Friday, 10 Aug, 2007 Health & Fitness

World's First Center to Treat Nail Biting Habit


The world's first center for treating compulsive nail biters will open in September in Venlo, Netherlands.

Director of the Institute for Pathological Onychophagy (IPO), Alain-Raymond van Abbe, stated that the new center over the past two years has created its own technique that cures the individual from biting nails, thus making it impossible for one to start biting nails again.

The basic treatment of patients who love to bite their nails takes just a few hours. Alain-Raymond van Abbe claims that after repeating the procedure for four weeks the patient will be entirely cured. He outlined that the treatment proved to be successful on 98 percent of all trial patients. Only a few remained uncured and surrendered to the bad habit.

The center for nail biting treatment fits a unique device to the patient's hands. The device allows performing normal activities but at the same time it prevents nail biting. In addition it gives nail biting lovers extensive therapy as well as counseling to make the bad habit stop.

Van Abbe stated that the Netherlands currently has about 2 million people who love to bite their nails. According to statistics about 15 percent of adults, 33 percent of children and 45 percent of adolescents have this habit.


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//24 Apr 28, 2010 04:01 PM | posted by: justine0000 [InfoTOT]
by the way I think it's a great idea! and I want in
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//23 Apr 28, 2010 03:54 PM | posted by: justine
have you got any photos??? coz I want to know how this ward look like inside. Please contact with me if you have some :)
my email:
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//22 Apr 11, 2010 03:46 PM | posted by: Bah
how do you get in touch with these people?
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//21 Apr 20, 2009 01:42 PM | posted by: Godetia
I carry my shame in my tragically bitten nails...After growing up with a 'psycho' abusive mother, i would use nail biting as a calming device...I did not suck my thumb as an infant...This must be connected. Maybe a child's way of self-calming from a borderline-Mother??
I invite any feedback. Fortunately, I do not have an addictive personality, otherwise, WHO KNOWS??
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//20 Jan 14, 2009 07:10 PM | posted by: Cat
I want nail hurt cause i bite them:{
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//19 Aug 25, 2008 12:41 AM | posted by: Doodle
man we really need this in the more biting would be amazing!
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//18 Jul 29, 2008 06:33 PM | posted by: Tinkerbell
Thought I'm the only one with such heavily-bitten nails.
What about Hong Kong/ Asia? Are the devices available?
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//17 Apr 15, 2008 08:48 PM | posted by: got it the USA
somewhat the same idea except this device covers the person's upper or lower set of teeth virtually making nail biting impossible. It comes in two options: boil & shape over the bottom teeth, or custom fit over the top teeth for the person who is out in public.
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//16 Apr 14, 2008 11:07 PM | posted by: JPM
good lord Im so glad that they have something like this available ive been chewing my nails since I was 12 and now Im 26 and still do it!
the only problem is I live in Canada and I really would need this seriously it affects my health and my relationships with friends there have been times when i hide my hands somehow wether it would be in my pocket or in my own car please bring this to Canada
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//15 Feb 20, 2008 09:51 AM | posted by: sjde [InfoTOT]
Can I get this in Colorado?

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//14 Feb 20, 2008 09:46 AM | posted by: sjde
Can I get this in Colorado?

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//13 Dec 15, 2007 01:10 PM | posted by: anonymous
haha, how about anywhere on Guam..? : ]
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//12 Nov 06, 2007 01:12 AM | posted by: glendy
wow! this happy news. i really thought i was the only person at the age of 27 and female still biting my nails like an 8 year old. i go to town with my nails. i'll have my dormant stage from nail biting and i think i, i'm cured! no more nail biting. But all of a sudden hobbit fingers appear and i can't even twist off the toothpaste cap without stinging pain in my fingers. my triggers might come from seeing other nail biter fingers (except the hobbit on Lord of the rings, that made me stop for a year! or what felt like a year), boredom, stress, money, self-esteem, love, or all of these.
i live in the states - how can i receive help? it's really has been a long embarrassing habit for me. plus, i work in the health care field. very dangerous to other people's health and my health.
my contact:
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//11 Sep 27, 2007 07:31 PM | posted by: Brian
hell Yeah!!!!
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//10 Sep 15, 2007 05:25 AM | posted by: John Whittaker
HOLY CRAP!!!! This seems like the miracle cure i've been looking for. I'm 20 years old and have been biting my nails since childhood. I've tried to quit by going cold turkey, chewing lots of gum, and even hypnosis. Finally I have hope again! Is this going to be available to Canada soon? Alan-Raymond van Abbe if your reading this OPEN A CLINIC IN CANADA!!!!!!!
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//9 Sep 14, 2007 06:53 AM | posted by: Jennifer
I am definitely interested in this treatment. Can you get it in Canada?
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//8 Sep 10, 2007 02:41 AM | posted by: Flash
How can I get this treatment in the U.S.? Do I need to travel to the Netherlands? I will if necessary.
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//7 Sep 10, 2007 01:51 AM | posted by: Cat
Not so fast....would be interested to know what happens to those that are cured of their nail biting habit. For example, when a person has such a chronic habit, it is often replaced with another habit. So, while this device may be the answer to nail biting, do we know the statistics on how many people fall into another bad habit?
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//6 Sep 09, 2007 06:39 PM | posted by: Carla
Us nailbitters in CANADA need it too!!!!!!!
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//5 Sep 09, 2007 05:43 PM | posted by: gem
Me too! Where can I find treatment like this in the US?
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//4 Sep 08, 2007 11:00 AM | posted by: Phyl
Please contact me in regards to purchasing this device a/s/a/p.
thank you
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//3 Sep 08, 2007 07:59 AM | posted by: Tristan
I also want to know if I can get it in the US
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//2 Sep 08, 2007 02:36 AM | posted by: karma
..ok.. i read through the AP that this device fits over the *teeth* and can be removed for eating. either way, is it available in the states?
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//1 Sep 03, 2007 06:30 PM | posted by: De Wet
I want in!

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