Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke to "The Little Couple" stars Dr. Jen Arnold and her husband Bill Klein about her recovery from a rare form of cancer on the June 17 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Arnold is healthy and cancer-free after undergoing her last round of chemotherapy several months ago. In 2013, Jen was diagnosed with stage three choriocarcinoma, a rare cancer that occurred after a failed pregnancy.
Arnold got pregnant during the adoption of her second child, Zoey. Because of her longtime struggle with infertility, Jen never thought she would actually get pregnant.
Unfortunately, she developed a molar pregnancy, which occurs when tissue that normally becomes a fetus instead grows into abnormal growth in the uterus. The growth produces symptoms of pregnancy, even though it isn't an embryo.
Arnold, a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, was diagnosed with cancer during the treatment of her molar pregnancy. Jen decided to undergo chemotherapy to treat her rare condition.
Jen said her doctors initially had difficulty adjusting her chemotherapy dosage due to her small size. Arnold has skeletal dysplasia, a bone-growth disorder that causes dwarfism. Fortunately, everything worked out, and Jen is now cancer-free. She credits her supportive husband and their strong marriage for helping her through her health struggle.
Radical Cancer Remission and the Healing Power of Positive Thinking
Dr. Oz previously discussed the phenomenon of radical cancer remission, which is when a patient's cancer spontaneously disappears after surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy have failed to eradicate it.
Oncologist Dr. Kelly Turner has personally witnessed radical cancer remission among numerous patients. Dr. Turner, author of Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, said the common link among patients who experience radical remission is a deep commitment to positive thinking and gratitude.
Dr. Turner said just spending 5 minutes a day feeling grateful can release healing hormones throughout your body that boosts your immune system. On a previous episode, Dr. Oz's guest was a 50-year-old woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35. She underwent several surgeries and chemotherapy and was given only five years to live.
The woman decided to focus all her emotional energy on healing her cancer. After 18 months of her positive-thinking/gratitude therapy, her cancer spontaneously disappeared. She has been in remission for 13 years.
Dr. Oz's Favorite Nut Butters For Weight Loss With Recipes
On a separate segment, Dr. Oz discussed the health benefits of nut butters, which studies show promote weight loss, curb hunger, and help you live longer. Plus, they taste good.
- Peanut butter. Dr. Oz said peanut butter is rich in antioxidants and stabilizes blood sugar.
- Hazelnut butter. Dr. Oz said hazelnut butter aids regular bowel movements because it's high in magnesium.
- Macadamia nut butter. Macadamia nut butter has a lot of vitamin B1, which supports a healthy nervous system and improves mood.
- Walnut butter. Walnut butter have been shown to prevent heart disease and reduce cholesterol.
Grilled Walnut Butter Apple Sandwich recipe
2 slices of whole wheat bread
½ a sliced apple
2 tablespoons of walnut butter
1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
Macadamia Chocolate Truffles recipe
Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse together. Using clean hands, roll into small balls and place on a plate or in a plastic container to let set (covered) in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.