Ask Our Doctors: Celebrity Edition

From healthy eating, to the H1N1 vaccine to back pain, your favorite celebrities ask The Doctors about their most pressing medical issues.

Weak in the Knees

Grammy Award-winning singer Mary J. Blige asks why legs may sometimes give out.

Junk Food Dilemma
Kids don't always eat healthily, and actor Chris O'Donnell's son is no exception. The NCIS: Los Angeles and Scent of a Woman star asks The Doctors how he can get his son to eat less junk food.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains that to get your children to eat healthy foods, you have to set a good example and eat well too. "There are some things you can do," Dr. Jim adds. "Get the kids involved in the shopping, in the cooking, in the preparing. If they're doing it, they're going to be much more likely to eat it."

By making healthy food look fun, you can encourage your kids to pass on the junk. From sneaky sliders to surprise cheese fries, Dr. Jim shows you healthy alternatives to unhealthy foods. For more recipes for your family, check out The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue by Missy Chase Lapine.

Sleep Time

Samantha Harris, host of Dancing with the Stars, asks Dr. Jim how she can get her 2-year-old daughter to sleep through the night. Dr. Jim shares tips to keep your toddlers fast asleep:

• Keep the same sleeping schedule
No naps late in the day
Encourage your child to take a security object, such as a teddy bear or a blanket, to bed with him or her
Limit the amount of caffeine your child consumes

More sleep tips!

• More tips for getting your kids to eat healthily.

The Right Vitamins for You
Actress Raven-Symoné, star of That's So Raven and the Disney film series, The Cheetah Girls, asks if vitamins that claim to help hair, nails and skin work as advertised, or if she should take a separate pill for each.

"Basically, you want to get [vitamins] that have magnesium, sulfur, zinc [and] vitamin B," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "You can get those in a multivitamin, or you can get them in separate vitamins, with vitamins C, A, E, K and B. Those are all good."

Eating the right foods can also do the work of vitamins and keep you from having to take so many pills. Eggs, oysters, salmon and carrots all contain the nutrients you need for shiney hair, while blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and plums help to keep your skin healthy. "And also, they are much more fun than eating a vitamin," Dr. Lisa adds.

Know Your Moles
Actress Kate Flannery, best known for her role as Meredith Palmer on the hit comedy, The Office, has a freckle that has changed appearance over time. She asks if she should be worried.

"Most likely, that is a garden-variety, benign mole," plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. "She's a freckly person, and she really needs to keep track of her moles."

Dr. Ordon says that to monitor your moles, you should use the A-B-C-D-E rule:

Asymmetry - Normal moles and freckles are symmetrical. If they become irregular, or asymmetrical, you should see a doctor.

Border - The border of a mole or freckle should be even. If the edges are blurry or jagged, it could be a sign of something more serious.

Color - Normal moles and freckles are usually a singular color. If you see a variation of color within a mole, it could be a sign of a problem, and you should see a doctor.

Dr. Ordon's Secret Beauty Tips

How does Dr. Ordon keep his skin appearing clear and youthful? He divulges his secret to great skin:

• Have a weekly facial.
Begin the facial with a cleanser to unclog your pores. His cleansing system includes hypoallergenic oils and soaps, and a little bit of glycolic acid.
Steam for 10 to 15 minutes.
Apply exfoliating mask that contains lactic acid, salicylic acid and vitamin C.
Apply moisturizer to rejuvenate your skin.
Protect your skin with sunblock.

Diameter - If you have a mole with a diameter that is greater than a pencil eraser, consult your doctor. He or she may keep an eye on it, perform a biopsy and/or remove it entirely.

Evolving - If a mole or freckle is changing or evolving in shape, color or size, consider having a biopsy and getting it removed.

More about moles.

H1N1 Vaccine for Kids
Husband and wife actors Clark Gregg and Jennifer Grey have a 7-year-old daughter and want to know whether they should have her vaccinated against the H1N1 flu and what precautions they should take to protect her from the virus.

Children between the ages of 6 months and 24 years are at high risk for complications from the H1N1 virus and should have the vaccination. Children 9 years of age and younger will need two shots, given four weeks apart, while those 10 years of age and older will need just one shot.

"We are all recommending vociferously that children get the vaccine," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "It's safe, it's effective, it will save lives."

Dr. Jim shares more about the H1N1 virus and vaccine. Read his blog.

To protect yourself from the influenza virus, practice good hygiene. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

Find out more about the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines.

Beating Back Pain

Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV show Breaking Bad, has lower back problems. To reduce the pain, he has tried prolotherapy, which involves injecting ligaments and tendons with sugar solutions to stimulate production of connective tissue. Bryan asks The Doctors what their opinion is about this treatment.

Under-Eye Circles
Actress Taraji P. Henson, from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is bothered by dark circles under her eyes and wants to know how she can fix them.

Causes of Dark Circles:
• Too much salt
Not enough sleep
Sleeping face down

Fading creams, laser treatments and chemical peels are all viable options to eliminate dark circles. A good at-home tip Dr. Ordon offers is soaking chamomile or green tea bags in cold water and placing them on your eyelids for 15 minutes. "I like putting them in my freezer, because they thaw pretty quickly," he adds. "That will help dark circles under your eyes."

Dr. Ordon demonstrates why dark circles occur, and dermatologist Dr. Tess Mauricio shows you more treatments to get rid of them.

Prevention's Health Hearsay:
Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention, explains whether colon cleansing should be used to clear toxins out of your body.

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OAD 11/10/09