It’s so much fun when the guests of The Dr. Oz Show sit down and answer the Oz 5. This week, Meredith Vieira and her husband Richard Cohen were brave enough to tackle our questions – and give such sweet responses. From Meredith’s favorite body part to the people she would love to have dinner with, click to see what their answers revealed in this edition of the Oz 5.
If I can do it – you can too; help someone you care about, love even, take a step to getting better from what ails them. In my non-profit life, I founded Artists Helping Artists in an effort to make a difference in the entertainment field to those struggling with addiction and mental illness. Through banging the intervention drum we work to encourage and inspire folks and family members all over the planet to make an invitation to change.That’s just what intervention is – making an invitation to change! Read more »
‘Tis the season to have a hard time taking care of yourself. There is no busier time of the year, for you and for me. My office is filled with over-indulgers and those “afflicted” by the holiday spirit. It can begin at Thanksgiving and last well into the New Year. Too much food, too much drink, too little rest, and too much stress. This is the time of year when many of us voluntarily and deliberately indulge, while simultaneously neglecting our need for exercise, relaxation and sleep. So, what do we do about this holiday quandary? Read more »
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a plan to reduce the use of certain antibiotics in animals raised for meat in an effort to protect the effectiveness of antibiotics for humans.
Antibiotics are frequently added to animals’ food and water supply to speed the animals’ growth rate, even for healthy animals, according to The New York Times. The overuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals has contributed significantly to the increasing threat of antibiotic-resistant organisms, which are estimated to kill 23,000 Americans a year.
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Organic whole milk provides best heart-health benefits, study says: “Scientists who looked at hundreds of samples found that organic whole milk offered more of the fatty acids good for the heart than conventional milk.” The study found that organic milk contains 62% more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk. Organic milk comes from cows that eat at least 30% of their dry food from grass and pasture for at least 120 days out of the year. Conventional farms give cows more grains such as corn. The study, which was published in the journal PLOS One also suggested that whole milk (which contains about 4% fat) has a more heart-healthy balance of fatty acids compared to reduced-fat milk. Skim milk contains no fatty acids. (Los Angeles Times)
Heartburn drugs could cause B12 deficiency: Patients who take common heartburn medications known as proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine 2 receptor antagonists (H2 blockers) are “more likely to suffer from a vitamin B12 deficiency than those who do not use them,” according to a new study. People who took PPIs for two years or longer were 65% more likely to have a vitamin B12 deficiency, especially if they were taking a higher dose. “The risk of deficiency was not has high in patients who used H2 blockers long-term: 4.2%, compared with 3.2% of nonusers.” Vitamin B12 deficiency may lead to anemia, dementia and neurologic damage. Experts said that people should not stop their heartburn medications, but encouraged patients to discuss appropriate dosing with their physicians. (CNN)
Limits of vitamin D supplements: A recent review of 290 prospective observational studies and 172 randomized clinical trials examining the effects of vitamin D on health found that “vitamin D supplements have little or no benefit beyond the low levels required for bone health.” Most of the trials used doses of 800 units of vitamin D or more. While the observational studies often observed an “association” between low vitamin D and increased cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, glucose levels, weight gain, infectious disease and mood problems, the random trials showed “little or no effect of vitamin D supplements on any of these problems.” The authors of the study concluded that “low vitamin D levels are almost surely an effect of these diseases, and not a cause.” (The New York Times)
Talk about an incentive to hit the gym and eat right. Recent research finds that women who have a low risk of cardiovascular disease also tend to look younger than their actual age. (So, when was the last time you had your blood pressure checked?) Read more »
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver vaporized doses of nicotine that may be inhaled. Manufacturers of these electronic cigarettes say that they are a good alternative for smokers who want to avoid inhaling smoke, though evidence shows that some may still contain harmful chemicals. If you currently use or are thinking of using e-cigarettes to help you quit smoking entirely, here’s what I want you to know:
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Ditch the cheesy sauces that are packed with calories and saturated fat that will put your diet down in the dumps. This cheezless sauce is the perfect substitute, providing rich flavor and quality nutrition.
You won’t even miss the fake orange color of common American cheese sauces because the main ingredient, sweet potatoes add a golden-orange splash. Sweet potatoes pack in more than just an orange tint: One medium sweet potato provides over 500% of the daily value for vitamin A and over 25% of the daily value for vitamin C. Vitamin C and vitamin A help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, making sweet potatoes a natural beauty booster! Get the recipe here.
From contaminated supplements to new statin guidelines, 2013 was a big year in health news. Here’s a look back at the most important studies and announcements from each month of 2013. See if you’ve stayed on top of this year’s most surprising health headlines and find some tips to keep you healthy and happy in the year to come.
Berries May Lower Heart Disease Risk: A study based on the diets of over 93,000 women found that eating at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries a week could reduce the risk of heart attack. The women who ate the most berries were 32% less likely to suffer an early heart attack, even compared to women who ate diets high in other fruits and vegetables. The results held true after researchers adjusted for other risk factors like age, family history and smoking. Researchers think dietary flavonoids called anthocyanins may be responsible for the berries’ heart-protecting effects.
Mindfulness Meditation Can Change Brain Waves: Neuroscientists found that mindfulness meditation appears to alter alpha rhythms – brain waves, which may regulate “how the brain processes and filters sensations” like pain or bad memories – in the brain. The practice of mindfulness meditation is centered on being in the present moment by focusing on immediate sensations, emotions and thoughts without judging or reacting to them. Researchers used brain scan technology called magnetoencephalography to show that brain waves changed when people focused on present sensory experience. Researchers suggested that people with chronic pain or mood disorders could potentially benefit from the ability to change their own alpha waves.
Processed Meats Linked to Increased Risk of Death: Eating processed meats such as bacon, hot dogs, salami and bologna was linked to an increased risk of death from cancer and heart disease in a study based on the diets of nearly 500,000 Europeans. These meats are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, which are known contributors to heart disease. They also often contain nitrates, additives that help preserve meat which have been linked to stomach cancer and degenerative diseases like dementia. The researchers believed that 3.3% of the 26,000 deaths that occurred during the study period could have been prevented if participants reduced processed meat consumption to less than 20 grams a day (about one strip of bacon).
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The recent outbreak of meningitis on two college campuses has parents nervous. I often get asked, “If my child got vaccinated are they okay?” The answer unfortunately is not always – this outbreak was a type of meningitis not covered by the vaccine we have in the U.S. But let’s start with the basics first.
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is a serious, sometimes life-threatening infection of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It is one of those very serious diagnoses that if suspected in the ER, we act on quickly – usually with a spinal tap to look at and test the fluid around those membranes and immediate IV antibiotic treatment. Many different types of germs can cause it. One of the most serious bacterial meningitis infections is due to a bacteria called Neisseria meningitides, also called meningococcal meningitis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2009 there were about 2,000-3,000 cases in the U.S., resulting in about 110 deaths. It is an aggressive infection that can be fatal within 24 hours. Other serious forms of a meningococcal infection occur when the bacteria gets into the blood stream and causes sepsis, often with gangrene of extremities. Survivors can have permanent brain damage, deafness and kidney failure and require limb amputations. Read more »