Drs: Jealousy & Dementia + Potato For Birth Control, Old Wives Tale

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The Drs TV: Can Jealousy Cause Alzheimer’s?

Drs: Jealousy & Dementia + Potato For Birth Control, Old Wives Tale

The Doctors discussed that there are actual health risks for jealous people. (Sam72 / Shutterstock.com)

The Doctors shared that a recent study took 38 years to complete, but now says women who are anxious, moody, or jealous in their middle age were twice as likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease when they got older. The worrying and insecurity puts added stress on the brain which could lead to the disease or other forms of dementia. With an estimated 44 million people suffering from the diseases by 2050, we need to do something about it now.

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Dr. Rachael Ross said she’s noticed that for those friends who are jealous, it’s a repeating thing, and she can see the relation early on. Dr. Andrew Ordon said stress and anxiety can release the adrenal hormones and other things that cause you to just “go downhill.”

Dr. Travis Stork said jealousy is a turn-off in a relationships when it means the person is constantly wondering what you’re doing or who you’re with. Dr. Ross said it’s a natural thing to be jealous, but how we handle it is the most important thing. Dr. Stork said a little bit of jealousy is okay and shows you care.

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The Doctors: Old Wives Tale, Potato Birth Control?

Dr. Stork then moved on to say that mom doesn’t always get it right. Colombia doctors were shocked after examining a 22-year-old female who was complaining of abdominal pain. They discovered a potato sprouting inside the woman’s pelvis. The patient said her mother had advised her to put the potato inside her privates as a natural form of birth control, which is an old wives tale in some cultures. Luckily, they were able to remove the potato without surgery, but it definitely shows mom doesn’t always know best!

Dr. Ordon joked that it was a baked potato in a self-cleaning oven. Dr. Ross then explained that it happened in Colombia where birth control is not readily available and her mom thought it would work as birth control. She said it highlights the importance of reproductive education for parents and children. She said more than likely the mom thought the potato would act like a barrier, as a diaphragm would. She also added that Colombia has the highest teen birth rate.

Dr. Ordon said back in his college days women were using Coca-Cola as a douche after intercourse as a spermicide. Dr. Ross said fortunately women now have access to more birth control. Dr. Stork said women should never insert foreign objects into their body to try to prevent pregnancy. He said not only will it not work, but it can cause other complications.

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