Coachella Health Hazards
Every spring, crowds flock to the California desert for The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Launched in 1999, the two-weekend event has seen record-setting attendance that continues to climb, with more than 90,000 in 2013. The Doctors discuss the potential dangers of music festivals, and share what you need to know to stay safe.
Family Rescued at Sea
On March 20, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman embarked on a sailing trip around the world with their two young daughters, Cora, 3, and Lyra, 1. But their journey was abruptly cut short when Lyra became seriously sick at sea.
The Kaufmans sent out a distress call — 900 miles off the coast of Mexico — and they were rescued by the California Air National Guard. The family has since landed safely in San Diego, and Lyra is reported to be in better health.
Charlotte’s brother, Chad Michael, and The Doctors weigh in on the parents’ decision to take the high-risk boat trip with young children.
Losing Weight with The Doctor’s Diet
Weight-related health complications claim more lives in the U.S. than car accidents, drug abuse, smoking and gun violence combined. To help combat America’s growing obesity epidemic, ER physician Dr. Travis Stork created The Doctor's Diet, a flexible and workable weight loss plan to help readers safely slim down, restore health, prevent disease and add years to their lives.
“I really believe in my heart and soul that eating well can change every single element of your life,” Dr. Travis says.
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The Doctor’s Diet is published by Bird Street Books, Inc., which is owned by The Doctors’ executive producer.
Jeff Lewis on Living with OCPD
Jeff Lewis, star of the hit reality show Flipping Out, has earned a reputation for being one of America’s most well-known designers and house-flippers. He is also known for being an extreme perfectionist, which he attributes to his obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
“Whatever personality characteristics I have … I have channeled them into a business that is very successful, because I am so detail-oriented,” Jeff says.
The International OCD Foundation estimates that one percent of Americans are affected by OCPD, with varying degrees of severity. The disorder is more common in men, but the specific cause remains unknown.
OCPD is characterized by a strict adherence to rules and regulations, an overwhelming need for order, and an excessive fixation with details, all of which may interfere with daily tasks and lead to interpersonal conflicts.
Unlike obsessive-compulsive disorder, which causes people to have unwanted, irrational thoughts, individuals with OCPD tend to believe that their feelings and impulses are correct.
“These thoughts make a lot of sense to me,” Jeff says. “I almost have, like, an internal dialogue now, where I feel myself getting upset and then I think: Is this rational? Is this something that people are going to understand? I can acknowledge that some things are ridiculous. It’s very textbook. I’m the kind of guy who checks the locks. I do wash my hands very often. I brush my teeth a lot.”
Symptoms of OCPD typically present in adolescence or early adulthood; however, Jeff recalls having traits of the disorder as a child, though he wasn’t officially diagnosed until his 20s.
Dress to Impress
From your choice of attire to your style of shoes, fashion expert Lawrence Zarian, author of Lawrence Zarian’s 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe, explains how what you wear can impact your health.
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Lawrence Zarian’s 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe is published by Bird Street Books, Inc., which is owned by The Doctors’ executive producer.