My Passion: Keeping You Healthy

The week that was: After the Chicago Health Expo last Saturday – more than 10,000 in attendance – I made a quick trip to Boston to talk about how good walnuts are for health. Sunday, I enjoyed the Browns win over the Patriots. After, I got to give a motivational talk to a group of insurance professionals in Phoenix, followed by over 2000 gynecologists in Las Vegas.

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The week that was: After the Chicago Health Expo last Saturday – more than 10,000 in attendance – I made a quick trip to Boston to talk about how good walnuts are for health. Sunday, I enjoyed the Browns win over the Patriots. After, I got to give a motivational talk to a group of insurance professionals in Phoenix, followed by over 2000 gynecologists in Las Vegas.

One of the great preventers of premature aging is to live a passion every day. I get to do that, as my passion is to motivate you to choose behaviors that keep you younger and more vigorous. I get to live that – getting to live out your passion is great. I have all of you to thank for that.

Next, back to The Dr. Oz Show to talk about maintaining the Just 10 program during the holidays. You’ll have to tune in, no shortcuts. North Americans gain 1 to 5 pounds a year—the same as we gain from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.  So, young Dr. Oz and I gave you the keys to stay on the Just 10 plan, and had fun doing it.

Back to Cleveland where I and a team of crack Cleveland Clinic internists, led by Dr. Lang, hashed out what tests and supplements to give routinely to men and women over the age of 40. We looked not just at the guidelines and the medical research, but also at how to motivate our patients. For example, should every woman with some persistent bloating get an ultrasound of her ovarian area? Yes, we believe. How often? Every 6 months or every 2 years. The data isn’t clear, but a normal test result doesn’t mean no ovarian cancer; it takes repeated negatives. 

On Wednesday of this week, I get to work with the 2 best chefs in the world (you’ll have to guess which ones) in Las Vegas to create brain-healthy, great tasting food for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. We’ll show you that the best ingredients for your brain – salmon, chia seeds, blueberries, walnuts and more – can taste spectacularly great without any of the stuff that ages your brain, like sugar and saturated fat.

One last tip for the day: how can you spot a BPA-free receipt? Look for the red threads in your receipt paper. Don’t handle any other receipt without washing well before eating or touching food or your mouth. Your largest risk of BPA exposure is handling a typical fast food restaurant or gas station receipt (more than 75% of such receipts are printed on BPA-laden paper), and then touching your food. (BPA is believed to cause feminization of males, reduced sperm function in adult men, and premature maturity and increased breast cancer risk in female children and women.)  

In case you missed it, here’s how to make your RealAge younger: Stay on the Just 10 challenge during the holidays. Have a passion and live it daily (my wife Nancy’s my other passion). If you have chronic bloating and negative ultrasound results, get a second opinion. And only handle receipts with red threads and wash your hands after touching any receipts.

Blog written by Mike Roizen, MD
Dr. Roizen is a past chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee and a former editor for 6 medical journals with...