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Medical Update

By D Magazine |


As you would expect, the Addictive Disorders Unit at HCA Willow Park Hospital works with chemically addicted patients. What might surprise you is that this is also the hospital’s treatment center lor individuals suffering from eating disorders – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obesity. Here, you’ll find a broad mix of people who are addicted to alcohol, drugs and/or food. “There is so much common ground between eating disorders and chemical dependencies,” said Arnold Mech, MD, eating disorders specialist and HCA Willow Park Hospital Medical Director. “I’ve found that they both benefit from the same types of treatment.”

“It is quite simply, the logical way to treat eating disorders – as addictive diseases.” stated Mech. “Just like chemical dependencies, eating disorders are compulsive, uncontrollable behaviors with underlying psychological and biochemical influences,” he said.

The HCA Willow Park Hospital Eating Disorders Program provides medical evaluation, individualized treatment and aftercare to men and women age 12 and older. Adolescents and adults are treated in separate Addictive Disorders Units. If you would like additional program information, or wish to arrange an evaluation, call 8678670, ext. 4711.


When patients come to me with complaints of shoulder, neck and back pain caused by enlarged breasts, there’s a certain look in their eyes. The eyes reveal as much emotional pain as physical pain. Teenagers tell me their breasts make them objects of ridicule. Older women tell me they find few things to wear that fit properly.

Breast reduction can be performed as soon as breast development has stabilized. Candidates are often teenagers, women whose breasts do not revert to their previous volume following pregnancy or women who have experienced substantial breast growth at menopause.

Reductions involve a partial mastectomy preserving breast tissue centrally. The nipple is repositioned upward and excess skin is removed through an incision that leaves a minimal scar. Patients may elect day surgery or a 1-2 day hospital stay. They can return to work in 4-5 days and participate in sports after 3 weeks.

Dr. I. Richard Toranto is a board certified plastic surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He is medical director of the Aesthetic Surgical Center, a fully accredited office-surgery center at 3900 W. 15th St., Piano. For more information, call 596-7332.


If you have always wanted the confidence of a beautiful smile, read on!

Today there are several alternatives to traditional crowns, fillings, orthodontics and even surgery.

The newest cosmetic procedure is Bonded Porcelain Laminate Veneers. These are durable and resist stains very well. It usually takes only two visits to create a whole new smile! They can Be used to mask darkly stained teeth, fix chips or fractures, close spaces, lengthen teeth that are worn, and sometimes teeth can be “straightened” by the use of veneers.

Bonding can be used in the same manner as Porcelain Laminate Veneer Bonding. The advantages of bonding are that a new smile can be created in one visit and it is also less expensive.

Bleaching is used to lighten teeth that are too dark or yellow and is usually accomplished in three to ten visits.

With the availability of financing options, why put off your beautiful smile? Call today lor a personal consultation 361-6302 You deserve to be the best you can be!

Dr. Zweig has appeared on radio and television and has written articles for various magazines and dental journals.


* 75% of American workers complain of stress on the job.

* Experts put the overall cost of job stress to the American economy at $150 billion annually.

With the fast paced society of today, most stress is unavoidable, fortunately, not all stress is bad Good stress, or Eustress, facilitates creative thinking, motivates employees and contributes to feelings of sell worth. Bad stress, or Distress, occurs when changes affecting a person’s life creates mood swings, feelings of helplessness, anxiety attacks and feelings of loss of control

Glen Oaks, a Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency Treatment Facility in Greenville, Texas, specializes in treating stress related illnesses. Glen Oaks also works with industries to implement stress prevention programs for employees and managers.

If you or someone you care about may be suffering from stress, don’t guess! Call or write Glen Oaks today to receive your tree stress kit. Glen Oaks, 301 E. Division, Greenville, Texas 75041. 1-800-443-1109.

Glen Oaks, a Comprehensive Treatment Facility just 45 minutes from Dallas offering free assessments and free programs to industries and organizations.


Liposuction is a surgical technique to remove localized collections of excess fat, and in the last five years this surgery has become the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure.

Congenital deposits of tatty subcutaneous tissue appear in females in the hips, thighs, buttocks or abdomen and in males commonly in the abdomen and flanks. Liposuction should be reserved for those with congenital fat deposits, not for those who are overweight due to poor dietary and exercise habits.

The procedure is performed under anesthesia (local or general). A small incision 3/8 to 1/2 inch is made in an inconspicuous area, and a small tube is inserted and attached to a vacuum apparatus that suctions out fat,

Liposuction can be performed as an outpatient procedure in the office, surgery center or hospital. Most patients may return to work in three or four days, and then resume normal activities in two weeks.

Dr. James H. Fowler, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Board Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons. For information; (214) 931-1633.


David Alkek, MD, a dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon states that many people are not aware that there is a simple and painless way to eliminate unsightly dilated veins. Dr. Alkek uses a solution that does not cause stinging or sores like saline or other solutions can In this procedure, called sclerotherapy, a tiny needle is inserted into the vein and the injected solution irritates and collapses the vein. Sclerotherapy is covered by most insurance plans.

Thin, wrinkled and discolored skin, even pre-malignant keratoses can be improved or cleared by using Retin-A. Dr. Alkek states “Retin-A is not magic, but it does help sun-damaged skin.” Improper use of Retin-A can cause redness, peeling and irritation. An experienced dermatologist should recommend the proper strength, vehicle and dosage of Retin-A, as well as a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen, For more information on Retin-A or sclerotherapy, call 691-6999.


Gary L Malone, MD, focuses his psychiatric practice on treating adults and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems, Sometimes the problems are serious.

“A high percentage of my patients abuse alcohol and drugs,” says Dr. Malone, adding that he also frequently encounters individuals with eating disorders. As the psychiatric consultant to Green Oaks Resource Center and private practitioner in the North Dallas area, Dr Malone is in a unique position to provide treatment for both chemical addiction and eating disorders.

“My role at the Green Oaks Resource Center is to develop broad-based programs that meet the needs of patients and their families,” adds Dr. Malone.

Operated by Green Oaks Hospital and located in Medical City Dallas, Green Oaks Resource Center provides a wide range of programs and services for adolescents and adults. Treatment options include partial hospitalization, alcohol and drug abuse programs, eating disorders programs, family weekend retreats, summer and after-school achievement programs, and day treatment.


Stress in any of its forms can disrupt the proper function of the body’s intricately balanced systems. Stress frequency, intensity and duration determine the degree of hindered body function, resultant disorders and loss of resistance to disease. Thus the effects of stress play the most important role in the disease process.

Auto accidents, childhood and sports injuries often lead . to accelerated stress reaction with chronic pain and disease. Poor nutrition and mental stress often contribute greatly to the body’s reaction to stress. The Chiropractic Center of Texas strives to treat not only the effects or symptoms of dysfunction and disease, but more importantly their ultimate causes – specific stresses. By correcting vertebral misalignments and balancing the body in other ways, the chiropractor relieves the major stresses on both the nervous system and the entire body. The extent to which all stresses can be minimized determines the body’s ability to restore and maintain its optimum health, Dr. Roland D. Nadeau, Chiropractic Center of Texas 850 S. Greenville, Suite 104, Richardson, 680-8333.


The ACUVUE Disposable Contact Lens is the most convenient contact lens ever made. These lenses never have to be cleaned. At the end of each wear schedule (usually between one to two weeks), you simply throw away the worn lenses and replace them with a fresh, new pair.

These lenses promote the best eye health of any extended-wear lens. Also, these patients are very enthusiastic about the lens.

Dr. Daniel Penick, F.A.A.O., Optometrist, is a nationally recognized contact lens expert currently conducting studies on new soft lens solutions and the success rate of previously unsuccessful contact lens patients who have been re fitted with state of the art contacts. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Dallas Eye Associates at 692-1901 on Greenville Ave. across from Old Town, or 747-0027 downtown at One Main Place.