Royal Morning Sickness
The world is abuzz with news that England’s new princess is expecting a baby. The celebratory announcement came on the heels of a serious incident.On Dec. 3, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness. Estimated to be 12 weeks pregnant at the time, Buckingham Palace was forced to reveal the news earlier than expected after media outlets caught wind of Middleton’s hospitalization.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is rare, affecting 1 in 100 pregnant women and is usually attributed to a hormonal imbalance. The illness causes extreme fatigue and vomiting, which can lead to dangerous dehydration and malnutrition.
OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains that three out of four pregnant women will experience some degree of morning sickness during their first trimester. Learn what triggers the condition and how to differentiate between typical morning sickness and the more severe hyperemesis gravidarum. Plus, see what foods can help combat the symptoms of morning sickness.
Dangerous Starvation Diets
Actress Anne Hathaway made headlines after shedding an astonishing 25 pounds in five weeks for her role in the highly anticipated film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s French historical novel, Les Misérables. To achieve a gaunt, emaciated look, Anne reportedly underwent a strict dietary cleanse and ate nothing but two thin oatmeal squares a day for nearly a month.
Parents and medical professionals have since expressed concern about the intense curiosity from Anne’s fans, as many wish to emulate her drastic diet as a means for rapid weight loss.
“Call it what it is; this is starvation,” plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says.
The Doctors discuss the dangers of actors and actresses going into starvation mode to lose weight for a role.
“This is not a [healthy] way to lose weight,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains. “It is essentially starving yourself to the point where it can become not only dangerous in terms of how rapid the weight loss is coming, but you can develop electrolyte abnormalities. It could even potentially cause death if not done in a supervised way.”
Starvation diets also can have deleterious cognitive and emotional side effects, including poor concentration, poor judgment, depression, anxiety, mood fluctuations and even psychotic behavior in extreme cases.
“They say that this is called the 'Les Miz Diet' because you’re miserable,” Dr. Lisa adds.
Julia Roberts’ Home Hand Remedy
Actress Julia Roberts reportedly uses olive oil for softer hands and stronger fingernails. Dr. Ordon recommends soaking your hands once per week in warm olive oil.
Olive oil penetrates the skin and nail to help repair damage and soften cuticles. In addition, the vitamin E in olive oil can strengthen brittle or weak nails that are prone to chipping.
“The benefits of olive oil are quite remarkable,” Dr. Travis says. “If you talk about the Mediterranean diet and how they use olive oil instead of butter, and they live longer than us here. It’s not only good inside; it’s actually good for your skin, as well.”
J.R. Martinez’s Story of Survival
Actor, author, motivational speaker and U.S. Army veteran J.R. Martinez joins The Doctors to discuss his new memoir, Full of Heart, detailing his remarkable life story of survival, strength and spirit.
On April 5, 2003, J.R. was on active military duty, deployed in the Middle East. While driving a Humvee just south of Baghdad, the front left tire ran over a roadside bomb. Within seconds, both the vehicle and J.R. were engulfed in flames. Miraculously, he survived the incident but being trapped inside the burning vehicle caused respiratory damage, bone fractures and severe burns to more than 30 percent of his body.
J.R. was evacuated to a local medic station and eventually was transported to an Army medical center in Texas, where he spent 34 months in recovery. During that time, he underwent 32 medical operations, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgeries.
In 2008, J.R. started a new chapter of his life, where he was cast in ABC’s Emmy-winning daytime drama, All My Children, as a wounded combat veteran. He went on to win Season 13 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and also appeared on the season six finale of Army Wives as a physical therapist, treating and inspiring injured war veterans. In addition to being in the television spotlight, J.R. serves as a spokesman and motivational speaker for fellow wounded veterans. He was the 2008 recipient of Assurant Employee Benefits’ “Shining Star of Perseverance,” and he also received honorary recognition in 2009 by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, who presented him with the Veterans Leadership Award.
“What I’ve learned after I was injured is that I can be of service in a different way,” J.R. says. “I turned in my uniform, I turned in my weapon, but I can serve in a completely different capacity. My new uniform are my scars. My new weapon are my words, my experiences.”
J.R. recounts his harrowing story of being trapped inside a burning Humvee after it was struck by a roadside bomb.
“I learned very quickly, when they put the word ‘disability’ above me, I learned how to kind of reach up and scratch off the ‘dis;’ essentially, I tell people, ‘I dis the ‘dis’ and what I have left is ability,’” J.R. says.
J.R. Martinez on Fatherhood
On May 2, 2012, J.R. and his girlfriend, Diana, welcomed a baby girl, Lauryn Anabelle Martinez. Moving from the dance floor to diaper duty, J.R. says that being a father is his most exciting adventure yet.
“With fatherhood, because they grow so fast, it forces you to really appreciate every single moment,” he says.
J.R. asks Dr. Sears for his professional advice on sleep training a baby.
Rose McGowan’s Most Important Role
Actress Rose McGowan has had a long and successful career on both the small screen and the silver screen, but her biggest and most challenging role is finding a cure for pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that claimed the life of her father. Pulmonary fibrosis is an often-terminal scarring of the lungs that obstructs the flow of oxygen to the brain and other vital organs. With no known cause and no cure, Rose is now an ambassador for the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis and is raising worldwide awareness of the deadly disease.
Rose explains how pulmonary fibrosis often is diagnosed in late stages, where it has progressed beyond the point of treatment. Such was the case for Rose’s father, who was initially diagnosed with pneumonia, and by the time the doctors discovered it was PF, it was too late.
“It kills more than 40,000 people a year, which is more than breast cancer,” Rose says.
Rose recounts her tragic experience of having to watch her father suffer from an illness that nobody knew how to cure.
“He was cold all the time; he could never get warm. The oxygen wouldn’t go to his hands and his feet, his legs would swell,” she says. “You’re watching somebody essentially suffocate to death. It’s a brutal disease.”
Dr. Travis explains that pulmonary fibrosis presents with worsening shortness of breath, unexplained fatigue, dry cough, aching muscles and joints, and chest pain, but since all of the early symptoms of PF can be indicative of other health complications, it’s difficult for doctors to make an official diagnosis without CT imaging.
“I have all of these different followers on Twitter, and a 21-year-old girl was diagnosed with [PF] the other day. It’s not just older people,” Rose adds.
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