School Lunch Smarts

Will the Internet Replace Doctor’s Visits?
Seventy percent of people polled use the Internet to self-diagnose their ailments. The Doctors say that the Internet is a good tool, but it’s not a substitute for the real thing. “Don’t believe everything you read.” adds Dr. Lisa.

Fountain of Youth or Cesspool?

Millions of people turn to humidifiers to relieve their stuffy noses, cracked skin and dry eyes. Some claim humidifiers works wonders on the skin. Unfortunately, the devices are often breeding grounds for a plethora of bacteria and mold. The solution? Make sure to keep the device clean and the humidity setting at 37 percent.  

Do Lunch Meats Cause Cancer?

A new ad campaign released by The Cancer Project suggests that eating hot dogs and other meats preserved with nitrates can lead to cancer. Dr. Ordon says that the ad may overstate the danger, but Dr. Sears points out that nitrates, a common preservative in lunch meats, are carcinogenic. Dr. Lisa thinks a kid can have a hot dog once in awhile, as long as they stick with the old adage, everything in moderation. 


And with the school year underway, parents face the daily challenge of getting their kids up out of bed, dressed, fed and out the door with a healthy lunch in hand. Stacy knows all too well how tough it can be to get the little ones to eat carrot sticks instead of chips! She turns to Dr. Sears for advice regarding her daughter Zoe, a picky eater who doesn’t like healthy food. 


When packing a school lunch, don’t forget your ABC’s!

A= Ask. Ask kids what they like - get them involved.

B= Balance. Make sure to include whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

C= Creativity. Have fun with food. Kids love colors and crunch. Use your imagination to make snacks such as banana logs, veggie kabobs, fruit pizza and turkey pinwheels.


The FDA’s food pyramid has been updated, and Dr. Sears and Dr. Travis talk about the important changes. “Be mindful of portions,” Dr. Sears adds. “Don’t forget – kids only need 1500 – 2000 calories per day.”


If you go to great lengths to make sure your kids eat healthy, chances are, your efforts are derailed every day your child goes to school. The same institutions that teach your kids reading, writing and ‘rithmetic often have a failing grade in nutrition. Two angry moms witnessed the amount of junk food in their kids’ school cafeteria and decided to do something about it. Forty-eight-year-old Susan and 49-year-old Amy took on their school systems to effect change, and explain how you can do the same in your hometown.


da Vinci Surgical System

An amazing new technology revolutionizes surgery. Five hundred years ago, Leonardo da Vinci changed the way we saw the human body. Today, the name synonymous with “masterpiece” changes the way we see surgery, literally. The da Vinci Surgical System utilizes a microscope and intuitive robotic arms to perform delicate and minimal surgeries that were once considered highly invasive. The Doctors bring you behind the rope for a front row seat of da Vinci’s performance.


Forty-two-year-old Annette was told she needs hysterectomy due to tissue changes and a mass of tumors in her uterus. But Annette, who has had four c-sections, is afraid. “If I get cut open again, I could die. I could hemorrhage to death,” she explains.


Dr. Sherry Levin, a da Vinci robot specialist, tells Annette that she’s the perfect candidate for a laproscopic hysterectomy. She explains that the procedure is minimally invasive, incredibly precise, and has minimal downtime. The Da Vinci is used for hysterectomies and prostatectomies and only available in 8 percent of hospitals in the United States. She demonstrates the exquisite capabilities of the robotic “hands” and invites Dr. Lisa to give it a try.

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OAD 12/25/08