What Do You Take for Granted?
Do you take your health for granted? From your senses to the water you drink, The Doctors reveal the surprising things we forget to appreciate.
It’s a deadly driving danger that injures approximately 50 children a week – and it happens even before leaving your driveway.
In May 2005, Meredyth tragically lost her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Annabelle, to a back-over accident.
“No one in my family, to this day, knows what I saw,” Meredyth says of the moment she discovered Annabelle after the accident. “When I looked down at Annabelle, I could tell she looked different. I knew there was no hope for her to survive.”
Two children die every week due to back-over accidents, and in more than 70 percent of these cases, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel.
Before entering your vehicle, be sure to walk around your car to make sure the surrounding area is clear. Do not solely rely on mirrors, as all cars have at least one blind spot. When backing up, be sure to do so slowly, and teach your children to stay clear of any vehicle, whether it’s in motion or not.
Though Meredyth and her family remain in the healing process, Meredyth made it her mission to raise awareness of the prevalence of back-over accidents to lessen the number of needless tragedies through her website Annabelle's Angels. Recently, legislation was passed that all newly-manufactured cars by the year 2014, will have back-up cameras installed.
• To learn more about the dangers of back-over accidents, Annabelle’s Angels and safety precautions you can take, please visit www.annabellesangels.net.
Diet Soda Addiction
Scott wrote in to The Doctors out of concern for his roommate, Jessica, who drinks an average of nine diet sodas a day.
Studies showed that one can of diet soda a day can increase your risk of obesity by 41 percent. Furthermore, women who drink one diet soda a day increase their risk of premature birth by 38 percent and may be more prone to osteoporosis.
“I used to drink diet soda every single day,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “And all these studies came out that found when you take a sip of soda, it hits your taste buds and the artificial sweeteners teach your brain to crave cake, donuts or fries.”
Dr. Travis demonstrates what happens to your body when you drink diet soda.
Next time you reach for that zero-calorie soft drink, remember the adverse effects it has on your health.
Central Sleep Apnea
While most parents try to get their children to sleep, for Monique, putting her two children to bed is another story.
Monique, her 9-year-old daughter, Amalia, and 5-year-old son, Diego, all suffer from a rare genetic disease called congenital hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) or central sleep apnea. The disorder is caused by a mutation to a gene essential to the development of the central nervous system that significantly decreases breathing during sleep. This can result in a shortage of oxygen and a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood, which can be fatal.