A False Dichotomy: Is Addiction a Disease or Learned Behaviour?






By Vera Tarman MD, ABAM Is addiction a disease or learned behaviour? How about both? Many people seem to feel that addiction and learned behaviour are two separate entities. The battle between psychologists who use the operant conditioning model and physicians who use a biological model of disease seem to be arguing for different phenomenon […]

NEWS!: OHIP covered GTA food addiction group.






NEWS!: OHIP covered GTA food addiction group. Want to go to an OHIP covered food addiction group? For more info: http://whartonmedicalclinic.com/ You will need your doctor to fill out this referral form: http://whartonmedicalclinic.com/docs/WMC_CAMH_Fillable_referral_June%202016.pdf  

Proust Q and A: Renascent’s Medical Director on her 10 year anniversary!






Food Addiction: the Hidden Saboteur of Workplace Productivity






Employers lose billions of dollars each year when workers take time off due to illnesses directly related to obesity: diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease and gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout, breathing problems, even depression. Dr. Tarman recently wrote an article for the Journal of the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association (Spring 2016 edition). Spring-Summer 2016 OOHNA […]

New Treatment Support at Renascent for Women with Food Addiction






Struggling with a food addiction? Need help detoxifying from sugar and flour? Has junk food replaced cocaine or alcohol as your new compulsion? Renascent’s Food Addiction program may be exactly what you need. Starting November 2017, Renascent will be opening its doors to help to the suffering food addict. Using an addiction approach, this unique […]

Vyvanse and Addiction






By Dr. Vera Tarman February 13, 2015   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) — a drug that’s traditionally used for attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) — for treating Binge Eating Disorder (BED). The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) are thrilled with […]

What to do for the food addicts who need help now?






By Dr. Vera Tarman February, 28, 2015   When Phil Werdell, director of Acorn Food Addiction Institute, knocked on the door of the DSM-V committee to propose that food addiction be included as bona fide psychiatric diagnosis, he was turned away. Although he came armed with research papers and a gathering of food addiction service […]

What the Research About Food Addiction Says






How can people possibly recover from food “addiction” given that they have to eat? This is one of the major points of contention used to invalidate food addiction as a disease. Food addicts are forced to use the very substances that get them “high.” How can that be a good thing in recovery? Food, these […]

Exclusive interview with Dr Vera Tarman






Stacey Chillemi: What inspired you to write your book? Vera Tarman, MD: My own personal experience with food addiction has fueled this book. In the past, whenever I got control of my eating, I would get persuaded to ‘have just a bite’ of something, which would derail me back to eating non-stop. I would explain […]

Addicted to food – Maclean’s






“Addicted to Food, A Memoir” by Vera Tarman, Macleans, January 11 2015 ‘Like many university students, I had an obsession with weight and food. Today, as a physician, I can see my favourite foods were like drugs.’

Dr. Tarman does not do individual food addiction consultations,Thanks.