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Posted in Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Treatment Saves Lives

Eating disorders, to those who have never been impacted by one, may seem trivial. It’s about losing weight and wanting to look better, right? The truth is that eating disorders are devastating mental disorders. In fact, anorexia nervosa causes more fatalities than any other psychiatric disorder.

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Posted in Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Alcohol Abuse and Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome is an unofficial term used to describe a collection of symptoms that center on damage in the lining of the large intestine. This damage apparently gives undigested food particles and toxins access to the bloodstream by producing minute gaps in the intestinal wall. While there is controversy regarding some of the purported effects of leaky gut syndrome, most doctors believe that unusual permeability in the large intestine can cause real health problems. People who abuse alcohol commonly experience significant changes in their intestinal function. These changes can potentially support the onset of leaky gut syndrome, or worsen its effects once it appears.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Are Addicts More Susceptible to Stress-Based Disease?

Here’s something your general practitioner and your therapist may have forgotten to tell you: the more stress you’re under, the more vulnerable you are to becoming sick. If you are under stress while also feeling isolated, this is when your risk for illness – pneumonia, malignancies, chronic disease – is highest.

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Posted in Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Alcohol Abuse, Alcoholism, and Iron Overload

Iron overload is a medical condition that occurs when too much of the mineral iron builds up inside the body and produces a toxic reaction. Doctors refer to this condition more formally as hemochromatosis. If left uncorrected, an iron overload can lead to serious health problems that include liver cancer, diabetes, arthritis and heart attack. Moderate consumption of alcohol can potentially help the body maintain proper iron levels. However, long-term consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol significantly increases risks for the development of iron overload. The primary result of alcohol-related iron overload is a potentially fatal disorder known as alcoholic liver disease.

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Posted in Mental Health

The Emotional Effects & Mental Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke

Smoking is a habit that can lead to a host of health problems. Besides increasing the risk of lung cancer and dental problems, smoking can also cause problems for those who live with the smoker. Research is increasingly highlighting the health problems that are caused by the exposure to secondhand smoke.

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