Saturday, 24 August 2013
So I was a bit naughty and decided to openly pick a fight with Gregory Jantz over an appalling article in Psychology Today.
He has replied to the questions raised about his treatment method ("All eating disorders arise from abuse") thus.
"I'd like to add that abuse may be in the form of “unmet emotional needs.” We understand there may be some associated controversy, but it's important to note ours is a whole-person approach, which does acknowledge the biological issues -- an approach that has proven invaluable to the 35,000 patients we've treated over the past 30 years. Our model is not that of blame nor shame, rather getting to the root cause or causes, whatever they are in nature."
What is a whole person approach? If you should care to (and I suggest a strong stomach is needed for this), you can trawl through his Place of Hope website to understand it. Or you can just go with my quick précis.
The free consumer guide contains gems of wisdom amongst the blatant marketing of Jantz's books. Gems such as eating disorders come from respected authority figures making negative comments about weight and shape; stressful life events; dysfunctional families; and the depiction of body image in the media.
Oh oh oh, did I forget to mention to the physical, sexual and emotional abuse?
Don't panic, my friends. You just have to buy Jantz's book "Healing the scars of emotional abuse" to understand it all.....(Available on Amazon 2nd hand for just 1 cent....). To give him credit, he does talk a bit about refeeding. Because you are lucky enough to be under his care, he can SELL you the right supplements to help you get better, including "Thin for Life". Yes, that's right folks.....
Do I need to talk to you about the dental service he provides? He has a nice friendly cosmetic dentist that is happy to come in and fix your teeth. I have no idea how much it costs, doubt it is covered by any insurance policy on the planet and wonder what's in it for the Place of Hope in monetary terms but, hey, why not sell another unnecessary service to a bunch of mentally ill people who, in the main, have a problem with the way they look. Cynical? Me?
His "Characteristics of those who develop food-related problems" is about the most offensive crackpot, non-scientific load of bollox thing I have read in a long long time:
Perfectionist defined as "often first born" with "high expectations from father"
Mothers permanently dieting
Emotionally distant father
Often had a mother that was co-dependent (ie father was an addict)
Homes with overstrict and physical punishment
Parents who use Guilt and Shame to punish
Homes where sexuality (not sex, please note) was not discussed or considered "dirty"
Fathers who used daughters to complain about mothers
Homes in which children were forced to be adults
Sexual abuse, including fondling and incest
An addiction to dieting (WTF????)
Desire to overplease
Overusing food for pleasure or reward
Not expressing anger
But, wait, here's a bit on the biology......Are you ready?
(D'ya think that is why you might need to buy a supplement or two? For all those brain allergies you have? Do ya? Do ya?)
(For a better understanding of risk factors for Anorexia Nervosa, the Mayo Clinic has not a bad list).
Oh oh oh and don't forget, folks. This is all done in the name of God.
"We believe and understand that Hope is available for every person. In 24 years of treatment, we’ve seen countless miracles of God’s grace, manifested through our whole-person care for addictions and other issues."