Every week, after my Fox segment has aired, viewers can “click on the yellow chat bar” and ask me questions online. They can ask any health related question they want, even if its unrelated to the topic I covered on the air.
So, what do people ask a TV doctor? Since my blogs topics have been a little heavy lately…I thought I’d lighten it up a little by sharing the ten funniest or most interesting questions I’ve received over the last two years.
• I am not disclosing confidential patient information. These conversations occur in an online, open chat room.
• The viewers’ chats are verbatim….including the spelling.
• I try to respond to every single question online with evidence-based information. But, in the spirit of brevity, I didn’t include many of my responses in this blog. Too long and too clinical. Instead, I included my “editorial comments” to offer some perspective and food for thought.
Okay…here are Dr. G’s Top 10
1) Michelle: "this is rather emabarrassing but lately everytime I have a bowel movement I get super nauseous and end up throwing up. Its absolutely miserable. Please help!"
Editorial Comment: Viewers ask me questions that they are too embarrassed to ask their doctor. One of the saddest interactions was with a woman who was pulling her hair out, due to trichotillomania, and had become reclusive at home.
2) Charles: "I have a problem...That I need help wit. I weigh about ummm around 215 and I was wondering what is the best kind of workouts or diest to help me lose weight...."
Dr. Georgiou: "How tall are you?"
Charles: "Um around 5"8'"
Dr. Georgiou: "Charles, based on your height, your BMI is 32.7. This puts you in the obese category. So, the approach to weight loss that has the most credibility and success is Weight Watchers which combines diet, exercise, accountability, and social support.
Charles: "So what your saying is im fat...."
Editorial Comment: Yup! I am amazed at how often people convince themselves that the BMI definitions of overweight and obesity don’t apply to them.