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posted: December 5, 1999
Something Fishy Featured in Yahoo Magazine
January, 2000 Issue

In the latest issue of Yahoo! [Internet Life] Magazine, The Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders is featured in a piece called Touched by the Net -- Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things Online. Titled When Food is Something Feared the article explores how the site came to be, and how my own recovery was inspired by its creation.

Though I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the article, and that its author adhered to my wishes in not including my weight (as I have always believed that anyone with Anorexia or Bulimia need not be ematiated to be suffering or in danger), I do need to bring to everyone's attention a misprint. The article does say that the site offers online counseling -- while we have our own forums for online support, as well as links to other sites that offer similar, we DO NOT offer online one-on-one counseling with a therapist. We do offer scheduled chats a few times a month that give visitors the opportunity to participate in support-group-like online discussion facilitated by volunteers and therapists, but we do not offer, nor do we endorse online therapy. Because isolation tends to play such a large role in those suffering with an Eating Disorder, we always encourage our visitors to reach out for help offline.

Thank you so much for everyone who has contributed to the site, and to those of you who have written e-mail with all your kind words on how the site has impacted your life. Truly, the Something Fishy Website would not be what it is today without all of you, without my husband by my side, or without my hopes to touch each of you through the unique opportunities of the online world. We are also so thankful to Yahoo Magazine for seeing this as an important issue and for giving us the chance to touch so many more lives.

Please take care of YOURSELVES

-- Amy Medina
    Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders

posted: December 1, 1999
Montreux Centre Closed

VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) - A clinic for treating anorexia and other eating disorders had its operating license revoked Wednesday after allegations of force-feeding and other abuses.

The eight-bed Montreux clinic in this western Canadian city had a reputation for treating tough cases at a cost of as much as $5,000 a month.

An inquiry by British Columbia health authorities led to allegations the clinic carried out force-feedings, cared for malnourished patients who should have been in a hospital and employed unqualified staff.

Dr. Richard Stanwick, medical officer for the Victoria region, said in a statement that despite testimony in support of Montreux by many "patients, current and former, and their families,'' the clinic put patients at risk and was unwilling to change.

Celeste Steindl, a spokeswoman for the clinic, called the lifting of its license "a travesty'' that harmed an institution "vital to people all around the world as a symbol of hope.''

Clinic founder Peggy Claude-Pierre testified in July that she started the clinic after successfully helping her daughters deal with anorexia.

But a former Montreux patient, Jenny Reink, complained her condition worsened while she was a clinic outpatient.

She was "always being yelled at and degraded'' by clinic staff, Reink told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "I've always been nervous around them. "

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