Dr. W.P. Smedley is a Board Certified General Surgeon, well-trained in the care of critically ill patients.

  His interest in Anorexics and Bulimics was sparked by a member of his family developing the signs and symptoms of the condition. He knew she was raised with special care and love and must have some underlying medical reason for her symptoms. When this proved true the treatment of her condition resulted in complete recovery.

  Dr. Smedley currently has sixty-eight cases of anorexia - bulimia that have all recovered through his medical investigations.

Mom, Do I Look Fat?

The alternative look
at eating disorders:
Anorexia and Bulimia

by W.P. Smedley M.D.
is now available.
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Presentation by the Mother of a Daughter Who Died From Anorexia Nervosa

   "But first I would like to say that living with a person with an eating disorder is Hell in capital letters. As a mother of a young woman who lost the battle, I can only say that sometimes you wish you could die, but you must be there for your daughter. When you try to be understanding, it doesn't work, because in doing so you are really feeding and nourishing the problem itself.

   You suggest, you plead, you nag, you threaten, and you try to be insensitive while your heart is breaking. Nothing works. Finally your nerves snap and you explode, saying things you do not mean.

   What has happened to her hearty laugh that you could always hear above her friends? She seldom even smiles now. She does seem to feel better following her weekly appointments with the psychiatrist, sometimes even sitting down to play her beloved piano, but that high lasts for only a couple of hours.

   Tomorrow she is going to take a fresh start and do better, but when tomorrow comes she is depressed because "I blew it again".

   Each week begins with a new routine. This week she is to stay out of the kitchen and you are to refrain from mentioning food in either a direct or indirect manner. Mealtimes that once were pleasant times discussing the day's events while enjoying a good meal have now become times of strain and tension.

   She pushes her food around on her plate until it drives you crazy. Taking a few tiny nibbles on the end of her fork then leaving the table to go "brush her teeth".

   Waves of nausea envelop you and you sit and cry. You have called her psychiatrist many times to find out what you should be doing and what you should not be doing, but he does not return your calls. He refuses to talk with you, as does her gastroenterologist.

   Daily you see your daughter's health deteriorating and you attempt to discuss the situation with her, but she "brushes you off". By this time your mind has become fragmented as that of your daughters.

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