Dr. Phil Discusses OctoMom, Nadya Suleman

Dr. Phil makes a special guest appearance on The Doctors.

After a stunning, two–part conversation with the mother of octuplets, Nadya Suleman, Dr. Phil makes a special guest appearance on The Doctors to discuss what she had to say.

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In a daytime exclusive interivew with Dr. Phil, the single and unemployed mother of octuplets, Nadya Suleman, admits she made a mistake. How will she raise all 14 of her children? Hear what Nadya's mother has to say, and learn more about the story that shocked a nation. MORE...

“This is somebody who is in so far over her head, you can’t even imagine,” Dr. Phil begins. “I think she was struggling very much with six children, having to rely on her mother, getting assistance from the state, living on food stamps. The idea of going and intentionally getting impregnated another time is just beyond any logic and any reason.”

“It’s just it takes a village to raise one child,” Dr. Lisa says, concerned. “She’s going to need an army.”

Many people are calling for Nadya to relinquish her children to the foster care system, but the new mother is determined to keep them. Dr. Phil reports that Nadya is engaged in an ongoing dialogue with Social Services and the hospital about what will be required of her in order to bring the octuplets, who were all born prematurely, home.

“I think she is a very earnest young woman. I think the problem is how honest she is with herself,” Dr. Phil explains. “I think she’s very naïve about this, and I don’t think anybody really knows what to anticipate when you’re coming home with eight children. But I think the point that she made the decision to have this in vitro fertilization with six kids she was [already] struggling to care for calls her judgment clearly into question.”

Nadya’s mother purportedly begged the IVF specialist not to perform the procedure on her daughter, but he implanted more than five embryos in Nadya’s womb despite those pleas. The California Medical Board will conduct an investigation into the doctor, and Dr. Phil adds, “I can’t find an IVF specialist on the face of this earth that says this was a responsible thing to do.”

In the interview with Dr. Phil, Nadya admits she made a mistake.

For more on the interview, click here .


Is your body using color to tell you something? What’s happening on the inside when your cheeks turn red, your bruise turns black and blue, or your fingernails turn yellow? Learn how to interpret your body’s unique color language.


Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition common among women in their 30s. “It’s a disease of the blood vessels of the skin,” Dr. Ordon explains. “They get inflamed and form telangiectasias, which are dilated blood vessels. When seen on the legs, telangiectasias are called spider veins.

Rosacea is closely related to acne, and the two conditions are often treated with similar topical creams. A pulse-dye laser therapy is a new and effective treatment for rosacea and can produce dramatic results.

Triggers for rosacea:
Spicy foods
Sun exposure Stress

The tint of your fingernails can indicate whether you have diabetes, emphysema, hepatitis, thyroid problems and more. What do your nails say about you?

• Dry, brittle nails that crack and split easily could indicate thyroid problems
Pitting or rippling of nail can indicate psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis

What Your Fingernails Are Telling You
Color Possible Indications
normal, healthy
White • most likely leftover from an old injury or bruise
• could indicate a zinc deficiency
• could indicate liver disease or hepatitis
White with pink
kidney disease

Yellow & thickened
lung disease like emphysema
sign of infection either in the nail bed or the body
lack of oxygen and possible lung problems

Black and Blue All Over

A bruise occurs when the body is struck in some way. Muscles fibers and connective tissue beneath the skin are crushed or injured and blood from the ruptured blood vessels leaks out under the skin. The blood gets trapped, forming a red or purplish mark that's tender to the touch, but the skin will return to normal after two to three weeks.

As the bruise heals, it changes color, and these colors indicate the stage of healing:

Evolution of a Bruise
Color Day  
Healing Stage
Red 1 Day of the bruise.
Blue/purple 1 -2 The red blood cells break down and escape into the surrounding tissue, creating a darkened patch.
Green 6 As the tissues heal themselves, the greenish chemical biliverdin causes the area to turn a greenish hue.
Yellow/brow n 8-9
The bruise has almost healed.
Normal 14 The skin will return to normal after two to three weeks.

When to Worry:
• Area of bruise becomes firm
• Bruise increases in size
• Prolonged pain

Diaper Duty
Did you know you can tell a lot about your baby’s health from the color of his or her urine? Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears gives new parents a lesson in diaper diligence 101.

What Your Infant's Urine May Indicate
Color Why? Call the Doctor?
normal no
Orange/brick dust residue:
The brick color comes from urate crystals
This is common in the first four days after birth and can be expected to clear up quickly. If it the condition persists, call your doctor.
a rare, genetic metabolic disorder
could indicate a urinary tract infection, or something more serious, depending on what other symptoms are present
yes, immediately

Vitiligo is a condition in which the skin loses its pigment cells. Dr. Pearl Grimes , dermatologist and vitiligo specialist, says that the body essentially becomes allergic to itself, and mistakes its pigment cells, or melanocytes, for foreign cells, and subsequently attacks and destroys them.

The condition is often treated with Protopic ointment, steroids, or UVB light therapy, all of which are very effective for children.

Dr. Grimes performs a narrow-band UVB light treatment on 6-year-old Savion, who has suffered from vitiligo for most of his young life. “Even though you’ve lost your pigment cells in the skin,” Dr. Grimes explains, “You still have a reservoir of melanocytes in the hair follicle. What that light does is stimulate those pigment cells; it wakes them up so that they’ll repopulate the skin.”

As Savion stands in front of the light, Dr. Grimes explains, “For each treatment, we tend to use the light three times a week, and all you have to do is follow the set schedule. Then, on each treatment, you make a step-wise increase until that skin becomes nice and pink, and you would keep that exposure time constant.”

National Biological Corporation provided the Panosol II UVB Ultraviolet Light Panel  for the treatment and sent Savion home with one of his very own.

Essential Vitamins

Thirteen vitamins are essential for the body to function properly:

Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin K
Panothenic acid
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12

Do you have a question about vitamins for the CVS Pharmacist?
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