Dr. Phil and The Doctors sit down for a discussion of the day's top medical news, starting with actor Dennis Quaid's newborn twins. The twins were given an accidental overdose of heparin, an anti-coagulant used to flush out I.V. tubes, in the hospital. They were given 10,000 units, which is the adult dosage. The couple sued the drug maker.
"How does this happen?" asks Dr. Phil. "I mean, seriously, isn't it labeled on the bottle?"
"The problem was that the two bottles, with the two doses, looked too similar, and that's the big issue here, that the manufacturer is going to be held liable for having the labeling wrong," Dr. Sears explains. "It was a newborn baby " it could have caused a stroke in that baby."
Dr. Stork adds, "It's either a catastrophic event, or there's no problem because what can happen is you can hemorrhage in your brain, for instance. So fortunately, their twins didn't have any negative, ill effect."
"But don't they need to label this stuff?" asks Dr. Phil. "I've been a pilot all my life, and the buttons you ain't supposed to push are bright red. It's like, 'If you push this, the engine falls off.' OK, I'm going to stay away from that."
Dr. Phil raises another issue, saying, "I have talked to so many guests here who have gotten an opinion, like, that a kid's got ADHD, or that they get some other diagnosis, and I say, 'What about a second opinion. Did you go get a second opinion?' You know what they always say? â€˜I don't want to hurt my doctor's feelings.' Personally, I don't give a damn about your feelings, but does it hurt your feelings?"
"A patient can't ask too many questions," says Dr. Ordon. "We'd rather have those questions up front. You know, if there's an issue, â€˜Well, should I do it this way or that way?' get another opinion."
"If the doctor doesn't like you getting a second opinion then he's a little too self-centered," adds Dr. Sears.
"Well, you know, we have a pretty big ego, all of us sitting here," Dr. Ordon muses.
"No!" Dr. Phil proclaims in mock surprise.
"Hey, speak for yourself!" says Dr. Fields. "I call mine high self-esteem!"
On a more serious note, Dr. Stork chimes in, "I would disagree with that. Medicine is a humbling field, and your doctor should be humble, and if you want a second opinion, he should support you in it."
"Absolutely," Dr. Masterson adds. "And it only reinforces the patient relationship with the doctor, because you want that patient to feel a lot of confidence."
All the doctors agree that they would encourage their patients to seek a second opinion.
Dr. Phil turns the conversation to another weighty topic.
"It's been reported that over 63 million people " that's a third of our population " are considered obese," he says. "And somebody was here the other day who had gotten gastric bypass surgery, and somebody made the comment, 'Well, you took the easy way out.' I've worked with an awful lot of people who have had gastric bypass surgery or LAP-BANDs. I've got a nephew who's been through it
. I've had friends and relatives who have done it. It doesn't
look like the easy way out to me at all, and it's not complications free, is it? What do the nurses call it? G.B.G.B. " Gastric Bypass Gone Bad. That's not the easy way out, is that?"
"These people are so obese that it's not the easy way out," says Dr. Sears, "but for them it's maybe the only way out."
"It's a last resort," Dr. Stork agrees.
"But more and more doctors are doing this," says Dr. Phil. "How do you know if you're going to somebody who's qualified " because a lot of people can do it, I guess. If you're a general surgeon, I suppose you could do it. How do you know you've got somebody qualified to do it?"
"Like anything else in choosing a surgeon," Dr. Ordon answers. "Make sure they're board certified, make sure that they do a lot of this procedure, make sure they're willing to share their experience, make sure they're willing to show their results, make sure that they're willing to allow you to talk to some of their other patients."