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

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

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This book offers the first new medical treatment plan in 50 years for anorexia nervosa, the "self-starvation" disease that affects adolescents and women of all ages in the U.S. and is now increasingly common in men.

Written by a leading psychiatrist and eating disorder expert, the book is based on cutting-edge research on nutritional deficiencies in anorexia

Overview

This book offers the first new medical treatment plan in 50 years for anorexia nervosa, the "self-starvation" disease that affects adolescents and women of all ages in the U.S. and is now increasingly common in men.

Written by a leading psychiatrist and eating disorder expert, the book is based on cutting-edge research on nutritional deficiencies in anorexia that have been long ignored, and the use of a simple but revolutionary brain test that can help psychiatrists select the best medication for each individual person. James Greenblatt, MD, explains that anorexia is a complex disorder with genetic, biological, psychological, and cultural contributing factors. In other words, anorexia is not primarily a psychiatric illness as has been believed for so long; rather, it is a medical illness of starvation that causes malnutrition in the body and the brain. Successful treatment must focus on correcting this malnutrition.

Dr. Greenblatt has helped many patients with anorexia recover simply by correcting their nutritional deficiencies, and here he explains specifically which nutrients must be supplemented as part of treatment. Answers to Anorexia finally offers patients and their families new hope for successful treatment of this serious, frustrating, and enigmatic illness.

Editorial Reviews

The Better Health News
Excerpt of book in WholeHealthAmerica.com newsletter.
N.A.M.E.D (National Assoc. for Males with Eating Disorders)
Book review on their website.
PRWeb
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934716076
Publisher:
Sunrise River Press
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

James M. Greenblatt, MD, has treated patients with mood disorders and complex eating disorders since 1990. An acknowledged integrative medicine expert and one of the founders of Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH), he currently serves as the chief medical officer and vice president of medical services at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dr. Greenblatt is also an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

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