Clinicians’ Corner — September 2018

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

By The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit

Below are the show summaries for the month of September .

Monday, September 17, 2018

OZ INVESTIGATES: THE TRUTH ABOUT WEED KILLER IN YOUR CEREAL

For the season 10 premiere, Dr. Oz investigated the facts behind a blockbuster report that finds many favorite cereals contain the controversial weed killer, glyphosate. He stressed the need for more research into the safety of exposure to this chemical in food and recommended consumers buy organic cereal products to minimize exposure. Next, Dr. Oz took his viewers along for his colonoscopy and spoke about the importance of undergoing this potentially life-saving screening test. Finally, he visited the set of “The Goldbergs,” “Wheel of Fortune” and “One Day at a Time” to teach hands-only CPR.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

OZ EXCLUSIVE: ROSEANNE BARR ON HER CONTROVERSIAL TWEET

The American actress, comedian, writer, and television producer joined Dr. Oz and discussed her gastric bypass surgery, sleeping pill dependence, mental health challenges, childhood trauma, and Twitter controversy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

ROTISSERIE AND GRILLED CHICKEN AT FAST-FOOD CHAINS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Dr. Oz investigated the nutritional profile of rotisserie chickens available at many fast-food restaurants, which are marketed to consumers as healthy food options. In general, these products live up to the promise. However, comparing information from a chicken investigation in season 8, he found supermarket rotisserie chickens are still lower in sodium, saturated fat, and calories than fast-food chicken. Next, Dr. Oz demonstrated a variety of healthy meals viewers can prepare in their homes to make a single rotisserie chicken last an entire week. Finally, he examined the trend of fast-food restaurants using fresh (instead of frozen) meat in burgers. While Dr. Oz commends chain restaurants for moving away from processed food, he cautions viewers these meals could present a higher risk for foodborne illness.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

WENDY WILLIAMS OPENS UP ABOUT HER PAST ADDICTION AND WHY SHE’S TAKING ON THE K2 EPIDEMIC

Television personality Wendy Williams joined Dr. Oz to discuss why she is invested in stopping the use of synthetic marijuana, known as K2. Dr. Oz went undercover with the NYPD to find out the true dangers of the drug and then tested samples of K2, which were found to contain kratom and synthetic cannabinoids. Next, Dr. Oz investigated a Harvard professor’s recent claim that coconut oil is “pure poison.” He explained that while coconut oil is indeed high in saturated fat, a plant-based saturated fat may be a healthier choice than fats derived from animals. Dr. Oz recommended viewers use coconut oil as a replacement for other saturated fats like butter or lard, and to only eat it in moderation.

Friday, September 21, 2018

MEDICAL MYSTERY: DEATH BY DOG LICK: ARE YOU AT RISK?

A couple told the story of their son who battled a mysterious life-threatening infection for two and a half years. Eventually, the family learned the infection was caused by Capnocytophaga, a bacteria found in the saliva of household pets, and that their son likely has a genetic variant that predisposed him to this rare type of infection. Dr. Oz assured viewers that they need not give up their furry friends; the benefits of pet ownership far outweigh the typically rare health risks. But, he says, the cautionary tale is a reason for patients to inform their doctors about any contact they may have with animals. Dr. Oz also talked with actor Rob Lowe about his road to sobriety and how he maintains a healthy lifestyle today.

Monday, September 24, 2018

IS SALAD SAFE TO EAT AGAIN? THE LETTUCE INDUSTRY SPEAKS OUT

Dr. Oz invited leaders of the lettuce industry to discuss the recent romaine lettuce outbreak, and what is being done in the industry to prevent future outbreaks. Ultimately, Dr. Oz emphasized that viewers should not eliminate lettuce completely from their diets. Rather, consumers should avoid the lettuce associated with the outbreak for a few weeks and eat a different type until then. Next, Dr. Oz looked into research on whether it is possible to overdose on probiotics — through foods and supplements — and if that may contribute to symptoms such as bloating and brain fog. He said it may be useful to temporarily stop probiotics and see if the symptoms subside. Finally, Dr. Oz offered some simple tips for probiotic use. He suggests getting probiotics from a variety of sources (especially from food) and consuming prebiotic foods that will enhance the efficacy of probiotics. He also recommends waiting four hours to take probiotic supplements for anyone who takes acid-suppressing medication. One should also avoid taking these supplements with coffee and tea.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

TRUE CRIME TUESDAY: OZ EXCLUSIVE: HOW GENEALOGY CRACKED THE CASE OF THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER

The capture of the Golden State Killer was this summer’s biggest crime story. For four decades, the murders of 13 people and rapes of more than 50 others went unsolved. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Oz spoke with the investigator who finally cracked the case by using cutting-edge science and at-home DNA tests.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE LATEST ALZHEIMER’S BREAKTHROUGHS

Dr. Oz explored new developments in diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Rudy Tanzi, a Harvard neuro-geneticist discussed his research to develop an Alzheimer’s prevention pill that targets the formation of amyloid plaques, which occur in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. This promising treatment is currently in clinical trials. Dr. Oz then highlighted three foods that may be linked to lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease: cocoa, portabella mushrooms, and fatty fish such as herring. He next reviewed the lifestyle habits that research finds may prevent the disease. These include sleeping at least eight hours a night, reducing stress, exercising with resistance training, and constantly acquiring new skills and information. Finally, Dr. Oz provided information on a blood test that can detect biomarkers for the disease. He also revealed information about how body composition impacts one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease later in life. He recommended viewers incorporate weight-bearing exercise into their fitness routine, especially people who have a higher percentage of fat mass versus muscle mass.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

TRUE CRIME THURSDAY: DR. DEATH: THE NEUROSURGEON WHO ENDED UP KILLING AND PARALYZING 33 PATIENTS

Dr. Oz examined how “Dr. Death,” the infamous surgeon, got away with killing and paralyzing patients for years, and how he was finally stopped. Dr. Oz interviewed one of Dr. Death’s former patients who went in for a routine spinal operation and came out paralyzed.

Friday, September 28, 2018

UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION: DENTAL SCAMS: ARE YOU BEING OVERDIAGNOSED AND OVERCHARGED?

Investigative correspondent Mara Schiavocampo went undercover to investigate whether dentists are overcharging or, even worse, overdiagnosing patients. She visited dentists with poor online reviews. They claimed Mara needed expensive dental procedures, but she didn’t. The unnecessary services would have cost thousands of dollars! Dr. Oz recommended viewers ask for visual evidence — such as X-rays — to confirm that the treatment is essential. Patients should always be wary of deals, ask questions if confused, and pay attention to online reviews.

Article written by The Dr. Oz Show Medical Unit