Are you a paycheck away from a food pantry? You’re not alone. Dr. Oz exposes an epidemic that no one wants to talk about: hunger. Meet the American families struggling to keep food on the table.

Click here for Part 2 of The Face of Hunger in America.

Click here for Part 3 of The Face of Hunger in America.

Click here for Part 4 of The Face of Hunger in America.

Click here to donate to fight hunger. 

Click here to find a food drive in your community. 

Dr. Oz wants to hear your ideas on how to make a difference. Share your hunger-fighting ideas on Twitter. Use #DrOzHunger in your post to help raise awareness.

And if you want to help the families featured on The Dr. Oz Show, you can find their information below:

Orlando, Florida: The Thompsons 

c/o Tammy Thompson 

Po Box 117076
Winter Garden FL 34777 

Tulsa, Oklahoma: The Whites 

White Family Support Trust  

P.O. Box 21228 Dept #175 

Tulsa OK 74121 

Hunger Heroes 

Back Pack Program: Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Pam Belk 

Communities in Schools of Lexington   

P.O. Box 177  

Lexington, NC 27293
Donors can specify: Backpack program at Lexington Middle School or if not specified, donations will go to general backpack fund spread amongst all schools in Lexington.  


Food Pantry: Los Angeles, California: Linda Hoon
Mountain View Family Development Food Pantry

c/o Linda Hoon
Resource Office
8833 Palmetto Av
Fontana CA 92335

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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