If you want to know the latest medical news, The Doctors is just what the doctor ordered.
The daytime talk show features four caring, supersmart physicians who represent real-life stories about diseases and treatments; share timely tips on how to live longer and better; and tackle even the most taboo health topics. We caught up with these busy MDs.
What made you decide to be a doctor?
Dr. Nita Landry, OB-Gyn: I've always loved science. As a girl watching my mom and other mothers taking care of everyone else, I thought, "Who's taking care of them?"
Dr. Travis Stork, Emergency Medicine: I was working as an actuarial scientist in Washington, D.C., and volunteering at a free clinic. I saw the volunteer physicians providing such diligent care that within months I was researching going back to school to finish my premed requirements.
Dr. Andrew Ordon, Plastic Surgeon: When I first started college premed, I shadowed an ear-nose-throat doctor. I saw him perform several rhinoplasty surgeries. I liked the combination of science and art.
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Dr. Sonia Batra, Dermatologist: My parents are physicians. I was in elementary school, helping in my dad's office, when a man told me my dad had saved his life. I began to understand how satisfying it would be to help people.
How can someone get healthier, starting today?
Dr. Landry: Stop driving around the parking lot looking for a "good spot." Park in the back; get extra steps in. Take stairs instead of elevators or escalators.
Dr. Stork: Replace refined grain products, such as white bread, with whole grains. This will introduce more nutrients and fiber without major sacrifices.
Dr. Ordon: Add activity! It improves not just your weight but your heart, lungs, skin and sleep quality. It doesn't have to be the gym — walk 30 minutes a day.
Dr. Batra: Add physical activity, even starting each day with stretching. Build up intensity as strength and stamina increase.
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Prescribe one wellness purchase for everyone.
Dr.Landry: People frequently choose portion sizes larger than the recommended serving [To determine a correct serving size], get a food scale.
Dr. Stork: A good pillow. A good night's rest with proper neck support can make all the difference.
Dr. Ordon: Sunscreen. Skin cancer is the No. 1 form of cancer, and sun exposure makes you look older.
Dr. Batra: Athletic shoes. Exercise helps weight loss, increases energy, reduces chronic disease risk and improves memory and mood.
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Give us your quick take on a hot topic in medicine.
Dr. Landry: Maternal mortality in the U.S. has been increasing. More American women die of pregnancy-related complications than in any developed country. We need equal access to healthcare, more research, increased awareness — whatever it takes to solve this issue!
Dr. Stork: More research needs to be done, but CBD [cannabidiol, a hemp plant extract] will provide a great new treatment option for people in chronic pain.
Dr. Ordon: In the plastic surgery world: the increased use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). We use it on the face to revitalize and rejuvenate. It can be combined with micro-needling and lasers, or with a patient's own fat cells for augmentation.
Dr. Batra: The FDA should strictly regulate supplements as they do pharmaceuticals. Now, supplements can be sold without evidence or testing as to safety, efficacy, purity or potency. They can be harmful.
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