Deciding When to Seek Help for Your Heart

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As a cardiothoracic surgeon, I see people all the time with heart issues. Often I see people after having had a heart attack, but I also sometimes see them before. So often I hear people say that they didn’t realize how much trouble they were in. Even the ones who have had a heart attack may not have know that’s what it was when they were having it. Others didn’t even know their heart was at risk. The hard thing about heart disease is it’s silent and it can sneak up on you if you’re not careful. So this week I want to dedicate the blog to helping you get the information you need to understand your heart health and to figuring out when something really is wrong with your heart. Read more  »

How Taking Care of the Mind Takes Care of Your Heart

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If you’re a regular watcher of the show, you probably know that I’m pretty serious about yoga and meditation. It wasn’t always like that. I loved college and med school, but I wasn’t doing much in those days to lay a solid foundation for my future health. Fortunately, a lot has changed since then and I’ve realized how central mental health is to health of the body overall. I love yoga and meditation because they clear my mind and help me relax, even during the most stressful of times. So why bring this all up? This month is American Heart Month and I want to spend some time over the next month giving you tips you can use to get your heart in better shape. First stop: mental health. Read more  »

What Women Really Think About Their Bodies


On today’s show I chat with Editor-in-Chief Michele Promaulayko of Yahoo! Health on a topic many of my viewers battle frequently: body confidence. Promaulayko’s team found some groundbreaking results on a recent survey they did in order to uncover the truth on what women really think of their bodies. In the team’s research, they found that only one in seven women love their body, more than half of women have negative thoughts toward their body, and on average, women experience 13 negative thoughts about their body each day.

While these statistics may or may not surprise you, here’s some more interesting tidbits I took away from Yahoo! Health’s research: Read more  »

Staying Safe With Snow on the Ground


If you’re living somewhere on the East Coast, you know that we got a lot of snow this past weekend. I was amazed waking up Saturday to see just how much had fallen. I’ve always loved how snow can transform the landscape overnight and it was wonderful to get outside and wander around with my family. With that said, there can be a dark side to big snowfalls. Icy sidewalks and roads and colder than usual can pose a real danger to people trying to get around during the winter months. I want to take a few moments to remind you of the health dangers present during the wintertime so you can keep yourself safe while enjoying the best of what the winter has to offer. Read more  »

8 Ways to Prevents Falls and Fractures

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2016 is off to a great start and I hope you’ve been thinking about how you can improve your health in the New Year. If you haven’t already, check out my new Day-Off Diet, which can help you with your weight-loss resolutions. Today, I want to take on an issue not quite as sexy as weight loss, but arguably just as important and potentially lifesaving as well. Few people think about how a fall could affect their life, yet one in three adults over 65 will fall each year, sometimes with disastrous consequences. Not over 65? Chances are, you have a loved one in this age bracket who might be at risk for a serious injury if they were to fall. Find out more about falls and how to prevent a fall from happening in the first place. Let’s make this year a safer one.


How the New Sharecare App Helps Boost Your Bond With Others

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Think about that moment when you call your spouse or a friend and you hear them say, “hello.” In just that one word you can usually tell how the conversation is going to go simply by the tone of their voice.

That’s because our voice is a mirror of our mind-set and emotions, and changes in brain activity and emotional states tend to manifest faster in our voices than anywhere else in the body. When we speak, our conversations focus on the “what” and the “how.” The “what” is typically why you’re talking in the first place. The “how” is a reflection of how your current attitude and mind-set is. This “how” determines how the information you’re relaying (as well as yourself) are being received by others. Think about when you ask your spouse to take the trash out. It’s likely that the first time you ask, your attitude is much lighter than the third time you have to nudge them. That’s why with Sharecare’s new voice analysis app, looking at the results of your voice analysis is similar to taking an emotional selfie, serving as a checkpoint to how you’re really feeling. Read more  »

What You Can Learn From Charlie Sheen’s Story

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This week, I talk to my friend Charlie Sheen for two very important shows. You may remember that Charlie recently announced that he had been diagnosed with HIV about four years ago. According to him and his doctor, he has been getting treatment and has an undetectable viral load, which means that using standard technology, particles of the HIV virus cannot be detected in his blood. This is the goal when treating HIV, as it gives those diagnosed an almost normal life and life expectancy.

Watch: A Look At What’s New in HIV Treatment

But Charlie is also battling substance abuse along with his fight against HIV. Since his case is so complicated, I wanted to take some time to talk about each of these diseases, as well as provide some resources for those who are suffering or have a loved one suffering from one or both of these diseases for more support. Read more  »

4 Things to Know About the New Federal Dietary Guidelines


The federal government has released its new dietary guidelines, the official recommendations that influence everything from what goes into school lunches to suggestions on the best way to feed your family. This time, they’re focusing less on individual foods and more on eating a varied, well-balanced diet overall.

Here are four things you need to know. Read more  »

In the New Year, It’s All About the Day Off



Happy New Year! I can’t believe 2016 has come so fast, but I had a great vacation with my family and I’m back and ready to get started on a new year with you. As always, we’ve been looking for brand-new ways to make you healthier here on The Dr. Oz Show. For me, that has meant constantly meeting with people both on- and off-camera who are redefining what it means to be in good health. I’m really excited to share one of the projects I’ve been working on for the last three years with these experts. It’s called the Day-Off Diet, and I think it’s going to transform the way you lose weight and your ability to stay on track to meet your health goals. Let me walk you through some of the features of this diet that I think are really exciting.


Happy Holidays and Have a Wonderful New Year!


Today’s blog will be a short one, but I wanted to take a moment to wish you well in this holiday season. We’ve had quite the year together, and I hope you’ve found 2015 as fulfilling as I have. We’ve done our best here on the show to help you take your health to the next level, and we’re proud of what we’ve helped you accomplish. But I’m also never satisfied with the job I do for you. Medicine and health care are constantly evolving, which means we also have to keep you informed of what’s new and important for your well-being.