Clinicians’ Corner — May 2019

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

By The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit

Below are the summaries for the month of May.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 01, 2019

THE TRUTH ABOUT FRENCH FRIES

Dr. Oz was joined by a food expert to debunk some myths about fries. Eating too many fries may not just be a problem of willpower. Foods that combine carbs and fat trigger the brain’s release of dopamine. Dr. Oz recommended sharing fries with friends at a meal instead of ordering your own. While many people enjoy their fries extra crispy, these are more likely to contain acrylamide, a chemical compound that is classified as potentially carcinogenic. If one is worried about exposure to acrylamide, they shouldn’t eat fries that are too dark and should stick to the ones that are blonde. Next, Dr. Oz investigated fast-food burgers. It turns out not all beef patties are 100 percent beef. They can contain fillers such as corn fiber and corn starch, and even sugar and oil. Dr. Oz recommended looking up menus online and only eating burgers at places that serve grass-fed beef. Many fast-food restaurants are still bleaching their burger buns with calcium peroxide, which is a chemical that’s banned in China. Dr. Oz recommended customers ask for burgers without bread. Many places even have them as a regular offering on their menu, which can eliminate as much as 250 calories from a meal. Finally, "The Dish on Oz!" crew had some of the craziest food mash-ups of all time.

THURSDAY, MAY 02, 2019

TRUE CRIME: MY BIRTH MOM SHOT MY SIBLINGS — DIANE DOWNS’ DAUGHTER SPEAKS OUT

Dr. Oz looks at the real-life story that served as a premise for Farrah Fawcett movie “Small Sacrifices.” He spoke with Diane Downs’ daughter, who opened up about how she learned about her birth mom. Plus, Dr. Phil shared his prison interview with Gypsy Rose Blanchard, a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, who is serving time for conspiring with her then-boyfriend to kill her mother.

FRIDAY, MAY 03, 2019

TRUE CRIME: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SUSAN COX POWELL — HER FAMILY MEMBERS SPEAK OUT

In this episode, Dr. Oz looked at the latest updates on the missing mom who disappeared nearly a decade ago and left only video clues behind. People have long suspected her husband Josh was responsible. Susan’s mom, dad, and sister, and Josh’s sister spoke to Dr. Oz about the shocking theories that surround her disappearance. Plus, Dr. Oz met the real-life “Mindhunter” who profiles and speaks to notorious serial killers.

MONDAY, MAY 06, 2019

OZ INVESTIGATES PORK AND BACON: WHICH CUTS TO BUY FOR YOUR FAMILY

Dr. Oz provided a pork and bacon buyer's guide to cut through the confusion. Unless it says otherwise on the packaging, shoppers should assume that pigs have been fed antibiotics. When shopping for pork, look for meat that is light red to cherry red in color and never white or pale. There should be even marbling. Pork tenderloin is the healthiest cut, a three-ounce serving has three grams of fat and 120 calories, which is comparable to boneless, skinless chicken breast. Read labels carefully. “Certified organic pork,” means the pigs did not eat feed that contained pesticides and were not given antibiotics. A label that says “natural pork” only means there are no artificial ingredients added, it has nothing to do with how animals were raised. By far, the best option is “pastured pork” which is typically found at upscale stores and farmers markets. Consumers may also want to avoid meat that was rasied with ractopamine. This drug promotes lean muscle growth, but may also make meat tough. Dr. Oz also looked into the medical mystery of a 16-year-old whose brain resets every night when she sleeps and wipes out her memories by morning. Her condition, anterograde amnesia, was caused by a concussion and means she cannot store new memories.

TUESDAY, MAY 07, 2019

TRUE CRIME: WHO IS TED BUNDY’S DAUGHTER?

Dr. Oz looked into the story of one of the most infamous serial killers of all time, who managed to get married and father a child while on death row. Then, Dr. Oz interviewed a woman who was raped and almost killed by Ted Bundy.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 08, 2019

ARE THERE OZ-APPROVED WAFFLES AND PANCAKES?

Dr. Oz took a closer look at America’s breakfast plates. While convenient, packaged waffle and pancake mixes are loaded with additives and sugars such as corn syrup. Frozen waffles and pancakes have food dyes and other additives. Dr. Oz recommended pancakes made with buckwheat, which is a high fiber grain. Next, Stedman Graham shared his lessons on leadership and his life with Oprah. Finally, "The Dish on Oz!" crew — Daphne Oz, Jamika Pessoa and Maria Menounos —  served up the ultimate sweet and salty food combinations.

THURSDAY, MAY 09, 2019

TRUE CRIME: ABDUCTED IN PLAIN SIGHT — THE STRANGER THAN FICTION CASE OF A GIRL ABDUCTED AND ABUSED BY A PEDOPHILE NEIGHBOR

Jan Broberg spoke out about how she was abducted twice by a family friend and raped over 200 times in five years. During this time, her abductor also had an intimate relationship with Jan's mother and her father, and made Jan believe that aliens were involved.

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019

"SECRET SICKO" HUSBANDS: HOW WELL DO YOU REALLY KNOW YOUR SPOUSE?

Would you know if you married someone who was living a double life? Dr. Oz met a woman whose charming husband turned out to be a serial rapist. Next, he looked into the story of an online dating scammer who conned women out of $2 million. Finally, he looked into the case of female coach who turned middle school girls into terrified sex slaves.

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019

OZ INVESTIGATES: ARE THE NEW "LIGHT" BREADS BETTER THAN REGULAR BREAD? 

With so much fear of carbs and calories, bread alternatives labled “light” or “thin” have been filling the shelves. Dr. Oz found that these products can contain additives such as dough conditioners, sugars, artificial sweeteners, and enriched flour. There’s also extra yeast to make these bread products rise faster. Dr. Oz recommended viewers eat either one slice of regular bread or purchase the bread that’s sliced extra thin, as long as it doesn’t contain any unnecessary additives. Next, Dr. Oz took take a closer look at how frozen French fries are made before you pop them in the oven. While there isn’t a difference nutritionally between sweet potato fries and regular fries, sweet potato fries have a lower glycemic index. Dr. Oz said French fries will never be considered a healthy food.

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019

TRUE CRIME: WHAT DOES NATALIE WOOD'S AUTOPSY REVEAL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THE BOAT?

The re-opening of Natalie Wood’s case has sparked new controversies and theories. Dr. Oz examined her autopsy photos to see if they reveal further clues. Next, he spoke to Natalie’s sister, Lana Wood, about the latest updates on the case. Plus, the son of the surgeon long suspected of killing “The Black Dahlia” spoke out about why he thinks his father is the murderer.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

OZ INVESTIGATES: MEAT EXPERTS REVEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DELI MEAT YOU’RE BUYING

Dr. Oz goes behind the counter to solve the biggest deli meat dilemmas including how to buy the most natural options and how to avoid nitrates. Dr. Oz said that salami and cured meats should be eaten in moderation. Viewers were recommended to ask for whole cuts of meat that are USDA organic. It’s recommended that shoppers put freshly sliced deli meats in ziplock bags to keep them fresh and avoid foodborne illness. Next, "The Dish on Oz!" crew — Daphne Oz, Jamika Pessoa, Debi Mazar, and Laila Ali — held a big fat Italian dinner featuring guilt-free spaghetti and meatballs!

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

TRUE CRIME: MY SON WAS ONE OF THE FIRST KIDS ON THE MILK CARTON — WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HIM?

The mother of Johnny Gosch, whose face appeared on milk cartons after going missing on his paper route, spoke out on the strongest theory for his disappearance 37 years ago. Then, Dr. Oz looked into why so many women are being accused of hiring hitmen. Plus, Dr. Jen Ashton opened up about picking up the pieces after the suicide of her former husband.

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

YOUR BIGGEST QUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN, ANSWERED

Dr. Oz spoke to a panel of specialists who have studied the existence of heaven. According to poll of The Dr. Oz Show viewers, 90 percent believe there is a heaven. A neuroscientist explained that studies estimate that 10 to 15 percent of people will have some type of near-death experience. He said that when people see visions they’re experiencing the visual areas of the brain. For example, people having near-death experiences see things they’re familiar with.

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019

THE TRUTH ABOUT ICED COFFEES YOU BUY AT THE SUPERMARKET

Iced coffee has never been more popular for its convenience, energy kick, and as an alternative to soda. Drinking coffee in moderation has benefits and can lower the risk for certain diseases. However, many of the pre-made beverages are loaded with sweeteners that make them comparable to soda. Supermarket lattes and cappuccinos can contain added emulsifiers such as carrageenan. People should be aware when they are purchasing iced coffee beverages that contain ingredients other than coffee and milk. A great supermarket option is nitro brew. The preparation technique gives it a creamy effervescence but still has zero calories. Next, rapper Fat Joe opened up about the wake-up call that led him to drop 100 pounds and change his excessive lifestyle.

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019

TRUE CRIME: "I SURVIVED BEING BRUTALIZED BY TED BUNDY" — A SORORITY VICTIM SPEAKS OUT

The survivor of one of serial killer Ted Bundy’s last and most infamous attacks at a college sorority house recounted the savage massacre on that fateful night. She spoke with Dr. Oz about surviving the horrific injuries she suffered at his hands. Next, Dr. Oz spoke with real estate mogul and Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran, who investigated what happens when a house goes up for sale after a murder.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019

CHEAP CHICKEN — WHAT ARE YOU REALLY GETTING WHEN YOU PAY LESS?

Dr. Oz investigated cheaper chicken products available in supermarket and which options are healthiest for people on a budget. Canned chicken is a relatively healthy choice because it typically has very few added ingredients. One the other hand, pouched chicken tends to have many additives to preserve the texture and flavor. Frozen chicken in bulk doesn’t contain any additives but can end up with a tough texture when you cook it. Look for ones that are labeled “ice glazed” to avoid freezer burn. Next, Dr. Oz looked into a new study about chemicals in pool floats. Researchers recently found the chemicals in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) can be detected from pool floats. However, this was a very small study that only involved four sample toys. It’s recommended that viewers set new blow-up toys outside to air out before using, inflate them with an air pump (rather than their mouth), and never leave the toys out in direct sunlight when not using them. Finally, "The Dish on Oz!" crew — Daphne Oz, Jamika Pessoa, Laila Ali, and Maria Menounos — with special guest Dania Ramirez, hosted a backyard BBQ with tasty recipes for your grill.

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019

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Article written by The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit