Dr. Oz invites a courageous AOD to help show how some creepy crawly creatures that, while generally feared, could help save your life.

  • Maggots Used to treat wounds. They can eat away the dead skin and free the healthy tissue to heal and regenerate.  
  • Leaches These bloodsuckers are amazing healers. They have an anticoagulant in their saliva that thins the blood making them very helpful to plastic surgeons performing skin graphs.
  • Gila Monster This is 1 of only 2 types of venomous lizards in the world. The hormones that allow these to store fat and get rid of fat desirably could be a used as a weight-loss tool.
  • Horseshoe Crabs These creatures are over 300 million years old. Lacking an immune system, they clot their blood very quickly before viruses or infections can spread.

Other animals that can improve your health are:

  • The Brazilian Arrowhead Viper Researchers have isolated a molecule within the viper's venom that allows blood vessels to dilate and lower blood pressure.
  • Frogs Certain frogs' skins contain high concentrations of antimicrobial peptides - a form of antibiotics that allows for accelerated healing.
  • Pygmy Rattlesnake A molecule in this snake's venom leaves its prey bleeding profusely because their blood is unable to clot. This molecule was used to create an antiplatelet drug used to treat people with heart disease who are susceptible to sudden heart attacks.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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