Magic Johnson, and America’s Silent 4-Letter Killer: Salt

Over the past few decades, Americans have increased the amount of sodium they eat by more than 50 percent, causing a nationwide epidemic of too much salt in their diets. The Doctors are breaking the silence for good and kicking off a major health movement to Halt the Salt!

Brenda, a mother of eight, makes and serves healthy food for her family on a daily basis, but the hidden sodium in the dishes may be sabotaging an otherwise well-balanced homemade meal.

Brenda joins
The Doctors to learn just how dangerous excess salt can be to her and her family.

The foods that surprisingly  contain more salt than
you think.

How excess sodium can cause life-threatening illnesses.


The shocking salt levels in your family's favorite foods.


Halt the Salt in the Headlines

 • Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, explains how the National Salt Reduction Initiative is helping to reduce the consumption of salt in the United States.

• Stephany Verstaete, vice president of marketing for Wonder® Bread, says that to encourage healthy eating choices, Wonder
® Bread is committed to reducing the sodium in their products!

So, how much is too much salt? Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears peruses the grocery store aisles and explains how much sodium should be in a single serving of food.

Brenda and her family are the first to take
The Doctors' Halt the Salt Pledge. Join them and spread the word that a low-sodium diet can mean a longer, healthier life!


Halt the Salt Pledge

I Pledge To:

1. Eat no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.

2. Compare nutrition facts labels and choose lower-sodium items. Print out a quick label reference guide!

3. Eat and serve my family three to five servings of vegetables and two to four servings of fruit each day. 

4. Spread awareness and encourage others to "Halt the Salt" by adding a "Halt the Salt"
Twibbon to my Facebook and Twitter.

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5. Let food companies know that I want less salt in my food. 

Click here to sign the pledge!

Magic Johnson Opens Up about HIV
It's been 19 years since basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with what was still a mysterious and new virus —
the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. The announcement sent shockwaves across the country and created a wake-up call about the disease.

An estimated 1,185,000 people in the United States are infected with HIV/AIDS, and more than 25 million people have died from the worldwide pandemic since 1981. Of the 56,000 people who will be infected with HIV in the U.S. this year, nearly 18,000 will be women.


Early HIV Symptoms
• Fever
Swollen lymph glands

Later HIV Symptoms

Swollen lymph nodes
Weight loss
Shortness of breath

The five-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer joins The Doctors for a rare and deeply personal interview about living with HIV.

"I had to accept it," Magic says. "You have to be comfortable living with HIV, and I think once I was comfortable with accepting that I'm going to have to deal with this for a long time, that was the start."

Magic opens up about the biggest fight of his life.

Learn how HIV affects
the body


An audience member raises thousands of dollars to help those living with the disease.


"I'm just trying to do everything I can to educate the world about this disease," Magic says. "Also, I'm happy that I'm the face of it. I have accepted that and that responsibility. We know that the disease acts different in everybody, and the virus acts differently in everybody.

"If I can tell anybody out there — African-Americans, Latinos — go get tested, know your status," he adds. "With early detection, now with all the drugs that they have, you can live a long time."


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