Dr. Naif Alenazi Joins the AABC Advisory Board


The American Association of Bariatric Counselors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Naif Alenazi to their Advisory Board.

Dr. Naif Alenazi, a board-certified surgeon who practices in Saudi Arabia, is a Fellow of the European Board of Surgery, fellow of the International College of Surgeons, and fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, as well as a Board Certified Fellow of the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC).

Dr. Naif Alenazi Dr. Alenazi is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon and head of the general surgery department of the Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His professional career has been dedicated to the care and treatment of morbidly obese patients.

His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgical procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on type II diabetes. Continue reading


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Dear Dr. Diet

There are so many detox weight loss products to choose from. Could recommend the best one?




Dear Pandora’s Box aka Detox,


Fast talking health hucksters continue to earn millions by robbing millions of their hopes and dreams. Weight loss detox products are the new magic bullets currently being hustled by these charlatans. Literally hundreds of these products pop-up on an Amazon search for detox weight-loss products.

Millions of Americans are desperate to lose weight and desperate people do desperate things


Cashing in on this desperation are hundreds of unethical companies using the medical jargon detoxification to prop up their wares …Our advice beware …because detox stuff is everywhere…even on our Facebook pages. You can buy detox, tinctures, tea bags, coffees, pills, bath salts, colon cleanses, shampoos, body gels and even hair straighteners. You can go to a detox diet retreat and lose weight, but that will have nothing to do with toxins or colon sludge, it is simply because you have consumed less calories then you expended


Let’s be clear,” says Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, “there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t.” The respectable one, he says, is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions. “The other is the word being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to sell a bogus treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you’re supposed to have accumulated.”


Bariatric Science a timely emerging body of science. And nowhere in that empirical science is there any kind of detoxification agent that promotes weight-loss. As boring as it sounds, weight loss can only be accomplished by consuming less calories then you expend. Calories in and calories out. If any detox company can prove otherwise…we will be first on that long line.

However if you want to detoxify yourself of the viral and bacterial toxins that are found on paper money just hand it over to the quacks that hawk these bogus detox products.

From Science- Based Medicine read; Detox: What “They” Don’t Want You To Know


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