The Doctors brings the latest and greatest medical breakthroughs you’ll have to see to believe!
Buffed and Boozed?
Uplift Studios in New York City offers its women-only members the chance to burn calories then socialize over drinks afterwards. With an array of “Raise the Bar” fitness classes, with titles such as Workout and Wine and Cardio and Cocktails, The Doctors discuss whether consuming alcohol after a workout will negate the benefits of exercise.
“It’s not really about the booze at all,” Uplift Studios co-founder Leanne Shear says. “It’s really about combining the fitness with the social aspect."
Spina Bifida Surgery
Justin and Clare already had two healthy children when they decided to have another baby. During the 20-week ultrasound to verify the sex of their baby, the sonogram technician noticed the development of clubbed feet, as well as herniated brain tissue. Justin and Clare found out their unborn child had a condition called spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal column and backbone do not close before birth.
Spina bifida usually occurs within two to three weeks after conception, often before the mother is aware she is pregnant. The condition can range in severity, but typically causes physical deformities, learning disabilities, paralysis, malfunctioning organs, and swelling of the brain and skull due to blockage or obstruction of cerebrospinal fluid.
“The longer that the baby’s opening in the spine is exposed to the elements in the amniotic fluid, the more damage it does,” Clare explains. To give her unborn child a better chance at normal development, Clare elected to undergo a breakthrough fetal surgery while her baby was still in utero.
“There were no promises. The doctors warned me that [the] worst case scenario would be my death and baby’s death.”
Baby Kellen's surgery was a remarkable success, although he was still born with clubbed feet. Just six weeks after giving birth, Clare, Justin and Kellen join The Doctors.
Touch-Free Breast Screening
Whether it’s a colonoscopy or a mammogram, many men and women fear recommended medical tests, despite knowing that they save lives.
Lakisha has been apprehensive to get a clinical breast screening even though breast cancer runs in her family. “I have never, ever had a mammogram,” she says.
Lakisha joins The Doctors, along with OB/GYN Dr. Robin Phillips, who explains a new technology for breast screenings.
“What this new technology offers is infrared digital imagery. It’s a no-touch breast scan,” Dr. Phillips explains. “We’re looking at the changes in the temperature of the breast. Normal [blood] vessels will clamp down [and] will no longer stay hot [whereas] abnormal vessels will stay hot.”
Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer of NoTouch Breastscan, Matt Campisi, explains how infrared imaging is not meant to take the place of mammography, but rather serve as an adjunctive procedure to assist in early breast cancer detection.
“When women have multiple tests performed, the likelihood of detecting cancer is higher and the probability of missed cancer is much lower,” he says. “Early detection saves lives, and that’s the goal.”
Predicting a Heart Attack
Unlike heart disease, which develops slowly over time, a heart attack comes on suddenly and often without warning.
Cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care, joins The Doctors to explain how modern cardiology may be able to predict when a heart attack will occur.
“The cells that come off the artery that’s inflamed [or] is about to crack, those cells can be detected now,” Dr. Topol explains. “We have developed a way to not only isolate those cells but characterize them, so it’s really a fantastic opportunity that lies ahead – that we could predict a heart attack a week or even two weeks ahead of when it would occur, and prevent the event.”
Dr. Topol demonstrates a futuristic phone app that, in combination with a specialized, sensor-equipped case, can show an EKG of your heart rate. Although still in the developmental phase, the sensor will ultimately be able to identify inflamed cells that can rupture and cause a heart attack. The phone app will then alert you and your doctor in advance, allowing you to take early action and prevent a heart attack from happening.
Beating the Odds: A Medical Miracle
Jeff, 51, developed a lump on his left temple when he was 45. His physician examined it and attributed the growth to either an aggravated muscle or a benign cyst. After living with the condition for almost three years, Jeff had the lump aspirated and tested by two different specialists, but the biopsies remained inconclusive.
Finally, Jeff met with otolaryngologist Dr. Babak Larian to discuss less-invasive, endoscopic procedures to remove the growth on his temple. To Jeff’s shock, he discovered that the golf ball-sized mass was actually melanoma.
Making matters worse, the cancer had already metastasized and Jeff’s lungs, liver, stomach and intestines were riddled with tumors. Doctors and oncologists had no medical explanation for how he was still alive.
“They told me I had stage 4 [cancer], which is the worst of the worst of the worst,” Jeff says. “Once the melanoma goes below the surface and starts to grow, that starts [the] clock ticking.”
Two-and-a-half years after the surgery to remove the tumor on his temple, Jeff and his wife, Renee, join The Doctors to discuss his diagnosis, and how he remains symptom-free, despite being given only a few months to live.
Since his grim prognosis, Jeff has altered his lifestyle and eating habits. He abides by a strict vegan diet and incorporates high levels of curcumin, a yellow compound found in turmeric, to help fight body inflammation. The precise reasoning for how Jeff continues to be asymptomatic is still a medical mystery.