The Doctors answer questions from some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
“Celebrities: They get sick just like us, they deal with the same health issues just like us,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
La Toya Jackson Opens Up
Singer, songwriter and one of nine siblings of the iconic Jackson family, La Toya Jackson, joins Dr. Travis and OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson to discuss her father's recent stroke and share her own health concerns.
• Singer Mandisa shares her secrets for burning extra calories throughout the day.
The “Elbow Sneeze”
Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster asks, “Does sneezing into your elbow really do anything?”
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains that the Centers for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend the elbow sneeze, but you have to do it properly. If you sneeze over your elbow, or don’t get there in time, you still run the risk of spraying everyone around you with potentially harmful germs.
Are Shandling’s Sports Days Over?
Comedian and actor Garry Shandling asks, “I’m very physically active. I play all sports – I box, I play basketball, everything. But my knees are holding on by a thread. I’ve tried padding, I’ve tried everything; there’s nothing left in there. Do I have to retire?”
Studies show that knee pain is common for people over the age of 65, regardless of activity level. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains that your knees fight gravity every day, just like the rest of your body, which means the more years you use your knees, the more wear and tear you’re going to have; however, staying active and playing sports like Garry can actually make your knees last longer.
If you’re experiencing constant knee pain, try switching to activities that don’t put as much stress on the knees, such as biking or swimming. Land-based exercise, such as strength training or walking can also help reduce knee pain, unless you are injured.
Five ways to keep knee pain at bay:
• Protect it with padding or splinting.
• Compress it with a knee brace or wrap to reduce swelling and keep the mechanics of your knee aligned.
• Rest it to give it time to heal, even from slight pain.
• Ice it to reduce swelling. This should be done whenever you experience pain after activity.
• Elevate it when swelling occurs.
Denise Austin’s Food Tips
Fitness phenomenon Denise Austin joins Dr. Travis to share unique weight-loss tricks from her new book, Side Effect: Skinny.
• Order your copy at thebooknook.com.
Side Effect: Skinny is published by The Doctors’ executive producer Jay McGraw and distributed through www.thebooknook.com, which is owned by Jay McGraw.
“It’s a fabulous book all about the good foods that you eat that give you healthy side benefits, such as feeling better. You guys can do it, you’re worth it, you deserve to feel better,” Denise says.
In an all-in-one book about eating, exercise and feeling better about yourself, Denise shares her secrets for staying slim and fit with a seven-day fat-blast diet, as well as “Calorie Confusion,” a method that varies your caloric intake from day to day to keep your metabolism on its toes.
• Enter for a chance to win a copy of Side: Effect Skinny by Denise Austin.
Mix it Up!
Four-time world champion mixed martial arts fighter Urijah Faber joins The Doctors to give an inside look at the world of MMA, and to discuss the benefits and risks of training and fighting.
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