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Overcoming Eating Disorders


Overcoming Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that involve an unhealthy relationship with food, eating, exercise and body shape.

For those affected, the physical and emotional repercussions can be overwhelming, impacting many aspects of health as well as family and social wellbeing.

In this episode of Patient Journeys, we hear from Natalie Douglas, who suffered from multiple eating disorders from the ages of 13 to 22. As Natalie describes her many challenges, frustrations and lessons, you’ll also hear commentary from guest experts, including Dr Jeffrey DeSarbo, Gabe Covino and Marci Evans, to provide important and valuable insights.

Additional Info:

At the 30:55 minute mark of the interview with Dr DeSarbo, I made reference to a paper that was published late last year looking at the bioaccumulation of pharmaceutical drugs by gut bacteria. This is a fascinating paper, published in September 2021 in Nature, and shows that bioaccumulation of pharmaceuticals by gut bacteria may be a common mechanism that alters drug availability and bacterial metabolism.

Here is the reference:

Klünemann M, Andrejev S, Blasche S, Mateus A, Phapale P, Devendran S, Vappiani J, Simon B, Scott TA, Kafkia E, Konstantinidis D, Zirngibl K, Mastrorilli E, Banzhaf M, Mackmull MT, Hövelmann F, Nesme L, Brochado AR, Maier L, Bock T, Periwal V, Kumar M, Kim Y, Tramontano M, Schultz C, Beck M, Hennig J, Zimmermann M, Sévin DC, Cabreiro F, Savitski MM, Bork P, Typas A, Patil KR. Bioaccumulation of therapeutic drugs by human gut bacteria. Nature. 2021 Sep;597(7877):533-538. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03891-8. Epub 2021 Sep 8. PMID: 34497420.

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