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posted by Julie O'Toole on October 10, 2013 at 1:42am

As I write this blog it is the first day of the new Affordable Health Care Act.  This is a big day, perhaps bigger even than we are able to see right now.  Love it or hate it, it is designed to be a game changer for the common man (and woman and child).  It is, and has been, subject to intense opposition, much like the initiation of social security in 1936 and medicare in 1965, although now people can scarcely imagine life without the safety net that those two programs provide all of…

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DNA Detective

posted by Julie O'Toole on September 12, 2013 at 1:18am

I read an article about an artist/scientist who creates models of perfect strangers from bits of their DNA extracted from hair and bodily detritus left behind, inadvertently, by all of us every day.  Her name is Heather.  An innocuous enough sounding name, right?

Watch this video and you are guaranteed to have your mind blown.  And by blown, I mean blown apart, because so many different issues are raised in such a short video that it’s hard to even list them all.   And what strikes…

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Cook, My Darling Daughter!

posted by Julie O'Toole on April 19, 2013 at 9:14am

Cook, My Darling Daughter! is the title of a cookbook from the 1950’s I found in a secondhand bookstore and gave my eldest daughter as a young adult.  She had little experience of cooking, since in our family parents cook for their kids, and even though her brother and at least one of her younger sisters were determined foodies and excellent cooks, she had never been interested.  She was content to be fed, and since this was consistent with the culture of our family, her disinterest…

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License to eat: obesity and longevity

posted by Julie O'Toole on February 22, 2013 at 12:23am

According to Wikipedia Medscape is: a web resource for physicians and other health professionals. It features peer-reviewed original medical journal articles, CME (Continuing Medical Education), a customized version of the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database, daily medical news, major conference coverage, and drug information—including a drug database (Medscape Drug Reference, or MDR) and drug interaction checker. All content in Medscape is available free of charge for…

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The Creative Destruction of Medicine

posted by Julie O'Toole on January 11, 2013 at 5:41am

I have been reading a book that I highly recommend to readers of my blog.  It's called The Creative Destruction of Medicineby cardiologist Eric Topol.  This book is a discussion of the inevitability and utility of the convergence of the Internet, digitalization of humans, and genotyping.  It is about the resultant new science of individualized medical care, and the democratization of medicine. 

I have come to think that without radical, game-changing, paradigm-busting shifts in the…

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I stand looking out of the picture windows in our living room this morning after the fourth of July, looking at our farmer’s field.  

Why is he our farmer?  Because although we own the land, he does the work.  Every year he decides what will be planted in the roughly eight acres that stretch below me and merge into the dozens of others, creating the near view.  Will it be rye?  Will it be oats? Or fescue?  This year it is wheat and by July 4th the wheat has headed up and begun to form…

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Anorexia Nervosa in the 17th century

posted by Julie O'Toole on December 17, 2011 at 12:38am

There seems to be a discussion that simply will not die in the world of eating disorders (particularly when it comes to anorexia nervosa) around whether the “desire for thinness” is culturally bound and whether AN is a “modern phenomenon”.

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to acquire a copy of Pthsiologia, a book written in 1689 by Richard Morton, an astute observer and physician of his day.  Morton’s description of two cases—one in a boy and one in a girl-- of what we now call…

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Safe Eating Using the “Magic Plate”

posted by Julie O'Toole on December 9, 2011 at 2:29am

Magic PlateI am often surprised and pleased at the way we—pediatric providers who believe in the biological basis for eating disorders and parents who are caring for their children-- stumble our way forward trying to make things work and find ourselves on the same track.

I was given this lovely plate after the FEAST conference, by a mom, with the following kind words:

Dr. O'Toole,

Thank You for believing in parents and for all your hard work and dedication in the treatment of EDs, and…

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Thanksgiving: Giving thanks

posted by Julie O'Toole on November 23, 2011 at 2:00pm

I have a lot to give thanks for, great and small, and I bet you do too: for the soft, cold rain instead of icy roads, for the warm cup of coffee at the start of a hard day, for a season where oranges are fresh, for good books and seed catalogues…..

I give thanks this week for the continued good health of my children and grandchildren.
And while I cannot (yet) give thanks for the health of my husband, I give thanks for the physicians he has encountered who care enough to transplant him.…

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New eating disorder resources for parents and providers

posted by Julie O'Toole on October 8, 2011 at 1:16am

The great thing about having your own blog is that you get to decide what you think is appropriate reading for your patients and their families.  Book reviews are always subjective, and never more so than on a blog, but I am pleased to have some books (besides my own Give Food A Chance) to recommend to families and other providers which are compatible with our Kartini approach to eating disorders.

I am often told that if I recommend books with a scientific approach “parents won’t be…

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