Food Smarts

Plastic Surgery for the Dead

Everyone from teenagers to senior citizens gets plastic surgery. But the dead? More and more people request plastic surgery for after they die so they look good in their casket. “Morticians have always had their little tricks in their bag,” Dr. Ordon says. “Somebody who has been in an accident, somebody who’s been shot -- something like out of The Godfather movie -- and they use their spackle, and they can fix it up.


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“But they’ve gone to the next level with making people look good in that open casket,” he continues. “They’re actually doing facelifts with staples. They’re plumping certain areas where somebody has lost volume. They actually put it back.”


Despite the trend toward postmortem plastic surgery, more people are actually choosing cremation than ever before.



Food Dyes and Kids

Many parents have stories about their child becoming hyperactive after eating a package of jelly beans or a neon-blue frosted cupcake at school. And while sugar is the usual suspect, it may not be the cause. New research in Europe suggests that artificial colors may have a bigger effect on children’s behavior than sugar.


“I actually really see a link,” Dr. Jim says. “There are some kids [who] are just sensitive to it for some reason, and luckily those parents, when they figure that out, whether the kids are having an activity problem, or attention problem or even a behavior like an autistic problem, sometimes if the parents eliminate food dyes from the diet, the child greatly improves. So we know, for those groups of kids, there is certainly a link.


“Pretty much all my kids in my practice, if they are asking me how to eat [healthily], I tell them, ‘Look at these ingredients,’” Dr. Jim continues. “I tell them to look for the high-fructose corn syrup and the hydrogenated [fats], but I also tell them to stay away from colors and numbers. Just look at the ingredients.”



Breastfeeding Concern

Lindsey calls The Doctors because she worries that nipple piercings she had -- and removed -- when she was 18 will keep her from breastfeeding. “There’s actually no evidence to show that nipple piercing will affect your ability to breastfeed at all,” Dr. Lisa says. “Actually, a lot of breast surgeries will not affect that because you have lots and lots of pores in your nipples, about 15 to 20, and this doesn’t affect the milk production. But don’t breastfeed with nipple rings in.”

You’re So Vein

Susan from Riverside, California has tiny red veins around her nose and cheek area and wants to know if there is a non-surgical procedure that will eliminate them.

Tummy tuck

After giving birth to quintuplets, Sarah was left with unsightly excess skin on her stomach. Watch as Dr. Ordon removes more than 10 pounds of it!


The unsightly veins are called spider angioma because they often radiate outwards like a spider’s web. To rid yourself of spider angiomas on the face, techniques such as electrodesiccation -- an electrical current that removes the veins -- and laser treatments can be used. Read more about Dr. Ordon's preferred treatments of spider veins.



Tremendous Tummy Tuck

Giving birth to quintuplets left Sarah with unsightly excess skin on her stomach, which she calls her “apron.” To try to hide it, she would even tuck it in her pants! Dr. Ordon takes you inside the surgery as he removes more than 10 pounds of skin and gives Sarah a new belly! Sarah joins The Doctors to reveal her new look. Standing next to a photo of herself before the surgery, Sarah lifts up her shirt to expose the dramatic change. The loose skin is gone, and her stomach is flat! “I’m feeling wonderful,” Sarah says. “Really happy!”


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