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'Biggest Loser' host: What my husband taught me
December 5th, 2011
02:49 PM ET

'Biggest Loser' host: What my husband taught me

Alison Sweeney is what we jealously refer to as mildly successful. She is the host of "The Biggest Loser," an actress on "Days of Our Lives," mother to two young children, and - on top of everything else - is training for the L.A. Marathon.

She's become an expert on nutrition and fitness, thanks to trainers and staff on the "Biggest Loser" set, and her book, "The Mommy Diet," is about to publish in paperback. But that doesn't mean the author/actress isn't still learning.

"My husband, Dave, taught me not to tie my self-worth to what I eat," Sweeney tells Fitness magazine this month. "Women attach all these emotions to a plate of food. Men don’t. Whether or not you eat too much sugar has nothing to do with what type of person you are."
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Smoking can make your nipples fall off
December 5th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Smoking can make your nipples fall off

Anthony Youn, M.D., is a plastic surgeon in Metro Detroit. He is the author of “In Stitches,” a humorous memoir about growing up Asian American and becoming a doctor.

I cringe every time I see a patient for a breast lift who is a smoker. I’m deathly afraid that despite my warnings, she will smoke before or after surgery and cause her nipples to turn black and fall off.

Yes. Smokers who undergo breast lifts are at great risk of losing their nipples.

I’ve seen it before.

The nicotine in cigarettes and the carbon monoxide contained in cigarette smoke can diminish blood flow to various parts of the body. These toxins act as a virtual tourniquet. If the blood flow to a particular body part becomes greatly reduced or halted, that body part dies.
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