The Power of a Picture

A few weeks ago on The Dr. Oz Show, I asked Steve, the Unhealthiest American to begin a photo timeline. That means that every Thursday, Steve takes a picture of himself and sends it to me. On my end, I’m compiling them into a timeline and after a few months, I just know that all Americas will be impressed with his transformation!

A few weeks ago on The Dr. Oz Show, I asked Steve, the Unhealthiest American to begin a photo timeline. That means that every Thursday, Steve takes a picture of himself and sends it to me. On my end, I’m compiling them into a timeline and after a few months, I just know that all Americas will be impressed with his transformation! 

So why does all this matter? Well, as we track Steve’s progress, we are impressed that he’s lost weight and we enjoy his updates but when we SEE the transformation it takes on a whole new meaning. This is really important for Steve to help him celebrate small weekly successes while still keeping his eye on the prize.  It will also help if he’s lost sight of his weight loss goals and isn’t seeing results on paper.


 I wanted to blog about this because it’s important to understand that you can have all the resources in the world…great doctors, a high-class health club, perhaps even Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen themselves rooting you on, but at the end of the day, change has to begin with YOU and come from YOU. Sometimes, watching it happen helps to remind us of that! 

Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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