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  • The Top 8 Myths You Believe About Drugs

    Think you know what’s what when it comes to medications? You may be surprised!

    The Top 8 Myths You Believe About Drugs
  • The Golden Turd

    Is your poop worth money? The dirty truth about fecal transplants and their rise in popularity.

    The Golden Turd
  • That Bites!

    Ever been bitten by a dog? A bat? Your kid brother? What you need to know about biting injuries.

    That Bites!
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 and she was yesterday. Flash forward a few decades and I owe her an apology–boy do I owe her an apology–because fat’s back and it’s a must in your diet. »

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 musing “why did I do that?” and “I should have done the other instead” – can lead to emotional distress, an increased inability to make new decisions and even depression. Regretting tends to fall into two personality categories:  “maximizers” and “satisficers.” Maximizers focus on making the right choice. For them, making a decision means doing homework.  They gather the facts, seek other opinion... »

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, be the added benefit of preventing colon cancer. Here’s what you should know if you’re considering the “good for you” aspirin daily routine: If you have a high risk of heart attack and a low risk of bleeding, an aspirin a day may just do the trick to keep you healthy. An aspirin regimen must be taken seriously to be effective.  That means one a day, every single day, of every month, of every yea... »

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 you laugh…promise. »

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 type of perspiration generally doesn’t smell and helps to cool your body. APOCRINE glands:   live mostly in our armpits and groin and are the “odor” culprits.   They produce a milky fluid when we are emotionally stressed.  This is also odorless, but when it combines with bacteria under your arms… well, smell ya, shouldn’t have to tell ya! How to keep out of smell hell? Wash your underarms with so... »

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 they want to even the score.  Men have Viagra so women should have this new drug.   However, Viagra works as advertised, albeit with some manageable side effects.  Pink Viagra, not so much.  And, although Flibanserin has been given a reluctant go ahead by the FDA, study after study has shown that taking it is hardly better than a sugar placebo.  And it comes with a significant number of side effects... »

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, exactly, is Pedialyte and why is it so expensive? It’s an oral rehydration drink comprised of fluid and minerals and is designed specifically for pediatrics.  Remember, kids dehydrate when they have a fever and diarrhea and get their electrolytes screwed up much quicker than adults – sometimes with disastrous consequences.  So, kids needs a little more help to get hydrated. When it comes to... »

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 wrong and tries valiantly to correct it.  Your arms and hands reach out to protect your head from hitting the ground and you body may start to curl inward in an attempt to “roll with it.”  Unfortunately, despite her vigilance, Mother Nature can’t always prevent the inevitable and we wind up on the ground with, hopefully, something short of a total face plant. For most of us, an exercise-related fa... »

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 noise-induced hearing loss.   Our inner ears are comprised of a complicated group of tiny bones and other structures that are sensitive to prolonged exposure to loud noise. Our ears have what is called “hair” cells, that can become damaged and eventually die. And, this results in noise-induced hearing loss. So, what, medically speaking, constitutes loud noise? Any prolonged sounds above 85 decibels ... »

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 “television as babysitter” wasn’t bad enough!  And,parents want to keep kids busy with screens so THEY can have their own screen time!  What are we doing?! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under age two should not be exposed to ANY electronic media.  Children learn by interacting with people, not screens.  And, older children and teens should spend no more than one or two hours ... »

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 cool bath. Keep the skin moist. Silvadene cream, aloe or moisturizing cream all work well. Avoid alcohol based creams as they just dry out your skin. If it blisters – don’t touch. The last thing you need is to get an infection on top of a burn. For pain – use OTC meds like ibuprofen or Tylenol. Peeling skin’s a good sign so leave it alone but do pour on the moisturizing cream. If the burn covers a ... »

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 implications from wearing high heels. Not only do high heels alter the foot-ankle relationship, the effect runs all the way up to your spine, leading to ankle instability, balance problems and muscle strain from the foot to the hamstring muscles in your legs.  And, there’s the obvious: your feet will probably hurt at the end of the day. Heels aren’t walking away anytime soon, so here are my top thr... »

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 that you wake up with little clusters of red bumps on your face, neck arms and hands. They don’t look that bad but can be very itchy.  And, the thought of that creature feasting on your blood all night can be a little unsettling. Most bed bug bites require topical creams for the itch. Occasionally scratching will cause a skin infection called cellulitis and antibiotics are prescribed for that. So, ho... »

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” quandary.  In fact, things can get very personal and many a seat has been implicated as the culprit in a medical diagnosis. So, did the toilet seat do it?  Was the mere act of sitting for a very brief period of time enough to contract something serious? The truth is that germs and bugs generally need an open cut or a free ride to get into our bodies.   And the free ride is us touching our mouth,... »

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 want – no judgment! So, salad for breakfast, knock yourself out – leafy greens are great for you.  Breakfast for dinner, why not?  Unless it’s the GRAND SLAM at Denny’s.  It’s better to make dinner a lighter meal anyway. Does it matter what you eat when?  Probably not – many Asian cultures enjoy a spicy soup and some broiled fish for breakfast.  What does matter is getting a balanced diet with som... »

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 a fermented bowl of porridge? So, do the carbohydrates in beer make it more caloric than other alcoholic beverages?  The truth is that most beer has about the same calories as the equivalent glass of wine or shot of hard alcohol.  Basically, drinking alcohol means consuming calories.   But, beer does have more carbs. If you’re on a strict no-carb diet, avoiding beer will keep the carb count down,... »

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 into modern medicine.  It’s not a “vital” that can be measured in the moment like body temperature or pulse rate, and it’s not a sign of immediate trouble, but could affect your health adversely down the road.   What is this mystery 5th vital sign?  It’s your weight, and it’s much more important than you may think. Being overweight isn’t generally an immediate threat to your health.  But long-term ... »

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 change your underwear regularly!  Medically speaking, there’s no link between going commando and getting infections down there.  And a lot say it’s more comfortable.  Think, no wedgies. But, wearing clean underwear is a bit more sanitary and appreciated in our modern lives.  And, if you regularly don skivvies, you can probably keep from washing those skinny jeans every time you wear them. A recent... »

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 transfats is directly linked with an increase in heart disease and heart attacks. So what, exactly, are transfats?  Some occur naturally in food, but most of the transfats we get in our diets are manmade. Manufacturers make transfats in our food by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil.  Adding hydrogen helps attain certain consistency in food product, so you’ll get the same appearance and taste every time y... »

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 exactly breeze through the McDonalds drive through if you’re on the most wanted list.  So, how long can humans go without food and water? Eventually, you’re going to need both but interestingly enough, you can go much longer without food than you can without water.   There are many things to factor in but in general, human can go up to eight weeks without food IF YOU HAVE WATER.  And, you can go ... »

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 your sodium for the day, the hot dog pizza compares with 120 calories for the average slice of pizza.    And who ever eats just one slice?  And what about the soda or beer you’re bound to wash all the salty goodness down with? So, unless you’re planning to skip a meal to make up for the hot dog pizza calorie load, consider something healthier with less calories.   The hot dog crust pizza is exact... »

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 age is compared to your actual age, the healthier you are and as you may have guessed, the longer you live. In the upcoming Senior Olympics the average birth age of the athletes is 68.  But the athlete’s average fitness age is 43.  A stunning 25 years younger! I know what you’re thinking – these are professional athletes and of course they are in great shape.   But many of them are not.  They ... »

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 condition is temporary, but extremely painful. So, just as your skin needs sunscreen, your eyes need sun protection too.  Wide brimmed hats or baseball caps cut down about half of the nasty ultraviolet rays – so, use them! When choosing sunglasses, look for styles that block at least 99% of the sun’s radiation AND screens out 90% of visible light.   Quality glasses will have this information.  Thro... »

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. Think of airways as pipes that simply transport air, which of course includes oxygen.   Key stats about COPD: It affects more than 5% of the population meaning if you don’t suffer from COPD you at least know someone who does. It is the third most common cause of death in the US. Killing 120,00 Americans each and every year. Because so many Americans suffer from COPD coupled with the fact that i... »

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 breathe. They do get brownie points when they’re back to breathing, sort of, like the rest of us humans, and still don’t smoke. Unfortunately, most, to the delight of the cigarette companies, go back to smoking.   Of course growing up in Ireland smoking was the norm, really.  My parents smoked.  And like all parents back then they smoked in the car with us kids captive in the back seat.  Unb... »

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 need. At least that was the story of the day and I bought it, totally. This was the era of Gary Cooper and the Duke, John Wayne, riding tall in the saddle in permanent reruns on TV. “A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do,” was the mantra of the day and crying was never part of the “do.” Then in the 70’s, Clint Eastwood emerged as the man with no name and few words. Copies of Mr. Eastwood’s dialogue... »

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 to this group, to make a guess, a good guess, of what’s likely to happen to you in the future. This is called your prognosis. And of course, a diagnosis tells us what treatments might and might not work. Since medical school it has never ceased to amaze me how much relief patients get when a diagnosis is finally made – even when it’s bad news. It seems there’s nothing worse than being in th... »

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 smoking kills? And in case there’s any doubt, second-hand smoke kills millions too. Click to Listen »

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 inevitable fate of all puppy love…it ends. Now it’s physical all over again, but this time it’s like you’ve been gut punched. Your belly aches. You’re heart physically aches. You’re sick, man. The break up gives you physical symptoms. So, medically speaking, what’s going on? When you’re in relationship nirvana, oxytocin and dopamine surge through your body. These are the so-called bliss hormones. Th... »

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 short of breath many times before that final one. The first time I was ever really short of breath, I was running. Now, I don’t mean out of breath, I mean short of breath. Big difference. My shortness of breath that day also introduced me to its always-lurking pals – cough and wheeze. “You have asthma, young man,” said the doctor in the starchy, white coat, as if she was handing out free pass... »

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 ties in with the recent ludicrous accusation against HBO star Lena Dunham, that she is a child sex predator because of her “curiosity” when she herself was a child. If you had any doubts about her innocence, after this story, you’ll understand why she’s not. Click to Listen »

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 the ACA, said we Americans were dumb to buy into it.  Were we?  In this podcast I discuss all this and more with my special guest Evi Heilbrunn from US News & World Report. Click to Listen »

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. But, even when you have pregnancy prevention covered, you have to protect yourself against STIs. And, apart from abstinence, condoms are your only good bet. I always tell my patients the only sexual history you ever really know is your own. After twenty-odd years in acute care medicine, I’ve delivered babies for women who claimed to be virgins and diagnosed HIV in men who were adamant their only p... »

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 violence, Children and guns     August 23, 2014 – Hour 1 The DEA, Medicare advantage, Who designs hospitals     August 23, 2014 – Hour 2 Vaccines and pregnancy, Is breakfast overrated, Fifty Shades of Gray     August 16, 2014 – Hour 1 Robin Williams, Losing weight – men versus women     August 16, 2014 – Hour 2 Medical quarenteens, Is... »

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 practice. If you have a vagina or know someone with one this is a podcast you won’t want to miss. And don’t forget to check out the sequel: Is your penis happy? Click to Listen »

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 happy. Of course there are tips on how to fix it all. Also don’t forget to check out the sequel: “Is your vagina happy?”. Are we geniuses around here with titles or what? Click to Listen »

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 come back another day for the rest.   2) Let the doctor make the diagnosis. Everyone uses Dr. Google to diagnose themselves these days, but here’s the thing: the first few minutes of what you tell your doc really sets up whether they diagnose you correctly. Spitting out a diagnosis as your hello means they have to prove or disprove your self-diagnosis. This may result in ordering additional ... »

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 miss a dose?  Can I double up? 4) What are the alternatives? Are there lifestyle changes I can make to avoid using this drug? How long do I need to wait until I can tell if the lifestyle changes are working before reconsidering taking the medicine? 5) What are the side effects, both immediate and down the road? You need to know if that twitch in your eye is due to your medication or your overbeari... »

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 of lives and prevented untold suffering. And that’s the problem—we are now victims of their success. Antibiotics work so well that we’re addicted to them, and increasingly we find they don’t work. In fact, they often make things worse.  Much worse. A fairly innocuous bug colloquially known as C diff, that’s Mr. Clostridium difficile to you, lives unbeknownst to us in our colons. Usually, he’s a pe... »

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