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The BrightLife Center for The Rapid Relief of Bulimia

BASED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, The BrightLife Center for The Rapid Relief of Bulimia specializes in rapid, permanent, 100% drug-free eradication of bulimic behavior. On average, just 3 to 4 three-hour Accelerated Personal Breakthrough Coaching sessions over the course of about a week as part of our flagship 90-Day Accelerated Personal Breakthrough Coaching program are required to help you achieve substantial or complete relief from your challenge with bulimia.

What Is Bulimia Nervosa?*

Bulimia nervosa, commonly referred to with the shorter term "bulimia", is a seemingly uncontrollable pattern of behaviors related to food and perceived body image. It is a psychologically induced condition in which the subject engages in recurrent binge eating followed by intentional purging. This purging is done in order to compensate for the excessive intake of food, usually to prevent weight gain. Purging usually, but not always, takes the form of self-induced vomiting. Less commonly, laxatives, enemas, diuretics or other medication, or excessive physical exercise can be used either by themselves or together with other strategies to effect purging.

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This challenge is more prevalent in Caucasian groups, but is becoming a rising problem in the African American and Hispanic communities. Contrary to popular belief, males are just as prone to having eating disorders as women. Scientific research has shown that higher rates of eating disorders are apparent in groups involved in activities that put an emphasis on thinness and body type (such as gymnastics, dance and cheerleading, figure skating, and other sports and activities in which a slender body is believed to be most appealing).

Causes of Bulimic Behavior

Bulimia seems to be less often a "food" issue, and appears to have more to do with deep psychological issues rooted in profound feelings of lack of control. Binge/purge episodes can be severe, sometimes involving rapid and out of control feeding that can stop when the sufferers are interrupted by another person, or when their stomach hurts from over-extension. This cycle may be repeated several times a week or, in serious cases, several times a day.1

Like many other forms of behavioral and emotional problems, we believe that present-day bulimic behavior is a psychologically reactive behavior that actually can be viewed as adaptive when the sufferer's past is fully considered; in virtually every case of neurotic behavior such as this, the behavior seems to be the subconscious mind's best effort to help the person avoid the same kind of pain (physical or emotional — to the subconscious mind, pain is pain) the person experienced one or more times earlier in life.

To be specific, the purpose for this particular form of neurosis seems to be as a preventive measure of sorts; typically, the sufferer fears so intensely the idea of getting "fat", they would do anything to avoid it. In a sense, the behavior could be seen as a kind of "phobia" to getting fat; as in many phobias — all of which are created, mediated and maintained by purely subconscious processes — the brain acts continuously to do whatever is necessary to avoid having to come into contact with that which the person fears most.

Patterns of Bulimic Behavior

The frequency of bulimic cycles will vary from person to person; some might binge and purge several times a day. Some bulimics may be able to vomit without gagging themselves after eating. "Bulimics may go through a severe binge/purge cycle that is very devastating to the body. They may hide or hoard food and overeat when stressed or worried or upset. The bulimic may feel a loss of control during a binge and consume very large quantities of food (over 20,000 calories.")2 Others will eat socially but may be bulimic in private.

Some people do not regard their bulimic behavior as a problem, while others despise and fear the vicious and (seemingly) uncontrollable cycle in which they find themselves. Bulimics may appear to be underweight, normal weight or even overweight. Every bulimic is completely different in how much they purge. Some binge, some don't. Oftentimes when the urge "hits", they will go to great lengths to purge, as if an uncontrollable urge or force is making them do so. Medical evidence shows that the chemicals released when purging might actually make a person feel "high", thereupon reinforcing the behavior.

What Are The Costs of Leaving This Condition Untreated?

The long-term consequences of allowing bulimic behavior to continue unchecked are extensive and dangerous. These may include malnutrition, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance (which can lead to cardiac arrest), damaging of the voice, teeth erosion and cavities, the potential for gastric rupture during binge periods, peptic ulcers and pancreatitis, callused or bruised fingers, swelling of the face and cheeks, dry or brittle skin, hair and nails, hair loss, muscle atrophy, digestive problems, low (or high) blood pressure, depression, insomnia, heart failure, seizure, paralysis, and many, many more. Make no mistake — eating "disorders" have one of the highest death rates of all psychological problems. The Eating Disorders Association (UK) estimates a 10% mortality rate.

Clearly, effective treatment is an absolute must for those who suffer with bulimia, for to ignore the problem is to invite eventual catastrophe.

What Are The Most Common Forms of Treatment For Bulimia Nervosa?

Research has shown that traditional forms of treatment stand the best chance to be effective only when implemented early on in the development of the problem. Unfortunately, since these behaviors are often easy to hide and less physically noticeable, diagnosis and treatment often come when the problem has already become a regular part of the person's life. Historically, those with bulimia were often hospitalized to end the pattern and then released as soon as the symptoms had been relieved. However, this is now an infrequently utilized approach, since this tends to address only the surface of the problem (i.e. the patient's conscious ideas about what's going on). As a result, soon after discharge the symptoms would often reappear as severe, if not worse, than they had been originally .

The most common form of treatment for the bulimia involves some form of talk therapy, often group psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Anorexics and bulimics typically go through the same types of treatments and are members of these same treatment groups. This is because anorexia and bulimia often go hand in hand, and it is not unlikely that one has at some point participated in both. Some refer to this as "symptom swapping".

In combination with therapy, many psychiatrists will prescribe anti-depressants or anti-psychotics. Anti-depressants come in different forms, and the most common drug prescribed for bulimia has been Prozac.

Anti-psychotics are also used, but in smaller doses than are used for treating schizophrenia. With an eating problem like this, the patient perceives reality differently and has difficulty grasping what it is like to eat normally. Unfortunately, since this problem has only recently been recognized as a mental "disorder" by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV), long-term outcomes of people with the challenge are unknown. Current research indicates that up to 30% of patients rapidly relapse, while as many as 40% are chronically symptomatic.

This is why you need The BrightLife Center. With individuals truly committed to ending this cycle, our program works virtually 100% of the time, almost always within a period of just 90 short days — no matter how long it's been a problem for you, or how hard you might think it might be to change.

What's The Challenge With Traditional Forms of Treatment?

While group therapy or CBT may have a positive impact for some patients, the fact is, these forms of therapy often prove insufficient, especially over the long-term. Here's why we believe this is the case.

You see, people do not consciously choose to suffer from bulimic symptoms. Like many serious forms of behavioral problems, people who suffer from bulimia simply feel compelled to behave in this way, and they typically have no conscious idea of why that is. And that only makes sense, since they're not consciously choosing to have this problem in the first place.

Well, if a person is not consciously choosing to suffer from this problem, there's really only one other part of them that could be bringing forth the compulsions that make people want to binge and purge — and that is the person's subconscious mind.

You see, talk, group therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) — the most common forms of specialized treatment for bulimia — are at best conscious forms of learning, and they therefore have their impact at the conscious level only. Yet, this problem stems almost totally from subconscious processes, not conscious ones. No wonder change is so often fleeting or ineffective using standard therapeutic modalities... You're dealing with apples and oranges!

The fact is, "insight", "awareness" or "understanding" — the ultimate goal of talk therapy — is rarely curative. For example, most of us know many people who have been in therapy for years, and who now have all kinds of sophisticated reasons to explain why they do what they do... But they just keep on doing it, don't they?

This tells us that treatment modalities directed primarily at impacting a person's insight, understanding or awareness are almost likely indeed to fail over the long term, since virtually none of our problems originate at the conscious level. It also tells us that if we want to be effective over the long term, the most useful approach is to direct the bulk of the changework to the subconscious mind, where all real learning, behavior and change must take root.

Just What is "The BrightLife Method"? — And How Can You Be So Sure Your Program Will Work For Me?

We at BrightLife have discovered that the most potentially effective way to successfully extinguish bulimia over the long-term is to relegate the majority of the change work we do to the subconscious mind (vs. the conscious mind). After all, it's a person's subconscious mind that makes them want to continue to binge-purge, no matter how harmful the person's conscious mind recognizes the problem to be.

There is always a positive purpose for this compulsion and the resulting behaviors. Given the opportunity, and with relatively little effort, most of our clients are able to quickly realize how their bulimic symptoms actually make a great deal of sense when considered in the context of their entire life experience.

Our brains work on something called the Principle of Economy of Effort. This means our brain would never, ever continue to expend energy on any behavior that it doesn't think is well worth the return on investment. Thus, as with any behavior a person continues to do again and again over time, there is — there must be — a payoff.

What is that payoff? As discussed above, our belief is that bulimic behavior is simply the brain's best attempt (think of it as a mental strategy of sorts) to help a person avoid the terrible pain they learned to associate at some point earlier in life to the idea of becoming "fat". Alternatively, depending on the person and the circumstances defining their lives (e.g. performers, athletes, etc.), at times the sufferer feels so much pressure to stay thin, the psychological impact is exactly the same.

So what do we do that's so different from other forms of (especially standard medical or psychological) treatment?

It's disarmingly straightforward: Quite simply, the unconscious psychological energy driving the continuation of this behavior is invariably fear — fear generated by virtue of what getting "fat" (or the need to stay thin) means to the individual sufferer. When we identify and then literally change what these things mean to our clients (i.e. changing the meaning of getting "fat" from something terribly bad or painful to something far more emotionally neutral), the person can no longer fear it with the same kind of energy. When this is done correctly and effectively at the unconscious level, the person has the subjective experience of no longer seeming to have to struggle in the effort to cease the binge-purge cycle. Since the psychological energy that has been in a sense "powering" the problem has been cut off, the urge to binge and purge just seems to dissipate naturally.

Our work is so effective, we have been featured on numerous local, national and even international print, radio and television, including our appearances in the Montreal Gazette, KNX 1070 NewsRadio in Los Angeles, Esquire Magazine, as well as the Discovery Health Channel's six-part television series, Things That Go Bump: Facing Our Fears. On that program, BrightLife Co-Founder Robert Mantell assisted a client to eliminate an intense twenty-year phobia in just 15 minutes! See the video here!

Eliminate the unconsciously driven need to create the behavior, and the compulsion stops dead in its tracks.

It's a revolutionary approach by a revolutionary company.

* Limited excerpts have been borrowed from an article on bulimia nervosa appearing at the Wikipedia website, at http://en.wikipedia.org.

1 http://www.psych.org/public_info/eatingdisorders52201.cfm

2 http://www.at-risk.org/bulimia.html

BrightLife Phobia & Anxiety Release Center can be contacted at:

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BrightLife Phobia and Anxiety Release Center has been awarded the prestigious "A+ Rating" for outstanding Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction by the Southland Better Business Bureau!
BrightLife's Founder and Executive Director Robert Mantell is a member in good standing of the American Counseling Association (Membership #06162446).
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