The Diarrhea Defense?
An Arizona woman has been charged with multiple misdemeanors for allegedly hitting a jogger with her car and fleeing the scene. The 92-year-old driver blames her bowels for her failure to stop and aid the woman she allegedly hit. Can having an uncontrollable urge to use the bathroom be used as a legal defense?
Addicted to Coffee?
Sheila, 47, and her 16-year-old daughter, Lauren, take their love of coffee to a dangerous new level. Sheila says she drinks 16 cups per day and has a 24-ounce, "sippy cup," she refills when she's on the go. Lauren drinks two to three cups of coffee when she wakes up and tops that off with a large latte on the way to school.
"I love coffee so much," Lauren explains. "I wake up, and I'm on my way to school, and if I know I haven't had coffee, I get so upset. I feel like it's going to be the worst day ever. To stop drinking coffee, I'd probably have to be dying or something."
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while teenage soda consumption has drastically declined, 17- and 18-year-olds are getting almost double the amount of caffeine than they were 10 years ago ... from coffee.
And to make matters more complicated, a second study, by the American University of Psychology, found that coffee drinkers suffer severe withdrawal symptoms when they try to cut back on their caffeine consumption.
Caffeine stimulates by increasing the release of cortisol — a stress hormome — in the body, family medicine physician and sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross says. The more you drink, the more cortisol is produced. "So, your body is in this fight or flight state the whole day. And you don't have a chance to get down."
Will The Doctors' "coffee intervention" convince Sheila and Lauren to break their caffeine habit?
Miralani battles the need to throw up after every meal, and she says people seem to think she is bulimic. The 21-year-old has been struggling with chronic vomiting since high school, and, despite having visited more than a dozen doctors, says she has not been able to find a diagnosis for her escalating condition.
"I'm not bulimic," Miralani says. "This is the last thing I’d want. It's getting worse. It feels like my throat is closing up."
When Miralani was 16, she experienced a burning sensation in her chest after exercise. Soon, the teen started throwing up once a month, then every day, then after every meal. Over the past five years, she's lost a significant amount of weight, her tooth enamel has eroded and she has become progressively more depressed.
Desperate for answers, Miralani visits gastroenterologist Dr. Marc Makhani, who performs an endoscopy — a procedure that allows him to take a visual tour of Miralani's upper gastrointestinal tract.
Miralani's mother, Barbara, says she is consumed by worry for her daughter. "My biggest fear is that she's going to choke to death, and I'm not home," she explains.
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