Breaking all the Rules

Life doesn’t have a playbook, so why should you? The Doctors shows you which health rules are meant to be broken.

Dr. Phil Reports
Three months after the controversial conclusion to the Casey Anthony trial, Dr. Phil McGraw joins the show to report on his exclusive interview with her parents, Cindy and George Anthony. “I’m glad to be here and talk about this,” Dr. Phil says. “I am on a quest, and I’m going to find out what happened to Caylee if it’s the last thing I do.” The Doctors weigh in on the trial that captivated the nation.

Dr. Phil opens up about sitting down with the Anthonys.

Is postpartum psychosis a viable factor in the case?

Could a grand mal seizure have played a role?

Five Questions in Five Minutes
The Doctors answer five viewer questions in five minutes.

Kelly from Salt Lake City, Utah writes: “Dear Dr. Travis, I’ve been worried about my kids all summer because I heard about a deadly [organism] that some people have contracted while swimming. What is it and how can I protect my family?”

The organism, known as Naegleria fowleri, or the brain-eating amoeba, can be found in warm, fresh water, with infections occurring mainly during the summer months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It enters through the nose and can cause a deadly infection to the brain. While three Americans died this summer as a result of contracting the amoeba, ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says that it’s extremely rare, with only 32 infections reported in the United States from 2001 to 2010, according to the CDC. “I’ve never seen a case of it, and I never expect to,” he says.

Jillian Faces her Fear

Are you putting off your mammogram out of fear? Throughout her life, health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels had undergone all necessary medical screenings, except for a mammogram. After avoiding it for two years, Jillian finally faces her fear and takes the vital test so you can, too. "I'm so glad I did it," Jillian says. "I feel like a million pounds have come off my shoulders."

Breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk says, “Early detection is the key to survival. Women who get a mammogram every year starting at age 40 decrease their chances of dying from breast cancer by 30 percent.”

Dr. Lisa braves a mammogram
Breast cancer prevention tips
More on breast cancer

Jillian makes a pledge to viewers at home: “If there’s anyone out there who’s afraid of overcoming anything, not just a mammogram, please send me your story because I’d love to help.”

Tell Jillian your story!

@MODERNMOM01 tweets: “My 16-year-old daughter is starting her junior year in high school, and she hasn’t gotten her period yet. When should I start worrying?”

OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says menstruation is a vital sign for all women, and the first period is prefaced by a progression of physical changes such as breast buds, hair under the arms, pubic area and a growth spurt. If your daughter’s period doesn’t follow these signs, take her to her pediatrician or OB-GYN.

The menstrual cycle explained
• Learn what causes menstrual problems

Mary from Seattle sends a message via Facebook: “I hate to admit it, but my kids ate badly ALL SUMMER, because we were on vacation and I let them do their own thing. Now that school’s starting, how do I transition them back into healthy eating habits at school?”

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears suggests taking your kids grocery shopping and letting them cook with you to involve them in the nutrition process. Turn your shopping list into a game – let your child pick a healthy item of their choice, as long as its ingredient list is free of the words hydrogenated, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes.

• More tips for maintaining a healthy home. Plus Dr. Sears' kid-friendly recipes!

The Doctors takes a question from a viewer: “I’ve heard that caffeine is supposed to be good for your skin and that it helps prevent skin cancer. Is it really true?”

Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon confirms that coffee contains antioxidants, which fight against the oxidation of cells, the cause of aging and cancer. “Oxidation is like your body rusting,” he says. “Because of caffeine’s anti-cancer benefits, it may be added to sunscreen and skin products."

The Naked Truth about your Skin
• Tips for protecting your skin

Stacy in Dallas writes: “My 16-year-old daughter got a new boyfriend this summer who I don’t care for. Should I butt in and try to end [it] or let it run its course?”

“The number one way to make [your daughter] fall deeply in love is for you to criticize the boyfriend,” doctor of psychology Wendy Walsh, Ph.D. avdises.

Dr. Walsh suggests befriending the boyfriend, inviting him over for dinner and getting to know his parents. “You’ll see how quickly she’ll see him for what he is,” Dr. Walsh says.

Are Relationship Rules Meant to be Broken?
Would you allow your partner to have a girls or guys night out? How about a weekend in Vegas without you? What are your thoughts on open relationships? Sound off! 

“Every relationship has its own rules and its own set of boundaries,” Dr. Walsh says, then cross-examines committed couple Trey and Euleen about theirs. From allowing the other to a solo night out with friends, to inviting a third party into the bedroom, find out if the couple of more than one year sees eye-to-eye.

The Team Debates

 Pregnant after a one night stand -- should you tell the father?

Do high-heels cause migraines? Podiatrist Dr. Philip Radovic weighs in.

At-home circumcision.
Learn the dangers.