The Doctors: Female Men’s Rights Advocate
Just like the episode before, The Doctors took the time to show stories and segments they didn’t have time to share earlier in the season. First, they heard from a loving mom and wife named Janet who surprises most people when she shares one of her biggest passions in life: men’s rights. She became interested in men’s rights after it became a popular idea that “men are monsters.”
She explained that most divorces are actually initiated by women, not men, and the media gives the impression that men have the most advantages while women don’t have as many. She argued that wasn’t true, and said being a men’s rights advocate is a way for her to shine a light on legal rights that men don’t have but women do.
Janet joined the show sharing that she’s the mother of two girls and a boy and said her role as a mom had everything to do with her getting into men’s rights advocacy. She shared concern about her son living in a world where he has less opportunity than her daughters. She argued that women dominate college campuses, therefore her son has less of an opportunity to go to college.
Dr Travis Stork was glad that Janet was creating a conversation, but admitted that several points made him uncomfortable. Dr Jennifer Ashton, who has dedicated her life to women’s health, women’s rights, and being “pro-women,” spoke up saying that even feminism has become a controversial issue. Janet argued that feminism has somehow switched from being about equality and opportunity to blaming men for women’s problems.
The Doctors: Men’s & Women’s Rights Debate
On the other hand, Dr Jennifer Berman quoted Janet as saying single moms are “bonified idiots” who don’t care about kids, which b given that she’s a single mother. Janet agreed it was an extreme position but said it was backed up by facts. She stated that the best predictor of whether or not you’re going to be a drug addict or drop out of high school is being a single mom. Dr Berman argued that those are women who don’t choose to be single moms, and said it wasn’t the same data.
Meanwhile, Dr Andrew Ordon believed that men have lost rights when it comes to certain issues. Janet pointed out that there is a Violence Against Women Act instead of a “Violence Against Family Members Act.” Janet said her entire point is that gender isn’t going to tell you anything about who’s being falsely accused or who’s guilty. “I’m not oppressed just because I’m a woman,” she said.
Janet also pointed out the Safe Haven Law that allows women a specific period of time after becoming pregnant and giving birth, to decide whether they want to parent that child. Men don’t have the right to opt out of parenting a child they have biologically contributed to. “If you don’t see that as a gross unfairness, I’m not sure what fairness means,” Janet stated.
How do you feel about Janet’s comments? Do you believe men need more people fighting for equal rights or are women still more in need?
The Doctors: Suffering From Extreme Exhaustion
The Doctors then switched gears to hear from a woman who began dancing when she was 4-years-old. By the time she was 13-years-old, she was dancing six days a week. When she turned 21 she joined a professional ballet and had to balance dancing with going to school. She began noticing that whenever she had an opportunity to sit down and rest, she would fall asleep. She has fallen asleep on the train and woken up in a different area of town. She didn’t want to tell anyone, so she continued suffering through days where she couldn’t get out of bed.
The Doctors: Narcolepsy & Cataplexy + GHB Treatment
After a year with the ballet company, she was asked whether she was leading another life outside of work or even taking drugs. She explained that she was exhausted all the time and they suggested she see a doctor. She saw a sleep specialist and was diagnosed with narcolepsy. She was prescribed stimulants, which helped keep her awake, but she still suffered extreme physical exhaustion to the point that her muscles even gave out during rehearsal. She was diagnosed with cataplexy, a loss of muscle tone and motor skills. She began over-medicating herself just to perform, and became depressed until she realized she needed to leave the company.
Trinity and sleep specialist Dr Raj Dasgupta joined the show to discuss a new treatment called GHB. It took several months of heavy sweating and vivid dreams to finally find the right dosage, but she finally found relief and was able to live a normal, confident life. Dr Raj explained that GHB actually prevents receptors from releasing dopamine and other alerting hormones that wake up people with narcolepsy throughout the night, which means they can rest better at night and are more alert during the day.
If you suffer from a chronic fatigue syndrome, talk to your doctor about what treatments could work for you.