The Many Benefits of Omega-3s


Written by Brian Dixon, PhD

No nutritional program is complete without a high-quality source of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

Fats are an essential part of our diet. However, we should limit unhealthy fat intake and encourage consumption of healthy fats. Saturated fats found in meat, milk, and cheese help to promote the formation of artery-clogging fatty deposits. The trans-fatty acids (found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils) are even more harmful to our health. Monounsaturated fats found in vegetable oils do not promote arterial fat deposits and polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as the omega-3 fatty acids, are the most beneficial to overall health. Read more  »

How Diet Plays a Role in Disease Prevention


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This morning, Dr. Oz visited the Today Show to talk about an important new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by researchers at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition. Scientists looked at data regarding what Americans eat and what they die from and found a clear relationship between certain foods and the risk of disease. The researchers discovered that they could attribute almost half (45%) of the more than 700,000 deaths from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes to just 10 dietary factors.


My Father is the Happy Face Killer


Rejection and Self Love

I am the daughter of a serial killer.

My suffering and self-inflicted guilt and shame went beyond my father’s name in national news, his creepy smiley faces left on letters to the detectives who were looking for the crazed murderer. They would find out later all of it was unmotivated by money, greed, jealousy, or passion. All murder is senseless, but without any motive, the trail of women’s bodies found along wooden paths didn’t add up to much of a pattern that could help detectives determine if the murders were linked. Finally, their work would become a lot easier. The authorities had the wrong people in custody for one particular murder, and my narcissistic father just couldn’t take it. He wrote letters to authorities begging them to notice him. Who knows, if his ego didn’t get in the way, maybe he’d still be driving his truck on long-hauls, dropping into my house to rustle the hair of his grandkids.

In 1995, my father was arrested and is now serving multiple life sentences at the Oregon State Penitentiary.


The Dangerous Spread of Fake Ads

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Cowritten with Robert Glazer, Founder and Managing Director of Acceleration Partners.

Did Fake News Sneak up on America?

A recent Pew Research Center study reports that two-thirds of American adults get their news on Facebook, yet our legal and law enforcement systems have not kept up with the dramatic advances in communication technology. Just as these tools have the power to bring us together and enhance our lives, we are beginning to realize they also have a dark side. The speed and anonymity of the Internet have led to the development of a phenomenon that challenges the foundation of our society: the rapid creation and sharing of scams and fake news. This problem has reached such epic proportions that many fear the rapid spread of fake Internet news actually affected our presidential election. Now we are left trying to understand how this tsunami hit us seemingly without warning.


Can Fake News Change Your Brain?

Digital Health Headlines

Cowritten with Dr. Daniel Amen

The ill effects of fake news on both our health and the health of our society has been on my mind. So, earlier this year, I called my colleague neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen with an unusual question. Could the human brain be hacked by fake news? I had just seen fMRI images in a Nature Scientific Reports article by Kaplan and colleagues from University of Southern California, which showed that politically challenging statements activated the parts of our brains associated with self-identity and emotion, like the amygdala.


The Importance of Vitamin D

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Written by Austin Winegar, Ask the Scientists Manager at USANA Health Sciences

Role in the Human Body

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient essential for bone growth and general health. It is acquired through diet and exposure to sunlight.

Vitamin D is an essential component of bone health in both children and adults. Without vitamin D, bones do not calcify properly, leading to the condition known as “rickets” in children. Vitamin D also plays an important role in tooth development. It is necessary for proper tooth eruption, growth, and strength. Through its role in regulating calcium and phosphorus metabolism, vitamin D plays a continuing role in maintaining a stable nervous system, normal heart activity, and normal blood clotting.

A unique property of vitamin D is that it functions very much like a hormone. It target tissues include the kidneys, intestines, and bones, where it helps regulate calcium and phosphorus homeostasis. Its specific activity in the intestines involves stimulating the synthesis of active transport proteins that mediate absorption of calcium. In bone tissue, vitamin D plays a role in regulating calcium deposition (bone mineralization) and mobilization. A role for vitamin D in immune system modulation is now under investigation. Read more  »

Crucial Tips to Avoid Stem Cell Scammers

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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.

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“Stem cell science is extraordinarily promising… We are tremendously optimistic that stem cell therapies will someday be available to treat a wide range of human diseases and conditions.” —The International Society for Stem Cell Research

“Someday.” That’s the word that stuck out to me in the passage above when I came across it during my research. I was preparing to go undercover for The Dr. Oz Show to investigate what for-profit stem cell clinics are telling vulnerable patients. If stem cell treatments were going to be available “someday,” why did I have my choice of 570 stem cell clinics to visit today?

Tips to Keep Skin Healthy While Staying Active


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Exercise is great for the mind, body, and spirit. Hundreds of clinical studies have demonstrated the amazing effects working out can have on the body. If you are living an active lifestyle (or it’s a New Year’s resolution), here are a few tips to avoid some common skin problems that can develop with a regular exercise routine.