TK Staff

Thanksgiving at Timberline Knolls

by TK Staff

We all know the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a day to spend time with family members and express gratitude for that which is good in our lives. As clinicians in the behavioral health field, we are also profoundly aware of the challenge that an extravagant Thanksgiving meal can present to those struggling with […]

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A Positive Step in Curbing Opiate Addiction

by TK Staff

Everyone knows the drill: within seconds of entering a doctor’s office for a routine check-up, someone sticks a thermometer in your ear, pumps up a blood pressure cuff, records your respiratory rate and takes note of your heart rate. These are your vital signs; if any one of your vitals is abnormal it serves as an […]

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A New Form of Bulimia: Pump Eliminates Need to Purge

by TK Staff

Decades ago, patients had their mouths literally wired shut. Then came the era of the balloon inserted and inflated in the stomach to mimic the sensation of fullness. Then we moved into radical surgery that rerouted the gut altogether. The most recent attempt to achieve weight loss is the lap band, considered less invasive and […]

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Bill and Bob Were Right all Along

by TK Staff

The Big Book, essentially the “bible” for Alcoholics Anonymous was first published in 1939. From that year until the present day, spirituality, in the form of developing a working relationship with a Higher Power, has been considered an essential component of addiction recovery in the 12 step program. Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the founders […]

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The Biggest Loser: Every Contestant Loses in the Long Run

by TK Staff

Finally, after all these years, the reality show “The Biggest Loser” has offered the American public something of actual value; this comes in the form of a surprising new medical discovery made by studying the 14 contestants who participated in the 2009 show. Surprising and new to everyone except those of us who work in the eating disorder field! If […]

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Positive Change in the Modeling Industry

by TK Staff

I am forever astounded by the shocking inability of the high-fashion industry to learn and change. Those in the clothing business, along with their cohorts in the advertising world, clearly remain committed to using ridiculously skinny models in advertising campaigns. The latest offender is Gucci. A recent ad displayed a young female model who was […]

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Suicide in College: The Tide Needs To Turn

by TK Staff

At this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, Lady Gaga sang a song entitled “Until It Happens to You.” The song shed light on the very real problem of rape on college campuses across America, a message made even more dramatic by the many female rape survivors appearing on the stage with the singer. I respect any […]

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Finally, Action is Taken

by TK Staff

On Tuesday, March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took an important step in combatting the deadly prescription painkiller epidemic in the United States. In a first-time move, our nation’s top federal health agency issued guidelines for the dispensing of morphine-like, addictive drugs, such as Vicodin and OxyContin. The agency directed the guidelines […]

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Barbie: Stepping Out in a Whole New Body

by TK Staff

Throughout her tenure as one of America’s most iconic dolls, Barbie has exhibited great versatility in her hairstyles, outfits, and professions. However, in one important area she has not deviated one millimeter from the traditional Barbie script:  her body. From top to bottom, Barbie’s chest has remained shockingly large, her waist extremely small, her legs impossibly long, […]

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at Timberline Knolls, Feb. 21-27

by TK Staff

We know the best way to combat eating disorders is prevention through awareness and education. The National Eating Disorder Association set apart a special week in February designed to do just that: to place the spotlight on eating disorders in order to improve public understanding of their causes, dangers and treatments. This year’s theme is “3 […]

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