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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Does the abc [ana boot camp] diet work?

Does the abc [ana boot camp] diet work?

Danger !: The ABC Diet or Ana Boot Camp Diet lasts for 50 days w calories ranging from 0 to 500 per day except 1 day at 800 calories. It is essentially a starvation diet which rotates the # of calories eaten per day. It is predictable that high % muscle mass will be lost. This can cause a lower metabolic rate. That in turn causes you to burn fewer calories & that can lead to weight gain. This is dangerous ...Read more

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Ana (Definition)

An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a screening test and a positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted. No blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number ...Read more


Dr. Chan Hwang
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Lost 60 lbs over summer from diet and exercise. Up back pain since may. Hair loss sed rate elevated and ana+w/spec pattern. Lupus panel neg. Cbc ok?

Lost 60 lbs over summer from diet and exercise. Up back pain since may. Hair loss sed rate elevated and ana+w/spec pattern. Lupus panel neg. Cbc ok?

Inflammation: You describe a body that is generally inflamed. Diets that promote animal proteins (meat, chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy) are inflammatory. This may have been your situation. Read dr. Neal barnard's book foods that fight pain. He describes a plant-based, anti-inflammatory diet that will improve healing and decrease inflammation. Many of my patients have benefitted and no longer need medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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What is the difference between pro ANA and anorexia?

What is the difference between pro ANA and anorexia?

Pro-ana: Pro-ana refers to promotion of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, sometimes personified by anorexics as a girl named ana. In bulimia nervosa, the term is pro-mia. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Can someone get anorexia by pro ana?

Can someone get anorexia by pro ana?

No!: Anorexia is not related to a positive ana, most of which are inconsequential! ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Doss
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What is the absolute least amount of calories your body needs to survive im not pro ANA im doing a report for health class?

What is the absolute least amount of calories your body needs to survive im not pro ANA im doing a report for health class?

Basal MBR: You may find it helpful to look into an equation to calculate one's Basal Metabolic Rate. This takes into account your age, weight, height, and sex and calculates how many calories your body burns over the day just keeping your organs running. Eating less than this number over a prolonged period of time would result in starvation (after your body uses up stored energy reserves). ...Read more

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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
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Can being on a pro ANA website negatively effect health even when one is not suffering from an eating disorder?

Can being on a pro ANA website negatively effect health even when one is not suffering from an eating disorder?

It can: If the frequent visit to the website implies an excessive worry about eating and weight gain, it could constitute one criteria for an eating disorder. It depends. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Any advice from fellow pro anas out their on the fastest way to get rid of my tummy and thigh fat?

Any advice from fellow pro anas out their on the fastest way to get rid of my tummy and thigh fat?

Spot fat loss does : Not occur naturally. By losing weight in general some will probably be ab ; thigh fat. But, we don't get to choose what area of body fat is lost from. Eat healthy ; be physically active. Calories burned must > those consumed. Tighten ab's: crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on back. Tone thighs w plie, squat, . ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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Dr. Barton Cook
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What is the ANA test? 

What is the ANA test? 

Autoimmune screen: A blood test. A positive ANA test indicates that your immune system has launched a misdirected attack on your own tissue — in other words, an autoimmune reaction. This may indicate lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or scleroderma. Some people have positive ANA tests even when they're healthy, so further confirmatory tests are needed. ...Read more

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Diet (Definition)

Diet is a four letter word implying temporary measures with few good permanent results. I believe instead in 'healthy lifestyle changes' that may produce results more slowly ...Read more


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