Apr 01

Pay No Attention to Your Health (April Fools!)

We hope you have not been the victim of any bad jokes today. No one knows for certain how the custom of joke playing became associated with the first day of April, but one of the more popular theories dates all the way back to the 1500’s.

Before 1582, calendars began the New Year on April 1.  When Pope Gregory implemented the Gregorian calendar, he corrected the date errors that had been accumulating for centuries under the old Julian system. Since then, people around the world have gathered on January 1 to celebrate the arrival of a New Year. But news traveled slowly in those days, especially among the poor and illiterate. People who hadn’t heard about or did not believe this change continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. More sophisticated folks made fun of these “April fools” and often ridiculed them by sending the uninformed on “fools errands” or playing other practical jokes.

We have come a long way since the 1500’s, but there are still some very foolish ideas and misconceptions around. Bariatric surgeons are acutely aware that some of those misconceptions and myths concern weight loss surgery and its proven value. You may be surprised to learn the facts about weight loss surgery. Please read:

If you have any question about bariatric surgery, minimally invasive breast surgery and IORT or any other area included in general surgery, please contact our office. Our staff can answer questions about insurance, scheduling, appointments, etc. You may use Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at (386) 210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm Coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical Group.

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