There is no great stagnation

by on January 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm in Food and Drink | Permalink

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.

1 prior_approval January 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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.

2 Ray Lopez January 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm

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.”)

3 prior_approval January 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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.

4 alex January 7, 2013 at 1:14 am

Divisional doesn’t necessarily mean that the parent has issued. In this case all the parent applications have been abandoned.

5 prior_approval January 7, 2013 at 5:57 am

So, no profit in this method either?

6 Ray Lopez January 7, 2013 at 6:03 am

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

7 Urso January 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

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.

8 Amy Alkon January 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm

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.

9 Anon. January 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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.

10 rob January 7, 2013 at 11:47 am

and low carb helps reduce the “calories in” by better moderating blood sugar fluctuations and reducing hunger

11 Shane M January 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm

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.

12 Michael Hendrix January 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm
13 Alan January 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

There is a lot of prior art, if by prior art we mean “technological substitutes for intelligence and will-power”.

14 prior_approval January 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Never forget mental illness.

15 Vernunft January 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Well, stupid people exist. What are they supposed to do?

16 prior_approval January 7, 2013 at 6:02 am

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.

17 Ronald Brak January 7, 2013 at 1:14 am

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.

18 DK January 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Pavlov’s dogs.

19 Willitts January 6, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I’m sending in my patent application for lip staplers as I write this.

20 Rahul January 6, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Can you patent before a clinical trial or must you wait for it?

21 Alvin January 7, 2013 at 12:44 am

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.

22 alex January 7, 2013 at 1:16 am

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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