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3/16 The hottest new weight loss trend

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 1:14 PM

So have heard of ear stapling?

Celebrities have been doing it for years, but it's only recently that it's become mainstream. Though I’m not sure that I’m convinced, I just have to share it with you guys…

Supposedly, ear stapling is supposed to be a risk-free, diet-free weight loss method. Seems too good to be true? …decide for your self.

The procedure:

A tiny piece of stainless steel is stapled to the cartilage on the inside of the middle of your ear. It’s similar to ear piercing, but slightly more painful.

What it’s supposed to do:

The ear staple is supposed to penetrate the acupuncture pressure point that controls appetite and thirst. Penetrating this pressure point is supposed to tell your brain that your stomach is full, making you eat less. It also is supposed to penetrate the acupuncture point for stress relief, which is a common cause for over eating.

The cost:

Ear Stapling costs around $50 for one ear and $70 for both ears and is reported to last anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. Ear Stapling Professionals recommend having both ears done, because it is common for one ear to be significantly more effective than the other. Stapling both ears eliminates the chance of choosing the wrong ear. Once the effects wear off, you can get re-stapled.

The risks:

Infection is the biggest risk. To avoid Infection, make sure to keep your staple clean and dry, and keeps your hands off of it! If infection occurs, see your PCP immediately, as cartilage infection can be a very serious problem. Some people also claim that the stapling is so effective that can’t eat at all, and have to have the staple(s) removed.

If you decide to get your ear stapled for weight loss, make sure you are seeing a professional with a medical and/or acupuncture background, preferably both. The procedure is useless if the correct acupuncture point is not penetrated, so without someone who knows what they’re doing, you are wasting your time and money.

Does it really work?

No official scientific research has been done on ear stapling, but the professionals claim that 90% of their clients have at least some weight loss. These Professionals also claim that women can loose 2 - 4 pounds per week and men can loose 4 – 10 pounds per week. Based on other articles I’ve seen, the success rate is closer to 50%, and this with healthy diet and exercise.

I don't know if it's legit or not, but it's defintely worth bringing to your attention. Let me know what your think or if you've had any experience with it.

Send your beauty questions to [email protected] and I'll answer them in my next blog.

Thanks for reading and don't forget to stop by tomorrow for another dose of the beauty blog.


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