December 2011 E-Newsletter

From a Grateful Client…

I learned about EDRC while listening to Marcos Gutierrez ‘Hecho en California‘ interview on Spanish radio show on KIQI 1010AM. I immediately called EDRC because I was concerned about my 21 year old son. He ate impulsively and excessively and was extremely overweight, possibly morbidly obese, and suffers from depression. We do not have medical insurance, but I knew my son needed help. READ MORE…

CNN Interview with Darryl Roberts, Producer and Director of “The Thin Commandments”

CNN sits down with Darryl Roberts for an interview about his new film that has become the second most read article on Check it out!

EDRC was proud to host the first screening of America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments on Octobor 9th, 2011. The event was sponsored by Center for Discovery/Oceanaire, La Ventana, and Reasons at BHC Alhambra. Pictured right: Alexia Mowry, Darryl Roberts, Lisette Fraser, and Nikki Damiani.

5% of Your Purchase at Whole Foods Goes to EDRC

Get your holiday gift cards and shopping done on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 and know that 5% of your entire purchase will go straight to EDRC! We are the lucky recipient of Whole Foods Market Campbell’s Community 5% Day. Please pass this information on to all your friends and family and stop by our table to see us.

A Huge Step Forward for Eating Disorders and Obesity Prevention

Dr. Neville Golden, chief of adolescent medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and director of its Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program, has been appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics National Committee on Nutrition.  This influential committee makes national policy recommendations on issues related to nutrition of infants, children, and adolescents. Dr. Neville will promote our message that obesity prevention and eating disorders prevention should complement each other and that health care professionals in both fields must collaborate.

Spotlight on Our Volunteers

EDRC appreciates our 55 volunteers who offer their time and talents doing everything from leading support groups; creating our marketing materials; writing our press releases; designing and managing our website; providing administrative support; and creating and summarizing evaluations. In addition, members of our speakers bureau help us educate physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Lisa Vladimirova started with us in May 2011.  She has been writing grants and creating our work plan. Her editing and persuasive writing skills have helped us revamp our grant proposals and letters. She has also updated our GuideStar listing. EDRC’s profile on GuideStar enables potential funders to learn more about our organization. We’d love for you to take a few minutes and post your review.

“I am proud to be part of the effort that EDRC is making in the Bay Area to provide support, resources, and hope for those that are affected by eating disorders. These conditions are often not given the respect that they deserve as serious illnesses, and the stigma that frequently goes along with them can make it extremely difficult for those that are suffering to get well. I love that in addition to providing services for those that need them, this organization is working towards shifting the perception of these diseases throughout our entire community.”

Are Your Beneficiaries Current?

Consider naming one or more of your favorite non-profits as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), life insurance, and annuities.  Even 1% will be appreciated by the non-profit while still providing for your loved ones. READ MORE…

All of us at EDRC wish you and your family a healthy and peaceful holiday season!  And please consider EDRC for your year-end giving.

Thoughts on Recovery…

— by Max S., an EDRC client

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C.B.T.) stands as one of the most used therapies for eating disorders; its distant cousin, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (D.B.T., respectively), is also employed for the mindfulness and self-regulation techniques which keep individuals in check with their current mood. Patients often report the sense of calm they achieve when eating meals, practicing the adage, “One meal at a time.” In line with these and other recovery options, there exists a sense of hope, a feeling that this particular treatment method will turn on the light, triggering the realization food is not the enemy. But is there really one option that acts as a “cure-all”?

Logically, those recovering from Anorexia and Bulimia know the disease will never truly end. Eating Disorders cannot be cured, but rather, “brought under control.” There is no panacea, some newly manufactured SSRI from E. Lilly or Pfizer, or an alternative medicine that can indefinitely cease the constant thought distortions. True, after re-feeding, therapy, and possibly psychopharmacological maintenance, patients can lead a new, changed life. Yet, in psychiatric terms, what is defined as “change”? Is it the new countenance at the table with families during meals? Is change the manners with which we choose to view ourselves? Should we expect more from it, assuming change will not only end an eating disorder, but also shed light on life we never knew existed? Is change going to bring families together, mending all previous dysfunction and wars? Answering these questions for a collective audience would be futile; change is unique, exclusive to everyone.

Anorexia and Bulimia become lives of their own, and once they are ignited with the individual, their flame can be put out, but the ashes will always linger, loitering in the minds simply waiting to be rekindled. That is why Anorectic and Bulimic persons must make a choice each day to continue on the path of recovery, believing in themselves as worthwhile human beings. Psychiatry needs to be cleared of its archetypal image of fetters, cushion-filled rooms, and insanity, but one should not underestimate the challenges incurred when fighting an eating disorder. Weight can be gained, health can be restored; yet each day the option to survive or relapse is continuous. That in itself is the battle.

This article is dedicated to Janice and Nikki: two beautiful women whose tenacity is inspirational.

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