The Drs: Jennifer Aniston ‘Cake’
The Doctors discussed the movie Cake that has Jennifer Aniston starring as a woman dealing with chronic pain and a painkiller addiction. In real life, Aniston just revealed her own struggle with Dyslexia, which is a learning disability characterized by having trouble with reading, speech sounds, and how sounds relate to letters and words.
Dr Jennifer Ashton talked to Aniston about how the disability affected her and how she thought she was stupid, which Dr Ashton said is a gross misconception. She said it could be something as simple as reading the word “show” and thinking it says “snow.” She said there can be all sorts of manifestations, and girls in particular tend to not get diagnosed.
The Drs: Dyslexia Learning Disability
Dr Rachael Ross said Jennifer Aniston didn’t even know she had Dyslexia until she was 20. Dr Ross said if you’re a parent and you notice your kids are having trouble reading, now is the time to seek help. She said 70-80% of people who are having trouble reading actually have Dyslexia.
Dr Drew Ordon said there’s a reason you have your kids see the pediatrician once a year. Dr Travis Stork pointed out that your kids aren’t going to come to you saying “I think I have Dyslexia,” so you have to be on the lookout.
The Drs: Coffee Lowers Skin Cancer Risk
The Doctors then each took a sip of their coffee, sharing that a study was just released this week that put a smile on a lot of people’s faces. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed coffee may lower your risk of the most serious form of skin cancer: malignant melanoma.
Dr Jennifer Ashton said it was a huge study that followed a half million people for 10 years, done by questionnaire. They found that people who drank the most coffee had the lowest risks of malignant melanoma skin cancer, and it dropped for each cup they drank a day. Dr Ashton said she was happy to hear that because she drinks about four cups a day, which lowers the risk by 20%.
If you have three cups of coffee a day, you can lower your risk by 10%. The protective effects were not seen in decaf coffee.
The Drs: #SMOCK
The Doctors heard from Amy about the time her son did a #SMOCK. Andrew has high-functioning autism, so he has special needs, but he knows right from wrong. He found a wallet on the floor and told his mom they had to find the owner so they could give it back. They looked through the wallet and found a AAA card, so they called AAA and got the number to contact the owner so they could meet and give them back the wallet.
Andrew said he was “beyond happy” that he got to do it.
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