Have you ever felt ill after a long flight? While many people believe they become sick because of the recycled air on the airplane, the real reason is that they come in contact with someone who is already sick. Airplanes are tightly compact places and germs spread easily, but a few simple travel tips can keep you healthy when you fly:
• Practice good hygiene while on the plane. Make sure to wash your hands before eating and wash them often, especially after coming in contact with others.
• Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and limiting caffeine and alcohol intake.
• If you begin to feel pain behind your kneecap you may be developing phlebitis, or an inflamed vein, Dr. Ordon warns. To combat this, make sure to get up and move around during the flight and have it checked out once you land.
Fighting Ovarian Cancer
Actress Eva La Rue from the hit TV show CSI: Miami joins The Doctors to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. Eva’s grandmother and great grandmother both passed away from ovarian cancer and in their honor, Eva has teamed up with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and its “Break the Silence” campaign to raise awareness through a group called Eva’s Divas .
Rub with Love
Are you looking for a way to bond with your baby that is good for both the baby and you? Try a baby massage! Gentle massages reduce stress hormones in babies and also help them sleep better and cry less. Massages can also relieve ailments such as colic, constipation and teething in infants.
Dr. Jim demonstrates how to give a baby massage, using his “I Love You” technique. To do the technique, position your baby on its back and trace the letter “I” across its belly, starting on the right side. From there, make an inverted “L” going from the “I” across the top of the belly. Finally, complete the massage by making a “U” from the right side of the belly all the way across the top and down the left side. It will help soothe the baby and move gas along through the body. Also, gently rubbing the baby’s arms and legs will soothe it.
Macie, 15, has Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH) and has been legally blind since birth. While she has some vision in her right eye and can make out some shapes and colors, she is completely blind in her left eye.
ONH is an underdevelopment of the optic nerve and inhibits the nerve’s ability to transmit vision signals from the eye to the brain, causing her blindness. It is usually associated with permanent vision loss and can affect either one or both eyes, and is a stable, non-progressive condition that does not deteriorate over time.
Macie’s mother, Shel, has always been determined to fix her daughter’s eyesight. After years of searching for answers, Shel learned about a stem cell treatment that injects stem cells into the spinal cord in hopes of regenerating growth in the optic nerve and improving vision. However, the treatment is not approved in the United States, so Shel and Macie raised $30,000 to have the procedure performed in China.
Stem cells are unique because they are programmed to develop into other specialized cells and perform a more specific function, such as developing into a heart or liver cell. While many experts advocate the use of stem cells in medicine, they also agree that using them at this early point of research, especially from an overseas provider, is very risky. Many believe stem cells have the potential to possibly cure leukemia, heart disease, diabetes, neurologic diseases and help grow skin, cartilage and bone, but “we don’t know where it’s going to go. We don’t have the technology yet to control it,” Dr. Ordon says.
“This is a money-making machine going on abroad,” Dr. Travis says. “They’re charging $25- $30,000 for treatments that are unproven and sometimes they are sometimes just taking stem cells and just putting them through an IV and saying ‘OK, let’s hope they go where they’re supposed to and do the job they’re supposed to do. It seems hocus-pocus to me at this stage [of research].”
Despite the concerns, Shel feels it is the right thing for Macie.
“The lesson that I learned early on was that I have to follow my heart, I have to do what I think is best,” Shel says.
But travelling overseas for the procedure could be a risk.
“[People who go overseas] have to be careful because [the providers] kind of prey on people who don’t really know,” Dr. Lisa says. “I think you have to be very, very careful when they just promise everything, because there’s nothing that’s absolute in medicine.”
The night before they leave on their journey, Dr. Travis visits Macie and Shel and tells them his concerns. After listening to Dr. Travis, Shel and Macie still decide to travel to China. They believe the procedure is a success, since Macie says she can see the color of Shel’s eyes from farther away and read her notebook from a farther distance than she had before. After reading a sentence aloud, Macie is overjoyed.
“Isn’t that so cool?” Macie says. “The outcome of this is amazing. It’s so awesome.”
The Doctors are joined by Shel, Macie and leading pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Borchert from the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to discuss the results. Before the procedure, Macie’s vision was 20/400, and afterwards it was 20/200, but Dr. Borchert warns that the improvement is very small and could have been affected by the conditions during her previous eye tests. Dr. Borchert performs an eye exam on Macie, and though he could not say if she has any new nerve growth in her eye since the procedure, he is optimistic for her future.
“We are confident that within in Macie’s lifetime we will be able to treat this,” Dr. Borchert says.
Bye Bye Back Fat
Maria has lost 50 pounds, but says she is frustrated with the lingering fat on her back and wants to know if there is a way to get rid of it. Dr. Ordon does a consultation for her on stage, and says that with a little more weight loss, Maria could be a candidate for a “Bra-Line Back Lift.” The procedure entails making an incision at the bra line to lift the back rolls and liposuction the fat. The Bra-Line Back Lift will leave a visible scar at the bra line and requires about two weeks of recovery time.
Other, less invasive options for ridding yourself of back fat include liposuction and Thermage, which uses radiofrequency waves to melt the fat. Exercising will also help reduce back fat by tightening the skin.
Are You A Chocoholic?
Chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which is why premenstrual women crave it. A “chocolate addiction” is probably both physiological and psychological, but, in moderation, is not a bad addiction to have.
The tasty treat releases serotonin to the brain and contains the mood-enhancing chemical phenylethylamine, antioxidants and flavonoids. The Doctors advise eating dark chocolate, but warn that since one ounce of chocolate contains 150 calories and caffeine, to be careful how much you eat.