Can drilling electrodes into your brain help you lose weight?
“With obese patients, the idea is to target the hypothalamus, the area of the brain which controls our desire to eat. Basically it works by making the patient feel full.
The new approach is being tested in a U.S. Government-approved trial, which is running for three years.
During the procedure, patients first have holes drilled into their skull. The electrodes are then implanted – these are attached to wires, which are fed across the surface of the brain and under the skin to a small battery implanted under the collarbone.”
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Hi, I just wanted to say how happy I was when I checked this blog at the end of August and saw you’d updated. I’ve been a reader for over a year and always been too shy to say anything. In fact I’m only here now because I’m healed enough to be able to talk about this. I have never been diagnosed with an eating disorder, but have recently admitted that my funny food habits look a lot like orthorexia with a side order of compulsive overeating to compensate.
Anyway I am slowly relearning intuitive eating and reading your blog was really helpful in my recovery, even if I told my self at the time that it was only ‘out of interest’ because I couldn’t possibly have an eating disorder what with me eating so healthy most of the time. Through reading some of your posts about depression I have come to understand that I can alleviate my mental health problems through controlling my diet, but at the same time controlling my diet is a symptom of my mental health problems. I can’t win.
Anyway I just wanted to say that I am thinking about everyone on this blog, whether you are in a place where you feel like blogging or not, and I wish you all the best.
I am the last person who is left blogging here, I think (though the others are always welcome to contribute!). But, with me, inspiration is coming slowly. It was easier to blog when I was suffering more and had more to work through. I do still intend to blog what I learn as things come up. Last week I thought up a good blog topic while doing some yoga and then promptly forgot it. Next time, I need to stop whatever I’m doing and write it down!
If you ever have a blog topic idea, please feel free to contact me. When I cannot think of something myself, it might be fun to work on a question or issue that some other person would like to hear about from a veteran.
In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out Dances with Fat and the Fat Nutritionist. They are amazing and well worth a read. I read them every time I see they post something new… and they are a big part of the reason I blog less as they do so well that I feel less need to put my voice out there.