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Nutrition and the Mind Seminar at Patton St. Hospital

The big event is scheduled for Wednesday March 23, 2016 8:00am – 4:00pm at Patton St. Hospital in San Bernardino, CA. Come learn about nutrition and the mind!
DSH- Patton Auditorium
3102 E. Highland Ave.
Patton, CA 92369
Admission is Free and open to the public! For questions or to RSVP, call 909-425-7769 or email

Topics include:

Nutrients and Mental Health
Food Addiction & Binge Eating Disorder
Nutrition in Substance Abuse Recovery by David Wiss MS RDN

  1. Discuss the impact of addictive substances on nutritional status
  2. Explore disordered and dysfunctional eating patterns in addicted populations
  3. Propose nutrition therapy guidelines for specific substances and for poly-substance abuse

Sleep & Nutrition
& More!

Nutrition for Addiction and Eating Disorder

Medical nutrition therapy for individuals with co-occurring eating and substance use disorders includes assessment, planning, nutrition intervention, and counseling. This involves individual education, meal planning, and monitoring of compliance. Recognized eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Substances commonly abused include alcohol, stimulants, opiates, and various over the counter substances such as diet pills, laxatives, and diuretics. Integrated treatment can be challenging when the synergistic effects of combined entities are complex and their affects are poorly understood. Clinicians working with patients who have dual diagnoses should be educated about each disorder separately, as well as their interactions. Patients with substance use disorders often develop disordered and dysfunctional eating patterns during abstinence, and eating disorder patients can similarly progress into substance abuse. Traditionally addiction has been addressed first, however delaying eating disorder treatment can hinder recovery, therefore it is important to alert treatment providers who treat patients with dual diagnoses how to assess and address both disorders simultaneously. Specific macro- and micronutrient supplementation treatment is described in detail and protocols for re-feeding in selected cases are provided. Nutrition therapy should address the most serious medical and nutrition conditions first, then target the psychological aspects related to eating behavior in conjunction with a multidisciplinary treatment team. Nutrition education is important for addiction recovery, particularly those who require specialized wellness care, whereas education for disordered eaters must be sensitive to their specific needs. While these guidelines can help steer nutrition interventions for co-occurring eating and substance use disorders, nutritional needs are always best assessed on an individual basis. It is of paramount importance to consider the relationship between nutrition and the mind in addition to the obvious relationship between nutrition and the body.
Nutrition & the Mind Seminar 2016

Dr. David Wiss became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in 2013 and founded Nutrition in Recovery, a group practice of RDNs specializing in treating eating and substance use disorders. In 2017, David received the “Excellence in Practice” award at the National Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awarded him the “Emerging Dietetic Leader Award” in 2020. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health in the Community Health Sciences department (with a minor in Health Psychology) by investigating the links between adverse childhood experiences and various mental health outcomes among socially disadvantaged men. His treatment philosophy is based on a biopsychosocial model which incorporates an understanding of biological mechanisms, psychological underpinnings, and contextual factors that integrate the social determinants of health. Wise Mind Nutrition is an app-based interactive treatment program available for download now -

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