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  »

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

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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  »

5 Ways to Feel More Calm Throughout the Day

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From an early age, stress has been indoctrinated into our daily lives. We have all been programmed to expect and accept it, starting from school stress at an early age to the chores of adulthood, traffic, work, and every other aspect of our lives. We often feel stretched to the limits on most days about seemingly mundane things. Think this is harmless? Think again! Stress can cause more than tight knots in your shoulders; it has been linked to many illnesses and even some chronic diseases.

Stress can cause physical symptoms and lead to fatigue, headaches, insomnia, and elevated blood pressure. Long-term effects have been implicated in obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Try these five simple ways to stress less and reduce its impact on your health today: Read more  »

Why Experts Say You Can’t Spread HIV When You’re on Meds

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When Charlie Sheen told the world he had HIV in November of 2015 it turned out to be a major moment for public health. In fact, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Charlie’s announcement was among the top 1 percent of historic HIV-related media events and led to millions of people seeking out information on HIV and its prevention.

Despite that, we have found that there is still a lot of misunderstanding out there about what it means to be HIV-positive today.

Last week a headline in the New York Post proclaimed “Charlie Was Right.” The article was referring to statements he and his doctor made on our show and elsewhere when they claimed that it was impossible, or at least almost impossible, for Charlie to infect anyone else with the HIV virus. For people not keeping up with where HIV treatment is today—that statement was shocking. It’s also hard to understand without some additional context, so back in November we wrote about it to help explain how this could be. Read more  »

4 Tips to Run Smarter This Summer

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For many of us, summer is a time to increase our physical outdoor activity. Recently, I was approached by a group of health editors on the topic of foot “heaviness” as a common complaint amongst women who are boosting their exercise and running routines. Here are some of my thoughts on how to keep you moving, and to stay light on your feet this summer! Read more  »

Dietary Fats: The Shift in Expert Recommendations

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Written by Russ Barton, MS, CNS, CISSN, Senior Nutrition Scientist at USANA

Sponsored by USANA Health Sciences

Science has come a long way since the simplistic admonition in the 1980s for Americans to eat less fat.

It has taken nearly 30 years to officially reverse some recommendations about cholesterol and fat intake, even with relatively strong evidence that the recommendations were not based on current scientific evidence. Also, contrary to our thought process in the 1980s, it isn’t as simple as “saturated fats are bad” and “unsaturated fats are good.”

It was that exact overly simplistic thinking that resulted in the near extinction of tropical oils from the food supply and the explosion of hydrogenated vegetable oils (think trans-fat). The truth of the matter is that not all polyunsaturated fats are healthy, nor are all saturated fats unhealthy. Read more  »

4 Steps to Practice Safe Sun

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The summer is in full swing, and now is the time to take advantage of the nice weather by getting outside. And you should — it’s good for you! Studies show people are more active and less prone to depression in the summer months. But it’s important to keep in mind a few helpful tips to get the most out of your summer fun, without compromising your skin health. Scientific studies show definitively that ultraviolet rays (UVL) from the sun can cause skin cancer and accelerate the skin aging. However, there are many steps that can be taken to have fun in the sun while protecting your skin at the same time. From a dermatologist’s perspective, here are a few important guidelines to help you and your family stay safe in the sun throughout the summer (and beyond). Read more  »

An Easy Trick to Move More This Summer

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Summer can be an extremely exciting time for all of us, school is out and it’s finally time for family vacations and weekend getaways. We can’t wait to explore new horizons and enjoy ourselves. But what happens to our workout routine when we take a break from it all? Because let’s face it, exercise usually gets left behind. What if there was a way to sneak in your workout no matter where you go without paying gym fees or lug any equipment with you in your suitcase? There is! Let me introduce you to the Summer Elevator Busters Challenge! Read more  »

Picky About Protein?

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Written by Toni McKinnon

Sponsored by USANA Health Sciences

We’ve become very picky eaters when it comes to the sources of the foods we eat, and the food industry has taken notice. Take protein, for example. We want to know where it comes from, and precisely what’s in it. Luckily for us, there are now a wide variety of pure protein sources available to meet the demands of even the most finicky protein consumers.

Whey protein can now be sourced from cattle that have not been treated with synthetic hormones (no added rbST or rBGH) and processed using low-temperature pasteurization to minimize denaturing of the protein. High-quality soy protein can be sourced from plants that are not genetically engineered. There are even unique protein blends that can provide complete protein (a protein is considered complete when it contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids that humans cannot produce on their own). One such unique blend utilizes both pea and potato protein. Both are exceptional sources of amino acids and when combined, provide an excellent pure protein source. Read more  »

How to Check Out Online Pharmacies Before You Buy From Them

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Elisabeth is a 13-time Emmy-winner, a critically acclaimed personal finance author and a 20-year consumer advocate for programs such as Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show. Connect with her on Twitter @ElisabethLeamy and on her website, Leamy.com.

When The Dr. Oz Show asked me to investigate how Americans could get their prescription medications — including increasingly pricy generics — for less, I suggested an experiment where we shopped around at all sorts of different pharmacies and priced common medications to see the differences in price.

The results were jaw dropping. A 30-day supply of one common medication ranged in price from $10.50 to $150! A month’s supply of another went all the way from $14 to $434! Read more  »