Stopping a Stutter

Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?
A coalition of 100 colleges across the country have banded together to lobby to reduce the drinking age from 21 to 18. Dr. Lisa thinks this effort to lower the drinking age may be a play by the colleges to lessen their responsibility for underage student drinking. She adds that the number one killer of teens is drunk driving. But Dr. Ordon believes, “If you’re old enough to die for your country, you’re old enough to drink.”

Teens Need More Sleep!

Studies have shown that teens need at least nine hours of sleep per night and most are only getting six hours. 

Is Deodorant Dangerous?

Several years ago, scientists reported that the aluminum found in deodorant could lead to Alzheimer’s or cancer. Dr. Sears assures that recent studies have found that there is no need to worry. 

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More than three million Americans suffer from stuttering, a medical riddle that has puzzled doctors for years. Nineteen-year-old Jenifer is a severe stutterer who has spent most of her life hidden in the shadows. She says that her stutter has left her lonely, ashamed and embarrassed. Her aunt Marilyn explains, “She’s going through life with her brakes on.”

Jenifer says softly, “My greatest hope is that one day somebody comes out with a cure that will help me socialize with people.”

Stuttering specialist Gerald Maguire explains that stuttering is actually a neurological condition, rather than a psychological disorder, as is commonly believed. Stuttering occurs when too much dopamine floods the speech areas of the brain. Treatments include various dopamine-blocker pharmaceuticals, intensive speech therapy and the choral effect, a natural phenomenon that the SpeechEasy device mimics.

The choral effect is when the brain perceives that it is speaking in unison with another person, which radically reduces stuttering. The SpeechEasy device consists of a speaker and microphone which is placed in the patient’s ear and allows the wearer to hear their words replayed with a slight delay, so the brain perceives that it is speaking in unison. In 80 percent of patients, stuttering decreases 50 to 95 percent.

Jenifer’s speech pathologist, Mark Power, joins Jenifer onstage to demonstrate the SpeechEasy device. She reads aloud from a book without the SpeechEasy device in her ear and struggles to get her words out. Mark reads along with her, and she improves. Then, Mark hands Jenifer the SpeechEasy device to try for the first time, and the results are astonishing. The Janus Development Group heard about Jenifer’s story from The Doctors and generously donated a SpeechEasy device for her to take home. 



Shock Away Wrinkles

A shocking new treatment for wrinkles -- literally! A controversial new method called glabellar furrow relaxation (GFX) bombards specific facial nerves with radiofrequency waves to physically damage the nerves and eliminate wrinkles.

Dermatologist Dr. Cameron Rokhsar performs GFX and demonstrates on 53-year-old Evelyn. Though the results are impressive, Dr. Ordon and Dr. Travis believe the procedure to be very invasive and are not convinced it’s worth the risk to the facial nerves. Dr. Ordon believes that Botox continues to be the gold standard in cosmetic procedures and should be the first option.      




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OAD 09/30/08