Health Secrets Dr. Oz Only Tells His Friends

From cravings cures to ear cleaners, Dr. Oz's nearest and dearest reveal their favorite Oz-approved health tips.

Health Secrets Dr. Oz Only Tells His Friends

From cravings cures to ear cleaners, Dr. Oz's nearest and dearest reveal their favorite Oz-approved health tips.

2-Step Trick to Conquer Cravings

When his neighbor Lisa needed a quick cravings cure, Dr. Oz had just the thing: the two-bite trick! When you get a craving for something decadent – ice cream, brownies, fries – take two bites before drinking an entire glass of water. This simple two-step cheat will trick your stomach and brain into feeling satisfied. When you take the first two bites of a treat, your brain lights up with satisfaction - that's all your brain needs to satisfy your craving. It's your empty stomach that prompts you to keep eating. If you trick your stomach into feeling full, you'll stop eating sooner and save yourself some calories.

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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