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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 10, 2019

March 8 - March 14, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Debunking the Myth of ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome’

by James Gray

"Unless you have celiac disease, a food allergy or intolerance, or another ailment that requires drastic dietary changes based on verified research, you should not trust any practitioners who tell you to remove several food groups from your diet”


How Trauma Impacts Your Body

by Danielle Corcione

“typically we associate sleeping problems, anxiety, and depression with teens who endure trauma, but ...some teens who’ve experienced trauma don’t have any of these symptoms at all.”


Why you need to stop thinking of food as "good" and "bad"

by Crystal Karges

"Triggering situations have an uncanny knack for intensifying eating disorder thoughts and behaviors – some mild, yet others, much more difficult to ignore.”


Back away from the Bento Box

by Alice Zaslavsky

“Our children are caught in the crossfire of competition and control, as well-meaning as the intentions may be.”


You Don’t Need to Do a Prolonged Fast Before Surgery

By Marina Kamenev

“The physical pressure a surgery puts on a body is much like a marathon, so it’s baffling to think that patients—especially elderly ones—would commence such an event by dehydrating themselves.”


We Need to Banish White Supremacy from Eating Disorders Treatment

by Gloria Oladipo

“while Hispanic women and Black women were identified to suffer from bulimia at significantly higher rates than white women, studies concluded that they were significantly less likely to be asked by a doctor about eating disorder symptoms.”


10 Cool and Surprising Things That Happened When I Started Walking Regularly This Year (For you, Thoreau)

by Shelly Pruitt Johnson

“I have fallen in love with walking, and it has brought a lot of positive changes, some of them surprising, into my life.”


Dubious Diagnosis

by Charles Piller

"most people who qualify as prediabetic never progress to diabetes over any period studied...[and] up to 59% of prediabetes patients returned to normal glycemic values over 1 to 11 years with no treatment whatsoever.”


Rethinking Food Addiction

by Mikalina Kirkpatrick with Hilary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant

“Dietary restraint and food restriction are sure-fire ways to “feel addicted.” Eating disorder experts know restriction leads to food preoccupation. The minute a human being is told we can’t have something, chances are we will want it even more (even if we never wanted the thing in the first place!).”


On International Women’s Day, Fat Women Reimagine An Iconic Anti-War Photo

by Virgie Tovar

“The sharp, violent undertone of diet culture and the not-so-subtle fatphobia I experience on a daily basis in the world gives me a choice. Do I swallow it and move on or get angry and burn that fire into action? I choose fire.”


The Most Potent Sedative in Women’s History

by Evie Norwood

“Women are regularly encouraged to go hungry with no warning of the consequences. We blame ourselves for our preoccupation with food, when it’s the diet formula that should be brought to scrutiny.”


How to spot the signs of an eating disorder

by Elizabeth McNaught

“I hid the early signs from my parents, but if my friends and teachers had known what to look out for, they might have noticed that something was wrong and been able to help me sooner."

Note: These signs can occur in kids of all weights


Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong

by Brian Resnick

“People who score higher on intellectual humility questionnaires are more open to hearing opposing views. They more readily seek out information that conflicts with their worldview. They pay more attention to evidence and have a stronger self-awareness when they answer a question incorrectly.”


On being a fat person with anorexia

by Zoey Jordan Salsbury

“Treatment was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and it was one of the best. My eating disorder isn’t gone. It’s still a challenge. But I have the tools now.”

CW: description of lived experience of eating disorder


Why ignoring lived experience is the biggest mistake the mental health field ever made

by Tabitha Farrar

“Lived experience should shape treatment. At the moment, in some cases, I think we have this the wrong way around. The theory is shaping treatment, and people who don’t fit the theory – often the majority of cases – are written off as problematic.”


Soapbox & Shareables


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