Gastric hypnotic band and medical research.
Gastric hypnotic band is also referred to as Hypno Band, or Gastric Band Hypnosis. In discussion, with a Doctor friend recently, he informed be that despite the significant cost of Gastric Band surgery, it was one of the most successful and cost effective ways to treat a patient suffering from obesity.
Despite the risks associated with such an invasive procedure, in the long run it saves the NHS millions of pounds a year. It does this by offsetting the likelihood of future illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease etc.
There is a growing amount of evidence that shows how the Gastric Band Bypass operation actually changes the patients appetite.
Carel Le Roux, a bariatric surgeon from London’s Imperial College has recently published a study which shows how this type of surgery affects the hormones in the gut and the eating behaviour.
Le Roux and his colleagues noted that Gastric Bypass surgery in rats, not only reduced total fat and caloric intake but, interestingly, naturally increased their preference for healthier lower fat food.
The authors of this study, also noted that their patients with successful Gastric Bypass surgery consumed considerably less fat in their diet than patients, who had undergone Gastric Band Surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery (GBP) results in about 56.7-66.5% excess weight loss. Adjustable gastric banding (GB), a purely restrictive procedure, usually results in 40.7-54.2% excess weight loss. These are both pretty amazing statistics.
I always find it interesting to read about this scientific studies as it helps me modify and improve the way I work with my clients who come to me for weight loss or for my gastric band hypnosis package.
How can something in the mind change something in the body, are they connected? Well mind and body are connected, they aren’t separate circuits. Cells communicate with each other by many mechanisms including the release of hormones through a complex circuitry.
Everything that happens in the body is regulated by the brain, and most of it takes places outside our conscious awareness. It’s autonomic or involuntary.
There is a part of the brain that’s called the hypothalamus, and there are individual cells within this that control hunger, and that feeling of fullness of satisfaction.
The hunger feeling is also down to a hormone called ghrelin which can be found in the hypothalamus and the stomach lining. Ghrelin has actually got plenty of accomplices when it comes to making people eat, and stop eating.
That satisfaction or fullness feeling is down to another bunch of hormones such as insulin, leptin and PYY which suppress appetite.
All these hormones travel through the body, carrying their eat or don’t-eat messages. They also trigger nerve signals running from the gut to the brain and are influenced, in turn, by messages returning from the brain.
It had now been shown that hypnosis can affect virtually every system in the body. When one is in a relaxed trance like state, and accepts certain suggestions, the body and mind can work together to make changes. These changes are sometimes called the pyschoneuroimmunologic responses. This response is due to an activation of an area of the brain called the hypothalamus. We can see this by using MRI brain scan imagining when hypnotising patients.
So hypnosis works on activating the hypothalamus, which is exactly where the hunger and fullness hormones live. We are very much at the beginning of a new frontier in understanding the complexity of the brain thanks to advances in neuroscience. This is one of the reasons why the gastric hypnotic band can be so effective.
Further reading about Gastric Hypnotic Band.
By Sarah Jons