Transform Your Smile, Skin & Waistline!

The Doctors reveal the top 5 foods that actually increase your appetite. Plus, 10-minute transformations for your smile, skin and waistline!

Transgender Beauty Contestant
The Miss Universe Canada pageant created an international stir when one of its beauty contestants, Jenna Talackova, was declared ineligible to compete since she wasn't born a woman and underwent gender reassignment surgery at age 19. The Miss Universe Organization has since overturned their decision and has allowed Jenna to enter the competition, providing she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international pageants. The Doctors discuss the standards being set forth for people born with gender ambiguity.

“Do [beauty pageants] check with all of the contestants to see that they are born with their natural [features]?” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson asks. “Do they check to see if someone has had a nose job or if they’ve had a breast augmentation or teeth bleaching or something like that? Not until 1970 did they actually let African Americans compete,” she adds. “So, what I think they’re doing is trying to enforce what their idea of perfect beauty is before you even get to the competition.”

“You would think in a beauty pageant for women, somebody that has some maleness to their background would [have] a disadvantage, so why not let her compete?” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears adds. “If this was the Olympics and she would maybe gain an advantage because of her background then that might be a different story.”

Share your thoughts on the Miss Universe Organization’s decision.

Celebrity Pop Quiz

Which singer reportedly receives B12 vitamin shots to boost her energy? The Doctors discuss when vitamin supplementation is truly necessary.

Vitamin IV drips?

No Sex or No Coffee?
The Doctors conducted a Facebook poll to see if people would rather abstain from sex or coffee, and a surprising 18 percent said they would rather give up sex!

“Coffee is a fixture in our society. It would be hard to imagine everyone in this country waking up without a cup of coffee because so many people do start their day with it,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “Coffee is going to act differently, just like any other stimulant, depending upon the person who is ingesting it,” he adds.

• Learn the health pros and cons of drinking coffee.
The effects of too much coffee.

Aqua Zumba Workout
Zumba instructor Maria Browning shows Dr. Sears how to perform Aqua Zumba – a water workout routine with less impact and stronger resistance to burn more calories.

"For people who are afraid of taking a dance class like that [for] being judged, you can't see under the water [while doing Aqua Zumba]. Your moves are disguised!" Dr. Travis says.

Dental Dilemmas

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman joins The Doctors to discuss solutions to common dental conditions:

• How long can you wait to repair a chipped or cracked tooth?

• How can you fix a gummy smile?

Treating a Common Skin Condition
Dilia, 43, started developing little, dark spots and papules on her neck, chest, back and shoulders. Over a four-year span, the spots continued to multiply.

“They’re so embarrassing and it’s so frustrating trying to find clothes to cover them up,” Dilia says. “I’ve also tried makeup, but that just makes it [appear] worse.”

Dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee explains that Dilia has a common skin condition called dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN). The condition affects people of all races but is more prevalent in those of African American, Asian or Hispanic descent.

“We can see [DPN] at different levels,” Dr. Lee says. “People can have a really mild form, where they just have a few scattered [spots] but we usually see it on the cheeks.”

Watch as Dr. Lee treats Dilia’s DPN spots with a state-of-the-art laser procedure that targets blood vessels and pigmentation. "[The spots] will fall off in about a week, so it kind of looks like you have little ants on you for about a week, but they heal very well,” Dr. Lee explains.

“An important point to make is that these [spots] can be confused with something more serious,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon adds. “You need to see an expert that’s going to give you [a] diagnosis of DPN, which is a benign condition, but it could be skin cancer [or] melanoma.”

Appetite Overload
The Doctors reveal the top 5 foods that actually increase your appetite and present healthier alternatives to provide satiety while not overeating. “Before you eat a meal, ask yourself [whether] these foods are going to satisfy [your] appetite or make [you] even hungrier,” Dr. Travis says. “That’s really what weight-loss is all about – learning how to eat foods that make you feel full, so you don’t walk around hungry all day and then overeat later.”

The Doctors and USA Weekend

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Before and After Having a Baby
Tameka gave birth to her third child five months ago -- a baby girl named Rylan. During the pregnancy, Tameka had complications that included an ovarian cyst and elevated thyroid levels. Dr. Lisa has been Tameka’s OB/GYN for two years and attended to her throughout the pregnancy.

“If there’s anything going on, [Dr. Lisa] catches it. She’s on top of it, for sure,” Tameka says.

Tameka’s previous pregnancy was 13 years prior, so she is currently adjusting to the stresses of being a new parent again. Tameka joins The Doctors, along with her husband Reid and baby Rylan to address her questions on baby feeding intervals and permanent birth control options.

• Watch a video diary spanning Tameka’s pregnancy through the birth of her daughter.

Dr. Sears explains how often babies need to feed and at what point the adage “never wake a sleeping baby” is safe to follow.

Dr. Lisa explains the differences between a tubal ligation and a vasectomy as methods for permanent birth control.

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