Clinicians’ Corner — October 2018

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

By The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit

Below are the show summaries for the month of October.

Monday, October 1, 2018

THE MEAT-BELLY DILEMMA: ARE YOU ON PROTEIN OVERLOAD?

Dr. Oz investigated whether a diet high in meat affects gut bacteria. He discussed a chemical called TMAO that is released from bacteria in meat, which is associated with inflammation and constipation. Dr. Oz recommended viewers supplement their diets with pistachios, Brussels sprouts, and grapes to counteract TMAO. It is also important to increase overall consumption of vegetables and whole grains to avoid constipation. Next, Dr. Oz debunked some common myths about fish and provided tips for buying the freshest and safest fish. Dr. Oz encouraged viewers to avoid fish that have cloudy eyes. He assured viewers that in most instances frozen fish, farmed fish, and smaller fish are safe to eat.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JUULING

Dr. Oz and Sanja Gupta investigated juuling, a growing trend that’s becoming an epidemic in schools around the country. Dr. Oz recommended parents confiscate this flash-drive-looking device that can lead to nicotine addiction. The pair also turned their attention to rising interest in CBD, which is increasingly being marketed as an aid to improve sleep, ease anxiety, and manage chronic pain and symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Dr. Oz emphasized that CBD acts throughout the body, so people believe it is a cure-all, however, various CBD products may not provide therapeutic benefits. The show featured a report from Consumer Lab, which tested nine popular CBD products. They found the products only contained between two and 22 milligrams per dose — far less than what is recommended for therapeutic benefits. The good news is the products tested did not contain significant amounts of THC or heavy metals.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

DEADLY DIAGNOSIS: 3 WAYS YOU CAN REDUCE YOUR RISK OF PANCREATIC CANCER

Dr. Oz looked took a closer look at pancreatic cancer. Factors such as obesity, diabetes, and race put a person at higher risk for the disease. Dr. Oz recommended viewers lower their risk for the disease by reducing waist circumference and consuming at least 2.5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily — including plant-based protein. He also said it’s important to avoid red meat and sugary drinks. Watercress, in particular, may help reduce cellular DNA damage that contributes to risk for pancreatic cancer. Next, Dr. Oz spoke to a woman who learned of a long-held family secret through a home DNA test: her dad is not her biological father.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

TRUE CRIME THURSDAY: THE REALITY SHOW SURGEON ACCUSED OF DRUGGING AND RAPING WOMEN

Crime commentator Nancy Grace investigated a doctor from a TV reality show who used his looks, wealth, and even his girlfriend to allegedly drug and sexually assault female victims. Next, Dr. Oz interviewed a woman who escaped a cult; the leader entranced his followers to fear the world was ending. He also committed unspeakable acts against women and children.

Friday, October 5, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES FIERY HOT SNACK FOODS: ARE EXTREME SPICY CHIPS SAFE?

Dr. Oz discussed the truth behind recent headlines suggesting that spicy snacks may be linked to stomach pains, ulcers, and ER visits. First, Dr. Oz interviewed a food scientist that shed light on how spicy snacks get their fiery color. While the acidity of spicy chips is higher than stomach acid, spicy chips will not change the pH environment of the stomach. It turns out most visits to the emergency room surrounding spicy snacks are false alarms, and that when an abundance of red foods are eaten, your stool can turn red. Ultimately, spicy snack foods are safe to consume, keeping in mind that all foods should be consumed in moderation and every individual has varying degrees of tolerance to spicy foods, especially foods with low nutritional value that are high in sodium and fat. Next, Dr. Oz spoke with football quarterback Tim Tebow, about his hand injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season, and his tricks for sticking with his keto diet plan.

Monday, October 8, 2018

THE NEW VINEGAR PRESCRIPTION

Dr. Oz examined a health trend that’s taken the wellness world by storm: vinegar. Some research indicates drinking apple cider vinegar (ACV) may help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol. Other research suggests that coconut vinegar, which has a low glycemic index, could help curb sweet cravings. The proposed optimal plan includes one teaspoon of ACV before breakfast and lunch and one teaspoon of coconut vinegar before dinner. Next, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. talked to Dr. Oz about the vocal damage and hoarseness he experienced after playing O.J. Simpson and then transitioning singing role in the Broadway production of “Chicago.” Dr. Oz explained silent acid reflux — which includes symptoms such as nagging cough and sore throat — is the leading cause of voice hoarseness. To lessen these symptoms, Dr. Oz recommends eliminating acid-triggering foods such as chocolate bars, coffee, tea, tomatoes, canned food, French fries, and citrus fruits. He also recommended not eating at least three hours before bedtime.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

TRUE CRIME TUESDAY: ‘HOW TO MURDER YOUR HUSBAND’ ROMANCE NOVELIST ACCUSED OF DOING JUST THAT

A romance novelist who penned How to Murder Your Husband was later accused of fatally shooting her own husband.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

COULD YOUR SLUGGISH THYROID REALLY BE CANCER?

Shark Tank host and business investor, Daymond John, told Dr. Oz about his journey through thyroid cancer and how doctors almost failed to diagnose him. Dr. Oz explained thyroid cancer doesn’t usually have symptoms, but there are some red flags people should be aware of. These include difficulty breathing and swallowing, persistent cough, and neck pain. Other common signs of thyroid disease include fatigue, difficulty losing weight, and hair loss. Dr. Oz and Daymond demonstrated to viewers how to do a thyroid self-exam, by putting your fingers in a butterfly shape over the Adam’s apple to feel for the thyroid; he said any soreness or lumps may be an indication that it is necessary to see a doctor.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: THE COLLEGE GYNECOLOGIST ACCUSED OF RAMPANT SEXUAL ABUSE BY HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS

Dr. Oz interviewed a victim of sexual abuse from a college gynecologist. The doctor was accused of sexually abusing 300 young women over the course of nearly 30 years. Dr. Oz spoke with a gynecologist about the red flags patients should be aware of during a visit to the doctor. Patients should report gynecologists that stray from standard practices, such as remaining in the exam room when a patient undresses, or not using gloves or a drape during pelvic exams. Dr. Oz recommended viewers notify the medical board of their state if a routine medical exam causes them to feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Next, Dr. Oz interviewed Montel Williams about recovering from his stroke. He urged viewers learn how to recognize signs of stroke such as facial drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty.

Friday, October 12, 2018

COULD MATCHA GREEN TEA BE USED TO TREAT CANCER?

Dr. Oz investigates the benefits of matcha green tea. Recent research finds matcha may prevent cancer cells from refueling. He noted that compared to other green teas, matcha has three times more Epigallocatechin gallate, a type of catechin that may help prevent cancer. Matcha is also a prebiotic, which helps facilitate the growth of healthy bacteria. Dr. Oz recommends drinking a cup of matcha daily. To get the most benefit it’s important to look for a high-quality matcha in a re-sealable tin. He offered some preparation hacks and recipes to get more matcha into your diet. Next, Dr. Oz sat down with actor William Shatner to discuss his new book about living a healthier life. Shatner revealed details about his mental health struggles and misdiagnosis of prostate cancer.

Monday, October 15, 2018

COULD HIDDEN ADDITIVES IN YOUR FAVORITE NO-CALORIE WATERS MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT?

Dr. Oz investigated the ingredients in no-calorie flavored waters. These beverages are a new favorite for consumers and many people are drinking them instead of diet soda. However, research finds many artificial sweeteners in diet sodas are also used in some no-calorie flavored waters. These may include aspartame, sucralose, erythritol, and acesulfame potassium. The addition of artificial sweeteners in beverages has been linked to weight gain and is associated with overeating or higher sweet cravings. The FDA allows companies to list “natural flavors” as an ingredient, as long they come from a natural source. Dr. Oz stressed that it’s important to understand that “natural flavors” is an umbrella term for ingredients that come from fruits, vegetables, spices, and even animals. Dr. Oz explained that while most of these additives are harmless, it’s hard to know exactly what is in a beverage with natural flavors. He recommends flavoring water or seltzer with muddled fruits, fruit peels or herbs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TRUE CRIME TUESDAY: THE EYE DROP MURDER

Dr. Oz looked into an unusual case of murder: A woman who killed her husband by poisoning his water with over-the-counter eye drops. Eye drops contain tetrahydrozoline, which causes vascular constriction to decrease eye redness. If ingested in large amounts, tetrahydrozoline can block sympathetic activity causing shortness of breath, low heart rate, a drop in blood pressure, coma, and even death. Dr. Oz explained this is the reason many eye drop bottles have warnings on their labels for ingestion.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: WHY IS THERE SO MUCH SUGAR IN YOGURT?

Dr. Oz investigated the nutritional profile of hundreds of yogurts brands. He found popular supermarket-brand yogurts contain between four to 29 grams of sugar, typically due to the addition of candy, syrups, and jam. Many organic yogurt brands still contain up to 19 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to many desserts. Additionally, he found yogurts that are labeled “light” still are often loaded with sugar, and most have artificial flavors that could actually increase sugar cravings. Dr. Oz recommended viewers buy plain, unflavored yogurt or look for yogurt with less than six grams of sugar. He also recommended viewers look for brands that don’t include additives in their product such as food starch. Next, Dr. Oz spoke with country music star Jessie James Decker, who showed viewers some simple shortcuts to prepare southern food.

Thursday, October 18, 2018  

TRUE CRIME THURSDAY: KILLING MY BOYFRIEND SAVED ME

Dr. Oz spoke with a young woman who was savagely assaulted by her boyfriend. He was under the influence of both amphetamines and lorazepam when she strangled him with her blow dryer cord in self-defense and escape his abuse. Her efforts to find safety resulted in the death of her boyfriend. Although she was held by police for a few days, ultimately, it was deemed justifiable homicide. Today, she suffers from PTSD that has led to alcohol abuse. Dr. Oz explained survivors of domestic violence can benefit from talking to a physician or therapist for healthy strategies to cope and understand their trauma. Next, Dr. Oz spoke with actress and director Aisha Tyler, who is raising awareness about uterine fibroids, a leading cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Dr. Oz recommended women talk with their gynecologist if they experience abnormal menstrual bleeding, which is characterized by a heavy period that lasts seven days or includes the passing of blood clots the size of a quarter or larger.

Friday, October 19, 2018

MEDICAL MYSTERY: HOW DID A GROUP OF 4 FRIENDS ALL GET EYE CANCER?

Dr. Oz interviewed four friends who all attended the same college in Alabama and years later were diagnosed with ocular melanoma. Each had reported seeing flashing lights in their vision field prior to seeking medical care. The risk factors for ocular melanoma include having light colored eyes, excessive sun exposure, prolonged exposure to chemicals, and genetic predisposition. Dr. Oz urged viewers to regularly visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist for routine eye exams with dilation. Next, Dr. Oz spoke with television anchor Savannah Guthrie about maintaining good sleep hygiene. Her early morning job often makes it difficult to get the rest she needs. Dr. Oz recommended Savannah eat foods high in tryptophan, melatonin, and serotonin such as turkey and salmon, tart cherry juice, and kiwi.

Monday, October 22, 2018

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW OMEGA-3 CHICKENS AT YOUR SUPERMARKET 

Dr. Oz investigated a new trend that has supermarkets adding omega-3s to the poultry aisle. While Dr. Oz concluded that these poultry products are safe to eat, he explained to viewers that they don’t contain the most beneficial type of omega-3s, such as the ones found in salmon, so they are not a salmon replacement. Next, Jordin Sparks spoke with Dr. Oz about sickle cell anemia, a health condition that has devastated her family.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A SERIAL KILLER’S DAUGHTER FINDS OUT IF SHE IS A PSYCHOPATH

Crime correspondent Melissa Moore, the daughter of a serial killer faces her worst fears by getting her brain scanned to examine whether she inherited her father’s murderous traits. Some neuroscientists say they observe differences in the brains of people who are psychopaths versus those who are not. Her brain scan did not reveal any clear differences that would indicate she inherited these traits from her father.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: ARE YOU AT RISK OF A SMASH-AND-GRAB CAR ROBBERY?

Dr. Oz turned his attention to the shocking new crime happening all over the country, in which thieves wait for you to leave your car, smash your windows, and steal your valuables. Plus, radio host Charlamagne Tha God talked to Dr. Oz about the childhood trauma that plagues him and how he uses meditation to calm his mind and relieve anxiety.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

OZ EXCLUSIVE: GEORGE AND CINDY ANTHONY OPEN UP ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR DAUGHTER AND HOW LOSING CAYLEE NEARLY BROKE THEM

Casey Anthony’s parents opened up like never before and revealed startling differences in their theories of how their granddaughter Caylee died and how they really feel about Casey. Next, Dr. Oz investigated if there really is a link between antiperspirants and Alzheimer’s. While using antiperspirant does expose people to aluminum, the amount is not high enough to increase risk for Alzheimer’s disease or any other condition. Humans, he notes, are exposed to this third most abundant element every day — in pots and pans, antacid medications, tea, and nasal spray.

Friday, October 26, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: ARE THE RUMORS ABOUT FAST-FOOD SANDWICHES TRUE?

Dr. Oz deconstructed the nutrition and safety of sandwiches available at supermarkets and fast-food chains. After testing a variety of both made-to-order and grab-and-go sandwiches, they were both deemed safe. However, there are steps viewers can take to become smarter shoppers. When buying premade sandwiches be sure to check the expiration dates. If you are buying a fast-food sandwich then look at the vegetable offerings to make sure they’re fresh. He also stressed that it’s important for consumers to speak out and ask which items were delivered that day. Next, Dr. Oz interviewed Alec Baldwin about his hip replacement surgery and struggle with prediabetes.

Monday, October 29, 2018

TIFFANY HADDISH ONE-ON-ONE: THE INTERVIEW YOU’VE NEVER SEEN

Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish spoke with Dr. Oz about thriving in the face of adversity — from a mentally ill mother to living in foster care to alleged marital abuse.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

OZ EXCLUSIVE: THE TRUTH ABOUT AARON: AARON HERNANDEZ'S BROTHER SPEAKS OUT

Aaron Hernandez’s brother opened up about Aaron’s dark and painful past, including what he endured at the hands of their father to possible sexual abuse as a child. Next, Natalee Holloway’s father’s talked with Dr. Oz about her case and abduction.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: ARE YOU GETTING CONNED BY CAULIFLOWER PRODUCTS?

From pizza crusts to rice to even buffalo wings, pre-made cauliflower products are everywhere but many of them are not as healthy as consumers think. They’re filled with ingredients that add both fat and calories. Dr. Oz recommended viewers read packages carefully and choose the products with the least number of ingredients and additives. Next, Dr. Oz announced the launch of a new food series — The Dish on Oz! — with his daughter, Daphne Oz. For the premiere, Daphne was joined by Valerie Bertinelli and Jessie James Decker who discussed the biggest food trends and demonstrated their favorite recipes.

Article written by The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit