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Diabetes Surgical "Cure" or Irresponsible Lifestyle?

Pittsburgh Pharmacist and Naturopathic Physician Speaks Out on Responsible Lifestyle.

Pittsburgh, PA, January 30, 2008 --( With nationwide coverage of a potential surgical “cure” for diabetes, Pittsburgh pharmacist and naturopathic physician, Darrell Misak, recommends education and lifestyle change before what he called “drastic and irresponsible measures.” “I believe people need to be aware that there are short and long term consequences of mini-gastric bypass surgery, even the risk of death,” stated Dr. Misak, who counsels his patients about a natural lifestyle, which he claims promotes general health and longevity.

A cursory view of the media headlines on the newly proposed surgical cure for diabetes reveals stories about a pregnant woman losing her fetus, post surgery complications with abdominal pain from adhesions or scar tissue inside the body, lymphedema or swelling due to altered lymphatic circulation, and even death in 4.6% of patients or about 1 in 20 people according to the journal Nature. These are significant concerns and risks for anybody considering this procedure and Dr. Misak believes “this is only the tip of the ice burg as the associated nutrient mal-absorption has the potential to lead to multiple chronic illnesses based on genetic predisposition and dietary nutrient intake.”

On the other side of the story, according to Dr. Misak medical literature review shows multiple studies with positive results from a healthy lifestyle that includes a high fiber, low glycemic or sugar diet along with regular exercise, which suggest to prevent or in some cases reverse diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors. He stated that “your lifestyle is a choice and the consequences of that lifestyle are clear in the research,” and he showed considerable disappointment with his perception of the public taking responsibility for their health. He reported seeing multiple patients reverse their diabetes and cardiovascular risks through this approach and added that “nutritional research has given us multiple supportive options to enhance the process.”

Either way you look at this issue, it seems to come down to the choices you make along with being informed of potential consequences. Both choices require personal commitment and apparently accepting the responsibility that goes along with that choice.


If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Misak, please call Pittsburgh Alternative Health, Inc. at (412) 563-1600 or email your request to

Contact: Darrell S.C.S. Misak, ND, RPh
Tel. (412) 563-1600
Cell Phone: (412) 719-6196
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Darrell S.C.S. Misak, ND, RPh

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