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Agave Syrup. Miracle Sweetener or Metabolic Nightmare?

photo used under a creative commons license via flickr user jay8085 Recently, I’ve received a few inquiries about the healthiness of agave nectar. Agave nectar is marketed as being a low glycemic, natural, plant-based sweetener with numerous health benefits such as improved calcium absorption, improved immune system function, and increased energy. How healthy is agave nectar? Is it the miracle sweetener that we should all be using? Most agave nectar that is sold in stores today is a highly processed, man-made, condensed fructose syrup. This type of agave nectar contains a varying amount of fructose ranging from 70-97%. In comparison, high fructose corn syrup contains about 55% fructose. Anytime we consume more than 25 grams of fructose per day, it begins to take a toll on metabolic function. When ...
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News You Can Use – Aug 21-28 2012

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of August 21-28 2012!” Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a ...

Why Rapid Weight Gain Decreases Treatment Success Rates

At many inpatient eating disorder treatment centers patients with anorexia nervosa are required to restore their weight quickly; I’ve had patients that were forced to gain 20 pounds in 21 days! Not coincidentally, 21 days was the amount of time that managed care would cover.  There are numerous reasons as to why gaining weight this quickly actually sets the patient up for relapse. Let’s look at what gaining weight at a rapid rate does to leptin levels. In the malnourished, underweight anorexic, leptin levels are typically very low, due to low fat reserves. Usually, leptin levels reach normal levels during weight restoration. However, when weight is gained too quickly, leptin levels rise too quickly and may exceed the normal range. Of course this has the opposite ...
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News You Can Use! August 14-21 2012

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of August 14-21 2012!” Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a ...
Macronutrient Ratios

The Effects of Macronutrient Intake on Binge Eating and Satiety in Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder

Photo Credit: greggavedon.com – Creative Commons Research shows that diets that are high in protein may reduce the frequency of binge eating episodes in individuals with Bulimia Nervosa (BN) or Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Eighteen women with Bulimia Nervosa or Binge Eating Disorder participated in a five-week study to determine if macronutrient ratio affected the frequency of binge-eating episodes. The study was completed in two phases, one phase was a high-protein phase, one phase was a high-carbohydrate phase; both phases were separated with a one-week “washout” phase. Each participant was provided with a two-week supply of high-protein supplementation, and a two-week supply of high-carbohydrate supplementation. The 280-calorie high-protein supplement contained 75.47% protein, 10.31% carbohydrates, and 14.23% fat; the 280-calorie high-carbohydrate ...
Meditation and Binge Eating Disorder

Meditation-Based Intervention for Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Photo Used Under a Creative Commons License via AlicePopkorn Is it possible that individuals with Binge Eating Disorder could gain a greater sense of control over eating by giving up a certain amount of conscious control? It’s quite the paradox, really. A study completed at the University of Indiana examined this very idea. The study explored the use of meditation-based intervention for Binge Eating Disorder. The six-week study introduced 18 obese women to standard and eating-specific mindfulness meditation. After completing the study, episodes of binge-eating decreased from 4.02 episodes per week, to 1.57 episodes per week. Additionally, the women’s scores on the Binge Eating Scale (BES), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) decreased significantly; anxiety ...
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News You Can Use – Aug 9-16

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of August 9-16 2012!” Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a ...
Eating Disorder Pro Radio Show

Upcoming Podcast: Food Additives, Obesity and Eating Disorders – MSG

Photo Used Under a Creative Commons License Join us on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30 pm for our next podcast on “Food Additives, Obesity and Eating Disorders – MSG” One of the primary additives used in food products in the United States is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a chemical added to enhance flavor. Tonight we’ll be talking about the effects that MSG has on our nation’s health. Dial   646-378-0494 to ask your questions ON THE AIR! You can also email your questions to drnortonPR@gmail.com! Tune in to the show on HERE. Be sure to check out these blog posts that discuss MSG – Defensive Eating – Protecting Your Brain from the Effects of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) An Intro to MSG: The Nutritional Truth Baby ...
Protecting The Brain from the Effects of Neurotoxins

Defensive Eating – Protecting Your Brain from the Effects of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

“O is for Occipital Lobe” by Eric on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a chemical that food manufacturers add to their products to enhance flavor; it is a cheap way to make very low quality foods taste great. What food manufacturers don’t want us to know is that MSG is a neurotoxin. A neurotoxin is a chemical that has a degenerative effect on the brain and nervous system. Consumed on a regular basis, MSG creates lesions in the hypothalamus part of the brain.  When this occurs, neurotoxins enter the brain and cause damage. The damage caused results in abnormal development such as obesity, impaired growth, sexual reproductive problems, sleep difficulties and emotional problems. One source of ...
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News You Can Use – July 29-August 5 2012

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of July 29- August 5 2012!” Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? ...
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