tv A Healthy You Carol Alt FOX News December 14, 2013 1:00pm-1:31pm PST
welcome to a healthy you. i'm carol alt. male pattern baldness, every guy dreads it. by about able 35, 40% of men will experience it. by the time they hit 60, two-thirds will have it. can it be prevented, or even reversed? today we'll give you all the info you need. plus, we've got tips on how to look your best this holiday season from one of the country's top organic kos me tigss. but first, whenever possible, i like to bring you encouraging stories of tri usm over disease. mostly, i like to present stories of ordinary people. just like you and me.
who use alternative medicine, supplements or diet to battle their particular disease. the only way that they are different is that they believe and they follow through. today we have one such story of this woman's triumph over fibromyalgia. she's a brigadier general, a 27-year army veteran. general hallstead, i have to tell you my brother went to west point. women coming through west point was a myth that maybe that would happen. you were from the first class that graduated from west point, isn't that correct? >> actually, the second class. >> 1981. and your list of credits are so long i can't begin to count them here. let's just say just about everything in the military, but on a very top level. and you have commanded troops. you have a stellar 27-year history. can you tell us a little bit about why you got into the army
and how it happened for you? >> actually, it was my mom. she said, they're letting women go into the academy. this sounds like you, you ought to do this. and i looked around the room and said, me? i wanted to be a physical education teacher and coach. i was very athletic, even though i'm only 5'1 1/2". and it ended up there was a lot of competition in the military so it was a good niche for me. it was really my mom that encouraged me to go. >> being a woman in the military, how difficult was it to deal with the men and being the first or second class that came through west point? >> first of all, the military is difficult, and for a good reason. we want it to be tough. we want it to be hard, because our responsibilities are going to demand that of us. but candidly, being in the second class of women allowed to go to the academy, it wasn't like everybody welcomes you with open arms. you could still hear tradition crashing. you know, in the background. >> hard crash.
>> right. it was rough. but i always just look at it like somebody else is having it rougher than me, and what an opportunity. >> it's a very tough life, let's just put it that way. and it took a toll on your health. what happened? >> well, i was diagnosed with chronic fibromyalgia after i became a general. and it was in the year 2004, just before deploying to iraq. i deployed as a commanding general from 2005 to 2006. i didn't know what happens wrong with me. i ached everywhere. i had no energy. it was so totally opposite of what i had known -- you know, people knew me. i was very physically fit. but i ached everywhere. it took about a year to get diagnosed. >> why did it take so long? >> they just couldn't figure it out. they thought i had lupus. they thought i had ms. and i guess fibromyalgia is a pretty large umbrella. you can't just do a blood test and say -- >> what is fibromyalgia?
>> it's a musculoskeletal disease, it's associated with the nervous system. >> is it like autoimmune? >> yes. you have trigger points. so you can be really tender. i'd go to the doctors and say, doc, i feel like i have tendonites all over my body, like i'm bruised. i look fine when you look in the mirror, but i ache everywhere. the inflammation causes the nerves to overrespond. so you ache, you burn. i mean, the water hitting me in the shower was horrible. >> what other symptoms, you ache, you burn, dizziness? >> not so much dizziness. total fatigue. >> total fatigue. >> because you can't sleep. you cannot get to sleep. >> sheets hurt you? >> everything. i hated the sheets. i hated water hitting me when i shourd. >> how did the military handle this? >> unfortunately with prescription medication. >> you were on 15 different prescription meds? >> yeah, except for the year i
deployed i took none. because i educated myself. this is what your show is about. >> you educated yourself and then what? >> i thought, well, this disease is not going to kill me. and this disease is caused because of inflammation. all right, so how do i take care of that, other than prescriptions. because i read all the side effects to the prescriptions. it's horrible. so i did take the prescriptions while i was in the military. but then i met a chiropractor on your show earlier, and she said, you don't have to live in chronic pain. i'm like, who are you and why do you say that? she said, i'm a chiropractor. and you do not have to live in chronic pain. and i will help you. wh when i retired i sought out carol ann. she adjusted my spine, she restores functionality to your nervous system. then she introduced me to whole food nutrition. >> diet always plays an important part. >> it's something we do every single day, all of us, several times a day. we're either getting it really right or really wrong.
so i would say the nutrition is huge. i was totally feeding the disease. >> how did you change? what did you change? >> very slowly. >> really? >> i had three major surgeries in the army, so i had a lot of intestinal problems. i ate very bland foods. high carbs, i was a runner. >> they're addictive. >> they are. but they're bland. so i wasn't upsetting my esophagus and stomach and everything. so i was on this huge bland diet. when i started to read what foods warm you up and what foods cool you down, none of the cool you down foods. >> all the warming foods? >> all those that warm you up. so it made sense. that's the thing. it's all common sense. i totally changed my diet, the way i eat. coffee, i drank two pots of coffee in the army. >> i know, it's so acidic and inflammatory. >> the doctor said, cut back on the coffee. so i started to drink diet coke.
>> the same. >> it's the same. now i'm educated. i don't drink any sodas. i drink no diet drinks. and my mother, she was brilliant. she said, becky, take the tea off of diet and what do you get? die. okay, moment, i get it. i thought that was great. >> i'm so happy you came on the show to talk about this. i think you'll help a lot of women who might suffer from the same problem. >> right. well, you know, really, my specialty because i'm not a doctor, but i am so much healthier, we have to lead ourselves to healthiness. my expertise is leadership, and i teach people to lead themselves better. i even write about, lead yourself to better health. >> i'll keep my eyes out for that book. >> i'll send you the book. >> i appreciate it. may i present you with one of my commanders. in the military, we have commanders. although i'm not in the military anymore, i designed a new coin, that just says, thank you for making a difference, because
what you're doing with your show to help people lead themselves to wellness, you're making a huge difference. i just want to say thank you. >> that's so sweet. thank you so much. >> we try. >> thank you, general, for being here. and thank you for your service. >> you're welcome. thank you. >> now, baldness. heck, even female baldness, can it be prevented. and it is just a matter of understanding what you need in order to change your body to prevent this, just like the general did with her diet. according to one brilliant doctor, it's just that simple. we'll explain that after the break.
because with each passing birthday, the odds of men losing their hair increases. while hair loss prevention is a billion-dollar business, do any of those treatments work. let's ask dr. simon colby. >> thank you, my first time in new york. >> welcome. >> thank you. >> you bring with you great information about male pattern baldness. >> yes, we're trying to find natural solutions rather than drugs for these problems. >> let's go back to the beginning. a guy starts losing his hair. what is happening? >> you know, carol, this is a big question. all too often a patient will go to -- or will go to the doctors and they'll hand them a prescription. i think you have to look at the overall picture. there's different causes of hair loss. not just male pattern baldness, but nutrition deficiencies, hypo thyroidism, and that has to be investigated prior to just given a prescription for it. >> there are many reasons men lose their hair. >> absolutely. >> hor oen, last of zinc.
you can be taking zinc and not absorbing it. >> you could have vitamin d deficiency. the hormonal system affects the hair. here's the least important of the body, so it will be the first to go. >> i always teach that when talking about raw food, too, because people always wonder why i push raw food. i say it's a bad nutrition for the body. diet is always very important, because the first thing to go are the vanity things, the skin, the hair and the nails. >> think about it, going back to the hair, it's proteins, 100% protein. the body cannot break the protein down the hair will be the if irs to go. so sometimes i can give men and women, too, digestive enzymes that help break the protein town. all of a sudden your hair starts growing back. >> you're telling me hair can actually grow back? >> absolutely. >> and it's something as simple as nutrition in the body? >> for sure. >> and you're saying that if you give digestive enzymes, this can
help people digest their food better and absorb their nutrition better? >> yes, and their hair starts growing back. >> that's amazing. when you get a patient who walks in and says, look at my hair, what are you looking at? >> i'm looking at the whole body. i'm also looking at the pattern of hair loss. >> tell me about the pattern of baldness in the head. there's different patterns that tell you different things. >> yeah. so there's diffuse hair loss, falling out in the shower. >> all over. >> all over. >> that's why you -- >> yes. also, i look at them, if i see they're missing their eyebrows, the last one-third or thinning out, i'm already suspecting a thyroid deficiency in these men. >> diffuse hair loss and loss of eyebrows can be a thyroid issue. >> exactly. >> what about losing it in the front right here on either side? >> again, receding hairline, hair loss on the top, again, it's a thyroid deficiency. that gets overlooked in men, because men rarely come in --
usually it's women that come in tired j they try to be strong. >> exactly. >> strong like bull. on the crown? >> that could be due to deficiencies. i see a lot of hormonal hair loss on the back of the head. those back of the head, they have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. >> a des toss troen issue? >> it's really not the culprit when it comes to the hair loss. the testosterone gets involved to what they call dead hair. that's easy to remember. some men are susceptible to the dht which causes the hair to fall out. you know what, carol, with the medications we're giving to prevent that, the levels go too low and that can be dangerous for men. it could increase their risk for heart disease. >> that's the heart disease connection. >> exactly. you don't want to bring it too low. what we do for that is that
there's supplements you can take for that. something called d.i.m., ic 3. cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts. >> you're offering such a simple, easy solution. people follow it? >> yes. >> they come in, take a blood test and you can figure out what's going on. this actually helps grow their hair back? >> not only help their hair grow back, but they feel better, they start losing their weight. >> this is incredible. >> it's simple. >> hair loss prevention. billion-dollar a year business just by nutritioning the body. >> exactly. we also incorporate other methods for hair loss as well. we use l.e.d. light therapy. >> does l.e.d. work without the diet and nutrition? >> no, we have an integrative practice. we incorporate everything together. and there's a new method called prp. >> like stem cell. >> we take blood of the patient, spin it down, localize the platelets and inject them back in the scalp.
you put the whole thing together. >> you always need to include diet. >> absolutely. 100%. >> doctor, i appreciate you coming here. i'm sure a lot of men have learned a lot today. and i'm sure women, too, because i'm -- >> very, very similar, absolutely. >> thank you so much. >> thank you so much. >> up next, some great tips on keeping your skin young and healthy this holiday season.
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guaranteed! ♪ sleep train ♪ your ticket to a better night's sleep ♪ welcome back. a few weeks back we did a segment on what is really in your skin care and why it actually makes your skin look worse, not better. well, today my question is, what good is young and beautiful skin if you don't put on makeup that also helps your skin retain its youth and beauty?
treat yourself to some gifts this holiday season. or guys, if you're stumbling around for a present, women always like makeup. with me now is terrific ideas for gifts, the founder of rms beauty. thank you so much for being here. >> hi, carol, how are you? >> first of all, this is a raw line. >> basically, yes. i've kept out all the nasties. i wanted it clean, healthy for the skin. i didn't want to have problems with drying and caking all over. i managed to pull it off. >> i know you worry because your wax is heated. but i know that some things have to be heated a little more because they have a high level of resistance to heat. so i'm not worried about the wax at all. so all of your ingredients are healthy ingredients. they're organic. they are food grade. >> yeah. can you read it? >> you want to put it on your skin. >> you could eat some of this, but not all of it. the ones with color, you can't
eat. >> i'm wearing your makeup right now. >> you look fabulous. >> it feels like silk. my makeup artist, bradley, backstage, who put it on me, when i said this morning you were coming on, i said i wanted to put your stuff on because i wanted to speak to you about it and show you guys at home what it looks like. i said, what do you think? he said, carol, this is like a second skin. it's like a veil on the skin. how did you achieve that effect? >> i just got tired of using everything that was out there on the models. i do a lot of victoria's secret. i put products on the legs, it would just look like i painted on a stocking. i thought, i don't want that on the skin. i don't want the chemicals in there. i started playing around in my kitchen, putting things together. >> can i -- >> of course. stick your fingers in anything you need. >> that sounds enticing. it is literally like a cream, like a whipped cream feeling to it. let me ask you, why did you decide to do a completely chemical-free line of skin care?
>> i had health problems myself. >> it always goes back to the health issues. >> yes. it always does. and i ended up getting very sick, and i lost some of my hair. the list goes on. >> so you had heavy metal -- >> heavy melt. >> you were in the cosmetics industry. isn't that what the guy asked you when you were tested? >> when i got my lab report back, he said, you work in the cosmetic industry. i said, yeah, i do, actually. he said you have a lot of chemicals in you from cosmetics. i started studying how to make myself healthier, and i went on a raw food diet. >> good for you. >> thank you. and i do cheat, though. >> i do cheat, too. and i teach people they can teach. why do you put oil on your skin? >> actually, your skin loves oil. the cosmetic industry said you had to use everything water based. but your skin loves oil. depends on the type of oil, not petroleum. i've got berudi oil there from
brazil, vitamin a, beta carotene. >> this is so nice feeling on my skin. i also put it on my face, under my makeup, which is counterintuitive. >> you'd think. the right oils will absorb into the skin. your skin is hungry. >> and of course, i put your foundation on. now, you have a hero product that you told me you love a lot which is your illumination. how do you use this? >> you put it on very fine. you know, when you look at skin, skin that is youthful and glowing always has an element of beautiful and healthy. >> it doesn't look like anything. why is that? >> it's supposed to reflect light. when your face is matted down and all powdered, it doesn't look young. you look dried up. when you add a little bit of this, put a little bit on the top of your lid, a little bit in the corner of your tear ducts, cheap bones. when you move it around in the light, it has this reflective glow.
that is what makes you young and beautiful. >> dewy. >> exactly. perfect word. >> i told my makeup artist i want to look dewy. that is a sign of youth for some reason. you have mascara coming. lots of terrible things in mascara. i can't even begin to repeat what they are. you have a new mascara coming. you have powders, you have oils. >> yep. >> you have the lip and the cheek. you use it interchangeably. >> pretty well all my products can be interchanged. >> again, my favorite, all raw, i've said it so many times, but i can't help myself, raw and chemical-free and it's going to make your skin look fantastic. great gifts for the holidays. gentlemen, women, like i said, they always love makeup. rosemary, thank you so much for being here. >> thank you. >> coming up next, ask carol.
welcome back. it's time for our weekly segment "ask carol." today the twitter handle from h 3 asks, what do you think of gum? i love gum. but gum has so many issues. the biggest of which is that when you chew it, it starts your system up. what i mean is, it makes it believe it's going to digest food. therefore, you create hydrochloric acid in the stomach and that uses up vitamins and minerals. since we're usually not getting enough vitamins and minerals to keep us young, using them up haphazardly will age you that much more quickly. it also causes bloat in the belly. remember, if you have a question about diet, exercise, or even anti-aging, just tweet me at
carola carolalt@fnc. until next time, i hope you're learning to be a more healthy you. weather alert. a wicked snowstorm expected to dump a foot or more of snow over the weekend. that is times square in new york city, a live shot right now. welcome to america's news headquarters on this snowy saturday in new york city. hello, i'm greg. this storm forcing airports to cancel nearly 1,000 flights between philadelphia and ohio. there you see philadelphia on the left. cleveland on the right. the national weather service now predicting anywhere between 6 to 14 inches of snow over sections of new england. the howling winds and bitter cold, making things harder for