Susan Patton, a mother of two and Princeton University alum, created buzz on and off campus when she wrote an open letter in 2013 to The Daily Princetonian advising female students to secure a spouse before graduation. She has since authored a book called Marry Smart: Advice for Finding THE ONE, which includes passages encouraging teen girls to undergo pre-college plastic surgery to help land a husband and young women to have babies before pursuing their careers.
“Our young women, especially our well-educated young women, have taken their eye off the ball, in terms of planning for their personal happiness,” Susan says. “My book is not for everybody. It’s specifically for young women who know they do want to have children. They do want to be in a traditional marriage.”
Susan and The Doctors debate her divisive opinions on what women should be focusing on in their college years.
Dangers of Black Market Butt Enhancements
An increasing number of women in the U.S. are turning to black market butt injections to enhance the shape and size of their backside on a budget. The illegal injections are often performed by unlicensed practitioners with little or no medical training, and in some cases, the results are disfiguring — and even deadly.
Apryl, 47, was teased about having a flat butt since she was 7 years old. In 2004, she met a woman at her hair salon, who told her that she performed buttock injections. “I felt like it was a blessing. Honestly, I really did,” Apryl says.
A week later, Apryl allowed the woman to inject her buttocks with what she believed to be silicone. “I didn’t do any research on the silicone that was injected in my body, nor did I do any research on this woman,” she says.
Over the next two years, Apryl developed hardening, discoloration, itchiness and extreme pain in the areas where the injections were administered. As her symptoms progressively worsened, she met with numerous doctors and specialists about having the silicone removed. Apryl was told time and again that there was no way to remove all of the silicone without removing her buttocks in the process.
In 2009, Apryl was admitted to the hospital for her excruciating pain. A topical cream, meant to reduce the inflammation, was applied to the affected area; however, it ended up triggering an adverse reaction that left Apryl with a gaping wound on her right buttock that eventually led to a severe staph infection. She was rushed to the emergency room, and doctors speculated she had only 24 hours to live.
Apryl was placed in a medically induced coma, and was given a medication to increase her blood pressure. Surgeons then excised the infected tissue and the hardened material from her buttocks, which turned out to be bathroom sealant.
When Apryl awoke from her coma, she discovered that the blood pressure medication that helped save her life had caused gangrene in her extremities. During her six-month hospitalization, Apryl underwent 27 surgeries, including the amputation of her buttocks, hands and feet.
“My hands and my feet … they will never come back. That’s over for me,” April says. “But at least I can use this to help share with someone else, so that they will never have to experience anything like this.”
Seasickness … on Land?
Joy, 36, has been living with a chronic sensation of seasickness for more than seven months. Her symptoms presented suddenly, after a half-hour ski boat outing. “As soon as I set foot on land, I felt odd, swaying side to side, like I was still on the boat,” Joy says. “I felt unstable, as if I was walking on a trampoline or a rocking dock. After a few days, I developed a general brain fog and a fullness in my head, like a balloon was blowing up inside.”
A week later, Joy was diagnosed with Mal de Débarquement Syndrome (MdDS), or Disembarkment Syndrome, a rare disorder that most often develops after an ocean cruise, and sometimes following prolonged air or auto travel. MdDS is characterized by a persistent sensation of motion that is often accompanied by fatigue, imbalance and difficulty concentrating.
The disorder is more common in perimenopausal women between the ages of 40 and 50, but the cause remains unknown. MdDS can last for days, months and even years. Although the symptoms typically resolve on their own, the recurrence rate is high.
Neurologist Dr. Yoon-Hee Cha joins The Doctors via video to further explain the suspected risk factors for MdDS and how the disorder is treated.
Doctor on Demand
Jody currently takes a prescription medicine to alleviate her frequent migraines, but it is ineffective at reducing the accompanying nausea she experiences when her migraines strike. Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Ian Smith shows Jody how the new Doctor on Demand app can help solve her problem — without the hassle of scheduling a doctor's appointment.
With the touch of a button, Jody receives a live video chat consultation with emergency medicine specialist Dr. Tony Yuan, who prescribes a fast and effective medication to help treat her nausea.
Doctor on Demand is published by Doctor on Demand, Inc., which is owned, in part, by The Doctors’ executive producer Jay McGraw. Dr. Ian Smith is a shareholder in Doctor on Demand, Inc. Dr. Tony Yuan is a participating physician in Doctor on Demand.
Solving a 13-Year Stuffy Nose
Jerika, 21, has been suffering from constant congestion and persistent post-nasal drip for the past 13 years. She reached out to The Doctors for help determining the cause of her severe sinus symptoms.