Super Shred Diet; New Treatment for Varicose Veins; Anesthesia Dangers

Get ready to get shredded with weight loss secrets from Dr. Ian Smith’s Super Shred Diet! Plus, see a breakthrough treatment for eliminating unsightly varicose veins. And, potentially deadly side effects of anesthesia: Learn the risks before “going under.”

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Egg Donation Dangers
Fertility clinics offer a hearty sum of money for egg donations, but could giving the gift of life cost you your health? Leah, 30, says she initially decided to donate her eggs after seeing ads as a freshman in college. The opportunity to earn several thousand dollars while also helping a loving couple create a family appealed to her greatly. However, after two successful donations, she says she began to experience severe pain during her period, along with a fever, nausea and vomiting. She visited her doctor immediately, who said she had several cysts covering both her ovaries and diagnosed her with a very aggressive case of endometriosis.

“[The doctor] said, ‘I’ve never seen something so aggressive,” she says. “‘You are going to lose your fertility.’”

 Learn more about endometriosis and how Leah dealt with the devastating diagnosis.  

Get Shredded
Angela, 46, says she is a comfort food eater who has been struggling to lose weight for years. Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Ian Smith shares how his Super Shred Diet can help Angela lose those last 20 pounds in just a few weeks!

Angela opens up about her unhealthy eating habits and the emotional struggles that led her to pack on the pounds.

Dr. Ian explains how alternating daily calorie intakes can help you burn fat. Plus, hear from Stephen, who says he’s lost more than 150 pounds using the Super Shred and Shred Diets.  

Stephen offers Angela support as she begins her journey to better health.  

New Treatment for Varicose Veins
Christine, 42, says she hasn’t worn dresses, skirts or shorts in more than three years because of her embarrassing varicose veins. Most common in the legs and ankles, varicose veins affect 20 to 30 percent of adults and are caused by weakened valves and veins. Desperate for a solution to her unsightly problem, Christine turned to cardiovascular surgeon Dr. David Greuner whose minimally invasive, no-knife endovenous laser treatment can eliminate varicose veins with little to no scarring.

• See how the procedure works and watch as Christine shows off her new legs! This video contains footage from a live surgical procedure. Viewer discretion is advised.  

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From Obese to Bodybuilder
Rich, 23, is an only child who was very close with his father when he was young. When his father passed away due to complications stemming from diabetes, Rich, who was 15 years old at the time, turned to food to comfort him through his grief. By his senior year of high school, Rich tipped the scales at 455 pounds and knew he needed to make a change.

See Rich’s new buff body. Plus, find out what brings him to tears on stage.