|February 2007||Newsletter Archive|
North Eastman Health Association
Eating disorders and a Drug Profile featuring Methamphetamine and a March Newsletter featuring the question What is disease prevention...
by the NEHA Wellness Facilitators
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February 5, 2007
EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS WEEK, “CELEBRATING OUR NATURAL SIZES”
Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 4-10, 2007. Most of us know someone who is preoccupied with his/her weight, size or shape. We may even notice how this preoccupation impacts his/her ability to live a rich and connected life. Women, men and adolescents go to dangerous and damaging lengths to change their bodies. We all have a genetic predisposition to a particular size, shape and weight; this is one of the reasons dieting fails for 95% of individuals.
To help raise awareness of Eating Disorders, the following information is provided by Manitoba Health ( www.gov.ca/health )
What Is An Eating Disorder?
“Eating disorders are complicated illnesses about more than “just” food. They can be a way an individual copes with feelings he/she finds challenging to deal with directly. Eating Disorders often begin with an individual attempting to meet society's pressure to look a certain way. Eating Disorders are a serious threat to one's mental and physical wellness. Recognizing an Eating Disorder and recovering from it, is about getting the right information, making healthy choices, and working with compassionate professionals over time…”
What Are Some Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder?
Where Can Someone Get Help if he/she thinks they or someone they know has an Eating Disorder?
February 26, 2007
What Is It?
Methamphetamine, more commonly known as crystal meth, is a powerful stimulant and highly addictive drug that increases the user's energy and alertness. Other street names include meth, crystal, ice, crank, chalk, Tina, jib, and speed. The drug can be smoked, snorted, swallowed or injected. Abusers can become addicted quickly, needing higher doses and more often.
What's In It?
It is often made in illegal labs from inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients. Ingredients include cold pills, iodine flakes or crystal, hydrochloric acid, nail polish remover; camp stove fuel, lithium from batteries, fertilizer, red phosphorous, and drain cleaner. You don't even want a lot of these ingredients in your house, let alone in your body! The production of one pound of crystal meth creates 5 to 7 pounds of toxic waste.
What are the Effects on the Body?
The person experiences a short yet intense “rush” and excitement when the drug is initially administered. Following this, they may experience decreased appetite, dry mouth and trouble speaking, sick to the stomach and throwing up, increased wakefulness, increased energy, increased heart rate and irregular heart beat, and increased blood pressure which could lead to stroke. Other effects may include irritability, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, tremors, convulsions, rapid eye movements, flushed and clammy skin, uncoordinated movements, and trouble breathing. Long-term effects may include chronic depression, sores on the body, malnutrition, paranoia, hallucination, memory loss, psychosis, severe dental problems and even death.
What are some of the Signs of a Problem?
Those using crystal meth will display both emotional and physical indicators. You may see depression, mood swings, aggression and violence. Physically you may see weight loss, skin conditions such as welts or acne, unexplained injuries and exhaustion or appearing run down or ill. In social situations they may lose interest in regular activities and hobbies, make changes in their peer groups, have unexplained accidents and legal problems. At school or work there may be attendance issues, inability to concentrate, cognitive changes and a general lack of interest.
Parenting for Prevention
The most important thing parents can do is talk with your kids about substances. Make family policies that help kids make healthy choices and lead by example. Team up with other parents and trust your instincts. Know community resources that can help. For more information on this or any other substance call Addictions Foundation of Manitoba at 268-6166 or toll free 1-866-638-2561. Information is also available through AFM library at 1-800-638-2568 or email@example.com or at www.afm.mb.ca .
Source: Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
Click here to read the March Newsletter What's Up in Wellness Promotion?