Drs: Health Risks Of Excess Sugar + Possible Meningitis At Georgetown

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The Doctors: Is Sugar The New Tobacco?

Is giving your child sugar really just as bad as handing them a cigarette? Some researchers think so. New studies show that in addition to diabetes and obesity, sugar also increases in the incidences of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses. Some politicians are even considering laws putting warning labels on sodas. So is sugar really the new tobacco?

The Drs TV: Health Risks of Excess Sugar

Drs: Health Risks Of Excess Sugar + Possible Meningitis At Georgetown

The Doctors talked about the risks of excess sugar and the possibility that it’s just as harmful as tobacco. (Sea Wave / Shutterstock.com)

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Dr. Travis Stork said that excess sugar is an obvious health mistake. He explained that sugar is addictive and can be toxic. High fructose corn syrup and other sugars can cause an accumulation of metabolically toxic belly fat and cholesterol abnormalities. Excess sugar can even trigger high blood pressure leading to heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

One of the things excess sugar is found in is soda. Dr. Stork explained that the brown caramel color in soda, may be potentially carcinogenic. Dr. Rachael Ross explained that soda is one of the worst sugar foods and can even have about ten teaspoons of sugar per serving. She explained that you can make a healthier choice by mixing some sparkling water with some fresh fruit. Today’s word of the day was sparkle!

The word of the day giveaway was the SodaStream. The SodaStream turns tap water into carbonated soda, then you add some fruit for a great drink without all that sugar. Of course everyone in the audience went home with one!

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The Doctors: Ebola Victims & Convalescent Serum

For The Doctors News in 2:00, they started by discussing the Ebola virus that has now claimed over 2,400 lives. The Doctors reported that now, people are turning to the black market to purchase blood from survivors. The blood, called convalescent serum, can contain antibodies that can fight the deadly virus. Under controlled conditions, convalescent serum was used from Ebola infected American Dr. Kent Brantly to treat fellow American Rick Sacra.

The World Health Organization warned that people are giving blood through improper channels, which could lead to the spread of other blood related ailments like HIV.

The Drs TV: Possible Case Of Meningitis At Georgetown

With a fever of 105 degrees, a Georgetown University student tweeted, “This is what dying must feel like.” Three days later, the 19-year-old passed away. Tests are being conducted, but healthy officials suspect the cause to be meningitis, an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal chord. Some cases of meningitis can be life threatening, requiring urgent antibiotic treatment. Pending test results, this would be Georgetown’s first case of the contagious disease, which surfaced last year at Princeton University.

The Doctors: Jackie Kennedy Onassis Had PTSD?

Author Barbara Leaming claims that following the 1963 assassination of JFK, the First Lady couldn’t bear to look at images of her late husband, cried often, drank a lot of vodka, and had flashbacks so bad she would wake up screaming. The term PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder, would not coined until the mid-’70s, but Mrs. Kennedy clearly suffered from it.

In her new book, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story, Leaming recounts how the First Lady often reconstructed the moments before her husband’s death, convinced she could have saved the President.

The Drs TV: Gaining Unnecessary Weight + Drink Cold Water

The Doctors then shared their final unhealthy sin of the show: gaining unnecessary weight.

The Doctors prescription of the day was an easy way to help lose a little extra weight: drink cold water. It’s not a miracle, but when you drink cold water, your body has to warm up which can speed up your metabolism. Some studies suggest that six cups of cold water per day may add up to five pounds of weight loss at the end of the year.

Little things really do add up!

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