Richard Besser

  • Aired:  05/08/13
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Richard Besser talks about his book, "Tell Me the Truth, Doctor: Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions." (4:55)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS ABC'S CHIEF

MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT.

WHILE I'M INTERVIEWING HIM, MY

STAFF IS STEALING HIS

PRESCRIPTION PAD.

PLEASE WELCOME DR. RICHARD

BESSER.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

HEY, RICHARD.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

OKAY.

NOW AS I SAID, YOU'RE ABC NEWS

CHIEF HEALTH AND MEDICAL

CORRESPONDENT.

AND YOU'VE GOT A NEW BOOK HERE

CALLED "TELL ME THE TRUTH,

DOCTOR: EASY TO UNDERSTAND

ANSWERS TO YOUR MOST CONFUSING

AND CRITICAL HEALTH QUESTIONS."

WHAT ARE THE MOST CONFUSING

HEALTH QUESTIONS OUT THERE?

>> A LOT OF THE QUESTIONS PEOPLE

HAVE ARE AROUND DIET AND

EXERCISE.

>> Stephen: SHOULD I DIET OR

EXERCISE?

>> ACTUALLY YOU NEED TO DO SOME

OF BOTH.

>> Stephen: MMMMM.

IF YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT,

DIET IS THE MOST IMPORTANT

THING.

>> Stephen: BEAUTIFUL.

BUT IF YOU WANT TO BUILD A

HEALTHY HEART AND HEALTHY BONES,

THERE'S WHERE EXERCISE IS REALLY

CRITICAL.

>> Stephen: DO I HAVE TO THOUGH

BECAUSE I'M A 40 (MUMBLING) MAN

AND CAN'T I JUST TAKE A

TESTOSTERONE SUPPLEMENT BECAUSE

I SEE ALL KINDS OF ADS ON, I'M

GUESSING ALSO, ABC NEWS THAT

TELL ME THAT I'VE GOT LOW-T AND

I SHOULD RUB OILS ON MY BODY.

AND THEN I'LL BE ALL MANLY.

>> ONE OF THE THINGS THAT A LOT

OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE IS DRUGS

NEED TO GO THROUGH TESTING AND

APPROVAL BEFORE THEY CAN SAY

THOSE THINGS.

SUPPLEMENTS, VITAMINS, THEY CAN

TELL YOU THAT YOU'RE DEFICIENT

IN TESTOSTERONE AND THIS WILL

IMPROVE YOUR SEX LIFE BUT THEY

DON'T HAVE TO PROVE...

>> Stephen: THOSE TESTOSTERONE

SUPPLEMENTS THAT YOU SEE ON TV,

WHERE THEY SAY AFTER LOOKING AT

THE PACKAGING FOR THIS, WASH

YOUR CHILDREN, YOU KNOW?

SUPER DANGEROUS STUFF LIKE, YOU

KNOW, BURN YOUR FAUCET IF YOU

WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER APPLYING.

LEAVE YOUR FAMILY LIVE IN A

CAVE.

THAT'S NOT APPROVED BY THE FDA?

>> WELL, IF YOU'D LIKE AT THE

LABEL THERE'S A TINY AFTER RISK.

THE CLAIMS HAVE NOT BEEN

APPROVED BY THE FDA.

>> Stephen: (WHISTLING) IT

SOUNDS LIKE MEDICINE.

>> IT DOES.

THAT'S THE BIG PROBLEM.

YOU CAN'T TELL LOOKING AT IT

WHICH IS A REAL DRUG AND WHICH

ONE HASN'T...

>> Stephen: WHAT ABOUT VITAMINS

AND STUFF LIKE THAT?

>> YOU KNOW,...

Stephen: MULTI-S, BABY.

I'M NOT A BELIEVER IN

MULTIVITAMINS.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU TELLING ME

THAT FRED FLINTSTONE IS LYING TO

ME?

YABBA-DABBA-WHAT?

>> THERE ARE CERTAIN PEOPLE WHO

NEED VITAMINS.

>> Stephen: WHO WHAT?

IF YOU HAVE CERTAIN MEDICAL

CONDITIONS, IF YOU'RE A PREGNANT

WOMAN YOU NEED VITAMINS.

>> Stephen: I'M NOT A PREGNANT

WOMAN.

>> IT MAY BE THAT YOU DON'T NEED

ANY VITAMINS WHATSOEVER.

>> Stephen: ANNUAL CHECK-UPS.

YOU'RE NOT A BIG FAN.

>> I'M NOT.

Stephen: HOW AM I GOING TO

CATCH THE THING, I MEAN CATCH

THE THING THAT'S HAPPENING TO

ME.

>> IF YOU SPENT 90% OF YOUR

VISIT WITH THE DOCTOR TALKING TO

THEM INSTEAD OF 90% SITTING ON A

TABLE WITH A PAPER GOWN, YOU

WOULD GET SOMETHING OUT OF THAT

VISIT.

BUT MOST OF THE TIME THEY'RE

EITHER LISTENING TO YOUR HEART

AND DOING THINGS.

YOUR BODY WILL TELL YOU WHEN

SOMETHING IS GOING WRONG MUCH

SOONER THAN A DOCTOR WILL PICK

THAT UP.

>> Stephen: I COULD JUST STAY IN

TUNE WITH WHAT'S GOING ON MY

BODY?

>> YES.

Stephen: THAT WORKS MAYBE

MORE FOR THE LADIES BECAUSE I

THINK LADIES ARE MORE IN TUNE

WITH THEIR BODIES.

MEN ARE LIKE, WE WOULDN'T EVEN

BATHE UNLESS THERE WERE LADIES

AROUND.

HONEST TO GOD, A GUY FEELS A

LUMP IN HIS THROAT AND HE GOES,

GREAT, A THIRD TESTIMONYICAL.

>> I THINK THERE IS SOME TRUTH

TO THAT.

MOST OF THE MEDICAL DECISIONS IN

FAMILIES ARE MADE BY THE WOMEN.

IT'S A WOMAN WHO IS MAKING AN

APPOINTMENT FOR HER HUSBAND AND

FOR THE CHILDREN.

YOU'RE RIGHT ABOUT THAT.

THE MORE YOU CAN LISTEN TO YOUR

BODY THE HEALTHIER YOU'LL BE

BECAUSE YOU'LL PICK UP THOSE

THINGS WHEN IT'S EARLY AND THEN

IT CAN BE DIAGNOSED AND TREATED

PROPERLY.

>> Stephen: LET'S TALK ABOUT

DOCTORS ON TV IF YOU'LL PARDON

THE EXPRESSION.

YOU'RE A DOCTOR ON TV.

>> I AM.

Stephen: IF THEY'RE ON TV, I

SHOULD TRUST THEM, RIGHT?

>> NOT EXACTLY.

Stephen: THE FDA DOES NOT

HAVE APPROVE A DOCTOR BEING ON

TV EITHER?

>> NO.

Stephen: IS THERE AN AFTER

RISK ON ME.

>> I THINK THERE SHOULD BE AN

AFTER RISK ON ME.

WHEN YOU HEAR SOMETHING FROM A

DOCTOR ON TELEVISION YOU WANT TO

TRY AND UNDERSTAND WHY ARE THEY

SAYING THAT?

IS THERE AN ULTERIOR MOTIVE?

>> Stephen: WHY ARE THEY?

OMETIMES THEY'RE TRYING TO

SELL YOU SOMETHING OR TRYING TO

EXPLAIN SOMETHING.

>> Stephen: IF THEY'RE TRYING TO

SELL ME SOMETHING, SHOULD I

TRUST HEM?

>> I'D BE VERY CAREFUL.

Stephen: OKAY.

I ASSUME YOU ARE GIVING THIS

BOOK AWAY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> FOR YOU, I WILL GIVE YOU A

COPY.

>> Stephen: SO I SHOULD TRUST

YOU BUT NOBODY ELSE.

>> EXACTLY.

Stephen: RICHARD, THANK YOU

SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Stephen: DR. RICHARD BESSER.

TRUT HIM.

TELL ME THE TRUTH, DOCTOR.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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