Which Side are You on?

The Doctors tackles the headlines that affect you. What side are you on?

No Vaccine, No Treatment?
Should unvaccinated children be refused medical care? A growing number of pediatricians are refusing treatment to patients who don't follow the recommended vaccine schedule. "As a doctor, I have a very clear policy: No vaccine, no treatment," pediatrician Dr. Scott Goldstein says. "Even though there are very few people who choose not to vaccinate their children, when they do [refuse to vaccinate], they're putting other people's children at risk."

What do you think about the policy? Share your thoughts.

Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, explains why doctors should not force parents to vaccinate their children.

Dr. Melinda Wharton, deputy director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, shares the importance of childhood vaccinations.

Would You Rather ...

Facebook or sex: Which would you rather live without? See the surprising findings, and tell us which you would give up!

Do you have a social media addiction?

Soda Dangers
Studies show that half of all Americans over the age of 2 drink at least one soda a day. But should the bubbly beverage be banned for kids?

“This country would be a lot healthier if [soda were] banned,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says.

“[Soda] is terrible for your child’s health,” health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels says. “It’s terrible for their cognitive function. I think [you should] give them water and put a little fresh [fruit] juice in it.

“There are things in these sodas that are flat-out poison,” Jillian says.

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork demonstrates the damage drinking soda can do to your health.

“The best thing to do is use alternatives,” Dr. Travis says. “You can take seltzer water, put a bunch of fruit in it — oranges, lemons, limes — and let kids learn how real fruit tastes. Over time, they’ll develop a taste for that rather than soda, which leads to obesity, diabetes, cavities and bone loss.”

Lipo “Down There”: Is it Safe?
Is there such a thing as a perfect private part? After giving birth to her daughter, Veronica wants her pre-baby body back. “I had some excess fat just above my pubic bone, and I wanted it removed,” she says. “I wanted everything tighter and higher down there.

“Thankfully, I know a great surgeon!” she adds.

To help Veronica regain the look she desires, her husband, plastic surgeon Dr. David Matlock, performed laser vaginal rejuvenation, labiaplasty and liposculpting on her.

“At times, you may hear from the media, criticisms of these particular procedures,” Dr. Matlock says. “If these procedures weren’t safe, would I do them on my own wife?

“Each and every one of the procedures that I performed are based upon the request of women,” he adds. “I’ve operated on patients from all 50 states and over 63 countries, and what I have found is that women throughout the world want the same thing.”

Veronica says that since the procedures, she has regained her confidence feels more youthful. “I feel amazing now,” she says.

Dr. Matlock and Veronica join The Doctors to explain how the procedures are performed and the risks and benefits involved.

Organs for Sale
Four-thousand patients are added to the organ transplant list annually, and every day, 18 people will die waiting for a match. The Doctors debate whether the sale of organs should be legal. Where do you stand? Tell us!

• See how kidney disease develops.
Learn how you can become an organ donor.
• Waiting on a heart: How to save a life.

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
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.

Cigarette Warning Labels
Every year, nearly 500,000 Americans die as a result of a tobacco-related illness, making it the leading cause of premature and preventable death.

“Some [people] don’t get that smoking causes cancer, that it causes heart disease,” Dr. Travis says. “Smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide and illegal drugs combined!"

The Food and Drug Administration says the current warning labels on cigarette boxes aren’t sending a powerful enough message about the dangers of smoking, and FDA is taking drastic measures to change that. They are planning to place graphic images showing the effects of smoking on all cigarette packages manufactured in the United States by September 2012. Will the extreme warning labels help keep kids from smoking?

“[Kids] do understand pictures,” Dr. Travis says. “If, for nothing else, I want kids to understand what they’re doing.”

Dr. Travis demonstrates the dangerous effects of smoking.

• Share your thoughts: Do you think the new warning labels will help stop kids from smoking?
• See how smoking affects the body.

Resources to Stop Smoking
• Learn about the tools available to help you quit smoking.
• Take the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence.
• 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.

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OAD 10/17/11