March 30th, 2005

Have been wondering...

Is it true that because some foods are digested more quickly than others; some require different digestive enzymes, and others need different conditions in the stomach for proper absorption (for example, for proper digestion proteins needs acid digestive juice, while carbohydrates need alkaline juices, and because fruit digests so quickly if you eat it with anything else it gets "trapped" in the digestive system and rots...), that food-combining helps things to properly digest and completely absorb?

I have big fears of this, and was just wondering if there is any truth in it?

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but if it's not cool do to stuff like this (posting graphics, etc) then just let me know...i'll delete it, or the mods can.


Of if it's okay, but you all hate it, let me know too.

Resources: Orthorexia

Pellagra may be a rare secondary complication of anorexia nervosa

This is a very long article,
but I had never heard of this before.
Most of the description is in the beginning,
with a few case studies after.

Here's the abstract:

Pellagra is a nutritional wasting disease attributable to a combined deficiency of tryptophan and niacin (nicotinic acid). It is characterized clinically by four classic symptoms often referred to as the four Ds: diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia, and death. Prior to the development of these symptoms, other nonspecific symptoms insidiously manifest and mostly affect the dermatological, neuropsychiatric, and gastrointestinal systems. A review of the literature reveals several case reports describing pellagra in patients with anorexia nervosa. The most common features of pellagra in patients with anorexia nervosa are cutaneous manifestations such as erythema on sunexposed areas, glossitis, and stomatitis. Health care providers might consider a trial of 150-500 mg niacin if anorexic patients exhibit these cutaneous findings. Pellagra can be diagnosed if cutaneous symptoms resolve within 24-48 hours after oral niacin administration. To further corroborate a diagnosis of pellagra in anorexic patients, specific 24-hour urine tests for niacin metabolites and 5-hydroxy-indoleacetic acid could be run prior to treatment with niacin being instituted. Other factors, such as mycotoxins, excessive dietary leucine intake (although not in anorexia), estrogens and progestogens, carcinoid syndrome, and various medications, might also lead to the development of pellagra. Although pellagra appears to be a rare, yet possible, secondary complication of anorexia nervosa, it should be considered in the work-up of patients who exhibit cutaneous manifestations subsequent to sunlight exposure.

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A few terms, since I didn't know what they meant:
glossitis - Inflammation of the tongue.
stomatitis - Inflammation of the mucous tissue of the mouth.
erythema - Redness of the skin caused by dilatation and congestion of the capillaries, often a sign of inflammation or infection.

If you want me to stop posting these, just let me know.
I have a slight obsession with reading articles about ED's.