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posted: March 19, 2001

My name is Helen Sayers and I'm a second year student at university. As part of my second year course in media I am making a video about anorexia. After reading the poems on the website I was very impressed and feel they would help give my video a stronger message. Please could anyone who has any poetry they think would be useful to me send it to me at the email address below. I would also welcome permission to use some of the poems on the site. Anyone who helps me will be acknowledged in the credits in whatever form they wish (i.e., you can remain anonymous or just use your first name or whatever) A huge thank you to anyone who helps me.

(submission no longer needed)

Thank you to all those people who kindly sent me poetry for use in my eating disorders video. Although I have not been able to use all the poetry it has been very useful to me. Thank you again.

posted: March 19, 2001

Hi. I'm a journalism student at NYU and I am currently working on an article on athletes with eating disorders, particularly women. I am looking for women who would like to share their experiences as athletes with an E.D. with me. How has your sport affected you eating disorder and how has your eating disorder affected your performance in the sport? Although the article will focus on women, I would also like to hear from male athletes for a different perspective on the issue.

The article will appear on a web magazine as part of a series on women in sports and, with any luck, it will also appear in the Village Voice.

If you'd like to share your experience with me, you can email me at:
Sasha Stumacher

posted: March 9, 2001

Have you been to inpatient programs and only find yourself struggle more? Have you been to residential program and been lead to a path of recovery? Are you a residential treatment provider wanting to promote the effectiveness of residential treatment?

Hello fishy community. I am taking a magazine article writing course and have chosen to write about the effectiveness of residential treatment for eating disorders. Although I am sending out query letters to editors, there is no guarantee that it will be published. However, I will post the article on my website at www.geocities.com/edrecovery2000.

Also, I am a fellow fishy. I felt you should know that I am involved with the bulletin boards and chats, so before you reply consider that I may be interacting with you as "hippie" on the fish site.

Should this article be published, photographs of those in recovery may be needed at a later point. I will NOT be glamorizing eating disorders in this project. Also, I encourage males and minorities to reply so I can represent a greater percentage of those struggling with eating disorders. Please email me with a paragraph or two about your situation and place in recovery. I will reply to everyone, but will only send interview questions to those who best meet the needs of this project.

Thank you,

Heather Purdin
a.k.a. hippie

posted: March 6, 2001
WARNING - AD CAMPAIGN (new updated information)
Berry Trim Diet Scam

Please be aware of the an unbelievably irresponsible direct mail campaign by Health Laboratories of North America. They manufacture a "miracle" diet product called Berry Trim Plus. The company is sending a full page ad on a product for weight loss. It is a newspaper ad and at the top, they are handwriting your name with a message that says,

    [Name], Try it. It Works!
The envelope is typed and there is no return address. It is sent to you as anonymous mail with a personal note. Clearly the intention is to have you believe that someone you know is sending it to you.

This is now being sent out through e-mail, as SPAM or unsolicited mail. It comes as a message that states

    What do you think of my new scanner?

It is typed and signed, and stated in such a way that the intention is for you to believe it comes from someone you know. The e-mail contains a scan, either directly in the e-mail message or as an attachment, that is a newspaper ad/article about the Berry Trim diet product.

To the normal public, this letter might be brushed off. To anyone who struggles with an eating disorder, this can be an absolutely devastating "personal" message to receive by mail or e-mail.

At the advice of e-mail we've received from numerous people, we want to make as many people know about this as we can so that they do not take the personal message to heart. We also encourage you to report the company to the Better Business Bureau in Carson, Nevada, where their headquarters are located.

If you receive a copy of this "ad" in the mail or e-mail, please send it to the Better Business Bureau, along with a complaint, or contact them by telephone. You can also go to their website to file a complaint...
The Better Business Bureau - www.bbb.org

Several people have requested the company's direct address and there's even been mention of filing a class action mail fraud lawsuit. Here is the most current information we have:

Health Laboratories of North America, Inc.
Dept. 1293, 194 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 10536

posted: March 6, 2001

I'm a sophomore in college and over the years several of my friends have suffered from eating disorders while i stood by not knowing what to do. That's why I'm writing an article on the subject for my journalism class in hopes of educating myself and my peers.

If anyone would like to share any part of their experience with an eating disorder with me, please email me at: esprite526@hotmail.com

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