Good Day Alabama for July 14, 2014 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for July 14, 2014

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us  live from the Shades Valley YMCA with Mickal Thomas. Today he showed us the latest exercises you can do for the week. He illustrates corrective exercise movements when the body is tight and how to restrict faulty movements.  He also illustrates and discusses which is better - heavy or light lifting. He also addresses cardiovascular exercise and explains when long duration or short intense bouts are best. He alslo discusses and shows you warm-ups and cool downs. For more information, call (205) 870-9622.

VET SPECIALIST - David Dismukes, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA is a board-certified small animal surgeon practicing at Veterinary Surgery of Birmingham. His office is located at 2864 Acton Road in Birmingham. More information may be found at Dr. Dismukes may be contacted at 205-967-9107. Dr. Jerome Williams is at Red Mountain Animal Clinic. For more information, call 205-326-8080 or The doctors joined us this morning to discuss Canine Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus ... also called 'GDV' or ‘Bloat.' It causes the stomach to twist and distend severely with food/gas. It is a rapidly progressive condition and is fatal if not treated promptly. It is quite painful to your pet and inhibits normal breathing. It compromises blood flow to body and causes shock. It can damage the  kidneys, liver, and brain. It can cause heart arrhythmia and destroy part of the stomach and spleen. It can also cause a blood infection. So what causes this? It is a combination of several things - loose stomach attachments, excess gas production, deep chest (especially in larger pure breed dogs such as Great Danes, St. Bernards, & Weimeraners), heriditary, stress, and diet. Be on the lookout for signs and symptoms in your pet - distended abdomen, drooling, retching without producing vomit, restlessness, panting, abdominal pain, & ultimately collapse and unresponsiveness. To diagnose, your veterinary will have to examine your pet and take x-rays. Treatment generally begins with emergency stabilization with IV fluids and pain medications, stomach decompression, and surgery as soon as possible. The surgery will untwist the stomach, gastropexy, and examine other organs. The prognosis is an overall 80% survival with appropriate treatment. There is a more than 90% survival rate if there is no stomach/spleen removal. There is a 60% survival rate if part of stomach, spleen or both require removal. To prevent this condition in dogs/breeds prone to it, you can permanently tack the stomach to body wall to prevent twisting. This is more than 95% effective. This surgery is often performed at the same time your pet is spay/neutered. It can be performed later. Many vets also recommend dividing feedings into two or more meals per day rather than one large meal.

BBB - David Smitherman with the Better Business Bureau joined us to explain the Hazards of Hoteling. Booking a hotel stay for a summer vacation? Before you check in, check out how scammers try to take advantage of travelers. The late night call from the front desk: You think you're getting a late-night call from the front desk telling you there's a problem with your credit card, and they need to verify the number, so you read it to them over the phone. But it's really a scammer on the line. If a hotel really had an issue with your card, they would ask you to come to the front desk. The pizza delivery deal: In another scam, you find a pizza delivery flyer slipped under your hotel door. You call to order, and they take your credit card number over the phone. But the flyer is a fake, and a scammer now has your info. Before you order, make sure you check out the business, or get recommendations from the front desk. The fake Wi-Fi network: You search for Wi-Fi networks and find one with the hotel's name. But it turns out it's only a sound-alike and has nothing to do with the hotel. By using it, you could give a scammer access to your information. Check with the hotel to make sure you're using the authorized network before you connect. For more pointers, visit

DR ASA: Cancer Fighting Foods - Janice talked with Dr. Asa Andrew - known as America's Health and Lifestyle Coach®. He is also a national best-selling author, radio and TV host, and founder of Diagnosis HOPE, a non-profit dedicated to health education and supporting the uninsured. He has dedicated his life to helping others thrive in their health. Today he discussed top cancer fighting foods:
1. Garlic
2. Berries
3. Tomatoes
4. Cruciferous Vegetables
5. Green Tea
6. Tumeric

For more information, visit

ASK THE GARDENER - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Sallie Lee took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. You can reach her at the Extension office with your questions at (205) 879-6964 ext 11.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, sending a student off to college soon? We have your financial check-list for those first year students in Money Tuesday! Our wildlife expert gets you ready for hunting season with the latest dates, guidelines, and rule changes for the upcoming seasons! Think all of today's youth have trouble with respect and being self-centered? We introduce you to one special young baseball player who proves that theory wrong! Plus new music and movies hit store shelves this week! We show you what's new in entertainment! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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