The birth of Nadya Suleman’s octuplets has sparked a national debate. The Doctors weigh in on the medical ethics and potential health risks of excessive fertility treatments.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends that no more than four embryos be implanted in women over the age of 30. Multiple babies conceived and implanted with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) face greater health risks, including hypertension, premature birth and increased risk of developmental problems.
“It’s a miracle that these babies are all living right now, and that’s something we have to be thankful for,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson notes.
Aside from the IVF procedure itself, what is the fertility doctor’s role, if any, in the process? “A fertility doctor doesn’t ask, ‘Do you know how to raise children? Can you afford a child? We all know how expensive children are, but we don’t require a person to be able to show that,” Dr. Lisa says.
“In-vitro fertilization is not a natural procedure; it’s a medical procedure,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork adds.
“But we also have to be able to protect the fertility rights,” Dr. Lisa continues, pointing out that this case is out of the ordinary.
Do you find yourself forgetting things? The car keys? Someone’s name? Are they minor so-called senior moments or indicators of something more serious?
Guest anti-aging specialist Dr. Eric Braverman explains, “When a woman reaches menopause, they get a domino effect from a dying ovary. And that domino effect snowballs into their memory, their weight, their attention and the stability of their mood.”
Ovaries start out as the size of a peanut in childhood, then grow to the size of a walnut after puberty, then shrink back down to the size of a peanut during and after menopause, no longer delivering vital estrogen and progesterone. “It affects your entire body,” Dr. Braverman says.
He adds that no matter how much they exercise, women’s muscles will turn fatty like a marbled steak and their brains will fill up with water. “By the age of 52,” the doctor continues, “the average woman will lose 20 points on their IQ.”
However, Dr. Braverman asserts that “women do not have to age like this.” He advocates that women exercise and change their diet radically. An aggressive intake of teas, herbs, spices, vitamins and anti-inflammatory foods will keep their minds sharp, their hormones functioning properly and their bodies slim and trim.
Prematurely Graying Hair
If your child’s hair is turning gray, Dr. Jim suggests visiting your doctor. The phenomenon is most likely genetic, but it could also mean he or she is suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency, tuberosclerosis, stress, or a hormonal imbalance. If your child is embarrassed by his or her graying hair, the pediatrician recommends using a natural hair color treatment like henna instead of a hair dye. Dr. Jim explains why hair turns gray.
For most of us, the halcyon days of gymnastics and summer camp are long gone, but who doesn’t remember what a thrill it was to jump on the trampoline? Fitness trainer and motivational speaker Skip Jennings says that being a grownup doesn’t prohibit you from bouncing your way to good health!
Enter Urban Rebounding, the latest in fitness regimens. Skip says that just 30 minutes on the trampoline three times per week is all it takes to get your heart healthy and your muscles toned.
Depending on how hard you bounce, you can expect to burn anywhere from 200 to 400 calories per hour. He adds that the repetitive bouncing motion helps drain the lymphatic system and detoxify the body. And anyone from age 8 to 80 can do it!
Skip Jenning’s Three D’s of Fitness:
Set a goal for yourself. Determine your intention for your work-out. Why are you doing it and what do you hope to accomplish from it?
Set an appointment for your work-out.
When it feels too hard, be determined to see the miracles.
A luscious, pouty mouth is associated with youthful vim and vigor. Dr. Ordon explains that lips thin as we age. He performs a lip implant on Megan using a Surgisil PermaLip implant. The plastic surgeon guides the implant into place in Megan’s upper lip, and voila! In no time at all, Megan’s mouth appears fuller. Still numb from the surgery, Megan manages to smile and mumble, “I’m very excited to kiss my fiancé!"
Dr. Ordon’s Tips to a Kissable Mouth:
• Take multivitamins
• Wear SPF 30 lip balm every day
• Apply a think coat of petroleum jelly at night