Sharecare Top 5: Fight Fatigue from PsA, Recover from Embarrassing Body Incidents at Work, and How Stress Affects Sex


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This week on Sharecare we’re giving you quick tips to help you manage your weight, offering ways to cope with exhaustion from psoriatic arthritis and helping you bounce back from embarrassing moments at the office and the gym.

1. Even the most dedicated exercise fiend has embarrassed him or herself while working out. Learn how to survive humiliating gym moments and prevent future mishaps.

2. With the hustle and bustle of everyday activities, it can be easy to forget things — especially how much you’re eating. Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen offer simple recall tools that can help put you back on track to achieving a healthy weight.

3. Psoriatic arthritis sufferers know that the condition can be painful — and exhausting. And while there’s no proven treatment for this fatigue, try these five tips that can put some pep in your step.

4. An average workday can turn into a nightmare if your body seems to turn against you. Whether it’s flaming bad breath or the sudden urge to pass gas in a meeting, find ways to deal with awkward body blunders and keep your reputation intact.

5. Are you overwhelmed? Too much stress doesn’t just impact your mood — it can also lead to a bad time in the bedroom. Watch this video to learn how it can affect sexual performance and desire.

Uniting to Face Addiction

The storm blared onto the news on Thursday with the fury of a thousands suns… All hell was breaking loose and the East Coast was starting to panic as Hurricane Joaquin tore through the Bahamas. But by Sunday I was looking out on a crowd of thousands peacefully singing their anthem of recovery and smiling.


“This is the day When the Truth will shine… On broken chains we found peace of mind.”

Their lives too had been a raging hurricane. They had gathered on the national mall in the first event of its kind to celebrate the storm’s passing both literally and metaphorically. A hurricane had raged and pass through the ocean, much like their personal journey to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Before the day started I walked the grounds and talked to dozens of people. Some of the best musical talent in the world was here but this was not the vibe of a major rock concert. Most had on t-shirts on with pictures of loved ones they had lost. They held signs with portraits of their children, their siblings. I would look at someone and before we spoke I knew they needed a hug. They would tell me their stories of how their son, daughter, brother, sister, and friends had been lost to a drug overdose. I was floored at the sheer volume of portraits. I was frozen by the collective mourning.

But my sadness at their stories was also tempered by the joy in other faces as smiling people shared their personal stories of recovery. Person after person would tell me they were in long term recovery from addiction and were proud to stand with the thousands to end the silence that surrounds this fatal disease. It took an event like to today to start this national conversation, and it couldn’t have come at a more crucial time.


Soon it was time to take the stage and launch in to the anthem that was written for the day. I spoke with the crowd and welcomed them, telling them how flattered and humbled I was to be in their company on such a special day at such a seminal turning point. I then turned and gave the stage to legendary composer Paul Williams who had written songs for everyone from the Carpenters to Barbara Streisand to Daft Punk. His classic song “Rainy Days and Mondays” is a poetic take on the depression and melancholy that takes root in out lives and wrecked havoc in his. His own personal battle with alcoholism had led him through despair, desperation but then 24 years of joyous sobriety which he stood sharing through song with the audience.



The faces backstage and on stage were a who’s who of pop culture and our country’s leadership. Steven Tyler stood with me and we danced to Joe Walsh as he sang “Life’s Been Good,” his humorous take on the excesses of fame and active addiction. But he also sang his song “One Day At A time,” which was one of the first songs he wrote after finding sobriety. He told me afterwards that once he found sobriety 20 years ago, he struggled through writer’s block and then this song emerged. That phrase is borrowed from the language of 12 step and has been a mantra for those living a life of sobriety. Walsh sang it loud and proud and the entire crowd sang along with him. It was a privilege to be part of it.



The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy was also there. Normally its unusual to see a White House official member joking with a member of Aerosmith, but this day was a coupling of pop stars, government leadership and average people who have formed a cooperative trifecta – the first organized national response to addiction in this country’s history. The Surgeon General commissioned the first ever Surgeon General’s report on alcoholism and addiction from the stage. This wasn’t a policy speech in Congress; this wasn’t a press release; this was the populist way that history is made.

The reason is obvious when you see the hundreds of portraits scroll on the jumbotron – overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in people under 50 surpassing traffic accidents. 24 million people are in the acute chronic stages of this fatal disease and desperately need help. There is help available and treatments work. The thousands singing along to the anthem are proof – so are the 20 million people in recovery in this country. We must bridge this gap between suffering and salvation. We must celebrate those that have found recovery so those suffering and their loved ones know good treatment is available and works. We must end the silence.



American Wines High in Arsenic, Unlikely to Have Health Consequences


You’ve probably heard about arsenic making its way into food like rice, apple juice, or seafood, but it turns out wine can have high levels too. A new study published this week has methodically looked at the arsenic content of a variety of wines from locations around the country to see how they stack up region by region. In spite of confirming high levels of arsenic in some wines, the authors are cautious to note that the chances of that arsenic level having a real health effect is actually pretty low. Read more  »

5 Easy Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Veggies

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Our moms and grandmothers were right about making us eat our vegetables! We all know they are a major part of a healthy and well-balanced diet. They offer vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants that our bodies need to function.

But with our busy schedules and sometimes grabbing whatever we can find at the time, incorporating five servings of veggies into our diet can often seem like a daunting task.

Try these quick tips to get your veggies in on a daily basis and never worry about eating healthy again! Warning: This may appear too easy, and your friends and family may become envious of you. Simply tell them to transform their green jealously into a quick and easy green smoothie and join the very easy veggie club! Read more  »

Today’s Headlines: The Risk of Smoking While Pregnant, Olive Oil as a Preventative Measure for Heart Disease, and Sleeping More Leads to a Better Diet and Weight Loss

If you have asthma, it may be because your grandmother smoked while she was pregnant. A new Swedish study has been able to draw a link between smoking during pregnancy and asthma. “…children whose maternal grandmothers smoked were up to 22 percent more likely to have asthma, even if their mothers never took up the habit…The researchers say the inheritance of risk could help explain why there has been a steep rise in asthma cases over the last 50 years, even though smoking rates have declined.” While the asthma inheritance has not been discovered through the paternal line yet, researchers are looking for links and other diseases and conditions that could have been genetically passed down through generations of pregnancy. (Fox)

Adding more olive oil to your diet while subtracting butter and other high-fat products may decrease your risk for heart disease. Studies have shown that the healthy fats in olive oil may be much more beneficial to your health than the saturated fats found in many food products such as cheese and butter. “Swapping just 5 percent of the calories from saturated fat found in dairy, lard or red meat to an equivalent amount of food rich in polyunsaturated fats such as soybean oil, sunflower oil, walnuts or fish lowers the risk of heart disease by 25 percent…Substituting a monounsaturated fat such as olive oil or peanut oil for those saturated fats lowers the risk by 15 percent…” However the study participants that decreased their saturated fat consumption seemed to supplement the change by eating foods high in bad carbs, starches, and sugars, leading the study to recommend that cardiologists, “‘should encourage the consumption of unsaturated fats like vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds, as well as healthy carbohydrates such as whole grains…”’ when their patients are starting a new saturated fat-free diet. (NBC)

The time of day you eat, the amount of hours you eat, and how much sleep you get may be deciding factors in weight loss. A new study found that there could be a link between quality of sleep and the quality of your diet and weight loss habits. “The trouble with eating or drinking over a longer stretch of waking hours and consuming more calories at night is that, ‘“it confuses our body’s biological clock and predisposes us to obesity, diabetes, fatty liver disease, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease…’” They asked eight overweight people who tended to eat over more than 14 hours of the day to cut back to 10 to 11 hours. After 16 weeks, these people lost about 3.5 percent of their excess body weight and reported sleeping better.” The study was too small to be definite and conclusive on the subject matter of sleep leading to eating less. (Reuters)

Study Better Defines Shopping Addiction and Those Most Affected

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With the advent of online shopping, it’s become easier than ever to fulfill your craving for a new pair of shoes or the latest gadget to hit the market. But this added convenience has become a major problem for some. Online shopping has lowered the barrier for shopaholics, who now don’t have to leave the comfort of their couch to make a purchase and can fulfill their spending desires at any hour of the day. New research published this week has found out who’s most likely to suffer from shopping addiction and has come up with a scale that can help you determine whether you might be in trouble. Read more  »

Breaking Down Your Barriers to Heart Health


The heart is a beautiful organ. Even after having seen thousands of hearts in the operating room, it still takes my breath away to see one beating in front of me, pumping life-giving blood to all of the organs of the body. The job of the heart is so seemingly simple and yet the intricate workings of doing that job are so complex. As heart disease has grown to be the biggest killer around the world, physicians like myself who deal with the heart have witnessed the many ways disease can ravage the carefully tuned mechanisms that keep the heart beating. This week we celebrated World Heart Day, and I want to spend a few minutes talking about ways to overcome some of the daily barriers preventing you from keeping this wonderful and important organ healthy. Read more  »

Today’s Headlines: Possible Solutions for Weight Gain, Stress, and Cancer

You may be more successful at weight loss if you stop thinking about your weight. Studies have shown that thinking about your weight does not lead to weight loss but rather weight gain. “U.K.-based researchers found that those who believed themselves to be overweight were more likely to gain weight…In two of the three datasets, about 40 percent of people believed they were overweight, and they gained nearly one point more of body mass index (BMI) (a person’s weight-to-height ratio) than those who didn’t see themselves as overweight.” The researchers suggested that if you stop focusing on your weight and instead focus on things that you believe you have more control over, such as diet and exercise, you may be able to make a more positive weight change in your life. (Sharecare)

Washing the dishes may be the key to relieving your stress. While washing the dishes can seem like a chore to some, a new study suggests that it could be therapeutic. “Washing the dishes may be a convenient detox for overwrought minds, a study in the journal Mindfulness suggests. The study found that washing dishes mindfully—focusing on the smell of the soap, and the shape and feel of the dishes, for example—significantly reduced nervousness and increased mental stimulation in dishwashers compared with a control group.” Feelings of stress decreased 27 percent in those that practiced mindful washing. (WSJ)

Increasing exercise activity in your life may help you recover from cancer quicker. A recent analysis of over 70 research studies has shown that cancer patients can lower their risk of death by participating in some sort of physical activity throughout the week. “When they pooled these results, people in the general population who got at least two and half hours of moderate activity like brisk walking, per week, were 13 percent less likely to die from cancer than those with the lowest activity levels.” Types of exercise that could be the most effective were not identified in the studies. (Fox)