Hip-hop for health? Rapper 2 Chainz spices things up in the kitchen with healthy recipes from his new cookbook! Plus, tips for cutting calories in your favorite foods. And, three breast cancer breakthroughs that could save your life! Plus, hot health headlines in The Doctors’ Friday News Feed.
The Doctors discuss the recent story of a 16-year-old drunk driver who will not serve any jail time despite having killed four people. The young man claimed that his affluent family never taught him right from wrong, and therefore, the judge sentenced him to 10 years of probation, as opposed to the 20 years in prison he was facing.
"You need to understand that regardless of how much money someone has, that's our jobs as parents to teach our children right from wrong," says OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton.
The defendant reportedly had a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people. Additionally, among drivers with BAC levels of 0.08% or higher involved in fatal crashes in 2010, more than one out every three were between 21 and 24 years of age.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork emphasizes, "Any time someone gets behind the wheel and they're drunk, understand that [death] can be the end result, regardless of intent."
Groundbreaking New Cancer Treatment
Emily Whitehead, 8, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia just after her fifth birthday. She underwent several rounds of chemotherapy treatment and suffered two relapses of the cancer. Emily's parents, Kari and Tom, say they felt like they were running out of options, and they were doubting the effectiveness other types of chemotherapy might have on Emily's disease, so they decided to get a second opinion at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The doctors there explained that Emily was a good candidate for a new clinical trial from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania that aimed to use Emily's own immune system, specifically her T cells — a type of infection-killing white blood cell — to kill the cancer cells. The means by which the researchers planned to train the immune system to respond to the cancer cells, however, is what makes this new treatment truly innovative.
• Learn how the treatment works, and how effective it is. Plus, learn how Emily is doing post-treatment.
Hip Hop and Healthy Eating
Grammy Award-nominated rapper 2 Chainz is best known for his chart-topping hit songs, such as “Birthday Song” and “No Lie.” But he doesn't just cook up beats. Now he’s adding the title “chef” to his repertoire with his new cookbook #MealTime, which is being published alongside his new album, B.O.A.T.S.II #MeTime. 2 Chainz joins Dr. Travis in the kitchen to demonstrate two of his favorite recipes.
“[The cookbook] shows people some of my favorite tour bus recipes; you know, what it takes for me to become, I think, the best person that I can be at all times. It’s about what you put in your body,” 2 Chainz says.
Four years ago, 2 Chainz says he started suffering from stomach problems. After being diagnosed with ulcers and acid reflux disease, he decided to change the way he eats in order to combat his health problems.
“I felt like a whole other person … I definitely felt younger, I had more energy,” he says.
Dr. Travis notes that rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer are higher in the South than they are in the rest of the country, and asks 2 Chainz, who grew up in Georgia, if he feels any sense of responsibility to that population of Americans.
“Well … I’m definitely not trying to be a preacher. I’m a rap artist first, but at the same time, I understand that I do have a platform. I just try to share some of the things, which would be a healthy lifestyle,” 2 Chainz says.
• Get 2 Chainz’ recipes for Smoky Kale and Pan-Seared Sea Bass.
• Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of 2 Chainz’ new album, B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime, and a copy of his cookbook, #MealTime. This giveaway has ended.
Pregnant and Didn’t Know?
Sixteen years ago, Teresa was told she would never be able to conceive a child. She was therefore shocked when, after rushing to the emergency room with painful cramps, an emergency room physician told her that not only was she pregnant, but she was in labor! Forty-five minutes later, Teresa gave birth to a healthy, though small, baby boy.
Breast Cancer Breakthroughs
Learn about three breakthroughs in the treatment of breast cancer. Could they be right for you?
• Learn how to perform a self-breast exam.
The Doctors share tips for better health in the kitchen … and in the bedroom!