Making Medical History
The Doctors discuss the latest breakthrough in regenerative medicine: the growth of human lungs in a lab. Lead researcher Dr. Joan E. Nichols explains how her team used donor tissue to create a skeleton to which adult, human lung cells were added. The cells then proliferated, resulting in the live, fully functional organs.
Dr. Nichols estimates that it could take another 15 to 20 years before the technology is perfected for human transplantation.
“This is just the first step,” she adds.
Mario, a producer for The Doctors, takes his beloved four-legged friend, Louie, to veterinarian Dr. Courtney Campbell to discuss treatment options for Louie's gallstones. Mario explains that Louie was recently diagnosed with the hard, pebble-like deposits in his urinary tract and has been having trouble urinating. Mario fears that at 14 years old, Louie is too old to undergo major surgery.
Find out what Dr. Campbell recommends for little Louie.
Alternative Therapy for Brain Injury
Fitness and nutrition expert JJ Virgin joins The Doctors to discuss the heartbreaking ordeal her family underwent when her teenage son, Grant, was hit by a car. Following the accident, which left Grant with a torn aorta, skull fractures, bleeding in the brain, and several bone and spine fractures, doctors kept him in a coma and offered a grim prognosis. Not willing to give up on her son, JJ and her husband, John, began researching alternative therapies for brain injuries.
“As parents, we’re all the same — you don’t give up. I looked and I went, ‘not on my watch,’” JJ says.
After reading about another child who had used fish oil to come out of coma, JJ began administering low doses of the supplement to Grant. She credits the use of this common over-the-counter supplement, in addition to stem cell and hyperbaric treatments, with her son’s miraculous recovery.
“What needs to happen now [are] formal studies to find out, if this helps, what is the correct dose?” Dr. Travis says. He warns that some people may experience side effects from fish oil, including an increased risk of bleeding, so communicating with your doctor prior to starting any alternative treatment regimen is essential.
It’s sandal season! But are unsightly and painful bumps keeping you from wearing your favorite footwear? Podiatrist and foot surgeon Dr. Ali Sadrieh discusses the treatment options for combating bunions, and explains what you can expect when going under the knife.
Plus, Dr. Travis and family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross offer tips to prevent the bothersome bumps.
The Healing Power of Helping Others
“Do something for somebody else. There’s nothing better for you, mentally and physically,” plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon declares. Hear about Dr. Ordon’s recent trip to Jordan, where he joined a team of surgeons who performed corrective surgeries on more than 50 children with various injuries and facial deformities. Plus, life-stylist Moll Anderson shares her experience traveling to Jamaica with UNICEF.