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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 29, 2019

July 19 - July 25, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

No One Told Me Exactly What to Expect From Menopause. But the Messages I Did Get Were Very Wrong

by Darcey Steinke

"Out from under the haze of female hormones, I am a new creature, one closer to my former fierce little girl self.”


How Can We Tell When a Weight Loss study is Unreliable?

by Ali Thompson

"In all the years since the first diet manual was published in 1863, no one has been able to show a diet that produces permanent weight loss for the overwhelming majority of people. It seems like at this point, we should consider that any study claiming to do what no one else can is making an extraordinary claim. And extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”


Where are the bok choy or the plantains? Why U.S. dietitians should be more culturally aware.

by Cara Rosenbloom

“People come from diverse backgrounds, and starting a diet that doesn’t mesh with one’s culture ends up being a short-term solution that can make people feel restricted"


As a psychiatrist, if I had severe depression I’d choose ECT

by Mariam Alexander

"When I raise the possibility of ECT [electroconvulsive therapy] with patients and their carers, their response is often one of fear, arising from outdated ideas about the treatment. With accurate information most see ECT more positively, but still worry about what others might think. As is often the case with mental illness, insult is added to injury by layers of stigma and shame."


My Career As A Yoga Instructor Was A Cover For My Eating Disorder

by Lauren Donelson

"I burst into tears when I realized my entire career was built on an eating disorder. I made a living teaching people about an ancient spiritual practice while my own primary motivation was to shrink my body."