Monthly Archives: July 2015

Clean Ranch Dressing

For the Clean Eating Ranch Dressing Recipe, use all organic ingredients unless otherwise instructed

  • ½ cup Kalona Cottage Cheese (or any grass-fed)
  • 2/3 cup Kalona Sour Cream (or any grass-fed)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (or 2 tbsp diced onion)
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (or 1 sprig fresh chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives (or 1 tbsp fresh chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 4 capfuls garlic juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut crystals vinegar or any organic white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper to taste

Directions:

Put all ingredients into blender and blend until creamy. Adjust spices. Dilute with water from the cottage cheese of sour cream cartons or use milk.

Makes  1 ¾ cups.

Nutrition (2 tbsp) – 44 calories, 4 g fat, 1 g protein, 1 g carbs

News You Can Use Week of July 27th-August 2nd

“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 27th-August 2nd, 2015.

NEWS: Heal Your Relationship with Food and Your Body

I am sitting here at my highest weight in a long time, truly comfortable with who I am and what I look like. Two years ago – even one year ago – I would have considered myself ‘fat’ at my current weight. Now, I don’t. I’ve gotten used to my belly roll and cellulite. I can look in the mirror – without averting my eyes – and say ‘I love you’ and ‘You’re beautiful’ to the woman I see in the mirror. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Eating Disorders Symptoms

Would you notice eating disorders symptoms in someone you love? Would you be able to recognize the development of an eating disorder in yourself? Unfortunately, some signs of eating disorders are not very obvious and you may not recognize them if you don’t know what to look for. Furthermore, eating disorders can look many different ways in different people, and can change over time, even in the same person. While people with eating disorders typically experience a number of symptoms; they might not have all the possible symptoms. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Binge Eating Facts

One of the binge eating facts that many people do not know is that binge eating is a completely separate eating disorder from bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa, although many of the causes of binge eating are the same as the aforementioned eating disorders. While bulimia and anorexia symptoms will eventually come to light, it takes a bit longer to recognize a binge eating disorder. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Proposed Nutrition Label Upgrade IDs Added Sugar

Sayonara sneaky sugars. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing an upgrade to the Nutrition Facts label to make it even easier to avoid added sugar. Not only are they proposing to add a Nutrition Facts line for added sugars, they now say they want food companies to declare the percentage daily value for these added sugars. LEARN MORE

NEWS: High-Fructose Corn Syrup Increases Risk of Heart Failure

The sugar fructose — formerly embraced by the food industry as a supposedly safer alternative to glucose — appears to cause molecular changes in the body that promote uncontrolled heart growth and increase the risk of heart failure, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and published in the journal Nature. LEARN MORE

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Art of Getting Sun

Listen to the full podcast HERE.

Reasons People Get Less Sun

  • Air conditioning – to avoid the hot sun
  • Air conditioning disease is the result of less vitamin D – China (March, 2011).
  • Increased use of multi-media indoors – TV, DVD, video games, and internet access
    • Teens increasingly indoors – especially dark skinned children
    • Problems of increased TV watching by toddlers (May, 2010).
    • Analysis of the time people spend outdoors (December, 2010).
  • More indoor jobs – more office workers, fewer farmers
    • Indoor jobs cities around the world: 30% in 1950, 70% in 2050
    • Urban residents had 2X less vitamin D – 2008
  • More people living in cities – where there is less Ultra Violet light (UV)
    • Air pollution reduces UV and thus vitamin D
    • UVB, which produces vitamin D, does not reflect off of buildings very well
  • People want whiter skin, especially women
    • May not burn from the sun if have enough vitamin D
  • Fear of skin cancer
    • Actually you can get enough vitamin D without getting much of a tan, much less get skin cancer
    • Most sunscreens increase the growth of skin cancer
    • Actually you get 1000X more cancer by not having the vitamin D
  • Less cholesterol – skin needs to produce vitamin D
    • Overview of Cholesterol and Vitamin D
    • Vitamin D bioavailability is associated with cholesterol (January 2011).
    • Eating less cholesterol is harmless other than it reduces vitamin D (June 2011).
  • More Obesity
  • Obese people need more vitamin D (2000)
    • Map of BMI increase (February 2011).
    • Obese people spend less time in the sun
    • Livers of those who are Obese do not function as well, and so do not provide as much vitamin D
  • More soft drinks – uses up Calcium And vitamin D
    • Surfers in Hawaii who drank large amount of cola soft drink had low levels of vitamin D
    • Too much fructose reduced both serum and active vitamin D in rats (April 2013).
    • HFCS consumes Magnesium needed by Vitamin D
  • Meat from factory farms – has far less vitamin D than from free-range farms
    • Eggs, chickens, sheep, pigs (500 IU/teaspoon of lard), farmed salmon has 4X less vitamin D than wild salmon
    • Wild game, which has been outdoors all of the time, has much more vitamin D – especially in the organ meats
  • Eating less fatty meat in an attempt to reduce cholesterol.
    • Fatty meat was discovered to have a liver-activated form of vitamin D in 2014
  • More drugs which consume or block vitamin D
    • Antiseizure, Prednisone, AIDS drugs, Orlistat, Questran, Dilantin, Phenobarbital, Rifampin, Steroids, Calcium channel blockers
    • Cholestyramine, Mineral Oil, St Johns wort
  • Use of polyunsaturated fats decreased bio-availablity of vitamin D
  • More windows
    • UVA from windows appears to destroy vitamin D
    • UVB (the one we need) is blocked by windows
    • More wall space devoted to windows in homes, offices, and public buildings
  • Increased salt consumption, which decreases Magnesium and Calcium
  • Fluoridated water decreases Magnesium – less vitamin D
  • Strong magnetic fields reduce vitamin D levels, perhaps from MRI
  • PCBs increase the chance of deficiency by 3%
  • Roundup (glyphosate) and it’s metabolites decrease vitamin D
  • Flame Retardants also retard active vitamin D
    • Flame Retardants were added to US clothing, mattresses, and cushions by 1980
    • Doubt that flame retardants are used in developing countries
  • Have a condition which Consumes vitamin D
    • Chemotherapy – (be careful, adding vitamin D increases the impact of some Chemo)
    • MS prevented AND treated by vitamin D, a mountain of evidence
  • Less liver eaten – which used to have large amounts of vitamin D

Get 40X more vitamin D from grass-fed beef liver

  • Less Magnesium in foods – Magnesium is needed to utilize vitamin D (as well as build bones)
    • Magnesium and vitamin D deficiencies
    • Magnesium deficiency epidemic is similar to the Vitamin D epidemic
    • Reasons: use of artificial fertilizers, refining grains removes almost all of their Magnesium
  • More seniors
    • Seniors get 4X less vitamin D from the sun than youths (less Cholesterol in skin) *
    • Seniors tend to be outdoors less – get sick – vicious cycle
    • Seniors do not activate vitamin D as well (in liver, kidney, skin, etc)
    • More cataract surgery – leads to avoiding bright light
  • Excessive clothing (burka, nun habit, . . .) Worse farther from equator
  • Have a condition which prevents Adsorption in the gut
    • Bariatric Surgery, Colon Cancer, IBD UC and CD, Crohn’s
    • Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease, Cystic Fibrosis
    • Fat malabsorption syndromes from 1985
  • Have a condition which prevents conversion to active vitamin D
    • Kidney vicious cycle
    • HIV both prevents conversion and consumes vitamin D
  • Have a condition which requires more vitamin D – or time in the sun
    • Pregnancy- Need more vitamin D – Before , During, and After
    • Dark Skinned people need more sun to absorb vitamin D
    • Surgery and trauma
  • Lactose Intolerance or Vegan
  • Vitamin D in US milk wrong (Vitamin D2)
  • Reduces Calcium intake, needed to build bones, prevent Myopia, prevent cardiovascular disease
  • Health reasons to avoid sun (other than skin cancer) burn easily – redhead, etc – there are alternatives
  • If avoiding sun you need to supplement with vitamin D
  • Work long hours or night shift. Long hours reduced vitamin D by 8%
  • Live far from equator even more of a problem if the region is also cloudy (Washington State, Scotland)
  • 10X more SAD in Seattle than Miami
  • DDT and some other pesticides in our bodies reduce the vitamin D perhaps 3ng
  • Smoking reduces Calcium, which reduces vitamin D

What to Do?

What it boils down to is that the sun is not just good for us, it is vital to our survival and good health. For example, in one study, 38,472 women selected in 1991-1992, aged 30-49 were monitored for 15 years. Looking at the frequency of sunbathing vacations and sunburn, the researchers found that increased sunburn frequency was associated with reduced all-cause mortality!  Sunbathing vacations more than once a year also reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.[1] Finally in another study involving 16,500 people, researchers looked at weather statistics and found a 60% increased risk of stroke for those with the lowest sun exposure.[2]

Steps You Can Take To Get More Sun 

  1. Get regular sun and learn how to monitor your vitamin D3 levels. 

In general burning is a bad idea as it can lead to skin cancer. There are many other variables to take into consideration when sunbathing. One is skin type.

According to the Vitamin D Council Parameters of Vitamin D3 Sulfate

 

Skin Type Skin color Skin characteristics
I White; very fair; red or blond hair; blue eyes; freckles Always burns, never tans
II White; fair; red or blond hair; blue, hazel, or green eyes Usually burns, tans with difficulty
III Cream white; fair; with any eye or hair color; very common Sometimes mild burn, gradually tans
IV Brown; typical Mediterranean Caucasian skin Rarely burns, tans with ease
V Dark Brown; mid-eastern skin types Very rarely burns, tans very easily
VI Black Never burns, tans very easily

There are other factors as well, which can affect the amount of vitamin D your body makes from exposure to the sun. These are:

  • The amount of skin you expose. The more skin you expose, the more vitamin D you can produce.
  • How old you are. As you get older, your skin has a harder time producing vitamin D.
  • Whether you’re wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen blocks a lot of vitamin D production and it has also been implicated in skin cancer.
  • The altitude you’re at. The sun is more intense on top of a mountain than at the beach. This means you make more vitamin D the higher up you are (at higher altitudes).
  • Whether it is cloudy. Less UVB reaches your skin on a cloudy day and your skin makes less vitamin D.
  • Air pollution. Polluted air soaks up UVB or reflects it back into space. This means that if you live somewhere where there is lots of pollution, your skin makes less vitamin D.
  • Being behind glass. Glass blocks all UVB, so you can’t make vitamin D if you’re in sunlight, but behind glass. In fact, light coming through glass has been shown to be more cancerous.

 

Given all of the variables, it can get complicated. For example:

  • At noon in Miami, an individual with skin type III would probably need about 6 minutes of exposure to the sun to make 1,000 IU of vitamin D in summer and 15 minutes in winter.
  • Someone with skin type V would probably need around 15 minutes in summer and 30 minutes in winter.
  • At noon in Boston during summer, an individual with skin type III would probably need about 1 hour of exposure to the sun to make 1,000 IU of vitamin D.
  • Someone with skin type V would probably need about 2 hours of exposure.
  • During the winter months in Boston, it’s not possible for anyone to make vitamin D from the sun, no matter their skin ty

           Amount of Sunlight for People of Color 

Did You Know? 

We all started out at the equator and had dark skin. The farther away we got from the equator, the lighter our skin became and the less melanin we needed to protect against the potentially burnng rays of UVB. Today, in the U.S. people of color have significantly higher rates of cancer (although the rates dropped for cancer in 2013 among African Americans) heart disease and obesity.

If you are a person of color, the research says you will need up to 5 times more exposure as the melanin in your skin “protects” you from the sun.

“In a startling 2009 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that African-Americans have a much higher incidence of heart failure than other races, and it develops at younger ages. Before age 50, African-Americans’ heart failure rate is 20 times higher than that of whites, according to the study. Four risk factors are the strongest predictors of heart failure: high blood pressure (also called hypertension), chronic kidney disease, being overweight, and having low levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Three-fourths of African-Americans who develop heart failure have high blood pressure by age 40.”[3]

 

When it comes to cancer, the picture is not much better.

 

“Despite……. declines….. death rates for all cancers combined remain 33% higher in black men and 16% higher in black women, compared to white men and women. African American men also have higher death rates for most of the major cancer sites (including lung, prostate, colon/rectum, liver, pancreas, and others). Notably, the higher overall cancer death rate in African American women compared to white women occurs despite lower incidence rates for all cancers combined and for breast and lung cancer.

Just recently, the new data have emerged showing that African Americans have the highest rate of obesity.[4]

  • African American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S. About four out of five African American women are overweight or obese.
  • In 2011, African Americans were 1.5 times as likely to be obese as Non- Hispanic Whites.
  • In 2011, African American women were 80% more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women.
  • In 2007-2010, African American girls were 80% more likely to be overweight than Non-Hispanic White girls.

While rates are climbing for the population at large for all of these diseases, the fact that they are climbing faster among people of color is another important data point reinforcing the importance of sunshine as a means of prevention. Research is needed to determine whether there are differences in incidence among people of color in other parts of the world, i.e. does the incidence go down for them in warmer climbs.

  1. Get the app DMinder. It works out all of the details using our location and time of year/day and weather conditions. You program it with supplements, amount of time and time of day you are in the sun and it keeps a running tally of your level of vitamin D3.
  1. Take vacations that involve the sun. Go camping, zip-lining, canoeing, or skiing
  1. Take up a sport that is played outdoors. Tennis, golf, bike riding or roller blading are all good for you as they are low impact and/or high intensity interval (HIIT) types of activities and they can be done outdoors
  1. Get up with the sun – or as early as possible. Your body produces more melatonin if you get early morning sunlight. The more melatonin the better you sleep at night.
  1. Limit the time you spend using electronics. Read don’t watch – fall asleep with a book and not the TV. Write don’t text. When was the last time you actually wrote a letter to someone. It is amazingly gratifying. If you are addicted to surfing the net, set a limit, using an alarm (ok the one on your phone) and stick to it.
  1. Volunteer for Habitat or community activities that take place outdoors. There is something about working with a group of people and being outdoors that is so inspiring.
  1. If you work 3rd shift, consider changing shifts. It is that bad for you. Change jobs if changing shifts is not an option. Really, it is that bad for your health.
  1. If you live in the city, get out of it every chance you get. City dwellers get less sun.

10.  Get your vitamin D3 levels checked regularly.

  1. Invest in a UVB lamp. I have a UVB lamp that appears to provide significantly more vitamin D3 in a much shorter period of time than being in the sun even under optimal conditions.

Standing about 14 inches from the light bulbs, according to the meter, I can obtain 500 I.U. of vitamin D3 in 1 minute. I am currently using the lamp on 9 locations; front and back of lower legs; front, back and sides of thighs; front, back and sides of torso. I do not expose my face or neck. I get about 5,000 I.U. in about 10 minutes.

When I lay in the sun, I expose the front and back of my entire body in a bathing suit for half an hour to an hour.  I am getting about 7,000 to 10,000 according to my DMinder. I also garden and do so with arms and legs exposed but this is usually early morning or dusk when the UVB radiation is at it’s lowest.

Does Supplementation of Vitamin D3 Work? 

It is not clear if supplementation works. One study showed that the problems associated with vitamin D3 deficiency do not improve even if the serum levels of vitamin D3 go up with supplementation. (citation) This make sense, as we will see in chapter _, in that the supplemented D3 never becomes sulfated. It is the sulfur that appears to have all of the health benefits, for the cholesterol and the vitamin D3. I have concluded that I need all three, the sun, the UVB lamp and the supplement along with foods rich in vitamin D3 and cholesterol.

Vitamin D3 Toxicity

Another question is whether or not you can take too much vitamin D3. Toxicity is more likely to occur if the dose goes over 10,000 I.U. according to most authorities. The guidelines are still being revised by many agencies in view of the epidemic of vitamin D3 deficiencies.

Another problem when it comes to supplementing is vitamin D2. It can actually be harmful as it blocks the absorption of vitamin D3. Please do not take it as a supplement. Note that it is vitamin D2 that is put into fortified milk, fortified cheese, fortified cereal…., well everything that has been fortified basically.

There are some people who should not even take vitamin D3 supplements.

Who Should and Should Not Get Vitamin D BTR Show 722

Here are the recommendations from some organizations in the United States on how much vitamin D3 to take:

Recommended daily intakes from various organizations:

Vitamin D Council Endocrine Society Food and Nutrition Board
Infants 1,000 IU/day 400-1,000 IU/day 400 IU/day
Children 1,000 IU/day per 25lbs of body weight 600-1,000 IU/day 600 IU/day
Adults 5,000 IU/day 1,500-2,000 IU/day 600 IU/day, 800 IU/day for seniors

Summary

Not only is the sun good for us as long as we do not burn the skin, it is a life-saver. We will also see how the foods that have been kissed by the sun heal the body, block or prevent disease and sustain us well into old age.

[1] Yang et al. (2011). Ultraviolet exposure and mortality among women in Sweden. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 20(4):683-690.

[2] Mozes,A. (2012). Health Day. RSS Feed.

[3] DeSantis, C. (2013). Cancer statistics about African Americans released. American Cancer Society. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/expertvoices/post/2013/02/04/cancer-statistics-about-african-americans-released.aspx

[4] Source:  : CDC, 2013. Health United States, 2012. Table 68. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF | 9.64MB]

 

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Do You Know What’s In Your Dog’s Food?

This week I spoke about the ingredients in some of the most popular brands of dog food. Just like the food we buy for ourselves, the majority of our dog’s food is filled with the same unclean chemicals, pesticides, and more! Tune in to learn what you can do as an alternative to help your dog live a happy, healthy, and long life! Listen HERE.

What We Covered:

0:55-Maji & Mongo Book Series

1:55-Maji’s Backstory

4:05-Polluted Dog Foods

6:30-Homemade Dog Foods

11:36-Ingredients In Polluted Dog Foods

12:32-How Dangerous Contaminates Can Get Into Dog Food

13:35-Grain Mites

17:35-Must Know What Ingredients Are In The Food You’re Feeding Your Dog

19:06-How To Make Your Own Dog Food

19:50-All Organic Dog Foods

20:28-Grain Allergies In Dogs

20:40-Dr. Steven White

22:11-Vinyl Dog Toys

23:39-What Is Vinyl?

29:10-What To Do About Additives In Dog Toys

31:39-What Makes Dogs At Risk For Health Issues From Vinyl

32:53-Alternatives To Vinyl Toys

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Let’s Connect!

Like me on Facebook

Twitter @drrenae

Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

Sign Up For The Eating Disorder Pro Newsletter

Inquire about booking Dr Norton for a speaking engagement

Read About Dr Norton

View video about Dr Norton

Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

Copyright © 2015 by Dr. J Renae Norton
All rights reserved. Do not Distribute. Use only with Permission.

News You Can Use Week of July 20th-26th

“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 20th-July 26th, 2015.

NEWS: GMOs Are Dangerous to Our Health, According to Latest Independent Research

There has been a debate raging about GMOs for a long time now. On one side of the debate is the idea that genetic engineering is progress for humanity, and it is a natural extension of more traditional breeding techniques. The other side believes genetically modified foods are unsafe for human consumption and harmful to the environment. LEARN MORE

NEWS: “The Future of Food”—GMOs, Gene Patenting, and the Corporatization of Our Food Supply

The GMO food labeling movement has gained momentum over the past several years, passing labeling laws in three states. America’s awareness of the risks of genetically engineered (GE) foods and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to their health and the environment continues to expand. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Study Suggests Sugar Is Worse Than Salt for Blood Pressure

One out of every three US adults has high blood pressure (hypertension). If you’re among them, one of the first recommendations your physician probably gave you was to cut back on salt. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Is the Sugar in Fruit Dangerous to My Health?

“Is Sugar Found In Fruit Bad? I heard bananas are bad for you because of the high amount of sugar, is this true?” LEARN MORE

NEWS: Relentless Cultural Pressures for Today’s Girls

Girls and women seem to be doing exceptionally well these days—many are excelling in school, in sports, and in their pursuit of advanced careers. The statistics are inspiring: LEARN MORE

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

News You Can Use Week of July 13th-19th

“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 13th-July 19th, 2015.

NEWS: The 20 Best Motivational Quotes

A friend gave me a card=many years ago when I first started writing books.  The very first publisher I submitted my manuscript to responded with a two page letter explaining why I should never be a writer.  Ever.  It was pretty upsetting.  I wanted to quit that moment and never submit another manuscript again.  I sat discouraged at my desk and spied this quote which I had hung up on my shelf.  I remember deciding in that moment to “get back up” and try it again.  Let’s fast forward 15 years. LEARN MORE

NEWS: What’s the Best Way to Deal With a Negative Body Image?

Lianne* came to see me for help with her compulsive binge-eating. “I can’t stand myself,” she said. “I’ve tried every diet I can think of. I lose weight…and then I gain it all back…and more.” Lianne was smart and very funny. She had a successful job and many women friends. But she didn’t date and she didn’t think any men could possibly be interested her because of her weight. “I’m fat and ugly,” she told me. “Why would a guy even want to talk to me?” LEARN MORE

NEWS: Stop Taking Statin Drugs – High Cholesterol Leads to Longer Life

High cholesterol levels are believed to lead to heart conditions and early death. Statin drugs to lower LDL cholesterol are prescribed to more than 13 million Americans, and almost all men over the age of 60. Research published in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism in April 2015 now shows that, as you age, having high cholesterol is beneficial. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Eat Blueberries to Live a Longer Life

Sometimes foods that are healthy don’t always appeal to a large number of people. Blueberries are an exception, however – they are both delicious and nutritious. Blueberries are truly one of the great superfoods for so many reasons. Although they can satisfy a sweet tooth, they are low in sugar and low on the glycemic index, so they will not cause blood sugar levels to spike up. They are full of healthy fiber to improve digestion and aid in weight loss for those who are trying to shed unwanted pounds. And they are incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals and bio-active compounds like anthocyanins which have powerful antioxidant properties. It is this strong combination of nutrients that lead to so many health benefits and, according to new studies, even a longer life span. LEARN MORE

NEWS: How Sugar Could Be Making You Nutrient Deficient

Sugar is one of our absolute least favorite ingredients in the grocery store—and there are so many reasons why. A recent study conducted by the Wall Street bank Credit Suisse revealed the bitter truth about global sugar consumption: The study found that sugar makes up 17 percent of the global diet. The daily average consumption for the world is 17 teaspoons (68 grams), which is 45 percent higher than 30 years ago. LEARN MORE

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News You Can Use Week of July 6th-12th, 2015

“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 6th-July 12th, 2015.

NEWS: Radiation In Sunlight Reduces Weight Gain, Findings Independent of Vitamin D Research

Recent research supports the potential for sunlight to reduce the risk of excessive weight gain and also questions the effectiveness of vitamin D supplements to prevent obesity. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Dads: What’s Your Impact on Your Daughter’s Body Image?

If you read my previous blog, I discussed the importance of a mother’s influence on girls’ body image development. In this blog I will now focus on the importance of a father (or father figure) in a girl’s life and how he can also impact his daughter’s body image development in a powerful way. The bottom line is this: Dads, you make a significant difference in how your daughter will feel about her body and appearance, as well as her self-esteem.Consider some of the following strategies to help your daughter maintain a positive body image throughout her girlhood and adolescence: LEARN MORE

NEWS: 5 Ways to Measure the Fitness of Your Exercise Mindset

Open a magazine, turn on the television, glance at highway billboards or Internet ads and the message about fitness is clear as day: Exercise does a body good. But as a clinician who works regularly with people struggling with negative body image, disordered eating behavior (like extreme dieting or binge eating), and weight, I am compelled to add: Exercise does a body good, except when it doesn’t. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Moms: What Will Your Body Image Legacy Be?

I recently watched the video “Legacy,” part of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. As a mother of a 10-year-old daughter (and 12-year-old son), the video provided a vivid wakeup call about the daily influence I have on my daughter’s developing body image. The truth is that, whether we realize it or not, we are all passing along a body image legacy to our daughters. Our daughters are observing us, emulating our attitudes, and for better or worse, they are following our example. LEARN MORE

NEWS: An End to Fat-Phobia in America?

Every 5 years, the USDA publishes its Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The famous food pyramid, now turned into MyPlate, are some of the iconic symbols of these guidelines.  The dietary guidelines are the oracle for health professionals, the food industry, and to some extent, the actual public. LEARN MORE

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.