How far would you go to be beautiful? The Doctors examine extreme beauty trends. Are they safe?
While many people don't go to the ultimate extremes for beauty, there are still hidden risks in more common beauty treatments. Find out if having a chemical peel and dyeing your hair is really safe.
Eliminate Unsightly Veins Naturally
Nearly 25 percent of women suffer from spider or varicose veins, twisted, enlarged veins that appear close to the surface of the skin. Approximately 50 percent of women over the age of 50 will develop them in their foot, ankle or legs.
How Varicose Veins Develop
• Family history: Runs on the mother's side of the family.
• Hormones: Birth control pills and estrogen replacement therapy increase your chance of developing varicose veins.
• Occupation: If you sit at a desk or are on your feet for long periods of time, the risk for varicose veins can rise.
• Crossing your legs: Changes the position of your veins' valves.
• Being overweight: Extra pressure on the venous walls can create varicose veins.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon demonstrates natural, home remedies to eradicate the veins!
If the natural remedies don't work, there are surgical treatment options, as well.
Imagine not being able to perform a normal bodily function, like closing your eyes to go to sleep. When Laura was born, her facial nerves and muscles were severely damaged by the forceps doctors used to assist in her delivery, leaving the right side of her face permanently paralyzed.
What would you do if you couldn't fit into your favorite designer shoes? The Doctors has featured a toe shortening procedure, but some women are taking it a step further and getting an entire toe amputated!
"[It's] absolutely unnecessary, just astounding," foot surgeon Dr. Ali Sadrieh says. "I can't even believe it is still going on, and it should not be done. Period.
"It's kind of an underground process," he explains. "The doctors who do it don't really come out, because in the medical community, it's not an open thing. You really shouldn't be doing this."
Dr. Sadrieh explains how the controversial amputation is performed, the risks associated with it and alternatives that allow you to wear sexy shoes comfortably.
Speak out! What do you think about this trend?
• High heel pain relief
• Common causes of heel pain
• Tips for happy feet
• Soothe sore feet
100-Calorie Snack Dangers
A new study suggests that 100-calorie snack packs may lead consumers to eat more than they otherwise would, because the smaller snacks may dull a person's wariness about how much they consume. "You finish it, you're still hungry, so you have another one," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says.
Students in the study were primed to think about their health and body shape, then were given either nine 100-calorie bags of potato chips or two larger bags while they watched TV. Students with the small packs ended up eating nearly twice as many chips than those with the large bags.
"If you see this big bag of chips, you kind of say, 'That's a lot of chips, I better not eat them all,'" Dr. Sears says. "You see the small bag, and you think, oh, I can just keep eating, and you open another one.
"Also, it's a lot more expensive," Dr. Sears adds. "It's more than twice as expensive to buy your snacks in the small bags."
To avoid overeating, be aware of portion sizes. E.R. physician Dr. Travis recommends buying a large container of mixed nuts and creating your own, smaller snack bags. You can also pack a container of mixed berries to satisfy your cravings and improve your health! "There's a lot of great snacks out there," Dr. Travis says. "Just pay attention. Don't rip open 30 of these 100-calorie snack bags. That's extreme!"