Breaking health news: Bruce Jenner reveals the details of his skin cancer diagnosis. Plus, a new illicit drug that eats your flesh from the inside out! Then, cha-cha your way to better health with So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe! Plus, a surgical solution for “toe-besity,” and more!
Flesh-Eating Drug Hits U.S.
U.S. health officials are reporting evidence of a dangerous narcotic that rots your flesh from the inside out! Known as krokodil, the potentially lethal opiate originated in Russia and has started to surface in other areas of the world — most recently in Phoenix, Arizona. The highly addictive active ingredient — desomorphine — creates a heroin-like high for a cheaper price.
Unlike some heroin, however, krokodil is highly impure. It typically consists of a mixture of codeine and hydrocarbons, such as paint thinner and gasoline, as well as iodine, red phosphorous and hydrochloric acid. Administered intravenously, krokodil — or crocodile — gets its street name from the scaly texture and green hue of an addict's skin, as it becomes gangrenous and decomposes.
• Learn more about the dangers of krokodil.
Sex Offenders Banned from Halloween?
With Halloween just a month away, many parents are preparing for Halloween by creating clever costumes and stockpiling candy. Other parents, however, are shifting their focus to protecting their children from sex offenders. The city of Simi Valley, California is facing a lawsuit after passing an ordinance that bans registered sex offenders from putting up Halloween decorations and dispensing candy to trick-or-treaters.
Sex offenders within city limits are also required to post a sign on their door, reading, "No candy or treats at this residence," to dissuade children from approaching. While similar statutes exist in other parts of California and the U.S. — with varying degrees of regulations — opponents of the laws feel that posting a sign not only brands sex offenders, but sets them up for potential physical harm, property damage, and violates their constitutional rights.
Attorney Janice Bellucci, president of California Reform Sex Offender Laws, and Jen, a concerned mother from Orange, California, join The Doctors to discuss their differing views on the controversial mandate for sex offenders. Plus, hear The Doctors' viewpoints on whether the law is unconstitutional.
Exclusive: Bruce Jenner's Skin Cancer Scare
Olympic gold medalist, motivational speaker and reality show dad on the hit series Keeping Up with the Kardashians Bruce Jenner joins The Doctors to raise awareness about unprotected sun exposure and skin cancer. After being treated twice before for cancerous skin spots, Bruce was recently diagnosed and treated again for basal cell carcinoma — the most common form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma typically develops on areas of skin that are regularly exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet radiation — particularly the nose, cheeks and scalp.
"It's all sun damage from when I was kid," Bruce says. He describes the cancer as a "little red spot that doesn't go away." Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains how people with skin tone like Bruce need to be extra cautious about how much time they spend in the sun, particularly if they're not wearing sunscreen.
Bruce's most recent procedure to eradicate skin cancer was more problematic than his other two, as the cancer was on the tip of his nose, and there was not an adequate amount of skin to cover the divot left behind. Bruce explains how he needed to undergo a cosmetic surgery to fix the condition.
"Now, I'm so vigilant," Bruce says. "Wear your sunscreen, everybody."
Women's Agony of "Da-feet"
The Doctors show you how to keep your tootsies in tip-top shape! Learn how to sidestep blisters and bunions and avoid the agony of “da-feet!” Plus, perfect your high heel strut with lessons from certified fitness instructor and “The Queen of Heels” Kamilah Barrett!
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