Medical Minute: Why Colonics and Colon Cleansers Aren’t Safe

Wanda Smith

Longtime V-103 Morning Show co-host Wanda Smith was recently hospitalized with diverticulitis, a painful inflammatory infection of the intestines.

If you are an Atlanta resident who listens to V-103 you may recall the days when Wanda and Frank Ski promoted colonic cleansing. This is when the colon is flushed with gallons of water to supposedly flush out the bad toxins.

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Medical Minute: Esophageal Cancer

This is an updated post of an earlier version that was originally posted in May 1, 2012.

Have you ever attempted to swallow food and it feels like it’s stuck in your throat (or somewhere in your upper chest)? Panic slowly begins to rise as it seems like your throat is starting to close and you feel like you can’t breathe. You feel like you’re choking until you drink something to get the food moving again.

If you’ve ever had that choking experience with food — and it occurs quite often — you may have cancer of the esophagus.

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Medical Minute: Pulmonary Embolism (Blood Clot in Lung)

Chris Bosh and son

Miami Heat center Chris Bosh will miss the rest of the NBA season after he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Embolism (blood clots in his lungs). The 30-year-old Dallas native was diagnosed with the potentially fatal blood disorder last week after complaining of chest discomfort while vacationing in Haiti with his wife, Adrienne Bosh, and Heat teammate Dwyane Wade.

Someone uploaded this photo of Bosh and his son, Jackson on Bosh’s Instagram page on Saturday. The caption reads: “Thank you for all the messages, love, and support. It has truly lifted my spirits through this tough process.”

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Medical Minute: The Worst Shoes for Your Feet

Reality TV star and singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss leaves 'Watch What Happens Live' in NYC

Podiatrists have issued warnings about women wearing high heeled shoes for decades. The high fashion footwear are available in a variety of styles including stilleto’s (or spikes), pumps and wedges. Originally designed to keep a horseback rider’s feet from slipping out of the stirrups, high-heeled shoes have evolved into medieval torture devices.

Doctors say pointy pumps (such as those pictured above on a local celebrity) are the worst culprits. The pointy toes squeeze the entire front of your foot together, causing nerve pain, bunions, blisters, and hammertoes.

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Stuart Scott Loses His Battle with Appendix Cancer

Stuart Scott

Former ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott died Sunday morning following a long battle with cancer. He was 49.

Scott was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer (cancer of the appendix) after he underwent an emergency appendectomy in 2007. An appendectomy is a surgical procedure to remove an inflamed and painful appendix. This condition is called appendicitis.

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Medical Minute: Pica (Eating Disorder)

mom eats toilet paper

25-year-old Jade Sylvester, of England, has unusual eating habits. In addition to eating 3 square meals a day, Sylvester also consumes one roll of toilet paper per day.

“I started craving toilet roll. I still don’t know why,” Sylvester told UK’s Liconshire Echo.

“I like the dryness. My family tell me it isn’t very good for me — but I can’t help it,” Sylvester said.

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Medical Minute: Acid Reflux (GERD)

Barack Obama

According to published reports, President Barack Obama was rushed to a military hospital near Washington D.C. on Saturday after complaining of a sore throat. Doctors there diagnosed Obama with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) caused by acid reflux.

Comedian Joan Rivers also suffered from acid reflux (GERD). She was undergoing an endoscopy (a test to diagnose GERD acid reflux) when she died tragically in a Manhattan clinic on Sept. 4 at age 81.

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