Anorexia - Bulimia/Anorexia, Stomach, Intestines, Digestion
Bulimia/Anorexia, Stomach, Intestines, Digestion
If someone you love has anorexia or bulimia, you may have been told it's a psychological problem, or an imbalance in brain chemistry, or both. Drugs, including anti-depressants, have very likely been recommended, along with psychological counseling. When anorexia and bulimia becomes severe, there's hospitalization, with intravenous feeding. Although all of this is "mainstream" medical treatment, the results are not always as satisfactory as we'd like.
You may not be aware that diet change, supplementation with a mineral and supplementation with an amino acid can be used to improve anorexia and bulimia, sometimes just a little, but often quite remarkably.
In the experience of a colleague whose practice focuses on anorexia and bulimia and in my experience, sustained improvement can be made in the majority of cases, without drugs.
Elimination of all sugar and refined carbohydrates is the major diet change necessary. This means refined sugar in any form, sucrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, glucose and nearly and other "-ose". It also includes refined flour and any other refined carbohydrates. Food chemical should also be excluded. Although this is difficult, it's necessary of long-range, sustained improvement
Zinc is the mainstay of nutrient treatment. A very particular form of zinc appears to work best, a low-dose liquid solution of zinc sulfate, 1 milligram of zinc per cc., or roughly 30 milligram per ounce. It's available in natural food stores.
Although this zinc solution tastes quite bad to most of us, a peculiarity of anorexia and bulimia is an inability to taste it at all, or only minimally, in nearly all cases. The only other group who commonly have this taste defect for liquid Zinc solution are zinc-deficient teenagers. In the very small percentage of individuals with anorexia or bulimia who can strongly taste the zinc solution, its worth trying anyway as it still works sometimes.
I usually recommend 60 cc's of the liquid zinc solution twice daily. That's a total of 60 milligrams of zinc, twice daily. This amount of zinc solution is continued until results are apparent and then slowly tapered towards a maintenance level of 30 milligrams daily. It's also tapered as the relatively obnoxious taste becomes more apparent, but it shouldn't be discontinued.
For a small percentage, zinc solution promotes nausea.. For these individuals, temporarily stopping the zinc and using vitamin B6, 100 milligrams twice daily for a week to ten days will almost always eliminate the nausea and allow the resumption of zinc.
The essential amino acid L-tryptophan can be of major help, especially in helping to lessen or even stop vomiting in bulimia. Due to an irrational political decision, L-tryptophan is available in every country in the world except the United States. The L-tryptophan metabolite 5-hydroxy tryptophan does almost as well and is available from compounding pharmacists on prescription from physicians skilled and knowledgeable in nutritional and natural therapies. For a referral to a physician near you, you might call the American College of Advancement in Medicine at 800-532-3688.
As anorexia and bulimia appear to affect the nervous system, the most, I always recommend a relatively high-potency B-complex supplement, twice daily.
None of these dietary or supplement recommendations should stop or preclude counseling, which is necessary even after symptoms improve.
Whenever individual nutrients are recommended, I always recommend a good general multiple vitamin-mineral supplement as a "back up".
Because of differences in age, sex, metabolism, or potential allergy, these diet and supplement therapies may not be suitable for you. Consult a health care professional skilled in nutritional and natural therapies. To locate one near you, you might call the American College of Advancement in Medicine at 800-532-3688 or the American Association of Naturopathic physicians at 206-323-7610.