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tv   A Healthy You Carol Alt  FOX News  December 6, 2014 1:00pm-1:31pm PST

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> welcome to "a healthy you." i'm carol alt. the word surgery is cary and invasive surgeries can set your life back months. new technology suggests some tumors can be removed with just a zap and no surgery. lisa davis is here to tell us about the new insight tech technology, and we all know our body has ways of telling us about our health. did you ever think that your nails could be an indicator? dr. robert bard will tell us how denormities in your nails can give you a heads up on illness. any frequent traveler knows how easy it is to get sick on
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the road and getting a balanced meal can be a challenge. today jane mcallister is here to provide a few tips on staying healthy the natural way. jane, thank you for being here. this is a big question that everybody asks me because i'm a raw foodist and they ask how do you travel, how do you do it? i think it takes a little forethought. >> it really does. it really is all about preplanning. little preplanning goes a long way from a simple a thing as making sure that there's a refrinl rater refrigerator in hotel room. full service properties don't want you to have a refrigerator in your room because they want you to buy food on their property. >> that means sugar and fats. >> a good supermarket meal can be better than room service. >> you have some things that are going to help people travel better, travel more healthy, and they're not so big and heavy so
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it's not so difficult to do. what do you have here? can you show me what all this is? >> i certainly can. >> let's start over here, you have sliding. >> sliding discs one of two. they are fabulous for people who feel that they don't want to workout in the hotel's exercise room because that's a big excuse, always too dark and dank at the end of a cor dar. >> or bring a yoga mat like i do. >> they might feel safe to jog if they're not familiar with the area. >> oh. >> gliding discs actually come with a dvd, and you can, you pop them on your feet or your hands. i'd do a demonstration but i'm in a dress. >> i get the idea. your feet move you can slide on a rug or floor. >> exactly. >> it covers both hotel rooms. >> it's completely cardiovascular and that's what's wonderful and you only need to do five or ten minutes to get your heart rate going. >> excellent. raw chocolate. >> uh-oh. >> you can have your treat and
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eat it, too. >> people forget that real chocolate is actually anti-oxidant and a real gofood group in my opinion. the fewer ingredients the better. i keep good quality raw chocolate in my handbag at all times. >> a good pick-me-up. i love them, too. you have a candle here. what kind of candle? it has pieces in it. >> it's a lavender candle, and the reason i have that is because sleep is such a huge issue for travelers. >> jetlag. >> yes. and even if they're traveling domestically often having the regular sleep pattern disrupted has a huge impact on overall health. when somebody gets up in the morning after not enough sleep they're not going to say let me whip up a green smoothie. >> they will eat whatever their body is calling for in the form of energy, a muffin or fr
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frappucino. you have a bottle here. >> this is a bubble bottle and it has a filter in it. >> oh. >> you can actually keep it empty, take it through security with you. >> right and fill up water anywhere. >> yes. >> and it cleans it. >> yes. >> incredible. >> it's a nice safe bottle without bpas, et cetera. that's one of the best inventions i've come across. >> because the bottled waters who knows what you're getting and you have wasabi? >> it's seaweed snacks. >> this is wasabi flavored. >> a little kick. >> so easy to carry, drop it in your suitcase. >> and so light and a great snack to take on the road because they're very nutritious, they have iodine. we're hearing more about people with thyroid problems and sometimes i wonder if it's because we've cut back on table salt but then we lack the iodine
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in it. protein, eye iodine. >> you have a shoe. >> to go back to the excuses people make about not being able to exercise on the roads. one is the favorites not having room for workout shoes. >> very light. krumpl into your bag and not take up much space. >> they are go walk and also go runs, they're light, fold in half and fabulous, no excuses. >> of course we're back to sleep again so it's very important if nation you have no blackout curtains or curtains that are ripped or falling off the window to make sure you get the melatonin back up and running again. that happens when there's no light in the room. >> exactly. the reason i like this one is that it's much bigger than the ones that you get in your typical airline amenity kit. >> it's softer. >> it costs $5. >> and here this is lavender? >> this is a lavender quiet
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night relaxing balm. lavender being important for helping calm peoeople down, hel them relax here in the hotel room, you've been busy traveling all day, you want to calm down, you have your candle to give you an air of continuity. if you take it from place to place, and then you have the balm to actually relax you, and if you're a nervous flier it's handy for that, too. >> these are great ideas, so easy to do. thank you, jane, so much for being here. i appreciate you opening our eyes to sleeping better on the road. >> thank you so much. can new technology really be the alternative to invasive surgery? we will find out next, so stick around. huh, fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. everybody knows that. well, did you know genies can be really literal?
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even without methotrexate. a dry mouth can be a common side effect. that's why there's biotene. it comes in oral rinse, spray or gel, so there's moisturizing relief for everyone. biotene, for people who suffer from a dry mouth. welcome back. can you imagine a doctor being
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able to treat out rhine fbi 'roids or metastatic tumors without invasive surgery. hospital of the future seems impossible now? maybe not. thanks to the folks at inside tech, a company created in 1999 with the goal of treating patients without cutting the body, the future is now. lisa davis, the host of "your health network" recently visited the company to see what they're all about and joins me now. okay, i sent you out there to talk to the folks at inside tech because i thought this was probably the most incredible thing i'd ever seen. what did you find out? >> let me tell you, carol, and everybody, it is unbelievable. >> how come we haven't heard about inside tech first of all? >> i was surprised because they are the worldwide leader in mr guided focused ultrasound. i want to you imagine, you have got an mri, magnetic resonance imaging that sees inside the body and the ultrasound. what happens is, let's say you have a out rhine fibroid.
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do you know 25% to 50% of women ages 50 to 50 can have a uterine fbi 'roid, you might have to go into surgery and miss work. what will pick up the kids. they cut the body and there's a risk and infection and anesthesia. now i want you to imagine a magnifying glass, mean kids growing up with the magnifying glass try to kill the bug. that's what the beam does, it goes into the body, you can see it, the doctor can see it with the mri, boom, it pinpoints it, it heats it, destroys it, oblates it is the fancy name i heard. >> ultrasound, sound technology they are focusing into the body. >> yes. you go back to work the next day. you can go salsa dancing, do everything except for drive. >> fibroids, what other things can they use in this technology? >> there are several things on the horizon. it's also fda approved.
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fibroids for women, bone metatheses. the cancer spread, it's a paleative treatment, it helps with pain relief, it's t curative. it can penetrate the bone and kills that tumor in the bone that is causing pain and the person isn't having pain so you go in there with pain, lie on the table, they put you in, get the mri, they get the boom beam of ultrasound, they zap it, and the pain goes away. >> if you watch a bone metashesis early enough you could keep it from spreading, i'm wondering because this is a new technology. in my brain i'm going there's so many ways you can go with this. what about breast cancer tumors? >> that is interesting, sort of the next step, they're going to use this platform to sort of look ahead and they're already looking at oncology with the bone metastheses. at this point the fda approved the uterine fibroids and the
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bone metastheses. he created a phase three clinical trial for tremor, not just parkinson's but the motor disorder. go inside inside tech and show a guy trembling so much, his tremors are so severe he can't drink a cup of water. after the treatment, one treatment, the guy is like drink, drink, handwriting suddenly is neat. it's a game changer. it's going to change people's lives. >> what i don't get is that this has been around since 1999. i know they actually debuted in israel. >> it's an israeli company, the first procedure was done in 2004 for the fibroids. >> this is 2014. >> i know, i don't know why it's not on front page news everywhere. honestly, before you folks gave me this wonderful assignment, i hadn't heard of it and i've been in the field of health for 25 years. that's why i'm thrilled you
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asked me to look it up. this could change people's lives. i know two women who had hysterectomies, six weeks recovery, that's six weeks off work. >> they could have oblated the tumor. >> exactly. >> i know one of the things they can't do anything about is ovarian because the ovary moves. so it's not a stable tumor, and that is an issue with that, but with so many other tumors this can be the wave of the future. >> oh, it really can. it's just incredible, and it's so hopeful, too. again, like i mentioned earlier we're busy women. it's for men, too, obviously but looking at the uterine fibroids, six weeks off work, who takes care of the kids, dot housework and you'll lose a lot of pay, too. >> i'm happy that you looked this up for me. i sent you because i knew you'd get down to the nitty gritty on this. thank you, lisa, i appreciate you doing the footwork on this. >> it was so much fun, i learned a lot, thanks. >> coming up, i head to dr.
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robered bard's office for a look at nail deformities and how they can predict illness. stay tuned. [ male announcer ] are your joints ready for action? osteo bi-flex® with joint shield™ nurtures and helps defend your joints° so you can keep doing what you love. what'd you guys do today? the usual! the usual! [ male announcer ] osteo bi-flex, ready for action.
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welcome back. almost all of us at some point or another have dropped something on our fingers or slammed a finger in the door and the nail turned black and blue. that's normal, it's a bruise. what if you get an unexpected nail deformity like a divot, could those abnormalities be clues for something not so bedemean? dr. bard shared some things to
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look for. i want to take a step back a second. you're actually considered a radiologist, but when i look at all the things that you do, you are far more than a radiologist. you work not just with x-rays but with doppler and ultrasound, with blood flow. you're able to detect cancer in literally every organ of the body before a biopsy, which basically prevents a patient from having to take a biopsy. can you tell us about that? >> that's the nice part about ultrasound, it is specific, and for example if somebody has something with a nail, if there's a brown spot on the nail, you can tell them that's say a blood vessel that broke or you can tell them that it's a skin cancer and the nail has got to be, and maybe the finger's got to be chopped off. this can be done with this technology in minutes. >> how amazing is the nail in predicting illness? >> there are two types of diseases that affect the nail, one is medical disease like diabetes or kidney disease or
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lung disease, it shows up differently and there are surgical diseases of the nail, such as cancer, and benign tumors, and what's common is benign bony overgrowths that can be taken care of by, for example, a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon taking out the bone resolves the problem with the abnormal nail. >> i read that you had said that the nail in a young person grows from 3 months fully out and in an older person six months fully out. basically what you're saying is that six months of nail is basically a complete medical history of that person in a nail. >> that's absolutely correct. you can see the progression of the disease and also if it's growing out, and not getting worse. it's not going to be a cancer, but this is a way to find out what the problem is before three to six months. >> now, do you do that by
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looking at the nail? do you have one of your machines? because i know you have an entire office full of machines that can detect just about anything. is there a machine that looks at the nail? how do you do this? >> we have several machines. we use a regular ultrasound machine to show the thickness of the nail. then we use the blood flow to see if there are any abnormal blood flows in the nail and what it means. for example, when you have cirhiasis, it's associated with arthritis in one-third of people. so one third of people with psorhiasis will develop arthritis. >> i saw the list you sent me, it was 29 different i guess abnorm abnormalities of the nail which can predict problems or tell you what the history of the body has been in terms of health.
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29. it was pages and pages and pages came out of my computer. >> well the textbook that i'm going to show you has 75 pages of nail disorders. >> 75 pages. >> in a textbook. >> i only have 29 of them. can you show us? >> sure. clubbing of the nails is common in pulmonary disease like chronic obstructive disease, the smoking lung. in anemia, the nail gets a spoon shape, generally arthritis will cause vertical lines or can abinjury. >> how do you distinguish if it's injury or health disease? you have to ask the patient if they've ever been injured on the finger? >> you do ask for a history of injury but more importantly look at the blood flow which will show you what's going on. >> so the doppler will tell you that. >> exactly, the doppler is the next test. when you have pitting of the nails in psoriasis, the next
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step is to put on the doppler to see how much abnormal blood vessels there are. lot more blood vessels mean the psoriasis will be worse and the chances of getting arthritis are much higher. >> so basically, people should look at their nails and they should decide whether or not they need to come in and see you, because this could be an indication of something that's worse going on in the body, and you can catch it, if they catch it early enough, by looking, you can catch something before it becomes an issue, you have that ability. >> exactly. we can predict what's going on and also the likely outcome. now, this is something really important. fungus we all know about but parathyroid are benign tumors behind the parathyroid gland. it's a common problem of brittle nails and weak bones, because the abnormal calcium metabolism from the parathyroid gland
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reduces the bone growth and causes all sorts of other problems. >> it interferes with the paratie 'roid function is what happens? >> the excess hormone from the parathyroid destroys the nail, makes brittle skin and hair fall out. the point i'm bringing this up, 99% of patients with a parathyroid are misdiagnosed for the first year or two. >> what are they often misdiagnosed with? >> psychiatric diseases, in other words, they're told it's in your head. >> oh, because of hair falling out, you're getting older, things like that. >> exactly, it's something that as i said it's missed a lot, and so many symptoms are associated with it, that you go to a g.i. doctor for t and they don't look at the parathyroid. you go to the cosmetic person for your hair and they don't check that but with he can check it with these. >> just put the doppler on your
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fingers? >> exactly. >> this is so exciting. i can't imagine a simple nail could tell you so much. thank you for sharing all this information, dr. bard. we hope to see you again. >> good, thank you, carol. >> for more information on the noninvasive treatments go to www.bardcanc www.bardcancercenter.com. up next, i give you my take on potassium in today's "ask carol." . ...to breathe with copd? it can feel like this. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva is a once-daily inhaled... ...copd maintenance treatment... ...that helps open my airways for a full 24 hours. you know, spiriva helps me breathe easier. spiriva handihaler tiotropium bromide inhalation powder does not replace rescue inhalers for sudden symptoms. tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, glaucoma, trouble urinating, or an enlarged prostate. these may worsen with spiriva. discuss all medicines you take, even eye drops.
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is. time for "ask carol." this weeks question from amanda, "i'd like to learn more about our body's need for potassium. i began taking a supplement and it has eased aches and pains i've been having in my foot and ankle. could it be my imagination? other body aches and pains are much improved as well. imagine what you just told me a lot about potassium. your question is chock-full of information. can you imagine potassium's main
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job is to help your heart to beat. poe pass yum helps your muscles move, your nerves to work and kidneys to do their job. perhaps you get good results because the potassium was helping your body to work better. as you can see, potassium is a very important supplement. it's best to try to get your potassium from whole food sources especially fruits, vegetables, nuts and dairy. be careful as boiling can boil potassium right out. in the case of potassium, too much of a good thing is not so good either and it can interfere with some medications or if you have kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, addison's disease or ulcers and some other diseases you should not take potassium without speaking to a doctor. otherwise, you can usually get enough potassium from a good diet. well, that about sums it up. and if you have a question, just send me a message on facebook or twitter. we try to answer as many as possible. that's all for today.
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until next time, i hope you're learning to be more of a healthy you. new details emerging about the dairy attempt made to rescue an american hostage from al qaeda in yemen. hello everyone. i'm patti ann browne. luke somers was shot by his captors during a u.s. special forces mission to save him. he later died on board an american ship. peter deucy joins us live from washington. >> there is a feeling of urgency driving the mission to rescue luke somers because al qaeda hostage takers threatened thursday to kill him today if their demands were

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