Becoming “Barbie”; Living with Lyme Disease

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Tara’s 14-year-old daughter, Kimmie, complains that she has heavy periods that are interfering with activities such as track and cheerleading. Tara knows oral contraceptives can help decrease the flow, but she’s uncomfortable with starting her daughter on birth control.

OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains how to decide whether a teenage girl should start taking birth control pills.

Senate Hopeful's Controversial Facebook Posts
Ethical questions are being raised after reports that radiologist and Kansas Senate primary candidate, Milton Wolfe, once posted photos of patients — including fatal gunshot victims — on Facebook and joked about the gruesome images in the comments.

Dr. Wolfe said in an interview that “the medical images were legally uploaded for educational purposes.”

The Doctors discuss professional ethics and standards. Did the Facebook posts and comments cross the line?

Woman Obsessed with Becoming Human "Barbie"
A 38-year-old California woman says, in an effort to look like Barbie, she has endured multiple procedures, including five breast enhancements surgeries, chin liposuction and lip fillers. Now, she says she’s undergoing hypnotherapy so she can become “brainless” and “vacant,” like a doll.

"When I was a teenager, I wanted to mirror my life towards my Barbie," Blondie Bennett confides.

Psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser joins The Doctors to discuss what might be at the root of Blondie’s desire to transform herself.

Find out why Blondie says she "doesn't like being human and "just wants to be the ultimate Barbie."

Blondie tells The Doctors she's undergoing hypnotherapy so she can be happy. Hear their advice.

Mystery Scars
Ten years ago, Dawn started noticing itchy, raised scars on her arms, but she says she was never injured. Today, Dawn says she still has no idea what causes the scars.

“There are times [that] they hurt so bad, I don’t want anyone around me,” she says.

What's causing her mysterious scars?

Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon describes different types of scars.

The Doctors send Dawn to dermatologist Dr. Glynis Ablon to test and treat the scar tissue.

Surprise Smile Makeover Reveal
When Buffy first appeared on The Doctors, she said she was ashamed to go out in public and avoided going to her children’s events because of a condition called amelogenesis imperfecta, a tooth development disorder that caused her teeth to crack and chip.

Buffy had to eat soft foods like a toddler, couldn’t brush her teeth with a normal toothbrush and was constantly taking pain medication.

"It literally ruined her life,” cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman said.

Dr. Dorfman said Buffy’s condition was one of the worst cases he had ever seen, and estimated she would need more than $100,000 in dental work. The Doctors and Dr. Dorfman surprised Buffy by offering to treat her for free. 

Now, Buffy returns to The Doctors to show off her new smile.

Hear Buffy's plea: "It would mean everything for me to be able to smile again."

Watch how Dr. Dorfman and his team treat Buffy, and see her smile for the first time.

Real Housewife's Health Struggle
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster joins The Doctors to talk about her struggle with Lyme disease.

Yolanda says she was suffering from memory loss, joint pain and fatigue, and initially was prescribed medication for depression before a doctor in Belgium diagnosed her with chronic Lyme disease.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Brad Spellberg explains that Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria that’s transmitted when a tick is attached for 24 to 48 hours. Initial symptoms include a red rash shaped like a bull's-eye or target. Antibiotics can be effective when diagnosed early. If Lyme disease goes untreated, it can cause arthritis, joint swelling and inflammation.

Dr. Spellberg explains what Lyme disease is and how it can be treated.

What is Sarcoidosis?
Pfizer's Chief Medical Officer Freda Lewis-Hall explains that sarcoidosis is a condition that occurs when your immune cells mistakenly harm your healthy cells, leading to inflammation and tissue and organ damage. The most commonly affected areas are the lungs and the lymph nodes, especially those in the chest. Sarcoidosis can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms mimic other illnesses and doctors don’t know its cause. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Lewis-Hall discuss possible symptoms and treatments.

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