Research in this area of Eating Disorders is ongoing. Check back frequently for newly cited studies. No every condition is treatable in an outpatient setting. Only our Associate Medical Director, Sara Stein, MD, can determine if you qualify for treatment at Luna Living. If interested, please set up a private evaluation by calling 440-703-0940.
Eating disorders, characterized by the pathological pursuit of thinness (such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa) and by excessive food consumption leading to obesity are real, treatable medical conditions. With the proper care and behavioral change complete recovery is possible.
Although eating disorders primarily affect adolescent women, no one is immune. Middle age women and men suffer too. Menopause causes many social and biological changes that parallel those experienced in puberty and as a young adult. Major life changes constitute a level of stress that can trigger eating disorders. Anyone can be subject to body image dissatisfaction, perfectionism, life stress, and depression that may potentially affect their eating habits.
Cleary and Cleary, pioneers in NAD therapies reported in an article, “Anorexia nervosa: a form of subclinical pellagra” International Clinical Nutritional Review 1989; 137-143 that anorexia nervosa, a deficiency of NAD leads to the production of hunger suppressed endorphins which eliminate normal satiety signals, thus making it easier to starve oneself”. According to Jonathan Prousky, in his commentary, “Vitamin B3 for Nicotine Addiction”, “they further hypothesized that adequate niacin brings NAD levels to normal, eliminating the addiction to endogenous endorphins, thus resulting in a return of normal hunger signals and eating behaviors within 24 hours.”
According to the American Dietetic Association, “In both Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and Bulimia Nervosa (BN) there are alterations in brain serotonin, neuropeptide systems, and also brain neurocircuitry, which are present when the disorder is in its active state as well as in apparent recovery (7,8). Alteration in brain serotonin function seems to play a role in the odd appetite, mood, and impulse control observed in Eating Disorders. Consistent personality traits seen in AN and BN such as perfectionism, obsessive compulsiveness, and dysphoric mood sometimes seen in a child before the ED sets in, and persisting after weight restoration, suggest heritability (9). Taken together these data provide reasons for clinicians describing EDs as “brain disorders.”” Cited from the American Dietetic Association’s resource, “Nutrition Intervention in the Treatment of Eating Disorders”.
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Typical treatment includes bringing the weight to a healthy level, encouraging healthy exercise routines and encouraging behavioral change to stop binge eating and purging behaviors. Co-occurring anxiety and depression is addressed on an individual basis and as needed. Luna Living’s approach includes nutritional intervention with is IV NAD+ Quantum Brain Cleanse Rejuvenation protocol. Although there is no clinical research available at this time on the Luna Living eating disorders and obesity rejuvenation protocol, Harvard and other research institutions are studying questions about behavior, genetics, and brain function to better understand effective prevention and treatment.
You can learn more information in the following report by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Guests with eating disorders are assessed and treated by a multidisciplinary medical and clinical team.
Disclaimer: The detoxification and rejuvenation experience as outlined on this website is meant to be an example, but results, withdrawal symptoms, and experience will vary by patient, severity of brain disease, addiction, health and other factors.
Disclaimer: The research papers listed do not necessarily reference or specifically contemplate the specific NAD+ infusion therapy provided by Luna Living; but instead, discuss the benefits of NAD treatment and research more generally.