From coast to coast, staying healthy is on everybody's mind. The Doctors tackle the Big Apple's most biting health questions!
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Central Park's Health Perks
The Doctors discover healthy ways to utilize the city's open space while answering questions from park-goers along the way.
The Doctors Meet New York's Heroes
The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) is one of the most well-known firehouses in the country.
After a sudden emergency call halts their meet-and-greet with The Doctors, the firefighters return safely to give them a tour of the firehouse and ask their questions about managing back pain, how much coffee is too much and more.
Aside from fighting fires, the FDNY's main priority is helping people in need, which is why more than 8,000 FDNY members are part of the bone marrow registry. Thousands of patients are awaiting a donor to make their life-saving transplant possible. You can help save a life by visiting www.marrow.org.
Rethink the Water We Drink?
The Doctors' Health Investigator, Liz Vaccariello, finds out why Americans spend billions each year on bottled water instead of drinking it from the tap for free.
"Water is essential to life, but most of the time, we take it for granted," Liz says. "Americans have some of the cleanest and most regulated public water in the world. Each year, we spend [more than] $10 billion on bottled water, [and] the environmental impact cannot be ignored."
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At the Columbus Circle Time Warner Center, Liz conducts a taste test to see how New Yorkers react to the taste of tap, bottled and mountain spring water. See how NYC tap water placed!
Liz finds that the average bottle of water costs $3.19. Buying 2 liters of bottled water every day would add up to $1,500.00 per year, while 2 liters of tap water per day would total a mere 50 cents. She reaches out to scientist and author of Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind our Obsession with Water, Dr. Peter Gleick, to find out why people are shelling out big bucks.
"Sometimes, people think they don't like the taste of their tap water. They're bombarded with advertising and marketing campaigns for [bottled water]," Dr. Gleick says. "There's no reason to assume that bottled water is any safer, and most bottled water originates as tap water."
In some parts of the country, hydraulic fracturing, or drilling, has been found to leak methane into municipal water sources, making people ill and animals lose their coats. It has even been said that there is so much gas present in the water, that people can set it on fire. The new film Gasland reveals how drilling is affecting our water sources. "This movie gave me chills [and] made me cry," Liz says. "This is scary, scary stuff"
Since hydraulic fracturing is not limited to rural areas, Liz visits the New York Department of Environmental Protection to get to the bottom of how city water is regulated. The New York City water supply is tested every single day under 250 parameters and Liz is assured that the quality of New York water is unquestionable.
Both bottled and tap water are generally safe to drink. If you dislike the taste of your tap water, Liz provides a few tips on how to freshen its flavor.
Tap Water Tips
• Pour water in a pitcher and refrigerate over night. This should decrease any unpleasant taste.
• Contracting germs is more likely from the faucet than the water itself. Wash the screen and faucet at least once a month.
• When it comes to public water systems, don't be afraid get involved. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires every water system to post an annual report online. Log on to www.EPA.gov for more information.
Four's a Crowd
Dr. Jim makes a surprise house call to busy mother of four and Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Guidice to give her tips on raising her four girls: Gia, 9; Gabrielle 6; Milania, 5; and Audriana, 1.
New Yorkers' Health Questions Answered
From how to put the freeze on hot flashes, to subway safety tips, The Doctors take real questions from real New Yorkers.