The Doctors: Heimlich Maneuver Steps
The manager of Cafe Gratitude, which previously appeared on the show, had a question about what to do for someone who is choking in the restaurant.
Dr. Travis Stork said you should learn how to do the Heimlich Maneuver, because it’s something anyone can do to save a life. The universal side for choking is holding your neck, and if you see someone doing that, they probably won’t be able to tell you they need help.
How To Perform The Heimlich Maneuver
You can jump in and maybe save a life. Get behind the person, find their ribcage using their belly button, and squeeze the abdomen, which will force the diaphragm to expel air from your lungs. It won’t hurt to call for emergency backup, but acting fast can make a huge difference.
Dr. Jim Sears said you shouldn’t try this on children under one year old because it can damage their liver. Instead, apply pressure to the back, between the shoulder blades. If that doesn’t work, try alternating chest thrusts.
The Doctors: Arm Wrestling Champion
Dr. Travis Stork took a final question from audience member Margie, who is a grandmother of eight. She said exercise is important at any age, and asked for exercises that can keep your bones strong.
The Doctors recommended weight bearing exercises. Dr. Travis recommended walking as an easy exercise. You can also do Push Ups, which you can do while watching TV. You can even cheat and do Push Ups on your knees. This builds upper body strength as well as bone density.
The Drs: Arm Wrestling Grandma
Margie said her own grandmother taught her a different exercise. She made Dr. Travis put a referee’s shirt on. She challenged Dr. Jim Sears to an arm wrestling match, and she beat him in less than two seconds.
That’s because she is a four-time world champion arm wrestler. She said Dr. Jim was a great sport.
Dr. Travis thanked today’s guests and pretended like today’s herky jerky “Unscripted” show was a success. I’ll be glad when we’re back to something a little more informative and less hyperactive and jumpy.