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posted: February 23rd, 1999
THIS WEEK - Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This week in the U.S. is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Many educational events are taking place across the country! Please check out our EDAW page for more information.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week
February 20th to February 27th, 1999


posted: February 23rd, 1999
UPDATED - Television Show to Air

Health Diary is a new program that airs on public television stations nationwide. It looks at health, wellness and medical issues from the patient's point of view. In an upcoming edition, the program profiles Marya Hornbacher, author of the best-selling book, Wasted, which chronicles her 15-plus year ordeal living with Bulemia and Anorexia. We also meet Eddie Luker, a Minneapolis man who lived with eating disorders for 25 years before being diagnosed. They talk about what it's like to live with, and live beyond, those disorders. We also hear from Marya's parents, and an expert who talks about what parents can do.

The program, Health Diary #125, is being uplinked to PBS stations on February 21. Since each station in the PBS system assigns its individual broadcast time, interested viewers should contact their local public station to find out when this episode airs in their community.

For more information visit:
www.healthdiary.com and www.pbs.org

If you cannot catch the show in your area you can request a copy on video type by sending $14.95 to
David Meier
Attn: Health Diary
172 East Fourth Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55101.
Please make your check of $14.95 out to: Point 2 Point Communications and note you want Show #125.


posted: February 17th, 1999
Recent Study - Tryptophan, Serotonin and Bulimia

The results of a study that were released on Sunday suggest that women deprived of tryptophan may ultimately be more predisposed to Bulimia. Tryptophan is an amino-acid that comes from food and assists the body in making serotonin, one of the chemicals within our brains that helps to regulate appetite and mood.

This was a small study, involving less than 50 women -- some who had recovered from bulimia, and some who had no history of an eating disorder. All the woman who had recovered from bulimia had also been previously diagnosed with major depression. The results showed that the women who had recovered from bulimia, when deprived of tryptophan, exhibited more bad moods, and anxiety about their bodies and losing control of their appetite (Depriving them of tryptophan caused serotonin levels to drop).

In conclusion, this study suggests that "A drop in serotonin levels in the brain may trigger the symptoms of the eating disorder bulimia nervosa in susceptible individuals..." (Reuters Health, ©1999)


posted: February 8th, 1999
Self-Injury Awareness Day - March 1st, 1999

Self-Injury Awareness Day is set for March 1st, 1999. On this day, people across the United States whose lives have been changed in some way by the psychological phenomenon of self-injury (also known as deliberate self-harm or self-inflicted violence) will be providing educational information to doctors, hospital decision- makers, therapists, school counselors, and other medical and mental health professionals in an effort to raise awareness of self-injury and debunk some of the myths surrounding it. (note: There are a number of people living with Eating Disorders who also struggle with self-injury)

For More Information:
SelfInjury.org and Secret Shame


posted: February 8th, 1999
BEAUTIFUL WOMEN

In an effort to help myself and other women - particularly those with eating disorders - I would like to compile writings by women about the following:

Think back across your life. Think of the women you've known. Describe the woman or women who you consider to be the most beautiful. By "beautiful" I want you to describe her spirit, her character, her influence, her presence in the world. Do not consider the person's physical appearance in your answer. Tell me what made this woman beautiful to you.

When you have finished describing the woman's beauty, briefly describe what she looks like. Be frank. No one will be humiliated.

You may use aliases if you like. In compiling the writings I will probably change the names anyway.

Please pass this on to as many other women as you like.

All writings can be e-mailed to me at:
Judi Butin -- judiprod@mindspring.com

Thank you very much for your assistance. I hope this will result in healing for many women in pain.


posted: February 4th, 1999
"Us Older Women!"

My name is Laurie Mulert and I'm a former bulimic. I'm interested in what is happening now in the lives of women 30 - 50, recovered or still struggling with bulimia. What effect ( positive or negative) has living with bulimia had on your family life, social life, work, etc. For myself, I found that although my bulimia is long in the past, there is still a barrier between me and the rest of the world. Ten years of lying and guilt are not so easily forgotten. Is this true for anyone else?

My ultimate goal is to compile all the information I receive into a book and I would very much like to hear your story.

If interested please write me at:
jmulert@erols.com
or by postal mail
Laurie Mulert
PO Box 281, Faulkner, MD 20632-0281

All sources will remain anonymous


posted: February 4th, 1999
Eating Disorders and Dreams

Dreams were a powerful source of self awareness and understanding for me. Still are, I guess, though I see myself as recovered, not recovering... (thank God). I'm really interested in try to figure out the characteristics of "hungry dreans", dreams about body image and so on. I'm thinking of writing about the subject, probably as a research paper. If you remember your dreams and are willing to share them with me (and maybe other people), please send them to me -- if you can, please add general information about yourself (preferably using a psuedonym): sex, age, occupation, and other information about your feelings concerning the dream and/or your ED.

Send e-mail to:
msuriel@mscc.huji.ac.il


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