Have you ever had a medical problem so embarrassing that you didn’t even want to talk to your doctor about it? You’re not alone! The Doctors answer all the questions you’re too embarrassed to ask and nothing is off limits. “It may be embarrassing to you, but it’s not to us,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson reassures.
“We’ve seen it all!” adds pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears.
Newlywed Erich checks in via Web cam to ask The Doctors if they can help him with his bad gas. Erich says that he loves Tabasco sauce and puts it on everything he eats. He doesn’t know if it’s the source of his flatulence, but he has to do something to fix the problem if he wants to stay a married. “When I wake up in the morning, my wife is ready to kill me!”
Dr. Travis explains that gas is formed in the colon and the odor comes from ammonia, methane and hydrogen sulfide, which are byproducts of gas formation. High fiber foods such as beans, broccoli and dairy tend to increase gas, so Dr. Ordon suggests that Erich keep track of what he’s eating (besides the Tabaso sauce) in order to pinpoint the main offenders. Over the counter remedies like Gas-X and Beano aid the diffusion of gas formation inside the body, and a flatulence deodorizer called Flat-D can be worn in undergarments to offset the smell outside the body.
Heidi, 36, is embarrassed by her foot odor, which she says smells like a horrible mixture of rotten eggs and nacho cheese. Dr. Sears performs a smell test and agrees that her feet are indeed pretty stinky.
He explains that foot odor is caused by bacteria and suggests that Heidi soak her feet in a tub of black tea for 30 minutes every day for a week. The tannic acid in the tea kills bacteria and closes the sweat pores in the foot. Boil two teabags for 15 minutes, add two quarts of cold water to cool it off, then soak your feet for 30 minutes. Do it once a day for a week, and see if you don't smell a difference!
To demonstrate, Dr. Sears sets up a soak for her, and by the end of the show, Heidi notices a marked improvement and kicks up her heels!
Chronic Bad Breath
Ryan, 22, is embarrassed by his chronic bad breath, which is also called halitosis. His sister, Summer, exclaims, “It’s so bad you can smell it from two feet away!”
Celebrity dentist Bill Dorfman explains that the key to eliminating bad breath is to kill the bacteria on the tongue. He discourages the use of mouthwash because its high alcohol content dries out the mouth and causes the bacteria to proliferate.
Dr. Dorfman demonstrates his three step treatment, BreathRx Fresh Breath System, which emphasizes scraping the tongue to eliminate the bacteria that causes the unwanted odor.
A Hairy Situation
Jay McGraw, executive producer of The Doctors, wonders if he is at greater risk for hair loss since baldness runs in his family -- on his dad’s side! Hair specialist Dr. Craig Zeiring says that male pattern baldness is polygenic, which means it’s caused by the genes on both the mother’s and father’s side. Dr. Zeiring says Hair DX can test for a high-risk gene that causes baldness and adds that early intervention is key; both oral and topical treatments can help.
Dr. Phil surprises The Doctors with a cameo appearance on set. The elder McGraw says being bald works for him, and proudly flaunts his chrome dome. Then, Jay is shown a computer-generated image of what he will look like bald. “Take that down! That’s not even funny!” feigning horror. Dr. Phil agrees, “That’s not a good look for you.”
Don’t miss the funny computer-generated image of what Dr. Phil would look like with hair! Even the New York Post had something to say about it!
A Manscaping Project
On the other side of the spectrum, another man is suffering from a case of too much hair … on his derriere. Andrea from Tampa, Florida writes that her husband Richard’s bottom is extremely hairy … and it’s getting thicker. The couple joins The Doctors onstage, and Cindy from Pink Cheeks salon gives the hairy hubby a treatment behind a frosted screen. She uses refined spun honey beeswax and Egyptian cotton muslin to remove Richard’s butt fuzz. The wax lasts about six to eight weeks, and Dr. Travis says that professional waxing is preferable to home kits, which can be dangerous.
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Danny, from Boulder, Colorado e-mails that he struggles with premature ejaculation, and it’s a source of great embarrassment to him. Dr. Travis explains that premature ejaculation is essentially an overstimulation of the penile nerves that causes a man to ejaculate sometimes within seconds of being intimate with his partner.
Dr. Travis says that Danny can do pelvic exercises that will increase the strength of the male pelvic floor and allow him to hold his erection for longer as well as improve his bladder control.
Dr. Ordon explains, “It’s basically the sensation of urinating, and if you tried to stop urinating mid-stream.”
“Contract for a few seconds, then release. Contract, release,” Dr. Jim instructs.
Dr. Travis assures Danny that if he does a set of 15 pelvic floor exercises per day, holding each contraction for 10 to 15 seconds, he should see a marked improvement in his sexual performance within six to eight weeks. However, if there’s no improvement after eight weeks, that’s a sign that other issues may be at play, so he should consult his doctor.
Color for the Hair Down There
Is it safe to dye your pubic hair? Dr. Lisa says yes, as long as the dyes are ammonia-free. She recommends a line of hair dye products called The Betty, which are ammonia and paraben-free. They are designed specifically for the groin area and the color lasts approximately six weeks.
Dr. Lisa presents a medley of The Betty’s festive colors and stencil shapes to choose from, and with names like Fun Betty and Lucky Betty, it’s clearly an invitation to play! “Ladies, be proud of your betties!” Dr. Lisa laughs.
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