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Internet Addiction and Blaying – Why Do We Do It?

Blaying is when one continues to play a level of a game despite being bored and disliking it.

Researchers estimate over 420 million people are addicted to the internet.  Smartphone addiction is rising exponentially as well.  These addictions many times involve gaming.  Hours are spent playing online games and levels within these games many times require multiple attempts.  If the level is not mastered, one is “stuck” on the level, but continues to play it in hopes the next level will be “better”.  This is all too time consuming.

Those of you who play Candy Crush know exactly what “blaying is”.  For example, you get stuck on level 2124 and can’t advance until you master that level.  But you hate it.  You keep losing and are really bored with the level.  But everyday you return to blay in the hopes that your luck will change and you can advance to a new level.  Eventually that level gets tiresome and you must blay your way through that one.


Another example:  Advancing to a new World of Warcraft level can be so tempting that one blays for weeks until they finally complete all the quests necessary to advance.

Remember “Around the World” in basketball.  One shoots from  different markers on the court and can’t advance until they make a basket.  But some of us get stuck forever on level 3, and cringe everytime we miss.  But we continue to blay until someone wins or has the chutzpah to say “This is boring!”.

But the psychology behind it is fascinating in that rather than having a quitting mentality, the gamer drudges on.  But why go through such boredom and anguish?  If we can get to the psychological root of blaying, maybe we could be a step closer to fighting internet addiction.

So what about you?  Do you blay??

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Fox News Founder, Roger Alies, dies at age 77

Three days after his 77th birthday, Roger Alies died Thursday morning. The cause of death is unknown.

The former chairman of Fox News allegedly suffered a fall 8 days prior at his Florida home. On Wednesday TMZ reported his condition was worsening as he became unconscious and comatose Wednesday night.

His wife released the following statement, “I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning.”  “Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.”

The founding CEO of Fox News Channel resigned last summer in the wake of numerous sexual allegations.

Prior to launching Fox News in 1996, he was an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and helped launch and head CNBC.

This is a developing story.

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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Val Kilmer Credits his Throat Cancer Recovery to Prayer and Love

Image above from the Hollywood Reporter


Earlier in the month Val Kilmer revealed he had been battling throat and possibly tongue cancer. This week he reveals he is in remission and credits the prayers and love from his fans.

The 57 year old actor, well known for his successful roles in Batman and Top Gun, had been hospitalized for a “bleeding of his throat” back in 2015.  He was seen in public later that year with a tracheostomy tube indicating he had throat surgery and/or a need to open his airway. When he made a statement this month revealing his cancer diagnosis, he reported a “healing” of cancer, a term used commonly in Christian Science.

He appears to be in remission and in a statement released this week he states, “I am very grateful for the prayers and good thoughts from around the world.” He continues, “People that know I am a Christian Scientist make the assumption that I have somehow endangered myself. But many many people have been healed by prayer throughout recorded history. And many many people have died by whatever was modern medicine.”

Christian Science embraces and emphasizes the mental component in illness, which can create an illusion of being sick. Christian Scientists believe the illusion and sickness can be overcome by prayer.

Daily Mail posted Val Kilmer’s following statement:



The specifics of Val Kilmer’s treatment for  his throat cancer has not been revealed.  However he did state that multiple doctors did pray for him in the hospital.

This is a developing story.

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

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Mother, Mom or Mommy – are you crushing your mother by using the wrong name?

Let’s face it. Mothers get run through the mill, and not just once, but throughout their whole motherhood.

Pregnancy makes us fat, pimply, undesirable to others and feels like a ton of bricks in our uteri preventing us from taking a decent poop.

Childbirth is one of the most painful and scariest things imaginable, and some of us who miss out on the vaginal tearing may be the “lucky” ones who take home a few episiotomy sutures.

The “Mommy” Years….

Breastfeeding may seem convenient in theory but being beaconed at 1:35 am, 2:48 am, 3:27 am, and/or 4:12 am gets old pretty quick.

Infancy gives mom some nice moments, the ones we fantasized about during pregnancy.  Baby looks up at Mommy with those big blue eyes, connecting and giving a sweet little baby smile….only for it to be gas, followed by spit up or poopy diaper…

By toddler age, the average mother is sleep deprived and becomes paranoid that anything can happen to her baby.  This paranoia and exhaust give rise to a “Mommy face” and she begins to shrill “NO!!!!!” at every move the baby makes.



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But MOM??!!!

Grade school is no walk in the park as the kids leave for school and find new “authorities” and truths in matters you spent years teaching them.  “But my teacher says you’re WRONG” is the first of many emotional blows.

Middle school turns kids into hormonal brats.  That’s all I can say.

High school becomes maternal hell as kids want nothing to do with their parents and beg for their release. You’re told that under your reign which you thought was full of love, guidance and shelter, was instead “torture and imprisonment”.



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Oh Mother!!!!!

Then they leave.  Some go off to college, some get married, some get high.  Either way the mother is left behind feeling alone and unloved.  We look in the mirror and see frown lines, gray hair and droopy breasts.  Not only is our baby gone, but so is our youth.

So what can you do to make it all better for mother?

Well the easiest and cheapest present you can give your mother is to call her by the name she deserves.


Give her an “I love you Mommy” when you hug her and memories of contractions, childbirth, sleep deprivation, back-talking and financial ruin will be erased.  Bring her back to a time when you thought she was a benevolent goddess who ruled yours and Elmo’s world.




“Mom” could cut it but you’ve said it a million times and usually followed by a demand or a “you don’t know what your talking about”.  I’d either transition this one back to “Mommy” or say nicer things to her after you call her “Mom”.



Calling one’s mother “Mother” is pompous, rude, and distant.  “Mother” means she’s related to you biologically and you’re being strictly academic about the relationship.

And don’t act shocked by this.  “Mother” is also apart of the term “Mother-in-law”.  Its a miserable name.  You might as well be calling her Hitler.



First names like “Sue” or “Myra” may be cool to say when you’re an adult but mothers don’t want to be addressed by you the same way her boss or parole officer addresses her.  You’re special and one of very few if not the only one who can call her “Mom” or “Mommy”.  Its a gift and one so unique that why break this nomenclature bond.



My mother Kay….oops I mean “Mommy”


Too hard to do?  Oh come on.  Give Mommy a hug and a kiss and a memory of when she felt loved by one of her favorite people on this earth.  This may win you a day of her not being shrill with you……


My Mommy circa 1971


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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician


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Should Large-Breasted Women have a Reduction to Protect their Health?

Image above from Huffington Post

Having large breasts is not as glorious as one would think.  They cause neck, shoulder and upper back pain, prevent inadequate visualization of one’s feet, increase risk of rashes and chaffing, poor posture, and personally speaking, cause one to incur large expenses when they knock over things in the studio.

Medical studies linking large breasts to health risks include the following:

In 2012, Gayde et al wrote in Breast, “The incidence of breast cancer was also found to be higher in woman with larger breasts in the combined population”.  However, the good news is they found mammogram sensitivity and specificity GREATER for those with larger breasts.

In 2012, Erickson et al identified genetic variants linked to breast size and breast cancer risk.

In 2015, Cakir et al discussed how those women who removed glandular breast tissue during breast reduction/reconstruction were at less risk of breast cancer and mammogram sensitivity increased

In 2017, obesity was linked to an increase in multiple cancers including breast, ovarian, kidney and colon cancer.

And for years obesity, which could be associated with larger breasts, has been linked to an increase risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

US lingerie company Genie created this chart to determine how much a woman’s breast weighed.

  • A-cups weigh 236.3g, the equivalent of two chipmunks
  • B-cups weigh 447.5g, the equivalent of five cockatiels
  • C-cups weigh 531.3g, the equivalent of one newborn polar bear cub
  • D-cups weigh 758.8g, the equivalent of one wigeon duck
  • E-cups weigh 1,006.4g, the equivalent of one Netherland Dwarf rabbit
  • F-cups weigh 1,180g, the equivalent of one three-month-old Persian kitten

The Japanese branch of the company posted these graphics to help conceptualize weight with breast size.



Breast weight, however, is difficult to predict based on size, since some breasts have more density than others.

CBS Boston recently reported many women are choosing to remove their breast implants.  Out of fear of a rare type of cancer, anaplastic large cell lymphoma, some women have opted for “explant” surgery, removing the implant and maintaining a smaller, natural look.

So would reducing one’s natural breast size improve one’s health?

It appears as above the factor of weight is minimal and breast reduction surgery would do little to decrease one’s BMI, or Body Mass Index, used to quantify obesity-related health risks.

Secondly, the internal scarring that is left after surgery could potentially interfere with the sensitivity of mammography as opposed to natural unmolested breast tissue.

Thirdly, breast reduction surgery is not without its risks.

These can include:

Scars, external and internal

Cosmetic deformity


Anesthesia complications


Blood clots

So if one wanted to improve posture, back pain and cosmetic appearance, she would have to weigh the pros and cons.  And for many, breast reduction proves successful and offers the desired results.  However, for a woman at low risk of breast cancer who wishes to reduce the size of her natural breasts to be “healthier”, the data is lacking to recommend such action. Rather consider maintaining a good weight and having regular check ups with your medical provider.


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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician




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Johnny Depp accused of having a “Compulsive Spending Disorder”

Johnny Depp’s former business managers have demanded in a lawsuit that the Pirates of the Caribbean Actor be evaluated for “Compulsive Spending Disorder”.

In March of 2016, Depp fired his management team at TMG (The Management Group) for fraud.  TMG counter-sued accusing the actor of overspending, resulting in his financial troubles.  In a Wall Street Journal interview, the actor was quoted as saying, “It’s my money. If I want to buy 15,000 cotton balls a day, it’s my thing,” prompting TMG to cite the actor as having a “clear and epic” sense of entitlement.

The firm stated, they “did everything possible to protect Depp from his own irresponsible and profligate spending.”   Such spending included tens of millions of dollars to improve his real estate holdings, salaries for his staff, employ sound crews, collect bottles of wine and security fees.    This type of spending could be commonplace for celebrities as well as  investors who hold multiple properties, however the court papers include a demand that Johnny Depp be evaluated for “Compulsive Spending Disorder”.

What is Compulsive Spending Disorder?

A “Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD)” was first described in the early 20th century as a compulsive disorder that left the patient with debt.  Later in the century its classification was debated and eventually included with the personality disorders.

Compulsive buying is known as “oniomania” where one buys impulsively and excessively to the point that it leaves them in financial hardship.  And despite their financial issues they continue to make purchases.  We’ve used the term “shopaholics” to describe those addicted to shopping but compulsive buying connotes the lack sense of financial ruin that can ensue. The spending is an attempt to satisfy a need that never gets fulfilled.


Image above from Shutterstock


Compulsive buying disorder may be seen in those who suffer from mania and bipolar disorder.  During manic episodes excessive spending may occur.  Additionally we may see CBD co-morbidly in those who suffer from eating, gambling, substance use, and mood disorders.

CBD can be treated with therapy as well as medications including SSRI’s, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, efficacious in those with obsessive-compulsive disorder.


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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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Val Kilmer Admits to Battling Cancer

The 57 year old actor, well known for his successful roles in Batman and Top Gun, had repeatedly denied claims of cancer after friend and colleague, Michael Douglas, spilled the beans in an interview last year.  However, this week, in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) Val Kilmer answered a fan’s question about Michael Douglas’s statement saying, “He was probably trying to help me cause press probably asked where I was these days, and I did have a healing of cancer, but my tongue is still swollen altho healing all the time.”

In early 2015, Val Kilmer was allegedly hospitalized for a “bleeding of his throat”.  His rep released a statement saying the actor was being evaluated for a “possible tumor”, but later that month Val Kilmer denied the rep’s statement and told fans on Facebook he had a complication for which he was being treated.


In late 2015 the actor was seen with a tracheostomy tube. These tubes are placed after a tracheotomy, an opening of the windpipe to allow air to get through the lungs, bypassing the throat.  The tube was removed and a month later Val Kilmer posted a picture on Facebook, smiling and looking well.  Again he denied having cancer.


Although not common, The National Cancer Institute estimates 1.1 percent of adults will be diagnosed with pharyngeal cancer within their lifetime.  Erin Moran, the Happy Days actress, recently died from stage 4 throat cancer.  Multiple famous people have battled throat cancer including

Sammy Davis Jr., age 64

Michael Crichton, suspected throat cancer, age 66

President Ulysses S. Grant, suspected throat vs. esophageal cancer, age 63

Bob Denver (Gilligan’s Island), age 70

Carl Perkins, age 75

Throat cancer can involve the base of the tongue, the nasopharyx (connecting to the back of the nose), the oropharynx (throat), the tonsils, and/or the hypopharyx behind the  larynx (voice box).  It is often diagnosed in its later stages since early symptoms mimic common medical complaints such as sore throat, hoarseness or a continual need to clear one’s throat.  These symptoms, if not resolving, should be evaluated for throat cancer as well as any weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, inability to swallow, and/or a change in voice.

Smoking, alcohol, and HPV infection have been linked to causing throat cancer. The earlier its diagnosed, the better the prognosis. It can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.  Michael Douglas states he was treated with chemo and radiation and by 2011 was in remission.  He was very fortunate and early intervention is key.

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician