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Wiss Podcasts Summer 2020

Wiss Podcasts Summer 2020

Who doesn’t love a good podcast? David Wiss has been very fortunate to be invited as a guest on many podcasts over the years! Many people have told him that they have listened to various shows and then reached out to begin a discussion. Podcasts are a great way to meet new colleagues and make new friends! Therefore, these three podcasts are all very rewarding.

The first podcast is probably the most potent. This was a very intelligent and well-organized conversation with Elizabeth Irias LMFT from Clearly Clinical. This site provides continuing education units to mental health professionals.

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This second one is with Erin Kenney MS RDN from Nutrition Rewired who is a rising star in the dietitian field! In this episode they discuss the link between early life adversity and disordered eating over the lifespan, as well as some other hot topics such as sugar addiction and gut health!

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This next podcast is with Smitty who is a personal trainer and health coach specializing in working with people in recovery. Smitty is the founder of Navigate Health & Fitness. In this episode they cover various topics related to the role of nutrition and exercise in mental health and substance use disorder recovery. The best part is when they talk about body image, particularly as it relates to men.

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This final podcast is a real delight! Tanya Stricek is a health coach who specializes in nutrition and eating behavior. In this episode Tanya shared her personal journey and David interjects with some science and diagnostic considerations to accompany her case study. This conversation is seamless and Tanya summarizes key points on the podcast link below.

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Virtual Conference Friday July 31, 2020

Conference Presentation: “The Biological Embedding of Adversity”

How Does Trauma Impact Food and Body?

The biological embedding of adversity is a fascinating area of research! This presentation is from the Los Angeles District of California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual conference.

David Wiss MS RDN discusses how early life adversity impacts human biology. This presentation describes how social factors can get “under the skin” and alter neurobiology. Mr. Wiss discusses potential consequences such as sexual abuse and known links to eating behavior.

Do you have questions about biological embedding? Are you curious to learn more about the link between sexual abuse and eating disorders? Don’t hesitate to reach out!

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David Wiss Podcast Interviews 2020

Who doesn’t love a rich podcast interview about behavioral health nutrition? Below is a list of David Wiss podcast interviews from this year. They are all different but most touch on David’s passion for using nutrition in the treatment of substance use disorders. Some of the interviews are more focused on eating disorders and others are more focused on mental health in general. Check them all out!

Getting Better with Adam w/ Adam Silberstein, PsyD 

Treatment Harmony- A Closer Look at How to Help with Disordered Eating and Addiction (52:06)

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Co-occurring eating and substance use disorder 
  • Food and body issues among men 
  • Discernment regarding different treatment approaches for eating disorder 

Think Yourself Healthy w/ Heather Deranja, MA, RDN, LDN, CPT 

Nutrition in Recovery: How Food and Sugar Addiction Impacts Gut Health and Mental Wellness (48:11)

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Nutrition for substance use disorder: history and where it is headed
  • Food addiction: controversies and implications for public health
  • Sugar addiction: how it affects gut health and mental wellness 

Cope Like a Pro w/ Ilona Varo, LMFT 

A Closer Look at Nutrition and Mental Health (40:22)

In this podcast we discuss:

  • The life course impact of adverse childhood experiences
  • Behavioral health disorders related to nutrition
  • Pathways related to the gut-brain axis 

Dietitian Rehab w/ Doug Cook, MHSc, RDN

Nutrition in Recovery (55:23)

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Broad concept of nutrition for mental health
  • Nutrition education for substance use disorder 
  • The current climate of eating disorder treatment

More David Wiss podcast interviews coming soon!

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More than Meets the Eye: Linking Nutrition & Behavioral Health

Today is Saturday March 28, 2020. The world is in quarantine due to COVID-19 and many are in a behavioral health crisis. I am not depressed about it although certainly concerned for the welfare of my fellows, particularly those in recovery. I have been conducting Zoom and FaceTime sessions with people all over the world and doing what I can to be helpful. I do have more time to work on manuscripts and other academic projects. Tonight I will be coding up some variables for a data analysis.

Last night I had the idea to share my latest presentation with my newsletter followers. So I spent an hour recording my latest presentation “More than Meets the Eye: Linking Nutrition & Behavioral Health.” I hope you enjoy!

The presentation discusses: Traumaadversitynutritioneating disorders, substance use disorders, opioid crisis, food addiction, neurosciencegut-brain axismicrobiome, recovery, treatment and so much more! Nutrition for behavioral health is the future!

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Biopsychosocial Opioid Video 6:42

 The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions in the United States with rising overdose death rates. Identifying the underlying factors that contribute to addiction vulnerability may lead to more effective prevention strategies. Supply side environmental factors are amajor contributing component. Psychosocial factors such as stress, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences have been linked to emotional pain leading to self-medication. Genetic and epigenetic factors associated with brain reward pathways and impulsivity are known predictors of addiction vulnerability. This review attempts to present a biopsychosocial approach that connects various social and biological theories related to the addiction crisis. The emerging role of nutrition therapy with an emphasis on gastrointestinal health in the treatment of opioid use disorder is presented. The biopsychosocial model integrates concepts from several disciplines, emphasizing multicausality rather than a reductionist approach. Potential solutions at multiple levels are presented, considering individual as well as population health. This single cohesive framework is based on the interdependency of the entire system, identifying risk and protective factors that may influence substance-seeking behavior. Nutrition should be included as one facet of a multidisciplinary approach toward improved recovery outcomes. Cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts, new ideas, and fiscal resources will be critical to address the epidemic.

Read more and get access to the article HERE

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The Relationship Between Alcohol and Glycohemoglobin: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

Download the full article HERE

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A Biopsychosocial Overview of the Opioid Crisis: Considering Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Health

I spent an entire year working on this manuscript! It was quite an undertaking because employing an “overview perspective” of something as vast as the opioid crisis requires expertise in several different domains. Specifically, this paper covers environmental factors (i.e. exposure to pharmaceutical pain killers) as well as psychosocial factors (e.g. stress, trauma, childhood adversity) in conceptualizing susceptibility to opioid addiction. The most novel contribution relates to the role of nutrition in recovery from opioid use disorders. The model created can be used to conceptualize substances other than opioids, including food.

The article is OPEN ACCESS and can be read and downloaded HERE

Open Access article by David Wiss
A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Substance Consumption by David Wiss.
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Food Addiction and Disordered Eating Webinar

Sorting Through Dialectical Truths

In this webinar, David Wiss MS RDN helps you sort through dialectical truths that plague the nutrition profession. People seem to pick a “campsite” and then wage war at the other camps. In other words, there are false dichotomies in the nutrition field. For example, someone once said that one cannot believe in food addiction and treat eating disorders at the same time. Such an interesting comment, particularly with the use of the word “believe.” In this presentation, David discusses how these topics converge and how they diverge. Mr. Wiss uses concepts of statistics to set the stage for a presentation of dialectical truths. Useful terms are defined and the broad category of nutrition for mental health is explored. This presentation is particularly useful for those who are interested in theory, and philosophical debates. Tips for assessing food addiction are offered.

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Read more of David’s thoughts on food philosophies.

David is currently doing virtual sessions with people all over the world who have co-occurring eating and substance use disorders. Feel free to reach out and find out more about working with him.

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Nutrition for Mental Health Webinar

Nutrition for Mental Health Webinar

Hot Topic: Nutrition for Mental Health

David Wiss MS RDN presents to students at California State University Northridge about the connection between nutrition and mental health. This presentation covers the microbiome, substance use disorders, disordered eating, depression, recovery, and more. It’s just over 50 minutes long, but worth every second! Why? Because nutrition for mental health is the future! Read more about this topic and check out some recent references HERE

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Does Alcohol Affect HbA1c? Video

How does alcohol affect HbA1c?

David Wiss MS RDN describes the relationship between alcohol and glycohemoglobin (HbA1c) from a biospsychosocial perspective. Alcohol lowers HbA1c levels significantly and many researchers have concluded that alcohol is protective against T2DM. Sounds strange doesn’t it? What are the mechanisms? Is it the alcohol itself or is it people who drink alcohol? Are group differences in this relationship due to social or biological factors? Until more research is done, we have more questions than answers. Find out what we do know here and next time someone asks “does alcohol affect HbA1c?” you will be ready to chime in!

Nutrition in Recovery is a group practice of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and other health professionals who specialize in the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, body image, mental health, as well as general wellness.

We send out a monthly Newsletter summarizing the latest research linking nutrition and mental health. Each newsletter will include a short video with some helpful hints and actions you can implement to improve mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing for yourself and for your clients. You will be among the first to hear the findings and insights from cutting-edge data, and we are providing references so you can do your own research if interested.

Within the next year you can look forward to the following topics being covered:

Bariatric Surgery

Child Nutrition

Circadian Rhythms

Men and Eating Disorders

View last month’s video on Vaping and Disordered Eating

Does Alcohol Affect HbA1c?
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