Dr Sears: Fake Household Dangers
The Doctors August 28 was all about faking it, but what about the fakes in your own home that can be dangerous? Dr Jim Sears investigated some of the key areas and things to watch out for at home.
Many people have fake fireplaces. However, you have to be very careful with them, just like with space heaters. The fireplaces can easily catch fire if there are curtains or paper too close by. To play it safe, unplug the fireplace when it’s not in use.
Fake plants, such as fake grass or fake flowers, are also common. Dr Sears suggests avoiding fake grass, because it can be loaded with chemicals; stick to the real thing. Fake flowers can cause allergies for a different reason that you might think. They can collect a lot of dust, so make sure to shake them off outside and clean them every once in a while.
Finally, there’s probably a lot of fake, costume jewelry in your daughter’s (or your) jewelry box. Just be sure that the fake jewelry is only worn one day at a time. Cheap jewelry has been known to contain traces of chemicals such as nickel and arsenic.
The Doctors: Chronic Vs Acute Pain
Everyone suffers from pain at some point or another, but Dr Freda Lewis-Hall, chief medical officer at Pfizer, stopped by to discuss chronic pain with Dr Stork. Pain is the body’s warning system, so make sure you don’t ignore what your body may be trying to tell you.
Acute pain is a quick pain that can be related to physical trauma. It will most likely go away within a short period of time. However, chronic pain is pain that persists for longer than three months. Dr Stork was shocked to hear that it affects more Americans than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, combined.
The Doctors: L-O-C-A-T-E-S
Be sure to communicate with your doctor about any chronic pain you may be experiencing. You could be experiencing pain because of a serious issue such as cancer or diabetes, so it’s best to find out before it progresses into something worse. Pain is definitely subjective, but do your best to understand the pain and communicate your symptoms to your doctor. Dr Lewis-Hall suggests keeping a pain journal.
Keep in mind the acronym LOCATES:
- L: location of the pain.
- O: other symptoms.
- C: character of the pain.
- A: alleviating factors.
- T: timing of the pain.
- E: environment of the pain.
- S: severity on a scale of 1-10.
By keeping track of and describing your chronic pain, you can help your doctor make the right decisions for your health.
Dr Masterson: Bedroom Fakers
Finally, the Doctors all got some tips courtesy of Dr Masterson on how to spot a bedroom faker (you know what we mean!). Keep an eye out for the “anaconda grip” (vaginal spasms), swollen lips, and dilated pupils. If these things are missing, you may have a faker on your hands!