Three addictions, three marriages, three days under one roof coming to an end. Incredible changes take place in the series finale of “The Doctors’ Wake-Up Call with Jillian!”
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Corey and Gena: The Tables are Turned
After three days in The Doctors’ House, Steven has stopped smoking, Corey is drinking more water and, for the first time in years, Pat has made good on his word to stop chewing tobacco. But while the husbands are showing miraculous progress, Gena, a diabetic who doesn’t exercise, is giving in to her own addiction.
“I saw on our surveillance cameras, [Corey’s wife], Gena, pull a soda out of the garbage,” health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels says. “I realized that Corey was not the only one with a problem in this house.
“Gena is struggling with weight issues of her own, Gena is fundamentally disempowered,” Jillian says.
Because Gena’s unhealthy habits came to light, personal trainer Tasha Jackson visited The Doctors House and gave Gena an emergency wake-up call.
To help Gena see that change is possible, Jillian introduces her to former Biggest Loser contestants Olivia and Hannah, who’ve lost more than 120 pounds each.
“Take everything that’s been given to you [and] use it to change your life,” Olivia says. “And that life, it’s waiting for you. It’s been there the whole time.
“[The Doctors] is building a bridge to [your new life],” she says.
“All you got to do is walk across it,” Hannah adds.
Life Without a Jaw
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork puts Pat, who has been chewing tobacco daily for more than 20 years, face to face with Rick, an oral cancer survivor who lost a third of his tongue and half of his jaw as a result.
“I started using [chewing] tobacco when I was 12, and at 26 I was diagnosed with cancer on the side of my tongue,” Rick says. “ I lost a third my tongue, half my jaw, [have] partial use of my right arm and was given two years to live.
“You can get [oral cancer from smoking, too],” Rick adds. “Tobacco is tobacco.”
More than 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year.
Pat wears a special head covering to simulate what eating would be like without the use of his jaw. Was it enough to get through?
“If you’re ever even thinking of reaching out for tobacco,” Dr. Travis says. “I want you to remember how you couldn’t even speak, and how you couldn’t even put an apple in your mouth.”
• Chewing tobacco health scare experiment.
Dr. Travis and Jillian say their farewells to the three couples as their time in The Doctors House comes to an end.
“Jillian and I truly believe that this is not the end,” Dr. Travis says. “It’s the beginning.”
Addiction specialist Dr. Frank Lawlis demonstrates the Bio Acoustical Utilization Device (BAUD), a handheld biofeedback instrument meant to treat addiction through sound.
“Once you’re an addict, you’re always an addict because the brain has already connected itself to the substance,” Dr. Lawlis says. “But you can disconnect and rearrange the neurons through sound.”
“Whether it’s drinking, tobacco or overeating – all those addictions raise your blood pressure,” Dr. Travis says. “Do yourself and your heart a favor. Get rid of the bad habits, replace them with good habits.”