Clinicians’ Corner — January 2018

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

By Michael Crupain, MD, MPH
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Introducing the Pegan 365 Diet (3:18)

Dear Clinician,

We know January is a time when many people decide to make a change in their lives, and for many, this change is weight loss. This year, we wanted to introduce a diet that our viewers had already had success on. So, we started our Great Diet Showdown last January, where we put 40 women on 10 of the most popular diets. Our plan was to pick the diet that had the most people still on it and who had lost the most weight at the end of the year. We were more interested in helping our viewers find a way to create a new lifestyle that would help them lose weight, rather than a quick weight-loss plan. At the end of the year, we had a tie among both the Oz Paleo (more focus on lean meats) and Vegan diets. You might think of these two diets as completely different, or even at odds, and you are right. The vegan diet includes no animal products and the paleo diet is rich in them. But it also turns out that both diets had similarities, including the elimination of sugar and processed foods, a reduction of saturated fat intake, and no dairy. Knowing that some people just aren’t ready for a vegan lifestyle, we decided to combine the two winners to create the Pegan 365 diet. The Pegan 365 diet lets you choose either lean animal or plant proteins and whole grains or fruits along with unlimited vegetables and healthy fats. So far, we’ve had a lot of great success stories. The best part is, the diet isn’t just for January; it’s for life. And here, we will be talking about it for the rest of the season.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

OZ EXCLUSIVE: COREY FELDMAN ON THE SHOCKING AFTERMATH OF SPEAKING OUT ABOUT PEDOPHILIA IN HOLLYWOOD

On this show, Corey Feldman discussed the aftermath of speaking out about the abuse he allegedly experienced as a child actor. Other people who had been molested as children shared their stories as well and said Feldman had helped them do so. Attorney Marci Hamilton told Feldman she is working to eliminate the statute of limitations that prevents the government from being able to prosecute child abusers after a certain time period.

Next, Dr. Oz investigated the case of a man who stabbed his wife 123 times while she was sleeping and blamed it on his over-the-counter cold medicine. Dr. Oz and a team of experts weighed in on whether this is possible. They ultimately concluded that while drugs or substances can influence behavior, there is likely an underlying mental issue and cold medicine alone should not cause someone to kill.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

I WAS PREGNANT AND I DIDN'T KNOW

Dr. Oz’s guest on this show was a woman who wasn’t aware she was pregnant until she went into labor and delivered her baby at home. An obstetrician confirmed that it is possible to not have the usual signs of pregnancy if the baby is positioned in such a way where a woman can barely feel its kicking and moving. In this case, the woman did not gain much weight and continued to have what she assumed to be her regular menstrual periods. The obstetrician recommended that women listen to their bodies and see their physicians if they suspect they are pregnant.

Next, Dr. Oz shared the winner of the Great Diet Showdown. More than 40 women tried competing diets for a year and found the most long-lasting success on the vegan and paleo diets. Based on these results, we created the Pegan 365 diet, which combines the best aspects of the paleo and vegan diets. On this diet, participants eat 5 cups of non-starchy vegetables, 4 fiber-rich carbohydrates, 3 proteins (either animal or plant), 2 healthy fats (including avocado, nut butters, nuts, or oils), and 1 dairy substitute (which could be a nut milk, nut cheese, or a non-dairy yogurt) every day. The plan eliminates processed ingredients, refined sugar, and dairy, and encourages eating more plant-based proteins, which are linked to weight loss and a healthier digestive system.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: THE SUGAR INDUSTRY COVER-UP THAT’S BEEN HIDDEN FOR YEARS

On this episode, Dr. Oz went over a JAMA paper, “Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research: A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents," which reported that the sugar industry knowingly buried data linking dietary sugar intake to heart disease in the 1960s and 1970s, and funded research showing the negative effects of saturated fat.

Next, Dr. Oz investigated the case of a man who killed his wife after she lost a significant amount of weight. Her family came on the show and discussed how she had gained confidence and became more social after her weight loss. They also discussed her husband's behavior, which ultimately led him to murder her out of jealousy. Dr. Oz warned people to look out for signs of spousal jealousy.

Friday, January 5, 2018

FOOD CAN FIX IT: THE TEATOX TO CLEANSE AND RESTART YOUR BODY

Dr. Oz and his guests went over a "teatox" plan for the new year. Teas are a tool that can help support the body's natural ability to detox. They recommended a sugar-free licorice root tea, dandelion tea, fennel seed ginger tea, senna leaf tea, and milk thistle tea, which contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to support vital bodily functions.

Next, Tony Robbins talked to viewers about how to reach their goals in the new year. He discussed identifying and tackling the barriers that stand in the way of weight loss. He advised beginning each day by answering three questions to focus attention, increase productivity, and boost personal satisfaction: 1. What do I focus on today? 2. What does it mean? and 3. What am I going to do about it?

Monday, January 8, 2018

DR. OZ INVESTIGATES: AMERICA'S BACON PROBLEM: IS THE PORK INDUSTRY LAGGING IN TAKING OUT ANTIBIOTICS?

On this show, Dr. Oz was joined by investigative food journalist Maryn McKenna to discuss why the pork industry has been slower to eliminate antibiotics from animal production than the poultry industry. They examined the issue in light of the World Health Organization's recent recommendation that antibiotics be removed from all pork production facilities unless medically necessary. Dr. Oz emphasized the benefits of removing antibiotics from the pork production supply chain and encouraged viewers to vote with their wallets.

Finally, Dr. Oz talked about the beta-agonist, ractopamine, that is approved for addition to pork feed. Although it is not necessarily dangerous, it is banned in Europe and many argue against its use in pork production in the U.S.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

DR. OZ INVESTIGATES: EVIL DOCTORS: SCAM ARTISTS BUSTED FOR DELIVERING BABIES

On this show, Dr. Oz went over a case in which 10 women have filed a class action lawsuit against a doctor for emotional and physical injury. The man, known as Dr. Akoda, worked at the University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center before pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining a medical license and working as an OB-GYN. In fact, while in a medical residency program in New Jersey 17 years ago, Akoda was dismissed from the program for fraud. Dr. Oz encouraged viewers to confirm that their medical providers are adequately certified and licensed.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DISCOVER YOUR CHRONOTYPE AND UNLOCK YOUR BEST TIME TO EAT AND SLEEP

On this episode, sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus explained that the biological clock controls the body's rhythm, including sleep and wake cycles. Dr. Breus argued that people have a propensity to sleep at different times, similar to the sleep habits of different types of animals. For example, a lion is someone who wakes up bright-eyed and ready to go. Dr. Oz presented a quiz to help viewers determine which chronotype they are, along with advice on when to eat according to their type.

Next, Dr. Oz addressed fatigue. He noted that people who experience brain fog, balance problems, and tingling in their hands and feet might be deficient in vitamin B12. He then provided food options that contain vitamin B12, such as cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and Swiss cheese.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

TRUE CRIME: COULD THIS HAPPEN TO YOU? NEIGHBOR WARS: WHEN LIVING ON YOUR BLOCK BECOMES HELL

On this episode, Dr. Oz went over crimes that neighbors commit against one another, from peeping Toms to front yard attacks. Author and former police reporter Bob Borzotta suggested various ways to resolve disputes with neighbors without escalating the situation.

Next, musician Evan Henzi came on the show to discuss the abuse he allegedly faced as a child. He explained that he wants to make sure others know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that they should not be afraid to seek help.

Friday, January 12, 2018

MARIE OSMOND EXCLUSIVE: HER SECRET HEALTH STRUGGLE REVEALED

On this show, Marie Osmond opened up about her struggles with postpartum depression. Dr. Oz shared comments from viewers who said that her story positively impacted their lives and helped them overcome the same illness. Next, Osmond discussed how she developed an eating disorder after continually being told to lose weight as a child actress. She has since fought back against negative comments in the media and has overcome her struggle with food.

Next, Dr. Oz discussed a new delivery system for antipsychotic medications — a chip embedded inside pills. The chip is powered by a chemical reaction with stomach acid. It sends a Bluetooth signal to an app on the user’s phone and can be shared with family members, friends, caregivers, nurses, and physicians. While many people see this as a leap forward in ensuring patients are taking their medications, others fear it is a gateway into unnecessary and unwelcomed surveillance into individual lives and could violate personal liberties.

Monday, January 15, 2018

IS IT TIME TO END THE WAR ON BREAD?

On this show, Dr. Oz and food journalist Mark Schatzker argued that bread has been unfairly villainized in the media and nutrition communities since the low-carb craze of the 1990s. They discussed how bread, especially whole-grain breads and breads made from natural sourdough starters, can be a nutritious part of a balanced diet, and that cutting out carbohydrates completely from one’s diet is not necessary or beneficial.

Next, Dr. Oz went over a recent study from researchers at Harvard and Columbia that examined the relationship between gluten and heart disease. Researchers looked at data from more than 100,000 people over almost two decades. They found that the risk of a heart attack wasn't significantly different between the group that ate the most gluten and the group that ate the least. In fact, the researchers say the risk of heart disease could actually be greater with a gluten-free diet – not because of a lack of gluten, but because going gluten-free tends to correlate with a lower consumption of whole grains, which are known to boost heart health. Dr. Oz determined that although people with celiac disease (and perhaps those with a sensitivity) should not eat gluten, the rest of us should feel free to eat gluten without guilt.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: HEALERS OR DEALERS? DOCTOR BUSTED FOR PRESCRIBING DRUGS FOR CASH TO FUEL HIS OWN ADDICTION

On this episode, Dr. Oz interviewed Rich Morgan, a former physician who became addicted to drugs and ultimately lost his career and his family. Morgan said his addiction began after he had oral surgery and filled a prescription for narcotics. He would write prescriptions for fake patients and fill them himself. He was caught, arrested, and spent nine years in prison. Dr. Oz emphasized that anybody could have an addiction, even a doctor, and that it's never too late to seek help.

Next, Dr. Oz discussed the case of Aaron Hernandez, the young football star who killed his friend and then committed suicide in jail. Dr. Oz was joined by investigative journalist Soledad O'Brien and neurologist Charles Bernick to discuss whether repeated head trauma causing chronic traumatic encephalopathy could have triggered his violent behavior. While CTE is a real problem, the experts said, people with CTE don't have an above average risk of becoming criminals. However, CTE is still bad for the developing brain and can lead to long-term consequences like problems with memory. Dr. Oz and the experts suggested limiting contact sports until after 12 years of age and making sure to take adequate time off after a concussion.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ARE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS MAKING YOU FATTER?

Dr. Oz went over new research that found a link between artificial sweeteners and obesity. They suggest the mechanism may be that artificial sweeteners upregulate lipogenesis in adipocytes. Dr. Oz also noted that sugar alternatives can make people crave more sweets, causing dieters to overeat. He suggested swapping artificial sweeteners for whole fruit, stevia, monk fruit sweetener and date paste.

Next, nutritionist Kellyann Petrucci investigated whether low-calorie snack foods are really healthy. The answer? It depends. She and Dr. Oz offered rules for low-calorie snacks. For chips, 30 percent of calories or less should come from fat. For crackers, the first ingredient should be "whole." For cookies, look for at least 3 grams of fiber. Finally, the overarching rule was that snacks should make up no more than 10 percent of one’s daily calories.

Finally, Dr. Oz looked into kratom, a natural herb many argue can help wean people off opioids. The government has issued warnings that kratom is dangerous and has been linked to 36 deaths. Dr. Oz was joined by experts, who explained that the biggest risk in the use of kratom is that it is unregulated and has not been studied well. Therefore, we don't fully understand its pharmacology or how it affects the metabolism of other drugs.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

LIES YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD ABOUT YOUR SALMON

Julia Collin Davison from America's Test Kitchen joined Dr. Oz to discuss some common misconceptions around salmon. She revealed that some salmon, marketed as wild-caught, is actually farmed, and to look out for this during the off-season. She also mentioned that the negative reputation of farmed salmon is a misconception, since raising salmon in a tank is less disruptive to the natural ecosystem.

Friday, January 19, 2018

THE ULTIMATE 2018 SUPERMARKET SHOPPING LIST

Chef Roblé Ali and nutritionist Kellyann Petrucci joined Dr. Oz to discuss healthy new foods in the supermarket. They mentioned avocado oil, which has a low saturated fat content and high smoke point; moringa powder, a dehydrated and ground tropical leaf high in nutrients; harissa, a hot sauce packed with lycopene; and adzuki beans, which are full of fiber and plant-based protein. Lastly, they recommended oat milk, which is low in fat and high in fiber.

Next, Dr. Oz hosted a panel including a representative from the CDC to discuss the current flu season. They discussed serious complications, including pneumonia and sepsis, and encouraged people to get their flu vaccinations, wash their hands, and stay at home if they do get sick.

Monday, January 22, 2018

MEDICAL MYSTERY: IS HEAVEN REAL? DOCTORS WHO SAY THEY'VE BEEN THERE

On this show, Dr. Oz hosted two physicians, an orthopedic surgeon and a neurologist, who claim to have died, seen heaven, and come back to life. They described their experiences with what they consider heaven.

Dr. Oz then went over the recommendation to microwave sponges, which came about around 10 years ago. He then recommended cleaning sponges with bleach instead.

Finally, Dr. Oz's team looked into NSFs "Germiest Places in the Home" study. Surprisingly, coffee makers were identified as having the fourth highest microorganism count. Dr. Oz reviewed how to disinfect coffee makers with vinegar.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: THE RISE OF SEX ROBOTS -- WHY EXPERTS ARE ISSUING WARNINGS

On this show, Dr. Oz went over the new technology of "sex robots," which provide a simulated sexual experience. Dr. Oz spoke with sex therapist Dr. Laura Berman and psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow about how these sex robots will affect men and their relationships with women. The guests warn that having female robots that do whatever their owners want will have a negative effect on the relationships men have with real women, since the sex robots could eroticize dominance over women. Then Douglas Hine, an inventor working at a sex robot company called "True Companion," advocated for the robots, arguing that they can provide companionship to people who otherwise would be alone.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

THE MORNING REBOOT: THE VERY BEST MORNING RITUALS THAT WILL GIVE YOU A BOOST

On this show, Dr. Oz went over different morning rituals that some of his celebrity guests swear by, including taking cold showers, using eye drops, or keeping sneakers right by the bed to encourage exercise. Dr. Oz reveals that he does push-ups first thing every morning.

Later, Dr. Oz shared a new feature on the Sharecare app called the "RealAge Challenge." The app asks you daily questions about 11 different components of your health and encourages you to improve on those aspects every day. Your "Real Age" decreases as you improve these health metrics over time. The components are: sleep, fitness, blood pressure, relationships, stress, cholesterol, weight, glucose, diet, alcohol, steps walked, smoking, and medications.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

HOW CHEF BOBBY FLAY LOST 15 POUNDS EATING BURGERS AND BROWNIES

On this show, chef Bobby Flay went over the lifestyle habits that allowed him to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. He exercises regularly, only eats 75 percent of what’s on his plate, and tries not to eat late at night. Flay shared healthy recipes for America’s favorite comfort foods, including a burger (veggie-quinoa burger) and brownies (dark chocolate-olive oil brownies with breadcrumbs).

Friday, January 26, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: INSTANT FOODS -- FROM COFFEE TO OATMEAL TO RICE, CAN SPEEDY BE HEALTHY?

On this show, Dr. Oz investigated whether instant foods are as healthy as their traditional counterparts. He was joined by nutritionist J.J. Smith and food scientist Taylor Wallace. First, Wallace explained that instant coffee is made by brewing the beans and then either spraying or freeze-drying them into little pellets. To make instant coffee, you only need to rehydrate it and the instant variety has the same nutritional properties as regular coffee.

Later, Smith explained that instant rice is made through a pre-cooking and drying method. She told viewers that instant rice is comparable to white rice nutritionally and that it may even have lower levels of arsenic, which all rice varieties naturally contain. She emphasized avoiding pre-flavored rice and looking for packages with less than 500mg of sodium per serving.

Next, Wallace explained that instant pasta, just like rice, has essentially been pre-cooked and then dried. Dr. Oz notes that he has been unable to find a whole-wheat version of instant pasta, and advises opting for a conventional whole-wheat version, which may be healthier than the instant white version.

Finally, cookbook author Lisa Lillien joined Dr. Oz to identify packaged foods in the grocery store that claim to be healthy but are not. These options included frozen low-calorie meals, “healthy” frozen pizzas, and diet desserts.

Monday, January 29, 2018

CHICKEN INDUSTRY WHISTLEBLOWER REVEALS WHAT YOU HAVEN'T BEEN TOLD ABOUT POULTRY

Food journalist Maryn McKenna joined Dr. Oz to discuss the danger behind chicken parts: Whole chickens that are pre-cut for the consumer into breasts, thighs, wings, and legs. McKenna explained that this extra processing exposes chicken to contamination with feculent material and increases the risk for salmonella. As a result, she recommended buying whole chickens.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

TRUE CRIME: HOUSE OF HORRORS: HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?

On this show, the family of Louise Turpin joined Dr. Oz to discuss how Turpin could have been capable of beating, chaining, and starving her thirteen children for years. They explain that Turpin experienced sexual abuse and power struggles in her youth, which could explain her behavior later in life.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: NICOLE EGGERT'S SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SCOTT BAIO

On this episode, actress Nicole Eggert joined Dr. Oz to discuss her accusations against her previous coworker Scott Baio. Eggert claimed that he took advantage of her sexually around the time they worked together on the hit TV show Charles in Charge, and that she has dealt with the negative emotional consequences since that time.

Article written by Michael Crupain, MD, MPH
Michael Crupain, MD, MPH is the Chief of Staff of the Medical Unit at The Dr. Oz Show.