Coming up on this April edition of DocShop TV!
The basics of baby making----5 ways to help improve the odds of getting pregnant. Improving your smile: we’ll feature veneers---from A-to-Z. And she’s back…Yo Adrienne with what may be an alarming wake up call about your height---and weight!
You’ve been waiting for spring---and spring is in the air! DocShop TV for april 2008 starts right now!
Hello everyone, and welcome to this latest edition of DocShop TV---I’m Greg McKinney coming to you this month from the Bay Café along the San Diego harbor.
This time around we’re talking about everything from veneers, to a wild internet rumor that had people talking from coast to coast. But up first, spring is here and we’re talking fertility. Angelique Frame has a fun and informative look at our top story of the month---the basics of baby-making: five ways to improve the odds of getting pregnant.
“Hot and sweaty, have good sex, get her drunk she gets knocked up…”
While our streetside experts have the basics down, there are still some simple steps you can take to put a bun in the oven. Step one, watch what you eat.
“Proper eating, eat very healthily…”
Experts say eating healthy, getting rest, ditching alcohol and tobacco, as well as working out are good for both genders.
Step two – keep an eye on the calendar. In a 30 day cycle, most women can only conceive around day 14.
Step three hits below the belt for the guys.
“Boxers, boxers, no underwear…”
Biologists say keeping cool “downstairs” is ideal… so avoid hot tubs and never put your laptop on your lap.
Step four is related to good old fashioned sex. And believe it or not, it’s quality that counts, not quantity. When you climax, you maximize your chances of getting pregnant.
Step five – relax and be patient. Stressing out can hurt your chances of conceiving. Besides, once your baby finally does arrive, you’ll never rest again.
All right thanks Angelique --to read the full article on the basics of baby making---as always—you can find it right here on DocShop.com.
Now to a topic that can put a welcome smile on your face if you’re going through life embarrassed by chipped, stained, or crooked teeth----there is a simple solution that can literally change how you look and feel about yourself.
Porcelain veneers can provide an extreme smile make-over in no time----with just a few appointments.
Here’s a behind the scenes look---at porcelain veneers A-to-Z.
For Steve Schadt, years of teeth grinding had resulted in short, worn down front teeth…and a smile he just wasn’t happy about.
So Steve decided to seek out professional help – in the form of Chicago cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sheldon Seidman.
“So they tell me you have some concerns about how your teeth look…”
During the initial consultation, Dr. Seidman talked to Steve about his cosmetic dentistry goals, answered his questions, and examined his teeth – he then recommended a treatment plan.
“We need to touch a few more teeth than just the front teeth. We actually need to restore some of the back teeth so they function better.”
Appointment two was dedicated to prep. Dr. Seidman removed a thin layer of tooth enamel – making room for a layer of porcelain to be placed over the existing tooth structure.
With prep complete, it was time for Steve’s new porcelain veneers to be crafted just for his smile. So Steve went home wearing a set of temporaries and Dr. Seidman sent information about his case and models to the MAC dental laboratory in Northern California.
MAC technician Rocksand Grogan took over from there.
“We waxed up the case, pressed the case, seeded everything, ground it all down, cut it back, put on the beautiful incisal translucency, went ahead and did the final grinding on it…then stained to finish.”
Once complete, the custom veneers were sent back to Dr. Seidman – and Steve returned for his third and final appointment - to get the permanent veneers placed on his teeth.
“It wasn’t the easiest of bites to fix up, but the byproduct is a gorgeous smile. So now all you have to do is maintain them – keep them real clean – and we’ll see you every three or four months and you’re on your own.”
Rocksand says Dr. Seidman’s experience combined with the top-notch materials and quality lab used helped make this a successful case.
“What makes a smile look good to me is a great doctor, such as Sheldon Seidman, and then your technician. That together makes a great smile…through communication and the hard work.”
If you’re considering porcelain veneers, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Research cosmetic dentists carefully. Make sure you choose a dentist who stays up-to-date on the latest techniques for placing porcelain veneers.
Check out before and after pictures so you can see some of a dentist’s previous work.
Explore your financing options. Though the cost of porcelain veneers may seem too high for your budget, many dentists offer low interest financing options to help you pay for the procedure.
And finally - if you decide to undergo treatment, make sure you listen to your dentist’s recommendations. Though you may want to get veneers on just your front teeth, getting restorative work done on some of your back teeth may improve function of your mouth – and help your veneers last longer.
As for Steve, he says he’s thrilled with his results.
“It’s an incredible change, especially once you adapt to it and find yourself used to it. I don’t know how to describe it – it’s amazing.”
For more information about Dr. Seidman’s Chicago practice, visit smilechicago.com or browse docshop.com to research other cosmetic dentists in your area.
Still to come on this April addition of DocShop TV---is it an April fools story---or did someone really want their thumbs whittled down so they could use their I-phone better?
Also----Yo Adrienne is back in the house…
Hey everybody, I’m Adrienne Zeigler. This month we’re talking about height and weight. Summer’s almost here so now may not be a bad time to pay attention to those seemingly unrealistic weight management charts. We’ll break it down when we come back.
For a lot of people April means time is running out to get back into shape for spring and summer wear. But if you can crunch together 4 weeks of proper eating, exercising and dieting, it may not be too late get into your target weight before may hits. DocShop writer Danielle Briones has written an article called the 4-week diet. She originally wrote it at the beginning of the year for people who wanted to achieve their new year’s resolution to lose weight. If you’re beginning of the year weight loss goals have been derailed---you’re not alone---and don’t sweat it. In Danielle’s article, The Four Week Weight Loss Plan---she provides tips to lose as much as 12 pounds in 4 weeks. She takes you through each phase---from detoxification to weight loss meal plans, to exercise and the science behind weight loss.
Check out Danielle’s article---exclusively on DocShop.com.
If you’re like me and you simply walk near a restaurant you can gain a pound! I recently read a DocShop article that featured a height and weight chart for men, women, and teens and was shocked at what I saw. The numbers absolutely blew me away.
So---we wondered if most people really knew what their healthy weight should be as it relates to their height.
What we found---may or may not surprise you. We dive a little deeper into this topic with this month’s edition of Yo Adrienne!
“Weight. It’s a touchy subject for most people. But the reality is that nearly 119 million Americans are either overweight or obese. That’s like 65 percent of the country. But what is the proper weight for you? We’re here in the streets of downtown San Diego, and we’re looking for some brave souls who will look at our height and weight chart and tell us exactly where they fit in. Let’s give it a whirl.”
We talked to people of all shapes and sizes –
“How tall are you…? I am six-feet-tall.”
“Like five-seven… I might be five-six though. Are you stretching in at 5-7?
But not surprisingly, not everyone fit into their ideal weight bracket.
“That puts you between the 158 and 180 range. NO… Much larger than that! “
“That puts you in the 164 to 188 range. 245.
“Wow. I need to lose some weight. That’s like a size zero!”
“That means you should weigh between 171 and 187 pounds. I weigh 188. You’re close, you’re so close. We’ll give it to you.”
“Do you think that this weight goal is unrealistic for most people? Oh, you know, it depends. Everybody’s got different body sizes.”
“I work out all the time. Muscle weight more than fat. I’m benching 300 pounds, dead lift over 500. I’d say it’s kind of unrealistic. I would have to be a much smaller framed person to carry weight like that.”
“I think for a lot of people it could be a realistic goal, I was just I guess fortunate enough to have the right genes to not really have to try to maintain this weight.”
Now, do you think that most Americans would fit into their ideal height weight ratio?
I don’t know. There’s a lot of big people out there! I see them all the time down here.
And what do you think that’s caused by?
Probably too much eating!!
“Look around. Fast food everywhere you go. It’s a staple of American culture – McDonalds.”
“You know, It’s McDonalds, and Burger King, and all that stuff you guys. Don’t eat it!”
“We’re a fast food nation, and it’s starting to seem like it’s starting to be more organic, and people are trying to be more healthy. But we’ve got a lot of work to do.
“And these buffet lines – they should be outlawed!”
“Health problems! No exercise, you’re slow! You can’t get up off the couch to change the channel because it’s just too far away… that’s why we have kids nowadays… Remote controls!”
“What would you do to change your weight? I would walk. Actually I was quite overweight, but I went from a size 14 down to a size 2 by walking and not eating.”
“I walk a lot of miles every day. We travel a lot we walk a lot of mileage.”
“I ride bikes. I lift weights. Don’t jog or do anything like that, but I ride a lot of bikes.”
“Oh, I ride the bike. I can keep the weight off there, but sometimes I just gotta eat when I go home, and I eat too much.”
If you were overweight would you ever consider plastic or bariatric surgery? A surgical solution to your weight problems?
I think if it made me look unusually old, or something like that, or very unhealthy and it had an effect on my family and others, I might do some minor types of things…”
“I don’t know, I guess I have a healthy enough ego that I don’t need to worry about it. I do want to lose weight and I’m going to exercise and stuff like that. But I’m not worried about that.”
Well, that’s going to do it for me this month, Greg, back to you!
Ok Adrienne thanks. When we come back, thumb whittling: internet rumor or wave of the future?
Plus---addressing the top 5 fears associated with Lasik surgery.
Back to wrap it up after this.
The Rumor Patrol got wind of an internet report about thumb whittling that started in Denver and grew legs----quickly.
Is thumb whittling really the wave of the future so people can better use things like their I-phones?
Here again is Angelique Frame with this month’s rumor patrol report.
It can perhaps best be described as a rumor on steroids!
“That story and the popularity and the way that it sort of spread virally is the ultimate example in this era of reality entertainment that sometimes the line between those gets blurred.”
The rumor started when a reporter at the North Denver News wrote a “satirical” piece about a large man who had his thumbs surgically whittled down so he could better use his I-phone. That may sound certifiably loony to you and me, but believe it not, the legend grew as internet rumors took off about plastic surgery reaching new “functional” levels. Just to make sure the rumor stops here---we went to board certified plastic Surgeon Dr. Scott Miller in La Jolla, California for the definitive word on why this type of “digit” delirium” won’t take the world by storm.
“What would be involved in that procedure would be techniques that would involve potential for infection, for muscle injury, for nerve injury such that you would not perform them on a normal extremity or a normal digit unless you could do it in a much lower risk manner that would be available with current techniques.”
Ok, doc - but what if someone is really itching to have their thumbs whittled down for better I-phone fidgeting? Would ya do it?
“If somebody asked me to perform a thumb shortening, I wouldn’t suggest they have it and I would strongly urge them to find other ways to adapt to their new high tech environment.”
“I think that we’re going to have to let Darwinism and natural selection gradually decrease the length of our thumbs if it proves that it’s a survival advantage.”
There you have it – the rumor patrol gives a big ole’ thumbs down to “thumb whittling.”
All right---now that that’s been cleared up---let’s wrap things up with our featured article of the month.
This month you can read all about the top 5 fears associated with LASIK surgery.
Though millions of Americans are candidates for LASIK surgery, a significant number of them elect not to undergo treatment because of various fears associated with the procedure.
In our featured DocShop article---we offer you a no-nonsense look at some of those fears and provide helpful information on everything from any perceived pain that may be associated with the procedure to whether or not you can remain awake during surgery. Lots of questions---and in this case---lots of solid answers.
Check out the truth behind the top five fears associated with Lasik surgery exclusively on DocShop.com.
All right—that’s going to do it for this month----thanks to everyone who helped put this little ditty together---and of course thank you for logging on and watching. We’ll see you next month right here on DocShop TV!
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