From scheduling screenings to cutting calories to the best way to unleash anger, The Doctors reveal 31 things you should do right now to enhance your health. Plus, get three must-know tips to prevent a house fire. And, see quick and easy ways to take your body from frumpy to fabulous!
Schedule a Breast Exam
Maintaining a regular breast screening schedule is the best way to catch breast cancer in its early stage. Over the course of one month, Julie, 32, watched two of her close friends deal with the aftermath of a breast cancer diagnosis. One of her friends responded well to chemotherapy but underwent a double mastectomy to survive. Her other friend, however, was not as fortunate and lost her battle with breast cancer.
“Three times in the past, my mother has found a lump [on her breast] and [has] gone to the doctor,” Julie says. “I think for my own mental wellbeing, I need to know how to do a breast exam. I realize now [that] it doesn’t matter how old you are or what your family history is. It could happen to you.”
“The biggest thing you want to do is look for change,” Dr. Lisa says. “You just want to get to know your breasts.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mark your calendar and schedule a screening today.
Know Where Hidden Germs May Be Lurking
Contrary to popular belief, the bathroom may not be the dirtiest place in your house. The Doctors test bacteria levels of a seldom-to-never-cleaned knife block. See how the surprising number of colony-forming bacterial units were far greater than those found on a bathroom floor!
“Here’s the point – you can’t really clean [knife blocks] very well,” says pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears.
A unique knife block manufactured by A.G. Russell is hollow on the inside and dishwasher safe. The knife block is molded of high-density ABS plastic that will not chip or crack, and the hollow design allows aeration to prevent debris and bacteria from accumulating inside the knife block or on knife blades.
Skim the Excess Fat
See how much fat congeals on different foods after being refrigerated for 24 hours, and learn how to cut your saturated fat intake by simply skimming the fat off leftover meals.
Pay Attention to Oral Hygiene
Watch an audience volunteer literally brush away oral problems. Plus, cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman reveals which dental conditions can be the most detrimental to your health.
Dance Your Way to Better Health
“Dancing is a good way to get a great workout, improve your health [and] feel better about yourself,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Utah Valley University student Andrew Hales has become an internet sensation by getting complete strangers to participate in a social dance experiment. Watch as he surprises The Doctors with an impromptu appearance. Plus, watch Andrew and Dr. Travis face off in a dance competition!
Find a New Place to Exercise
Whether you work out in a gym, outdoors or in the comfort of your own home, staying motivated to exercise can be difficult. A simple location switch-up can help break up the monotony and keep you on the track to better health.
Don’t Become a Distracted Walker
More than 1100 people wound up in emergency rooms during the last year due to injuries caused by cell phone and electronic device distractions.
“If you’re distracted [when] you’re walking, [accidents] can happen very quickly,” Dr. Travis says. “You’ve got to be careful.”
Take a Break from Work
Ed Batka has worked for Merle Norman Cosmetics as lead cosmetic compounder for 40 years and has had 25 years of perfect attendance! Watch as The Doctors give Ed a much-needed weekend getaway!
Practice Safe Sex
Contraception is crucial for your health and that of your partner. See a unique place to carry condoms. Plus, learn the symptoms of common sexually transmitted diseases:
• STD Statistics
Talk to Your Doctor about Flu Vaccines
Flu season starts in October and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over six months of age gets the flu vaccine. Check with your doctor to see if the flu shot is right for you.
Recognize and Appreciate Nurses
Inge Morton has been a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 1986. “I enjoy nursing because I never stop learning, but most importantly, I think this is a place where children are truly cared for,” she says.
Don't Rule Out Pets
Learn the many health benefits of owning a pet. “The biggest, to me, are just the elements of companionship,” Dr. Travis says.
“It’s interesting – just having a pet reduces stress, which can boost your immune system, and [research shows] that kids that grew up in homes with pets tend to have fewer allergies,” Dr. Sears adds.
Stay Calm if Catastrophe Strikes
Watch shocking surveillance footage from a grocery store in Palm Coast, Florida, where an out-of-control driver plowed into the supermarket. Ten people were struck down by the vehicle, including a mother and her infant son and daughter, but they all miraculously survived.
Public Affairs Officer for the Florida Highway Patrol, Sergeant Kim Montes, joins the show via Polycom to further explain the details of the case.
“This particular driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake and panicked,” Sergeant Montes says. “[The driver] kept hitting the gas pedal and went inside the [supermarket].
“Sometimes we do have people with medical issues do this, but in this case we believe she just simply made a mistake, and we’re thankful that nobody was killed in this crash.”
Don’t Cage the Rage
Have you ever been so angry that you wanted to punch something? “Depending on what you’re punching, it could be a good thing,” Dr. Travis says.
Bottling up anger can heighten the chances of depression, elevate blood pressure and disrupt sleep cycles. See a healthy way to release pent up frustration as fitness expert Stephanie Wonderlin demonstrates Nexersys – an interactive fitness machine with multiple punching pads and a digital monitor.
Replenish Muscles after Working Out
Rebecca asks: There are so many mixed reports about whether or not you should drink smoothies after your workout. Some people say it’s a good thing and other people say it negates everything you just did while working out. Any suggestions?
“Most people do not work out hard enough to justify a high-calorie smoothie,” Dr. Travis says. “A lot of people will go to the gym, they’ll burn 300 calories and then they’ll go drink a 700-calorie smoothie.”
• See how to make The Doctors' Sexy Cress Smoothie | Get the recipe!
Massage therapy is another effective option to help muscles recover after a strenuous workout.
Schedule a Hearing Test
Ear ringing, medically known as tinnitus, can be a very annoying and frustrating condition. Kim, a piano teacher and band member, has been experiencing ear ringing accompanied by uncomfortable pressure in her ear canals for years. She visits audiologist Dr. Yoav Shalev of The Ear Group to diagnose her condition.
“The ringing in the ears is most likely related to the loud music that you’re hearing,” Dr. Ordon says. “Tinnitus, in itself, is not a disease. It’s just a symptom of your inner ear. Unfortunately, there is no single treatment for it.
"For a lot of people, it’s kind of mind over matter. The other thing you can try is using white noise that will mask out the sound that you’re hearing.”
To prevent hearing loss, The Doctors recommend avoiding exposure to loud music; in addition, eating foods with high levels of potassium has been shown to keep hearing from fading.