, when appropriate, I treat it with medications. I treat obesity didactically, by working with every patient I see to make sensible life-style changes appropriate for that person's health. I treat obesity as a human being who stands in judgement of nobody else lest he himself be judged. Obesity is a brutal disease that destroys human lives. It deserves better treatment than a pretty lie and frankly, so do you. I take very seriously the trust people place in the title of "physician" and work daily to honor it.
This website is a work in progress. I approach it with high hopes and limited time. Everything you see and read here is written by me (except when I am explictly quoting). I have no web-design firm and no marketing agency. This all me and I offer this website as an informational resource to my patients and to the public but with a caveat: the information herein is solely that: information. It is NOT medical advice. I can only offer that to patients whom I have talked with and examined.
I was born in Seattle, Washington in 1963, was raised mostly in California and, for a year, in Geneva,Switzerland. I attended High School in North San Diego County and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California at San Diego with a degree in general biology. I attended medical school at the University of California at Irvine and graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1989.
I moved from California to Albuquerque, New Mexico in the summer of 1989 to pursue post-graduate medical training in Pathology at the University of New Mexico. After a year and a half, I decided that Pathology was the wrong medical specialty for me and it left to pursue a medical career that offered more direct patient contact. This led me to bariatrics or medical weight control.
I started my own bariatric medical practice (called "Medical Diet Clinic") in the summer of 1991 and have, since then, treated over fifteen thousand people. I was a kid when I started and and I am a middle-aged man now and yet, over the years I have grown to love my job and my patients more and more.