Clinicians’ Corner — February 2019

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

By The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit
Clinicians' Corner — February 2019

Below are the summaries for the month of February.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: WILL CRIMINAL CHARGES BE FILED AGAINST R. KELLY?

Dr. Oz unraveled the shocking accusations of sexual abuse against hip-hop star R. Kelly and spoke with the first woman to testify against him. She opened up about their past relationship when she was underage and her alleged sexually transmitted disease. Dr. Oz then spoke with another alleged victim of R. Kelly and her attorney.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2019

TRUE CRIME EXCLUSIVE: "I ACCIDENTALLY KILLED JONBENÉT" —  A PRISON CONFESSION?

Dr. Oz had an exclusive interview with a man who says he knows who killed JonBenét Ramsey. He claimed to have confession letters and phone recordings from his high school friend from prison.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2019

TRUE CRIME: JOHN WAYNE BOBBITT SPEAKS OUT ON THE INFAMOUS NIGHT HIS PENIS WAS CUT OFF

Dr. Oz interviewed John Wayne Bobbitt, who made headlines when his ex-wife, Lorena Bobbitt, committed a scandalous act 25 years ago. In self-defense, she cut off his penis while he was sleeping. John described the events leading up to night, his medical treatment, and life in the aftermath of the incident. Then, Dr. Oz spoke with B. Smith’s husband, who responded to the criticism on social media about his decision to date someone while caring for his wife who is battling Alzheimer’s disease.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2019

I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS PREGNANT

Dr. Oz interviewed women who were unaware they were pregnant before they gave birth, mistaking pregnancy symptoms for indigestion or kidney stones. Then, Dr. Oz investigated the new report that revealed there is arsenic in juice. Dr. Oz interviewed the Chief Scientific Officer at Consumer Reports, who explained a new report that found heavy metal levels higher than they consider safe in about half of the 45 juices tested from across the country, including those labeled organic. Dr. Oz explained that when consumed regularly, small amounts of heavy metals can increase risk of developmental problems, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Arsenic and lead occur naturally in the air, water, and soil but are also contaminants in products such as pesticides. They absorb into plants we use for foods. Dr. Oz explained that pediatricians do not recommend juice for infants, and also suggested diluting juice with water to reduce sugar. Finally, the ladies of “The Dish on Oz!” talked bacon.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2019

TRUE CRIME: BTK’S DAUGHTER ON THE SHOCKING DISCOVERY HER DAD WAS A SERIAL KILLER

The daughter of the BTK serial killer finally opened up about discovering the truth about her father. Dr. Oz shared letters the BTK killer had written him from prison. Plus, Dr. Oz updated viewers on the missing mom Kelsey Berreth. He spoke with one of Kelsey’s good friends who offered her own explanations.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2019

TARAJI P. HENSON OPENS UP ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES AND BREAKING THE STIGMA

In this episode, Dr. Oz interviewed actress, Taraji P. Henson. She spoke about her organization to support people with mental illness, and how she changed her diet after learning about her increased risk for cancer. Next, Dr. Oz discussed the case of a woman who didn’t realize her weight gain was actually due to a 50 pound tumor. During surgery, her doctors discovered she had endometriosis. Dr. Oz and a gynecologist reviewed the symptoms of endometriosis: painful periods, pain with defecation and pain with intercourse. Finally, Dr. Pimple Popper (Sandra Lee) diagnosed boils, bumps, and bulging lumps. She explained that a boil can be eliminated with a warm compress applied several times a day. She also discussed the ABCDE’s of diagnosing skin cancer: asymmetry, irregular borders and color, diameter, and whether the growth has evolved over time.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019

OZ INVESTIGATES: ALL-DAY FAST-FOOD BREAKFAST

This episode took a closer look at popular fast-food breakfast meals. Dr. Oz explained that bacon can be high in sodium and nitrates. Canadian bacon is cut from the back loin of the pig and is leaner and lower in saturated fat. When comparing the fast-food breakfast sandwich to a fast-food burger, the breakfast sandwich had less calories, less saturated fat, and more protein. Additionally, hash browns have less calories and more sodium when compared to a medium size French fries. Next, Dr. Oz debunked the myth that coffee on airplanes is made with dirty water. Viewers concerned about the cleanliness of their own at-home coffee machine should try to run dissolved vinegar through the machine, because it decalcifies bacteria. Coffee from both a traditional maker and a pod-style machine were found to be germ-free.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019

TRUE CRIME: PURE EVIL — SERIAL KILLER TED BUNDY’S DEATH ROW INTERVIEW THAT’S NEVER BEEN HEARD BEFORE

Dr. Oz discussed the case of Ted Bundy who was seen as a charismatic, handsome killer. Then, Dr. Oz consulted with experts who tried to determine if a Texas mother and her two younger daughters who were fatally shot in their home was a murder or a murder-suicide.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019

TRUE CRIME: HOUSE OF HORRORS — WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 13 TURPIN CHILDREN?

In this episode, Dr. Oz and experts discussed the case of Louise and David Turpin, the parents who allegedly tortured and starved their 13 children. Next, Louise’s sister shared her conversations with Louise from behind bars. Plus, just in time for Valentine’s Day, "The Dish on Oz!" crew discussed sweet treats and how to make a tasty chocolate cake for your loved one.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019

FILTHY! LOVE SCAMS YOU HAVE TO HEAR TO BELIEVE

Dr. Oz uncovered the horrific stories of con men who used dating sites and false identities to scam women out of money, jobs, and their lives. Then, Dr. Oz discussed the warning signs to look for in a scammer, which include someone who is unwilling to share details about his or her life and asks for money in so-called emergency situations. Finally, Dr. Oz discussed the case of Jennifer and Sarah Hart who drove their family of six kids off a California cliff. A group of experts revealed why they think the parents may have committed this act, stressing there were signs of financial struggles and child abuse.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019

CAN LIFE AFTER DEATH SURVIVORS GET ANSWERS FROM THE OTHER SIDE?

Dr. Oz interviewed people who claimed to survive death, who shared what they believe they saw on the other side and how their experiences have impacted their lives. Next, Dr. Oz revealed the results of the investigation on filthy jeans. The old trick of freezing jeans to disinfect them is not effective, since bacteria is typically reactivated once it thaws. Dr. Oz recommended washing jeans at least every four to five wears, since jeans stretch out with wears and many people attribute looser pants to weight loss.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019

COVER-UP AND CONSPIRACY? GROCERY STORE STEAK — ARE YOU GETTING WHAT YOU PAID FOR?

Dr. Oz investigated grocery store steak. He spoke with an expert, who recommended having your butcher remove the fat and bone from a roast to save money on your meat and buying discounted meat from the supermarkets early in the morning. In addition, viewers were informed what different meat labels mean and how to find a quality piece of steak by looking at color and marbling. Flank steak tends to be the tastiest and cheapest cut. You should always use a meat thermometer to determine if a steak is ready, rather than going by cooking time. Some tips to cooking the perfect steak include patting your meat dry before cooking, allowing your meat to rest before serving, and cutting the meat against the grain. Next, Dr. Oz was joined by online shopping addicts who talked about their addiction. Dr. Oz explained the scientific reason behind it the addiction: the release of dopamine in the brain. Dr. Oz then brought in a financial expert, who recommended unsubscribing from newsletters, blocking sites, putting items in your cart (and waiting 24 hours before buying them), avoiding shopping primetime, and seeking out emotional support.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019

TRUE CRIME: JODI ARIAS — WHY HER LAWYER SAYS THE CASE RUINED HIS LIFE

Dr. Oz uncovered the case of Jodi Arias, the woman currently serving life in prison for the murder of her ex-boyfriend. He interviewed her former lawyer Kirk Nurmi, a public defender, who described how defending her destroyed his legal practice, ended up getting him disbarred, and ruined his reputation and his health. Notably, he thinks the stress of defending Jodi Arias contributed to him developing cancer. Next, Dr. Oz spoke with a young woman who struggles with a laxative addiction. Dr. Oz warned against abusing laxatives, especially because it can cause electrolyte disorders that can affect the brain, colon, kidneys, and even heart. Dr. Oz recommended laxatives use only for constipation, and to always follow the directions on the packaging. Signs of laxative abuse include not being able to leave the house due to urgency or emergency, constant focus or dialogue on food and body weight, stomach bloating, and irregular bathroom use.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019

THE JUSSIE SMOLLETT INTERVIEW

Dr. Oz took a look back at the Jussie Smollett interview to see if there were any signs before his alleged attack.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019

TRUE CRIME: DIRTY FAITH — WHEN A HOUSE OF WORSHIP BECOMES A HOUSE OF HORRORS

Dr. Oz sat down with six sisters who say they all suffered a decade from abuse by the same priest. The story eventually became public and Father Giella died in 1993 at age 72, while awaiting trial. Dr. Oz also interviewed a brother of a 14-year-old victim who was abused by her worship leader. Dr. Oz spoke with a sex crimes prosecutor who reviewed some warning signs that a house of worship may be harboring secrets of abuse, such as a religious leader who has moved around a lot. Parents should always trust their instincts if a religious leader appears to be taking too much interest in a child. It’s also important to look out for behavioral changes in a child, particularly not wanting to be exposed while bathing. Next, Dr. Oz tackled the topic of animal hoarding. In some instances, people with multiple personality disorders are more likely to become animal hoarders. Clinical criteria for animal hoarding includes possessing more than the typical number of companion animals, being unable to care for their animals (oftentimes resulting in the animals’ illness, starvation, and death), and denial of the problem. Dr. Oz then spoke with a former animal hoarder. He advised that a rule of thumb to determine if something has become an addiction is whether it has interfered with a person’s daily life.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019

THE FINAL DAYS BEFORE SOAP STAR KRISTOFF ST. JOHN’S DEATH: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?

Dr. Oz sat down with Mia St. John, the ex-wife of the late soap opera star Kristoff St. John, who committed suicide just four years after his son took his own life. Mia spoke about her mission to break the stigma surrounding mental health. Next, Dr. Oz discussed the growing trend of permanent makeup and how some people have been left with regrets. There are also a number of dangers of permanent makeup including scarring, infection, and dirty needles. An expert recommended viewers considering permanent makeup have a consultation and do research beforehand. Finally, Dr. Oz discussed cell phone addiction. The technology could interfere with our hormones, specifically cortisol, which may have negative psychological and physical effects. Some ways to cut down on smartphone use include turning your phone screen from color to black and white, keeping your phone out of sight, setting a no-phone timer, and turning off as many notifications as possible.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019

TRUE CRIME BREAKING NEWS: JAYME CLOSS UPDATE — ALLEGED NEW JAILHOUSE LETTER SHOWS OBSESSION WITH THE 13-YEAR-OLD

Dr. Oz investigated a reported letter penned by Jake Patterson from his jail cell and what it reveals about his alleged crimes and the feelings he still has for his young victim. Next, Dr. Oz looked at a surprising medical mystery: a woman who was nearly brain-dead after suffering a heart attack and awoke from a coma after being taken off life-support.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019

TRUE CRIME BREAKING NEWS: GRUESOME NEW DETAILS IN MISSING MOM KELSEY BERRETH CASE — WAS SHE KILLED IN FRONT OF HER TODDLER?

Dr. Oz investigated the latest updates on what really happened to Kelsey Berreth including detailed allegations of how her fiancé Patrick Frazee killed her, what he did to her body, and how he made his mistress cover up the evidence. Next, Dr. Oz had an exclusive interview with the brother of the Parkland school shooter.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2019

QUEEN LATIFAH’S SECRET STRESS AND ANXIETY RELIEVER

Award-winning actress and singer Queen Latifah spoke with Dr. Oz about how she manages stress, balances her personal and professional life, and her mission to combat the stigma of mental health. She spoke about the life-changing benefits of talk therapy. Plus, "The Dish on Oz!"crew served up healthy boozy dishes inspired by their favorite cocktails.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019

TRUE CRIME: COULD THIS HAPPEN TO YOU? WHEN NEIGHBORS TURN EVIL

This episode began with horrific stories and caught-on-tape moments of people terrorized by their neighbors, including the recent headlines about a former NFL Seattle Seahawk player killed by his neighbor over a parking space. Next, Dr. Oz investigated the dirtiest day of the week to do almost anything, from eating in a restaurant to grocery shopping. A health department inspector explained to Dr. Oz that restaurants tend to be dirtiest on Sundays, since they receive higher volumes of traffic on the weekends, while food tends to be freshest on Fridays since it’s usually delivered that day. At the grocery store, one of most germ-infested spots is the shopping cart. Everyday is a germy day at the gym, so be proactive and use disinfecting wipes on surfaces.

Article written by The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit