Stomachache or Something Worse?
Have you ever wondered if that pain in your belly is more than just an upset stomach? Ed noticed his sympotms were out of the ordinary and was concerned. He began having stomach pains, bad gas and nausea, noticed a change in his stool consistency and always felt bloated.
Forty-million Americans suffer from sleep-related disorders, and many others simply struggle getting a good night's sleep. Kate, 25, has difficulty falling asleep. "I've tried over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids, and nothing helps," she says. "I end up tossing and turning in bed, and then I try reading, but that doesn't work. Why doesn't my body respond to those, and is there anything else I can try?"
To help her fall asleep, Kate tries the Fisher Wallace Cranial Stimulator, a device which generates micro-currents of electricity using patented radio frequencies and triggers and restores rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, whereas most medications suppress REM sleep.
"I use it right before I go to bed," Kate says. "It shuts off after 20 minutes, so I don't even have to worry about it. It really helps me get to bed faster and not be frustrated."
Web Exclusive: Charles Avery Fisher, president of Fisher Wallace Laboratories, explains how the Cranial Stimulator was developed and what makes it so effective and practical.
• More on the Fisher Wallace Cranial Stimulator.
Getting enough rest on a nightly basis is vital to your health. A new study suggests that getting too little sleep can significantly increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Researchers found that getting less than six hours of sleep per night, or having a disturbed sleep, can increase your risk of developing or dying from heart disease by 48 percent, and increase your risk of having or dying from a stroke by 15 percent. "We know that [a lack of sleep] affects your mood, immunity, is associated with eating disorders," plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. "Just another reason to get a good night's sleep."
To start getting a better sleep tonight, shut down electronics like your phone and computer; make sure your room is not too brightly lit; too noisy, too hot or too cold; and have a consistent schedule by going to sleep and waking up around the same time every day.
• Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino, asks The Doctors if his sleep schedule can harm his health.
• Tips for a good night's sleep.
Heel Pain in Children
Janine's 10-year-old son, Spencer, is very active, playing flag football and baseball year round. Spencer began complaining about pain in his right heel, which led to him walk differently, causing pain in other parts of his body.
Spencer, Janine and Dr. Alexandre Arkader, orthopedic surgeon at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, join The Doctors to explain what is causing Spencer's pain and how to remedy it.
• Common causes of heel pain
• Tips for happy feet
• High heel pain relief
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more alcoholic drinks within two hours for males and four or more drinks in the same time frame for females.
An estimated 90 percent of the alcohol consumed by youths under the age of 21 is in the form of binge drinking. Excess and binge drinking in a short period of time can lead to alcohol poisoning and death.
The Doctors explain the dangers of alcohol poisoning, who's most at risk and what to do if you see someone suffering from it.
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
• Slow or irregular breathing
• Cold or clammy skin
• Blue lips
• Low body temperature