Best friends Melisa and Stacey have made a pact to make this their year to lose the excess weight that’s been slowing them down. Both busy moms, they each struggle with mealtimes — Melisa skips breakfast, fitting in her meals much later in the day, while Stacey usually runs through the drive-thru to get her meals on the go. Determined to lose 80 and 30 pounds, respectively, Melisa and Stacey turn to ER physician Dr. Travis Stork for advice on how to make their busy lifestyles healthier for themselves and their families.
Dr. Travis adds that both moms need to work on cutting out soda from their diets and consuming more water. He suggests adding their favorite fruit to sparkling water for a flavorful and refreshing beverage.
“Appreciate true foods for their actual sweetness, rather than all the artificial stuff,” he says.
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Editor in chief of Reader’s Digest magazine Liz Vaccariello joins The Doctors to share secrets to help you save money at the grocery store. Find out what the supermarkets don’t want you to know:
• Narrow checkout aisles: Stores make it harder for you to get rid of unnecessary items you may have picked up while shopping by packing the checkout area and making the aisles narrower.
• Bigger carts: Larger carts lead to over-buying. Plus, always be sure to wipe down your cart before using, as bacteria from other shoppers as well as grocery items, like poultry, can accumulate on the rarely washed carts.
• Music: Bring your own headphones and listen to upbeat music to motivate you get in and out of the store quickly.
• Use the butcher: Save money by asking the butcher to cut all the meat you need for the week from one roast, as opposed to buying separate packages.
• Buy organic produce: Think that apple is fresh? Think again. Buy organic to avoid added preservatives, which keep the average apple on the shelf for 14 months.
• Bakery: If you don’t plan on eating bakery bread within 48 hours of purchasing it, put it in an airtight container to keep it fresh.
From acne to wrinkles, The Doctors offer solutions to your biggest skin dilemmas.
Which is Worse?
We all want to do what’s best for our health, but sometimes, it can be tough to know what’s better and what’s worse. The Doctors step into the audience to answer health questions.
Bizarre in the ER
Eugene, 58, was building a deck for his neighbor when he accidentally shot a three-and-a-half-inch nail into his chest, piercing his heart. Learn how he survived the terrifying ordeal.
“When you impale yourself with something like a nail … it actually staunches the bleeding. It is almost like the perfect compression device. If you pull that nail out, what happens is you exsanguinate. There’s nothing that’s stopping the blood from leaking out of your heart,” he says.
If you deeply impale yourself, Dr. Travis advises that you leave the object in and get yourself to the emergency room as soon as possible.
More than 1,900 people have a heart attack every day. Cardiologist Dr. John Kennedy joins The Doctors to describe how a heart attack occurs, who is most at risk, and what you can do to increase your chance of survival. Plus, learn how a dose of UrgentRx Critical Care Aspirin helped save one man’s life.
Dr. Kennedy explains that taking an aspirin at the onset of a heart attack can increase your chance of survival by 23 percent.
“Anyone who’s at risk, or over the age of 45, should carry the doctor-recommended dose of 325 mg of aspirin at all times,” he says.