Many of your patients are currently suffering, often in silence and
secrecy, with an eating disorder. This illness cuts across all ages
and ethnic groups, frequently striking young girls and adolescents,
who are especially vulnerable to peer pressure, media, and societal
influences. We, as a community of healthcare providers can positively
influence how many of our patients receive help and gain full recovery
from these illnesses. As in all medicine, the earlier the the intervention,
the better the prognosis and the shorter the treatment required will
At the Nova Luna Center and our nonprofit organization, The Full Moon
Foundation, we are committed to education, prevention and treatment.
As a community organization, the Nova Luna Center is aware of how many
patients seek help from doctors and other health care providers before
seeking psychological or psychiatric help.
multicultural community in Hawaii has varying degrees of acceptance
and willingness to seek help for perceived “shameful” psychological/medical
disorders. Often as physicians and healthcare providers , you are the
first helpers sought out when patients are sick or in pain. Therefore
you occupy a unique position to evaluate and assess patients who may
be beginning to develop a problem with food, who have developed disturbed
eating patterns, or those whose obesity or weight problems continue
to be troublesome medically and/or psychologically.
As you have many patients and are often very busy you may not have had
the time to educate yourself on how you can help identify these patients
readily or if identified you may not know how to best facilitate getting
the the patients the help they need or where to send them. The following
packet is presented to you with the most up to date information and
education on how you can more easily identify and diagnose disordered
eating patterns ranging from anorexia or other restrictive/diet issues
to bulimia and it’s more subtle indicators commonly missed to
compulsive and/or “emotional” eating that leads to or maintains
unhealthy weight and obesity.
Although eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental
disorder, at the Nova Luna Center we maintain that eating disorders
are curable illnesses if properly and adequately treated. We know that
eating disorder recovery can be a long process. On average it may take
2 to 5 years to fully clear an eating disorder. However, the earlier
the recovery process is initiated the shorter the recovery time will
be. We consider physicians and other healthcare providers allies in
promoting and providing ongoing treatment for these patients.
take a moment to read this material and share it with your nurses and
other medical assistants. Our brochure provides more particulars on
our program, the admission criteria and the referral process. The Nova
Luna center is covered by most health insurance carriers in Hawaii,
as well as mainland insurance providers.
If you have more questions and would like to set up a formal or informal
meeting or training with us, we will be happy to make arrangements to
meet you at a location of your choice.
Thank you for the opportunity to share our enthusiasm, information and
expertise with you.