Clinic patients with eating disorders

This week, it became apparent to me that since returning from the camping festival at Gaunts that at my Nutritional Therapist clinic has received no less than 3 requests for support with eating disorders.

Maybe there’s a link, maybe it’s the full moon, mid-Summer \ August that allows us to ‘wake-up’ and seek help in this way at precisely the same time of year.

My first client this week showed how emotionally linked, with family concerns, psychological responses to childhood; there are many reasons as to why an eating disorder develops.

That evening, as I watched the film, ‘The Breakfast Club’ from 1980’s, about a group of disaffected high-school students\teenagers, each with their own problems, linked to their family lives, I observed at least one character with an eating disorder \ sugar addiction. There was a line which stood out by Emilo Estevez which implied that all of us have some ‘issues’ with our parents or their parenting styles and it reminded me of the conversation held earlier in confidence, in my clinic, where a desperate young woman confessed and shared times from her childhood which were so distressing, that the time flew by and by the time we’d ascertained her initial treatment plan, 3 hrs had passed since our original start time.

Now it highlights a situation known as ‘Insulin resistance’ where an individual no longer experiences an ‘off-switch’ for hunger and the body thinks that it is still hungry, so the individual continues to eat (predisposing them to diabetes and obesity) This is biologically part of the problem, in addition to motivation and will power, the excess sugar ingested from over-eating or severe binging.  Dr Gabriel Cousens, M.D. describes this further in his documentary ‘Raw for 40 days’ reversing (Type II) Diabetes.

To begin with acknowledging that this person is not simply ‘lazy’ or ‘unmotivated’ but hasn’t the same biological function as someone without a compulsion to eat or ‘stuff-themselves’. I say this in the knowledge that it is perceived in this light on occasion, when in fact, the internal insulin receptor sites are functioning differently in this instance and the individual remains hungry, even after consuming a large meal. They had inadvertently altered their insulin resistance so that their body no longer recognises the insulin flooding around in their system and they gain excess weight.

A Naturopathic Treatment plan includes daily health practices, herbs, dietary advice & equipment recommendations plus exercise and fresh air activities to encourage and motivate our clients. This, in turn with repeat sessions, aims to reduce their weight naturally for a few months until the patient feels sufficiently successful to continue alone, with a positive and healthier relationship to their own body and lifestyle.





2 Responses to “Clinic patients with eating disorders”

  1. Frances Kershaw Says:

    Dear Theresa
    I would be so grateful to get in contact
    With you as I have heard that you are a
    highly knowledgeable naturopath who
    Understands thyroid and adrenals and gut issues
    And I think I have them all !!
    I have read your page here with great interest
    And would love to speak Thankyou Frances

    • theresawebb Says:

      Dear Frances

      Thank you for following my blog & your message regarding thyroid & adrenal gland health. Please contact me on 07734 166 738 for a free 20 mins consultation to arrange a time to visit my clinic, if appropriate for you.
      Kind regards

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