The Doctors: Tips To Deal With Stress
It’s no secret that stress can have a negative impact on your health. To help you overcome stress, Dr Zelana Montminy, author of “21 Days to Resilience,” joined the show. Supermodel Molly Sims revealed that she actually makes lists to de-stress and will take a break from her phone or computer, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. One of Dr Zelana’s favorite tips is to create a tech-free zone in your life, whether it’s at the dinner table or when you’re with your kids. Those are specific places or times when you’re not allowed to even look at your phone, because a break can truly reduce stress.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is not taking time for themselves, even if it means writing a little time into your schedule. According to Dr Zelana, resilient people are very good at taking challenges and turning them into learning experiences, as opposed to negative experiences. Support is equally important, whether it’s someone to take your mind off things, or someone you can just vent to. As Dr Travis Stork said, sometimes you simply have to eliminate whatever is causing stress in your life.
What have you found to be the most effective way to eliminate or reduce stress?
The Doctors: Nurse Cured Of Chalk Addiction
Earlier this season, The Doctors introduced Taneah, a nurse who was so addicted to chalk, she would consume as much as three boxes of it a day, as well as bowls of baby powder. She came to the show for help, knowing that she needed to break the habit, but couldn’t do it on her own. Taneah was offered 30 days at a treatment center as well as therapy with therapy with psychotherapist Stacy Franklin. Taneah joined the show and revealed that she was chalk free! Ironically enough, she wrote just that in chalk on a small chalkboard!
Taneah was thrilled to reveal she’s able to live a normal life and go out and about with her children. Stacy Franklin explained that Taneah had to change her relationship with chalk a little at a time. Stacy then surprised Taneah by sharing that she would continue to work with Taneah as long as she was willing to do so.
The Doctors: Parents Create Foundation After Pearson’s Syndrome Diagnosis
Next, The Doctors gave a young couple the opportunity to share the story of their little boy, William. Elizabeth explained that she had no complications during her pregnancy, but Elizabeth and Jeff learned during labor and delivery, that William’s heartbeat “wasn’t handling labor well.” Doctors performed an emergency C-section and immediately realized that something was wrong. When William was 2-months-old he was officially diagnosed with Pearson Syndrome which is a rare, mitochondrial genetic disorder that was discovered in 1979 but there have only been around 100 cases since then.
It’s a multi-system disorder caused by a deletion in William’s mitochondrial DNA. There is no cure or treatment, which means doctors basically have to “fix things as they fail” for William. Pearson’s Syndrome could eventually affect William’s pancreas, eyes, ears, liver, kidneys, and brain. After Elizabeth and Jeff found out about the diagnoses, they wanted to start a foundation. The goal of The Champ Foundation is to let the smartest researchers tackle the problem, hoping to beat Pearson’s Syndrome and even find a cure.
The Doctors: Champ Foundation For Pearson’s Syndrome Research
Jeff was thrilled to share that the Foundation has approved one grant for a doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital. They’re optimistic that research and modern medicine can help not only William but others affected by the disease. That Boston Children’s Hospital doctor, Dr Suneet Agarwal, explained that he’s focused on bringing in new technology to fix the blood problems related to Pearson’s Syndrome, which is the most life-threatening problem in infants. In the last two years, in the lab, they’ve been able to make patient stem cells without the mitochondrial defect.