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Created on : Friday, April 04, 2008, 02:09:08 pm
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(Original Air Date: 04/08/08) Imagine having your doctor on speed dial to answer your questions 24/7. Here's your chance, because The Doctors (link to: /shows/page/TheDoctors)  are back! Dr. Phil welcomes OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson, family therapist Dr. Tara Fields, pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, and E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork. Join their conversation and hear their valuable insights on the hottest medical topics of the day, including actor Heath Ledger's untimely death and the rise in breast augmentation surgery. Next, meet Jennifer, a wife and mother who's so afraid of her family getting sick and dying from germs, that she won't handle cash or mail, she wears three different pairs of shoes each day -- a pair for in the house, one for out of the house, and one for in the car -- and won't even greet family members from out of town until they've come in and showered! Is Jennifer's house as germ free as she thinks it is? Dr. Phil sends a microbiologist to find out. Then, meet a woman who got married and was ready to start a family only to find out that the man she fell in love with was making her physically ill. And, meet a couple who are at odds over a serious medical dilemma involving their 3-year-old son. Should they amputate his legs? Plus, is there a medical question you're dying to know the answer to but are too embarrassed to ask? Be there when The Doctors answer viewer questions on topics ranging from breastfeeding to penis enlargement, and then talk about the show here.

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April 5, 2008, 7:27 am CDT


Marilyn Van Derbur, a native of Colorado, is one of four daughters of a prominent Denver businessman who is now deceased. Her father was on numerous boards and committees, was honored with buildings named for him, and was president of "all the college fraternities in America." Both parents were active volunteers, donating time and money to culture and civic organizations.


Marilyn's earliest memories of her father are of him entering her bed after dark. What came next was repressed for decades until Marilyn realized that her father had committed incest from the time she was five until eighteen, an estimated six hundred times.  All the while, her mother knew. Marilyn tells about her split between the "night child" victim in contrast to the "day child" over-achiever.  Anyone reading her story might experience envy for all the fame and fortune that seemed to come to her so easily and effortlessly.



Miss America By Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love by Marilyn Van Derbur


How to Journal for Therapy:


Healing Anxiety and Depression (7 types of anxiety and depression) by Daniel Amen and Lisa Routh OR Getting Help:  The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Self-Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Problems by Jeffrey Wood



Marilyn's mother would often state that she had the "perfect marriage" and Marilyn was told that she was "blessed by being born into a perfect family." Marilyn was crowned Miss America while she was attending the University of Colorado in 1958. 


Marilyn suffered from physical symptoms including insomnia, tics, anxiety, and panic attacks. When her body and mind rebelled against the constant travel, she experienced full body paralysis, yet doctors found no organic cause. What else might Marilyn be rebelling against? To find the answers she had to search her mind and spirit.  The physical symptoms she had endured were a manifestation of the connection between child sexual abuse and adult ailments. 



Hope it helps!



April 5, 2008, 12:39 pm CDT

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April 5, 2008, 7:27 pm CDT

Plastic Surgery

Is there an upper age cut off for cosmetic surgery facial proceedures? I would love to have a "face lift" proceedure of some type but fear I may be too old at age 58.



April 6, 2008, 8:06 am CDT


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Is there an upper age cut off for cosmetic surgery facial proceedures? I would love to have a "face lift" proceedure of some type but fear I may be too old at age 58.




I don't think there is an age limit for face lifts, because any surgery you have depends on your health status (because of the anesthesia, clotting, etc).  I've heard of people having face lifts into their 80's. 

April 6, 2008, 8:43 am CDT

Embarassing Sex Question

I've been married for 24 years.  Last year my husband revealed that he has herpes.  He has had it since before he met me.  Inspite of all the emotional upheavel this has caused, I have decided to stay with him and keep our household intact for the present.  I have tested positive for this STD.  I would like to know if   there could be any more damage done if I have unprotected sex with him, or should he wear a condom?
April 6, 2008, 10:02 am CDT

thyroid problems


                  I  have had thyroid problems for the 3 years.Ihave gained over100 pounds,and i  am the point where I don't know what else to do.Iam taking amour thyroid120mgs.please any advice is very helpful.

                                                                 thank you


April 6, 2008, 8:46 pm CDT


My son was circumcised at birth but a little piece of foreskin on top stayed attatched. I took him to a specialist who pulled it back, ouch, only to reattatch. Should I be worried about it or just leave it alone and see what happens? I don't want him to be mad at me later if it grows funny or something?
April 7, 2008, 12:34 pm CDT

Breast Implants

I'm glad the doctors are going to talk about this subject. I think the growing poularity of breast augmentation is shocking. How is it different from the foot-binding Chinese women had done in the 19th Century or the African tribal women with lip plates and neck rings? Unless women are getting implants for medical reasons after mastectomys, it's exactly the same!

[b]These women are volunteering to have their chests cut open and foreign devices implanted -- for the sole reason of pleasing the sexual fetishes of men. [/b]

They will tell you that they're doing it for themselves but that's obviously untrue. Would they be getting implants if they lived on a deserted island? Men once considered large breasts unattractive, as evidenced by the old paintings in which women were plump but had apple sized breasts. Somewhere along the line big breasts became fashionable in the world of pornography and now the average high-school girl considers herself unworthy as a lust object until she goes through this surgery.

It's not in the same area as make-up and hair coloring because those things are inexpensive and neither permanent nor dangerous. Have some pride, women! If you can't get a man to like you without having surgical alterations to your body then he isn't worth having!
April 7, 2008, 5:57 pm CDT


       The main people I notice who worry about Germs are Parents. They don't want there children to come in contact. They have to constantly wash their hands, wipe everything down,  and carry a spray bottle. I think nothing is really germ free. It can get really ridiculous. I can understand how if your married to a mother like this, which I'm not THANK GOODNESS. She can really bore you with this.............
April 8, 2008, 2:23 am CDT


As a woman who was born with a serious orthodpedic birth defect, I went through more operations than even my mother remembers (I started with the whole business at 9 months old when I fell shortly after I started walking - the  bone didn't heal and the condition was diagnosed).


My condition is different than Jaya's, and now the treatment is more efficient (although essentially the same, I was just one of the first children to have the op that got me walking in the right direction).


But my gut feeling is that Jaya might well have have a happier childhood if his legs are amputated than if he has to go through years of surgeries. And, from what I noticed from my own childhood is that scars and limps make a bigger target for the cruelty of children than prostheses.


Many, many hugs and hope to this child and the family.


By the way, the first major op I had that got me walking was at Sick Kids in Toronto. I lived in the USA at that time, and they still weren't doing that kind of op anywhere in the United States.


My love to Sick Kids and Toronto, Canada forever!!!!!!!

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