New Hope for Binge-Eating Disorder and Food Addiction

A Functional and Integrative Model for Recovery

An online symposium

March 20-21, 2021

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Discover a functional medicine approach to treating Binge-Eating Disorder and food addiction.

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Join us to explore the research, clinical challenges, and controversies associated with Binge-Eating Disorder (BED) and food addiction, and discover an evidence-based functional medicine approach to treatment. The New Hope Model integrates lab testing, nutritional supplementation, dietary modifications, and medication, and targets biochemical pathways that regulate appetite. The presentations in this symposium will give clinicians the tools to better support patients in mastering balance, and relinquishing shame and guilt associated with these conditions.

This program was approved for 7.0 CE credits by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for psychologists, counselors, therapists, social workers, and nurses. CE credits were only available to registrants who attended the live event.

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Who Should Attend this Symposium?

If you care for patients with eating disorders or those who struggle with binge eating, this symposium will give you practical protocols to help bring these patients back in balance, and get them on the road to recovery. This symposium is ideal for:

  • Mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, and social workers
  • Functional, integrative, and naturopathic health professionals, such as physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, nutritionists, dietitians, and more!

What You’ll Learn

Learn from renowned experts in the fields of BED and food addiction about important topics, including:

  • The fundamentals of Binge-Eating Disorder (BED): diagnostic criteria, epidemiology, and more
  • The role of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in BED
  • The pharmacological approach to BED
  • The neurochemistry of appetite, hunger, and satiety signaling
  • The role of amino acids in appetite regulation
  • The relationship of sleep and insomnia in appetite control
  • The neural correlates of food addiction, and how sugar impacts the brain
  • What about food is addictive and what can be done about it

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All presentation video recordings and presentation slides (PDFs) from the two-day symposium

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Presentations held via Zoom. Attendee Q&A with majority of speakers post-presentation.

Meet the Presenters

Nicole Avena, PhD

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Dr. Avena is a research neuroscientist, author, and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet, and addiction. She received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Princeton University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at The Rockefeller University in New York City.  She regularly appears on TV and radio and speaks at universities, government agencies, schools, and special interest groups about her research on food, addiction, and nutrition throughout the lifespan. She has appeared on the ‘Doctor Oz Show’ & ‘The Doctors’ and at numerous formal events around the country.  She is the author of five books including Why Diets Fail and Hedonic Eating.

Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD

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Dr. Carson has been involved in the clinical treatment of obesity, addictions, and eating disorders for over 40 years.  His unique background in health science and medicine, coupled with nutrition and exercise has prepared him to integrate neuropsychobiological intervention and proven psychotherapeutic treatment. He is an active board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). He has authored several popular books on nutrition, lifestyle practices, good health and the brain: Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruits and the recently published The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter? He is currently Vice President of Science and Innovation for the Eating Recovery Center’s CORE Program for weight management and binge-eating disorders in Denver, CO and consultant for the Pinegrove Behavioral Health and Addiction Center in Hattiesburg, MS.

Kate Craigen, PhD

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Dr. Craigen is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Clinical Integrity and Innovation at Walden Behavioral Care. Her responsibilities include overseeing clinical programming for binge-eating disorder across Walden’s system of care. Before joining Walden, Kate completed her postdoctoral fellowship and was a clinical instructor at the Eating and Weight Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Kate received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where her research and training focused on eating disorders, trauma, and substance use.

James Greenblatt, MD

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A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, James M. Greenblatt, MD, has treated patients since 1988. After receiving his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Greenblatt has lectured internationally on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and mental illness. He is also the founder of Psychiatry Redefined, and author of seven books, including Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Natural Treatment Plan for ADHD, and Nutritional Lithium: A Cinderella Story.

Robert Lustig, MD, MSL

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Dr. Lustig is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. He is a neuroendocrinologist, with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013. Dr. Lustig is the Chief Science Officer of the non-profit Eat REAL, on the Advisory Board of the Center for Humane Technology and Simplex Health, and Chief Medical Officer of BioLumen Technologies, Foogal, and Kalin Health. He is the author of the popular books Fat Chance (2012), The Hacking of the American Mind (2017), and Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine (May 2021).

Symposium Schedule

Day 1: Saturday, March 20

Welcome – James Greenblatt, MD
An Introduction to Binge-Eating Disorder – Kate Craigen, PhD
A Functional and Integrative Medicine Model for Binge-Eating Disorder: Neurotransmitters, Amino Acids, and More – James Greenblatt, MD
The Etiology & Treatment of Co-Morbid Sleep, Circadian Rhythm Dysfunction & Night Eating Syndrome– Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD
CBT and BED: Cognitive Behavioral Strategies to Decrease Binge Eating – Kate Craigen, PhD
The Science of Sugar Addiction: How Our Brain and Behavior are Impacted by Processed Food – Nicole Avena, PhD
The Case For and Against Food Addiction: A Scientific & Legal Analysis – Robert Lustig, MD

Day 2: Sunday, March 21

The Role of MSG and Dietary Exorphins on Food Addiction (30 min) – James Greenblatt, MD
Pharmacology for BED and Food Addiction - Mastering Balance (30 min) – James Greenblatt, MD
Q&A with Drs. Craigen and Greenblatt (60min)

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