The essence of being a lady, as the saying goes, is “sugar and spice and everything nice,” but could your ladylike habits endanger your health or even your life? From suppressing sneezes and holding back gas to the shocking perils of perfume, The Doctors reveal the risks of being prim and proper, and how certain ladylike habits may not be worth the consequences.
Don’t Hold Back
“Nothing, I mean nothing, says feminine like repressing your bodily functions,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork jests. “That’s right, ladies. We are talking about the dreaded F-A-R-T.”
Whether you’re male or female, the average person lets loose 10 to 20 times each day, producing one to three pints of gas! Holding in gas can lead to bloating, abdominal cramping, dizziness and headaches. Gas that is persistent and painful, however, could be a sign of more chronic digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease or celiac disease.
OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson adds that pregnant women tend to produce more gas due to increased progesterone in their bodies.
Learn which foods are the top culprits for creating gas. Plus, see how pink grapefruit can help boost digestive enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract to break down foods faster for less fermentation and less flatulence.
Stifling a Sneeze
Ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Andrew Ordon explains that sneezing not only clears nasal passages by expelling foreign pathogens and irritants, but it also revs up cilia in the nose, an important part of the body’s immune system. Suppressing a sneeze, however, can potentially amplify pressure in the sinus and ocular cavities, which can burst blood vessels in the eyes, brain and in rare cases, rupture eardrums!
“You’re blowing it all back instead of letting it out,” Dr. Ordon says.
Beauty Habits: Healthy, Hot or Not?
A woman’s beauty regimen can be a time-consuming and multifaceted process. From manicures and pedicures to makeup and personal grooming, the steps women take to achieve their desired look is nothing short of astonishing, when compared to the average male’s morning routine. But have you ever wondered what men really think about all the work women put into looking beautiful? Do they appreciate or even like some of the trendy beauty statements?
A trio of men gather at Neatbar in Glendale, California to express their candid opinions on whether certain beauty trends are truly attractive to the male gender, or if they’re considered beauty blunders.
• Is crossing your legs a ladylike habit that women should break?
The Red Effect
Red: It’s bold, hot and according to scientific research, seriously sexy. A study out of France revealed that waitresses with ruby lips scored bigger tips. Other research suggests that men are subconsciously drawn to women wearing red more than other colors. The theory is based on the idea that crimson colors trigger animal instincts; however, research conducted in the United Kingdom by an anthropological team at the University of Kent disproved the perception that this animal attraction was associated with rosy redness in women’s genitalia.
Has wearing red ever enhanced your love life or piqued a special someone’s interest? Tell us your story!
Major Makeup Mistakes
Are you guilty of applying makeup while driving? This common and seemingly harmless act is more dangerous than you might think, affecting not only yourself but other motorists and pedestrians, as well.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 15 fatalities and 1,200 injuries result from distracted driving every day. The most recent yearly statistics show that 5,400 people died in car crashes involving a distracted driver, while almost half a million people were injured.
“Eighty percent of all car crashes take place when a driver looks away,” Dr. Travis adds. “That could be just that split second where you’re touching up your eyes or that gloss, looking in the rearview mirror. That one second could cause a fatal collision.”
Toni has grown accustomed to applying makeup in the car, a habit that’s become a part of her daily routine. “I’m always running late. I literally get ready for work in about ten minutes because I need every second of sleep. I bolt out the door and I have to do everything in the car, including putting on my makeup,” Toni explains.
“I don’t think putting on my makeup in the car is nearly as bad as somebody who is talking on their cell phone. I’ve had some close calls, you know, where maybe I’ve almost hit somebody,” she adds.
Driving simulation specialist Monique Cobb of Drive Square, Inc. puts Toni inside the Drive Square Simulation System™, a simulated driving experience that enables a trainee to drive in a virtual space, while operating the controls of an actual vehicle.
Watch what happens when Toni applies makeup while operating the driving simulator.
Fight Cancer with Early Detection
“Women, it’s time to let go of old notions that talking about your body and its functions isn’t ladylike,” Dr. Lisa says. “It’s time to get to know your body.”
“Your hands are two of the most powerful diagnostic tools you have, if you know what to do with them,” Dr. Travis adds.
F-Cancer is a non-profit organization that emphasizes the importance of early cancer detection with its Touch Yourself initiative, featured on the website Funny or Die.
Yael Cohen, 25, founded the provocatively-named organization in 2009 and currently serves as its president and CEO. The catalyst that set her charitable company in motion was her mother’s diagnosis with breast cancer. After her mother’s first surgery, Yael had a t-shirt created with the future foundation’s name and motto displayed boldly across the front.
“It was people’s response to that shirt that really triggered the charity,” Yael says. “I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just our family that got this cathartic exhale from these two words.”
The mission of the organization is to mobilize sons and daughters to engage their parents in discussions about early cancer detection. “Ninety percent of cancers are curable if caught in Stage 1,” Yael says.
“Medical research shows if you always refuse to show your feelings or your anger, it actually can take a toll on your body,” Dr. Travis says.
People who stifle stress are known to have distressed personalities. Dr. Travis explains how adrenal glands in the body of a chronically-stressed person will secrete more and more cortisol, the stress hormone.
As more cortisol courses through the body, it can have deleterious effects on almost every organ, as well as the nervous system and the immune system.
“Over time, elevated cortisol can cause your blood pressure to skyrocket and all of these things, when combined, may even cause you to have a premature death,” Dr. Travis says.
“Here’s the irony, though. If you’re constantly exploding with anger, [if] you’re constantly angry and showing hatred, that can actually decrease your lifespan, too.”
Jared, James and Tamer report from “The Doctors’ Digital Audience” to weigh in on women who repress their rage and feelings.
“That’s one of the main reasons men think women are crazy, because they suppress their anger so long [that] it just unleashes itself out of nowhere,” Jared states.
“I agree. You’ve got to get that conversation going,” Tamer adds. “If something is really upsetting you, have a calm conversation at once, because it’s got to come out sooner or later.”
“We all know when you say, ‘Nothing’s wrong,’ everything is wrong!” James says.
• Anger Management 101
• More on controlling anger.
Happy Hour Health Benefits
Which alcoholic beverage, in moderation, boasts the most health benefits for women – a glass of wine, a cosmopolitan or a pint of beer? Surprisingly, the most unladylike option is the answer!
Beer is rich in phytoestrogens and dietary silicon, both of which fend off osteoporosis by boosting bone density. In addition, beer is surprisingly high in antioxidants, vitamin B6 and folate.
“Studies show moderate beer drinkers have lower risks of hypertension and heart disease,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. “The most important part of that is moderate beer drinkers,” he adds.
• More on the health benefits of beer.