Trick and Treat Your Body Healthy

Healthy Halloween!
Have no fear this Halloween! The Doctors shows you how to walk safely amongst the ghosts and ghouls.

Discover nutritious alternatives to your kids' favorite treats.

The Pumpkin Geek shares safety tips for carving a jack-o’-lantern.

Become a vampire, witch or ghost but beware of dangerous face paint!

More Halloween makeup safety tips
Safe color additives in costume makeup
• More trick or treating tips

Trick or Tracker
Is your child setting out on his or her first parentless Halloween? Keep tabs on your trick or treater with the Trick or Tracker Mobile App!

Click here to download the Trick or Tracker app for free today!

• Sexy vs. scandalous: Do some costumes cross the line?

The Horror!
Are you frightened by horror movies? Studies have shown that women scare more easily than men while watching scary films.

“It’s because [women] are more likely to anticipate the scary scenes that lie ahead,” neurofeedback and biofeedback therapist Dr. Michael Linden says.

“Participants were given a memory test, which showed the anticipation of seeing something bad caused heightened brain activity amongst women, but triggered nothing in men,” he adds.

Dr. Linden put the study to the test with couple Jeffrey, 35, and Ann, 26.

Ann says she hates scary movies and can’t sleep by herself after watching one, while Jeffrey claims he’s been addicted to horror films since childhood.

Dr. Linden performs a brain scan on the couple to compare their brain activity while watching a scary movie. See the results!

Afraid of the Dark
Angela says her 3-year-old son, Zander, won’t sleep in his own bed because he’s afraid of the dark shadows in his room.

Daunted by the Doctor

Is your child scared to see the doctor? Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears shares tips for comforting your kid during a medical check-up.

• Pay attention to your child’s behavior when taking him or her to the doctor to prepare yourself for future visits.

• If your child becomes anxious before a doctor’s visit, buy him or her a child’s doctor kit and play “doctor’s check up” at home.

“Some parents bring their kid’s doctors kits [to appointments] and he or she listens to my heart, then I listen to his or her heart,” Dr. Sears says.

“Zander has only slept in his bed once since he was born,” Angela says. “[My husband and I] are just not getting enough sleep. He gets in between us and kicks all night long. He’s not getting enough sleep either.”

Dr. Sears shares tricks for helping your little one drift into dreamland.

• Be consistent:  When you put your child to bed, don’t let him or her fall asleep while you’re still in the room. He or she needs to learn how to fall asleep without you there. Start a routine -- After reading a bedtime story, tell your child that you’ll come back to check on him or her in five minutes, then gradually increase it to 10 minutes, then 20, until your child is comfortable enough to fall asleep.

• Create an environment that feels safe: Turn on a night light or leave the door open if your child is afraid of the dark. Let your child sleep with a comforting object such as a stuffed animal, a special blanket or the Mumoocie. The Mumoocie is a body pillow designed to maintain body heat and parents’ scents, and can record parents' voices.

• Stay in your own lane: Dr. Sears says it’s OK to share a bed if everyone is comfortable enough to get proper sleep. Try telling your child that, to share a bed, he or she must stay in his or her own lane, using a soft barrier like a pillow. That way, your child learns the importance of space while sleeping.

Acid reflux keeping you awake? Get E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork’s trick and OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson’s treat to extinguish the burn of acid reflux.

Run for your Life!
Maple, 30, says she runs two to three times per week, but always gets cramps in her side and pain in her feet. She asks health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels for tips for pain-free running.

“When running, most people exhale as the right foot hits the ground,” Jillian says. “Your liver is located on your right side, [and doing this] puts pressure on it.

“This tugs at the diaphragm and creates a stitch,” she says.

Tricks for Pain-Free Running
• Exhale on the left: Instead of exhaling on the right, exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.
• Belly Breathe: Most side cramps stem from shallow breathing during exercise. When working out, try to breathe deeply and slowly, expanding the belly and the upper chest.
• Slow down: Exercising too intensely when you’re out of shape causes you to breathe too quickly and more shallowly. Build up intensity gradually.
• Massage your stitch: Gently rub the painful area with your hands, which will relax the muscles and increase blood flow to the area.
• Stay hydrated: Hydration is key for all vigorous activity.

• Treat your running feet! Enter to win a pair of Altra Zero Drop sneakers!

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Intimidated by Inoculations
Taylor, 15, says she’s absolutely terrified of needles and finds being vaccinated very painful. She asks The Doctors how to ease the pain.

Dr. Travis shares one surprising trick – coughing!

“When getting a shot, you’re focused on nothing but that needle,” Dr. Travis says.  “Coughing actually distracts you from that needle and temporarily increases your blood pressure, which blunts pain signals to brain.

“[But], if you’re going to cough, let your provider know,” he adds.

The Doctors’ Trick or Treat Spa
Got extra pumpkin or chocolate lying around? Get a fresh fall glow with spooktacular at-home skin treatments.

Pumpkin Facial
2 tsp pumpkin
1/2 tsp milk
1/2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon spice

Mix all ingredients together – right in the pumpkin if you like – then massage into the face. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse off for a moisturized and refreshed complexion.

Chocolate Bubble Bath
1/2 cup boiling
1/2 cup melted 35 percent cocoa dark chocolate
1 cup bubble bath

Mix ingredients in a warm bath, sit back and relax.

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OAD 10/28/11