When The Doctors first visited New York City, they tackled some of The Big Apple’s most biting health questions, including the safety of tap water, Central Park's health perks and a day in the life of a New York City firefighter. A city as big and bustling as New York, however, required another show! In a special Ask Our Docs edition, The Doctors take on more of New York City's most pressing health inquiries.
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Empire State of Mind
A viewer asks: I’m on top of the Empire State Building and it is absolutely beautiful, but I had to take the extremely long elevator ride up and I was kind of feeling a little woozy. What exactly is that and what can I do to prevent it?
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains how elevator-induced dizziness is actually caused by motion sickness. Learn why the disorienting feeling occurs and get tips to help combat the sensation.
Big Apple Benefits
“Do your health and yourself a big favor: Take a bite out of that big apple,” Dr. Travis says. “An apple a day really can keep the doctor away. [Apples] are full of fiber, [which] can lower blood pressure, improve blood glucose levels, even lower LDL [cholesterol].”
Apples also contain quercetin, an antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of cancer by neutralizing free radicals in the body.
“And guess what? [Apples are] also chock full of vitamins,” he adds.
Menu for Health
“Eating right [is] not always easy, no matter where you may live,” Dr. Travis says. New York City, while renowned for its great and versatile food, is not immune to the nutrition traps found in some of its fare. From how to cut calories at the local hot dog stand to alternative seasonings to avoid excess sugar and salt, The Doctors provide healthy diet and nutrition tips for New York cuisine. Plus, learn tips for choosing the best vitamin supplements, breast-feeding vs. bottle-feeding and more!
Boost Energy with Laughter?
Dr. Travis explains how laughing can be one of the best and easiest ways to boost your energy throughout the day. “Every time you laugh, your brain releases endorphins, [which] help you feel awake, refreshed and energized,” he says. “But not only that, [endorphins] boost your immune system [and] can even ward off heart disease [and] reduce your risk of depression.”
Catching Your ZZZs
The city that never sleeps still gets tired! From overcoming jetlag to parenting tips on getting babies to sleep through the night, The Doctors provide tips for getting your much-needed rest.
• More tips for a better night's sleep.
The Doctors address an array of questions from New York City's residents.
• How does humidity affect hair?
• Workouts to look your best and tips to combat dark circles under your eyes.
• How long should you wait for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy?
• What is the safest way to build muscle mass?
• Is it safe to work out while you’re sick?
Robotic Surgical System
Dr. Ordon visits the NYU Langone Medical Center to see the latest in robotic surgery technology -- the da Vinci Si Surgical System. The robotic instruments are so precise that they can operate inside 5mm incisions and can even delicately peel the skin off a grape, demonstrating how gently surgeons can handle actual body tissue during a procedure.
Dr. Michael Stifelman, Director of Robotic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, shows how the da Vinci Si robot works.
“[It’s] better for the patient, [there is] less blood loss [and] more complex procedures can be done using a simplified approach," Dr. Stifelman explains. "Robotics is the tool that’s helping us do that.”