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Who would have thought that the future of weight loss might lie in the hands of the inventor of the Segway? Dean Kamen, creator of the two-wheeled wonder, along with a team from Aspire Bariatrics, of Philadelphia, has applied for a patent for a pump that can suck food and drink straight out of the stomach.

Users are able to stuff their face before draining their stomach by connecting the pump to a valve surgically installed in their abdominal wall. The makers hope to use it to treat the morbidly obese, and to provide an alternative to a gastric bypass.

The Device

To begin Aspiration Therapy, a specially designed tube, known as the A-Tube?, is placed in the stomach. The A-Tube is a thin silicone rubber tube that connects the inside of the stomach directly to a discreet, poker-chip sized Skin-Port on the outside of the abdomen. The Skin-Port has a valve that can be opened or closed to control the flow of stomach contents. The patient empties a portion of stomach contents into the toilet after each meal through this tube by connecting a small, handheld device to the Skin-Port. The emptying process is called ?aspiration?.

Initial setbacks ? and here's the really yucky part ? have occurred because the pump struggles to break up large foods. One patient reported "clogging" and had to avoid eating cauliflower, broccoli, Chinese food, stir fry, snow peas, pretzels, chips and steak. No chips? It will never catch on.

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The makers hope to use it to treat the morbidly obese, and to provide an alternative to a gastric bypass.

So instead of dealing with the root cause, find a way for people to continue their unhealthy lifestyles?

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So instead of dealing with the root cause, find a way for people to continue their unhealthy lifestyles?

Typical of American "progressives" ignore the cause, find someone else to blame, never deal with the actual problem, it's what they do for everything

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I think I'd prefer throwing up over surgery. :s

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*barf*

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Typical of American "progressives" ignore the cause, find someone else to blame, never deal with the actual problem, it's what they do for everything

Human nature, independent of progressive or conservative.

Progressive = advocating or favoring gradual social, political, and economic reform

Conservative = preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity

The idea of this device freaks me out to be honest.

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Typical of American "progressives" ignore the cause, find someone else to blame, never deal with the actual problem, it's what they do for everything

Human nature, independent of progressive or conservative.

Progressive = advocating or favoring gradual social, political, and economic reform

Conservative = preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others, called reactionaries, oppose modernism

Yeah. I didn't understand what this had to do with political leanings. I consider myself progressive, yet I oppose this. This is a bad idea because it solves nothing.

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Is it cheaper than $2 swimming pool ticket? or $20 monthly pass?

No? I'll pass.

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Typical of American "progressives" ignore the cause, find someone else to blame, never deal with the actual problem, it's what they do for everything

I'd say it's more of a Human thing, especially in the West. I've seen someone here in the UK who'd had their jaw wired so they could only drink liquid food through a straw poking French Fries through the the holes...

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