MD, PhD, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

Who would not like to get rid of their post-Christmas bulge? Diet and exercise would do the trick, of course, but they are all too cumbersome for most. And liposuction? That’s invasive. Why not chose something much easier? Why not ‘LASER LIPO’? This website explains it all:

If you have or are considering Liposuction, take a look at Laser Lipo. We utilize a cold laser non-invasively to turn fat cells into energy. This process allows you to lose inches and weight fast, safely and effectively. Our Laser Lipo will have those hard to lose inches melting away.

Obesity has been linked to the driving force of all major inflammatory diseases. These diseases include diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Utilizing the most current technology in Lipo Laser, New-Start bares a cold laser, capable of transforming your fat tissue into energy, EFFORTLESSLY!

  • LOSE INCHES!
  • GAIN ENERGY!
  • Zero Side Effects
  • Zero Pain
  • Zero Surgery
  • Zero Down Time
  • Add a Detoxification Program to Lose Inches and Weight

What to Expect with Laser Assisted Fat Loss in Columbus!

  1. This is a twenty minute procedure designed to transform any trouble fat areas that you might have into usable energy.
  2. The cold laser technology stimulates your fat cells, allowing the stored water glycerol and fatty acids to leak out, leaving your body slimmer and trimmer.
  • This is not another “body wrap” procedure that only dehydrates the skin for temporary results — this is a positive change if you follow the simple New-Start Solution rules.
  1. After the relaxing 20 minute laser procedure, the New-Start protocol consists of spending 10 minutes on a hypervibe pivotal vibration machine.
  2. The hypervibe is a relatively new technology that has been developed in the exercise world. This machine is capable of helping you increase your inch loss results and stimulate your metabolism. Vibration technology has evidence to even strengthen your bones and muscles.
  3. This document will also help you understand our Laser Lipo procedure: How Does it Work? (pdf)

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Sounds great!

Even more so because the site belongs to Dr. Trent Mozingo who has recently proved himself to be such a reliable and avid commentator on this blog (see the comments section of this post). According to his site, he enrolled in Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Upon completion of Purdue’s curriculum, Dr. Mozingo earned a Doctorate of Chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida. During his time at Palmer, Dr. Mozingo, focused his education on a scientific approach to chiropractic care, where evidence backs up each diagnosis and treatment.  Additionally, Dr. Mozingo gave much attention to nutrition, inflammatory diseases, and the American diet. While musculoskeletal pain is the initial reason he pursued a chiropractic education, Dr. Mozingo has focused most of his patient treatment plans to the prevention of disease, with proper lifestyle changes.

As much as we all trust a man with such a background, I am sure, we might still ask whether there is any evidence that LASER LIPO takes any body fat away. My searches did not result in any such evidence, I am afraid. All I did find was a website that provides further explanation as well as some clinical impressions:

This is not a stand-alone treatment and requires that the guest do at least 30 minutes of exercise after the treatment. The fat cells are porous for approximately 3 hours, and any contents that are not peed, sweated or exercised out will settle back and reduce the results.

Many spas will do measurements around certain areas right before and after the treatment, usually resulting an about an average quarter inch loss. Some spas will do multiple measurements in one area and add up the results. For example, if three areas are measured around the abdomen (at the belly button and one inch above and below), and a quarter inch difference is noticed in all three areas, many spas will claim this is a three quarter inch reduction—this can be misleading.

The average cost (in Canadian) is $200 per treatment, with a series of 8 recommended. Many spas will give an introductory price of $50 or $100 for your first visit so you can see the results. Although there is usually an immediate inch loss difference (which gets you hooked), this rarely lasts until the next day.

With the numerous guests that I performed this service on, I found that about 80% of the people who completed their series of 8 were dissatisfied with the results. Many saw no change on their last measurement from the first, and a few even saw a gain at the end. For the guests who did see a difference, it was clear that their lifestyle had a big influence, with many going regularly to the gym. My professional opinion on this treatment is to skip it and save your money…

SORRY ‘DOCTOR’ TRENT MOZINGO!

And sorry also to all of those readers who had hoped the LASER LIPO might do them some good.

10 Responses to Laser Lipo: a solution for the obesity epidemic?

  • ‘Dr’ Mozingo is to be congratulated and respected for the noble sentiments which motivated him to seek a career in health care, as set out on his web site:

    “While musculoskeletal pain is the initial reason (he) pursued a chiropractic education, Dr. Mozingo has focused most of his patient treatment plans to the prevention of disease, with proper lifestyle changes.”

    It would help us understand his motives better if he explained why he chose to study chiropractic for a degree as a ‘doctor’ of chiropractic, and not medicine for a degree as a doctor of medicine.

    After which he could have utilised any ‘patient treatment plan’ of his choice – and even taken up chiropractic as a post-grad if he really thought there were subluxations which might benefit from adjustment. Or, Lazer Lipo come to that. Or might medical professional boards have disclipined him for making unsubstantiated claims?

    • the stories are often remarkably similar:
      1) someone has a health problem
      2) someone opts to try a bogus therapy for it
      3) someone’s problem subsequently improves
      4) someone attributes this improvement to the bogus therapy
      5) someone ignores all the other factors that caused the improvement
      6) someone’s ignorance leads to life-long advocacy of quackery.

  • “Obesity has been linked to the driving force of all major inflammatory diseases. These diseases include diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.”

    The fat that is particularly implicated in these conditions is intra-abdominal; this is the hardest fat to lose. Even if LASER LIPO did remove subcutaneous fat (which doesn’t sound particularly plausible to me) I doubt very much whether it would have any impact on metabolism and therefore on health. There is no substitute for diet (ideally aimed at reducing insulin secretion) and exercise (which alters muscle metabolism of glucose).

    “procedure designed to transform any trouble fat areas that you might have into usable energy”
    What does this mean? Subcutaneous fat is the body’s store of usable energy already.

    “The cold laser technology stimulates your fat cells, allowing the stored water glycerol and fatty acids to leak out”
    If true, this sounds extremely dangerous. The sudden release of various types of intracellular contents can occur in certain situations (haemolysis, tumour lysis syndrome, rhabdomyolysis) and is regarded as a medical emergency, and can be fatal.

  • I think I have more faith in the deer antler velvet.

    This has to be one of the sillier ‘threatments’ I have heard about in a long time.

  • This is a well known and well-heeled fraud in numerous chiroquacker clinics. My ex-wife and a friend of hers both used them. One was the infamous Erchonia Zerona laser the other Ultraslim by photonics. Interestingly a few years ago the PhD from Erchonia was grilled by (as incongruous as it seems) the CA board of chiroquakers regarding the specious claims (it’s on YouTube). He directly admitted any fat loss was only attributable to diet, exercise and water-loss. However he claimed the laser was a motivational impetus! Of course at $200 per 20 minute-session you could hire Marie Osmond or Oprah for motivation instead of fattening the wallet of some reprobate (of course calling a chiroquacker a reprobate seems redundant).
    People take up chiroquakery because they want the trappings of being a doctor but don’t have the constitution or brains to be an MD. Fraud has always been about preying on the gullible, hopeful or ill-informed, and as an easier way to pecuniary rewards. Faux doctors like Trench never disappoint, they reinforce the mold every time.

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