Answers to Anorexia: A Breakthrough Nutritional Treatment that is Saving Lives

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Offers the first new medical treatment plan in 50 years for anorexia based on nutritional deficiencies and the use of a simple brain test that can help psychiatrists select the best medication for each individual.
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Offers the first new medical treatment plan in 50 years for anorexia based on nutritional deficiencies and the use of a simple brain test that can help psychiatrists select the best medication for each individual.
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Editorial Reviews

The Better Health News
Excerpt of book in newsletter.
N.A.M.E.D (National Assoc. for Males with Eating Disorders)
Book review on their website.
Ran Gulotta release on book.
Midwest Book Review
"Thoughtful reading with penty of ideas, " Answers to Anorexia" is a useful text for those trying to overcome their own disorders." -Midwest Book Review, December 2010
Gurze Books Web site
Posted book on their Web site.
Library Journal
Greenblatt, chief medical officer at a psychiatric clinic, presents an interesting approach to treating anorexia. Defining it as a biological/genetic disorder that causes psychiatric problems as opposed to the reverse, he treats the nutritional deficiency hoping that once the brain and body have the proper nutrition, the psychological symptoms such as obsessive thoughts about body image will cease. He outlines a recommended program of zinc supplementation, probiotics, fatty acids, and referenced-electroencephalograms (EEGs) to assess brainwaves and help select drug therapies. He doesn't eschew medication and psychotherapy but suggests that once the nutritional deficiencies are managed, these therapies are more effective. Medical research supports zinc supplementation and some other aspects of the program. The writing is clear and the tone, hopeful, with examples of recovery from Greenblatt's practice. VERDICT Greenblatt doesn't appear to have published any studies or performed clinical trials. However, since other treatments for anorexia have such dismal recurrence rates, his plan might be worth exploring. Recommended for comprehensive health collections and anorexia patients and their caregivers.—Elizabeth Williams, Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno, NV
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934716076
  • Publisher: Sunrise River Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 791,667
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. Greenblatt, M.D., a dually certified child and adult psychiatrist, is a pioneer in integrative medicine who has lectured throughout the United States on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and eating disorders. Dr. Greenblatt is the Founder and Medical Director of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, an integrative psychiatric practice near Boston. His newly published books, Answers to Anorexia and The Breakthrough Depression Solution, draw on his many years of experience and expertise in integrative medicine. Dr. Greenblatt also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts Medical School. Dr. Greenblatt received his medical degree and completed his psychiatry residency at George Washington University. He completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Foreword Roberta Lee v

Preface vi

Introduction vii

Section I Understanding the Problem

Chapter 1 A New Approach 11

Chapter 2 Anorexia 101 19

Chapter 3 Misplaced Blame 30

Chapter 4 Confusing Cause and Effect 38

Chapter 5 Therapy is Not the Answer 46

Chapter 6 Trial and Error Polypharmacy 54

Chapter 7 Beyond Calorie Counts and Meal Plans 64

Chapter 8 How Diet and Nutrition Can Start, Worsen, or Stop Anorexia 74

Chapter 9 Anorexia, Genes and Nutrients 88

Chapter 10 Malorexia 94

Section II Finding the Solution

Chapter 11 The Plan: A New Approach to Anorexia 102

Chapter 12 The Link to Zinc 107

Chapter 13 The Functions of Zinc 120

Chapter 14 Zinc Deficiency and How to Avoid It 128

Chapter 15 Casomorphin and Gliadorphin: Little Known Link to Anorexia 141

Chapter 16 Digestive Health: The Foundation of Recovery 152

Chapter 17 Optimal Nutritional Support: Essential Fatty Acids 164

Chapter 18 Optimal Nutritional Support: Vitamins 175

Chapter 19 Optimal Nutritional Support: Minerals 188

Chapter 20 Optimal Nutritional Support: Proteins and Amino Acids 197

Chapter 21 Optimal Nutritional Support: Antioxidants 203

Chapter 22 Celiac Disease: The Right Food May be the Wrong Food 207

Chapter 23 Referenced-EEG (rEEG): An Emerging Technology Guides Medication Use 217

Chapter 24 Laboratory Tests Your Doctor May Order 231

Chapter 25 An Integrative Approach to Anorexia Nervosa 241

Chapter 26 Avoiding Relapse 250

Chapter 27 Prevention is Possible 258

Conclusion Pieces of the Puzzle: Finding the Edges and Separating the Colors 266

Further Reading 269

Resources 279

Index 284

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