Warding Off Breast Cancer?
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Preventative mastectomies

There’s a lot of buzz in the media about women having preventative mastectomies to ward off breast cancer. Is this a viable solution or an unnecessary drastic measure? Genetic testing allows some women to see if they are at risk for developing breast cancer, and prophylactic mastectomies can reduce that risk by 90 percent. Dr. Lisa believes it’s a weighty decision and cautions that women may suffer lasting psychological effects from the loss of their breast(s). Dr. Ordon notes that reconstructive plastic surgery has come a long way and that nowadays women can expect favorable results. 

 

 

Anti-depressants and sex

Millions of Americans taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) can experience a decreased sex drive as a side effect of the drugs. SSRI’s are designed to curb obsessive thinking, which is similar to the focused state of romantic love. Though SSRI’s have helped many, The Doctors urge people to explore every option with their doctor before going on these medications. Dr. Sears points out that nature’s best antidepressant is exercise.

 

 

Why good parents fail

New research suggests that DNA plays a greater role in children’s behavior than previously believed; 30 percent of children have a genetic glitch that prevents them from learning from their mistakes. However, good parenting continues to be one of the best ways to ensure that kids lead a fulfilling and happy life.

 

Next, Harry and Elizabeth are at odds as to whether they should put their 6-year-old son, Noah, on Ritalin for his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD.) Noah was on Ritalin for a period of time, but Harry was adamant that he be taken off the drug. Dr. Mary Ann Block has devoted her life’s work to researching ADHD in children. She claims that Ritalin is more potent than cocaine and strongly cautions parents against putting their children on the controversial drug. She advocates alternative dietary and behavioral treatments.  

 

Dr. Sears brought Noah to ADHD expert Dr. Michael Linden, who took scans of Noah’s brain and shows the Q-EEG’s, which are essentially electrical “maps” of Noah’s brain. Dr. Linden demonstrates what a normal brain map looks like in comparison to a brain with autism, Asperger’s, and ADHD.

 

Dr. Linden notes that Noah’s brain maps indicate possible seizure points, which would explain Noah’s “blanking out” spells. He offers to help Noah with treatment.

   

Next, rock star/ musician Melissa Etheridge talks about her experience with breast cancer and how it changed her perspective on life. She describes her bouts with chemotherapy and radiation and shares how the healing process encouraged her to start living. She urges women to know their body and health, and to take charge of their wellbeing. Melissa has teamed up with the Hard Rock Café for the Pinktober live music campaign for breast cancer awareness that kicks off in October.

 

And, Dr. Ordon performs a liquid facelift on stage on 45-year-old Susan, who would like to add volume to her cheeks and jowls. Dr. Ordon injects Radiesse, a naturally occurring substance that is calcium based and promotes collagen growth. The results are astonishing!  

 

 

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