Clinicians’ Corner — November 2018

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

By The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit
The Dr. Oz Show

Below are the summaries for the month of November.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2018

FAKERS, FRAUDS, AND FOES

Dr. Oz investigated what’s really in supermarket cheese. He discussed how some shredded cheese contains cellulose, which is derived from wood pulp, but it isn’t dangerous. Dr. Oz also looked at the ingredients found in different types of cheese and explained how consumers can read marketing language to decipher which products contain the fewest additives. Next, Dr. Oz looked at a case in which a man faked having a disability and conned his caretakers into changing his diapers for sexual gratification.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2018

MEDICAL MYSTERY: WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT WHERE WE ARE GOING WHEN WE DIE?

Dr. Oz took a closer look at what happens in the moment a body takes its last breath.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 05, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: WAS THERE A BIG BACON COVER-UP?

Dr. Oz examined whether the pork industry has been hiding information about the health risks of consuming bacon. A few years ago, the WHO declared processed meats a Class 1 carcinogen, the same category as alcohol, tobacco, and asbestos. The agency reported that consumption of more than two slices of bacon or on hot dog per day can raise one’s risk for colorectal cancer by 18 percent. Dr. Oz recommended limiting bacon consumption to just on weekends, and also choosing truly nitrate-free varieties that have hit the market in recent years. Next, Dr. Oz investigated the low-calorie ice cream trend that has people convinced they can eat the whole pint. Dr. Oz reminded viewers that ice cream — regardless of its calorie content — is never a health food, and even low-calorie foods should be eaten in moderation.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2018

TRUE CRIME TUESDAY: OZ EXCLUSIVE: CONVICTED KILLER DREW PETERSON’S TWO SONS SPEAK OUT

In their first television appearance together, Drew Peterson’s sons shared revelations about their dad, who was convicted of killing his third wife while his fourth wife Stacy Peterson was missing. Dr. Oz interviewed the family about the trauma and why they disagree about their father’s guilt.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2018

THE ULTIMATE KETO: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DIET EVERYONE IS ON

Dr. Oz took a close look at the medical diet that’s gone mainstream. Millions of people have adopted the ketogenic diet, which consists of eating primarily high-fat, high-protein, and low-carbohydrate foods that channel the body’s metabolism into ketosis. By reducing the amount of carbohydrates, the body finds fuel in the fat and protein you consume daily, as well as fat stores. Dr. Oz cautioned viewers to eat less saturated fat and to make sure they eat more of the poly- and mono-unsaturated fats, like those found in salmon and avocados. He also stressed the keto diet is not for everyone.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 08, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: WHY YOU COULD BE AT RISK FROM DANGEROUS DRUGS DR. OZ FOUND IN PUBLIC BATHROOMS

Dr. Oz investigated the dangers of illicit drug residue in public places. He swabbed public restrooms in bus stations, malls, hotels, and coffee shops, and found four had cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and fentanyl residue on changing tables and the tops of hand dryers. There have also been reports of people coming into contact with syringes thrown into the waste bins in these restrooms. Many of these drugs are so powerful and potent, the average person wouldn’t need much exposure to have a reaction. For example, just two milligrams of pure fentanyl — about the size of four granules of salt — is enough to kill an average adult if injected or ingested. Fentanyl exposure through the skin and accidental ingestion is relatively unlikely in this setting, but people should still take precautions when they see burn marks or black streaks on baby changing tables and in the stalls of public restroom.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: ARE YOUR ATHLEISURE CLOTHES CAUSING YOUR WEIGHT GAIN?

Dr. Oz cautioned viewers about athleisure SOS – “stretch out syndrome”, The theory is that the extra stretch in these popular pants may allow the wearer to eat more. Wearing these pants everyday lowers a person’s ability to gauge weight gain based on fitting into regular clothes. Athleisure pants have also led to reports of nerve compression or an increase of heartburn symptoms because the garments may compress the legs and abdomen. He stressed the importance of not wearing these pants every day. He also encouraged viewers to wash newly purchased pants before wearing. After swabbing a number of athleisure pants purchased from retail stores, Dr. Oz reported that many of the garments had high levels of yeast and other bacteria from shoppers who likely tried them on without underwear.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: FROZEN MICROWAVE DINNERS: MELTING PACKAGING AND HIDDEN OUTBREAKS

Dr. Oz examined a concern that is on the mind of many consumers buying frozen meals: Is BPA from the plastic containers seeping into the food? BPA exposure is thought by some to be linked to health effects such as endocrine disruption, fertility problems, and high blood pressure. Dr. Oz had microwave meals tested for BPA levels and found that if the consumer follows instructions on the box, they won’t be exposed. Dr. Oz stressed to viewers that some foods that look like microwave meals, are actually raw and need to be cooked thoroughly instead of just reheated, so it’s extremely important to follow preparation instructions on the package to avoid foodborne illness. Next, Dr. Oz tackled Thanksgiving turkey and found that frozen turkey is much fresher than “hard-chilled”. He recommended a fool-proof method to safely thaw turkey. It involves submerging the bird in cold water that is changed every 30 minutes.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018

TRUE CRIME TUESDAY: FITNESS TRACKER MURDERS: CAN YOUR TRACKER CATCH A KILLER AND SAVE YOUR LIFE?

Dr. Oz took a closer look into how a fitness tracker was used to solve a crime. Fitness trackers are like a human GPS that records where we go and when, and many also keep track of the user’s heart rate — all very useful information in a criminal investigation. In the murder of Connie Dabate, police were able to see exactly when her heart stopped beating through her fitness tracker, and in combination with footage from a surveillance video, were able to identify her killer as her 90-year-old stepfather. Dr. Oz stressed to viewers that it is always important to be aware of their surroundings, be prepared fight an attacker back immediately, and know how to physically defend yourself. Then, Jessie Buttafuoco opened up about her traumatic childhood when her father’s mistress Amy Fisher shot her mom.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: HYDROGEN PEROXIDE: DOES YOUR FAVORITE HOME CURE ACTUALLY WORK?

Dr. Oz investigated the many claims that hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a “cure-all”. Through a quick trial of H2O2 on earwax, Dr. Oz showed that it can safely remove ear wax. However, H2O2 is not an effective remedy for teeth whitening or cleaning wounds and can, in fact, slow down the wound-healing process. Dr. Oz recommended viewers avoid combining H2O2 with any antibiotic drops, go to the dentist for teeth whitening, and use a saline solution to clean wounds. Dr. Oz also cautioned viewers against drinking H2O2, despite claims that the drink can cure cancer and other ailments.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018 

TRUE CRIME THURSDAY: IS ‘FOG OF ALLERGY MEDICINE’ TO BLAME IN HAMMER MURDER?

Dr. Oz looked into the case of David McGee, who bludgeoned his mother to death with a hammer and blamed his actions on the side effects of his allergy medication. McGee had a history of depression, stroke, and motor problems. He took 80 allergy pills before killing his mother and attempting suicide. Dr. Oz explained the common side effects of allergy medications include drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness, constipation, and dry mouth — but never murder. Next, Dr. Oz examined why many women are turning to prison dating apps to find incarcerated men to date and marry. Part of the reason may be a psychological phenomenon known as hybristophilia, in which a person is sexually attracted to others who commit an outrage or crime, like murder.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: #ThisIsOurLane DOCTORS SPEAK OUT ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE

With mass shootings becoming a regular occurrence, doctors who have been on the front lines spoke to Dr. Oz about their frustration with this public health crisis. Physicians speaking on the show urged viewers to safely store firearms in their homes. They also called for more initiatives that address gun violence as a public health crisis. Next, Dr. Oz spoke with a victim of the Las Vegas shooting and a trauma surgeon who treated victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. They explained to viewers why bleeding control kits save lives.

With the help of Dr. Oz, the two demonstrated onsite emergency care for a bleeding wounds that everyone should learn. In an emergency, viewers were instructed to alert 911, identify the site of the bleeding, and then compress the wound and pack it with gauze. They also demonstrated how to properly apply a tourniquet. Dr. Oz stressed that if you do not have a tourniquet kit available, then don't make one on your own. It's better to stick with hand compression and gauze.

Next, Dr. Oz looked into daycare center abuse. Parents were encouraged to do their own homework, since daycare centers are not nationally regulated. It's important to ask about employee background checks, safety training, and the child-to-adult ratio. Parents may also want to consider showing up to the center unexpectedly.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018

IS THERE ACTUALLY A WHIPPED TOPPING DR. OZ APPROVES OF?

Dr. Oz took a close look at the questionable nutrition of “healthy” whipped dessert toppings. He found low-calorie whipped toppings often contain less than two percent milk, and mostly consist of hydrogenated oil, thickeners and unnecessary additives. Dr. Oz showed viewers how to make a healthy whipped topping using the liquid in canned chickpeas. Next, he examined claims that coffee consumption is associated with increased cancer risk. Dr. Oz explained that the amount of acrylamide in coffee is too low to pose any real dangers, and that coffee has actually been known to lower risk for a number of chronic diseases and also has neuroprotective benefits. Dr. Oz also looked at whether cooking sprays are safe. He recommends viewers cook with avocado oil spray because it has a high smoke point. Finally, Dr. Oz settled the ongoing dispute of whether disposable toilet seat covers actually protect users from germs. After taking swab samples from a variety of public restrooms, he concluded that paper toilet seat covers do, in fact, provide more protection from bacteria.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2018

TRUE CRIME: OZ BEHIND BARS: EXCLUSIVE PRISON INTERVIEW WITH THE MOM WHO HIRED A HITMAN TO KILL HER DAUGHTER’S BOYFRIEND

Dr. Oz went behind prison walls to learn why a suburban mom and grandmother would do the unthinkable and what went through their minds when they were caught. Next, Dr. Oz looked at the murder case that involved eight Rhoden family members, which was solved two year after the crime took place.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: BEEF JERKY

With the rise of low-carb, paleo, and keto diets, meat snacks are now outselling chips in America. Dr. Oz took a closer look at hidden ingredients in many jerky products. He recommended viewers only buy jerky that contains less than 140 milligrams of sodium per serving and avoid ones with added sugar. He also discussed a recent study that links mania and eating too much nitrates in processed meat. While the study was based on a small sample size, Dr. Oz recommended viewers eat jerky in moderation.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2018

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2018

WHAT’S YOUR HEARTBURN TYPE?

Heartburn and acid reflux are common health problems, and research shows that in many instances they can be treated and managed without medication. Dr. Oz explained these digestive problems are often linked to diet. He recommended avoiding spicy and fatty foods and adding more alkaline foods could help alleviate heartburn. Heartburn can also be avoided by not going right to bed after a meal. Other triggers of heartburn and acid reflux include caffeine and carbonated beverages which may weaken the lower esophageal sphincter. Dr. Oz recommended setting a “meal curfew” and sleeping with a wedge pillow on the left side. He also recommended drinking coffee mixed with half coconut water.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T TAKE A SLEEPING PILL EVERY NIGHT

In an eye-opening investigation, Dr. Oz revealed new startling data that found one-in-three people take a sleeping aid to fall asleep. Dr. Oz cautioned viewers that long-term use of sleeping pills can have serious neurological effects and lead to a vicious cycle of poor sleep. While sleeping pills may help a person sleep longer, they also shorten periods of REM sleep. Dr. Oz recommended limiting sleeping pill use to two times per week and reminded viewers to aim for at least eight hours of sleep per night.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: ARE YOU BEING TRICKED BY ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS IN FOODS YOU WOULD NEVER SUSPECT?

Dr. Oz revealed the sweeteners hiding in many of the seemingly healthy foods we eat. Most whole wheat sliced bread and English muffins and shelf-stabilized salad dressings are loaded with sugar and artificial sweeteners. Dr. Oz advised viewers to read food labels carefully and look out for both artificial and natural sweeteners. For salad dressings, Dr. Oz recommended viewers make their own with simple ingredients or buy dressings from the supermarket’s refrigerator aisle.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: COUGH SYRUP ABUSE

Cough syrup has become a popular addiction due to the active ingredients, promethazine and codeine. From hip hop stars to athletes to next door neighbors — many people are turning to a concoction called “Lean,” which is cough syrup mixed into soda. Dr. Oz cautioned viewers that cough medicine abuse can cause shallow breathing, slow heart rate, and sedation. In some cases, an overdose can be fatal. Rapper Bow Wow talked with Dr. Oz about his addiction to cough syrup and its impact on his mental health and relationships with family and friends. Bow Wow explained cough syrup is a starter abuse substance for many people, and it has a potential to lead to abuse of potent opioids such as fentanyl.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018

CATFISH ADOPTION SCAMS

Dr. Oz shed light on an alarming trend of catfish adoption scams: Hopeful couples that want to adopt are being duped by birth mothers looking for money or attention. Dr. Oz spoke with one couple from Boston who was matched with a woman pregnant with twins. The couple handled her expenses during the duration of the pregnancy, but then learned she had no intention of giving up her babies. Dr. Oz advised couples to seek documented proof of pregnancy such as medical records from a licensed practitioner. He also warned against providing cash payments directly to a mother.

Article written by The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit