For the first time, Montel Williams is opening up about his family's secret health crisis by talking with Dr. Mehmet Oz on his October 28 talk show. Learn about the steps he is taking with his family to stay strong.
Montel previously visited Dr. Oz to discuss his own health crisis: Multiple sclerosis (MS). But now he is concerned about his daughter Maressa.
Only 24 years old, Maressa was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. This cancer attacks the lymphatic system, causing cells to grow abnormally. Because the lymphatic system is part of your immune system, the cancer can impact your body's ability to battle infections.
Maressa was diagnosed after a car accident. When she had an MRI, her doctors discovered that she had cancer. The treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma includes:
- Destroying as many cancer cells as possible
- Bringing the disease into remission.
Montel emphasized that he wants to support his daughter as much as possible. He has gone through his own experience in seeking different ways to battle his MS, but admitted that this is even harder.
Not yet known: Whether Montel will encourage his daughter to use holistic alternatives. He's become a leader in alternative medicine for MS, with a three-pronged approach:
Montel emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet packed with fruits and vegetables, authoring a book about his approach: "Living Well: 21 Days to Transform Your Life, Supercharge Your Health, and Feel Spectacular" (click for details). Why the focus on so many veggies?
"They are cooling for an inflammatory state, so therefore the more vegetables I put through the body, the cooler I am," he told Dr. Oz in a recent interview. "That may mitigate this pain by about 2 percent."
In addition, Montel has created various recipes for boosting his take of fresh produce, such as the one below.
- 2 pints cut-up pineapple
- 2 pints cut-up watermelon
- 2 quarts coconut water
- 1 bag baby spinach
- 1 bag frozen blueberries
- 2 green apples or 2 bananas
Directions: Blend all of the ingredients together in a juicer and pour into 16 oz. servings. You can store or freeze extra smoothies to drink later.