Ask Our Doctors Day with Katie Price

Raising a Disabled Child

Katie Price is one of the world’s most popular reality stars from her days on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, but she is also a mother of three, including a disabled son. Harvey, 6, was born with multiple disabilities, including septo-optic dysplasia, hormone growth deficiency and diabetes insipidus, and is also on the autism spectrum.


Septo-optic dysplasia is a rare disorder which is characterized by abnormal development of the optic disk, the pituitary gland, which is the gland that produces hormones, and the optic nerve, which supplies the signals from your vision to your brain. The condition has caused Harvey to have vision and growth-hormone deficiencies.

Katie price opens up

British model and reality TV star Katie Price joins The Doctors to talk about her multiple plastic surgery procedures, including five on her breasts alone, and the wrong reasons to go under the knife.

• Dr. Ordon guesses Katie’s procedures.
Katie on her five breast surgeries.

Katie on the wrong reasons for plastic surgery.

“I didn’t know when he was born that he had a condition,” Katie says. “He was actually born blind, but I didn’t know he was blind until after about six weeks. I just thought, oh God, what do I do here, because, what do you do? You just don’t know what to say. I thought, I’m not going to sit here and cry about it; I’ve got to deal with it, because I was a single parent. Luckily, I’ve got a good family around, so the journey started there.


“But I don’t ask for sympathy, at all,” Katie continues. “Just because I have a child like that doesn’t mean I ask for sympathy, because he was my first child, and to me, that’s normal. What I mean is I was only used to dealing with a child with disabilities, so when I had a child who didn’t have disabilities, I found that odd.

“People should not be ashamed, and I really want to put that point across. You should not be ashamed if you have a disabled child,” she says. “My opinion is, it is so easy to put your disabled child in care. That is the cheap, sad way out. It’s your child. You have your child at home, you deal with it. I don’t like it when people put them in homes, hide them away. I don’t agree with that at all.”

The Telling Tongue

If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then the tongue may just be the mirror to your health. “The tongue says a lot about you,” cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman says. “People don’t realize it, but the color of your tongue can be the window of a lot of different bacterial infections, cancer, all kinds of things.”


The tongue should ideally have a healthy, pink look to it. Dr. Bill explains that if your tongue has a different color, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your body.


What the Colors Mean

• White: This could be a sign of a bacterial or yeast infection. “You get yeast on your tongue,” Dr. Bill says. “It isn’t really something to be too scared about; you can get rid of it pretty quickly with the right wash. But the thing is, if your tongue starts to have this white kind of cottage-cheese look on it, go to your doctor right away.”

Yellow: This is usually a result of fungus or bacteria. It also can occur because of acid-reflux. “What happens with acid-reflux,” Dr. Bill says, “is your body changes the natural flora of the bacteria in your mouth, and you start to get this yellow tongue. So, again, if you have a yellow tongue, call your doctor.”

Red: A red tongue is most likely a sign of nutritional deficiency. Your body could be low in niacin, vitamins B-3 and B-12, folic acid, or it could be a sign of anemia. However, eating red candy, cinnamon-flavored gum or having allergies could also cause this.

Pale: A pale tongue is often a sign of anemia, because the red blood cells are not carrying enough blood to the body, causing the tongue to look pale. “Be aware, if you have a pale tongue, you may need to get your blood checked to see,” Dr. Bill says.

Hairy: A hairy tongue could be a sign of too much bacteria or indicate an infection. “There are papillae (tiny bumps) on your tongue,” Dr. Bill says. “If these elongate, it actually looks like hair. Don’t be worried. What you need to do is just kind of scrape it off. It’s not normal, but it’s not harmful. But you need to get rid of the hair, and you can’t clip it off. Don’t get one of those shavers, and put it on number one! You’ve got to get a tongue scraper and just scrape the hair off, and you’ll be fine.”


If your tongue is not pink, moist and smooth, call your doctor. “If you ever have a sore on your tongue or anywhere in your mouth, and it doesn’t go away in two weeks, you need to get a biopsy, or at least looked at by your doctor,” Dr. Bill says.

What’s the Right Size?

make your own test implants

Dr. Ordon demonstrates how to make your own test rice implants, right here.

Meladi, 23, is 130 pounds and has a B-cup bust. She is considering breast implants but is not sure what size will best fit her frame. She asks The Doctors if there is a way to test different implant sizes before going under the knife.


“This is a great idea for women who are considering [breast implants],” Dr. Ordon says. “There is a way they can actually try out how they are going to be.”


The Purlz Breast Sizing System uses cloth breast implants made of microfiber spandex and filled with plastic beads. You wear them under your clothes to gauge what the right size is for you. “It gives you an idea of what you’re going to be,” Dr. Ordon says.


If you cannot afford the Purlz system, you can make your own.

Rice Implant

• Make the shell: Cut a 12-inch length of nylon stockings. Use the foot portion, or use the leg portion and tie it off at one end.

Measure the rice: With a measuring cup, use the following as a guideline:1 cup rice -- 250cc

1 ¼ cup rice -- 300cc

1 ½ cup rice -- 350cc

1 ¾ cup rice -- 400cc

• Fill your new implant: Fill the stocking with the amount of rice you have chosen. Tie off the end of the stocking. Try them out in a well-fitted sports bra and wear around during daily activities.


A Colorful Diet

Do you have trouble getting your children to eat healthily? A colorful diet can help you! Colorful fruits and vegetables and juices, such as Welch’s 100 percent grape juice, are filled with nutrients that help promote good health, including antioxidants, lycopenes, vitamin C, calcium and iron.


“Eating colors is so important,” Dr. Jim says. “But how do you get your kids to eat it? You play a game.”

More Healthy Eating Tips from Dr. Jim

• Talk to your children about what color foods they ate that day.

Go food shopping with your kids and let them pick the fruits and vegetables.

Give your kids a variety of colorful options to choose from.


Dr. Sears explains that getting your children involved in their diet can help them enjoy eating healthy foods. Play a color-matching game by having them pick a color and explain why it is good for them, or send your children on a color-finding mission at the grocery store to pick out certain colored foods, like reds, oranges, purples and greens that they enjoy.


What to Eat?

Breakfast: Instead of putting syrup on pancakes or waffles, use cut-up fruit on top to make it pleasing to your child’s eyes and mouth.

Snacks: Give your children vegetables with different dips, such as hummus, ranch, cheese and guacamole.

Dessert: Top a berry mixture with fat-free whipped cream.


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OAD 5/19/09