New anorexia treatment at Natural Bio Health helps teenager defeat Anorexia in less than six months. Is this treatment a possible answer to the terrible ravages caused by eating disorders?
We have all seen the pictures; young people looking like they have been starved in a prisoner of war camp. Neal looked this way on January 5th of this year when he sought help at Natural Bio Health. He admitted he was depressed to the point of being suicidal and that we were his last hope before ending his life.
At 18 years old he weighed 98.6 lbs. and stated he would starve himself as self-punishment. He had a body fat mass of only 2.9 lbs. He had to leave school and spent much of his time in bed. Neal had terrible sleep problems and no social life due to the anorexia and depression.
Neal was officially diagnosed as Anorexic in 2014. He had been treated with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs while receiving psychiatric counseling. He did not get better and was losing all hope.
Neal then did his own research and concluded that he had the symptoms of low testosterone. He came to Natural Bio Health seeking help and met Dr. Joseph Feste. His lab tests showed that his total and free testosterone levels were lower than the lowest numbers on the lab test. His free thyroid had crashed to a very low level of 1.1 (the lowest on the lab test was 2.3).
*A study in 2003 found that people with anorexia are 56 times more likely to commit suicide than non-sufferers.
Dr. Feste first started Neal on Human Chorionic Gonadtropin in an attempt to restart his natural production of testosterone. This did not help much and in April Dr. Feste started Neal on testosterone cypionate. Once he started on the testosterone treatment, Neal made a rapid recovery.
*By June 2, 2015, a few months later, Neal’s testosterone levels had risen to healthy levels (from a total of 221 to 960 and from a free of 2.1 to 19.3) and he WAS NO LONGER ANOREXIC. Neal’s thyroid levels had naturally returned to healthy levels (from 1.1 free to 4.0 free) without thyroid treatment.
*Neal is now back in school studying microbiology and resuming a normal life. As of June 5, 2015 his weight was up to 183 lbs and he continues to maintain his healthy weight. See Neal’s video.
What is anorexia? Can this treatment help with other eating disorders like bulimia nervosa, binge eating?
*According to eating disorders statistics estimated by the National Eating Disorder Association, in the USA up to 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. It is thought that this number is underestimated due to underreporting.
Worldwide the figure is more like 70 million sufferers!
Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. An estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent of women suffer from anorexia nervosa at some point in their lifetime. Up to an estimated 4.2 percent of women have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime. Lifetime prevalence of binge eating disorder is 3.5% in women, and 2.0% in men. Men are commonly thought not to suffer from eating disorders.
The most common eating disorder in the United States is binge eating disorder (BED). It is estimated that 3.5% of women, 2% of men, and 30% to 40% of those seeking weight loss treatments can be clinically diagnosed with binge eating disorder.
Males are often one of the least diagnosed populations of people with eating disorders. This is probably due to shame about admitting to what is wrongly assumed to be a disorder that only affects women. For this reason the number of men with eating disorders is probably much higher than the statistics claim.
Can hormone treatment help with eating disorders? In Neal’s case, he sought help because nothing else worked and he thought low testosterone might be a concern. The treatment did work for Neal. He was tested and the lab tests proved he had very low testosterone. After being treated with testosterone, he was no longer anorexic.
At Natural Bio Health, we know the many benefits of testosterone. Testosterone is a natural anti-depressant. It can increase energy, drive and ambition and increase and restore muscle. In Neal’s case, the treatment was successful.
This does not mean it will be successful in every case, male or female or even in a large number of cases. We recognize that there are many facets to eating disorders. However, we believe everyone with an eating disorder should consider being tested by knowledgeable practitioners to see if hormones might play a role in their eating disorder. There are other hormones, for example progesterone in females and thyroid in both females and males, that might be a cause of or contributing to a particular eating disorder.
It is difficult for conventional medicine practitioners to realize that low testosterone or other hormonal deficiencies can exist in the young. Most do not even realize that testosterone is important to females. This thought process creates an obstacle to considering a treatment that might have great success. Another obstacle is that the conventional belief is that eating disorders are mental disorders. This of course may be true in many instances but is it true in all instances?
The problem with statistics on any eating disorders is that many sufferers do not come forward for diagnosis due to embarrassment, denial or confusion as to what their symptoms are. Eating disorders can differ vastly in the expression of symptoms and behaviors, and just because a person does not fit into the DSM-5 classification does not mean that they do not have an eating disorder.
However some of the most common features associated with anorexia are:
- Significant weight loss due to restricting food
- Fear of becoming fat
- Distorted body image
- Excessive dieting or exercising
- Abnormal food obsession with calories, cookbooks, ingredients, etc
Symptoms can also include low energy, loss of drive and ambition, loss of muscle, depression – all potential symptoms of hormonal deficiencies. Instead of feeling shame for their illness, perhaps, each person suffering from an eating disorder might learn it is not them, but their hormones causing or contributing to their condition.
We see this every day in our medical weight loss clinics where the real problem with excess body fat is caused by a hormonal deficiency. These clients had been doing everything possible to lose weight, eating healthy, exercising daily, restricting calories, but nothing worked until their hormones were corrected.
What are the common anorexia treatments?
It is recommended that all people with anorexia seek treatment due to the alarming mortality rate associated with it. The most common form of treatment is regular counseling sessions with a professional. For those who are severely underweight or have medical issues, a hospital stay is also part of the treatment for 24 hour supervision and care.
Recovery typically takes a team of professionals (medical and mental). The medical treatment includes seeing a doctor to evaluate your physical condition and check for any break down in your body due to the starvation. A registered dietitian is typically involved to help educate you and help you can a better understanding of the nutritional needs of a body. And finally a therapist or counselor will help you cope with the mental and emotional reasons behind the anorexia.
Treatments not working?
Neal tried the traditional treatment and found it to be frustrating at best. His psychiatrist put him on antidepressants and antianxiety medicine and even though he was continuously changing the doses he went months with no effect. He started doing his own research and after hearing about the symptoms of low testosterone, he decided to come to a clinic for more testing.
How do your hormones effect anorexia?
Our eating habits and weight have an important relationship with our hormones. In turn, our hormones play an important role in our growth and development – influencing mood, alertness, sugar regulation, and appetite.
Several hormones are involved in regulating the body’s metabolism and are affected by eating disorders. The hormonal response to starvation and conserving energy can unbalance all those intricate levels. Eating disorders also lead to low thyroid levels with result in poor quality sleep, low energy, and poor blood sugar regulation.
Eating disorders stimulate the production of stress hormones, including cortisol, growth hormone, and adrenaline. High concentrations of those hormones lead to sleep problems, anxiety, depression, and panic.
As noted above, a study in 2003 found that people with anorexia are 56 times more likely to commit suicide than non-sufferers. For many, serious emotional and psychological distress is at the root of their disordered eating and preoccupation with weight. Mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, are often linked with eating disorders, and present when eating disorders begin to develop. Strictly limiting diet and losing weight are ways for some people who feel out control to take control over an aspect of their lives, and for people with low self-esteem to increase their sense of self-worth.
A new possible treatment for anorexia
The doctors at Natural Bio Health tested Neal’s hormone levels and found his testosterone to be dangerously low. They started him on a natural testosterone boosting treatment, to test and see if levels would rise on their own. They did not. The next step was to put him on Testosterone Therapy.
Neal said it was slow to kick in as the treatment was not restarting his testosterone. However, once he was placed on testosterone, his recovery proceeded quickly and dramatically. It completely changed his outlook and made him want to take the time to become better and healthier.
Please listen to his story and share it with others. If you know anyone that might be helped with this unconventional treatment, have them view Neal’s video and contact a Natural Bio Health clinic.