Surprising Health Benefits of Quilting

You know that quilting makes you feel good, but now there’s scientific evidence to back up what you’ve always suspected-not only does quilting make you happy, it’s actually good for your health. Researchers at the University of Glasgow published their findings in the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Health after conducting qualitative research using a local quilting group as their source. The end result? “Quilting seemed to possess some distinct properties for enhancing well-being that would not be replicable through outdoor/physical activity.” In other words, that’s dry research speak for saying quilting gives you a workout you’re not going to find in your local step class.

The biggest perk? When you’re happy and doing something you love, your brain gets saturated with dopamine and serotonin, otherwise known as happy chemicals-especially when you’re doing “meaningful work” using your hands. According to Kelly Lambert, PhD and a member of the neuroscience department at Randolph-Macon College, quilting complements these conditions perfectly.

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Next on the health benefits list is a decrease in stress levels. Dr. Lambert says quilters “feel a sense of accomplishment that increases your ‘reward chemicals’ and decreases the chemicals related to stress or anxiety.” Of course, lower stress levels are linked to a variety of good things from a lower risk of heart attack and stroke to lower body fat. In a time when stress levels are breaking through the roof for most people, who wouldn’t benefit from a little cultivation of mindfulness?

If you’re more into quantitative proof, a clinical psychologist published research in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing evidence that quilting leads to decreased blood pressure, heart rate and perspiration. Finally, according to Harvard neurologist Marie Pasinski, MD, quilting is a soother for the brain. The Glasgow research echoes these sentiments, with the participants saying that quilting was a (relatively) easy way to embrace creativity, and the use of different colors and textures gave them a “sense of wellbeing.”

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The Glasgow participants specifically cited, time and again, bright colors and how they elevated their moods-particularly during those dreary British winters. Most of the group also said there was something captivating about quilting and that they got into a flow, much like a runner’s high. It’s relaxing and at least for a little while, their anxieties were put on the back burner. However, quilting also requires problem solving skills, like when new patterns and shapes are required. From newbies to quilt masters, everyone said that at some point they always find a new challenge.

Finally, getting that tangible end result is a built-in reward that offers plenty of satisfaction and the feeling of achievement. During the social aspect of quilting as a group, the women said they felt inspired and all those compliments don’t hurt when it comes to getting a self-esteem boost. Quilting is “uniquely good for you” concluded researchers-a sentiment that’s obvious for quilters, but it’s quite the rush to get a nod from the world of academe (kind of like nailing that tumbling blocks pattern on your first try).

Jillynn Stevens, Ph.D. is a writer with a vast array of subject matter expertise. Along with publishing articles for large and small businesses, she researches, writes and publishes reports on various public policy issues.

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Fall in love with your smile with help from Santa Barbara Dental Spa

Dear Friends,

A Beautiful Smile Makes the Best Valentine’s Gift!

The professional dental staff and estheticians at the Santa Barbara Dental Spa would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Perhaps the best thing we share when we are with our loved ones is a smile. A simple smile can convey so many deep feelings, but far too many people who are self-conscious about their smile can’t fully share their emotions. They are concerned that their yellow, stained or cracked teeth will create a bad impression and aren’t willing to fully express themselves. Even though they are uncomfortable about their appearance, these people are reluctant to go to a dentist because they are afraid of what might happen.

It doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Santa Barbara Dental Spa is committed to making dentistry painless and relaxing. We provide patients with the best Oral Health care and a beautiful smile utilizing the latest technology in a soothing, spa atmosphere. Our Santa Barbara dentist, Dr. B.K. Rai, specializes in Smile Evaluation and Smile Enhancement, as well as full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Rai routinely treats many patients with bite problems including grinding of teeth and TMJ related symptoms. In addition, Dr Rai is certified to perform dental procedures under sedation to make your visit completely painless and stress free.

Spa dentistry means that we not only want our patients to have a healthy mouth and body, and a beautiful smile, but we want them to enjoy the process! When you think of a visit to the dentist, it probably conjures up that unmistakable dental office smell, the whine of the drill, and a cold, clinical ambiance. Well, get ready to replace that vision with a peaceful, stress-free environment where you can be pampered while taking advantage of the latest and most comfortable techniques of modern dentistry. When patients visit us their experience includes a relaxing environment, stress-free dental procedures, and wellness services.

Our high-tech dental procedures include water laser tools, procedure education equipment, new advanced ZOOM whitening equipment, digital x-rays, and illuminated tools for improved lighting during procedures. But you might not even notice all of these because our complementary Spa Services include our chair massager, aromatherapy warm neck pillows, heated hand towels, soothing music, and soft room lighting, along with 3-D goggles and headphones.

Give your loved ones the gift of your beautiful smile this Valentine’s Day, and set up your appointment today for a Smile Makeover.

Dr. B.K. Rai DDS  + Everyone at Santa Barbara Dental Spa

Santa Barbara Dentist Dr. Rai

About Santa Barbara Dental Spa: Located at 2017 Chapala Street A, Dr. B.K. Rai and the entire staff at the Santa Barbara Dental Spa are committed to providing patients with the best oral health care and beautiful smiles. Dr. Rai routinely utilizes the latest high-tech dental technology in a soothing, spa atmosphere to treat patients with bite problems and provide mouth reconstruction including dental crowns, bridge work and cosmetic implants. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 805-560-9999 for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

Say No To Pests This Valentine’s Day in San Luis Obispo

Dear Friends,

Imagine yourself all dressed up and ready to go out for a night on the town to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one when suddenly you spot a rodent scurrying across the floor of your house! That’s a terrible way to start what should be the perfect evening. Don’t let that happen to you. Call Brezden Pest Control at 800-464-9446 now and let us give you a free estimate of what it will take to have our rodent control and exclusion services in your home.

The San Luis Obispo area is a great place to live, but unfortunately the very climate that makes this area so inviting can also welcome many unwanted pests into our homes and gardens. The Central Coast of California is home to earwigs, bats, ants, bed bugs and other creatures that can make our lives miserable if they decide to make their home in our home.

My wife, Maria, and I founded Brezden Pest Control in 1980, so we know what it takes to provide effective rat controlbird controlant control, and termite treatment services. For example, if you call us about a rat problem, our technician will perform a thorough inspection of your property to determine the extent of the infestation and why and how the rodents are entering your home. Depending on your home and the degree of infestation, we might recommend using baits in tamper-proof bait stations, snap traps, live traps, or exclusion. Our technician will also provide suggestions about what you can do to prevent further rodent infestation.

We also recommend a new natural insulation that combines eco-friendly insulation and pest control to keeps bugs out and warm air in. Thermal Acoustic Pest Control, or T•A•P insulation, from Pest Control Insulation Systems is a blown-in cellulose insulation that is installed on top of existing home attic insulation. The product incorporates two common technologies, borate-based pest control and premium cellulose insulation, which results in a patented, Energy Star-labeled, pest control insulation with fire-retardant, sound-deadening and pest-controlling properties.

Brezden Pest Control is proud to be the premier pest control company in and around San Luis Obispo County. Don’t let unwanted pests spoil your Valentine’s Day. Whether you need help with pest control or dead animal removal, call us now for a free estimate and let Brezden put your mind at ease so you’ll enjoy time with your loved one.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

John and Maria Brezden, and the Brezden Pest Control team.

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About Brezden Pest Control – Brezden Pest Control was founded in Cayucos by John and Maria Brezden in 1980. As the business grew, it expanded to serve all of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Los Osos, Cayucos, Cambria, Five Cities, Atascadero and Santa Maria. Professional pest control services which Brezden provides include dead animal removalpest inspectionrodent control, and termite treatmentVisit the website and Facebook page or call 1-800-464-9446 for a free estimate or advice on holiday pest control.

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Dear Friends,

Easter can be a fun time of eggs, candy and flowers, but it can also be dangerous for people who suffer with allergies. There are so many opportunities for danger if that bunny leaves something more than yummy treats. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides advice year-round to help allergy sufferers cope with the potential allergy triggers that can hide in innocent packaging.

Dr. Ulrike Ziegner, allergy treatment specialist, recommends following these tips below to help keep Easter safe for people who suffer from allergies, asthma, and food sensitivities.

    • Safe Egg DecoratingKids With Food Allergies has some great egg decorating ideas so your kids won’t have to miss out on all the fun. Instead of using real eggs they suggest painting wooden, plastic, Styrofoam, ceramic or other types of non-allergy inducing eggs. Be sure to look at their ideas for safe Easter baskets and Easter activities, along with some yummy recipes.
    • Watch Out for Flowers and Pollen: The Easter lily is a beautiful flower, but it can also be an allergy trigger. In addition, this is the time when spring pollen starts appearing in various types of tree pollen, causing additional sneezing and wheezing.
    • Traveling Concerns: People like to visit each other around holidays. Make sure you take any allergy medications along in case they have a dog, cat, or even a bunny that might induce an allergic reaction. Ask what ingredients went into any baked good items, or take safe treats along for your child.
    • Easter Candy: It’s hard to resist a brightly-decorated basket of tempting treats. Make sure you inspect all candies for nuts, milk, wheat, eggs or other triggers that can affect your child. has a listing of Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy that is made in dedicated facilities. You can also consider a basket filled with plastic eggs that contain small toys, stickers, Legos, or other items your child will enjoy. Throw in some crayons and a rubber ducky, top it off with a brightly colored stuffed animal, and the basket will be a real treat.

Ask Riviera Allergy Medical Center about other safe practices you can follow, and learn about actions to take in case of an allergic reaction. We can show you how to recognize an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis. Dr. Ziegner can advise you on whether antihistamines or an epinephrine injector are appropriate for your allergic reactions, and will offer sound suggestions on how to manage and possibly even prevent them.

Dr. Ziegner and the entire staff at Riviera Allergy Medical Center want to wish you and your family a safe and allergy-free Easter!

Dr. Z and Staff

1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Phone: 310.792.9050
Fax: 310.792.9048
Riviera Allergy


Food – it’s the focal point of almost everything we do. We need it to keep our bodies functioning properly, it’s part of almost every meaningful social interaction, and sometimes it just makes us feel better. But for patients who are being treated for food allergies at Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC), the relationship with food can take on a frightening new dimension.

These are the people who have been diagnosed with a food allergy to such common ingredients as peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, gluten, fish, shellfish, and so many others that we take for granted as part of our daily existence. They have to read labels more carefully, scrutinize menu options more closely in restaurants, and risk being seen as rude when they ask their hostess about the ingredients in a dish she has prepared. In some cases these allergies may even be induced by exercise or pollen, further curtailing activities.

Our patients are not alone in their heightened state of vigilance. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is raising awareness that food allergies are a growing public health concern. Their compilation of statistics from many sources reveals that as many as 15 million people now live with food allergies. Of these, some 9 million sufferers are adults and nearly 6 million are children. Younger children seem to be particularly affected. Their research shows that these numbers are increasing, and taking a dramatic financial and physical toll.

Our founder and noted allergy doctorDr. Ulrike Ziegner, treats patients with all types all allergies. She notes that there have been vast improvements in allergy testing and treatment. Many sufferers today are able to experience high degrees of food allergy relief, and can minimize the stress they feel in eating-related situations. In this article, Dr. Z. offers some insights to help you understand how food allergies affect you and those you love.

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Food Allergy Symptoms

Food allergies are related to an overshooting function of your body’s immune system. When working properly, the immune system will keep you healthy by destroying any bacteria or viruses that could make you sick. In some cases, though, your system can overreact by wrongly recognizing a harmless food protein as a threat and attack it.

There is a wide range of food allergy symptoms, from minor itching to life-threatening allergic reactions. These symptoms may show up immediately or may take as long as six to eight hours to appear. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Itching or tingling in the mouth after ingesting an allergenic food.
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, throat, face, hands and/or feet.
  • Wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing.
  • Hives, skin rashes, eczema.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe abdominal pain and cramping.
  • Dizziness, light-headedness, fainting.

Fainting may be caused by decreased oxygen supply from breathing difficulty and/or decreased blood circulation. Worst scenario, a food allergy can be life-threatening or even fatal, a condition known as anaphylactic shock, caused by severe airway tightening and a significant drop in blood pressure from widening of blood vessels. People displaying these symptoms must receive immediate emergency medical care, including epinephrine injections and a prompt 911 call. Food allergic patients who also suffer from asthma stand a much higher chance of experiencing such a serious medical episode.

Food Allergy Tests

Cases of suspected food allergies should always be evaluated and treated by a qualified medical professional, such as Dr. Ziegner. If you or a loved one has experienced a reaction to any type of food, set an appointment at RAMC for allergy tests. Dr. Ziegner is dedicated to finding the cause of your problems rather than just treating the symptoms. She uses state-of-the-art diagnostics to determine the root cause of your condition.

When you come to RAMC for advice, the first thing we do is taking a detailed medical history. We will ask you questions about your symptoms and suspected food allergy triggers. We will perform a comprehensive physical examination to check your current state of health. Depending on your specific situation and medical condition, we may recommend an allergy test such as a skin test, blood test, food challenge test, or a trial elimination diet. One or some combination of these and other tests may provide an answer to the puzzle of what is bothering you.

Food Allergy Relief

Food Allergy Relief

Once we have pinpointed the exact triggers for your food allergies, Dr. Z. will design a strategy for symptom relief. Food allergy remedies may include over-the-counter or prescription medications to help reduce symptoms of minor food allergy reactions. If you are in danger of a severe allergic reaction, Dr. Z. recommends that you carry an EpiPen® or Auvi-Q™(epinephrine autoinjectors) with you at all times. This is a device that contains a syringe and concealed needle which injects a single dose of medication for instant symptom relief. Research is constantly being conducted in this area, and RAMC will continue to search for and find food allergy medications to provide relief for our patients.

We will also advise you on other precautions and lifestyle adjustments you can make to deal with your food allergies. Be sure to ask us how to talk to family, friends, babysitters and teachers about your food allergy, so that they can become part of your support and care team. It can be difficult living with food allergies, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Talk to us today and let us provide you with the best allergy treatment possible.

Food Allergy Relief

About RAMC – Riviera Allergy Medical Center, located at 1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101 in Redondo Beach, offers comprehensive testing for food allergiesOnce a specific trigger or triggers has been identified Dr. Ulrike Ziegner and the RAMC staff develop a comprehensive treatment plan to provide wheat allergy reliefgluten allergy reliefpeanut allergy reliefnut allergy reliefegg allergy relief, and soy allergy relief. Visit the website at to read our blog on seasonal allergies and allergy treatment. “Like” the Facebook page for allergy and asthma tips. Call 310-792-9050 or schedule an appointment online for allergy treatment.

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Top 3 Reasons Why Dental Hygienists Love Life-Like Teeth Whitener

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Is having the opportunity to recommend a great teeth whitener one of the reasons many dental hygienists enjoy their jobs? Maybe. There are many reasons why dental hygienists enjoy their work, but having the ability to help patients feel better about themselves has got to be high on the list.

Most hygienists say they like their jobs because of the flexible schedules, competitive salaries, relative job stability, and people-oriented atmosphere. Patients may come in with a great number of questions about oral hygiene, preventive care, and teeth whitening. Often the dental hygienist is the dental office employee who is most likely to spend time with patients answering those questions.

Dental hygienists even rank highly on the U.S. News & World Report’s summary of the best jobs, precisely because of the confidence placed in them by patients. Many patients may even be able to avoid the more intensive dental procedures if they carefully follow their hygienist’s advice. The magazine goes on to cite the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s estimate that employment for all types of dental hygienists will swell 33.3 percent by 2022. This is much faster than the average growth rate for most professions, and bodes well for the increased reliance on dental hygienists as trusted oral hygiene coaches.

At Life-Like Cosmetic Solutions, we understand and appreciate the vital role dental hygienists play in educating patients about our teeth bleaching kits. We’ve been helping dental practices implement safe and effective dental whitening techniques since 1990, but it is often the dental hygienist who assures the ultimate success of this procedure by demonstrating proper whitening techniques to the patient. We value this relationship and do everything we can to make the dental hygienist’s job easier. Here are the top three reasons dental hygienists give us about why they love Life-Like Cosmetic Solutions:

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  1. Twist’n’Seal® Syringe: The Life-Like line of dental whitening products includes professional whitening kits for in-office use as well as teeth bleaching kits for at-home use. This gives dental professionals greater flexibility to work with patients who have a range of tooth whitening needs. One of the factors which makes our gels so safe and easy to use is our Twist’n’Seal® Syringe. Life-Like offers syringe-delivered at-home carbamide peroxide concentrations of 10%, 15%, 20% and 30%. The higher percentages of carbamide peroxide will reduce the bleaching process time required for normal staining, and provide a more satisfying result for those patients with particularly heavy staining. The dentist will recommend the appropriate concentration and amount of bleaching material to use. The dental hygienist can demonstrate the calibrations of the syringe to patients in the office, instructing them to place no more than 1/4 cc of bleach material in the custom-fitted tray. The tray should be kept in the mouth for 20 to 30 minutes with the 30% carbamide peroxide solution. Lower concentrations may require longer application times. Suggested applications are twice per day, bleaching upper and lower arches simultaneously. Nationwide surveys show a less than 5% occurrence of sensitivity with at-home peroxide-based bleaching agents, but hygienists can instruct patients that they should discontinue treatment for 24 to 48 hours if they do experience any sensitivity. They can then resume treatment with one-half the original treatment application time. 
  1. Quick Whitening Results: With Life-Like’s tooth whitening products, patients are able to see results the very first day, which helps keep them motivated to continue using the product for the entire recommended timeframe. If they continue to follow the suggested protocol, more dramatic results will be seen by day three of the whitening process. The complete process normally takes between one and two weeks, but treatment times will vary depending on the source, type, and depth of the discoloration. You can see for yourself the amazing results of Life-Like tooth whitening in the before and after photos on our website. In the example below, note the difference between the left picture before whitening with Life-Like Cosmetic Solutions’ bleaching material and the right picture, after whitening. Cathy of Dr. Robert Giuliani’s office, commented, “On a scale from 1 to 10, I rate Life-Like a 10. I even say that to our patients. I like your product better. There is less time between touch-ups.”

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  1. Safety: Life-Like teeth bleaching products are proudly made in the U.S.A. Because of our production controls and shortened shipping times, our refrigerated gel products are the freshest you can buy. This method of tooth bleaching involves placing bleaching material into a custom made teeth whitening tray. With higher concentration gels, trays are trimmed at the gingival margins. This allows holding high concentration gels on the tooth structure, rather than the gingiva, which can cause gingival sensitivity (burning). We have proven less than 5% pulpal sensitivity. We guarantee that all of our materials are free of manufacturing or shipping defects, or you get your money back. The dental hygienist can advise patients that the bleaching material for the at-home kits should be kept refrigerated. When properly stored, the shelf life is one year.

Help Your Practice Grow With Life-Like’s Teeth Whitener Kits

Life-Like is the original teeth whitening system, and we work hard to keep the trust of the cosmetic dentists and dental hygienists who use and recommend our dental products. We know that satisfied patients recommend teeth whitening to their friends, and keep coming back for more dental services. Contact us today and find out why so many dental hygienists love Life-Like Cosmetic Solutions!

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About Life-Like: Life-Like Cosmetic Solutions provides teeth bleaching kits for at-home use and teeth bleaching products for dentists. Dental hygienists rely on Life-Like for dental products and dental supplies to help patients achieve their teeth whitening goals. Cosmetic dentists can purchase professional whitening kits from a wholesaler or an exclusive source, such as the Life-Like website. Visit the website at for complete instructions on using Life-Like’s tooth whitening kits. “Like” the Facebook page to receive regular tips and insider information on Life-Like’s line of dental whitening products. Call 800-543-3545 for more information about boosting patient confidence with teeth whitener kits.

Why Is Food So Addictive?

What you need to know about Food Addiction

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As a food addiction specialist, I often provide therapy to patients who are dealing with eating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia, Orthorexia, Bigorexia, and Binge Eating Disorder. These are serious conditions which wreak havoc for patients by affecting their health and relationships, their sense of self and well being, and they diminish their ability to participate fully in daily activities.

After a general medical condition has been ruled out, I work with patients in therapy to determine the underlying psychological and emotional causes for their condition.  I want patients to understand that they are not alone in dealing with their eating disorder.

In addition to the underlying factors contributing to one’s eating disorder, they also serve as powerful coping mechanisms. We associate food with memories, use it to make ourselves feel happy when we are sad, rely on it as a way of showing love for our families, and sometimes even punish ourselves with it. My goal is to help patients understand why they interact with food the way they do, so that we can work together to build a life that doesn’t revolve around food.

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Understanding Food Addiction

The first step is to understand why food is so addictive in the first place. According to WebMD experiments have shown that the same pleasure and reward centers of the brain that are triggered by addictive drugs like heroin and cocaine are also activated by food.

Highly palatable foods that are rich in sugar, fat, and salt trigger the release of brain chemicals, like dopamine, that just make you feel good. For some individuals, the neurochemical structure of their brains may predispose them to either being more sensitive to the chemicals released when eating highly palatable foods or less responsive, meaning it takes eating more of the food to elicit the same pleasure response.    Over time, this can override normal feelings of satisfaction, induce cravings, and compel you to eat, even if you’re not hungry. Tolerances can build up, where you find that eating more and more food becomes less and less fulfilling.

People of all backgrounds, races, body types, and ages may struggle with foodaddiction. Metabolism and levels of physical activity can figure into the equation as well. If an emotional condition such as depression or anxiety is present, simple enjoyment can quickly turn into an addiction. Once food addiction occurs, eating becomes the primary source of pleasure and reward.

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Signs of Food Addiction

It may be difficult to admit to yourself that you have a food addiction, and it can also be hard to spot in others because there is a significant amount of shame and secrecy around food addiction. Here are some questions that might help you or a loved one face the reality of a food addiction:

  • Does it often feel like you are eating more than you planned, especially when it comes to certain foods?
  • Do you feel the need to continue eating those foods, even though you are not hungry any longer?
  • How often do you eat so much that you become ill?
  • If a certain type of food is not available, what actions do you take?
  • Is eating interfering with your ability to work or interact with others?
  • Are you embarrassed by how much you eat around others?
  • Do you eat in secrecy?
  • If you try to cut down, do you experience anxiety, agitation, or any other physical symptoms?
  • Have your eating habits caused you to experience depression, self-hatred, or guilt?
  • Does it feel like to need to eat more and more just to feel any pleasure at all?

Food addictions are different in everyone. These questions don’t necessarily indicate that you have or don’t have an addiction, but they can be helpful guidelines. If you think there is cause for concern it is always best to check with a medical doctor and a mental health professional to confirm your suspicions.

Getting Help for a Food Addiction

Once a person becomes addicted to food, it is difficult to stop, despite any rational thinking or negative consequences that occur. It may require medical care, treatment for depression, nutritional counseling and physical training combined. Here are a few organizations which can provide further insights into the causes, symptoms, and treatments for food addictions:

  1. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD): This non-profit organization has been dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of eating disorders since 1976. ANAD advocates for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors. The organization also promotes eating disorder awareness, prevention and recovery through supporting, educating, and connecting individuals, families and professionals.
  2. National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA): NEDA was formed in 2001 through the merger of two groups – Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention (EDAP) and the American Anorexia Bulimia Association (AABA). NEDA believes we can confront eating disorders with increased awareness, early intervention and improved access to treatment. The non-profit provides programs and services to give families the support they need to find answers for these life-threatening illnesses.
  3. The Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders: This website has been raising awareness and providing support to people with eating disorders and their loved ones since 1995.  They are determined to remind every sufferer that they are not alone, and that complete recovery is possible.

If you or a loved one is affected by a food addiction or an eating disorder, contact my office immediately to set up a session, and let me help you find a path to a better life.

Dr. Adina McGarr-Knabke
The Santa Barbara Therapist

About Known as The Santa Barbara TherapistDr. Adina McGarr-Knabke works with clients who have eating disorders, providestherapy for anxiety, and offers depression counseling as well as alcoholism and addiction treatment services. Her office is located at 1187 Coast Village Rd., Suite 10P in Santa Barbara. Visit the website at to download a complimentary PDF, the “Top 10 Ways to Cope With Depression and Anxiety.” “Like” the Facebook page to receive updates, tips, and information on sustaining good mental health. Appointments may be made online or by calling 818-518-6775.

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