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December 18, 2014

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4:20 PM | Histamine and Anorexia Nervosa
Most of us have at some point in our lives taken antihistamines–drugs that block the action of histamine (e.g., Claritin, Allegra)–to relieve allergy symptoms. And while histamine is best known for its role in the immune response, it also has many other important roles in the central nervous system. In the brain, histamine release is important for arousal (this is why antihistamines tend to make us drowsy). It has also been implicated in regulating appetite, taste […]

December 13, 2014

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6:45 PM | Making Connections: Peer Support and Eating Disorder Recovery
I feel like a broken record when I say that we continue to lack an evidence-base for most “alternative” forms of support for eating disorders. As I’ve noted in prior posts, just because something is not evidence based does not mean it does not work for anyone; often, an evidence base is established when researchers can secure enough funding to run a randomized-controlled trial (RCT) that would act as evidence. Even when an RCT has been run, it is hard to say that one form of […]

December 05, 2014

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1:27 PM | Treating Severe Anorexia Nervosa in the Community
Can treatment for severe anorexia nervosa be delivered safely in a community setting? According to a recent paper by Calum Munro and colleagues (2014, open access), the answer is yes. In 2001, a systematic review by Meads, Gold, and Burls found that inpatient treatment is not more or less effective than outpatient treatment for individuals with AN. Of course there will always be patients who will require inpatient care, but given the high cost, lack of clear efficacy, and known risks, it is […]

December 04, 2014

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11:45 AM | How to Find a Therapist You Love
When I was struggling with my eating disorder, I’d have particularly awful days. Often, it involved me crying into my carpet and wishing I didn’t exist. In those moments, when life was heavy and pressing, I was willing to reach out for help, but I didn’t know where to begin. My eating disorder was a […]

December 02, 2014

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9:32 PM | 84% of Vegetarians and Vegans Return to Meat. Why?
I was shocked when my long-time vegetarian daughter asked me for suggestions about what types of meat she might enjoy. I should not have been surprised. According to new research, the vast majority of vegetarians and even vegans eventually return to meat-eating. Here are the implications for the animal rights movement.read more
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1:17 PM | By Way Of Introduction – Addiction Recovery Blog – addictionland.com
  Check out my First blog on Addictionland!!  :-) By Way Of Introduction – Addiction Recovery Blog – addictionland.com.
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7:30 AM | Eating disorders: how can we care for carers?
Helen Bould summarises a meta-analysis of interventions for caregivers of someone with an eating disorder, which highlights a lack of high quality primary research. The post Eating disorders: how can we care for carers? appeared first on The Mental Elf.

November 28, 2014

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9:57 PM | Fat Talk Free Zone: What is the Impact of Fat Talk on Body Dissatisfaction?
There has been a veritable explosion of “anti-fat talk” movements in the body image and eating disorder prevention realms over the past few years. Indeed, campaigns like the Tri-Delta Sorority Fat Talk Free week have become relatively well known. Events like the “Southern Smash,” where participants literally smash scales are other iterations of this social phenomenon encouraging a more positive conversation around bodies. I am, of course, a fan of the idea that we […]

Sharpe H, Naumann U, Treasure J & Schmidt U (2013). Is fat talking a causal risk factor for body dissatisfaction? A systematic review and meta-analysis., The International journal of eating disorders, 46 (7) 643-52. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23818118

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9:57 PM | Fat Talk Free Zone: What is the Impact of Fat Talk on Body Dissatisfaction?
There has been a veritable explosion of “anti-fat talk” movements in the body image and eating disorder prevention realms over the past few years. Indeed, campaigns like the Tri-Delta Sorority Fat Talk Free week have become relatively well known. Events like the “Southern Smash,” where participants literally smash scales are other iterations of this social phenomenon encouraging a more positive conversation around bodies. I am, of course, a fan of the idea that we […]

Sharpe H, Naumann U, Treasure J & Schmidt U (2013). Is fat talking a causal risk factor for body dissatisfaction? A systematic review and meta-analysis., The International journal of eating disorders, 46 (7) 643-52. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23818118

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November 26, 2014

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4:06 PM | Treatment Resistance in Eating Disorders
Clinicians treating patients with eating disorders find the challenge great with many treatment-resistant cases.To some extent, this is true of any clinical disorder. Outpatient treatment rolls and inpatient samples are over-represented by those failing to respond to initial interventions.A medical example is helpful here. Endocrinologists specializing in diabetes see more complicated cases where glucose control is difficult and diabetic complications are common.Diabetics with easy glucose […]

November 24, 2014

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5:00 PM | International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (IAEDP)
Established in 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) is today well recognized for its excellence in providing first-quality education and high-level training standards to an international multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions, who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems.
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