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Report: Dr. Phil Accused Of Providing Drugs & Alcohol To TV Guests With Addictions

The a new report suggests the licensed doctor purposely aided in drug use in order to boost ratings. 

A new report is accusing Dr. Phil of supplying drugs and alcohol to his TV show guests who struggle with addiction. Publications, Stat and The Boston Globe revealed shocking examples in an investigative piece on Thursday (Dec. 28).

Todd Herzog, winner of "Survivor: China," reportedly appeared on The Dr. Phil Show in 2013 to discuss his struggle with alcoholism, according to reports. Upon his TV appearance however, Herzog stated that he found a liter of Smirnoff vodka in his dressing room. He also alleged that a staffer handed him a Xanax pill to "calm his nerves." Herzog reportedly consumed both the alcohol and prescription drug before taping the episodes.

As a result of his intoxication, Herzog reportedly had to be assisted onstage. During the taping, Dr. Phil also made the comment that he had "never talked to a guest who was closer to death."

Additionally, a family member of an unnamed guest told reporters that their relative purchased heroin "with the knowledge and support of show staff" prior to the show's taping.

The report also suggests that the alleged actions were done in search of high ratings. While the report notes that this makes for "riveting" television, it said the guests were placed in dangerous and possibly fatal conditions.

Dr. Phil has not responded to the allegations. But Martin Greenberg, a psychologist who works for him, denied the claims. In a statement provided to Stat and the Globe, he said that "addicts are notorious for lying, deflecting and trivializing." "If they are at risk when they arrive, then they were at risk before they arrived," the statement continued. "The only change is they are one step closer to getting help, typically help they could not have even come close to affording."

Dr. Phil, whose show has been on-air since 2002, has been known for referring many of his guests to treatment facilities. According to the report however, the talk-show host has a mutually beneficial business relationship with the treatment centers, which could have contributed to the alleged abuse.

Over the course of his television career, Dr. Phil has faced a lot of backlash and lawsuits regarding his approach to mental health and addiction. The National Alliance on Mental Illness once said his approaches were “serious enough to warrant investigation by a relevant board of licensure,” following a 2004 segment.

This story is still developing.

 

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Mother And Daughter Arrested In Horrific Murder Of Pregnant Chicago Teen

A mother and daughter were arrested in the horrific murder of a pregnant Chicago teenager who had been missing since late last month. The victim, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, was strangled to death before her unborn baby was sliced from her womb.

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, her 24-year-old daughter, Desiree, have been charged with first-degree murder. Piotra Bobak, Figueroa’s 40-year-old boyfriend, was charged with concealing a homicidal death.

Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant when she went missing on April 23, after leaving Latino Youth High School. The mother-to-be drove herself to Figueroa’s home where she thought that she would be picking up baby clothes and a double stroller. The teen met Figueroa on Facebook and had purchased baby items from her in the past, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said during a press conference Thursday (May 16).

According to the Chicago Tribune, the elder Figueroa planned to keep the baby boy, who is reportedly brain dead from lack of oxygen. The newborn remains hospitalized on life support.

Desiree later confessed to helping her mother strangle Ochoa-Lopez to death, police said. Investigators searched Figueroa’s property Tuesday (May 14) and recovered Ochoa-Lopez’s remains from a trash bin in the backyard, along with the cable likely used in the murder.

Ochao-Lopez’s case had hit a roadblock until a friend tipped investigators off about her Facebook correspondence with Figueroa. Police initially visited Figueroa’s home on April 23 but were told that she had recently given birth at home. A DNA test later determined that she was not the baby’s mother.

A spokesperson for Ochao-Lopez’s family called the murder “surreal.” The teen is survived by a 3-year-old daughter and her husband, Yovani Lopez.

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Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Spelman, Morehouse And Clark-Atlanta University Graduations

The Westboro Baptist Church, which the Southern Poverty Law Center refers to as “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America” has taken aim at several historical black colleges or universities.

According to reports, the group plans to protest Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark-Atlanta University's forthcoming graduation ceremonies. In a press release earlier this month, the Kansas-based group said Spelman College’s "Women's Research and Resource Center of Spelman" is actually "more evidence does not seem necessary to demonstrate that this college is being grandly paid to produce perverts who aggressively strive to push others toward proud sin and down the path to hell. Repent!”

The group then took aim at Morehouse college over the fact it announced it would admit transgender men. “Morehouse, founded by Baptists, announced in April, 2019, that for 135 years only male students could enroll, but starting in 2020, females, who pretend that they are males, will be welcome. Check the neck! God’s moral law is immutable!” the group wrote.

In the group's attack against Clark-Atlanta University, the group aimed at Reverend Dr. Ken Walden, the President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary who is scheduled to deliver a prayer during the upcoming graduation ceremony.

“No true or spiritually helpful guidance will be offered by this man, whose lengthy resume is given in demonstration that he is worldly, men-pleaser who has made a career of misconstruing, wresting and lying about Jesus Christ and His Word. Flee from whorish, lying pastors!” the group added.

The director of public safety at Spelman released a statement, which was obtained by The Grio, assured students that extra security would be put in place. “We will have additional staff on hand to ensure that all events proceed safely and with minimal disruption if any at all,” the email read.

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Singer-Songwriter Meghan Tonjes Teaches White People How To Wash Their Legs

Last week, a debate about hygiene erupted on Twitter, specifically if one should wash their legs when showering. Unbeknownst to the writer of this post, I assumed legs were part of the human body and washing the entire body, both legs included, was a given. However, a recent Twitter poll showed that not everyone believes washing one's legs is necessary.

A few of things have been safe inside your pants all day, but may still need a wash...

— VeronikaSawyer (@VeronikaShell) May 10, 2019

I can't.... https://t.co/Sh17kxqqgZ

— Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29) May 10, 2019

Days later, Meghan Tonjes decided to educate those who surmised that washing their legs wasn't that important. In a video dedicated to white people and titled "White Washing 101" Tonjes explains how to wash and moisturize your legs.

While using a washcloth and soap, the singer-songwriter also offered variety in her instruction by informing viewers they can use up and down motions, back and forth or even use circular motions with their soaped up washcloth.

"If you're asking what the point of this is, it's to actually get the dirt off of your body," Tonjes said. She then instructs viewers to not just dry off their legs, but to lock in the moisture from the water by applying lotion. "And yes, you're going to do this every time," she says with a thumbs up.

Some might call this video patronizing, others might say Ms. Tonjes is doing the Lord's work. You decide for yourself.

Dear White People. #washcloths pic.twitter.com/nxMuHSWqQH

— Meghan Tonjes (@meghantonjes) May 14, 2019

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