The Doctors uncovers the lies you may not even realize you’re telling yourself about your health.
Weight-Loss White Lies
Are you in denial about your waistline? The Doctors and Dr. Mike Moreno, author of The 17 Day Diet Cookbook, call you out on your biggest weight loss excuses.
Disclaimer: The Doctors' executive producer Jay McGraw helped publish the 17 Day Diet and receives royalties on sales of both the 17 Day Diet and the 17 Day Diet Cookbook.
• Are colon cleanses the key to jump-starting a diet?
Extinguish Heartburn Without a Pill
More than 50 million Americans suffer from acid reflux, also known as heartburn -- a burning sensation in the chest just below the breastbone caused by stomach acid rising into the esophagus due to a weak esophageal sphincter.
“That burning sensation, if you’re having it each and every day, that is literally acid eating away at your tissue,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Antacids and acid reducers may be used to temporarily relieve inflammation; however, long term use of these medications can increase the risk of bacterial infections, anemia and osteoporosis.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez has made it his mission to put out the flames once and for all – without a pill.
Raised in Cuba on a diet of rice, beans and pork, Dr. Rodriguez says he didn’t see a vegetable until he was 24.
“I thought heartburn was just a natural response to eating,” he says.
After learning that heartburn hinders proper digestion, Dr. Rodriguez became a specialist in digestive diseases and started exercising more and eating right, which significantly decreased his heartburn symptoms.
To help others suffering from the condition, Dr. Rodriguez wrote The Acid Reflux Solution, a cookbook and lifestyle guide to healing heartburn naturally.
Dr. Rodriguez shares 12 simple tips for alleviating heartburn without medication:
• Avoid lying down or going to sleep immediately after eating. If you must, be sure to raise the head of your bed so you are sitting upright.
• Eat smaller portion more often.
• Drink before and after your meals but not during.
• Chew your food thoroughly. This is where digestion begins, so chewing it completely helps the stomach empty out quicker.
• Loosen your belt.
• Sit up straight.
• Eat slowly.
• Don’t bend or hunch over after eating, as gravity can pull stomach acid into the esophagus.
• Avoid eating at least three hours before bedtime.
• Move it or lose it: Don’t sit or lie down after a meal; take a walk or play with your kids instead.
• Decrease stress in your life. The more stress, the more acid your stomach produces.
• Quit smoking and reduce your alcohol intake. “Nicotine and cigarettes are the worst thing you can do for reflux,” Dr. Rodriguez says.
“What’s great about these solutions is that they’re not just great for reflux, they’re great for your overall health,” Dr. Travis adds
Heart Health 411
Do you drink a glass of red wine everyday for its health benefits? What about a piece of dark chocolate after dinner? Cardiac surgeon Dr. Marc Gillinov and cardiologist Dr. Steven Nissen, authors of Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need, dispel the myths you may believe about maintaining your cardiovascular health.
"There are no magical foods [for heart health],” Dr. Nissen says. “That’s the problem -- everyone wants a quick fix. You’ve got to eat right every day and you have to exercise,” Dr. Nissen says.
“Dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate but does it really protect your heart? The thing is [that] dark chocolate will help your blood pressure drop for a little bit for a little while, but will it actually help your heart your whole life? No.” Dr. Gillinov explains.
“However, alcohol in moderation tends to raise the HDL cholesterol a little bit and there’s some evidence that if you drink a little alcohol a day, you may have better heart health than if you don’t drink at all,” Dr. Nissen says.
Does this mean the red wine rumors ring true?
Not necessarily -- red and white wine are equal when it comes to heart health since the beneficial ingredient is the alcohol itself, not resveratrol as once thought.
“Don’t choose red or white because you think it’s good for your heart,” Dr. Gillinov says. “Choose it if that’s what tastes good to you.”
No One’s Perfect
The Doctors admit the health lies they’ve told themselves in the past.
“I refuse to give up being the weekend warrior,” plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon admits. “A man must know his limitations and one of these days it’s going to catch up.”
“I ignored some colorectal symptoms, but I eventually stopped lying and got tested,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears reveals.
“I had a couple of moles and finally last year I went and had a couple biopsies,” Dr. Travis shares.
“So look in the mirror tonight and be honest with yourself, then get checked out by your doctor,” he adds.