How to recognize and deal with eating disorders

Kathryn Forsyth

The first full week of February each year is designated as Eating Disorder Awareness Week or EDAW. Unfortunately, eating disorders is a topic that many people are reluctant to discuss. For rural clients, the road to recovery can be lonely and long, but there is help available. Read on to increase your awareness of this condition that affects both men and women, young and old.

There are four main types of eating disorders:

Anorexia Nervosa: identified by drastic weight loss from excessive dieting. Individuals that suffer from Anorexia do not recognize how underweight they are and this makes it difficult for them to seek help.

Bulimia Nervosa: identified by frequent fluctuations in weight and periods of uncontrolled binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, excessive exercising or fasting. This is the most common type of eating disorder in North America.

Binge Eating: identified by uncontrolled impulsive or continuous eating to the point of extreme discomfort. Purging is uncommon. This disorder is often accompanied by significant emotional distress and shame, depression and obesity.

Disordered Eating: a range of food and weight-related beliefs and practices that negatively affect an individual’s overall well-being which can include chronic dieting, compulsive eating and behaviour seen in anorexia or bulimia.

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European practices lead the way in the frontier of prevention

“Cancer is a systemic illness that can be observed in the blood with new types of microscopes developed in Europe” says Dr. Karl Maret. “German doctors are also using new diagnostic biofield tests to detect latent imbalances in the connective tissue matrix that contribute to various diseases”

Traveling and studying throughout Europe, Maret is keen to share the knowledge regarding cutting-edge medical diagnostic tools presently used across the pond.

Trained as an electrical and biomedical engineer, Maret’s passion for the mechanics of diagnosic tools — actually the electronics — is as good as it gets. He describes the possibilities and potential of working with light and color spectrums for early detection of imbalances that can lead to disease.

“The variability of the heart rhythm can be used to detect the amount of autonomic nervous system stress that contributes to heart disease,” Maret explains, adding that prevention is key to health. Hence, much of the new frontier is about early warning signals that help people shift their awareness and lifestyle early on toward optimal health.

Although Americans love to see themselves as pioneers, much of the cutting-edge work in cancer prevention today began in Europe more than a century ago. Biofeedback, one approach Americans are familiar with that helps reduce stress levels associated with many diseases, began more than 50 years ago.  Read More….

doctors’ office also not properly sterilizing equipment

A doctors’ office in the same health region as the troubled Vegreville hospital also was not properly sterilizing medical equipment, health minister Dave Hancock confirmed Monday.

Hancock said he can’t identify the doctors involved or the office’s location in the East Central Health region because the incident was under investigation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

“But I can tell you that it involved a sterilization process with respect to equipment being used in the doctor’s office for examinations and procedures,” he said. Read More…

Improving health with magnetism

It sounds to good to be true: While you are just walking around, the magnetism built into your footwear cures your chronic stiff shoulders, chronic lower back pain, your chronic constipation. Otafuku Industry has developed a line of magnetic footwear that does exactly that. Because our magnetic footwear utilizes a permanent magnet with proven effectiveness, they even have been officially approved as a medical appliance by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare.

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