Jane Fonda on Empowering Teens; Secrets to a Smooth Surgery

Dads Banned from Delivery Rooms?
A New Jersey judge has ruled that mothers can ban fathers from witnessing the birth of their child, and that mothers don’t have to notify fathers that they have gone into labor.


Secrets to a Smooth Surgery

Undergoing surgery? Reader’s Digest Editor-in-Chief Liz Vaccariello shares five potentially lifesaving tips every patient needs to know.

The ruling, which applies only to unmarried couples, notes that the father’s presence “could cause additional stress on the mother and child.”

Does the law protect a mother’s rights or discriminate against men? The debate among The Doctors gets heated. "I have been the delivering obstetrician in rooms where the father’s behavior compromised the pregnant woman’s care," OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton says.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears note that studies show the father is more likely to be part of the child’s life if he is there from the beginning. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says men are getting a bad rap.

“We are not male bashing here. We are not paternal rights bashing.” Dr. Ashton says. “We are talking about a delivery that in this country, in the United States, occurs most of the time in the hospital; it’s a medical event, whether you think that's right or wrong. And, when you have a uterus, you can decide who’s in the room when you’re pushing out that baby.”

Dr. Travis takes issue with the part of the law that says the mother doesn’t have to inform the father she has gone into labor.

“Not even allowing the man an opportunity to be a dad, I think that’s a bad decision,” Dr. Travis says.

Cancer Awareness Campaign Causes Controversy

A campaign in the U.K. to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer features patients saying that they wished they had other forms of cancer that have better survival rates. The campaign has enraged people with other types of cancer, who say that all forms of cancer are devastating, and that the campaign's sponsors shouldn’t pit one type of the disease against another. Pancreatic cancer often is diagnosed at an advanced stage, so the survival rate is extremely low, usually less than five years. It is the forth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. Ali Stunt, founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, the organization that sponsored the campaign, joins The Doctors via telephone to explain the intent of the campaign 's message.

Life-Threatening Habit?
Could biting your nails be deadly? The Doctors explain how one man’s extreme habit triggered a heart attack that led to his death.

Jane Fonda on How to Empower Teens
Actress, activist and best-selling author Jane Fonda helped revolutionize women’s health by popularizing aerobics in the 1980s. Now, she’s helping to empower a new generation of teens through her latest book, Being a Teen.

“Adolescence is such a critical time,” Jane says. “It’s the gateway to adulthood. What happens during this very challenging time, when young people are going through so many changes, is extremely important for how they do later in life.”

Jane talks about the work she has done to help lower teenage pregnancy rates and encourage good reproductive health.

Jane discusses some of the biggest challenges adolescents face and how parents can help them cope.

Jane and The Doctors answer questions from audience members about how to talk to teenage girls.

Ruth says: “My daughter eats a lot. I can tell that she’s eating to comfort herself and when she’s bored … I’m not sure how to talk to her about it."

Gina says: “Now that my girls are getting a little bit older, I want to make sure that I properly tell them how to clean themselves down there.


Risky Bodybuilding Behavior

A Brazilian bodybuilder did more than pump iron to boost his bicep muscles. Arlindo De Souza injected a concoction of mineral oil and benzyl alcohol into his muscles to bulk up his biceps to unnatural proportions. The Doctors discuss the dangerous trend, warning that the risks include severe infection and death.

New Sports Drink Brewing?
Struggling to recuperate after a hard workout? Beer might be the post-workout beverage you need.

Scientists have created a low-calorie and low-alcohol “recovery ale” that is enriched with nutrients, antioxidants and electrolytes to help replenish the body. 

“What I’m hearing from you is that beer is good. Barley, hops, au naturel,” Dr. Travis says, toasting his fellow Doctors. “In moderation."

However, regular beer isn’t a good alternative. It doesn’t contain enough electrolytes, and the alcohol can be dehydrating.