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#Spotlight: This Woman Is Fighting The Stigmas Against Eating Disorders After Her Own Battle With Anorexia!

Maya Pillay is hoping to erase the stigmas associated with eating disorders!

23-year-old Maya Pillay who struggled with anorexia for years before she was finally able to get the help she needed.

At age 19, the UK native began to obsessively exercise and diet in an attempt to lose weight, and it didn't take long for things to spiral out of control.

Friends began to voice their concerns to Maya, but she insisted that she was just fine, and the conversations seemed to always stop there.

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However, her unhealthy habits ended up landing her in a hospital on more than one occasion — and she eventually developed osteoporosis from malnutrition.

Maya finally reached out to her mother and was admitted to a rehabilitation program where she got the help she needed.

But along the way she realized

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Microchip Implant Can Deliver Daily Dose Of Medication!

Filed under: HealthBodyMedicineScience!

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Is this a glimpse of how we'll be taking all of our medications in the future?

Scientists have successfully implanted microchips in seven women with osteoporosis that emitted a dose of a bone-strengthening drug once a day without them even noticing.

The microchip, placed below the waistline, was able to deliver the drug as effectively as their otherwise "daunting" daily injection.

While more research is necessary, the study has been called "an important milestone" in medicine because many women with severe osteoporosis are prescribed a drug called teriparatid to build their bone density, but often quit it because of the tedious and painful injections.

This test involved a microchip that was able to store 20 doses of the drug, but the company behind the technology is setting its sights on testing a chip in 2014 that can hold 365 doses.

Osteoporosis is just the tip of the iceberg too. Other uses in the field of implanted medicine could include a contraceptive rod placed in the arm to release hormones preventing pregnancy AND a chip in the brain that targets the remaining cancer cells after doctors remove a brain tumor.

Pretty cool, right?

[Image via MicroCHIPS, Inc..]

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Portia De Rossi Says Ellen Saved Her Life

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This is a truly inspirational story!

In Portia De Rossi's new memoir, Unbearable Lightness, she speaks about her downward spiral into anorexia, bulimia, and other health issues which were stopped by Ellen Degeneres.

De Rossi had reached a point where she weighed only 82 pounds, took up to 20 laxatives per day, worked out for hours on end, and was surviving on 150 calories per day, and had basically almost killed herself.

De Rossi had developed a variety of health issues, including osteoporosis, cirrhosis of the liver, organ failure, and Lupus.

After the diagnosis of her health issues, De Rossi began to eat again, but became a compulsive eater, who gained 85 pounds in a single year.

Then Portia met Ellen, fell in love with her, and was inspired by her.

Here's what Portia had to say about how Ellen saved her:

"Ellen has taught me not to care about other people's opinions."

More from Portia:

"Ellen saw a glimpse of my inner being from underneath the flesh and bone, reached in and pulled me out."

Ellen's lesson for Portia is a valid one that we can all benefit from. It's important to feel good about yourself as a person.

You shouldn't focus on how others will perceive you, but rather how you feel about yourself physically, mentally, AND emotionally.

Remember - emotional and mental health are just as important as physical health!

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