Diet & Nutrition

The 5 most disgusting things I saw in the ER in 2013

Flamin' Hot Cheetos Poop

1)      Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Poop
Looks like bloody poop, doesn’t it?  Actually, this is what happens when you eat an entire bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.  These spicy treats burn going down and they burn coming out.  Ouch.  Eat enough Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, and you can get abdominal pain, too.  Why do people eat the whole bag?  Here’s my medical explanation for why you just can’t stop eating them.


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The Medical Risks and Benefits of Raw Milk

I am a cheese snob—I lavish a rich cheese and a dark red wine at the end of a long day.  Some of the best cheeses are made from raw milk, but I haven’t eaten them in nearly a decade, since I became a mom.  Bacteria in raw milk products can cause virulent infections including meningitis and blood stream infections.  For pregnant women, these infections can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.  Infants and young children are more susceptible to the ugly bacteria that can live in raw milk products, including Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella species, Brucell

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7 Tricks to Avoid Getting Sick this Thanksgiving

Every year our ER gets busy right after Thanksgiving—‘tis the season for crying toddlers with fevers, runny noses, and diarrhea.  It’s no coincidence, there are real reasons why illness spreads during the holidays.  Here are seven tricks to keep your kids (and yourself) healthy this Thanksgiving:

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Why I Stopped Buying Juice Boxes (the picture will gross you out)

juice box

A patient came to my ER after noticing green slime coming up the straw from her Juicy Juice box.  Her mom cut open the box – and brought her straight to the doctor.  Here’s what we found in the unexpired juice box:

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