• The Doctor Is In: Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Dr. Sonny Saggar with STL Health Works joined us in the KPLR studio to talk about Talking Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. DMDD occurs in children and adolescents. The mental disorder is characterized by a persistently irritable or angry mood. Those who suffer have frequent temper outbursts that are disproportionate more severe than a typical reaction of peers in their age group. Dr. Saggar explains.

  • The Doctor Is In – Benefits of planking

    Body weight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape by using your own body. Planks are one form of body weight exercises that will probably never go out of style. Dr. Sonny Saggar, an internist and emergency care physician, visits KPLR 11 News at Noon to explain the benefits of planking and what body parts the plank targets.  

  • Do you need to floss? Don’t give up on it yet

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Associated Press looked at data from 25 studies conducted over the past decade. The studies compared the use of a toothbrush alone with combined use of a toothbrush and floss. Those studies concluded that the evidence for flossing is weak, very unreliable and carries, “a moderate to large potential for bias.” One review went even further, saying that the, “Majority of available studies fail to demonstrate that flossing is generally effective in plaque removal.” […]

  • Doctor Sonny Saggar discusses the impact of thyroid disease

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Dr. Sonny Saggar, is here to discuss this often under diagnosed, but easily treated problem. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the center of your neck that sends certain hormones around the body. It`s the `master gland of metabolism`. 1 in 8 women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime, so many doctors routinely screen for thyroid disease in their female patient. With an overactive thyroid,  you can get symptoms such as:  Weight loss, […]

  • The Doctor Is In – Mosquito repellant

    Dr. Sonny Saggar visits KPLR 11 News at Noon to give us the 411 on mosquito repellants and answers the following questions on the subject: 1. Why do we need mosquito repellants? 2. What’s the best active ingredient to use? 3. How strong should your repellent be? 4. What about natural or homemade repellents? 5. What’s better: spray or lotion? 6. How can we guard against both the sun and bugs at the same time? 7. Is it safe to […]

  • Alderwoman Cara Spencer and Dr. Sonny Saggar support ‘Overdose Prevention Ordinance’

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The United States is in the midst of an opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. Opioids (including prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin) killed more than 28,000 people in 2014, more than any year on record. At least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid from a doctor, as opposed to those obtained illegally from a dealer. Dr. Sonny Saggar and Alderwoman Cara Spencer are supporting new Overdose Prevention Ordinance. The legislation may grant […]

  • The Doctor Is In – Are vitamins and supplements really necessary?

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Multi-vitamins and mineral supplement sales are an $11 billion a year business in the United States. But do they really work? Do they prevent cancer or heart disease like some of them seem to claim? What do scientists think? Do they warn against using some of these supplements? Dr. Sonny Saggar visits KPLR 11 News at Noon to tell us what we need to know before popping those pills.

  • The Doctor Is In – Raising Awareness of ‘cyberchondria’

    Could our habit of searching for an online diagnosis at the first sign of pain or fever actually be a health issue of its own? At the first sign of a headache, do you think brain tumor? Or that a rash could maybe be measles? Do you find yourself consulting ‘Dr. Google’ more than an actual physician? If so, then there’s a chance that your real diagnosis is something called cyberchondria. Dr. Sonny Saggar visits KPLR 11 News at Noon […]

  • Doctor Is In – Berries can have specific benefits to men

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – In a new, 10-year study of more than 25,000 men, those who ate at least three servings a week of blueberries and citrus fruits were reported to have a nearly 20 percent lower risk of erectile dysfunction, compared to those who ate the smallest amounts or none at all. What’s the theory behind this?? Dr. Sonny Saggar, an urgent care physician and also an internist, visits KPLR 11 News at Noon to explain what makes berries […]

  • The Doctor Is In – How meditation can improve your health

    Dr. Sonny Saggar, an emergency and urgent care physician, visits KPLR 11 News at Noon to discuss how meditation can help with one’s mental and physical well-being.  

  • Using a ‘Dry Month’ to lose weight, improve health and save money

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Dr. Sonny Saggar is asking everyone in St. Louis to try a “dry month.” He says that regular people who drink just occasionally or even a couple of drinks a day, should consider going on an alcoholic fast for one month. Saggar says there are many benefits to cutting back on regular alcohol consumption. It`s just a way of slamming on the brakes for those people who aren`t actually alcoholics. Call it a cleanse. The […]

  • The Doctor Is In – Ways to tackle obesity

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – One in four Americans are trying to shed some serious pounds. But exploring the world of weight loss programs can be tricky. Digital and print ads bombard us with claims promising success and messages that sound too good to be true, leaving people scratching their heads. So how do you find a healthy program that works? KPLR 11’s own Dr. Sonny Saggar tries to make sense of all the different options.