Health Scare Experiment

The Doctors performs health scare experiments to inspire you to make life-changing choices and prevent your fears from coming true!

Tips to Quit 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 need medications to assist in the process of quitting.
Change Your Environment
Keep your home, car and workplace smoke-free, and make sure you have something else to do there rather than smoke. If you need something in your hand to take the place of a cigarette, use a cinnamon stick.
Use Alternatives
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.

Tobacco kills 5 million people every year worldwide. Nearly 50 million Americans are addicted to smoking, and many are looking for a way to kick the habit.

Smoking affects your body in a number of ways, including causing respiratory problems and premature aging, and it increases your risk for heart disease, vascular disease, stroke and cancer. You can prevent these conditions and reverse health problems associated with smoking by stopping today.

Tammy, 38, has been smoking since she was 13 years old. "I smoke all day long," she says. "The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is light a cigarette.

"I really need to quit, but it's really hard to quit," she adds.

Tammy's 19-year-old daughter, Brianna, is pregnant with her first child and won't allow Tammy to hold the baby if she still smokes. "I don't want my baby being around smoke, [for] fear of catching something or getting asthma," Brianna says.

Tammy visits oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro and experiences what would happen if she was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Dr. Piro gives Tammy and her family harrowing news.

Tammy experiences what it's like to live with lung cancer.


After the emotional experiment, Tammy vows to change her life.

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"Most people have trouble stopping smoking because of the four-letter word that starts with F: fear," Dr. Piro says. "You wonder, why should they be fearful to stop smoking? They should be fearful to start. But the truth is, to stop something that you're doing forces you to admit that it's doing you harm."

On a previous episode, The Doctors gave Bill, 54, a smoking intervention, and he vowed to quit.

"Thanks to The Doctors' intervention, I've successfully quit," Bill says. "I'm so happy that this will prolong my life and I won't have to put my daughters and my wife through that."

Dr. Richard Hurt, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, helped Bill quit and explains what it takes to stop smoking.

Tammy vows to change her life and finally kick the deadly habit!

Resources to Stop Smoking
• Learn about the tools available to help you quit smoking.

• Take the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence.

Do you want to finally kick your smoking habit? Join The Doctors' 2010 Health Challenge!
• Watch the QUITPLAN video for the reasons to quit smoking right now.

Alzheimer's Awareness

Actress and Alzheimer's awareness advocate, Soleil Moon Frye, whose father suffers from the disease, reveals how she turned her personal pain into a powerful message of hope.

Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease, the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States, is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Symptoms often begin to appear after age 60 and can make performing even the simplest of tasks difficult. It is the most common cause of dementia among the elderly, with one in 10 men, and one in six women being at risk for Alzheimer's.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears' grandfather suffered from the disease, so in an effort to better understand it, Dr. Sears undergoes an unconventional experiment using the Second Wind Dreams Virtual Dementia Tour.

See how even the simplest tasks become extremely difficult for someone
with Alzheimer's. 

The Doctors try to fight back tears as they react to the powerful images from
Dr. Sears' experiment.


Health Homework

This month, OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson's health homework assignment is to start a gratitude journal. Spend five minutes every day to write down the things you are grateful for. Doing so can lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of depression.

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"It can cause emotional distress for [an Alzheimer's patient]. It can cause emotional distress for a whole family," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "It's so important to understand what that person is going through, so you can help them."

Dr. Debra Cherry, clinical psychologist and executive vice president of the Alzheimer's Association, explains how to notice the often-overlooked signs on Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's caregiving tips

Drunk Driving
  If you think you're OK to drive after imbibing in a spirit or two, think again.

See the shocking results of The Doctors' drunk driving health experiment. 


Learn the dangers of driving drunk and how to tell if you're intoxicated. 




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