by Tyler Cowen
on January 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm
in Food and Drink
A US patent application has been made for an unlikely weight loss tool: a tube installed from inside the stomach, out the abdominal wall, that allows patients to manually pump their meal straight out.
Here is more, via @RobespierreVTec.
Ah, to return the mythic days of the vomitarium. This is not exactly a new idea among the bulemic crowd, though the methods are not quite so technological – nor profit driven.
So bulimia victims will be prior art, as will be the below? Good patent though–you notice it’s a divisional meaning part of it has already issued, and it’s assigned to a medical company in PA…not a crackpot inventor. Well this patent ever be DIY ‘over the counter’? Let’s hope not. Some prior art here, depending on how broad the claims are: Dr Beaumont and the Man with a Hole in His Stomach (Science Discovery Books) [Hardcover] Sam Epstein (Author), Beryl Epstein (Author), Joseph Scrofani (Drawings) (“In 1822 a frontiersman suffered a horrendous gun injury which he incredibly survived. From that time he had an opening in his stomach that could be accessed, and was, by a determined Dr. Beaumont. This unique injury made it possible to study digestion by means of various experiments.”)
Not prior art – just the already proven method(s) which has destroyed the lifes of a number of people. But those dead people did not provide much opportunity for profit, compared to a patented method to eat and then void the contents of your digestive tract without weight gain.
In the culture that is America, this should be a big hit on several levels.
Divisional doesn’t necessarily mean that the parent has issued. In this case all the parent applications have been abandoned.
So, no profit in this method either?
It may not necessarily mean it, but typically does… here is in fact the divisional patent: United States Patent 7,815,629 Klein , et al. October 19, 2010 Apparatus for treating obesity by extracting food
A vomitorium is a portal that allows many people to exit a large building (eg, a football stadium, or the Roman Coliseum) very quickly.
There is little or no support for the idea that it was also used to mean a special room for people to go puke in.
As a copious amount of evidence about low-carbing shows, you can avoid the stomach tube and keep the weight off if you just eat the bacon cheeseburger and leave the bun on the tray.
The “copious amount of evidence” shows that low-carb diets are not any more effective than any other type of diet.
The “copious amount of evidence” shows that what matters is calories in – calories out.
and low carb helps reduce the “calories in” by better moderating blood sugar fluctuations and reducing hunger
Lost over 100 lbs via low carb + exercise. Blood sugars normal now also. Other things I try including AMA diet recommended by the nutritionist didn’t work. I’m 1 data point but don’t easily discount it.
I knew Dr. Steve Brule was on to something!
There is a lot of prior art, if by prior art we mean “technological substitutes for intelligence and will-power”.
Never forget mental illness.
Well, stupid people exist. What are they supposed to do?
As proven so often here – but the mentally ill are not marked by intelligence (or its demonstrated lack, as the case may be), but by what afflicts them.
And when it comes to the ‘will-power’ of someone able to starve themselves to death, no poster here matches up. Mainly because it is not about will-power, it is about mental illness.
Don’t know about will power. When the Australian bravery awards are handed out they seem to go to a fair cross section of the population with regards to girth.
I’m sending in my patent application for lip staplers as I write this.
Can you patent before a clinical trial or must you wait for it?
I find this invention is horrible. I do not understand why to pump the extra food from your stomach, when one could simply not eat in the first place.
Dean Kamen is one of the inventors on this one! Perhaps they will amend the claims to recite a method of pumping the food out of your stomach while riding a segway.
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