A New Arm

How safe is your drinking water?
Studies have found substances such as pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, sex hormones, anti-convulsants, and mood stabilizers in trace amounts in tap water across the country. Dr. Ordon thinks what comes through the pipes is safe enough to drink. In fact, he prefers tap water! But Dr. Sears worries about the risk of long-term exposure to these chemicals. Dr. Lisa notes that tap water is actually tested more than bottled water, but she likes her bottled water anyway! Dr. Travis adds that the plastic from bottled water builds up in the landfills and has a negative effect on the environment.    

Do Self-Breast Exams Work?
Some doctors suggest that self-breast exams might not be effective in detecting cancer. Dr. Lisa argues that such a suggestion is misleading and implores, “If you find a lump in your breast -- no matter how you find it -- get it checked out.” The Doctors all agree: “Know your breasts!” Be vigilant and see a doctor if there are any changes in them.

Severe PMS

Most women think they have no choice but to suffer through PMS every month. 27-year-old Andrea’s PMS is so severe that her relationship with her husband and children hangs by a thread. Ten days out of the month she’s anxious, impatient and moody. “I made my son cry,” Andrea laments. Her husband, Justin, admits, “It’s hard to be her husband.”

Dr. Lisa reminds Andrea that women are hormonal beings, and must cope with the fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone throughout their monthly cycle. These hormones affect their mental and physical state. She explains Andrea doesn’t have to live this way, and there are many treatments available such as:

• Regular exercise
• Birth control pills
• Decreased interval birth control pills
• Calcium for cramps
• Various natural remedies
• Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) 

• Hysterectomy

Ask Our Doctors

Sara from Yuma, Arizona asks Dr. Sears if she should be concerned that her two-year-old daughter isn’t speaking in complete sentences. Dr. Sears recommends reading to her and speaking to her with grown-up words. Erica from Willows, California is unhappy with her uneven labia minora and asks Dr. Ordon if there’s anything that can be done about it. Dr. Ordon tells her that she can either go to her gynecologist or undergo a plastic surgery procedure that he affectionately calls “designer lips.” Mark from Indianapolis, Indiana asks Dr. Travis whether he should wash the fruits and vegetables that he gets from the grocery store. Dr. Travis emphasizes the importance of washing all produce to rid it of dirt, bacteria, and pesticide residue.

Losing a Limb

Next, a story that made headlines across America, 19-year-old Kasey goes for a midnight swim and barely escapes with his life. In an epic battle with an 11-foot alligator, Kasey loses his arm but miraculously swims to safety. Kasey shares his incredible experience, “It was just so painful. My adrenaline just kicked into survival mode.”

Kasey struggles with residual pain due to phantom limb syndrome and is still coming to terms with his injury. Kasey’s mother, Kim, observes, “He still has a good outlook, but I can see more of … a sadness. It’s hard for him.” But Dr. Travis is amazed at Kasey’s positive outlook and asks him how he keeps his spirits up. Kasey explains, “Now I have to make the best of the rest of my life with what cards I’ve been dealt.”

Juan, a war veteran, lost his arm in a bombing attack in Iraq. He received a Hanger Prosthetic and Orthotics arm and joins Kasey on stage to share his experience of living with it. Troy Farnsworth from Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics explains the inner-workings of the highly advanced iLimb and surprises Kasey with one of his very own. Kasey hugs Troy and thanks him for Hanger’s generosity.  

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