Dr. Drew Pinsky
"Extra" Lifechanger Dr. Drew Pinsky experienced his own terrifying, life-changing moment during a second honeymoon to the Caribbean with his wife of 20 years, Susan. The doc experienced severe flu-like symptoms. Drew recalls, "I couldn't talk, I couldn't answer the telephone. I started getting violent chills on the plane on the way home."
It turns out Pinsky had a case of H1N1 flu, complicated by pneumonia. Drew tells Mario Lopez, "Having the biggest health scare of your life has put things in perspective. It's aligned a lot of things. It's made me appreciate my family, my wife, and to really pay attention when other people are suffering."
Get ready for those life-changing answers you need when the new daily half-hour show "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers" premieres on The CW.
Warner Bros. and Telepictures Productions will produce, with both Pinsky and "Extra's" Senior Executive Producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey serving as executive producers.
The show, which was developed on "Extra," will concentrate on people in conflict -- anything from relationship troubles to addiction. Pinsky -- who is board certified in internal and addiction medicine -- will also bring in expert panelists to discuss topics and offer solutions.
Pinsky is also set to launch a new show on HLN in the spring, which follows breaking news of the day, but Gregorisch-Dempsey said the "Lifechangers" show will be "a more daytime-focused show about personal transformation and real people stories. We feel Drew is the answer man and this is the answer show. It will be a search engine for your life."
Relationship expert and "Extra" Lifechanger Dr. Drew Pinsky is on call at The Grove, answering your questions about parenting and relationships.
How can I let someone down easy and stay in a friendship?
Dr. Drew: "Try to eliminate all contact for six months or so. Every time you contact her, it resets the clock of her getting over this relationship. Let her get over it, but you can come around and be friends later."
I know my kids are drinking, is it better to them drink in the house?
Dr. Drew: "I am telling you there's only one way to deal with this and it's to not allow them to drink in the home. You just need to say 'Look, it's illegal, I don't allow illegal activities and by the way if you get caught doing those things, I'm not going to bail you out.'"
My teenager is interested in sex and I am totally against it. Do I still provide him with protection?
Dr. Drew: "It's up to you, Mom, to emphasize this is an emotional and spiritual experience and has profound potential health consequences. What I would do, I would put condoms out and keep a count. Then let him know you want to have a conversation with him when the time comes but that you don't want him making that choice without this."
Why won't my man pop the question?
Dr. Drew: "Men often delay getting married for long periods because they have to understand who they are in the world before can make that kind of commitment."
"Extra" Lifechanger Dr. Drew Pinsky chatted with plastic surgeons Dr. John Layke and Dr. Payman Danielpour at The Grove to answer questions about getting work done.
Dr. Drew jumped in first, asking if Botox is dangerous. "Botox is safe. It is a neurotoxin but it's a purified protein," said Dr. Layke.
At what age should you go for plastic surgery? Dr. Danielpour answered, "The new trend is to avoid the wrinkles. Try to get in before the aging occurs, so you don't have to have the major facelifts when you get older. Your mid-20s is a good time to look for a little bit of facial rejuvenation."
"Extra" Lifechanger and cosmetic dentist Dr. Laurence Rifkin stopped by The Grove to answer fan questions with Dr. Drew. Learn some great tips on how to keep your pearly whites bright and your breath smelling great, watch the video!
Doctors Mehmet Oz and Drew Pinsky joined "Extra's" Mario Lopez at The Grove to talk about pressing health issues -- including Dr. Oz's recent brush with cancer.
"I had a colonoscopy for my 50th birthday. What a great thing to give yourself, huh?" Dr. Oz said. "I've no family history, never been overweight, don't drink, don't smoke and very low risk. Halfway through it, a good friend of mine, who was doing the scan, says 'Wake up! Wake up! There's a polyp' and I opened my eyes, and I'm looking at a pre-cancerous polyp. I realized a bullet just whizzed by my head."
The 2010 "Stand Up to Cancer" fundraising event, which aired live Friday across many networks, brought out all the Hollywood A-listers to talk about the disease and ways to raise awareness.
"Everyone's touched by this. Everyone has a story," said NBC news anchor Brian Williams, one of the telethon's three co-hosts. "Everyone watching tonight is missing someone, in a fight themselves, in remission, living with cancer. This is the common theme. So yes, we are going to go on the air in a recession and ask Americans to give money because this one is for the team. This affects all of us."
"Extra's" Lifechangers expert and addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinksy doesn't believe Jesse James has the same problem as Tiger Woods.
"I'm not convinced James is a sex addict," Dr. Drew says. "It's not as obvious as somebody who really hurts a family they've established and would like to change, but can't."