Saturday, December 13, 2008

Prevent Anorexia – Tracking Anorexia Prevention with Vitamins

I know from hard won experience that people are skeptical about the usefulness of vitamins at doses beyond the RDA, and that these benefits are hard to detect. I know from harder experience that vitamin side effects are easily associated with vitamins, and that people can get very angry when they figure out that a vitamin pill made them feel ill.

I’ve been working with the world’s experts on vitamin supplements to identify conditions that reliably respond to vitamins. We have found several. The one I’m most interested in is anorexia. Type "anorexia and vitamins" into Google and links to my blog come up on the first page. Anorexia is a tragedy, and, based on the evidence that we have presented, there is very good reason to believe that it is a vitamin deficiency disease. I’m excited because I’m hearing from a handful of readers that the vitamins work, and work well. Concerned parents are adding vitamins to the diet at the first signs of eating disorders – well before significant weight loss or reason for serious concern. The result is that the parents lose their concern about eating disorders.

Although I’m excited, all that I have is stories. What I want is statistics. There are somewhere in the range of 500,000 to 1,000,000 Americans with eating disorders. This means in the ballpark of 50,000 new cases per year. There are eating disorder specialists in every state taking on these new cases. If we’re right, and anorexia is largely prevented by taking vitamin supplements, then the number of new cases will decline noticeably as the word spreads. Somebody must have access to this data. I respect data. If anorexia isn’t going away, then we’re wrong and anorexia isn’t mostly prevented by vitamin supplements. If we’re right, then the numbers will fall and the urgency of spreading the word about vitamins will increase. In the meantime, anyone concerned about anorexia has much to gain and little to lose by giving the vitamins a try.


At 3:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anorexia is considered one of the most difficult psychiatric problems to treat. This disorder affects a huge number of young women for a variety of reasons. Anorexia nervosa affects health in a number of ways. Mental health is affected; depression, suicidal thoughts, and mood swings are common. It is better to start treatment as soon as possible. Visit here to know more

At 8:15 AM, Blogger Steve said...

Dear Sophia,

Thanks for your comments. Anorexia is so tragic because treatments don't work well. This is true for vitamins too. Once a diagnosis of full-blown anorexia is publicly acknowledged, permanenet damage to the nervous system has often already occurred. The vitamins can help, but full recovery is rare.

The objective of this column is to prevent anorexia. It is a long way from the first feelings of lost appetite despite the need for food and unhealthy weight loss and a public diagnosis of a disabling psychiatric condition. Family members usually see the danger signs of anorexia well in advance. Applied with the first warning signs, vitamins are highly effective and can prevent a diagnosis.

If anyone in your family shows signs of unhealthy eating and weight loss, they've got much to gain and nothing to lose by giving the vitamins a try. Please speak up and help to prevent anorexia now.

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous JCT said...

Dear Steve,

If your suspicion is correct, I would suspect that there then may be a statistically significant negative correlation between anorexia and standard of living among states or countries. A lower standard of living should correlate with greater vitamin dificiency. The SOL data certainly exist. There may be some corresponding anorexia epidemiology data to analyze. Just a thought.



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