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10/07/2014 CNN: Orthorexia: When healthy eating becomes an obsession

If you follow a certain style of eating, like vegan, raw or organic, it takes vigilance and dedication to stick to it. Yet mental health experts are increasingly worried about people who take healthy eating to an extreme, developing such a restrictive diet it threatens their health and even relationships. There's now a name for people dangerously addicted to all things healthy -- a sufferer of orthorexia nervosa. Characterized by disordered eating fueled by a desire for "clean" or "healthy" foods, those diagnosed with the condition are overly pre-occupied with the nutritional makeup of what they eat. They rigidly avoid any food they deem to be "unhealthy," or spend excessive amounts of time and money in search of the "most pure" foods. "It's different than going overboard because you want to be skinny," explains Thomas Dunn, associate professor of psychology at the University of Northern Colorado and co-author of a recent paper in Psychosomatics that outlines diagnostic criteria for the disorder. "Rather, it's linked to people who are trying to be as healthy as they can be."

Our thoughts: Eating healthfully is extremely important; there’s no question about it. It’s critical for weight management, disease prevention, proper organ and biological system functioning, maintaining proper blood sugar levels and giving you vital nutrients to help you feed your cells and fuel energy throughout the day. And, it is important to be informed about what comprises a healthy diet, problems associated with food allergies, food security issues, why organic foods are superior in nutrients, why avoiding GMOs is a good idea, etc. However, we still have a need to eat and function in the modern world. That’s not to say that you must compromise your own standards of healthy eating, but an obsession with a food regimen can harmfully influence your social life and relationships. As the article points out:

"’Orthorexic eating becomes almost like a religion,’ she says ‘It becomes a position instead of a preference. You can't eat out with a friend. You can't go to the party. You have to bring your own food wherever you go.’ Health-conscious eaters might prefer fresh foods, but won't fall apart if they eat a handful of tortilla chips at a party. At the other extreme, an orthorexic person might skip a cruise vacation if they don't think they'll like the food on the ship.”

Of course, feel free to bring your own food along with you if it’s important for you to eat a specific diet. Certainly bodybuilders and fitness models often cook specific meals for the week and carry their meals and snacks with them to ensure they are eating in accordance with their nutrition plans. Others who are trying to control a serious disease such as diabetes or celiac disease also often prepare their meals at home and bring them along with them, which is an excellent idea. However, it is important to note that under most circumstances, eating a bit of chicken, non-organic salad or even a slice of meatloaf at your grandmother’s house for dinner is not going to harm you. Moderation is usually okay and encouraged, but do consult with your physician if you have specific dietary restrictions that must be maintained for health purposes.

09/18/2014, CNN Health News: It's time to get your flu shot

“Flu season is about to begin: Get your flu shot now. That's the message both the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are sending to every American older than 6 months. Nearly 60% of the flu cases reported to the CDC last flu season were people between 18 and 64. That figure proves even the healthiest can come down with the flu, says Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. "Last year was an unfortunate reminder that no one is exempt from flu's most severe consequences," Schaffner said Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington.”

Our thoughts: There are opposing views on whether flu vaccines are the healthiest way to prevent the flu. In general, we recommend using universal precautions to prevent the transmission of disease such as frequent hand washing with soap and water, staying home when you are sick to prevent spreading illnesses to others, sneezing and coughing into your elbow, and avoid contact with others who are ill with a cold or flu. If you do decide to get a flu vaccine, please adhere to the recommendations in the full news report:

  • “If it's available, children between 2 and 8 should get the live attenuated influenza vaccine, commonly known as FluMist, instead of the flu shot, the CDC says. The nasal spray flu vaccine includes four influenza virus strains, and seems to be the best protection for this age group for the 2014-2015 flu season.

  • Because it is a live vaccine, the nasal spray is not recommended for women who are, or think they may be, pregnant, and is only approved for people up to age 49.

  • For those at least 65, the federal health agency says a one-two-three punch is the best way to stay healthy all year long. The CDC recommends this age group be administered a high-dose flu shot, which gives stronger immune response and a greater protection against the flu.

  • It also recommends that those over 65 be given a two-dose series of pneumococcal vaccines -- the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, followed by the traditional pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine about six months later.”

Whether you get the flu vaccine or not, please understand that even the vaccine will not prevent you from contracting all flu viruses, and that it is always important to pay attention to personal hygiene and overall wellness for a strong immune system such as positive stress management, proper nutrition and good physical fitness. Above all, if you do contract the flu, and if you experience symptoms of dehydration, labored breathing, an uncontrolled high fever or symptoms such as vomiting, fever, swollen throat and diarrhea that last for a prolonged period of time, seek medical attention immediately. Untreated flu and related symptoms and infections can be deadly, particularly among the very young, those with compromised immune systems and the elderly, so it is important to take these illnesses seriously.

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