Get Healthy, Stay Healthy with Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D.

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, offers important information for maintaining your health. For more information from Dr. Lewis-Hall, visit:


Disco Diva Gloria Gaynor Opens Up To Dr. Phil And Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall About Her Struggle With Osteoarthritis

Grammy Award-winning singer Gloria Gaynor describes surviving osteoarthritis. Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall explains the risk factors, lifestyle management tips and preventative measures for the disease.

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall and Gloria Gaynor
"Dr. Phil"


Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall Explains Atrial Fibrillation, Risk Factors
And Warning Signs

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Patient Officer of Pfizer, explains what you need to know about the heart condition atrial fibrillation, or AFib. Learn about warning signs and risk factors.


What Eczema Is And How To Manage It

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Patient Officer of Pfizer, shares essential information about eczema, including what happens during a flare-up and how to manage symptoms.


U.S. Maternal Mortality On The Rise, Says Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall

Over 50,000 women in the U.S. every year will have severe pregnancy complications, including ~700 deaths. Learn about risk factors for maternal mortality from Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall.


What Parents Need To Know About Vaping And How It Could Be Harming Their Children

Pfizer’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, discusses the potential health hazards that may come with using vaping devices.


Pfizer’s Chief Medical Officer Answers Common Health Questions About The Importance Of Vaccinations And Diabetes Education

Why are whooping cough vaccinations important? Why might people living with diabetes feel uncomfortable in certain social situations? Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall answers common health questions.


Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall Shares Tips For Preparing College-Age Kids To Take An Active Role In Their Own Health Care

What can families do to help their teens protect their health when they head off to college? Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall and comedian Sunda Croonquist discuss ways to help protect teenagers’ health.


Learn About An Autoimmune Disease That Affects More Than
A Million People In The United States

Lupus affects more than 1 million people in the U.S. and can lead to damage to many parts of the body. Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall talks symptoms of, treatments for, and living with this autoimmune disease.


Terry Bradshaw And Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall On
The Importance Of Adult Vaccinations

As we age, our immune system weakens, increasing our risk for infections. Terry Bradshaw and Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall explain how adult vaccines can help protect against serious disease.


Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall On Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment Of Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis can strike in early adulthood, but it doesn’t have to slow you down. Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall explains.


Tips On How To Care For An Aging Parent Whether Near Or Far

Caring for an aging parent, whether they’re near or far, can bring many difficult choices. Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall shares tips for creating a plan.


Legendary Grammy Award-Winning Blues Guitarist Buddy Guy’s Mission To Bring Awareness To Prostate Cancer

Blues legend Buddy Guy speaks with Pfizer's Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall about his mission to raise awareness about prostate cancer and to encourage men to get checked.


Strategies For Managing Grief

Pfizer’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, shares strategies for managing grief after the death of a loved one.


Learn About Alopecia And Hear One Girl’s Journey
Of Living With The Condition

Imagine losing your hair as a young child. Hear one girl’s journey with alopecia and more about this condition from Pfizer’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall.



Can Earaches Cause Hearing Loss? How Bad Is Knuckle Cracking?
Ask The Doctors!

Can earaches cause hearing loss? Does cracking your knuckles cause arthritis? Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical officer of Pfizer, answers these questions.



Still Smoking?

 Are you keeping your smoking habit a secret? It could be a potentially deadly one. Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall details how to design a quit plan.



What You Need To Know About Childhood Eczema

Is eczema contagious? Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall reveals the answer and what parents need to know about this common skin condition.




Dr. Freda Lewis Hall On Medical Advances That Can Make Pregnancy A Reality For Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis

With today’s medical advances, the possibility of pregnancy can be a reality for women with rheumatoid arthritis. Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall explains.




Should You Vaccinate Your Kids? Is Working Long Hours Harming Your Health?

Pfizer's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hallanswers common health questions.




Are Panic Attacks Stopping You In Your Tracks?

Pfizer's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall shares tips for tackling stress and anxiety.




Actor and Comedian Wayne Brady Doesn’t Want His Depression
to Be a Secret

Check out his story in an exclusive interview with Pfizer's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall.



Is Stress Taking a Toll on Your Child?

Pfizer's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall,reveals potential warning signs for parents to watch for.


Ask The Doctors

Why do colonoscopies get a “bum” rap? How long is someone contagious with a cold or the flu? Should you be nervous about a colonoscopy? What’s the best way to take a baby’s temperature? Pfizer's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, reveals the answers to these common health questions.


Want To Live Healthier? Socializing May Help.

Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall explains the health risks of aging alone and shares ways to get connected later in life. For more information, visit:




Former Model Breaks Her Silence And Beauty Standards By Embracing Her Skin Disorder

Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall is joined by a former model who breaks her silence and reveals her struggle with the skin disorder, vitiligo. 



Ask The Doctors 

What are some red flags when buying medicines online? What is a generic drug? >Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall answers these common health questions and more. 





Living with Lung Cancer

Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall shares why we’ve won some battles in the fight against cancer, but not the war – yet.






Postpartum Depression

Is it the “baby blues” or something more serious? Pfizer’s Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall reveals postpartum depression warning signs.




Is ADHD caused by poor parenting or watching too much TV? Pfizer’s Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. debunks these myths and more.





Are You Doomed By Bad Genes?

Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. explains what your family's health history may mean for you.




Ask the Doctor

Can you take expired medications? Is it a sprain or broken bone? Pfizer’s Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. answers common health questions.




Are You Doomed By Bad Genes?

Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. explains what your family's health history may mean for you.





Alzheimer's Disease

Supermodel and lifestyle expert B. Smith talks about the impact of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. And, Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. shares causes, risks factors and warning signs of the disease.




Addiction: Bad Habits Or Bad Genes?

Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. says addiction is more than just a bad habit -- it’s a disease. She sits down with Dr. Phil to discuss this illness.



Ask the Doctor

Do you wonder if it’s safe to crush pills before taking them, or if you can stop antibiotics once you’re feeling better? Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. has the answers to these and other important health questions.




Migraine Triggers and Tips for Managing Them

A migraine is not just a bad headache; it’s a neurological condition that may have severe symptoms that can last for days. Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. discusses what can trigger migraines and tips for managing them.



The Potential Risks of Snoring

Snoring may be doing more harm than just keeping your partner up at night. Did you know it’s is also a higher risk factor for stroke and heart attack than smoking or high cholesterol? Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. talks to a couple that says snoring is killing their relationship.



Sickle Cell Disease -- The "Invisible" Illness

On the outside, Heather looks like the picture of health, but she’s been battling Sickle Cell Disease -- a rare and painful blood disorder. Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. joins Heather and Dr. Phil to discuss this misunderstood, “invisible” illness.



Type 2 Diabetes and the Social Stigma Associated with It

More than half of people with type 2 diabetes in the U.S. feel there is social stigma around their condition. Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. and Dr. Phil discuss overcoming common misconceptions with April and her husband, Corey, who has been diagnosed with diabetes. And Dr. Phil shares his personal experience with type 2 diabetes.




A New Age for Aging!

We are living longer these days, and apparently, it’s really good to get old, because 40 is the new 30, and 60 is the new 40 — which means 70 must be the new 50! People today are doing amazing things at all ages and defying the odds.

Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. wants you to change the way you think about getting old. Watch the video below as she and Dr. Phil meet some guests who know that age is just a number!


We want to hear from you! Use #GetOld on Facebook and Twitter to send us your thoughts and questions about aging. And, for more information, visit


Breast Cancer in the Workplace

A recent survey commissioned by Pfizer and Cancer and Careers found that 77 percent of working women with breast cancer feel that working aids in their recovery — a view also shared by healthcare professionals. But facing breast cancer in the work place is not always easy.

In the video below, Dana, a breast cancer survivor, shares her story, and Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., offers advice for balancing your health and career after a diagnosis.



Psychology on Non-Adherence

Ron says he is concerned about his ex-wife — and current fiancé — Linda, who has Rheumatoid arthritis but doesn't always take all of her prescription medicine. Linda says, "I just don't like to pollute my body. I prefer natural medicines."


Pfizer's Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall explains the importance of educating yourself on your diagnosis and treatment options.


Young Caregivers


Taking care of loved ones as they age is part of life. But sometimes circumstances force people into a caregiving position much sooner than anticipated. Stephanie is only 24, but she says her life has come to a screeching halt because of her father's illness.



What challenges do young caregivers face? Pfizer's Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall makes a special house call.


There are resources available to help young caregivers through organizations like the American Association of Caregiving Youth and the National Alliance for Caregiving. You can also find information and resources at




Carrie says ever since her son was born 10 weeks premature more than six years ago, she's lucky if she gets more than four hours of sleep a night — and that's in one-hour increments! She says she's desperate to get more sleep, because her marriage and sanity are going downhill fast.



Pfizer's Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., talks about the causes of insomnia and the health risks it can pose.
For more tips on better sleep habits and resources on sleep disorders, visit


Teen Smoking

Traci says she started smoking when she was just 14 years old. Now, she is 43 and has a 14-year-old son, who she worries could start smoking, too. Still, Traci admits she continues to smoke up to two packs a day.


Pfizer's Dr. Freda Lewis Hall has important information for Traci and her son. Can Traci finally commit to quitting?


It takes the average smoker six to nine attempts before finally quitting. For resources to help, visit


ESRD: Life on the Kidney Transplant List

Monica is suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and is currently undergoing dialysis while awaiting her third kidney transplant. She says although she may look healthy on the outside, she struggles with physical and emotional challenges.


Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, explains what life is like for those on the kidney transplant list.



Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Pam says she has been living with rheumatoid arthritis for more than 15 years. At one point, she was virtually bed-ridden for two years. Pam says people still don't understand how debilitating the condition can be. They brush it off as "just arthritis" — like it's just a bum knee or sore back.



Pfizer's Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall discusses rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and the importance of early diagnosis.


Social Stigmas of Seizures


Brie has been living with epilepsy, a seizure disorder, most of her life and says she has been called everything from learning disabled to possessed. She says it's frustrating how misinformed people are about her illness.



Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, discusses the social stigmas surrounding seizures.


For more information on epilepsy and other health topics, visit:



Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Imagine not being able to leave the house because your illness keeps you locked in your bathroom. Diane, who suffers from a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease called Ulcerative Colitis, says she has been dealing with this drama for 10 years. She says it has taken a toll on her physically, emotionally and financially, and it's frustrating that people don't understand the gravity of her disease.




Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, discusses IBD, a serious but often misunderstood condition.


Managing Chronic Pain



Mary says she has been living with chronic pain for several years and has trouble performing simple tasks like opening jars, writing letters and even shaking people's hands. She says she has been managing the pain with over-the-counter medications, but she would like to find a more effective method of relief.




Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, discusses treatment options with Mary.


Managing Menopause


Jeannie says she's living in menopause hell! She says her symptoms run the gamut: Hot flashes, mood swings, forgetfulness, restlessness, weight gain and low sex drive. Jeannie says all of this has taken a toll on her — and on her newlywed marriage to her husband, Joe.



Pfizer's Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall discusses the symptoms of menopause and separates fact from fiction.


Fear of Getting Old (FOGO)


Randi says she is terrified of getting old and admits she will do almost anything to look and feel younger, including using all kinds of make-up and creams — and even raiding her daughters' closets! How can she overcome her FOGO?



Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, shares tips for looking and feeling great — at any age!


We're challenging people to face their fear of getting old, or FOGO, by tweeting @DrPhil and @GetOld using #FOGO. Visit for more information about what you can do to age well.


"My Secret Illness"

Seger, 26, says she has been struggling with severe plaque psoriasis for almost seven years. She says she quit her job as a cosmetologist because of the skin condition, which makes her feel like she has to hide from society. "I think and obsess about it all the time," she says. "I'm teaching my daughter that everyone is beautiful, inside and out, and I wonder how I can be a good role model, when I don’t feel that way about myself."


What is psoriasis? And, how can it be treated? Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, explains.

Dementia and Driving

Terry wants to know how to tell her 86-year-old mother, who has dementia, that it’s time to stop driving. Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall explains what dementia is, how to recognize the signs that it may be time for a parent to give up driving and how to start the conversation.


How do you know when it’s time to take the keys away from a parent with dementia?


Quitting Smoking

Loree says she started smoking when she was 12 years old and has tried to quit at least 30 times. She says smoking rules her life, and she wants help quitting this deadly addiction before it becomes a deadly diagnosis.


Loree explains the power her smoking addiction has over her. And, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall offers advice for how to successfully quit smoking.


Fibromyalgia: An Invisible Illness?

Twenty-five years ago, Crystal, 41, says she started experiencing mysterious pains and intense bouts of fatigue, which she couldn't explain. When she was 27, she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. "It feels like my muscles are actually being pulled off my joints," she explains. "The pain is usually around a seven, but when I have a migraine, it goes right up to a 10. I wind up in the ER three to four times a year." Crystal says she believes her disease contributed to breaking up her first marriage, after 11 years. She's been married to her current husband, Ryan, for seven years and says her Fibromyalgia continues to present challenges.

Ryan admits that dealing with Crystal's illness can be frustrating. "I work out of town during the week, so I'll be on my way home, and she's tired. She's done. She's in bed. I'm thinking, 'Oh, no, not again,'" Ryan says. "It really does bring me down, and it puts me in a bad mood."

Crystal explains that it took her many years — and going to many different doctors — to finally get properly diagnosed. "It was nice to put a name to it, and then I could stand up and say, 'I'm not crazy,'" she says. But Crystal adds that it's disheartening to know there's no known cure for Fibromyalgia. "I don’t feel like I’m living," she says. "I just feel like I’m existing, and that’s not a good place."


Pfizer's Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall discusses the symptoms of Fibromyalgia — and gives tips for managing the silent but painful disease.


Brettania says for the past decade, she has spent countless hours on the Internet, obsessively looking up symptoms and diagnosing herself with various illnesses, including a brain aneurism, throat cancer and liver disease. She’s convinced she has had every disorder in the book, yet she admits she’s too scared to see a doctor for confirmation. Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall offers help to Brettania to overcome her Internet-fueled hypochondria, known as “cyberchondria.” What’s at the root of her anxiety? And, should you turn to the Internet for medical questions? For more information, visit


Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall and Dr. Phil offer Brettania advice to help her with her anxiety and take charge of her health.



Avoiding the Doctor

Cindie, 42, says that she had a major health scare 15 years ago when precancerous cells were found in her uterus after the birth of her third son. She says she had the cells frozen and from that point on, she put her health on the backburner because of a divorce, raising a newborn son and finding a job. Now, Cindie says that she avoids routine tests like pap smears and mammograms, because she’s terrified about what doctors might find. "It’s been 17 years since I’ve been to the doctor for a regular checkup," Cindie admits. "I'm afraid because it's been so long," she says. "It's just that fear of the unknown for me."

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall explains that many people have
fears about health issues — and avoid checkups and tests as a result.


Dr. Freda-Lewis Hall offers tips for facing your fears and taking charge of your health. Will Cindie agree to get her first mammogram ever?



Noel confides that she has struggled with depression since her grandparents passed away exactly a year apart from one another, in 2006 and 2007. She says that her condition is taking an emotional toll on her marriage to her husband, Don, and she desperately wants to find relief. She explains that she's seen several therapists, tried 17 different medications and has even had electroshock therapy, but so far, nothing has seemed to help. "My depression got so bad that I couldn’t even get off the couch," Noel recalls. "All I did was sleep. I barely ate. I never went outside." She says that she's doing better now, but still feels like a burden on Don.

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall explains that
depression is a serious and common illness, which affects women more often than men. It is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental and other factors, in addition to a trigger, such as the death of a loved one. "To really look for treatment is the important key," she says, "because unless you do that, depression can worsen or lead to other physical and mental health problems."


How can you distinguish sadness from depression? And, what are some treatment options? Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall explains.


Understanding Obesity

Pfizer’s Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D. explains obesity and how you might be at risk — and not even know it.


Do you have any of the obesity "wake-up whispers"?



What Does Obesity Look Like?


Quiz: Which of these three people
are considered obese?




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