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tv   A Healthy You Carol Alt  FOX News  October 6, 2013 1:00pm-1:31pm PDT

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this easy-to-understand guide will answer some of your questions and help you find the aarp medicare supplement plan that's right for you. i have i'm carol alt. i've been on the cover of more than 700 magazines and traveled the world for photo shoots and movies. i wasn't all that healthy. i struggled with my weight. i realized it was time to change. so i learned about the importance of good health. i'm not a doctor. i'm just like every person watching this show. and i want to help make a healthy you. welcome to "a healthy you." i'm carol alt. today's show is very personal about gathering the information and making the right choice for you, even if the choices may be painful. first up, perimenopause.
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is this a forgotten right of passage in a woman's life? is no one acknowledges what happens in perimenopause? and men, you may need to know this too, because we are your women. plus, pregnancy is a miracle not to be dismissed. but since your baby can't complain, how do you know you're feeding him what's good for him or her? if you eat sugar, will your baby be addicted? we'll show you super simple foods that will help keep you and your baby happy. we begin with angelina jolie's shocking decision to get a mastectomy. it is an extremely controversial move. but it is also a decision that an increasing number of women are choosing to make. is it necessary? it seems to me a woman's right to choose and keep her lady parts is a bigger and more scary decision. with me now to debate this hot topic is dr. elizabeth thompson, a reconstructive surgeon and
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dr. peter bonjorno, a naturopathic doctor. you had this done. you had a double mastectomy. >> i did, in 2006, i underwent prophylactic mastectomy because my risk was quite high because of my family history. at the time, no one was talking about prophylactic mastectomy. it seemed like quite a controversial thing to do then. i didn't talk about it with many people. >> i want to ask you, you said you had the history. like, how do you know this is really true? >> well, my mother had breast cancer in her 40s. my grandmother had breast cancer and my great grandmother had bilateral breast cancer. so we knew there was something in the family that was conferring a risk. we actually tested bar eed brca negative. so we didn't have the gene you can actually test for now, that gives you, you know, real hard numbers on what your risk is. >> but, you know, i fought to
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keep my lady parts, i really did. when i had my issue, it was a big thing to get the proper information from doctors because they were trying to lead you in a certain direction. how do you know you're not just being led down the path by a doctor who wants to do this surgery because he can make money on it. >> it is a great question. i am a radiational oncologist and i did my homework. i spent two years looking at what my options were. i had so many mris and mmgrams and biopsies and i was tired of actually spending my time doing -- undergoing tests on myself. so i found two surgens dong a revolutionary procedure, the same one that angelina jolie had now, but they were just beginning to do this procedure -- >> what is the procedure? can you explain it? >> direct to implant breast reconstruction. now when women have a mastectomy, they can have their surgery and come out and look the same as they would if they had a breast augmentation. >> they look like a regular breast, same shape and everything. >> i've been in dressing rooms and stores where people have
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seen me naked and say, you know, you have a -- you look great. and -- i think you have to have courage to show you're not going to go in and be mutilated or come out looking -- >> that was a big issue and, i know you're a naturopathic doctor. you opt to do more natural, what is what i did. i opted to do all natural, an enzyme thing, an enzyme therapy for me. what can women do if they don't want to do the double mastectomy. >> a lot of patients decide not to do that. i prerhrespect the decision a w makes either way. there is a lot of good research about prevent cancer and preventing recurrence in women that had cancer. there is a study about glycemic load, if you eat lower sugar foods, can reduce your risk there are studies about a family of vegetables, 64% reduction in
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recurrence rates. the study about using green tea to help support your immune system. >> i know. but a lot of people think that's hocus-pocus. on the other hand, the annals of internal medicine said having a double mastectomy doesn't actually increase your chances of survival either. so you're stuck in between weighing the risks of both actually. >> i think what people should know is that there are things you can do that are improving your chances of not getting a cancer. so just like you said, healthy diet, exercise, sleeping well, reducing stress, even using sunscreen prevents your risk of developing skin cancer. there are things we can do that we know. >> there is a couple of little things i do that i was going to share with you. i thought you might enjoy seeing this. because it is not just about the food, and, you know, getting rest and taking the tea. it is about the things we do topically to the body. i always believed one of the bad
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things that women do are bras that have the underwire. this has no underwire in the bra and it pushes up anyway. you can get -- this one i got at victoria's secrets and haines does them. there a couple of companies jump on the bandwagon now getting healthier bras because the metal wire cuts off the lymph drainage out of your breast. also, i do a bake soda -- here is my own personal bag. i do baking soda for under my arms or deodorant because we're shaving under our arms and any chemicals that go under our arms, of course, can go into our lymph -- >> there is studies about electromagnetic radiation from the wires. they think that would be one of the reasons that a cell can change more often. >> tit seems more and more wome are getting breast cancer. for me, i think that it should be the last thing you do is have a double mastectomy. that would be the last thing,
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but for you it was the only decision to make. >> i think i felt very much like angeline gentlema described in . i have four young children, a career, an active lifestyle. for me, the black cloud walking behind me was something i really felt like i wanted to avoid and reduce my stress and my risk. >> you, of course, had reconstructive surgery and you were talking about the bras and the accessories that didn't funk at all for surgery. can you -- >> i didn't understand how a $25,000 surgical procedure, they put you in a $5 bra that was made in 1970. so i designed a new bra that had opening so that the drains when they came out, the men and women with augmentation have drains, would come through an opening rather than underneath the elastic. this bra, is multifunctional after surgery. not only does it hold the drains, but it also gives a little slight compression to give a nice shape to the women. it makes them feel good. >> looks like a good yoga bra. >> it is great. you can cut the little things
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off and keep on wearing it. >> we're not going to settle this discussion today. nature versus nurture, i suppose, what you should do in terms of keeping your breasts healthy and in the end, if you need to do it, you've got these options and of course the post reconstruction, which is a very important phase of this. i thank you both for coming on. elizabeth, i know this was a very personal decision that you had made and i appreciate you coming on and talking about it. thank you, both. coming up, suzanne somers is here and she has some incredibly helpful information for any woman who at some point or another says i'm too young to be going through hot flashes. stick around. and just give them the basics, you know. i got this. [thinking] is it that time? the son picks up the check? [thinking] i'm still working. he's retired. i hope he's saving. i hope he saved enough.
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welcome back to "a healthy you." i'm carol alt. if you read anything about health in this past decade or, heck, if you've seen "sex and
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the city 2," you degree this woman needs no intro. however, she has a new book out titled "i'm too young for this: the natural hormone solution to enjoy perimenopause." with me to shed some light on this issue is suzanne somers. suzanne, first, i want to say that "sex and the city" was so funny. >> unbelievable. >> unbelievable. what a great kudos to your work. >> yeah. >> how did you go from being a comedic genius to a health at w you? >> well, i got fired, from "three's company". >> fired. i didn't know that. >> i was fired because i asked to be paid commensurate with the men -- >> way back when, right. okay. >> it is amazing how far we are come and they wanted to make an example so i lost my job. i'm sitting there for a year kind of depressed because i loved being chrissie snow and loved being on "three's company" and i thought i would negotiate and they never gave me a chance to negotiate.
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and then i started in the nightclub business and wore out my adrenals all the time and started having a lot of hormonal problems. and then kind of turned into somebody i didn't recognize. i would weep and i would snap at my husband and that's not my nature. i'm an upbeat, happy person. and i started gaining weight for no reason. and i was bloating all the time. and i went from doctor to doctor to doctor. i was offered antidepressants, anti-anxiety, cholesterol-lowering, diuretics, this whole -- >> everything but what you really needed to keep yourself healthy. >> then i found an endocrine ologist, drove two hours to her, with my blood work. when i got there, she said, you poor thing. she said, oh, your estrogens are too level and progesterone is almost nonexistent. and that's when this journey of natural bioidentical hormones began. the thing about what -- i really believe if i knew then what i
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know now that i would not have gotten breast cancer. that's a big statement. >> it is. >> i was estrogen dominant. when you're estrogen dominant, first thing anybody says to you is, oh, you can't take hormones. they're wrong, with all due respect. what i was missing was progesterone to balance out the estrogen. and progesterone is your anti-carcinogenic hormone, the component of a women's hormonal song. i was making way too much estrogen and not enough progesterone. >> that happens with women with female cancers. i had the same issue. >> the brain recognizes a reproductive person, man or woman, as valuable, because it is about biology and perpetuation of the species. and so when you -- you're no longer reproductive because your hormones are out of balance, it tries to get rid of you and usually activates the cancers in perimenopause. i don't know about you, but i got my cancer in perimenopause,
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but the tumor didn't really show up until menopause. and by then it was a large tumor which, by the way, was missed by mammogram every year for ten years. >> that's a whole other segment. we can do a whole show just with you. going back to perimenopause, what is the difference between perimenopause and menopause? >> really it is the ten years before menopause. some women have it severe, some women not so severe. >> this is what i wanted to ask you. they say an uncivilized, i don't no what he that means, but uncivilized countries, the women go through perimenopause, menopause, have no issues. you get to a civilized country like supposedly the united states, and we have all kinds of issues. why do you think that is? >> you're exactly right. because of stress and toxicisty. they say we appearance more stress in a single day in our lives today than the people of elizabethen times did in their whole lifetime. they were chased by tigers. it is stressful. walking down streets is
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stressful. think of all the mold in all the buildings here and think of the tommens we' toxins we're exposed to on a daily baseis. >> even in the water. what about the food for you? was that a big part for you, changing your diet? >> i embraced real food only, maybe 20 years ago. i changed my life. when i didn't take chemotherapy, and decided to go another way, i -- >> that changed a lot of things. i know i did. >> i decided i was going to eat as though my life depended upon it. my genes -- my genes want protein like a lot of vegetables, but a certain portion being protein. so i only grass fed beef, organic chicken, organic vegetables and fruits, coconut oil, olive oil, a lot of omega 3s and my body works great. i feel great. i sleep eight hours. >> that's the most important part of all of this. i'm going to get your book.
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i hope that you brought one with you. >> i did. >> suzanne, thank you so much for coming on the show. again, the book is called "i'm too young for this:: the natural hormone solution to enjoy perimenopause." don't miss the super foods that work wonders for mom and baby. ♪ [ male announcer ] maybe you've already heard what they're saying about the nissan altima. ♪ and we have to admit, that it's all true. but don't just take their word for it, check it out for yourself. the award-winning nissan altima. nissan. innovation that excites. now get a $179 per month lease on a 2013 nissan altima. ♪ vietnam in 1972.
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pregnancy is a huge responsibility. a new human being is growing inside of you, completely dependent on the love you give it, but even more importantly on the food you feed it. this can be a huge blessing or a huge burden because the rest of your child's healthy life starts the minute you conceive, with the choices you make to feed
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yourself. before you start feeling overwhelmed, and begin calculating how many milligrams of a particular vitamin or mineral you're eating each day, relax. let's just start with baby steps. there are some simple super foods you can add to your diet that will help keep you and your baby healthy. with me to discuss just what your body needs is registered dietitian and certified diabetes instructor erin polinsky who is pregnant herself. how long are you? >> 6 1/2. getting close. >> you've been worrying about what to feed your baby and you've come up with a simple easy little plan of superfoods to help you stay healthy and guard the health and well-being of your baby. >> absolutely. it is so important. it is so whoefr wheoverwhelming everything you put in your mouth has an impact on your child. >> it has an impact on your health too. you need an extra boost for the baby. >> absolutely. you want to make sure you're choosing the foods that have the highest nutrient content so
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you're getting all the right foods. everything you can take in is based on your baby's brain development and growth and the baby can take it from you and that can impact your health long term after delivery as well. >> the baby is constantly pulling nutrients out of your body. >> right. and it is important not just during pregnancy, but even before conception and throughout breast-feeding you're making sure you take in healthy foods. >> i think it is better to have it in foods than vitamins because sometimes they can be synthetic. why don't you tell us what you've chosen to show us today to help feed our babies well. >> absolutely. sure. so my first super food is salmon. salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, specifically dha. you'll find a lot of research has shown that pregnant women who have diets high in omega 3 fatty acid have babies with
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higher iqs. it is essential. a lot of pregnant women are nervous about having seafood because of the mercury content and salmon is a low mercury fish, so it is safe to have up to 12 ounces per week. >> in europe, pregnant women don't mind eating fish and don't mind eating a somewhat raw fish, which is surprising to me. here they say, don't eat raw fish. the more raw it is, the better the fats are. so i see you cooked this one, but what do you think about having raw or seared fish. >> if it is seared, that's a little better. raw, the big risk is you want to know where it is coming from because there is foodborne illness. and in pregnancy, if you come down with any kind of foodborne illness, it can be detrimental to your baby as well as you. you want to be cautious but try to choose a fattier fish i'm glad you straightened it out. i wondered why the women in europe eat raw fish, they don't seem to care bought it has to do with the quality of the fish. i noticed you put it on spinach. one of my favorites.
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>> mine too. it is terrific and you can have it raw, cooked. but the great thing about spinach in pregnancy is the folic acid content. in conception it helps with neural tube defects. >> what is the neural tube? >> when the neural tubes in the spine column don't close. spinach is a great way to get that in. >> we have some eggs. you have them completely hard boiled. >> this is just an example of the convenience. but you can have eggs, make omelets, do scrambled. a lot of women go egg whites because of the calorie content or worried about cholesterol. the yolk is where you get -- >> important part of the egg is the yolk. >> exactly. biggest reason is it is one of the highest for coleen. you want to make sure you're getting in eggs. like with the seafood, take a high quality egg. if a chicken is fed a high quality diet, cage free, you're going to have more omega 3s.
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>> blueberries at the end and fruit drinks, like a smoothie or something. >> blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents. if you take half a cup of cottage cheese, blueberries, and half i ca cup of coconut water blend it up and it is great for moms on the go. >> there is raw coconut water out there too called healthy harvest. perfect. thank you so much for being here and explaining to us how to keep our babies healthy with fabulous super foods. erin, congratulations. and congratulations to every mom to be out there. we wish you all a healthy pregnancy. don't go anywhere. was your tweet question picked for this week's segment of "ask carol." hang around and see. carol? happening around and so i can reach ally bank 24/7, but there are no branches? 24/7. i'm sorry, i'm just really reluctant to try new things. really? what's wrong with trying new things? look! mommy's new vacuum!
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welcome back to a "a health
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you." i'm carol alt. you can ask me anything about fitness, health or beauty. today, jazz lynn ocelyn is aski you tell me easy things to do to alkaline my body. find out if your need alkaline. then relax and start easy. here are some things to add and some things to cut out to start on your road to alkaline. do add alkaline filtered water to your regime. don't have alkaline filtered water, find alkaline drops online. also, lemons have an alkalinizing reaction on the body. take a sea salt bath. things to cut, coffee, soft drinks, as well as alcohol. and, of course, add raw foods to your cooked food diet, raw food is a alkaline, cooked is acid. if you have a question for me, follow me on twitter.
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@carolaltfnc. thank you for joining me. until next time, i hope you're learning to be more of a healthy you. healthy you. and welcome, everybody, to "sunday housecall." i'm jamie colby. >> i'm eric shawn. joining us, dr. marc siegel. associate professor of medicine at nyu's langone medical center. also author of inner pulse, unlocking the secret to sickness and health. >> you get two opinions today. dr. david samadi, great to see you. chief of robotics. >> hello, good afternoon, and hello. we start with something that's really important. you go to the doctor, you want antibiotics because you feel lousy and usually you get them. there's a brand new report that says doctors are still overprescribing antibiotics.

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