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W.Va. book discussion weighs in on brain, stomach relationship

February 01, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - The relationship between the brain and stomach will be the main course at the book discussion on appetite and satiety Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Springs High School auditorium.

The Monday night discussion is one of several scheduled through April on Being Healthy in Morgan County. Bill Lands of the Morgan County Forum for Arts, Sciences and Technologies (FAST), said the discussions are part of the 2005 Health Olympics to help all Morgan County residents learn about the benefits of healthy eating.

The three books to be discussed are:

  • "Eat More, Weigh Less," by Dean Ornish; reviewed by Ann Williams

  • "The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan: Feel Full on Fewer Calories," by Barbara Rolls; reviewed by Pat Springer

  • "Am I Hungry?" by Michelle May; reviewed by Larry Springer.



The books are available at the Morgan County Public Library.

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"These three books explore ways to become more aware of the feelings that come from the subconscious hormonal signals that we interpret as hunger, and they provide ideas on how to develop self-control that gives healthy eating habits," Lands said.

"Hormones fool you to make you think you're hungry. Balancing appetite and satiety is understanding what hormones do to your brain. Hormones will yell at your brain," he said.

Lands said he will explain how the many hormones stimulate appetite and satiety. Lands has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and taught at the medical colleges of the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois, he said.

A list of all the events through April is available at the Morgan County Public Library, 105 Congress St.

"We are continuing to make people aware," Lands said.

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