Do you wish your body had an on and off switch? The Doctors bring you top tips for halting hiccups, preventing wrinkles, scheduling your period and more!
Halt the Hiccups
Hiccups occur when a spasm caused by irritants, such as a full stomach, gas or a lingering piece of food, causes the diaphragm to contract. That happens due to a trigger from the vagus nerve, which regulates breathing, heartbeat and muscle contractions. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains how to stop the hiccups.
Control your Menstrual Cycle
Marissa's wedding is three months away, and according to her cycle, her period is scheduled to arrive on her big day. She asks OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson if it's possible to control her menstrual cycle so she can have one less thing to worry about at the big event.
Dr. Lisa explains how to use birth control pills to turn your period off.
Foods that Move You
Do you know which foods make you "go" and which "stop you up?" Melissa says that when she is on vacation, she feels constipated. E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork challenges her to a game of red light, green light, to test her knowledge of which foods stop the digestive tract and which ones get it moving.
Adrenaline: Your Body's Reaction to Stress
NASCAR star Michael Waltrip's job as a racecar driver is high-stress and high-adrenaline. He shares his methods for coping with the pressure and opens up about the race that changed his life forever.
Helping a Teen Stop Smoking
Linda is desperate to help her 19-year-old son Andrew quit smoking.
"Fighting the cravings is hard," Andrew says. "And [quitting is] easier said than done."
"It's harder for a teen to quit an addiction than an adult since their brains aren't done developing," Dr. Sears says.
Dr. Travis demonstrates what happens to the lungs when they are filled with smoke, and gives Andrew a hands-on example of what lung cancer looks and feels like. Andrew is also given a lung capacity test to prove how labored breathing becomes after smoking just one cigarette.
"Because you're only 19, if you choose to quit now, within 10 minutes, your lungs will start to regenerate," Dr. Jim says. "And within a few months or years it'll be as if you never smoked."
The Doctors offer Andrew the Freedom Laser treatment to help him quit, and encourage him to stay in touch throughout his efforts to stop smoking.
Tips to Stop Smoking
Nicotine addiction specialist Dr. Linda Hyder Ferry offers tips to stop smoking:
• Change Your Attitude
Tell yourself you can learn to live without tobacco.
• Get Professional Help
Find out if you are a candidate for smoking cessation medications.
• Change Your Environment
Keep your home, car and workplace smoke-free.
• Use Alternatives
Make sure you have something else to do rather than smoke. If you need something in your hand to take the place of a cigarette, use a cinnamon stick. If you need to simulate the feel of a cigarette in your mouth, drink ice cold water through a straw. This will also stimulate chemicals in the brain that release dopamine, much like nicotine does.
Resources to Stop Smoking
• Learn about the tools available to help you quit smoking.
• Take the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence to determine your level of addiction.
• Watch the QUITPLAN video for the reasons to quit smoking right now.
• Relearn your life without cigarettes with help from www.BecomeAnEX.org.
• Vanderbilt Dayani Center Smoking Cessation Program
Wean Your Baby off the Binky
Dr. Sears shares tips for when to take a pacifier away from a child, and how to do it effectively. "Binkies and pacifiers are great when they're young, but as they get older, that sucking can ware their baby teeth down and affect their adult teeth," he says.
Tips to Taking a Child off the Pacifier
• Use their birthdays as a milestone to change behaviors.
• Attach the pacifier to a balloon, let it float away and say goodbye to it.
• Talk to your child about how he or she is getting older and that there are babies who are in need of binkies. Put it in an envelope and mail it to a "baby who needs it," so your child feels like he or she has done something positive by giving it up.
Get a Better Night's Sleep
Falling asleep and waking up can be harder than it sounds. Some of us wake up dozens of times in the middle of the night, and many of us check the clock. Noticing the time on the clock conditions you to continue waking up. Try turning your clock away from the bed to avoid unneeded light and glances at it.
Another factor that prevents a good night's sleep is if your spouse wakes up at a different time than you do, his or her alarm can wake the entire house. If this is the situation in your household, a new wristlet uses vibrations to wake you up without blaring sounds, so you can get your day started quietly and not disturb your sleeping spouse.