Dr Oz: Anorexic Man Brian & Anorexia Battle at Rosewood in Arizona

By on November 24, 2010

Dr Oz brought a man on his show named Brian who was Anorexic and at a huge risk of dying (click here for a recap if you missed that show: Dr Oz Anorexia Symptoms).  Brian’s immune system was failing and his chance of having a Heart Attack were high.  So how is 40-year-old Brian just 10 months later?  Doctor Oz checked up on him to see how he was doing after going to Rosewood, an eating disorder center in Arizona.  Brian weighed 75 pounds at his low point, and today he looks so much better! Dr Oz Anorexia Eating Disorder

Dr Oz: Anorexic Man – Brian Update:

Brian told Dr Oz that he feels alive, healthy and strong.  It was not an easy process though.  During his 3rd week of treatment for Anorexia, he needed a transfusion and he really felt like he might die.  But the old saying is right – things get worse before they get better.  Just last week was the first time that Brian could do yoga and sit on the floor “Indian Style” with his legs crossed.  Brian has his emotions back, because when you have severe Anorexia, you often do not feel many emotions.

Brian’s mother was on the Dr Oz show too and said that it is such a joy to see the life back in his eyes again.  She can’t stop touching him because she can feel muscle and life back in his body, which she said has been a total miracle to watch.

Dr Oz: Eating Disorders in Men

Dr Oz said that he did not know much about men and eating disorders previously, but it is hard for men when they feel that they can’t control their own destiny.  Brian said that Rosewood was absolutely amazing.  The step-by-step process and learning to let go of the idea of control helped Brian work through his Anorexia.  Michelle Klinedinst, from Rosewood, said that Brian worked through Anorexia and other other medical conditions like needing an infusion and is doing much better.  The weight restoration process is slow and they increase his food slowly.

Dr Oz: Brian’s Truth Tube Results

Dr Oz said that for the first time in 2 decades, Brian’s weight is in a healthy range, but they cannot reveal his actual weight.  Here are his truth tube results:

Triglycerides – went from 20 to 122

Glucose – went from 32 to 81

White Blood Cell Count – went from 1.4 to 2.8 and Dr Oz said it should keep increasing

Anorexia puts a tremendous strain on your heart too, so Dr Oz listened to Brian’s heart and said it sounded like a healthy heartbeat now.

Dr Oz asked Brian what makes this different and what will help keep him from relapsing.  Brian said that the first time he went for help, it was because his parents had forced him to go, whereas this time it was a matter of life or death and he knew he had to do it.  He had a lung infection, low white blood count and felt fear which was his wake-up call.  Brian’s next steps in his Anorexia Treatment include transitioning to outpatient counseling, and he will be discharged soon.  Michelle Klinedinst said that Rosewood would love for him to go back as part of the staff at Rosewood in a few years too.  Congratulations to Brian and his family – you look great!

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