Two eyes, two lips, two feet and two hips! Our body parts that come in pairs can be double the trouble. The Doctors share top tips for treating your body’s trickiest twosomes.
The Great Lung Run
There’s an alarming trend emerging in lung cancer rates – 80 percent of newly diagnosed lung cancer patients either never smoked or quit smoking decades ago. The percentage of female lung cancer cases have jumped from 16 to 24.4 percent in the last decade, and hormones, second-hand smoke, diet and air pollution are major factors.
After her dear friend and schoolmate, Jillian Costello, tragically lost her fight with lung cancer at the young age of 22, recent Harvard graduate Kelcey Harrison decided to take action. Kelcey is running from New York to San Francisco to not only raise awareness and fundraise for research efforts, but to extinguish the myth that only heavy smokers fall victim to the disease: Anyone can get lung cancer.
• For more information on The Great Lung Run, visit www.thegreatlungrun.com
• To learn more about lung cancer and donate to the cause, visit www.lungcancerfoundation.com
Is Organic Really Better?
Many people are willing to pay more money for organic food because they think it’s the healthier option; however, a new study conducted by Stanford University shows that might not be the case.
Research did not show any substantial differences in nutritional content in organic vs. conventionally-grown produce, but did find that organic produce has significantly lower levels of pesticides. This particular study came up with a 30 percent “risk difference” between organic and conventional foods, but others believe organic foods lower your risk of being exposed to pesticides by 80 percent.
To arrive at the 30 percent risk difference, the authors of the Stanford study didn’t distinguish between a single pesticide trace and multiple pesticide traces, or between light and heavier traces, making the study significantly flawed. Furthermore, the study ignores a growing body of research of how fetuses and young children can be harmed by exposure to pesticides.
“Some people don’t realize that for pregnant women, you really do want to decrease the amount of pesticides [you consume] because they can affect the fetus,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says.
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says the produce you choose is your personal choice, but that consuming fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet.
Birds and Bees Boot Camp
Parents: Is it time for “the talk” with your kids? The Doctors and author of How to Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Dr. John Chirban, help you get prepared with the Birds and Bees Boot Camp.
Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses for Good
Ninety-million people in the United States have presbyopia – or difficulty reading due to age. Ophthalmologist Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler joins The Doctors to reveal a cutting edge procedure that may do away with reading glasses for good.
The scleral spacing procedure involves inserting tiny implants, about the size of a grain of rice, between the clear conjunctivita layer and the sclera, the white of the eye, which allows the tiny muscles underneath to function again.
“The implants delicately lift up on the sclera, and that allows the muscles underneath to focus on the internal lens again, like focusing a camera. That’s how it improves nearsightedness,” Dr. Boxer Wachler explains.
Peggy, 54, says she’d had perfect vision all her life until she turned 50, when she began to notice a gradual decline in her sight.
“Over the years it progressed,” Peggy says. “I was at the crossroad of wearing reading glasses for the rest of my life or finding another alternative. When I came across this clinical trial, I thought it was the perfect answer to my vision problem.”
Dr. Boxer Wachler performs the scleral spacing procedure on Peggy. Learn how it works and see how Peggy is doing two months after the surgery.
This procedure is not yet FDA-approved, but is in its third stage of clinical trials and may be on the market as soon as next year.
Setting the Curve
Dissatisfied with your small breasts? Unhappy with your flat behind? You’re not alone. Meet two women who were unhappy with their shapes, and how modern medicine helped them feel more confident when looking in the mirror.