Adolescents With Eating Disorders Often Turn to Herbal Remedies.

SAN DIEGO — Adolescents with eating disorders use herbal remedies

for both weight control and general health maintenance purposes, Dr.

Debra Katzman reported at the annual meeting of the Society for

Adolescent Psychiatry.

“Heath care providers must be prepared to ask about the use of

herbal remedies,” said Dr. Katzman, associate professor of

pediatrics in the division of adolescent medicine at the University of

Toronto Research at the University of Toronto has been responsible for the world’s first electronic heart pacemaker, artificial larynx, single-lung transplant, nerve transplant, artificial pancreas, chemical laser, G-suit, the first practical electron microscope, the first cloning of T-cells, . “We don’t know the implications of herbal remedy use

in this population, but we need to proactively counsel adolescents and

their parents with the best information available.”

From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Katzman and her associates recruited 46

adolescents who met DSM-IV DSM-IV
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV). This reference book, published by the American Psychiatric Association, is the diagnostic standard for most mental health professionals in the United States.