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Live AED Twitter Chat with Dr. O’Toole!

posted by Julie O'Toole on February 5, 2016 at 2:30pm

On February 9 at 10:30 AM PST / 1:30 PM EST, Dr. Julie O'Toole, founder and Chief Medical Officer at Kartini Clinic for Children and Families in Portland, Oregon will lead a Tweet Chat conversation sponsored by Academy for Eating Disorders. The Tweet Chat will focus on “Weight Restoration 2.0”, a topic which Dr. O'Toole has written about extensively in her blog, Give Food a Chance.

To participate in the live Tweet Chat, you need to have a Twitter account. To follow or participate in…

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About Food: Corn

posted by Julie O'Toole on January 28, 2016 at 12:54pm

Over the next few weeks I am going to do a series of blogs on food.  No surprise, I imagine, but by “food” I mean “ingredients”.

At Kartini Clinic we spend our lives restoring the health of our young patients. Their families look to us for advice, sensible advice, about food and eating and this series is part of that. Our therapists turn out to be (almost) as interested in food and good food as our kitchen crew, and our parents often equally so. But in the case of our parents they…

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Why Wait For Treatment?

posted by Julie O'Toole on January 20, 2016 at 3:35pm

It still happens all the time.  I go to see a family in the hospital (and they can be from anywhere) and as I take their history, the parents begin their recitation of what brought their son or daughter to this juncture in the first place.

It often starts subtly: increased alone time as a result of less interest in social activities, more time spent on homework and “fitness” or sport.  Eating “healthy”.  Who can argue with eating healthy and homework?  Then the vegetarianism.…

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Our First Teaching Webinar

posted by Julie O'Toole on January 7, 2016 at 2:36pm

Today we did our first webinar on a site called ReelDX, specifically created as a teaching tool for providers and students, offering lifelong learning for a variety of other specialists and, eventually, for parents as well.  When we signed on to do teaching thorough ReelDX, we were especially thrilled at the prospect that parents could also access actionable medical information on health conditions that affected them personally.

To participate in these teaching vignettes, “case…

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Wild West of Medicine Needs a New Sheriff

posted by Julie O'Toole on December 30, 2015 at 5:36pm

We have been informed (and warned) that the world of laboratory medicine is about to be revolutionized.  Recently for example a company in Silicon Valley called Theranos has been touted as the next new thing which will disrupt everything we know about lab tests: making them patient driven (i.e. patients can order their own tests and are given any results directly), highly accurate, done on only a tiny drop of blood, and affordable, with transparent pricing.  I was so excited when I…

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Christmas and a New Year

posted by Julie O'Toole on December 23, 2015 at 4:47pm

Everyone in our field knows that the Holiday season provides special challenges to those with eating disorders, be those restricting, bingeing and purging or predominantly bingeing eating disorders.  Add to this the fact that this is typically a very important time of year to children and you have, well, a mess. It’s over in January though, and that’s the good news!

What makes it a mess? Holidays raise expectations in everyone, expectations that even for adults are often not met and…

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The Role of Parents in Treatment

posted by Julie O'Toole on December 16, 2015 at 4:30pm

Possibly nothing has changed so much over the last ten years as the acceptance of parents’ role in the treatment of children and adolescents with eating disorders.

When I founded Kartini Clinic in 1998, “dysfunctional” parents were widely considered to cause eating disorders in general and anorexia nervosa in particular.  Toxic and enmeshed mothers were commonly cited by therapists, doctors and lay people as the common denominator in these illnesses.  In fact, eating disorders were…

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Whole Milk and Kartini’s Meal Plan

posted by Julie O'Toole on November 18, 2015 at 3:49pm

I can’t tell you how often a look of horror and surprise crosses parents’ faces when I explain to them that Kartini Clinic’s Meal Plan, in our spirit of real, undoctored (no pun intended) food, uses only full fat dairy products: whole milk, whole milk yogurt, whole milk cottage cheese, etc. “But doctor,” more than one father has said, “I have high cholesterol!”  

“How high?”, I ask. Usually they don’t know, but sometimes say that their doctor told them their cholesterol was “kind of…

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Goodbye, Bryan

posted by Julie O'Toole on November 4, 2015 at 11:59am

Anyone who knows me knows that I am no longer young. Yet I have teachers. My patients are my teachers and some of my colleagues are (still) my teachers. At this stage in the student/teacher relationship we often teach each other: we debate, we discuss, we disagree, we commiserate, we laugh.  As one of my general pediatrics colleagues told me the other day “what you do is hard; not everyone can love your patients”.  But I know someone who can and does -- now, sadly, past tense could…

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It’s Enough to Make You Crazy

posted by Julie O'Toole on October 2, 2015 at 11:25am

Let’s start with the impetus for my morning study focus: requirements by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for what they call “Maintenance of Certification”.  Those of you reading this who are American physicians know what I mean: we are required to take Board Examinations every ten years, something I have just finished doing (again).  Some of you reading this may be lawyers or therapists—imagine if you had to retake your professional exams every ten years.  I am not talking…

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