It doesn't work, but it's what we've always done
"All of the clinicians we've been involved with have seen ED many times before. But it's like they have this weird recipe for ED treatment:
- Muck around with the diagnosis for at least one week (longer if necessary).
- Refer to Nutrionist who will draw up inadequate feeding plan.
- Refer to Therapist who will apply outdated, ineffective methods to the problem.
- Watch patient decline.
- Repeat steps 2-5 as required.
- Home refeeding as last resort.
She goes on to say: "I keep reading in the literature that AN treatment takes years. I think it's only because the most ineffective things are done first, and they'll keep doing them ad nauseum!
"Imagine if your doctor said "I'm sorry, your d/s has cancer. First we're going to try this really old chemotherapy for a few months. It doesn't work, but it's what we've always done. Next, we're going to try other treatments that are ineffectual, while the tumor gets larger. Finally, we'll use another new chemotherapy that's really promising. It works best on stage 1 cancers, but we wait until the cancer's a stage 3 or 4 before we use it."
Thank you, IrishUp, for saying it like it is.