From the foods you eat to the time you spend on your cell phone, The Doctors helps you make better decisions every day.
Cell phones at the dinner table, video games, iPads and hours on the Internet; does this sound like your family? Lynnae, 42, has decided enough is enough, and put her husband, Toby, and three kids, Cassidy, 16, Tommy, 13, and Dusty, 7, on The Doctors’ 48-Hour Technology Detox.
• For more tips on how to de-tech your family, check out Dr. Wendy’s tech prescription blog!
Take The Doctors’ 48-Hour Technology Detox Challenge
It’s time to unplug from the world and re-connect with your family. See what two days without gizmos and gadgets can do for your and your loved ones.
• For the next 48 hours, completely disconnect from technology. No telephones, cell phones, TV, video games, laptops, Internet or movie players. Everything is off limits.
• Work together as a family to pack a lunch to go and have a picnic in the park.
• Hold a family meeting where each of you will share two things that are important to you and two things that your family doesn’t know about you.
• For one hour, sit together in the same room and read books or magazines of your choice.
• In the evening, everyone will help make dinner. Set the table and sit down to eat with no distractions or electronics for a minimum of one hour.
• Spend quality time with each other playing board games or talking.
• The entire family must stay together through the entire 48 hours. No going out or visiting friends.
• If you want to have company over, they cannot bring any technology into the house.
• The telephone may only be used in the event of an emergency.
• Are you and your family ready take on the challenge? Tell us why you want to give up technology, then send us an update after your 48-Hour Technology Detox.
Organic Food Myths
Organic foods may be better for your health but they can also be hard on your wallet. Editor-in-chief of Everyday with Rachael Ray, Liz Vaccariello, shares the three biggest myths about organic foods to help save you time and money at the grocery store.
Plus, The Doctors share health tips and answer your biggest questions in their new column “Every Day Talk with The Doctors.” Read it every month in Every Day with Rachael Ray!
Myth: Milk free of growth hormones can only be found in organic products.
Truth: Many grocery store chains have begun supplying milk from farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones in their store-brand dairy, which is typically less expensive than certified USDA organic milk.
Myth: Always buy organic grains, breads and pastas.
Truth: It’s not necessary to buy organic grains. The bigger health payoff is choosing whole grains rather than processed, organic grains.
Myth: Eggs marked cage-free are laid by free-roaming chickens.
Truth: The term cage-free is unregulated and, in most cases, eggs marked cage-free don’t really come from chickens roaming freely in green fields. Many of them are actually restricted to large barns and don’t see the outdoors. Liz recommends saving your money on cage-free eggs.
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork adds that produce with peels, like avocados, don't necessarily need to be bought organic, since they are naturally protected from pesticides. Get a complete list of foods that are better to buy organic: The Dirty Dozen.
• Liz helps The Doctors uncover more health myths
• Liz's no-sweat weight loss tips
Thriving Through the Fight against Breast Cancer
How do you find strength in times of struggle? Anise, 33, is a mother of three and is battling stage-three breast cancer. Currently undergoing chemotherapy, healing from one mastectomy and facing the removal of her remaining breast, Anise has chosen to speak out about her illness through her personal blog, and by sharing her story on The Doctors.
“I never thought I would have cancer. That never crossed my mind,” Anise says.
Anise sits down with health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels to share her fears, insecurities and hopes for the future.
“I’m not the same person right now. When I look in the mirror it doesn’t quite look like me,” Anise says. “And it’s not just the [post-operative] breast and the hair loss. I just don’t feel as comfortable in my own skin."
“The hardest part of everything is the emotional toll [cancer has taken] on me and my family,” she adds. “I want to be here for my girls. I’ve done a lot of things [in life] and I’ve been happy, but the thought of leaving my kids having to live the rest of their lives without their mom is the hardest part of having cancer.”
“I want to tell you how brave you are to come on the show today, because you’re creating awareness for so many women out there,” Jillian says. “For that, I have to commend you and say thank you.”
Anise opens up about losing one of her breasts to a mastectomy. “You no longer feel sexy or attractive,” she says. “You feel like you’ve been mutilated, and somebody literally chopped off your breast. … I never imagined that that would happen to me.”
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon explains that a mastectomy involves removing all the breast tissue and typically some of the lymph nodes, which are tested and evaluated for the best possible treatment plan. Dr. Ordon then outlines Anise’s options for breast reconstruction.
Anise shares her biggest piece of advice for women and their health. “If you feel something [in your breast], get it checked out,” she says. “It’s not a death sentence. Just because they tell you that you have breast cancer, [it] doesn’t mean you’re going to die. You’re just going to have to change the way you live a little bit.”
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