From the latest Hollywood parenting craze to a study that weighs your chances of dying from a heart attack during sex, The Doctors tackle the latest health headlines.
Change in Diet Cures Mom
When Danielle Walker, author of Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, she says doctors told her she would lead a normal life. Several months later, Danielle experienced the first of many painful flare-ups.
"I was in excruciating pain every time I had to use the restroom," Danielle says. "I would pretty much collapse on the floor. I lost a drastic amount of weight — about 20 pounds within a two-week period. That, 'You're going to live a normal life,' thing didn't seem to be panning out."
Ulcerative colitis is a form of chronic inflammatory bowel disease that can cause a body's own immune system to attack the walls of the large intestine and create painful lesions. There is no known cause, but some scientists think a virus or bacterium may trigger the condition.
Back in the United States, Danielle was given blood transfusions and steroids to control the symptoms of her disease. But the flare-ups continued, and Danielle says she was hospitalized at least three times a year for several years.
Danielle says that doctors told her that diet had no effect on the disease, but she still felt there had to be a connection. "I was so desperate that something in me just felt that it had to have something to do with food."
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How to Detox from Sugar
Have Americans been too sweet on sugar?
Anne Alexander, editorial director of Prevention magazine and author of The Sugar Smart Diet: Stop Cravings and Lose Weight While Still Enjoying the Sweets You Love!, says studies show that the average person is eating 130 pounds of "added" sugar a year. Processed foods, such as pasta sauce and salad dressings, have sugar added to them.
"It's hiding everywhere," Anne says. "That's the thing. The American diet has been 'sugarjacked'."
Anne has created a 32-day, three-step plan to help raise awareness about sugar in the foods we eat. And you don't have to cut out sugar completely!
"Any healthy relationship in life has balance," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains. "You can still have your relationship with sugar, but you first have to detox from it, so it's not running your life."