Mike Roizen, MD

Chief Medical Consultant, The Dr. Oz Show
Blog Posts

Joining Dr. Oz is a panel of experts from across the country, representing different medical disciplines, genders, and opinions. Together, they're creating a center for health and wellness information where no topic is off limits.

A new gene discovery for Alzheimer’s – the variants carrying the protective and the predisposing genes are only in 1% of us (don’t bother getting tested) – has important implications for this...

Added to Health News, Alzheimer's on Mon 07/16/2012

The email my wife sent me had the subject line of “Fwd: Alzheimer’s Breakthrough”. I didn’t even bother to open that email for a day, because I have seen that type of headline before; such a...

Added to Illness Management, Health News, Alzheimer's on Fri 03/16/2012

Are 70 calories of fat from walnuts, coconut oil, cod liver oil, olive-oil, canola oil, the healthiest omega-3 IMHO, DHA, or macadamia oil or nuts etc. different in health effects: Yes, in...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Alternative Medicine on Thu 02/09/2012

I went to an inner city market here in Cleveland, and as I moved over to the fresh fruit and veggie area, the women were fighting over apples. Then I learned that on the second and third of every...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Family Health on Fri 01/20/2012

You don't have to pop a pill, drink a shake, or apply some mysterious cream to keep the pounds off. In my many years of medical practice, I've found that eating right is always the key to lasting...

The jury said (in my view): Conrad Murray practiced outside of his area of expertise – he gave anesthesia or sedation without appropriate monitoring or understanding of how to ventilate for...

Added to Smart Patient, Health News on Wed 11/09/2011

Dr. Paul White seems to be trying to defend Murray rather than just telling the facts. He is defending the undefendable – and not just allowing the interpretation of data.

 

No...

Added to Health News on Tue 11/01/2011

You want it. You need it. You crave it. You ignore buzzing alarms for it. You put pillows over your head to get three more minutes of it.

 

The truth is that getting quality...

Added to Sleep, Anatomy, Smart Patient, Health News on Wed 10/26/2011

Two vitamin studies were reported this week, one from Iowa examining death rates in women over the age of 55 and vitamin use; the other was a randomized controlled trial assessing the effect of...

Added to Nutrition, Smart Patient, Supplements, Health News on Thu 10/13/2011

As I stated in a prior blog about the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, I wasn’t even planning on reading about it. But in the end, I couldn’t resist – it involves a subject I know too well –...

Added to Anatomy, Health News on Sun 10/09/2011

First, I have to answer a question Dr. Oz recently posed: Do you agree with Denmark’s move to tax fat food – at about 15 cents more for a hamburger and 40 cents more for a pat of butter? And could...

Added to Smart Patient, Illness Prevention, Wellness, Family Health on Tue 10/04/2011

I was not going to comment on the case against Michael Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. I wasn’t even planning on reading about it. But in the end, I couldn’t resist – I know this area of...

Added to Health News on Mon 10/03/2011

Last week, America’s Brain Health Index ranked states by brain health. The top three brain-healthiest places in the US? Maryland, DC and Washington state. I helped judge the Index’s Beautiful...

Added to Diet, Anti-Aging, Smart Patient, Wellness, Brain Health on Wed 09/28/2011

What a week. Last Monday, I met with a group from a Wisconsin hospital system that wants to use the Cleveland Clinic Disease Reversal Program to help their employees and then their patients...

Added to Health News on Tue 05/24/2011

Gary Taubes’ recent features article “Is Sugar Toxic?” in The New York Times got so much play that I have to comment. Gary Taubes is a brilliant writer, but he is only partially correct...

Added to Diet, Illness Prevention, Health News on Wed 04/20/2011

The Japanese reactor situation has resurfaced big time so I thought I’d share some answers I gave yesterday to questions on youdocs@gmail.com.

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Added to Heart Health, Wellness, Health News on Wed 03/30/2011

Yes, I was involved in it. The New York Times article by Pam Belluck on whether anesthesia, when used in young children, can lead to cognitive problems or learning disabilities, caused...

This week, the SPF 50 came out! After Sin City we went to Sun City, which is nearby La Quinta, California – just outside Palm Springs. I want to say thanks to a nice officer of the law who let me...

Added to Diet, Fitness, Wellness on Thu 03/10/2011

The biggest sexual organ is the brain, so I guess it is appropriate to talk about and raise money for brain health in sin city – or as I like to say, the world’s sexiest city. Now don’t get the...

Added to Diet, Fitness on Wed 03/02/2011

I know I missed a week of blogging. Over the holiday was a time I chose to answer more questions and do planning for Cleveland Clinic’s corporate customers. Yes, we do wellness programs for...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Fitness, Wellness on Mon 02/28/2011

We had a choice: a great dinner featuring samplings of only healthy favorites cooked by the world’s best chefs with great wine, a tour of David Cooperfield’s museum led by David himself, or going...

Added to Weight Loss, Fitness, Wellness, Move It and Lose It on Mon 02/14/2011

Earlier this week, Dr. Oz shared his (and my) 5 tips for your heart’s health – February is American Heart Month. Click here to...

Added to Health News on Thu 02/10/2011

Working side by side with Mehmet always invigorates me. Plus, we work late and often miss meals, so I tend to lose weight and waist when I visit him in New York (Mehmet and I usually do phone...

Added to Pregnancy, Move It and Lose It, Health News on Tue 01/25/2011

How can one not think of Congresswoman Giffords and the others who were killed or injured in Tucson … My father spent his last winters in Tucson living near that corner, so I have visited the...

Added to Wellness, Health News, Current Events on Wed 01/19/2011

I was not sure how to enter my exercises in Dr. Oz’s 11-week program Move It and Lose It in 2011 – so I thought I’d tell you my problems and the solutions.   

 

First...

To summarize the major science of this month and my own New Year’s resolutions: Increase the functioning of your sweet -16 genes by choosing smaller portions, and add a little daily physical...

Added to Diet, Anti-Aging, New Year's Resolutions on Fri 12/31/2010

Another amazing week! Started in Chicago, then Cleveland, Norfolk, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Cleveland. Our Cleveland Clinic–Northwestern combined Preventive Care and Integrative...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Cancer, Supplements on Wed 12/22/2010

Another amazing week: started with a talk to the prim and proper City Club of Cleveland; then a radio show on tattoos (there is a new safe way to get them); a few days doing the business of the...

Added to Wellness, Lifestyle on Fri 12/10/2010

Before I recap my week, here’s what I have for you: a way of eating healthy for the big holiday meals. For dishes like stuffing and turkey, I have help from my partner in smart foods, chef Mollie...

Added to Diet, Wellness, Holidays on Mon 11/22/2010

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...

Added to Anti-Aging, Wellness, Holidays on Mon 11/15/2010

Last week – and what a week it was! – ended with Dr. Oz in Chicago for the Health Expo and free clinic hosted at Millennium Park. If you were there, you know how great it was (Lisa Oz was there...

Added to Wellness on Tue 11/09/2010

My weight is now down 5 pounds following the Just 10 Challenge. Like Dr. Oz, I am too busy now to even eat.

Steps: 10,129
Breakfast: 1/2 salmon burger, coffee
Flossed and then...

Added to Challenge on Fri 10/29/2010

Steps: 18,088.

Breakfast: 1/2 salmon burger, coffee
Flossed and then meditated.
Snack: coffee and an apple
Lunch: missed! Too busy. Had 3 mints and 3 cups of coffee
...

Added to Challenge on Thu 10/28/2010

Steps: 11,123.
Breakfast: after my cardio exercise (48 minutes at average heart rate of 147,  max today was 176), did 30 minutes of weight work. Coffee times 2 or 3 cups, one and a half...

Added to Challenge on Mon 10/25/2010

Steps: 14,043.
Breakfast: after my cardio exercise (48 minutes at average heart rate of 144, max today was 173) I didn’t do weight work because I had to run out to give...

Added to Challenge on Mon 10/25/2010

Steps: 12,577. Wow! Stepping during conference calls.

Breakfast: 2 -3 cups coffee (seems regular), 1/2 grilled salmon patty, apple
Snack: banana
Lunch: salmon sliders,...

Added to Challenge on Fri 10/22/2010

Caregiver stress is the greatest stress, and biggest cause of premature aging. And we docs not only feel like caregivers, perhaps not as much as nurses or spouses, but controversies in medicine...

Added to Weight Loss, Cancer, Wellness on Thu 10/21/2010

Steps: 10,123. Just made it and walked with wife after dinner.

Breakfast: 2 -3 cups coffee (seems regular), 1/2 grilled salmon patty, apple
Snack: banana
Lunch: Subway foot-long...

Added to Challenge on Thu 10/21/2010

Steps: 10, 654.

Breakfast: 2 -3 cups coffee (seems regular), 1/2 grilled salmon patty, apple in the car driving to work – seems to make the drive less stressful

Snack: banana...

Added to Challenge on Wed 10/20/2010

Started in Boston at a conference on certifying health coaches. Sat with the fabulous Dr. Pam Peeke and key nurse coach Linda (I am afraid of misspelling her name) and many others as we worked...

Added to Challenge on Tue 10/19/2010

My steps: 13,942. Flew a red eye from Las Vegas (all I did there was give a talk – honest) to Boston in order to participate in a conference to develop certification for health and wellness...

Added to Challenge on Mon 10/18/2010

My steps: 14,014. Breakfast: Coffee and 1/2 salmon burger
Snack: coffee
Lunch: salad with chicken, asparagus, berries, and steel cut oatmeal
Snack: apples and coffee
...

Added to Challenge on Tue 10/12/2010

Yes got up frequently to pee last night ... shouldn't have coffee after 7 p.m. Got up early to do cardio, then an early meeting with the famous developer Al Ratner and new dynamic Clevelander...

Added to Challenge on Mon 10/11/2010

Saw first patient at 6:30 a.m. Then, on to the radio station to do some promos for LetsMoveIt.org, a CC promo to get the town healthier, then back to see patients, then a salsa judging (needed...

Added to Challenge on Mon 10/11/2010

Had big clinic meetings this morning and afternoon, and a cocktail meeting this evening with the Wellness Leadership. There were diet sodas (no sugared sodas are available at the Clinic, which is...

Added to Challenge on Thu 10/07/2010

Had budget and leadership meetings at the Cleveland Clinic (CC) to start the day – free diet sodas offered, but I chose coffee again. Saw patients, and then ended up the day with a voting by a...

Added to Challenge on Thu 10/07/2010

Flew back to NY to the Oz show after a morning seeing patients to tape a segment with Mehmet for next week. Wanted a soda in the afternoon but choose coffee instead.  Boy, do they have lousy...

Added to Challenge on Wed 10/06/2010

We launched YOU: Raising Your Child on Good Morning America this AM.  Weekdays with coffee and no soda are easy – but am seeing that if I reached for water and were...

Added to Challenge on Tue 10/05/2010

I normally go through more diet sodas than any other day, but not today.  Coffee only (with water). Man – today's is a tough day and the coffee is causing me to need to be...

Added to Challenge on Mon 10/04/2010

Woke up at 8 a.m. to exercise – cardio and weights, but it did take coffee to get me to propel myself.  Rewound and relooked at the Bed Bug show of Dr. Oz – sensational show. Coffee also got...

Added to Challenge on Mon 10/04/2010

It is getting easier to not want a diet soda, but harder to avoid reaching for something with calories in it when I could have a diet soda. Filmed an episode for the Oz show at a first grade today...

Added to Challenge on Mon 10/04/2010

Getting easier to avoid diet caffeinated sodas, but harder to wake up if there is no coffee around. Send coffee.  

Added to Challenge on Thu 09/30/2010

Went to the farmer's market for lunch on way back from filming spots for Cleveland Clinic's Move It campaign that will show during Brown's games (pray for wins for Da Brownies). Almost had a diet...

Added to Challenge on Thu 09/30/2010

Well, 4 pounds down on the scale this morning (back on the Just 10 Challenge as well), and slept thru the night again....

Added to Challenge on Tue 09/28/2010

Healthcare costs are the United States' largest drag on competitiveness for jobs with Europe and Asia, costing companies 2 to 3 times more in good ol’ USA. And that hurts our job market mightily....

Added to Diabetes, Illness Prevention, Lifestyle on Mon 09/27/2010

Now 96 hrs diet drink-free (water, tea and coffee without artificial sweeteners do not count in my counts) and doing well from a need for soda. But think I OD’d on coffee earlier today....

Added to Challenge on Mon 09/27/2010

Pretty easy … went to work today, and no problem save my scale said I was 2 pounds heavier than day 0 despite my daily workouts. That diet soda must have kept me relatively dehydrated. Haven'...

Added to Challenge on Fri 09/24/2010

Break from the diet soda addiction of The Enforcer: Missed my diet soda as I worked out, but coffee is okay and had water for my post-weight-lifting walk. Didn't awaken to pee during the night...

Added to Challenge on Fri 09/24/2010

The Enforcer's Break from Diet Soda:  Now 24 hrs. without a diet soda … coffee is not doing it nor is water. Really felt like one, but I can do this.

Added to Challenge on Fri 09/24/2010

Finished last soda. Saved 1 oz. for an emergency. At 9 p.m., nursed that ounce after the show.

Added to Challenge on Thu 09/23/2010

Chocolate milk is not the only way to get kids enough calcium, so 1 thumb down for lack of creativity, a thumb down if full-fat milk, a thumb down for added sugar, and 2...

Added to Nutrition, Children's Health, Family Health on Fri 09/17/2010

On September 7, Dr. Oz will discuss that he had a colon polyp and what you can do if it happens to you. He, of course, called Dr. Mike Roizen. It was then that I told him I did too (at age 53) and...

Added to Cancer, Smart Patient, Illness Prevention on Fri 09/03/2010

Gena Kolata is a great writer, definitely front-page quality. However, the New York Times front-page article on Sunday August 29th didn't start with a basic message: most memory loss after...

Added to Diet, Heart Health, Anti-Aging on Wed 09/01/2010

Ladies (and maybe men), if you’ve been influenced by Lady Gaga’s taste in shoes or can’t be seen without your 3-inch stilettos, you might be predisposing yourself to some high-heel...

Added to Women's Health, Beauty on Mon 08/02/2010

Now many of you may not know (Mehmet, aka Young Dr. Oz has mentioned this on his show and it’s in the acknowledgements section of the YOU books) that I am an avid CAVz fan. (Cleveland Cavalier’s...

Added to Wellness on Fri 05/14/2010

December 16, 2009
Fantastic Steve: no longer the unhealthiest…not the healthiest yet, but he has made the commitment! It’s the second day of Breathing Free for Steve. Rather...

Added to The Unhealthiest American on Mon 12/21/2009

Poppy, one of the Las Vegas sisters on today’s show (December 9, 2009), decided to try going vegan in order to boost her weight loss and health plan. So we hooked her up with the best vegan coach...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, The Dr. Oz Show on Tue 12/08/2009

In a week, Steve Caves, our Unhealthiest American has become more comfortable walking, is executing proper technique during resistance exercises, and is learning to read labels. And he is self-...

The competition for the Unhealthiest American has ended. Steve won. So if your first name is not Steve, that doesn’t mean you can’t get healthier. You can and Steve will. At least he committed to...

One of the great ways I get to coach the Oz “Truth Tubers” like Rocco and the NFL moms is by email – so here is one from today: 

 

From: Dr. Mike

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Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, The Dr. Oz Show, Fitness on Thu 10/29/2009

Only 4 days till kickoff -- no more preseason for the Oz crew. I was in the control room for the kickoff show and it was as good as I’ve seen Dr. Oz: his information superb, the show was grabbing...

Added to

The first Dr Oz show -- Sept 14th -- I think must be scary (not just exciting) for Mehmet. After all, he’s jumping out of his comfort zone of just being great doc in a high-powered...

Added to The Dr. Oz Show on Wed 09/02/2009

The anticipation for the start of the show -- to see how audiences respond and read how critics rate it -- is killing me. It must be unbearable for the Wizard (he has a lot of nicknames, but that’...

Added to The Dr. Oz Show on Wed 09/02/2009