The Doctors: Genetic Condition Keeps Young Woman Inside
The Doctors shared pictures of a woman named Andrea who’s skin is so sensitive to the sun, she has to stay indoors or else it could lead to aggressive skin cancer. Andrea joined the show via Skype, as well as Dr Sonia Batra. Andrea doesn’t let her skin condition keep her down, and shared that she was born with the condition, but it was still hard for her to deal with as a child and teenager. Now that she’s older, she’s accepted her disease and sees life differently. She goes out at night but avoids going outside during the day.
Dr Batra explained that what Andrea has is called XP or xeroderma pigmentosom, and it’s rare, affecting just one in 250,000 up to 1 million. The gene is altered that allows her to repair damage from UV light, which is why she has to take extreme precautions to avoid any form of ultraviolet light. There’s a newer laser treatment that can resurface the skin to get rid of those atypical cells and Dr Batra offered it to Andrea for free.
Because painting and photography are passions of Andrea’s, The Doctors surprised her with a $1,000 gift card to Michael’s. They also surprised her with Canon camera worth $2,500 courtesy of B and H.
The Doctors: Healthy & Tasty Green Smoothies
Simple Green Smoothies is a community of people all around the world who are taking control of their health by drinking one green smoothie a day. The Doctors were thrilled to say yes to the smoothie, which is made by first blending 2 cups of spinach with unsweetened coconut water. Then, they add pineapple, avocado or banana and blend it up.
They also like to make a bit of a more “hardcore” green smoothie using cabbage, beets, flaxseed oil, pineapple, and oranges.
The Doctors: Massage For PMS Symptoms
Suffering from PMS? Even Dr Jennifer Ashton experiences them, which is why her husband surprised her with a massage at Haven. Lara Katzman was the massage therapist who helps women with their PMS symptoms using gentle hand motions and aromatherapy. Go ahead and add a green smoothie to the day and you would be set and ready to go!
Spinach was the word of the day and you can use the word spinach on The Doctors’ website to enter for a chance to win the Blend Tec Classic 575 blender worth nearly $400!
The Doctors: Zika Virus Global Health Emergency
For their Doctors’ News in 2:00, it was reported that the WHO has officially declared the Zika virus as a global health emergency. There’s no vaccine for the mosquito-borne virus which has been linked to severe birth defects. Health officials in Virginia have confirmed that a student at the College of William and Mary has tested positive for Zika, after contracting it during a visit to South America. Zika symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis.
The WHO estimates that nearly 4 million people across the Americas will be infected with the virus this year.
The Doctors: ‘Battle Creek’ Love Story
Alison Eastwood directed the coming of age love story Battle Creek, about a young man who lives with a rare skin condition similar to XP, that prevents him from going out in the sun. The film will debut at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
The Doctors: Christina Aguilera Women’s Health
Christina Aguilera graced the cover of the March issue of “Women’s Health” magazine. The mother of two talked about the joys of having children, but urged moms to take care of themselves both physically and mentally. She said it’s all about enjoying life and own those days when you don’t feel as confident.
The Doctors: Get Rid Of Clutter
For the prescription of the day, The Doctors suggested that you get rid of your kitchen clutter. A recent study found that those with a cluttered home were 77% more likely to be obese.