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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Ask the Harvard Experts: Are there drugs to help control binge eating?

By Michael Craig Miller, M.D.




Binge eating affects 1 percent to 3 percent of people in the United States --- and you can stop


JewishWorldReview.com | Q: I'm overweight and have a problem with binge eating, although I never purge. I see a nutritionist and started an exercise program, but is there any medicine that can help?


A: Binge eating affects 1 percent to 3 percent of people in the United States. It's not easy to stop. But nutritional support and exercise can improve your chances.


A dozen or more drugs have been studied to treat binging. Research shows modest success. A few drugs target appetite directly. Others treat underlying problems (like depression or anxiety) that may lead to binging.


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There is limited guidance about what drug helps which people. Two drugs, given primarily for weight loss, may also help binge eaters.


Orlistat (Xenical) blocks enzymes that break down fat. The body absorbs less fat, leading to lower weight and lower blood lipid levels. In at least one study, people taking orlistat were better able to quit binging. Side effects -- cramps, gas, and diarrhea -- are usually mild.


Phentermine (Adipex) suppresses appetite. It's the most common drug treatment for obesity. There is some evidence that people taking it binge less. It is a stimulant. But the potential for abuse seems low. Side effects are high blood pressure, heart palpitations, edginess or insomnia.


Antidepressants (venlafaxine, duloxetine), antiseizure (topiramate) and anti-craving (naltrexone, acamprosate) drugs can also affect the biology of appetite. They may curb the impulse to binge. They can also cause weight loss, while providing some relief for depression or anxiety.


Medication is never the most important part of therapy for binge eating. It can nudge you in the right direction. But it's almost never enough on its own. Psychotherapy is usually part of the program. It can help you with behavior change, self-image, or emotional ups and downs, to name a few.


Work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that makes sense for you. Even if you don't lose weight, you will gain many health benefits from better nutrition and more exercise.


(Michael Craig Miller, M.D., is a Senior Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publications. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an associate physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.)

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