Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Do Low Carb Diets Work?

Courtney Rayhill, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian, McCallum Place

With the recent popularity of low-carb diets it would be easy to conclude that these are a recent invention. However, the idea of restricting carbohydrates to lose weight goes back to at least 1863 and William Banting. He suggested a low-carbohydrate diet to increase optimal health and weight loss.

In more recent years we have seen the popularity of diets such as the Atkins diet (1972), the South Beach Diet (2003) as well as the more recent ketogenic diets. It is likely that most Americans can say they have either tried one of these diets themselves or know someone who has. The question is, do they deliver on their promise of lasting weight loss?

Despite the popularity of these diet plans they often do not last long or provide long-term benefits. Here’s why low carb diets are difficult to maintain, nor do they yield their “promised” results.

Low-Carb Diets Rob Your Body of Necessary Energy

Carbohydrates are the body’s main and preferred source of energy. In college, one of my professor’s favorite analogies was, “If you’re going on a road trip in your car you prepare by filling up the gas tank, so the car is fueled for travel. Carbs are to the body what gasoline is to a car; fuel.”

Carbs power everything you do from thinking, to breathing, to running, and all activities in between. If you restrict your intake, the body does not simply start breaking down fat tissue, first it turns to muscle for energy. The less muscle mass you have, the lower your RMR or resting metabolic rate is (RMR= amount of calories your body needs to keep you alive when you are, simply, sitting completely still). So, while it may appear you are losing weight by consuming less carbs, the truth is you are probably just losing water and muscle mass.

The solution: do not restrict carbs or any other macronutrient for that matter.

Carbs Are Not the Enemy

One of the biggest misconceptions behind the low-carb diet craze is the idea that carbs make you fat. This is simply not the case. The truth is there are many complex factors, including activity, genetics, meal timing, metabolism and consuming too many calories from any source, that contribute to weight gain. Carbs are not the enemy, and neither is food.

The truth: most carbohydrates come from plant-based foods. Sugars and starches (aka carbs) are naturally formed in fruits and vegetables, beans, grain products, and nuts and seeds. Not only are these foods good for supplying energy, they also provide other essential nutrients and benefits too.

Consuming Carbs Has Many Health Benefits

Here are a few of the other benefits your body reaps from eating carbs:

  • Countless vitamins and minerals are found in fruits and veggies.
  • Whole grains not only contain nutrients like vitamin E, selenium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins, but they also supply your body with much-needed fiber to keep things…regular.
  • Beans are another great source of fiber as well as protein and B vitamins. Some of these carbs may even be helpful with disease prevention.

The bottom line is your body NEEDS carbs to function properly. They are not the enemy. They are in fact your friend and the fuel you need to power you through your day.

Reference: ADA Complete Food and Nutrition Guide; Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS