Clincians’ Corner — December 2018

Learn what was on The Dr. Oz Show in the month of December.

By The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit

Below are the summaries for the month of December. 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH GROCERY STORE PACKAGED NUTS? ARE THEY HEALTHY?

Dr. Oz examined whether the nuts found on supermarket shelves are actually good for you. While all nuts are loaded with healthy fats, many roasted nuts have been heated in hydrogenated oils or to high temperatures which reduces their nutritional value. Some even contain added sugar or salt. Dr. Oz recommended viewers limit their snack quantity to about one and a half handfuls. Next, Dr. Oz looked closely at the nutritional content of packaged hot chocolate: Many contain more sugar and sweeteners than actual chocolate bars. Finally, Dr. Oz sat down with actor Jussie Smollett, who is working to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Smollett also shared his favorite smoothie recipe with viewers.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2018

TRUE CRIME: THE SCIENCE OF DOUBLE IDENTITY: I HAD NO IDEA MY LOVED ONE WAS A SERIAL KILLER

Many serial killers we have heard about are able to live dual identities, concealing their killings and activities from their loved ones and communities. Forensic psychologist expert Dr. Katherine Ramsland explained how serial killers are able to maintain double identities and manage to do so without remorse. Dr. Oz spoke with Melissa Moore (daughter of the “Happy Face Killer”) and Amber Yates (daughter of serial killer Robert Lee Yates), who told viewers about the fraught relationships they endured with their fathers after learning the truth about their double lives.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: GRAB-AND-GO SOUP

Soups are generally considered nutritious, but Dr. Oz reveals what’s really in your bowl. He found that sodium levels in grab-and-go soups at supermarkets can range between 450 to 1,300 milligrams, which at the high end is well above recommended daily sodium intake. When trying to make a healthy choice, soups made from broth are often better options with less calories and sodium. Viewers were also encouraged to look for soups that are loaded with mushrooms, leafy greens, and tomatoes — all of which may be natural immune boosters. Then, the ladies of “The Dish on Oz!” Daphne Oz, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jazz Smollett, and Grace Ramirez whipped up quick meals for busy weeknights.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2018

HOWIE MANDEL OPENS UP ABOUT USING HUMOR TO TACKLE HIS HEALTH ISSUES

Howie Mandel joined Dr. Oz to discuss his personal struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, and atrial fibrillation.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 07, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: THE DIRTY TRUTH ABOUT DISINFECTING AND DISPOSABLE WIPES

Dr. Oz examined the safety and efficacy of disposable disinfecting wipes, which contain an assortment of chemicals that clean, but don’t always remove all bacteria and germs. He recommended first washing the dirty surface with soap and water before using a disinfecting wipe and then keeping the area wet for four to ten minutes. Wipes should be stored at room temperature in a dry place to prevent mold from growing. Many brands have also created disinfecting wipes meant for bodily use. When purchasing wipes for your body, choose ones that are fragrance- and alcohol-free. Although some people may prefer disposable wipes over toilet paper, flushing them can cause bathroom pipes to clog. Instead it’s recommended you moisten toilet paper with tap water and use that instead. Next, Dr. Oz looked at the safety issues surrounding home hair dyes, and recommended viewers avoid any products that contain lead acetate. Viewers may also need to do a patch test on skin beforehand to check for allergies. Finally, health guru and author Dave Asprey spoke with Dr. Oz about celery juice and what he does to improve his memory.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH ALKALINE WATER? DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Dr. Oz examined whether there are any true benefits to drinking alkaline water over regular bottled water. He concluded that since our bodies are naturally able to balance pH, alkaline water is not necessary. Both regular water and alkaline water are safe to drink. However, viewers should be aware that some waters contain electrolytes, such as sodium or potassium. These may cause water retention and bloating — especially in a person who is already dehydrated. 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018

TRUE CRIME: WHERE IS SUSAN POWELL? NEW INFORMATION ON THE WOMAN WHO MADE A DESPERATE PLEA ON CAMERA BEFORE DISAPPEARING

Dr. Oz investigated the mysterious disappearance of Susan Powell. Investigative journalist Diane Dimond shared how she became involved in the case. Plus, she uncovered details about the day Powell was officially reported missing. Next, a neurologist explained the link between Alzheimer’s disease and hypertension. Recent research finds that knowing your blood pressure number may help determine your Alzheimer’s risk. Systolic blood pressure should measure no higher than 120 mmHg. If it’s above 120mmHg, then lowering the number by cutting sodium intake, increasing exercise, eating a plant-based diet, and taking a blood pressure medication if necessary, may cut one’s Alzheimer’s risk.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: WHICH IS THE BEST GROCERY STORE MAC AND CHEESE?

Whether it’s boxed, frozen, or ready-made, mac and cheese is one of the most popular quick dinner staples in America. But not all pre-packaged mac and cheese are created equal. Many are loaded with additives and are high in sodium. Some boxed versions contain phthalates, a preservative that is linked to endocrine disruption. Dr. Oz recommends viewers read labels before making any purchases to find the product with the most natural, organic ingredients such as pasta, milk and cheese. Next, the “The Dish on Oz!" crew Alex Guarnaschelli, Jamika Pessoa, and Jordin Sparks joined Daphne Oz with hacks to fix the most common cooking fails.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018

TRUE CRIME: HOMICIDE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Deborah and Daniel Tilson, the parents of Kristine Larson, opened up about the day their 19-year-old daughter went missing. Plus, Deborah shares what she discussed with Larson’s ex-boyfriend Zachery Matthews, the father of Kristine’s son.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018

ONLINE FAKE BEAUTY PRODUCT INVESTIGATION: IS WHAT YOU CLICK AND PUT IN YOUR CART ACTUALLY REAL?

Dr. Oz investigated the booming market for counterfeit online beauty products, which are knockoffs of expensive brands. Some of these copycat products may contain glue, rubbing alcohol, lead, bacteria, or paint thinner. Viewers should look out for subtle differences in packaging. It is essential to inspect the packaging of the product, use caution with steep discounts, and read the fine print or product descriptions. Next, Dr. Oz and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson spoke to a couple on the brink of divorce.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018

WHAT’S IN YOUR HOLIDAY HAM? WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY

Fresh ham is exactly what it sounds like, fresh! But most ham is cured and cooked. Dr. Oz urged viewers to read labels carefully before purchasing a holiday ham. Next, he took a closer look at popular boxed holiday side dishes. Some were found to contain dried out vegetables, which may not retain their nutritional value. Seasoning in boxed sides are often loaded with sodium, fillers, thickeners, dehydrated dairy, fake chicken flavoring and other chemicals. Instead, Dr. Oz and his guests suggested some quick hacks to save cooking time and reduce the preservatives eaten at your family’s holiday meal.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018

IMPOSTOR POLICE: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM "FAKE COPS"

A growing crime trend has people posing as officials in police officer uniforms to take advantage of unknowing civilians. A former police chief explained the details to look out for on a uniform, and why cop car lights can help you spot a fake. If something doesn’t seem right, viewers were encouraged to ask a uniformed officer to see their badge if it’s not visible, ask for identification, or call 911. Next, hip-hop couple Remy Ma and and Papoose opened up to Dr. Oz about their fertility struggles and two miscarriages, caused by ectopic pregnancies.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018

HOW TO DRINK TO YOUR HEALTH — AND YES, WE MEAN ALCOHOL!

Dr. Oz took a closer look at the research on alcohol and health. He said one glass of wine every other day should be OK to drink. White wine is low in calories; champagne has bubbles that can make you feel fuller; rosé wine is high in potassium; and red wine contains resveratrol, which may play a role in reducing the risk for heart disease. While beer is often higher in calories, it offers some potential health benefits as well. Malted barley is a grain that is full of vitamins and is digested more slowly than sugar, and hops contains antioxidants. The general rule of thumb at the bar is the lower the alcohol content, the fewer the calories. This means that a dark beer with lower alcohol content may be a better choice than a lighter beer with more alcohol. Then,“The Dish on Oz!” ladies showed everyone holiday cooking tips and tricks.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

COUNTING DOWN THE TOP HEALTH QUESTIONS OF ALL TIME: WHAT’S THE REAL ANSWER?

Dr. Oz answered the most Googled health questions. He explained that pee odor can be caused by diabetes, infection and diet, or dehydration. It’s important to pay attention to these changes. He offered viewers ways to pinpoint the root cause of pain that could be related to stress, the flu, or anemia. Dr. Oz also revealed the causes of different colors and shapes of stool. Bloating, another common concern, is usually caused by dehydration which can lead to constipation and water retention. Dr. Oz also revealed that artificial sweeteners and caffeine are top migraine triggers. He addressed causes of nausea, which may be related to the vitamins in your medicine cabinet, especially fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Nausea may also be triggered by acid reflux or fragrances.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018

ARE YOU AT RISK FOR A HOLIDAY HEALTH ATTACK?

Heart attacks are more common during the holidays, which may be due to increased alcohol consumption, overindulging in fatty and salty meals, extra stress from family and friends, and overtaxing physical exercise such as snow shoveling. Dr Oz reminded viewers that it’s important to be aware of the warning signs of a heart attack. These may be different for women and can include pain in the stomach, chest, or arm, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness. Anyone who is shoveling should take extra precautions. He recommended bundling up before going out to shovel and to only remove small amounts of snow at a time to prevent straining the heart and raising blood pressure. Dr. Oz recommended having a meal with healthy fats, carbs, and protein before any holiday party and doing moderate workouts for optimal health. Next, Dr. Oz looked at whether alcohol-based hand sanitizers are really as effective as hand-washing. An in-studio test revealed that soap and warm water still eliminates far more germs than alcohol-based hand-sanitizer. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer is better than nothing at all. He recommended using sanitizers that contain at least 70 percent alcohol.

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Article written by The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit