In a The Doctors’ daytime exclusive, Jersey Shore reality star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino candidly discusses his ongoing battle with prescription pill addiction. Plus, a simple skin care tip that could take 10 years off your face! Then, a shark attack survivor tells her harrowing tale. And, warning signs that you may be living over a sinkhole.
Exclusive: Mike Sorrentino Opens Up about Prescription Pill Addiction
Mike Sorrentino, a personal trainer turned underwear model, quickly rose to stardom when he was cast in MTV’s popular reality show Jersey Shore. With the self-created nickname “The Situation,” or simply “Sitch,” Mike turned a life of partying into a branding empire, which included endorsements for shoes, vitamins and more. He was considered one of the highest paid reality stars in the world. In 2010, however, everything changed after he sustained an injury on a hit dance competition and was introduced to a highly-addictive prescription painkiller — the opiate oxycodone.
Opiates are one of the most highly-addictive substances in existence. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 2 million people in the United States are addicted to prescription opiates, and stats show that someone is the U.S. dies from prescription drug abuse every 19 minutes.
In a The Doctors’ daytime exclusive, Mike openly discusses his ongoing struggle to overcome the powerful effects of opiate addiction.
Safeguarding against Sinkholes
Could you be living over a sinkhole and not know it? Terrifying news reports have alerted the public to the unexpected risks of the earth suddenly giving way and swallowing portions of houses, apartment complexes and roadways.
"Limestone is the big risk," explains E.R. physican Dr. Travis Stork. "It's porous; it's very fragile; it's known as evaporative rock."
Learn which areas of the U.S. are most susceptible to sinkholes. Plus, The Doctors share potentially life-saving tips to recognize sinkhole warning signs .
Surviving a Shark Attack Sharks are often known as one of the most feared predators on the planet. Ever since the release of Jaws in 1975, the word "shark" has made many people afraid of going in the ocean. Over recent years, sharks have developed somewhat of a cult following, from the highly-anticipated Shark Week on Discovery Channel to SyFy's surprise hit movie of the summer — Sharknado. While sharks might be fascinating to watch on screen, one 56-year-old woman named Evonne recently found herself in a real-life situation where fact was much more terrifying than fiction.
Despite their scary reputation, sharks play an important role in the ocean's ecosystem. The conservation organization Shark Savers says that sharks are at the top of the food chain in virtually every part of every ocean. In that role, sharks keep populations of other fish healthy and in proper proportion for their ecosystem. Sharks also regulate the behavior of the species they prey upon, which prevents them from overgrazing on sea grass and other vital underwater habitats. Marine biologists view sharks as a “keystone” species. Dwindling numbers and/or extinction of sharks can cause the whole structure of ocean life to collapse.
"I was surrounded by 10 or 12 of these gigantic man-eating fish. They were amazing; they were elegant; and slowly, the bars that protected me began to feel like a barrier that I wanted to cross," Dr. Sears says. "I felt calm; I felt safe, and I knew that I had misunderstood these awesome animals for my entire life."
Protecting Skin from Premature Aging
A recent survey found that women neglect to remove their makeup before going to bed an average of twice per week. To raise awareness of the negative effects of not washing off makeup, one woman subjected herself to an experiment whereby she left her makeup on for an entire month.
Following the experiment, she had her face analyzed with hi-tech 3D imaging. The results showed detailed changes in pigmentation, broken veins, enlarged pores and newly developed wrinkles. Dermatologists then compared the condition of her skin to the way it was a month prior, and reported shocking results: Her skin biologically appeared 10 years older!
"I think the problem here is that not only was she not washing her face every night, [but] she was applying more makeup the next morning," explains family medicine physician and sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross. "So, after a month of just caking on makeup, 30 days in a row, whose face wouldn't look like this?"
"Washing your makeup off every night is very important. Skipping even a single night can cause your skin to age prematurely for various reasons," board-certified dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu says. "Environmental pollutants could stick to the makeup, causing oxidated stress on the skin. Makeup also forms a barrier over the skin, which ends up locking in irritants and locking out moisturizers. This exacerbates redness and irritation, increases pore size, deepens wrinkles — all those things that make our skin appear older."
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