The Doctors share the latest headlines affecting your health.
Birth Control Controversy
Brittany Malone was a healthy 22-year-old woman when she suddenly developed a blood clot in her right thigh, which traveled into her lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism that left her brain dead. After extensive medical testing on her and her family members, Brittany’s parents, Dana and Joe, believe that her death was caused by the hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring she was prescribed. The family is now working to raise awareness about the risks associated with the popular contraceptive and hope to get the manufacturer to add a new label on the product warning of the potentially deadly side effects.
“We don’t want their money … We want them to do what’s right. We want them to fully disclose the risks associated with this product,” Joe says.
OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains that every form of hormonal contraception comes with the risk of developing blood clots.
"There is no such thing as zero risk," she says, "so you always want to pick an option with your health care provider that minimizes the risk and maximizes the benefits."
Hear more from Brittany’s parents, and learn how the vaginal ring compares to other forms of hormonal contraception.
Losing to Win
Meet the Rose family — Gabi, David, and their children Josh, Rachel, Noah and Sarah — who lost a combined 300 pounds to transform their bodies … and their health. Hear how simple lifestyle changes helped them shed excess weight and reverse the negative effects that their previous unhealthy habits had caused.
“I just had to put my foot down,” Gabi says. “I realized one day when I was at the grocery store, ‘Who’s in control? I am!’”
Better Your Barbecue
Fire up the grill! The Doctors and Liz Vaccariello, editor in chief of Reader’s Digest magazine, share heart-healthy tips so you can have your burger, and eat it too:
• Marinate your meat! Cooking meat at high temperatures creates compounds called AGEs, which increase inflammation and the risk of diabetes. Marinate meat in lemon juice or vinegar and cook at low temperatures to minimize the development of these carcinogens.
• Add oats to your patties! High-fat meals can lead to constricting arteries. By adding oats to your meal, you can reduce the fat absorption into the body.
• Eat avocado! This heart-boosting secret ingredient not only tastes good, but it helps reduce the harmful effects of a fatty meal on your arteries.
• Sip red wine sangria! Beat the heat and boost your heart health with a glass of this refreshing cocktail!