Monthly Archives: April 2013

News You Can Use – April 21-28 2013

News You Can Use

“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 April 21 – April 28 2013!”

Psychiatric insurance approval takes time in ERs

Increased wait-list time predicts dropout from outpatient enhanced cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT-E) for eating disorders

Environmental expert: GMO farming causes one billion people to go hungry

Seven great food substitutions for common food allergens

7 Things You Need to Know about GMOs

Do You Want to Know What Is In Your Food? Tell Congress to Support the New Federal Labeling Bill

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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Eating Disorders and Autoimmune Disease

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Autoimmune diseases afflict nearly 24 million Americans. Yet 90% of Americans cannot name a single one of these deadly and disabling diseases. If autoimmune diseases were grouped as a single category rather than more than 20 separate illnesses, they would be one of the ten most common causes of death for women under the age of 65.

According to News Medical, “autoimmune diseases arise from the overactive immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words, the body actually attacks its own cells. This may be restricted to certain organs (e.g. in thyroiditis [or Type 1 Diabetes]) or involve a particular tissue in different places (e.g. Goodpasture’s disease which may affect the basement membrane in both the lung and the kidney). There are more than 80 different autoimmune diseases”. The more commonly mentioned autoimmune diseases include Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and Celiac disease.

According to Dr. Alessio Fasano, there are three factors that must be present in order for an individual to develop an autoimmune disease:

  • the individual must be exposed to an environmental trigger
  • the individual must be genetically predisposed
  • the individual must have intestinal permeability (leaky gut)

Eating a diet that includes genetically engineered foods impacts the endocrine system in ways that increase the likelihood of autoimmune disorders. It also increases the likelihood of developing leaky gut. In other words, eating genetically engineered foods can expose us to two of the three factors listed by Dr. Fasano; they can be an environmental trigger and lead to leaky gut.

Leaky gut is very common in psychiatric diseases such as anorexia, bulimia, alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. You don’t have to have gut symptoms to have leaky gut; leaky gut can be completely asymptomatic. According to Dr. Jack Kruse, many individuals with eating disorders have a permeable gut barrier and brain barrier. This combination causes disruption in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) which leads to changes in cortisol (which is the stress hormone that tears things down in the body), dehydropiandrosterone (DHEA), which is an anabolic hormone that builds things back up, Insulin Growth Factor 1 (IGF1) which is a hormone that promotes growth and prevents cells from dying, and melatonin, known as the “sleep hormone” as it regulates sleep cycles. (Note: Altered circadian rhythm can affect sleep, hormones, and other functions within the body. Altered circadian cycles are also linked with obesity, diabetes, and psychiatric diseases such as depression.)

One small study in Sweden suggested that there could be a connection between autoimmune diseases and eating disorders. Researchers found that nearly three out of four women (74%) with an eating disorder also had antibodies that have a negative effect on the hypothalamus or pituitary. These antibodies were only found in 2 of 13 women without eating disorders. The hypothalamus plays a significant role in regulating how much food we eat. The researchers stated that more research would need to be completed before clinical applications of the findings can be considered. They are continuing to research the link between the nervous system and the immune system in individuals with eating disorders.

There are several measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of developing an autoimmune condition. We can eat clean, which will reduce our exposure to environmental triggers. In other words, eat organic foods that contain no additives, carcinogens, or GMO’s. We can avoid foods that cause an inflammatory response; these foods will vary from person to person, but usually involve grains or foods to which we are allergic. We can avoid foods that cause leaky gut, such as cereal grains, sugar, processed soy and industrial seed oils.

We can also take steps to help heal the gut. According to Chris Kresser we can promote the healing of the gut through:

  • Removing all food toxins from your diet
  • Eating plenty of fermentable fibers (starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.)
  • Eating fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi etc. and/or take a high-quality, multi-species probiotic
  • Treat any intestinal pathogens (such as parasites) that may be present
  • Take steps to manage your stress in order to reduce cortisol

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Sources:

Autoimmune diseases: a leading cause of death among young and middle-aged women in the United States.

What is Autoimmune Disease?

Autoantibodies against α-MSH, ACTH, and LHRH in anorexia and bulimia nervosa patients

Mechanisms of Disease: the role of intestinal barrier function in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal autoimmune diseases

The Leaky Gut Prescription

9 Steps to Perfect Health – #1: Don’t Eat Toxins

Podcast Show Notes – Make Shift Happen with Dean Dwyer

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In this weeks episode we had a great conversation with Dean Dwyer, author of “Make Shift Happen: Change How You Look by Changing How You Think“.

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In this episode we covered:

5:26 – About Dean Dwyer.
8:45 – What did Dean have to overcome to get where he is today?
19:28 – The 4 Components of a Highly Successful Body.
31:15 – Dean’s opinion on cardio.
33:33 – Caller Question: Dean’s philosophy regarding fitness training.
40:18 – Food Addiction vs. Emotional Eating
53:06 – Dean’s New Project – Building Incredible Willpower

Links We Discussed

Dean’s websites – www.deandwyer.com and www.beingprimal.com

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News You Can Use – April 14-21 2013

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“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 April 14 – April 21 2013!”

Top Grocery Stores: We Won’t Sell Genetically Engineered Seafood

Genetically Modified Wheat May ‘Silence’ Human Genome

Ridiculous McDonald’s nutritionist claims chain’s fast food is healthy

Why you should be concerned about MSG

New Ad Campaign Aims to Sell Organic to the Masses

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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Eating Disorder Pro Podcast – Dean Dwyer

Join us on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 pm EST as we talk with Dean Dwyer about his book “Make Shift Happen: Change How You Look by Changing How You Think“. We’ll be taking your questions LIVE at 646-378-0494. You can tune in HERE.

“Dean Dwyer is a former teacher who roamed the planet aimlessly until the age of 45. He then finally managed to change how he looked, published a book about it, and now makes his living online. He is currently putting the finishing touches on a new project called ‘Building incredible willpower: 5 simple but powerful steps to change any behavior and transform how you look, learn, love, lead and live’. For updates on that or anything else you can follow him over at deandwyer.com and beingprimal.com.”

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News You Can Use: April 7-14 2013

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“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 April 7 – April 14 2013!”

Omega-3 fatty acids tied to longer life: study

Eating Disorders and Laxative Abuse: What You Need to Know

Food fraud: 10 counterfeit products we commonly consume

The globalization of GMOs: How genetic engineering is destroying the developing world

Parenting with an Eating Disorder

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UPDATE! New Service – Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN)

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I’m very excited to announce that I am now offering Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) to my clients. FDN gives patients the opportunity to improve their health by getting to the root cause of their symptoms. Many patients have had success using Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. In one case, for example, a patient was able to loose unwanted middle fat, regulate emotions well enough to discontinue an antidepressant and sleep without sleeping pills. If you aren’t in the Cincinnati area but are interested in improving your health with FDN, contact me by email or phone at 513-205-6543 and I will help you connect with an FDN Practitioner.

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) is an opt-in model of self-care; i.e. you have the option of learning how to be more pro-active regarding your own health and nutritional needs. Think of FDN Practitioners as health detectives. They help patients find the underlying causes of disease instead of relying on traditional medicine which primarily focuses on symptom relief. By integrating FDN into your current treatment plan, you have the opportunity to find healing opportunities in a natural health restoring process.

Here’s a testimonial from one of my clients that has incorporated FDN into their treatment plan:

“By integrating FDN into my treatment for Anorexia, I have experienced dramatic results. Before using FDN I was functioning poorly; I was extremely obsessive, anxious, and had great difficulty eating regularly. If anything stressful happened in my life, I instantly resorted back to anorexic behaviors. My energy was drained. I was reliant on caffeine and other over-the-counter medications to get through routine activities. I also had to take psychotropic medications to deal with anxiety and depression. After a few months of following the FDN protocol these symptoms and problems improved dramatically. I no longer obsess over calories and macronutrient ratios, as I have learned how to listen to my body to determine how much I need to eat. I am no longer taking medication for anxiety, which has become more of a rarity; if I do get anxious, the feelings do not last nearly as long and aren’t nearly as intense. My energy level is incredible, I haven’t had to use any caffeine or other stimulants to have enough energy to get through the day. Using FDN is one of the best decisions I have made. I feel better now than I did even before my Eating Disorder. I truly hope your other patients will take the opportunity to incorporate FDN into their recovery!” WL 

If you are interested in incorporating FDN into your treatment plan, contact me at drnorton@eatingdisorderpro.com or discuss it with me at your next session! If you aren’t in the Cincinnati area or are not suffering from obesity or an eating disorder but are interested in improving your health with FDN, contact me and I will help you connect with an FDN Practitioner.

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News You Can Use: March 31 – April 7 2013

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“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 March 31 – April 7 2013!”

Celiac Diagnoses Rose During 2000s [study]

Restaurant Meals for Kids Fail Nutrition Test: Consumer Group

Whole Milk or Skim? Study Links Fattier Milk to Slimmer Kids

What are Phthalates, and Why are They in Our Food?

8 Weeks of Meditation Can Dramatically Increase Compassion [Study]

Use of Antibiotics in Animals Continues to Climb

You are What You Eat – Even the Littlest Bites: Dietary Influences Tied to Changes in Gene Expression

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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Show Notes: Dr. Daniel Kalish

In this weeks episode we talked with we talked with Dr. Daniel Kalish founder of The Kalish Institute and author of The Kalish Method: Healing the Body, Mapping the Mind and Your Guide to Health Hormones.

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In this episode we covered:

3:50 – About Dr. Daniel Kalish.
6:38 – What is Functional Medicine?
8:46 – Addiction and Eating Disorders.
9:58 – Why brain chemistry becomes unbalanced.
11:30 – Eating Disorders and Food Intolerances, Digestive Issues, and Gastrointestinal Infections.
14:35 – Caller Question: Treating Diverticulitis and Preventing Diverticulitis Attacks.
18:40 – The Causes of Increased Cortisol.
20:35 – Leaky Gut.
25:15 – Autoimmune Diseases in Women.
32:40 – The Effect of GMOs on Gut Health.
35:00 – Caller Question – What is the best way to handle sugar cravings?
38:12 – What is Brain Mapping?
40:04 – The Connection Between Dopamine and Serotonin.
44:45 – Natural Treatment for Gastrointestinal Infections.
47:30 – Does everyone need to be on a dairy free diet?
49:37 –  What is the most important advice do you have for our listeners?

Links We Discussed

Dr. Kalish’s website for physicians
Dr. Kalish’s website for patients

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Bullying and Eating Disorders

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As we noted in the “Childhood Obesity” infographic, 26% of sixth graders are bullied, teased, or rejected daily based on their size; this increases to 61% by high school. Additionally, obese children are 1.6 times more likely to be bullied by non-obese children.

Children that are bullied over their size are more likely to develop psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and eating disorders. In a study published in November 2012 by Beat, bullying was found to be responsible for eating disorders in more than 75% of participants; this is an increase of 67% since they carried out a similar study in 2010. More than 40% of participants reported that the bullying began before they were 10 years old.

Symptoms of eating disorders in children are similar to the symptoms that appear in teenagers and adults.Your child may have an eating disorder if they exhibit any combination of the following symptoms:

  • sudden weight loss
  • preoccupation with food
  • wearing extra layers of clothing or loose clothing
  • refusing to eat with other people
  • refusing to eat certain foods, certain food groups (such as meat), or particular macronutrients (such as carbs)
  • engaging in excessive exercise
  • expressing concerns that they are “too fat”
  • skipping meals and/or eating small portion sizes

If you are concerned your child has an eating disorder it’s important that you don’t try to deal with it on your own, oftentimes this can make the eating disorder worse. If you are in the Cincinnati area, you can contact me to discuss your concerns. If you are outside on the Cincinnati area, express your concerns to you child’s pediatrician or contact me, I may know someone in your area that I can refer you to.

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