How Proper Nutrition Speaks to Your Body

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Written by Dr. Kevin Spelman, executive vice president for USANA’s department of research and development 

Throughout a lifetime, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a typical human will eat about a ton of food a year. That translates to somewhere between 60 to 100 tons of food in a lifetime. And every bite you consume is feeding your cells information — or misinformation — that can affect your overall health.  Read more  »

Analyzing the Presidential Debate: What the Candidates’ Voices Said That They Didn’t

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Co-written by Erik Feingold, chief innovation officer of Sharecare

The presidential election is only two months away and the race continues to heat up. More than 80 million people watched Monday night’s debate, more than any debate in television history. While there has been significant analysis of what both candidates said, what it meant, and how accurate it was, there has been little discussion of the way they said it.   Read more  »

What the Doctors Who Did the First Penis Transplant Are Going to Do Next


On today’s show, for the first time ever on TV, the first American to have a penis transplant and his lead surgeons came together to discuss this revolutionary procedure. Thomas Manning had the operation in May of 2016 at Massachusetts General Hospital and what has surprised his doctors, Dr. Curtis Cetrulo, a plastic surgeon, and Dr. Dicken Ko, a urologist, the most is not how successful the procedure seems to be, but how open to talking about it Mr. Manning has been. Today’s show was no exception. When Mr. Manning sat down with Dr. Oz he was clearly nervous but also brutally honest about what his life has been like since he lost his penis to cancer in 2012 and how he thinks the transplant will change his life.

While Mr. Manning is the first man in the U.S. to get a penis transplant, his openness may help change the world for many other men who have been suffering in silence. There are actually thousands of men walking around with the “hidden disease” of genital amputation. In fact, each year there are about 2,000 men diagnosed, like Mr. Manning, with penile cancer, and from 2001 to 2013, 1,367 U.S. servicemen in the Middle East suffered a genital injury. Read more  »

Today’s Headlines: Falls Are Leading Cause of Death Among Older Americans, States Team Up To Fight Drug Company That Sabotaged Heroin Treatment, and Bad News for Those Who Swear By Fitness Trackers

A report published by the CDC on Thursday shows that falls are the top cause of death among Americans over 65. These fatal falls might be on the rise because older Americans are unlikely to report preceding, nonfatal falls that result in serious injury. “’Elderly patients tend to not report falls to their families, or even doctors. A fall is a very frightening thing that you keep quiet about. They think if they mention it that it’ll start the ball rolling – the move to a nursing home, or the need for aides to help out in the house – and that they’ll lose their independence,’ said Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein, the director of geriatric education at Northwell Health in Great Neck, New York.” Doctors emphasize that these falls are preventable. They urge those over 65 to visit their health care providers, who’ll be able to screen for low blood pressure and dizziness. Doctors also suggest that older Americans get enough vitamin D, which contributes to healthier bones, muscles, and nerves. (CBS)

35 U.S. states and the District of Columbia are suing Indivior, a British pharmaceutical company, which allegedly tried to keep generic, more affordable reproductions of Suboxone unavailable. Suboxone has been heralded as an effective medication for those addicted to heroin. Kamala Harris, California’s Attorney General, strongly criticized such harmful practices: “When prescription drug companies unlawfully manipulate the marketplace to maximize profits, they put lives at risk and drive up the cost of health care for everyone,” she said. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has warned that the U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. In 2014, according to the HHS website, “more than 15,000 people died from heroin.” The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has called on doctors and health care providers to join the fight against addiction. (FOX)

A new study published in JAMA suggests that those who depend on fitness trackers do not have a greater chance of achieving their diet and exercise goals. Research subjects were divided into two groups—both were instructed to diet and exercise more, but only one group was given fitness trackers. Over the course of two years, those who used fitness trackers were no better off; in fact, they lost, on average, less weight than the other group. Dr. John Jakicic, who led the study, speculated that having clear information about increased exercise might cause an individual to indulge in unhealthy snacks: “You might think to yourself, ‘I’m being so active I can eat a cupcake now,’” he said. Manufactures note that such technology has since advanced. In future studies, researchers hope to find out if certain people—people who are goal-driven, for example—are more likely to benefit from fitness devices. (BBC)

3 Clothing Items That Can Hurt Your Health

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“Kill me, but make me beautiful,” I remember my great-aunt telling me, as she recalled her days of wearing a corset. I laughed at these stories, as I sat in my Umbros and T-shirt; how crazy were women to deal with such discomfort for fashion?! Fast-forward a [cough] few years we’re all wearing the modern day version: sky-high heels and Spanx.

As an ER doctor, I’ve treated women for countless “fashion emergencies.” The reality is; women still wear items that aren’t only uncomfortable, but can actually harm our bodies, too.

So, what can women do to stay safe without ditching their favorite fashions? Luckily, it is possible to look just as beautiful, without the “kill me” part. Read more  »

7 Experts Share Their Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life

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Today The Dr. Oz Show was excited to host a conference on longevity sponsored by USANA Health Sciences. An amazing group of speakers shared their unique insights into how to live the longest and best quality life possible; including visionary Arianna Huffington, Olympian Alev Kelter, sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus, and chef Marcus Samuelson. Each of our guests shared tips from their own experiences to help all of us live our best lives. Read more  »

Behind the Scenes: Dr. Oz’s Food Stylist Spills

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Food stylist and chef Ulli Stachl talks about what it’s like to work for The Dr. Oz Show. In a candid interview she reveals how much work goes into prepping food for television, her favorite foods to cook and style, and even the things she’s made for Dr. Oz himself.

Q: How do you prep for a big show with a lot of recipes? 
First I get a look at the prop sheets with recipes or recipe requests and a suggested layout by the producer. Then, I start writing shopping lists to figure out my priorities in terms of what foods can be prepared ahead of time, what has to be done last minute, where I can find some of the unusual ingredients, and how to transport the food to preserve the look and taste.

Some of the ingredients for the recipes I can order online and others I just go to the grocery store for. Once all the ingredients are in my apartment I have a battle with my fridge for storage space: my family knows during show prep that the fridge is off limits!

Through my years of food styling I have learned that the recipes you have to work with often don’t work on the first try. So it’s essential that I test them out and adjust them until they do work. This process can be very time consuming and stressful, but it’s important to make sure I am presenting the viewers with recipes that work.

I do most of the prep work in my tiny New York City kitchen, since I usually only have very limited time to assemble everything once I arrive at the studio—The Dr. Oz Show starts rehearsal for the morning show at 8:15 a.m. and I have access to the studio and my “kitchen” (which is really just an electric hot plate) by 7:00 a.m., so it is always a time crunch. I can proudly say that, despite all morning rush, in my 17-year career of food styling I have never delayed a single segment or show. Read more  »

Today’s Headlines: Long Naps Might Indicate Risk for Diabetes, Drug Researchers To Face Stronger Regulations, and Older Americans Not Getting Enough Exercise

In a presentation at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes this week, researchers argued that those who take long naps are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes (which is often referred to as a lifestyle-related disease). The researchers reviewed 21 studies, which involved more than 300,000 people in total. “Their research found there was a link between long daytime naps of more than 60 minutes and a 45% increased risk of type-2 diabetes, compared with no daytime napping – but there was no link with naps of less than 40 minutes.” Researchers have yet to distinguish whether long naps are a cause or symptom of type 2 diabetes. (BBC)

Soon, drug companies and researchers will be required to reveal negative clinical findings. Government agencies announced the change in policy as a measure to ensure that all data, positive and negative, is released. “The rules will apply to most studies of drugs, biological products and medical devices regulated by the FDA. In addition, scientists conducting NIH-funded behavioral studies and phase 1 clinical trials – where a new drug or treatment is given to a small group of people for the first time to evaluate safety, safe dose range and side effects – will also now have to share information.” The agencies responsible for ensuring that researchers comply with the new policy intend to build a substantial online database for the public—the database will be housed at, which currently lacks important information about clinical trials because of existing regulation policies. (CBS)

In a new study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers suggest that up to 31 million Americans over the age of 50 lead sedentary lives. Researchers reached this estimate by analyzing surveillance data. “Other findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study are that geographically, people in the South were the least active—39% of adults in Arkansas were inactive, more than in any other state—followed by the Midwest. People in the West were the least inactive.” If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, incorporate light movement into your daily routine and build up more physical activity as your body adjusts. Get started with the beginner-friendly No Excuses: Workout Series. (Time)

What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease

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Think you know Lyme disease? You’ve probably heard of Lyme disease, but if you’re like most people, you don’t really know what it is. You know that you don’t want to contract it and that the infection can be long-term—but do you know the symptoms?

Lyme disease is a condition fraught with misconceptions because it can have so many symptoms, which might not show up for months or even years. Read on to learn more about Lyme disease and how you can avoid it.   Read more  »