Written by Arthur W. Perry, MD, FACS
Organic may be the most bastardized word in the English language.
Organic chemicals are supposed to be carbon-based, according to their strict definition. Somewhere along the line (actually more than 100 years ago), the term became associated with edible products that did not contain toxins, such as pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotics. While the definition was not particularly good, the concept was a welcomed one. And over the last two decades, the “organic food” industry has steadily grown. Read more »
Many Americans struggle with sleep problems. The current clinical mind-set, among sleep specialists, is that about a third of the population has insomnia at any given time, with 10 percent of that being chronic.
It is amazing how many people have issues with sleep. I was excited to work with Tia and Dr. Oz on today’s show to teach everyone what CBT is and how it can be so very helpful. Despite its status as the most common sleep disorder among adults in the U.S., many people who suffer from insomnia aren’t receiving treatment. Treatment for insomnia isn’t always—or even often—made accessible and affordable by insurers and health-care organizations, or addressed actively by physicians.
Many people with symptoms of insomnia—whether they recognize them as such or not—take a go-it-alone approach to managing their sleep problems. They attempt to treat their sleep issues themselves, relying on over-the-counter sleep aids and supplements, or using alcohol—mistakenly—as a sleep aid. Read more »
Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, you are definitely not alone. Insomnia is an epidemic and in our survey of more than 1,000 women this summer, we discovered that 42 percent of them sleep less than six hours per night. That’s a big problem, because the average adult needs around seven or eight hours for a good night’s rest. We all know that sleep is important for our mood and our productivity, but it’s also important for the health of our brains, hearts, and even skin. Read more »
Although it goes by many names: the wattle, turkey-gobbler, tech-neck, or the ultimate selfie-killer, a double chin or submental fullness is one of the most common complaints I hear in the office. And with social media and the rise of a photo-obsessed world, the numbers of patients seeking treatment is rising. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 67 percent of people said they are bothered by fat under their chin. A double chin can be caused by genetics, aging, or weight gain. Even with diet and exercise, sometimes the unwanted fat and extra skin doesn’t go away and can make people look heavier and appear older than they actually are. Until recently, liposuction was the only option available to reduce a double chin. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that requires an incision and recovery. The good news: now there are multiple ways to treat submental fullness without surgery or a prolonged recovery process. Read more »
Yesterday Ben Stiller announced to the world that at the age of 48 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His doctor first started testing him about two years earlier and when he saw his PSA levels rise, Ben had a surgery to remove the cancer. Since then he says, he has been cancer free. In a blog post he credited the PSA test as saving his life. This revelation has brought questions about the utility of a PSA test for screening back into the public spotlight once again. So here is what you may be asking and what you need to know. Read more »
Written by Art Markman, PhD
Television is inspiring because it brings you into contact with the extraordinary. You get to watch stories and dramas that tell us about heroes and villains. You get travel the world without leaving your own home. You get to come in contact with experts like Dr. Oz, who bring their knowledge and skills into your living room.
As fascinating as these stories can be, it is hard not to compare your own life to what you see on screen. But, the people you see on TV are selected because they are extreme. As a result, it can be hard to figure out what is normal.
If you have ever wondered whether you are normal, we are here to help. I am Art Markman, PhD, a member of The Dr. Oz Show medical advisory board. My colleague Bob Duke and I have a radio show and podcast called Two Guys on Your Head that focuses on everyday psychology. How do you think? How does your memory change as you get older? Are kitten videos on the Internet bad for you?
Today, we are launching a new book called Brain Briefs: Answers to the Most (and Least) Pressing Questions About Your Mind. This book explores 40 questions that you have probably had about the way you think, act, and interact with other people. It is focused on helping to answer that nagging question, “Am I normal?” We answer that question with a combination of humor and science. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »