Clinicians’ Corner — March 2019

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

By The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit

Below are the summaries for the month of March.

FRIDAY, MARCH 01, 2019

SUSAN LUCCI REVEALS THE EMERGENCY HEART SURGERY THAT SAVED HER LIFE

Dr. Oz was joined by Emmy Award-winning actress Susan Lucci, who opened up about her recent heart emergency to clear her left anterior descending artery, which was 90 percent blocked. She received two stents to relieve the blockage. Dr. Oz revealed that Lucci’s family history played a big role in risk for heart disease. Dr. Oz then reminded the audience that heart attack symptoms in women may not look like the symptoms in men: Women are more likely to report stomach pain, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness.

MONDAY, MARCH 04, 2019

OZ INVESTIGATES: FROZEN FISH PRODUCTS FROM FISH STICKS TO FILLETS

Dr. Oz investigated what’s really in the fish we’re buying in the frozen foods aisle. He found that many fish sticks sold today are made with fillers and you just have to read the packages. Most packages he looked at contained preservatives such as sodium triphosphate and tertiary butylhydroquinone, which are not dangerous if eaten in small amounts. Next, Dr. Oz turned his attention to farmed salmon, which can be mislabeled as wild in the supermarket and costs more money than it should. He recommended shopping for wild salmon in the frozen food section since it’s often more affordable and is flash frozen. Some farmed salmon are fed a special diet to turn them pink instead of their natural white, but the ingredients in this feed are not harmful and are approved by the FDA. Next, Dr. Oz covered the measles outbreak and reminded viewers that the vaccine is both safe and effective.

TUESDAY, MARCH 05, 2019

TRUE CRIME: IS THIS MAN THE MOST PROLIFIC SERIAL KILLER IN HISTORY? WHAT THE DRAWINGS OF HIS VICTIMS REVEAL

Dr. Oz looked into the case of the prolific serial killer Sam Little, who recently confessed to 90 murders and is now drawing sketches of his victims. He targeted marginalized populations such as prostitutes and drug addicts. Next, Dr. Oz discussed the murder of Gul Telwar, a respected university professor and used car dealership owner, and how detective Pat Postiglione used his so-called photographic memory to solve the case. Dr. Oz went on to explain that there is no evidence of anyone actually having a memory that is as good as a photograph, but that memories that are attached to strong emotions are less likely to be forgotten.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 06, 2019

OZ INVESTIGATES: IS THERE A MICROWAVE POPCORN COVER-UP?

Dr. Oz investigated the claims that microwave popcorn is linked to lung disease and cancer. Pre-packaged microwave popcorn may contain some unhealthy oils and additives. The link between microwave popcorn and cancer wasn’t due to the popcorn itself, but chemicals called PFCs that are in the bags and can break down into a potentially cancer-causing compound. However, recently the FDA banned the use of some of these PFCs in food packaging. The connection between microwave popcorn and “popcorn lung” is due to diacetyl, which gives popcorn its buttery aroma. However, the risk for popcorn lung was mainly among workers in microwave popcorn plants, and many major popcorn manufacturers have officially removed diacetyl from their products. Dr. Oz was then joined by an expert from America’s Test Kitchen, who explained what is in “healthier” popcorn and how much popcorn you should really be eating. Next, Dr. Oz was joined by actress Busy Philipps who spoke about overcoming an ovarian torsion and coping with her severe sinusitis. Finally, "The Dish on Oz!" crew shared their best leftover makeovers including oatmeal, Chinese food, and a leftover chicken skillet dinner.

THURSDAY, MARCH 07, 2019

TRUE CRIME: VACATION NIGHTMARES — ARE YOU BEING TARGETED FOR A CRIME OR KILLING WHEN YOU GO AWAY?

Dr. Oz looked into the growing concern of vacation crimes and detailed how tourists are often targeted because of their wealth and because they’re in unfamiliar territory. One woman, Desiree Gibbon, was murdered in Jamaica three days before she was scheduled to leave. Viewers were given some tips to stay safe including not letting their guard down, traveling in groups, and picking a room that is hard to access and has deadbolts. Next, Dr. Oz discussed the case of Shyma Hall, who was sold into slavery at just eight years old. Dr. Oz and Shyma were then joined by a human trafficking expert who explained the signs to look out for in child abuse including restricted movement and communication, fear of law enforcement, and inconsistent school performance.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 08, 2019

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MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019

OZ INVESTIGATES: GROCERY STORE PRE-MARINATED MEATS

Dr. Oz investigated pre-marinated meat, finding that buying it may cost you more because the added weight of the liquid and marinades may be used to mask and sell older meats. These older meats won’t necessarily make you sick, but they won’t be as fresh. Adding a marinade won’t add that much salt to your meat, and marinating may actually destroy some of the cancer-causing compounds that are created when you cook meat. It was recommended that viewers shop for flat cuts of meat, which benefit most from tenderizing marinades. Next, Dr. Oz investigated butter alternatives. Trendy “butters” made with avocado or coconut oil may contain a compound called diacetyl, which has gotten bad press but is completely safe in a spread. Dr. Oz then discussed cultured butter, which has live bacterial cultures, but likely not enough to be a good source of probiotic benefits. Finally, Dr. Oz was joined by Daymond John who recently underwent emergency surgery for an abdominal hernia. Dr. Oz detailed hernia warning signs, including a visible bulge; severe digestion issues such as constipation, nausea, or vomiting; and a sudden onset of pain. Finally, Dr. Oz demonstrated some techniques to strengthen core muscles and potentially prevent a hernia.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019

TRUE CRIME: WILL THE ZODIAC KILLER BE CAUGHT USING DNA TECHNOLOGY?

Dr. Oz revisited the case of the Zodiac Killer. It’s believed that the killer was seeking attention through writing letters to the police and that DNA evidence may end up being what catches him. Next, Dr. Oz discussed the case of a two-year-old who was killed due to a medical error. Instead of a saline solution containing 0.9 percent sodium chloride, she was given a solution that contained 23.4 percent sodium chloride, which reportedly caused her brain to swell and sent her into a coma. The pharmacist responsible was sentenced to six months in jail. Pharmacist Eric Cropp accepted responsibility for her death because he did not catch the error made by the pharmacy tech who prepared the solution. Several states don’t have any requirements for pharmacy technicians and after Emily’s death, Ohio created Emily’s Law. It requires pharmacy technicians take a competency exam. Dr. Oz encouraged more people to ask questions about the medical care of their loved ones.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019

OZ INVESTIGATES: ARE YOU REALLY ALLERGIC OR ARE SOME ALLERGIES OVERBLOWN?

Dr. Oz investigated the claim that many allergies are overblown. Recent research finds that 19 out of 20 people who have been told they are allergic to penicillin are not. This could be a result of mislabeling a bad drug reaction as an allergy or outgrowing an allergy. The misinformation can have serious consequences because penicillin is one of the safest and most effective antibiotics available. With the help of an allergist, Dr. Oz learned he was no longer allergic to wasps. Outgrowing allergies is relatively common and can occur with food allergies as well. Next, Dr. Oz looked into the health concerns about BBQ sauce. When looking for a healthier BBQ sauce, it was recommended that viewers read labels, know when to add the sauce, and doctor up the BBQ sauce to add more flavor without adding more sugar. Finally, "The Dish on Oz!" crew discussed chicken labels and other recipes to guarantee a great meal.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019

TRUE CRIME: NEW INVESTIGATION INTO MISSING MOM SUSAN POWELL — THE NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD TAPES THAT COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING

Dr. Oz discussed the case of Susan Powell, who disappeared nearly 10 years ago. Then, Dr. Oz addressed the case of the “Honeybee Killer,” a killer cop who had a two-state spree that left one person dead and other devastatingly wounded.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019

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MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

AN INVESTIGATION INTO FAST-FOOD PIZZA

Former fast-food pizza workers gave the inside scoop on how fast-food pizza compares to the real deal. Dr. Oz found out that fast-food pizza was cheaper because it used cheaper ingredients: Fast-food pizza companies make many shortcuts to save money and increase production. Fast-food pizza crust is often made with flour that has been stripped of nutrients from both bran and germ during the milling process. Other ingredients such as wheat gluten, dough conditioners, modified rice starch, potato starch, and l-cysteine (a synthetic non-essential amino acid used for flavoring) are then added back into the dough to preserve the dough’s shelf-life and improve texture. When dough is made the traditional way with flour, water, salt and yeast, then it may be easier for the body to break down.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2019

TRUE CRIME: IS THE RIGHT MAN IN PRISON FOR THE ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS? A VICTIM’S FAMILY SPEAKS OUT

Dr. Oz discussed the case of the Atlanta Child Murders, a two-year killing spree targeting African American children. Most of the cases remain unsolved. Next, Dr. Oz spoke with celebrity Donny Wahlberg who revealed details about his new true crime series as well as new informatiom about Charles Manson. Dr. Oz and Donny discussed how Manson learned how to manipulate from an early age and influenced many people’s actions.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019

OZ INVESTIGATES: WHAT’S REALLY IN JARRED SALSA AND GUACAMOLE?

Jarred salsa and guacamole don’t always contain what people think: It turns out jarred guacamole doesn’t actually have any fresh avocado in it, but instead has avocado powder. Additionally, this powder only needs to be two percent of the entire product and companies simply need to name their product “guacamole dip.” Some of these jarred dips also include dyes to make their product stay green and they typically contain preservatives. When buying pre-packaged guacamole look for six ingredients: avocado, onion, tomato, garlic, lime juice, and citric acid. Plus, some fruit-flavored jarred salsas may contain added sugar. Dr. Oz told viewers to always read labels before purchasing. Next, "The Dish on Oz!" crew whipped up the ultimate spring brunch consisting of coffee cake, quiche, and French toast egg in a hole. Plus, Daphne Oz revealed she is pregnant with her fourth child!

THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019

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FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019

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MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019

BLACK MARKET DIABETES MEDICATION INVESTIGATION

Some people are now resorting to buying insulin from strangers on the Internet as a result of high drug prices. Dr. Oz sent out an investigative correspondent, armed with a hidden camera, to purchase insulin from online sellers. These medications were selling for a fraction of their usual cost ($125 for a box of insulin pens that typically costs $400). He cautioned viewers that purchasing insulin on the black market could result in significant problems or death, since it may have been stored improperly or be expired. Dr. Oz recommended viewers who cannot afford to pay for their insulin contact organizations such as Insulin for Life, which allows people to swap or donate insulin after it’s appropriately vetted. There are also a number of apps, including one from Sharecare, which incorporates GPS so users can compare insulin prices at pharmacies in their area.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019

TRUE CRIME: CRUMBLING TEETH AND DEADLY SYMPTOMS — MY HUSBAND WAS SECRETLY POISONING ME AND I DIDN'T KNOW IT

A best-selling novelist says her husband tried to poison her to death and revealed how she finally uncovered his scheme. Lab results on blood and hair samples suggested high levels barium, platinum, mercury, which can cause systemic illness. Next, Dr. Oz looked at the science behind “hangry.” He explained to viewers that blood sugar levels drop when a person hasn’t eaten and that triggers the fight response and elevates stress hormones in the body. Finally, Dr. Oz investigated the health complications associated with laser eye surgery, including its link to suicide risk. While the procedure generally goes well, many people end up with severe and untreatable eye pain and distorted vision.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019

JAY LENO ON HOW HIS HIGH CHOLESTEROL NUMBERS CHANGED HIS LIFE

Jay Leno opened up about how his cholesterol issues have given him a wake-up call and why he’s passionate about bringing awareness to others. He spoke about how he has had to adjust his diet. Plus, "The Dish on Oz!" crew celebrates all things cheese and Daphne Oz held her big gender-reveal party!

THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

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Article written by The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit