Unlock Your Body’s Secrets

Fast Food Ambush
What kind of decisions do you make at the drive-thru? E.R physician Dr. Travis Stork goes undercover in The Doctors’ fast-food ambush. See what how a burger, fries and shake really affect your health.

But don’t worry; you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat healthily. “I don’t want people to have to eat food they don’t want,” Dr. Travis says.

The Doctors reveal healthy alternatives to your favorite value meals.

In September 2010, cameras followed Dr. Travis as he adopted the typical American lifestyle: eating fast food and not exercising. Watch how “Project Unhealthy” made him spiral into addiction, and affected his body and mind.

“America, listen up: This is what you’re doing to yourself,” Dr. Travis says. “I did it for five days. I felt miserable. I gained weight. I put my body in jeopardy, and it wasn’t worth it. And you know what? I’m never going to do it again.”

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Sperm Donation
Robert, 68, was a biweekly sperm donor for nearly a decade in the 1960s and 1970s, earning $20 for every donation. He was told that every donation could be cut into 12 inseminations, which means he potentially could have fathered more than 12,000 children!

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“I never gave it much thought before, but that’s an amazing number,” Robert says. “Back then, it was [a] pretty unknown [field] and really new territory. Now, there’s a lot of publicity, and the Donor Sibling Registry website exists. I went on and put my information up there so, hopefully, I could be found [by my children].

“I’d like to think I’m totally prepared to be contacted,” he adds. “I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. I think I’m ready.”

Scott Brown, spokesman for California Cryobank, says that at the time of Robert’s donations, the chances of conception by donated sperm were about 3 to 5 percent per attempted pregnancy. “I promise you there are not 12,000 offspring out there,” Scott says. “The numbers are far more manageable.”

Scott explains how regulations have changed since Robert was a regular sperm donor.

“At that point, [sperm donation] was very under-regulated,” Scott says. “Each sperm bank is responsible for self-regulation, and when you decide to use a sperm bank, the responsibility now, on consumers, is to do your homework and ask questions.”

Wendy Kramer, director of the Donor Sibling Registry, however, says that she thinks there needs to be more regulation in the sperm donation industry. “When you go shopping for a donor, you may look through the catalogue, and your donor may look like Brad Pitt,” Wendy says. “But what you’re not going to know is that that donor already has 15, 30, 50, 150 kids out there, and that maybe 12 of them, or 15 of them, or 20 of them have been diagnosed with autism or a fatal genetic heart disease. It happens.”

Just as Robert is ready to meet his potential offspring through the Donor Sibling Registry, many people conceived through sperm donations seek out their siblings through the website, as well. See what happens after two biological sisters meet for the first time.

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