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Managing Your Child's Transition to Adulthood
As any parent of an adolescent knows, a child’s transition into adulthood presents extraordinary opportunities for growth, reflection, and responsibility. The child with special needs faces all of these changes along with the added challenges brought on by his or her individual disability. It is not unusual for a child with special needs to have a specialized set of caregivers and support organizations in place for guidance and direction through these complicated years.
Published: Sep 26, 2018 | Author: Harry Margolis and Eric Prichard
Summer Health Tips
Some tips to help you to keep your cool in the summer.
Published: Jun 5, 2018 | Author: FHP
Warning!!! Dedorant Challenge
"The Dedorant Challenge" in the UK has been leaving kids with second-degree burns.
Published: May 8, 2018 | Author: FT
Obesity is an ever-growing health problem. As the number of overweight and obese Americans rises so does the number who are severely or morbidly obese. Morbid obesity is a serious health condition that results from an abnormally high body mass index.
Published: May 1, 2018 | Author: Medical News Today
Spice or K2
Natural marijuana gains its mind-altering effects from a chemical known as THC. Synthetic marijuana on the other hand, called Spice or K2, is coated with synthetic cannabinoids-a family that include over 700 research chemicals.
Published: Apr 30, 2018 | Author: The Coleman Institute
The Second Amendment
The Second Amendment consists of just one sentence: “A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Published: Mar 19, 2018 | Author: FT
Sleep and Aging
As we age, most of us will experience bodily changes that affect how we sleep. These changes often become more pronounced later in life, and the effects may be influenced by chronic illness or the side effects of prescription medication. As a result, sleep problems and disorders are relatively common among seniors.
Published: Feb 20, 2018 | Author: Tuck Sleep
Update on OxyContin
The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it would stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current US drug abuse epidemic.
Published: Feb 12, 2018 | Author: The Guardian
Opioid Use in the Elderly
Patients at the highest risk for inadequate pain control include members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the elderly, those with cognitive impairment, and those with terminal cancer. Persistent and undertreated chronic pain can lead to a variety of negative psychosocial and clinical consequences, including limitations in daily functioning, disruption in workplace productivity, stress in interpersonal relationships, and worsening medical conditions.
Published: Feb 2, 2018 | Author: Uma Suryadevara, Richard Holbert, Robert Averbuch
Fibromyalgia A Real Condition?
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characteriaed by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
Published: Jan 26, 2018 | Author: Mayo Clinic
Getting Enough Sleep?
Every day millions of Americans start their days sleep deprived. In fact, sleep has become a prime focus among medical professionals and researchers largely because most people simply are not getting enough of it. For example, according to a 2013 Gallup poll, 40 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Published: Oct 12, 2017 | Author: Public Health Corps.
Benefits of Far Infrared Therapy
Far infrared light therapy treatment, also known as FIR, has been know to relieve a variety of forms of pain and for improvement in conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, lyme disease, osteoporosis, parkison's and many other ailments.
Published: Aug 16, 2017 | Author: Dr. Ronald Peters, Dr. Leigh Connealy, Alternative Medicine Digest
What is Emotional Eating?
Emotional eating (or stress eating) is using food to make yourself feel better eating to satisfy emotional needs, rather than to satisfy physical hunger. You might reach for a pint of ice cream when you're feeling down, order a pizza if you're bored or lonely, or swing by the drive-through after a stressful day at work.
Published: Jul 13, 2017 | Author:
Mental Health and Physical Health
Everyone has mental health, just like physical health.
Published: Jun 23, 2017 | Author: Staff
Want to Shed Some Pounds? Give Acupuncture a GO!
In our fast-paced society, it sometimes seems hard to find time to eat at all. However, the fact of the matter is that we often eat too much and gain unwanted weight. So, what’s the best way to shed those unwanted pounds? A healthy diet combined with physical activity would most likely be the number one approach to solving the problem. Sure, a restrictive diet can work for a specific amount of time, but drastic diets often backfire.
Published: Jun 6, 2017 | Author: Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Postpartum Depression
Research shows that about 20 percent of women can experience some level of depression or anxiety disorder during or following their pregnancies. The severity varies from person to person. This is a problem because it can adversely affect women, infants, and the rest of the family.
Published: Jun 6, 2017 | Author: Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
What Is TMJ?
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) connects the jaw and the skull, allowing for flexibility of the jaw so that you are able to speak and chew. A disorientation in this joint causes TMJ dysfunction and can cause complaints.
Published: Jun 5, 2017 | Author: From Best Oral Hygiene
How to Get More Vitamin D
You know vitamin D is good for your bones and your teeth, but here’s another little known fact for you: the sunshine vitamin may also help your digestion. We’ve suspected this for years, but a new study links low vitamin D to IBS symptoms like diarrhea and constipation.
Published: May 4, 2017 | Author: Digestive Health
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that’s most often caused by asbestos exposure. It usually forms in the lungs of those who have been exposed to this deadly toxin, but sometimes occurs in the abdominal area or the area around the heart. There are a number of therapies available that can help prolong survival and minimize symptoms and discomfort, but in most cases the cancer is too aggressive and too advanced at the time of diagnosis to be cured.
Published: Mar 8, 2017 | Author:
Naturopathic Treatment for Mesothelioma
Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a medical practice and philosophy that developed more than 100 years ago and continues to attract followers today. The idea behind it is to treat patients through prevention, education, natural and alternative treatments, and traditional medicine. Patients living with mesothelioma or other types of cancer may choose to turn to a naturopathic practitioner for an alternative to traditional medicine.
Published: Mar 8, 2017 | Author:
The Dangers of Vaping & E-Cigs
E-cigarettes are very rapidly becoming a major player in the smoking cessation world. They are very simple in their design as basically a tube that holds a battery, a heating element, and a container of liquid nicotine. When a user inhales on the end, they ignite the heating unit, which warms the liquid nicotine into steam that can then be inhaled into the lungs. While some e-cigarettes are disposable after one use, high-end models can be used multiple times. All that needs to be done is replacing the batteries when they die and installing new nicotine containers. Flavored nicotine can also be added to give the steam a nicer flavor. E-cigarette vaping helps eliminate the dangerous smoke that causes so many health problems in smokers, but it doesn’t eliminate the potential risks associated with the act. In fact, e-cigarettes have many of their own unique health dangers that must be watched for at all times.
Published: Feb 28, 2017 | Author: Rehab Center
How Service and Therapy Dogs Help PTSD Victims
Post-traumatic stress disorder, more commonly referred to as PTSD, is an epidemic impacting millions of Americans every year.
Published: Dec 27, 2016 | Author:
The Benefits of Exercise in Addiction Recovery
Regular exercise provides many health benefits, and these benefits can have a positive physical and emotional effect in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Published: Dec 8, 2016 | Author: The Delray Recovery Center
What Happens to Your Brain When You Take Drugs?
Brain Imaging studies show changes in areas of th brain that are critical to judgement, decision-making, learning and memory, and behavior control.
Published: Sep 1, 2016 | Author: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Don't Let Your Follow-Up Pool Overflow
Too many self-employed professionals limit their view of follow-up to calling a prospect on the phone or sending them an email, asking if they are ready to buy, sign up, or get started. But effective follow-up entails much more than that. And, it can be much easier on your psyche than those challenging calls and emails.
Published: Jul 25, 2016 | Author: C.J. Hayden
Procrastination and your health.
Published: Mar 30, 2016 | Author: Lisa Stull
What to do with an Aging Parent?
The responsibility of taking care of aging parents.
Published: Feb 24, 2016 | Author: FT
The Selling of ADHD: Diagnoses, Prescriptions Soar After 20-Year Marketing Effort by Big Pharma
Taken at face value, the latest figures on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) suggest a growing epidemic in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 15 percent of high school children are diagnosed with ADHD. The number of those on stimulant medication is at 3.5 million, up from 600,000 two decades ago.
Published: May 21, 2014 | Author: Democracy Now
Eight Ways To Get Slim Fast
Begin Simply by paying more attention to what you are eating, slowly cutting back on the bad foods and implementing more health foods into your diet.
Published: Mar 10, 2014 | Author: Heal Talk
What's The Big Picture With Holistic Home Remedies?
Holistic home remedies has it's roots in the belief that physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of your life are all involved and connected and should be used together to provide healing of different kinds.
Published: Mar 10, 2014 | Author: HealTalk
What are Personal Boundaries? How do I Get Some?
Boundaries are learned. You didn’t learn you had rights or boundaries, if yours weren’t valued growing up. Any kind of abuse violates personal boundaries, including teasing. For example, my brother ignored my pleas for him to stop tickling me until I could barely breathe. This made me feel powerless and that I didn’t have a right to say “Stop” when I was uncomfortable. In recovery, I gained the capacity to tell a masseuse to Stop and use less pressure. In some cases, boundary violations affect a child’s ability to mature into an independent, responsible adult
Published: Dec 18, 2013 | Author: Dalene Lancer
Parental Comments on Appearance
expect her to be upset by what you say. Tell her you realize your comments might be disturbing, but that you in no way mean to hurt her feelings or make her feel bad about herself. Let her know that your only concern is for her well being, and that you can tolerate her annoyance about your comments because you love her.
Published: Sep 9, 2013 | Author: Johanna McShane, PhD
Talking to Your Loved One: Positive Communication Tips
Over time, with patience and a deepened understanding of the relationship she has with the eating disorder, you'll both be able to speak more freely, which will help strengthen the relationship you have with each other. The more she can feel close and safe with you, the easier it will be to relate to other people and herself, and to ultimately get better.
Published: Sep 9, 2013 | Author: Tony Paulson
Stories of Recovery (The Voices I Heard)
“Do what you have to do and that’s it,” this eating disorder reminded me. So I did. But tomorrow was another day. The pressure was on. How could I listen to it and get away with it? That conniving, sneaky voice I heard. And the voice I heard the most clearly, the safest voice, the voice I listened to and followed was anorexia.
Published: Aug 5, 2013 | Author: Melissa F.Brown
Vitamin D
New research has shown Vitamin D regulates the immune system, possibly decreasing the risk and mortality from cancer, and aiding in the prevention of inflammation.
Published: Jul 29, 2013 | Author: Diane Keddy
Early Abuse Can Increase the RIsk of "Food Addiction"
Food addiction, which was defined as three or more addiction-like eating behaviors severe enough to cause significant distress or loss of function, affected 8% of the women in the Nurses study. The researchers found that women who had experienced physical or sexual abuse before the age of 18 years were twice as likely to have a food addiction in their middle adult years compared with women without a history of abuse.
Published: Jul 29, 2013 | Author: Gurze Books
Q & A: Weird Food Combinations
She permits herself to put these dishes together only when she’s alone because she’s too embarrassed to eat this way in front of her family and friends.
Published: Jun 10, 2013 | Author: Gurze Books
Misleading Health Information Flows Onto YouTube
Social networking sites like YouTube are delivering a tide of pro-anorexia messages, according to a recent review of 140 videos containing about 11 hours of video content. After three physicians reviewed the content, nearly 30% of the videos were found to be pro-anorexia (J Med Internet Res 2013; 15(2):e30) doi 10.2196/jmir2237).
Published: May 7, 2013 | Author:
How to Become a Body Image Outcast
Never diet. It is clinically documented that dieting is the gateway to eating disorders. We have a $40 billion diet industry in this country that sells us a product that fails 95% of the time. We should all be much smarter than that.
Published: May 7, 2013 | Author: Courtney Martin
Self-Esteem and Social Anxiety in Teens with Eating Disorders
Social anxiety is defined as fear of being negatively evaluated by others while in a social setting. Some 15% of the general population have levels of social anxiety that disrupt daily functioning and symptoms of social anxiety tend to increase throughout adolescence.
Published: Apr 22, 2013 | Author: Gurze Books
Recovery is Character Building
If one thinks of temperament as the genetic wiring of personality, then character consists of the circuit boards that route, suppress, or facilitate the messages carried by those wires. In other words, character is one of the mechanisms by which we manage temperament.
Published: Apr 1, 2013 | Author: Aimee Liu
Missouri Bill Proposes Mandatory Coverage for Eating Disorders
Missouri State Senator David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) introduced a bill during a recent committee hearing that would mandate health insurance coverage for Missourians with eating disorders. If approved, eating disorders patients in Missouri with insurance would be covered for diagnosis and treatment of their eating disorder as well as for residential, medical, and psychiatric treatment
Published: Apr 1, 2013 | Author: Gurze Books
Q & A: Anorexia Nervosa and Alcohol Abuse: Which Comes First?
The fact is, a high percentage of patients with AN do seem to have alcohol use disorders (abuse/dependence) with varying degrees of severity.
Published: Mar 6, 2013 | Author: Gurze Books
Unexplained Hoarseness
Acid reflux, or exposure to acidic gastric contents to the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract, causes a well-known syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD. Symptoms found in GERD include heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, an acidic taste, belching, difficulty swallowing, and bad breath. GERD affects about 20% of the general population.
Published: Feb 19, 2013 | Author: Reprint from Eating Disorders Review
Amenorrhea: Not a Good Gauge of Prognosis
After treatment for their eating disorder was completed, a large portion of the women resumed menses, but very few recovered completely from their eating disorder.
Published: Feb 19, 2013 | Author: reprint from Eating Disorders Review
Skipping Insulin
Warning signs for diabulimia include low energy, high blood sugar levels, and weight loss despite eating more. Frequent urination is another signal. When blood sugar is high, the kidneys work overtime to filter excess glucose from the body; this purging is similar to the pattern in a person with bulimia, who binges and then purges.
Published: Jan 31, 2013 | Author: Gurze Books
Medical Issues and Eating Disorders
Eating disorders can last for as little as one year or less, to decades or more. They usually get progressively worse unless they are faced and treated.
Published: Dec 26, 2012 | Author: Nancy Kolodny
Do Different Sweeteners Alter Satiety?
In a small study of 37 volunteers aged 20-29, Dr. Pablo Monsivais and colleagues evaluated the relative effects of commercial beverages containing sucrose or HFCS on hunger, satiety, and energy intakes at the next meal. They used a within-subject design for the study.
Published: Dec 6, 2012 | Author: Dr. Monsivais
Six Tips for Grocery Shopping in Recovery
Eating healthy is an important habit, but it can be difficult to get a balanced meal when your biggest fear is food.
Published: Nov 26, 2012 | Author: Melissa Ruggles
Bulimia and Your Teeth
As a dentist, I am hyper-aware of people's teeth and smiles. Over the years, I've noted how people try to hide what's going on inside their mouths. I understand how the general public's apprehension about the painful side of dentistry can make some people unwilling to sit in the dental chair and undergo treatment. This is especially true for those who are also bulimic
Published: Nov 12, 2012 | Author: Brian McKay, DDS
Restricitve Feeding Can Make Children Overeat
Often the very efforts parents make to help their children limit "junk foods" only increases the children's desire for these very foods. A recent study at Penn State has provided some new data about how restrictive feeding by mothers can produce a pattern of eating without hunger in their daughters
Published: Oct 22, 2012 | Author: Leann Birch Study
About Body Image
For someone with an eating disorder, whose body is the battleground where daily wars are fought, improving body image is essential. Your recovery is not complete by simply stopping the food-related behaviors; you must also make peace with your physical self. It’s a package deal. This is because body image and self-image are so closely tied. The approach you take with your body is a reflection of the approach you take with yourself.
Published: Oct 22, 2012 | Author: Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn
When Your Parent Has An Eating Disorder
There might be some information you choose not to reveal because doing so may not be in your child's best interest, or you may feel too vulnerable. Don't feel rushed to instantly provide answers. It is all right (even a good idea often) to take time to think about what and how much to say. Keep in mind that talking to an adult son or daughter is different from talking to a friend or contemporary. In any family there may be a variety of matters in which children ought not to be involved. Choose carefully what topics are appropriate.
Published: Sep 17, 2012 | Author: Johanna Marie McShane, PhD
How To Get the Most Out of Your Treatment Team
Remember that the members of your team are there to work for you. Therefore, it is important to find people that you feel good about and who are knowledgeable about eating disorders. You are hiring them and it is a matter of finding the right match. Having said this, be sure you don't run from professional to professional rejecting everyone. If you meet a few and no one seems right, you'll need to look more to yourself. Decide your requirements and whether you have any resistances to treatment.
Published: Sep 10, 2012 | Author: Carolyn Costin
Family Meals: One Deterrent to Disordered Eating?
Many factors can contribute to unhealthy weight-control practices and other disordered eating patterns among teenagers, according to Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer and colleagues at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. These include societal pressures to be thin, parents' attitudes toward weight, family relationships, peer dieting practices, and perceptions of body image. However, the structure and atmosphere of meals at home are important as well, according to the researchers.
Published: Aug 27, 2012 | Author: Gurze Books
What Are Electrolytes?
All cells maintain an electrical charge across the cell membranes that surround them, which permits cells to perform their normal functions, such as allowing nerve cells to control muscles and allowing muscle cells to contract and relax. The electrolytes in the serum (blood) produce this electrical charge, which is literally the energy of life. If electrolytes exceed their normal, tightly controlled range, normal functions will cease. Muscles may weaken and cramp, nerves may fail to conduct impulses correctly, or the brain (which, after all, is a collection of nerve cells) may not function correctly, leading to confusion, lethargy, or even seizure
Published: Aug 27, 2012 | Author: Michale Meyers, MD
Anorexia Nervosa: Curious Past, Hopeful Future
AN is a prototype of disorders of motivated behavior, all of which serve as a final common pathway for a variety of developmental, familial, intrapsychic, and societal conflicts. At its core, AN arises from a conflict between the individual's neurobiological forces, which regulate weight stability, and social norms, which mandate thinness. The probabilistic nature of a single person developing AN from multiple risk facts may mean no single causative factor will ever be found.
Published: Aug 6, 2012 | Author: Arnold E. Andersen
Life Transitions Can Trigger Eating Disorders
Traumatic life events, such as relationship changes, the loss of a loved one, or a sexual assault, can trigger eating disorders, according to the results of a small study of 26 women and 1 man ranging in age from 17 to 64 years (median age: 27 years). As Dr. Jerica M. Berge and colleagues at the University of Minnesota recently reported , even a small change, such as moving to a new home or enrolling in a new school, may trigger anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa .
Published: Aug 3, 2012 | Author: Gurze Books
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
The most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A lump that is painless, hard, and has uneven edges is more likely to be cancer. But some cancers are tender, soft, and rounded. So it's important to have anything unusual checked by a doctor.
Published: Jul 23, 2012 | Author: American Cancer Society
Scientists Identify Brain Circuitry Associated with Addictive, Depressive Behaviors
“The physical symptoms that affect people with Parkinson’s — including tremors and rigidity of movement — are caused by an imbalance between two types of medium spiny neurons in the brain,” said Kreitzer, whose lab studies how Parkinson’s disease affects brain functions. “In this paper we showed that psychiatric disorders — specifically addiction and depression —might be
Published: Jul 9, 2012 | Author: Anne Holden
Strategic Initiative #1: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
Most adult mental and substance use disorders manifest before age 25, and many of the same risk and protective factors affect physical health. The focus on preventing mental health and substance use disorders and related problems among children, adolescents, and young adults is critical to the Nation’s behavioral and physical health now and in the future.
Published: Jul 2, 2012 | Author: Fran Harding
Meth use linked to Parkinson's: Study
Parkinson's disease occurs when not enough dopamine — a chemical produced by the brain is generated. Previous animal-based studies have shown amphetamine use causes damage to the part of the brain responsible for dopamine production.
Published: Jun 25, 2012 | Author: Bradley Bouzane
Antidepressant could help meth addicts kick habit
Researchers have for years been trying to find a drug to help alleviate dependency on methamphetamine, much as methadone can be used to help people quit heroin, but multiple studies of many different drugs have failed. Addiction experts said they're cautiously optimistic that the antidepressant mirtazapine, sold under the brand name Remeron, will prove useful.
Published: Jun 18, 2012 | Author: Erin Allday
Child Abuse Leaves Mark on Brain
Reduced brain volume in parts of the hippocampus could help to explain why childhood problems often lead to later psychiatric disorders, such as depression, drug addiction and other mental health problems, the researchers say. This link could help researchers find better ways to treat survivors of childhood abuse.
Published: Jun 18, 2012 | Author: Jennifer Welsh
Why do addicts get hooked?
“Think of addiction as a chronic medical illness, such as high blood pressure or diabetes,’’ he said, adding that all have a biological basis but personal behavior and environment can influence whether the given disease develops and affects an individual’s life.
Published: Jun 11, 2012 | Author: Meg Murphy
Managing Weight Across the Spectrum of Eating Disorders
The increasing occurrence of disordered eating, as well as the personal and societal costs associated with having an eating disorder, has led to increased prevention efforts. These efforts have included delivering programs that use the Internet as their access point. Such an approach is hardly surprising given today's trends in computer use. Computers have become a staple in everyday life, and Internet technology has broadened the ways in which we communicate and learn. But, how effective are Internet-based eating disorders prevention programs?
Published: Jun 4, 2012 | Author: Mary K. Stein
Five Eating Disorders Groups Successfully Challenge a University
Recently, five major eating disorders organizations joined forces to speak out against a university whose practice was singling out obese students. Last December, the Academy for Eating Disorders, the Binge Eating Disorder Association, the Eating Disorders Coalition, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and the National Eating Disorders Association joined forces to advocate for a focus on health and lifestyle rather than weight as a measurement of well-being.
Published: Jun 4, 2012 | Author: Mary K. Stein
How a Need to Please Others Can Lead to Overeating
The authors found a marginally positive correlation between sociotropy and a desire to eat the same amount of candy as the peer. The degree of sociotropy also marginally predicted greater reports of basing one's eating decision on an attempt to make the peer comfortable. The results supported the hypothesis that sociotropy would be linked with eating choices, but only in cases where people believed that a peer wanted them to eat. There were no differences by gender.
Published: May 29, 2012 | Author: Dr. Julie J. Exline and colleagues
Yoga: A physical path to reshaping your mind and moving your spirit
The early founders of AA recognized that Alcoholism is a 3-fold disease affecting us physically, mentally and spiritually. The 12 step program has proved to be highly effective in addressing both the mental and spiritual aspects of the disease, while relatively little emphasis has been placed on the physical aspects. The ancient yogis knew that in order to sit and meditate for long periods of time, our bodies need to be in good physical condition, thus yoga is a natural complement to the 12 step program.
Published: May 14, 2012 | Author: Tammy Lee
Personal Growth: How to Align Your Values and Your Life
There are several questions you can ask yourself to help you figure out what values will make you happy. First, what do you choose to do in your life? Assuming that you choose activities in your life freely, such as cultural, spiritual, or athletic activities, specifying these activities is a first step in identifying the values that create congruence between your values and your life. Second, what activities do you have a great passion for and that bring you true joy in your participation? There is no better clue to what you deeply value than activities such as these. Third, what activities, experiences, and people cause you to feel deeply engaged and connected with? This absorption can only occur when your values and life are one.
Published: May 14, 2012 | Author: Jim Taylor, Ph.D.
Fitness Lovers More Prone to Eating Disorders
Female athletes and exercisers tend to exhibit eating disorder symptoms more often than those who don't exercise as regularly, says researchers from the University of Denver. The study is one of the first to document that women who worry about performing well at sports or exercise are far more likely to feel dissatisfied with their bodies and experience eating disorder symptoms.
Published: May 7, 2012 | Author: United Press International
Help! I am a College Freshman
College is not meant to be an arduous struggle with eating disorders. It is meant to be a time of self-discovery, with learning about yourself and meeting people, with taking risks and trying new directions. College has the potential to be some of your most exciting years yet, or some of the most miserable. For me, it has been both.
Published: May 7, 2012 | Author: Kyla Buckingham
Heart to Heart: Taking Risks in Recovery
he good news is that taking risks is a skill that can be practiced. Smaller, less challenging tasks can be rehearsed. For example, learning to add one “forbidden” food to your meals without purging, rather than a whole new meal, is a small, but empowering, step. So is saying, “Hi” to one new person rather than mingling with many in a crowd. By breaking down the situations that cause the most panic into smaller, more manageable actions, a person gradually gains the skills necessary for those bigger tasks. Each success, no matter how small, cultivates a little more confidence and a desire to try more daring behaviors.
Published: Apr 30, 2012 | Author: Jacquie Koweler
Confessions of a Father
I was introduced to eating disorders (ED) about midway through my daughter Jena's ninth grade year. Prior to this introduction, my wife and I were unaware of the extent of the eating disorder epidemic. Compounding the initial feelings of helplessness was the fact that Jena was attending a boarding school in northern Maine. We went from a family structure of continual contact to one that consisted of phone conversations, e-mails, and letters. I was completely unprepared for the prolonged grip the ED would have on us.
Published: Apr 23, 2012 | Author: John Greaser, PhD
Silence the Food Critic
The things we say to our friends and loved ones in an effort to "help them make good choices" can often be destructive. Have you ever eaten something you didn't enjoy because you didn't want to hurt the cook's feelings or be labeled as "picky"? Have you ever chosen not to order a certain food off the menu because someone else might not approve? If so, the food critic is doing the talking.
Published: Apr 16, 2012 | Author: Jessica Setnick
Using Your Voice
Once you have told someone you have an ED, your relationship with that person may change dramatically. He or she may not be able to spend time with you any more without focusing on the fact that you have an illness. Or, you may find that the other person refuses to believe you are sick since you may "appear" well. But most people want to help and will be supportive in getting you the treatment you need. I have also encountered family members who seemed to have no reaction to my illness and this, too, can be incredibly painful to come to terms with. It is important to bring your feelings about whatever reactions you get into your treatment and work through them in that safe space.
Published: Apr 2, 2012 | Author: Robyn L. Hunter
Speedy Eating, Less Frequent Eating and Highr Body Mass Index
The old slogan "You are what you eat" might be amended to "You are what you eat, how fast you eat, and when you eat," according to results of studies in New Zealand and the U.S.
Published: Apr 2, 2012 | Author: Gurze Books
Love is Gentle, Love is Kind
As we go through our days, we get to choose the way we behave. If we choose a loving path, our lives will be the richer for it. Loving the people around us is a familiar idea, but loving our bodies is foreign to most of us. We have been taught to hate our bodies and to vigilantly subdue and control what we perceive as our lazy, gluttonous urges. This judgmental attitude helps keep our dieting and disordered eating patterns alive and well.
Published: Mar 26, 2012 | Author: Rebecca Radcliffe
Leaving Inpatient Treatment: "Good as New?"
Remember, leaving treatment is not equal to being stitched up and coming out as "good as new." Recovery is a process experienced in community with others helping you break the destructive ways of an eating disorder, one day at a time. Make sure you take the time before you leave treatment, or if you are now out of your treatment, to set a plan for a successful recovery.
Published: Mar 26, 2012 | Author: Lee Wolfe Blum
The NCAA and the American College of Sports Medicine both urge greater cooperation among coaches, exercise scientists, physicians, dietitians, and wrestlers to use research and education to determine the best medically sound system for selecting a weight class. Their hope is that harmful weight loss methods will one day be a thing of the past among collegiate wrestlers.
Published: Mar 19, 2012 | Author: Reprinted form Eating Disorders Review 2003
Who Else At the Game Is at Risk?
Based on the results from the EAT-26, the investigators estimated a 29.7% prevalence rate of disordered eating among the auxiliary unit members. The test results also revealed that 21% of the participants used purgatives, and 14% vomited to control their weight or shape. As for irregular menses, 15.8% of the young women reported having irregular periods and 12.5% were amenorrheic. The group at greatest risk for disordered eating was majorettes, followed by the color guard and the dance line. The color guard members reported the greatest frequency of binge eating (20%) and vomiting (14.3%), whereas majorettes reported the highest frequency of using laxatives or diet pills (26.3%).
Published: Mar 19, 2012 | Author: Reprint from Gurze Books 2009
How to Know When a Young Athlete
However, this approach to identification is not always straightforward. Coaches are often looking for the athlete who will train harder than her teammates. It is difficult for a coach (and sometimes a parent) to view an athlete who works harder and longer than the others as having a problem. On the contrary, these athletes are more often valued because of their "work ethic." Their extra training may be rewarded and reinforced. It is difficult to know if the athlete is simply a good, hard-working competitor, or a person with a problem. Nonetheless, this is a good place to start the identification process.
Published: Mar 13, 2012 | Author: Roberta Sherman, PhD
The Basics of Disordered Exercise
Studies have shown that between 33% and 80% of anorexics and bulimics engage in excessive exercise—the wide range probably due to inconsistencies in defining the term “excessive.” However, regardless of the statistics, a strong connection between eating disorders and overexercise exists, resulting in serious psychological, emotional, and physical consequences (in addition to those previously described for food-related behaviors). Exercise also has an addictive component because of neurochemical changes in the brain, which make recovery more difficult.
Published: Mar 13, 2012 | Author: Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn
Recogninzing and Responding to Binge Eating in Children
By the age of two, many children have developed damaging eating habits that may persist throughout their lives. Like their parents, they are eating too few vegetables and fruits and too much highly processed food laden with sugar, fat, and salt. They have already learned to prefer, and sometimes even to demand, french fries, soda, pizza, hot dogs, sugary desserts, and candy.
Published: Mar 6, 2012 | Author: Reprinted from Eating Disorders Recovery Today
Puberty and Body Image
During puberty, many "tweens" feel out of control with the changes. At this stage, they are neither children nor teenagers and keeping up with the transition can be a challenge. This is not surprising given that more developmental changes occur during puberty than in any other life stage, other than the beginnings of life. And puberty starts earlier now than ever before.
Published: Mar 5, 2012 | Author: Shelly Russell-Mayhew, PhD, C.Psych
Treatment for Adolescents & Young Children
A growing concern in the field of eating disorders is the increasingly earlier onset and prevalence of these illnesses in the childhood and young adolescent populations. Historically, anorexia nervosa tends to have a higher occurrence at approximately 14 and 18 years old, whereas bulimia nervosa tends to manifest in the late teenage and young adult years. Unfortunately, however, the ages of onset have shifted downward to younger and younger children. What is important to understand is that the nature of eating disorders in young people is somewhat different than their older counterparts and distinctly different in the pediatric population. The origin of eating disorders is as unique as the individual themselves, but among the historically classic cases, there are many common diagnostic characteristics.
Published: Mar 5, 2012 | Author: John Samanich, MD
Anorexia Nervosa: 11 Areas of Advancement
Although the origin, treatment, course, and outlook of anorexia nervosa (AN) have remained a puzzle, advances in at least 11 areas have helped us better understand this disease.
Published: Feb 27, 2012 | Author: Arnold E. Andersen, MD
Anorexia Nervosa in The Elderly
All his life my father had been a big man. Oversized. I often heard people crack jokes about his weight and tell him to stop eating so much. But now, I was worried. At 80 years old, he was depriving himself of food. He had fallen a number of times this past year and had sustained a fractured shoulder and a few broken ribs. Many times when I had phoned him, he told me he felt dizzy, weak and light-headed. Now I understood why. He was refusing food.
Published: Feb 16, 2012 | Author: By Nikki Rosen R.S.W.
What is Anorexia?
Anorexia nervosa, in the most simple terms, is self-starvation. Anorexics (anorectic is also correct usage) are typically described as "walking skeletons", a graphic image that depicts the pallor and frailty of these struggling individuals. Anorexics are also often characterized as stubborn, vain, appearance-obsessed people who simply do not know when to stop dieting. But anorexia nervosa is much more than just a diet gone awry, and the sufferer more than an obstinate, skinny person refusing to eat. It is a complex problem with intricate roots that often begins as a creative and reasonable solution to difficult circumstances, and is thus a way to cope.
Published: Feb 16, 2012 | Author: Linsdey Hall & Monika Ostroff
Why do People Become Anorexic?
One common misconception is that people become anorexic because they are self-absorbed, vain individuals who place too much importance on their looks. While the culture of thinness in which we live is certainly an influential factor in the development of anorexia, it is by no means the sole cause. In fact, there is no sole cause. Anorexia is a response to a complex mix of cultural, social, familial, psychological, and biological influences unique to each person. The answer to the question "Why?" is an individual one requiring deep introspection on a personal level. Some possibilities are discussed below.
Published: Feb 16, 2012 | Author: Lindsey Hall & Monika Ostroff
How to Keep the Weight Off
According to the Mayo Clinic, the "key to successful weight loss is a commitment to making permanent changes in your diet and exercise habits."
Published: Feb 6, 2012 | Author: Marina Salsbury
Teaching Children that It's Okay to Be Angry
Teaching children how to be angry in a safe and productive way.
Published: Dec 15, 2011 | Author: Andrea Ditter-Middleton
Moving in Together Stirs up Old Fears
If you're divorced and have moved on to a new, meaningful relationship, the prospect of moving in together can stir up a lot of fear related to your past marriage and its demise. Anyone who has gone through a divorce will tell you that it takes some time to get over it and move on (understatement of the year.)
Published: Aug 5, 2011 | Author: Christine Fernandez
What To Do If Your Spouse Won
The scenario of one spouse recognizing that therapy might be useful to look at a troubled relationship while the other is resistant has several possible explanations.
Published: Jul 18, 2011 | Author: John Gerson, Ph.D.
On this Father's Day, what will you to to acknowledge the man that brought you into this Earth, and who showed you the ropes about how to be the good guy you've grown into?
Published: Jun 15, 2011 | Author: Jason Fierstein, MA, LPC
Solitude, Part 2: The Benefits It Brings, and the Special Strengths of the People Who Enjoy It
Here's what makes solitude so sweet
Published: Jun 13, 2011 | Author: Bella DePaulo
Sweet Solitude, Part 1: Two Meanings of Alone
Time spent alone is not just about loneliness
Published: Jun 6, 2011 | Author: Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.
Why Do Bullies Bully?
We're all familiar with bullying - those deliberate, aggressive behaviors intended to cause harm to others. Chances are, if you haven't been the recipient or the doer of these hostile acts, you've at least seen bullying occur at some point in your childhood.
Published: May 10, 2011 | Author: Mark Dworkin LCSW, P.C. and Robyn Goldberg
In The Blink of an Eye
There is no way to prepare. No way to brace yourself or let yourself down easy. When a loved one dies suddenly or their death is perceived as sudden, your entire world is turned upside down and inside out.
Published: Dec 9, 2010 | Author: Gabriel Constans
Art Therapy and Special Education
Art therapists who are interested in working in the public schools might find it helpful to understand the special education system and how art therapy services can be utilized in a special education setting. A good place to start with is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a 1990 federal law (reauthorized in 1997 and again in 2004) that ensures a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to all youth regardless of ability.
Published: Sep 30, 2010 | Author: Megan L. Van Meter, MA, LPC-AT, ATR-BC
Empowering the Traumatized Child Through The Use Of Art And Action
When a child has been personally traumatized or is part of a family, school, or community system where trauma has been experienced, the child's sense of his or her own power is generally shaken. The trauma destabilizes the world as the child knew it prior to the event(s).
Published: Sep 30, 2010 | Author: Bobbie Kaufman, ATR-BC, LCAT
Pathological gambling may be successfully treated with medications for substance addiction
Pathological gambling can be successfully treated with medications that decrease urges and increase inhibitions, according to researchers at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).
Published: May 11, 2010 | Author: Sharon Reis
Addiction and Recovery - Choosing the Right Level of Care For Treatment
Addiction is treated on a continuum of care principle, with a variety of treatment options available. The overarching goals of alcoholism and other drug addiction treatment is the development of abstinence and relapse prevention.
Published: Mar 8, 2010 | Author: Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D., LADC, LMFT
Chinese Medicine is Simple
Chinese Medicine is simple; it began with observing nature and then taking these observations and applying them to the human body. This began with the concept of yin and yang.
Published: Jan 26, 2010 | Author: Sarah Zender, L.Ac
Teeth Grinding Linked to Sleep Apnea
There is a high prevalence of nocturnal teeth grinding, or bruxism, in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), particularly in Caucasians. New research presented at CHEST 2009, the 75th annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), found that nearly 1 in 4 patients with OSA suffers from nighttime teeth grinding; this seems to be especially more prevalent in men and in Caucasians compared with other ethnic groups.Physicians (ACCP), found that nearly 1 in 4 patients with OSA suffers from nighttime teeth grinding; this seems to be especially more prevalent in men and in Caucasians compared with other ethnic groups.
Published: Jan 26, 2010 | Author: American College of Chest Physicians
Why the Holidays can Bring More Conflict than Joy
Help with the emotions around the holidays typically focuses on the "Holiday Blues", but there is very little press regarding the tension and conflicts that erupt during this time of year. Relationships are like the proverbial canary in the mine shafts, in that they are the first to be affected by stress and tension.
Published: Dec 3, 2009 | Author: Mr. Brett R. Williams, LMFT
How Can I Get It All Done?
Most of us know that we should consistently make time for Self-Care, but often we do not seem to find the time.Our fast-paced culture teaches us that "slowing down to smell the roses" is a luxury we cannot afford - there is always more to do than time to do it all.
Published: Nov 11, 2009 | Author: Adele Cox, MA, CMT
What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?
Used as early as the Sung Dynasty (960AD-1270AD), Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process and renewing the body from within. More than just a cosmetic procedure, the rejuvenation process helps the whole body look and feel better. A gentle, soothing facial massage follows the treatment.
Published: Oct 28, 2009 | Author: unknown
Is Massage Supposed to Hurt?
Research has well proven that massage can be very effective in reducing the pain that accompanies many conditions. But is massage supposed to be painful to receive? How much pain is too much pain when you are receiving deep tissue massage techniques for muscle knots and spasms? Is the saying, "No pain, no gain" true? What about post-massage soreness? Is that expected and normal?
Published: Oct 23, 2009 | Author: Dianne Polseno
Various Types of Dentures
An overview of various denture options that are available in dentist offices today.
Published: Aug 11, 2009 | Author: unknown
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath plagues just about everyone at one time or another. Bad Breath is devastating for ones social life. Many people have been denied employment, failed in business and social engagements and relegated to low social status because of it.
Published: Aug 11, 2009 | Author: unknown
Early Childhood Tooth Decay (Baby Bottle Tooth Decay)
Decay in infants and children is called baby bottle tooth decay. It can destroy the teeth and most often occurs in the upper front teeth. But other teeth may also be affected.
Published: Jul 23, 2009 | Author: ADA
General Dentistry vs. Cosmetic Dentistry
There are quite a few differences between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, but what you need to keep in mind is that general dentistry is for fixing problems and resolving painful issues. Cosmetic dentistry, on the other hand, is all about making you look great and turning that smile into a dazzling one that you'll be more than proud to show off.
Published: Jun 29, 2009 | Author: Dr. Bruce Fletcher, DDS
Chronic Vertigo Sufferers Find Relief With Chiropracti
Many people aren't aware of the relationship between upper cervical (neck) trauma and vertigo. With all that modern science has accomplished, there are still more unanswered questions than answered ones.
Published: Oct 13, 2008 | Author: Dr. Erin Elster, D.C.
Tracy's Kids employs six art therapists in four treatment centers, helping patients with cancer and blood disorders cope with the emotional stress and trauma of illness and treatment. Art therapy is built into the treatment setting, engaging young patients, their siblings, and parents in creative work that helps them express feelings and reflect on their treatment experiences.
Published: | Author: Tracy Councill, MA, ATR-BC
How to Deal With an Angry Spouse
It is important to differentiate the spouse whose anger is a healthy response to various partner insufficiencies, such as lack of attunement, inadequate empathy, neglect, poor partner functioning -in short anger as a protest to loss of love and safety – and anger which is more...
Published: | Author: John Gerson, Ph.D.
HCG Diet
Weight loss may be the biggest reason people attempt a change in diet/lifestyle. So many people wake up and look in the mirror, and discover they don't like what they see and want it to change.
Published: | Author: Dr. Julie TwoMoon

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