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          Dangerous Fads

          July 28, 2010

          From huffers to tanorexics, Dr. Phil examines the latest trends that could have deadly consequences.


          Karyn and Randall say they were shocked to learn that their 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, was “huffing,” or using a household cleaner to get high. Hannah says she’d rather die young and have fun than be old and bored.


          “I could have walked in at any moment to find her dead.” 


          Changed Person? 

          Hannah has been in rehab for 49 days, ever since her parents discovered that she was huffing and planning to run away. The teen says that she’s changed her ways, so why do her folks doubt her?


          “Misbehaving gives you a thrill.” 


          Too Much Tanning?
          Fifty-one-year-old Erin, who’s been tanning since she was 8 and owns her own tanning bed, says “the darker the better.” And 23-year-old Ashley says she’s anti-sunscreen and if she dies of skin cancer, at least she’ll look good.


          Dr. Drew Ordon, co-host of The Doctors, gives the women a wake-up call.


          Weight Loss Woes
          Stephanie lost 80 pounds using phentermine but says the side effects made her discontinue the diet pills. She now wants to resume using the product, but wants to know if it’s safe.


          “It’s a stimulant, so it’s in the same class as ecstasy.”

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