The Doctors: Myth Or Reality
The Doctors team gets a lot of questions from viewers across the country. People want to know the answers to questions about their own health, their children’s health, and whether everything is OK down there. With so many questions to answer and so little time, The Doctors spent a day answering your questions.
Aeroshot Caffeine Inhaler Review
Do you start off each morning with a cup of Coffee to get that caffeine coursing through your system? What if you’re not a coffee fan, or don’t have time for the pot to brew? Dr Jim Sears introduced the new Aeroshot Caffeine Inhaler, which “delivers about 100 mg of caffeine per inhalation…that’s about a large cup of coffee.”
He demonstrated how the powder is used, noting that it has a citrus taste. The powder lands on your tongue and is absorbed through your mouth. The manufacturer suggests limiting intake to three shots per day.
The Drs: Caffeine Suppository Review
If you thought beverages and inhalers were the only ways you could get your fix, think again. Dr Andrew Ordon revealed another method for getting your morning jolt: Caffeine Suppositories. He said they’re used to treat headaches or for religious reasons during fasting. “It’s pre-lubed,” Dr Andrew Ordon noted. (Gross!)
Dr Travis Stork called the suppository idea “nasty” and said we don’t need more companies coming up with new ways to load us up on caffeine. He said that coffee and tea have antioxidants, which some studies have linked to an 80% lower risk of Parkinson’s Disease.
The Doctors: Coffee Health Benefits
“Two cups of coffee a day can cut your risk of gallstones in half,” Dr Travis said. But he said the benefits of coffee are mostly from the coffee beans. Tea is also loaded with antioxidants.
Dr Travis said that the caffeine industry is getting out of control and people need to think about what they’re putting in their bodies. Dr Sears said the company behind Aeroshot is also applying their technology for medical applications likes vaccines and insulin delivery.
How Much Caffeine Is Safe?
About 300 mg of Caffeine per day should be your limit, because Dr Lisa Masterson said too much can throw your sleep off balance. “The half life for caffeine is six hours,” she said, explaining that the effects can last all day and affect the Adenosine receptors associated with deep sleep.
Pregnant women and people with heart disease or high blood pressure should be especially cautious about caffeine, according to Dr Ordon.
Can Alarm Clocks Cause Heart Attacks?
A Japanese study finds that people who get a rude awakening each morning from a shrill alarm clock are at a greater risk for higher blood pressure and heart rate, and have been tied to the body’s innate fight or flight response. It may lead to chronic stress and eventually heart attacks over a long period of time.
Dr Travis Stork said that an alarm clock penetrating your deep sleep will definitely increase your heart rate and epinephrine levels. “There is a better way to wake up,” he said. One way to do this is using natural light and positioning your bed so that the sun peeks through the blinds and slowly lulls you awake.
If you have to be up before sunrise, you could use a timer to set your lights to come on. But some people need a louder noise to wake them up. However, Dr Travis said people who can wake more gently should choose alarms or sounds that are more soothing than shrill.
Freshman 15: Myth or Reality
Have you heard about the Freshman 15, that storied weight gain that allegedly comes during your first year of college? Students are split on the truth of the matter, and one news report suggests that students are more likely to gain just two or three pounds in a year. School may not be to blame, and one expert said that taking control of your own nutrition (as well as students’ endless college food court options) can be part of the impetus for weight gain.
Dr Lisa Masterson said that the Freshman 15 is a myth, noting that 2.4-3.5 pounds is a more realistic picture of freshman weight gain. “You don’t even gain 15 over the entire four years,” she said.
Dr Jim Sears asked his freshman daughter how she is doing at school. She said she has actually lost weight, because she’s walking more on campus. “I actually lost most of my baby weight the freshman year of college,” Dr Lisa added.
Moderation, exercise, and healthier snacks are all ways to combat weight gain among students.
Myth Or Reality: Frogs Cause Warts
A young viewer named Garrett told The Doctors he wants a pet frog. But his mother won’t let him have one, because she said they cause warts. Is this a myth or reality?
This is a myth, according to Dr Ordon, who invited an animal handler to introduce a live frog to The Doctors. Dr Travis and Dr Lisa were very nervous around the frog, but its handler, Victoria Vopni, said she’s never had a wart on her hands.
“We know what causes warts. It’s viruses, not frogs,” Dr Ordon said, citing the HPV virus. Skin layers and blood clots can lead to the black dots associated with warts, but most of what we see is a skin reaction to the condition, not the virus itself.
However, “warts are very contagious,” Dr Ordon said as The Doctors marveled that their amphibian guest. I guess now parents need to find a new excuse for why their kids can’t have frogs.