To party, or not to party? The Doctors helps you decide how to RSVP to your next event!
How young is too young to attend a music festival? Catherine’s 17-year-old daughter, Michelle, feels that she should be allowed to attend these types of concerts unsupervised, but Catherine strongly disagrees.
“Michelle fights with me constantly about allowing her to go to these festivals,” Catherine says. “I know from experience. I’ve been to those concerts. I know what goes on at them.”
“She thinks everybody just does a lot of drugs, gets high, drinks, has sex on the dance floor,” Michelle says. “Let’s be realistic; it’s not the 70s anymore. It’s not like that.
“I’m very responsible,” Michelle adds. “I go to school. I have my own job. I have my own car. I don’t do drugs. I don’t drink.”
Patty and her husband, Lloyd, have been married for 20 years and have seven kids. Patty admits that over the years, she stopped dressing sexy at night, opting for comfortable sweatpants and a sports bra rather than lingerie. She asks The Doctors to help her rediscover her inner sex appeal.
Doctor of psychology Wendy Walsh, Ph.D. throws Patty and her friends a lingerie party to help Patty get her sexy back.
“Great lingerie is for men, and it’s for women,” Dr. Wendy says. “It’s for men because they need that visual stimuli. It’s for [women] because having beautiful lingerie also helps women get in the mood.
“You’ve heard the old adage that women are a crock pot and men are a microwave oven,” Dr. Wendy continues. “I believe in putting on the lingerie hours before the sexual act, under your clothes.”
Find out what Lloyd thinks of Patty’s sexy new nighttime negligee.
Chicken Pox Parties
Krista is planning to take her 7-year-old daughter to a chicken pox party with the intention of giving her exposure and life-long immunity to the virus rather than vaccinating her.
“I think [chicken pox parties are] a terrible idea,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. “Going to a chicken pox party is kind of like playing Russian roulette. Back before the vaccine, chicken pox would kill between 100 and 150 kids a year.
“What if you had a party and invited your neighbors over, and one of their kids was one of those 100 that died from it? How would you feel?” Dr. Sears asks. “There have been 48 million doses of this vaccine given – we started giving it 15 years ago in [America], and they started giving it 30 years ago in Japan. We have 30 years of data, and so far, the vaccine does not wear off.
“So far, [the vaccine] is lasting 30 years,” Dr. Sears continues. “Parents complain, [and say, ‘My child] got the vaccine and then still got chicken pox.’ Yes, that happens — and that happens a lot — but it’s always a mild case. Those children do not get hospitalized. They do not die. They do not get scarring. If you get the vaccine, and then are contagious because of the vaccine and you give it to another child, it’s never serious. In my opinion, as a physician and as a parent, I think the chicken pox vaccine is a great way to go.”
Go Red for Women Pajama Party
Cardiovascular, or heart, disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States and Europe. More American women die of heart disease than any other illness, and one out of two women will develop heart and vascular disease during their lifetime.
To help empower women to take control of their health, cardiologist Dr. Vyshali Rao throws a Go Red for Women Pajama Party with women who are heart disease survivors.
"Ladies, take charge of your lives, and you can absolutely reduce your risk for heart disease," Dr. Rao says.
Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, untreated diabetes, obesity, stress and lack of regular exercise.
Warning signs of a heart attack are often more difficult to detect in women than in men. "Fifty percent [of women] don't have chest pain," OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "This is why, a lot of times, it's overlooked in women. The number one symptom for women is fatigue.
"This is a silent killer," Dr. Lisa continues. "You have to listen to your body."
Typical Heart Attack Symptoms
• Chest pain
• Upper body pain
• Shortness of breath
• Stomach pain
• Cold sweats
Overlooked Heart Attack Symptoms
• Abdominal pain or nausea
• Neck or jaw pain