Reader’s Digest magazine Liz Vaccariello to discuss cosmetic trends and outrageous health stories featured in the special June double-issue of Reader’s Digest.
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A Florida casino recently took the term “Fat Tuesday” to new heights … and weights. As part of a Mardi Gras promotion, which was labeled “Freebies for Fatties,” patrons were rewarded with cash for every pound they weighed.
“[The casino] did, at one point, provide up to 10,000 donuts for their customers to literally fatten up,” Liz says. [A donut is] about 200 calories each, so if you had 180 of these donuts, you could gain 10 pounds and that only gives you one extra dollar of free play.”
Premature Plastic Surgery Trends
Nearly 300,000 teens underwent aesthetic plastic surgery in 2008 alone, and the parent-approved procedures are still prevalent today. There has been a 25 percent increase in plastic surgery for patients under the age of 19 within the last five years, and even children as young as five have undergone cosmetic procedures as a solution to stop ridicule and bullying.
Dr. Michael Niccole, a prominent, board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in California, recently performed breast augmentation on his own daughter. Dr. Niccole and his daughters, Brittani and Charm, join The Doctors to address the controversy swirling around their story.
Brittani underwent breast augmentation when she turned 18 and was aware of all the details surrounding the procedure, having worked in her father’s practice over the last few years.
“I’m very familiar with all of the procedures [my father] does and I [trusted] him more than 100 percent,” Brittani says.
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From an instant facelift to an instant buttlift, beauty expert Kym Douglas provides simple and effective solutions for common body complaints. Ida, 55, is a recent empty-nester and wants to regain a more youthful look, now that she and her husband have the house to themselves again.
April recently lost 25 pounds but cannot seem get rid of what she refers to as her “genetic curse” – her chubby knees.
“It’s hard for me to find a dress. It either has to cut below the knee or I’ll wear a long-length dress,” she says.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Nikolov joins The Doctors to demonstrate how the SmartLipo laser liposuction procedure can sculpt the knees or any other problem area by melting the fat prior to suctioning it out. The result produces smoother contouring and less bruising.
Communicating Chronic Pain
What’s your pain telling you? Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, joins The Doctors to explain the importance of communicating the symptoms of chronic pain.
“Pain is so real and it’s really important to pay attention to it, because pain is really the body’s internal warning system,” Dr. Lewis-Hall says. “Pain is also really complex and it has many, many causes, and there are different types of pain.”
“Acute pain is a sensation that’s triggered by the nervous system, [that] alerts you to an injury and the need to alter your behavior,” Dr. Travis explains. “Then there’s something else, [and] that’s chronic pain, which persists longer than three months, affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, [and] can significantly interfere with activities of daily living.”
“Chronic pain can be caused by a range of things -- everything from arthritis to diabetes to cancer to injuries,” Dr. Lewis-Hall explains.
“[Chronic pain] is a disease in its own right and some people are reluctant to complain to their doctors, but that may make the problem worse if it means the root cause of your pain goes unexamined or [if] it allows a treatable condition to progress, causing even more pain” Dr. Travis says.
Keeping a detailed journal to record your pain can assist doctors in finding the source of your ailment. A helpful method for properly documenting your pain is the mnemonic LOCATES:
O Other symptoms
C Character of the pain
A Aggravating or Alleviating factors
T Timing of the pain
E Environment where the pain occurs
S Severity of the pain
Dr. Lewis Hall adds, “Everybody experiences pain in a very different way, so the really important thing is to understand the pain and to be able to communicate it well so that you can get the right diagnosis and the right treatment.”