The Drs: Valerie Harper Update + Fighting Cancer With Polio


The Drs: Valerie Harper Terminal Brain Cancer

The Drs: Valerie Harper Update + Fighting Cancer With Polio

Valerie Harper joined The Doctors to share an update on her brain cancer, and then The Doctors explained how polio is being used to fight cancer. (williami5 / flickr)


The Doctors reminded everyone of when Valerie Harper came on their show in 2013 to talk about her terminal brain cancer diagnosis. At the time, she said she didn’t want people to be afraid of death, and now, she joined the show again to prove that she is defying the odds. Dr Travis Stork said her visit to the stage was one of his most memorable moments on the show, because at that time, she was given only a few months to live.

Valeria is truly a living testament to never give up. Valerie said she’s been taking her medication and using acupuncture. She said her husband is sure to keep her on track as well. Without a doubt, her hope and spirit are what have kept her alive. Valerie said she was taking things one day at a time, and her doctors kept getting more and more surprised.

Whether it’s the medication, the incredible support from her husband, or her positive attitude, Valerie Harper is definitely defying the odds!


The Drs: Polio Virus Fights Cancer

The Doctors then moved on to share that seven years ago, scientists discovered that the polio virus attaches to cancer cells and kills them, but the virus couldn’t be used as a treatment because it could infect the patient. Now, a new hybrid of the virus has been created that targets cancer cells, leaving the rest of the body healthy. Duke University has begun testing the new virus on humans and results are being called a “game changer.”

Dr Rachael Ross said they’re tricking your body into being able to actually attack the cancer cells. Dr Ashton said other viruses have been used before to attack cancers, but now they’re using a strain of polio that can’t cause paralysis or death because it’s been re-engineered. Valerie said there’s a doctor at St. John’s who has said that in five years, cancer will instead be viewed as a chronic condition. In that particular study at Duke, eight patients were treated with the polio virus and three of the patients improved within a few months. For three others, it’s too soon to tell, and two haven’t responded.

What do you think about researchers using other diseases to treat cancer?

The Drs: Fast Food As Post-Workout Meal?

A study at the University of Montana proved that fast food was just as effective for muscle recovery as traditional sports supplements like protein bars and sports drinks. Researchers analyzed 11 male athletes, half of whom ate fast food while the other ate sports nutrition products. They ate after performing an intensive 90-minute workout, followed four hours later by a 12-mile bike ride. Muscle biopsies and blood tests results came back as a statistical tie.

Dr Ashton said the methodology with this study “has about as many holes as Swiss cheese” and Dr Stork said, “this is why you read the study, not just the headline.”

The Drs: Errors In Scientific Study

Dr Ashton said they’ve used too small a group at just 11 people, and they’re also elite athletes. Third, the parameters that they checked are not going to differ, even after eight hours. If you put the elite athletes on the diet for three months, then maybe you’ll see a difference. She said elite athletes don’t put that “poison” in their bodies after a workout.

Dr Stork said now he doesn’t even consume those post-workout foods, and will instead consume all-natural post workout foods. He said Greek yogurt with fruit is the right post-workout snack.

What do you think about this study? Would you ever think it’s okay to consume fast food after a workout as your recovery meal?


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