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DCoC Weekly Radio on Talkradio 790 KABC for September 10

DCoC Weekly Radio on Talkradio 790 KABC for September 10

Does shame work; does it make people change their behavior? The truth about hand sanitizers; DCoC explains. And, what actually happened to Serene Branson? »

DCoC Weekly Radio Show on Talkradio 790 KABC for August 27

DCoC Weekly Radio Show on Talkradio 790 KABC for August 27

The United States, with five percent of the world’s population, is using 80% of the world’s opiates; Dr. Chambers on the unprecedented letter the Surgeon General sent to all of the doctors in the country addressing the issue. How did drug company Mylan get away with the huge Epipen price increase? Dr. Chambers will tell you. And DCoC advice for parents sending their kids to college. »

DCoC Weekly Radio Show on Talkradio 790 KABC for August 20

DCoC Weekly Radio Show on Talkradio 790 KABC for August 20

Lessons from the Olympics for YOUR health. And, what every woman should know about pain and pregnancy. »

DCoC Weekly Radio Show on Talkradio 790 KABC for August 13

DCoC Weekly Radio Show on Talkradio 790 KABC for August 13

Is aging a disease? The DEA says that marijuana is as dangerous as heroin, is that true? And what is “cupping;” did it help Michael Phelps win all of those medals? »

DCoC Weekly Radio Show on Talkradio 790 KABC for August 6

DCoC Weekly Radio Show on Talkradio 790 KABC for August 6

Exposing useless surgeries. The cult of youth: young-to-old blood transfusions, are they a scam? Are food trucks healthy? We’ll tell you what to look out for, any restaurant, any food. »

DCoC Weekly Radio Show on Talkradio 790 KABC for July 30

DCoC Weekly Radio Show on Talkradio 790 KABC for July 30

A shocking new report on supplements. How do you handle it when you find out a gun is in the house during your child’s playdate? Do generic drugs work? And doctor as clown/clown as doctor. »

DCoC Video: Me Granny’s Steak, Butter, and Eggs vs. Harvard University’s Low-Fat Diet

DCoC Video: Me Granny’s Steak, Butter, and Eggs vs. Harvard University’s Low-Fat Diet

Back in the day, when I was a young whipper snapper in Dublin, I burst into “me” granny’s apartment with the news–she was killing us. Not her personally mind you, just the butter, eggs and shrimp she fed us. She was incredulous while at the same time bemused at my absolute certainty that her food literally killed. I had the wisdom of youth on my side; I knew I was right, as I was tomorrow an... »

The New Mammogram Guidelines

The New Mammogram Guidelines

Check out my appearance on the Chad Benson Show. We talk mammograms, the new guidelines and, so the guys don’t feel left out, prostate cancer. And if you’ve ever wondered about the difference between men’s breasts and women’s…you’ll have to listen. Enjoy! »

DCoC Video: The Truth About Your Sheets

DCoC Video: The Truth About Your Sheets

How often do single millennials wash their sheets? Every week? Every month? Every three months? The answer in this DCoC video will make you laugh out loud and maybe even cringe…   »

Being Forgetful About Feeling Regretful

Being Forgetful About Feeling Regretful

How regretful are you?  Yes, that’s, regretful not forgetful!  Most of us go through the day and don’t ponder our regrets much beyond, “why did I eat fries when there was a side salad?” Others, and interestingly enough, more women than men, are consumed by so called “repetitive regrets.”  These mega-regret, mental overloads –  constantly going over and over situations and outcomes in your mind and... »

An Aspirin A Day

An Aspirin A Day

Is an aspirin a day better than an apple a day at keeping the doctor away? According to the US Preventive Services Task Force, an aspirin a day for people in their fifties and sixties may help in the prevention of a first heart attack or stroke. This is so-called primary prevention—in other words: if you’ve never had a heart attack or stroke, this will prevent one. There may also, and I stress may... »

DCoC Video: Therapeutic Stink

DCoC Video: Therapeutic Stink

Sometimes in medicine we have to talk about subjects that are very serious, complicated and frequently emotional. And when we do such a subject here on DCoC we hope we bring a delicacy and seriousness that the subject deserves. Therapeutic stink is such a subject.  So please join Dr. Serious as he explains the role of farting, yep farting, in our lives. It’ll make you laugh…seriously, it’ll make y... »

Healthcare Coverage: Obamacare v. Single Payer

Healthcare Coverage: Obamacare v. Single Payer

On Dr. Chambers’ recent visit to The Chad Benson Show, they got into the pros and cons of single payer and why we Americans pay more than anyone else on earth for health care BUT by no stretch of the imagination are we healthier. And yet after spending all this money when we get really sick a lot of us end up bankrupt.  Is someone getting rich off our misery or what? LISTEN HERE: »

Under-armed and Dangerous:  Dealing with Body Odor

Under-armed and Dangerous: Dealing with Body Odor

Summer and its heat and humidity can mean body odor – especially from our arm pits.  And, under-arm odor is equal- opportunity, so LADIES, don’t tune me out for this one! So, getting to the PIT of the matter, why do we sweat and why does it make us smell like a goat?   Your skin has two main types of sweat glands: ECCRINE glands:  located all over our bodies and secret mostly water and salt.  This... »

Pink Viagra:  Ladies, has your time come?

Pink Viagra: Ladies, has your time come?

Flibanserin.  Not the easiest of drug names to pronounce, so now it’s nick-named, “Pink Viagra”.  Everyone’s thinking, “fabulous.” Finally there’s an equal opportunity arousal drug for women. Meaning, for the first time ever, ladies, a drug that helps a woman get into the mood for intimacy, is heading to your local pharmacy.  So what’s all the controversy about? The folks behind Flibanserin say th... »

Expensive Child’s Play:  Pedialyte for Hangovers?

Expensive Child’s Play: Pedialyte for Hangovers?

Pedialyte, the kids’ rehydration drink, is being swallowed up by adults. The urban myth is that it revives and restores you post work-out and, much more importantly, helps cure hangovers. In fact even Miley Cyrus has been spotted drinking Pedialyte instead of plain water, further fueling the thirst for this relatively expensive drink.  The question is, do adults benefit from drinking it? So, what,... »

When Exercise Gets You Down – How to Prevent Falls

When Exercise Gets You Down – How to Prevent Falls

Can exercise get you down?  One of the few hazards of regular exercise is that you can occasionally trip and fall.  And, these falls can be a simple as a little trip up on the pavement, to the more devastating wipe out on a treadmill or down stairs. Falling is primal and our bodies do everything to prevent it from happening. The moment you become off balance, your brain registers that something’s ... »

Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow

For all you commuters out there, can you positively identify the song on the radio in the car next to you? If you can and you’re moving to the groove, it’s ok for you. But I can assure you, it is NOT ok for the driver next to you. So, what, exactly are you risking when you face the music too loud and too often? There are many causes of hearing loss but your commuting neighbor is on their way to no... »

Kids Screening:  How Much Screen Time for Children?

Kids Screening: How Much Screen Time for Children?

Common sense tells us that spending every waking moment looking at a device screen is not healthy for children.  Even so, screen time for kids has crept up significantly in past years as more types of mobile devices allow constant access.  A Kaiser study found the average 8-10 year old spends nearly eight hours a day with a variety of different media.  And 11 hours for older children! As if “telev... »

Don’t Get Burned – Dealing With a Bad Sunburn

Don’t Get Burned – Dealing With a Bad Sunburn

You went to the beach and forgot the sun would be there too, so you’ve got sunburn. Now what? Unfortunately, there’s really no quick fix for sunburn. Your body will heal itself, but it’ll take a few days.   The trick for you is not to get in the way of your body as it does its thing, so here’s what to do in the meantime:   Dampen a towel with cool water and place it on the sunburn OR take a c... »

Getting a Dinosaur to Heel

Getting a Dinosaur to Heel

In the summer blockbuster Jurassic World, dinosaurs stomp and chomp through box office records, and the movie’s heroine (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) runs from the woman-devouring prehistoric creatures in… high heels? The question is, “are they the best shoes to run for your life in?”  “Are they the best shoes for life?” What’s the big deal – they look great, right?  But, there are some health i... »

Bite Night

Bite Night

Much to everyone’s horror, bed bugs are back.  Yes, the world has yet to eradicate Cimex Lectularius – the common bed bug.  I’m reminded of the old childhood saying:  “Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” But what happens if they do bite? Well, although extremely creepy, bed bugs don’t transmit infections so no worries there. In fact, you don’t even feel them bite. All that happens is tha... »

Take A Seat

Take A Seat

Let me ask you something personal – what’s your relationship like with your toilet seat?   Is there some mutual respect?  Or is it more of a one way relationship?   What about a public toilet?  That’s generally an entirely other type of relationship and one that we don’t want lasting any longer than it absolutely has to. Our relationship with toilet seats goes way beyond the simple “lid up or down... »

Food Goes Day-Part Agnostic

Food Goes Day-Part Agnostic

If you’re anything like me, you’re saying to yourself, what the heck does day-part agnostic mean?  And what does it have to do with food? Well, if you’ve ever read a food critic’s review, you know they are always coming up with interesting ways to describe food in general, cooking food and eating food.  So, food going “day-part agnostic” means that you can basically eat whatever you want WHEN you ... »

Belly Up to the Bar

Belly Up to the Bar

Is beer really “liquid bread” and more fattening than other forms of alcohol?  There have been many rumors brewing for a while now.  The truth is beer is made from fermented grains and yes, contains carbohydrates.  The Egyptians ate a type of fermented porridge that was the precursor to beer.  And thank goodness we’ve evolved it into a beverage.  Can you imagine meeting your friends after work for... »

Taking the 5th – Vital Signs

Taking the 5th – Vital Signs

Traditionally there are four vital signs and if they are out of whack, you’re in trouble.   When assessing anyone, doctors look for the following to be within acceptable ranges: body temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate (rate of breathing) and although not technically a vital sign, blood pressure as it is often measured along with the others. The concept of a 5th vital sign has made its way i... »

Underwear under there?

Underwear under there?

The option of NOT wearing underwear has been around since the 60s.  And, I don’t mean the 1960s when the baby boomers think they invented sex.  I mean the 1860s.  Generally speaking, what we today call “underwear” wasn’t widely worn until the 1800s.  And, believe it or not, MEN started wearing underwear more regularly than women. So, is “going commando” ok?  It’s probably better than if you don’t ... »

Trans-everything

Trans-everything

Transfats, also called partially hydrogenated oils, are finally getting banned by the Food and Drug Administration.  Well, maybe.  At this point, they plan to ban them in three years.  But, if you are a manufacturer, you can apply for a special exemption. Say what? First off, understand this: there is no safe level of transfats when it comes to your food.  Any amount is bad for you.  Eating transf... »

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Most of us have been keeping up on the story of the two escaped convicts from the New York prison.   And, thankfully, the matter has been resolved.  There’s nothing particularly medical about escaping from prison.  But, getting along out in the big world after you escape brings up some interesting healthcare issues. For example, what if you’re on the run with no access to food or water?  You can’t... »

Hot Dogs and Pizza Join the Party

Hot Dogs and Pizza Join the Party

Now it’s even easier to have both pizza and hot dogs at your party. Yes, once thought of as completely separate, zero nutritional junk foods, thanks to Pizza Hut, you can now enjoy the co-mingling of white bread swimming in high calorie cheese topped with salty pepperoni AND,  mini hot dogs encased in a pretzel bread as the crust!   YUM! At an estimated 460 calories per slice and delivering 88% of... »

68 Is the New 43

68 Is the New 43

A major new study says 68 is the new 43… Is the quest for eternal youth is over?  Well, maybe not eternal youth but certainly, prolonged youth. The medical community is embracing the concept that everyone has two ages:  your “actual” age and your “fitnesss” age.  Have you ever seen someone 40 who looks 60?  Or someone 60 that looks 45?  That’s what we’re talking about.  The younger your fitness ag... »

Bono and You, Too, Need Sunglasses

Bono and You, Too, Need Sunglasses

Do we need sunglasses? Or are they just an affectation of rock stars like Bono from U2?  Well, sunglasses are way more than a fashion statement. Our eyes, just like our skin, can be seriously damaged by the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.  The sun can cause cataracts, benign growths on the eye itself and cancer of the eyelids.  And, your eyes can even get sunburn – it’s called photokeratitis.  This c... »

What is COPD?

What is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that is chronic and incurable. It characteristically involves both large and small airways and the lung parenchyma, that is, the lung tissue itself. Airways are living pipes that connect your mouth to alveoli (oxygen exchange units that are deep inside your lungs) and as you get deeper into the lungs airways get smaller and smaller. Th... »

Smoking Lives

Smoking Lives

One of the things you learn in medical school is when you ask someone “Do you smoke?” and they say “No,” you always follow up with: “Did you ever smoke?”  The answer can be surprising, as in, “I quit yesterday.”  And they quit yesterday because they couldn’t catch their breath either due to a pneumonia or bronchitis. I always joke that patients get no brownie points for not smoking when they can’t... »

DCoC Video: Tips on taking your kids to the doctor

DCoC Video: Tips on taking your kids to the doctor

The first thing you have to know is this: it’s not about you, it’s about them! Also, how important is it to text the world while your kid’s with the doctor? Hint, it’s not. Finally the role of treats to “bribe” your kid to behave while at the doctor. Really McDonald’s on the way home? It’s all in the video below: »

Boys Don’t Cry – But Men Do

Boys Don’t Cry – But Men Do

What’s crying all about? I use to ask myself that a lot growing up. You see I grew up with four sisters and they occasionally cried. Always, I hasten to add, under perfectly understandable situations. And I never saw their crying as a sign of weakness, far from it, it was an emotional release that really seemed to help them. Of course it was an emotional release that men, real mean, just didn’t ne... »

DCoC Video: Alcohol, Effective New Approaches to Addiction

DCoC Video: Alcohol, Effective New Approaches to Addiction

The twelve-step program to treat addiction has been around for 75 years so it’s about time we asked the obvious: does it work? You’ll be surprised by my answer and what the modern alternatives offer.  And there are alternatives. Of course we throw in a little humor – we like you smiling on DCoC. »

“Sherlock Holmes” Will Diagnose You Now

“Sherlock Holmes” Will Diagnose You Now

The intense, questioning, never giving up way Sherlock Holmes goes after the bad guy is the same way we doctors go after your diagnosis. And the reasoning is simple. The diagnosis is what it’s all about in the medical world. Even though it’s simply a label, it decides everything. It places you and your symptoms into a group that doctors have seen before. It allows doctors, based on what‘s happened... »

DCoC Podcast: Heart Health

DCoC Podcast: Heart Health

February is Heart Health Month – I explain what a heart attack is and tell you the story of how heart attacks have been managed from President Eisenhower — his wife was told to “cuddle him” — up to Vice President Cheney’s recent high-tech heart transplant. Click to Listen »

DCoC Podcast: News Digest for the Week of February 16

DCoC Podcast: News Digest for the Week of February 16

“Benzos,” benzodiazepines, are prescribed by the gallon but do they work? And even if they do, are they safe to use? Herd immunity – what is it, do we need it? Obesity – genetic or not? If it is, what is does it mean? Smoking: New research says smoking kills in many ways besides lung cancer and heart attacks. I don’t spend long on this because who doesn’t know s... »

DCoC Video: Vaccines

DCoC Video: Vaccines

Is Jenny McCarthy right about vaccines? Does fear, when confronted by the reality of disease, make the ‘stupid’ change their minds and do the right thing when it comes to vaccines? Hint – yes!!! DCoC’s take on why you and your kids should be vaccinated. »

Can You Die of a Broken Heart?

Can You Die of a Broken Heart?

Can you die of a broken heart? The short answer is yes, but man is it rare and it’s all got to do with hormones. But let’s start here; remember the first time you were in love? I mean puppy love. Remember how physical it was? Your heart’s all a flutter. Butterflies in your stomach. Sometimes you couldn’t even talk when you were near “the great one” because you were in such a tizzy. And then the in... »

DCoC After Dark Video: Can You Die of a Broken Heart?

DCoC After Dark Video: Can You Die of a Broken Heart?

Is love an addiction? Can you die of a broken heart? These questions and the meaning of life, well, maybe not the meaning of life, are answered in DCoC’s Valentine’s video and, oh, it will make you SMILE…promise. »

Asthma – My “SOB” Friend

Asthma – My “SOB” Friend

It goes without saying that if you’re reading this you’re breathing.   And for that blessing, let’s all be grateful.  Most of the time we breathe mechanically. In fact, we breathe unconsciously 14-16 times every single minute of every single day, and will, until we don’t. That’s when we say goodbye to the world.  Hopefully, this will happen to neither of us for a very long time, but you could be s... »

DCoC After Dark Podcast: Why Lena Dunham is not a sex predator

DCoC After Dark Podcast: Why Lena Dunham is not a sex predator

What is your diagnosis? This is the question that drives all doctors because diagnosis is what it’s all about in medicine. Getting it wrong means disaster. Getting it right is tough. In Ireland twenty years ago I diagnosed a child as a victim of parental sex abuse. Come on a brief journey with me and I’ll tell you what I got wrong and what I got right. It’s a sobering story and t... »

DCoC Video: PROBIOTICS – Feed Your Rain Forest…

DCoC Video: PROBIOTICS – Feed Your Rain Forest…

Here’s the thing: eating bugs is good for you!  Don’t believe me!?!  Check out my latest video and find out why you are your very own rain forest and without “good” bugs you’ll never be healthy. »

Podcast: Open season for enrollment in the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare

Podcast: Open season for enrollment in the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is always in the news but what exactly is it? Does it affect you if you’re already insured OR on Medicare OR you’re young and so full of life that you laugh off health insurance as you know you’ll never get sick this side of 30? The answer is yes, yes and yes, but not in the ways you might think.  Recently Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of th... »

Podcast: Dr. Chambers on Alcohol Addiction

Podcast: Dr. Chambers on Alcohol Addiction

Do you know an alcoholic or a binge drinker or someone who drinks a little too much? Or maybe you drink that little bit too much. In this podcast, through the power of story, come on on a journey with me from my med school days to now showing what alcohol abuse is and what lies behind todays best treatment. Hint, it’s not AA. Click to Listen »

This Is Not Your Dad’s Talk About Condoms

This Is Not Your Dad’s Talk About Condoms

Do condoms work? Yes, they do. Most emphatically: they do. They work better at preventing STIs (sexually transmitted diseases) than as a contraceptive but, when used properly, they work almost 98% of the time to prevent pregnancy. But when you use them out in the field, not so much. That’s why, for purely contraceptive purposes, I recommend the IUD or long acting injectable hormones over condoms. ... »

Video: Restless Leg Syndrome

Video: Restless Leg Syndrome

You’re legs are antsy. Suddenly they have a life of their own. What gives? What can you do about it? Here’s what… »

Video: Surviving an Active Shooter

Video: Surviving an Active Shooter

The unthinkable is happening. You’re at work, in a restaurant or movie theater when a man with a gun walks in and he wants to kill…YOU. What do you do? Here’s what… »

Video: HPV Vaccine, It’s for Men AND Women

Video: HPV Vaccine, It’s for Men AND Women

Vaccines preventing cancer is the here and now. The HPV vaccine does just that – it prevents cancer and not only in women but in men too. What do you need to now? Here’s what… »

Video: You and Your Doctor, The Relationship that can Save Your Life

Video: You and Your Doctor, The Relationship that can Save Your Life

Do you like your doctor? Does your doctor like you? How do you choose your doctor? Here’s how… »

Dr. Chambers On Call on KFWB NewsTalk 980 – Full Shows

Dr. Chambers On Call on KFWB NewsTalk 980 – Full Shows

Enjoy the Dr. Chambers On Call radio talk show. Here are the last twelve shows from KFWB NewsTalk 980 in Los Angeles. And watch for an announcement coming soon about a new radio home for Dr. Chambers On Call.     August 30, 2014 – Hour 1 Joan Rivers, Lies you tell your doctor, Hangover cures, Obama Care update     August 30, 2014 – Hour 2 The NFL and domestic violen... »

Video: Condoms, You’re Using Them Wrong!

Video: Condoms, You’re Using Them Wrong!

You’re a guy so you automatically know how to use a condom. Wrong!  You don’t. And gals you should know pulling off a “full’ condom is as tricky as putting one on. And what happens if it all goes wrong?  Hi mom! Hi dad! »

After Dark Podcast: Is Your Vagina Happy?

After Dark Podcast: Is Your Vagina Happy?

The vagina is the “forbidden zone” as the famed playwright Eve Ensler describes it. In this podcast I explain the anatomy of the forbidden zone, the everyday problems women encounter and how even in the medical world the “fear” of the forbidden zone has led and leads to idiotic treatments and taboos. All of which is illustrated with stories from twenty years of clinical pra... »

Podcast: Drug Screens

Podcast: Drug Screens

Drug screens are a part of everyday life in modern America thanks to your job, law enforcement and occasionally even your dad. In this podcast I explain what a drug screen is and recall from twenty years of clinical practice the ingenious cheaters who are more creative than Hollywood writers as they try to fake the pee. Click to Listen »

After Dark Podcast: Is Your Penis Happy?

After Dark Podcast: Is Your Penis Happy?

Penises, you’ve either got one or in a relationship with one or at least know someone with one. On this podcast I take you on a day in the life of a penis including an easy to understand explanation of what makes wood and how the erect penis is a vulnerable organ. No JK. Peppered in are stories from my medical practice of over twenty years of stuff that happens when penises aren’t happ... »

5 Tips For An Easier Doctor Visit

5 Tips For An Easier Doctor Visit

1) Plan your visit. It’s a simple reality: face time with your doc is limited to 15 minutes or less. So figure out what you really want from the visit before the doctor is standing in front of you. What’s going to be the main focus? If you try to pack in everything you’re worried about, from your scalp to your toenails, you will leave unhappy. Choose what needs to be addressed that day and plan to... »

The 5 Things You Need To Ask When Starting New Meds

The 5 Things You Need To Ask When Starting New Meds

This is a checklist of five questions that you must ask before taking any medication: 1) Ask your doctor to answer this question in simple, everyday language:  “Why do I need this drug?” 2) How long will I need to be on it: a month? a year? my entire life?  When will I start feeling better? 3) What if I don’t take it? Am I going to die? Will my pinky fall off?!? If I do take it, what happens if I ... »

The Golden Turd: Is Your Poop Worth Money??

The Golden Turd: Is Your Poop Worth Money??

The next time you hear someone say “that’s not worth crap,” you might want to correct them. It turns out crap can be worth quite a lot! Not all poop, granted, but under the right conditions the contents of your colon can be downright golden in value. Before I explain why, let me take a step back. One of the biggest breakthroughs in medicine—ever—was antibiotics. They have literally saved millions ... »

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