I am an eating disorder sufferer who had sought relief from my problems in every imaginable group, therapy, and medical treatment in Ontario. Despite an honest desire to recover, I struggled to find a solution, even in the 12-step program of Overeaters Anonymous. This … [Read more...] about A Solution for the Eating Disordered Mind
After much talk and waiting weeks for it to be introduced the Province of Ontario has finally launched its online gambling network through the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) which governs gambling here in Ontario. They plan to offer video slot games, blackjack, baccarat, & … [Read more...] about Will our addiction to gambling bring in the extra cash our government needs?
The stress we encounter each day affects how we feel, the decisions were going to be making, whether or not there’s going to be a problem or altercation with a spouse or family member, or if we’re going to meet our various obligations.
Obviously stress is going to have a huge affect on … [Read more...] about How Stress Affects Us and Our Addictions
Are people thinking about our addiction to alcohol? Or only about making more money and cheaper prices? When I was young and my life was hectic and full of adventure I can remember on many occasions venturing out to our local Brewers Retail Store. There was never a problem with access and I cannot … [Read more...] about Profits Before The Human Cost Of Addiction?
I remember the first time I ever saw a cell phone. I was working on a construction job in downtown Toronto around 1985. One of the men I was working with had a small business on the side and had purchased one to make calls during his breaks.
It was the size of a small lunch box, the phone … [Read more...] about Is Our Addiction To Cell Phones & Texting The New Killer On The Road?
A story by Amanda Mascarelli (The Washington Post) was featured July 14, 2014 (The Toronto Star) and talked about this new dieting craze and what effect it might have on our youth.
Anne Becker, a psychiatrist and eating disorder specialist at Harvard Medical School had never heard of this … [Read more...] about Could Thigh-Gap Be The Next Dieting Disaster?
When I entered my clinical practice in the early 1990s, I was at the cusp of the introduction of the first blockbuster anti-depressant. I was very curious about Prozac. I let myself be wined and dined by the drug reps; they were so eager, young, and enthusiastic about their new product. I read … [Read more...] about Are Meds Your New Higher Power?
For those of us working in the field of food addiction, the DSM-1V (Diagnostic and Statistics Manual) has been a poor reflection of our clinical reality. The highly controversial DSM-V, expected to be released in May 2013, may not be much of an improvement for the food addict.
“You can't stop all foods!” This is the first response of the food addict who is searching for a healthy way to eat. What kind of diet must I follow? What is the menu plan? Is it a nutritious healthy food schedule?
To begin with, semantics are important. We are not recommending a diet … [Read more...] about What does a Food Addict Eat? A Diet vs a Food Plan
Food addiction is one paradigm towards understanding a problematic relationship to food. It is not yet a medical diagnosis, although there are plenty of indicators that food and disordered eating can be an addiction, indeed, an addiction as overpowering as cocaine or alcohol.
Whether or … [Read more...] about What is Food Addiction?
North Americans are the highest consumers of calories - especially in the last decade. The slide below shows how Americans have taken the lead in eating well over 3000 calories per day (dark red is >3000 calories)! This has increased dramatically over the last 30 years. The average normal … [Read more...] about Why Can’t Americans Stop Eating?