Domestic Violence Awareness
According to the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. The Doctors welcome to the show Yvonne and Cameka, two domestic violence survivors who gained the courage to leave their respective abusive relationships and build better lives for themselves and their children. Hear their stories, and see the special surprise The Doctors and Robin McGraw have in store for them.
• If you, or someone you love, is being abused, please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233).
• For more domestic violence resources, please visit: WhenGeorgiaSmiled.org.
Loni Anderson’s Family Health Crisis
Iconic actress Loni Anderson joins The Doctors and opens up for the first time about a private family health crisis. Five years ago, Loni’s daughter, Deidra, suffered a mini-stroke while blow drying her hair. An MRI revealed she was suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS).
“I wasn’t calm,” Loni explains. “I fell apart. Your kids are running to you with whatever happened to them, and you fix it. I couldn’t fix it.”
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. The disease causes the body’s own immune system to attack the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, deteriorating the myelin sheaths which protect the nerves and assist in conducting messages between nerves. As damage to the myelin sheaths progresses, slowing down or blocking messages between the brain and the body, MS sufferers may experience symptoms such as vision problems, fatigue, muscle weakness or tremors, numbness or weakness on one side of the body, trouble with coordination and balance, and electric-shock sensations. There is currently no cure for MS, though medicines as well as physical therapy, assistive devices and a healthy lifestyle may help control symptoms.
• To learn more about MS, or to make a donation, visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Nonsurgical Treatment for Chronic Knee Pain
Mike says he’s been suffering with severe chronic knee pain from osteoarthritis for years, following a surgery 20 years ago. He says the pain is so bad that even walking his dog is a difficult task. He underwent a new, nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure that promises to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis by using cooled radiofrequency to overheat the nerve so it no longer functions, without damaging any of the surrounding tissue.
See how the procedure works, and hear how Mike is doing post-treatment.
• Learn more about the COOLIEF* Cooled Radiofrequency System.
Diet Soda Addiction Intervention
In a The Doctors health scare experiment, Kali, a country singer from Nashville, TN., gets an eye-opening glimpse into her potential future if she continues her habit of drinking up to 12 diet sodas per day.