Good Day Alabama: June 8, 2016

Good Day Alabama: June 8, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area is preparing for the 4th annual Big Green Eggs in the 'Ham, the only EggFest in the state. The event will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Regions Field in downtown Birmingham. The event will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The day will unite cooking teams from the Birmingham area to raise funds for Easter Seals services, drive awareness of issues affecting the disability community, and change the lives of individuals and families living with disabilities. This family fun-day is sponsored by AllSouth Appliance and includes food samples, Baron's KidZone, face painting, games and more.  Admission is $15 per individual, $25 per couple and children under 12 are admitted free. You may purchase tickets or a team at Every year, Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area provides services to approximately 1,000 children and adults with disabilities. Money raised from Big Green Eggs in the 'Ham supports programs that make a difference for people with special needs including Adult Vocational Rehab and Pediatric Therapy for children from birth to age 21.  For almost 50 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. We are a leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs.  Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play.

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Wes Garrison from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the new alligators and summer camp. For more information, visit

SUMMER TECH GADGETS - With new technology emerging all the time, Tech Journalist Jennifer Jolly discussed when is the right time to splurge and when is it better to save your hard earned money.  In addition to Dad's and Grads, Jennifer helps determine where to hold back on tech…and where it's smart to go all in. Here are just a few examples:
• Splurge-worthy – A laptop still tops the gadget go-to list for most people, so Jennifer says this is a time to splurge. 
• Save-savvy – While it might be nice to have an army of robotic assistants to do all your dirty work, that's a pricey privilege you'll still pay an arm and a leg to get. Instead, try a hands-free, voice-activated affordable smart speaker that you'll have doing all kinds of tricks in no time – for less than $200.
• Splurge-worthy – Make a big splash this summer with this "smart" self-inflating stand-up paddle board. Paddleboarding is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and while this new gadget is more expensive than a blow-up pool toy, it hits a real sweet spot for adventure, exercise or relaxation.
• Save-savvy – Not only is this gadget a steal of a deal, it's a wrist-worn wearable that could actually save your life.

GARDENING - Bethany O'Rear, Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, discussed tomatoes. Almost everyone grows at least one tomato plant in their backyard. Bethany explains the top three issues that we regularly face as backyard tomato growers. The first is blossom end rot – calcium deficiency in the plant. It results in sunken, brown spot on the blossom end of the tomato.  It is seen during moisture extremes – very dry moving to very wet, or vice versa. It can be mitigated to some degree with a supplemental application of calcium nitrate, either applied granularly and incorporated or dissolved in water and applied as a drench at the base of the plant. Prevention involves ensuring that soil pH is in the acceptable range (6.0-6.5) at the time of planting and maintaining consistent moisture.  Providing supplemental irrigation as well as mulching can help to keep the area moist. The second is herbicide injury – similar to the appearance of diseases - wilted leaves, discoloration, etc. If neighbors are spraying, drift can cause damage. It is most commonly seen when manure has been incorporated into the planting area.  Many times the hay that the livestock has been fed was treated with herbicides used to control broadleaf weeds (which most of our vegetables are) and may have residuals of several months to a year in manure.  The third issues is disease. The main one is early blight – most common fungal disease of tomatoes. Favorable conditions for early blight are warm temperatures and moderate to heavy rainfall. It starts on lower leaves and works its way up. It is referred to as "firing up" and looks like the plant has been burned form the bottom up. It appears as brownish black spots surrounded by a yellow halo on leaves. For prevention, try resistant varieties, crop rotation, and mulching to prevent splashing on the foliage.  Control it with regular fungicide applications, as needed.  Pull up affected plants and remove from the garden.  Do not add affected plants to your compost pile.

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Alan McCool is a board-certified urologist from Walker Baptist Medical Center. June is Men's Health Month and the perfect time to discuss prostate health. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and is the second-leading cancer killer of men. Dr. McCool answered viewer questions about prostate health. Men's health awareness can mean many different things. It can mean raising awareness of making healthy lifestyle choices, making regular annual visits to the doctor, getting educated on heart disease or diabetes, starting general health conversations with their male friends, and much more. But perhaps the most important factor is the promotion of prostate health management. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and is the second-leading cancer killer of men.

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 7 men. One new case occurs every 2.4 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 19.1 minutes. It is estimated that there are nearly 3 million U.S. men currently living with prostate cancer. A non-smoking man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop colon, bladder, melanoma, lymphoma and kidney cancers combined. In fact, a man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer. As with all cancers, "cure" rates for prostate cancer describe the percentage of patients likely remaining disease-free for a specific time. In general, the earlier the cancer is caught, the more likely it is for the patient to remain disease-free. Because approximately 90% of all prostate cancers are detected in the local and regional stages, the cure rate for prostate cancer is very high—nearly 100% of men diagnosed at this stage will be disease-free after five years. By contrast, in the 1970s, only 67% of men diagnosed with local or regional prostate cancer were disease-free after five years. Older age, African American race, and a family history of the disease can all increase the likelihood of a man being diagnosed with the disease. If the cancer is caught at its earliest stages, most men will not experience any symptoms. Some men, however, will experience symptoms such as frequent, hesitant, or burning urination, difficulty in having an erection, or pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs. Because these symptoms can also indicate the presence of other diseases or disorders, men who experience any of these symptoms will undergo a thorough work-up to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms. Prostatitis is a prostate infection that tends to occur in young and middle-aged guys. But older men can get it, too. According to the Urology Care Foundation, there are three different types of prostatitis:

  • Bacterial prostatitis is a severe urinary tract infection. The symptoms include painful urination, inability to empty the bladder, pain in the lower back, abdomen or pelvic area, and fever and chills.
  • Chronic prostatitis is the most common types of prostatitis. The disease could stem from persistent infection, inflammation and/or pelvic muscle spasms. Patients experiencing symptoms may feel pain in the genitals and pelvic area, have difficulty or pain urinating, and sometimes pain during ejaculation.
  • Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis is prostatitis without symptoms, despite an inflammation of the prostate.

According to the American Urological Association, an enlarged prostate can cause a weak or slower urinary stream, the feeling that your bladder isn't empty, a delay before you start urinating, frequent urination, an urgent need to go, getting up frequently at night to go to the bathroom, a urinary stream that stops and starts, straining to urinate, and dribbling after urination ends. To verify the problem, your doctor will ask for details about your symptoms and may conduct tests to make the proper diagnosis. Once your doctor determines that you do, in fact, have an enlarged prostate, treatment options depend on upon severity. For example, adjusting your diet can reduce symptoms. You may be asked to decrease the amount of liquids you drink or decrease the amount of alcohol and caffeine. Other treatment options include Alpha 1-blockers to relax the muscles of the bladder neck and prostate, finasteride and dutasteride lower prostate hormone levels, reduce the size of the gland, increase urine flow rate, and decrease other unwanted symptoms, antibiotics, or saw palmetto - a natural herb. Your doctor may recommend surgery for more severe symptoms such as incontinence, recurrent blood in the urine, frequent urinary tract infections, bladder stones, decreasing kidney function or urinary retention.

YOU DECIDE - Mike talked with former State GOP chairman Marty Connors and former White House spokesman Corey Ealons about presidential politics. They discussed the status of the candidates now and what to expect between now and November's election.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Noah Galloway joins us to discuss the finale of "American Grit." Can his team win the finale tomorrow night? Looking for a new grill? In Our House we check out some of the newest features and how to pick one that's right for you.... or even for dad for Father's Day. Speaking of... our psychologist joins us with some reminders about important things fathers forget to do. Jeh Jeh gets us geared up for Slicefest this weekend! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!