Body Sounds Explained

The Physician Musician

Why We Sneeze

Dr. Ordon explains what causes a sneeze and why it's dangerous to hold it in.

See the faces we make and the germs we emit from the beginning of a sneeze to the end. Footage courtesy of a public service announcement from the Department of Health in South Australia.

Physician Dr. John Clarke, also known as the Physician Musician, created a rap to inform people about the H1N1 virus. Watch as Dr. Clarke turns plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon from an M.D. to an MC and busts a rhyme about the swine flu!

• OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson blogs about the H1N1 vaccine for pregnant women.

Gassy Situation
While both are caused by gas, burps and flatulence are brought on in different ways.

Bubbles created by bacteria in the gut cause the average person to pass gas approximately 10 times a day.

"It's actually healthy," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "Like after you have surgery, if you don't pass gas, you can have really painful gas pains. That's why we get you up and have you walk around."

Farting is a natural bodily function, but when smells are emitted, it can be embarrassing. E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains that compounds in the gut such as hydrogen sulfide can give off an unpleasant odor.

"These are gasses produced by bacteria that usually live in the colon," Dr. Ordon says.

If you have excessive flatulence, take a look at your diet. Eating foods high in fiber, such as beans and broccoli can cause problems for some people.

Burping, on the other hand, is normal after a meal. Belches result from swallowing air when you eat, drink and chew with your mouth open, or when you drink carbonated beverages.

If you experience chest pains, difficulty swallowing or other symptoms when you burp, it could be a sign of something more serious and you should talk with your doctor.


Do you have a constant ringing in your ears? It may be tinnitus. Find out what it is, why it happens and what new treatment can help stop the unpleasant sounds.

Baby Sounds During Feeding
Does your baby make gasping sounds while feeding? Dr. Jim explains why this happens and what you can do to prevent it.

Pitch Imperfect
Matthew, 20, says his voice has not matured, and he is often mistaken for a woman on the phone. He asks The Doctors what treatments are available to help his voice change.

"If your voice doesn't deepen as a male as you grow older, it's usually because of some hormone problem," Dr. Jim says.

Dr. Jim and Dr. Ordon demonstrate the difference between a young vocal cord and a mature vocal cord.

The Doctors reassure Matthew that there are both surgical and hormonal treatments to help him.

"First off, you need to be supervised by an endocrinologist, so they can see exactly where the hormone problem is; whether it's in your brain or down in your gonads." Dr. Jim says. "Then they'll figure out which hormone to replace. It's going to be supervised, and it's going to take about a year or so. It's going to be injections regularly at a doctor's office, sometimes a gel or a patch. Usually, there really are no side effects to worry about as long as the endocrinologist is supervising perfectly."

One surgical option makes the vocal cords thicker by includes injecting fat in and around the cords to make them thicker and wider, which will deepen a person's voice. Hear the difference in someone's voice before and after this procedure.

Stomach Sounds

Do you know what your stomach is trying to tell you when it makes a growling sound? The Doctors explain what the noises mean, and how you can keep them at bay.

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OAD 10/06/09