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Monday, October 24, 2011

Watching Dr Oz 10/24/11: Quick Fixes for Most Feared Diseases, Bad Habits, Beauty, At the Drug Store, Weight Loss

The Dr. Oz Show
Air date: October 24, 2011

Quick Fixes to Prevent The Diseases You Fear Most

  • Quick Fixes for the four most feared diseases: heart attack, stroke, diabetes, cancer
  • Quick fixes for bad habits
  • Beauty quick fixes
  • Quick fixes at the drug store
  • Weight loss quick fixes
  • Follow up to Arsenic in Apple Juice episode

Change your health forever with just one minute per day.

Dr. Oz says you can reverse your risks for the four most feared diseases in just 60 seconds per day. Everyone's day is jam packed from sunrise to sunset so Dr. Oz has put together quick fixes to help you manage health.

Quick Fixes for the Four Most Feared Diseases

Diabetes Quick Fix: Fiber and Vinegar Cocktail
before dinner every night.
Dr. Oz's recommends what he calls his best anti-diabetes drink with fiber and vinegar each. The vinegar acts as an appetite suppressant and the fiber supports balanced blood sugar levels. High blood sugar puts the pancreas into to overdrive to process the sugar then the liver has to process out the sugar – that's a lot of work and a lot of stress on the body. Dr. Oz recommends drinking a glass of fiber and vinegar every night before dinner. Click here for Dr. Oz. Anti-Diabetes Drink.

[Dr. Oz's drink recipe calls for Metamucil brand psyllium fiber and white or red wine vinegar. Psyllium fiber is not my favorite fiber. Click here for previous WatchingDrOz blog post on fiber. Psyllium draws water into the bowels and if you aren't drinking enough water, and many people don't, the psyllium can cause constipation. My favorite fiber is a fiber blend, Super Seed by Garden of Life. Read more about how to save money when buying fiber in this previous post on WatchingDrOz.]

Cancer Quick Fix: Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract is a strong antioxidant that can protect cells from free radical damage and irritation to cells. Dr. Oz stated that lab tests show strong indications that grape seed extract plays a role in supporting the body when faced with breast and colon cancer. Dr. Oz recommends taking 200mg per day of grape seed extract.

Heart Disease Quick Fix: Aspirin
Most heart attacks occur in the morning when the blood is much thicker. Dr. Oz says that taking aspirin in the evening so that the blood can thin overnight and balance the consistency. He recommends that all women over age 40 take 2 baby aspirin every day.

[Please read my WatchingDrOz post from September 2011 that provides many reasons not to take baby aspirin. I'm against a blanket statement that everyone should take aspirin given the severe and life threatening side effects associated with the use of aspirin. If blood thinning is the goal, there are many food sources of blood thinners that do not come with a side of death. Garlic, cocoa powder and some mushrooms are blood thinners including reishi.]

Stroke Quick Fix: White Fruits and Vegetables
Dr. Oz says a new ground breaking study shows that white fleshed fruits and veggies are more protective against stroke. These foods apparently play a role in the balancing of blood pressure and cholesterol. It's the flesh of the food, not the color of the skin that the study focused on: bananas, pears, cucumbers, cauliflower, apples. These foods can help support the structure of blood vessels, especially in the brain. Without structural support, blood vessels can weaken, crack and send blood throughout the brain – where it's not supposed to be – and that is called a hemorrhagic stroke. Calculate your risk for stroke here on Dr. Oz's website.

[“Each 25 gram per day increase in white fruits and vegetable consumption was associated with a 9 percent lower risk of stroke. An average apple is 120 grams.” Explains an article on about the research article published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Adds to the adage: an apple a day...]

Super Supplements to Offset your Bad Habits

Alcohol Quick Fix: Milk Thistle
Dr. Oz recommends drinking one glass of alcohol daily, preferably red wine, but when you drink more than one and wake up with a hangover what can you do? Excessive alcohol has been attributed to cancer and certainly liver issues. Dr. Oz recommends taking 200mg of milk thistle per day to support the liver in processing through the alcohol.

Sugar Quick Fix: Gymnema Sylvstre
High blood sugar levels, over-time, is associated with a higher risk for diabetes and stroke. Gymnema Sylvestre is an herb from India known as the “sugar destroyer”. It supports the blood sugar balancing and makes sugary foods tastes less sweet and ideally will help reduce the sugar craving. Dr. Oz recommends taking 250mg day of Gymnema Sylvstre to support blood sugar levels.

Salt Quick Fix: Mistletoe Extract
Too much salt raises blood pressure and puts a strain on the heart. Dr. Oz explained that the American Heart Association recommends no more than 1,500mg of sodium per day, less than a teaspoon. Dr. Oz recommends taking 10 drops of liquid extract of mistletoe extract to support the lowering of blood pressure and to help remove sodium from the system in a diuretic action.

Quick Fix Beauty Tips
The areas your most concerned with will seem more apparent when you have the least amount of time.

Hair Quick Fix: Leave-In Conditioner
Dry hair is split and cracked and the hair appears dull and frizzy. It's important to replenish the moisture in your hair for health and to provide an appearance booster. Dr. Oz recommends Nexxus Pro-Mend Leave-in Treatment line to help restore moisture and smooth split and damaged ends. Apply a leave-in conditioner when hair is wet and style as usual for hair that looks smooth and shiny.

Wrinkles Quick Fix: Wrinkle Filler
[One of life's guarantees: wrinkles appear as we age]
Sun damage can cause the skin to age prematurely, collagen loss from aging can also contribute to the appearance of wrinkles. Skin care products that are known genericly as spackle for the skin can help to smooth the appearance of those dastardly wrinkles and lines.

Dr. Lewinn® by Kinerase® Instant Dermal Wrinkle Filler. Dab on to the areas of concern to plump the skin then apply make-up as needed.

[There's an awful lot of chemicals in these products. A product that plumps up the skin in a matter of seconds is probably going to have a lot of undesirable ingredients. I'm getting concerned about all of these anti-aging products promoted to help you look years younger simply by applying their product. If the ingredients pose a danger to health, are seen as a toxin, then using them may help the skin look younger for the short-term but, maybe, just maybe, they could be causing more premature aging in the long run and increasing exposure to health threatening toxins. I prefer the idea of eating right, exercising, using a little make-up to bright and freshen the appearance but overall to embrace your age and embrace how you look at whatever age you may be.]

Teeth Quick Fix: Whitening Pen and Lipstick
Coffee and wine can stain and discolor our teeth giving a yellowish appearance.
Dental treatments are available for several hundred dollars at the dentist office. There are some quick and easy ways to whiten and cause your teeth to look whiter in just a few minutes per day.

Listerine Whitening Pen, containing hydrogen peroxide, applied several times per day, may help whiten teeth withing a few days or up to two weeks. Other whitening products are available from Listerine. Check their website for coupons. 

The right lipstick color can help teeth look one shade whiter. Clinique promotes several lipstick shades with blue or violet undertones that contrast against the yellow of the teeth causing the teeth to appear whiter. Colors include High Impact: After Party, Go Fig, Peach Pop and Red-y to Wear; Butter Shine: Cranberry Cream, Raspberry Rush, Pink-A-Boo; Different: Ice Bloom, Raspberry Glace, A Different Grape; Long Last: Twilight Nude.

Quick Fixes in the Drug Store

Which is the best quick fix for headache?
Kava Kava or Chamomile Tea?
Chamomile tea relaxes the blood vessels in the brain which can support reduction in pain.

[Being allergic to chamomile, for me to drink it during a headache may just make it worse for me. I have used Kava Kava during a tension headache with good results. Kava Kava is an herb that supports muscle relaxation so it may not be suitable for all types of headaches.]

Which is a quick fix for constipation?
Magnesium or Iron?
Magnesium draws water into the bowels to help flush out the intestines. Dr. Oz recommends taking 400mg of magnesium a day. [Magnesium is also supportive of heart health.]

What is the best quick fix for dry, cracked skin?
Shea butter or Baby oil?
Shea butter moisturizes and buffer the skin from the outside environment.

Weight Loss Quick Fixes

Condiment Quick Fix
A Greek yogurt based mayonnaise with Worchestershire sauce and spices makes for a low calorie condiment option. Compared to traditional mayonnaise, this quick fix is 79 calories lighter.

Craving Killer Quick Fix
Eating, or even smelling, a banana or other favorite healthy food before a meal will help you eat less. Yes, smell it. According to Dr. Oz there are some studies that back this up. Smelling your favorite food can be nearly as satisfying eating the food without consuming all the calories.

Sauce and Dressing Quick Fix:
Homemade balsamic vinegar and olive oil as a dressing or sauce can be a healthier and cheaper option than pre-made, store bought varieties. Use equal parts of each for a quick, easy, and flavorful dressing and sauce for meats.

Hot Sauce Quick Fix
Whip up your own hot sauce by putting equal parts of vinegar and peppers in a jar, leave it for a few days then toss in a blender. Add garlic, parsley or most any other herb and enjoy.

Viewer Quick Fix
Brush your teeth instead of reaching for sweet treats to help reduce appetite.

Arsenic in Apple Juice Follow-Up

Nestle Juicy Juice has demanded an apology and retraction from The Dr. Oz Show. They dispute Dr. Oz's lab findings of the amount of arsenic in Juicy Juice. Dr. Oz will be airing a follow up show to the arsenic in apple juice episode to air in November and he has invited all of the juice companies discussed on the original show.

Click here to view Dr. Oz's statement on his website that aired on today's show.

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  1. Can you clarify something for me? What is the difference between grape seed extract and resveratrol? I think resveratrol comes from grape? I dunno, I hear grape something, antioxident, blah blah.
    Why I don't have my own health talk show, I'll never understand.

  2. Resveratrol comes from grape skin while grape seed extract is simply that - squashed grape seeds. Grape seed exract can be obatined from any grapes, essentialy, and all grapes contain many different polyphenals throughout the fruit. The skin of red wine grapes being the stand-out leader in concentration of the polyphenal resveratrol when placed orb to orb amoungst its fruity family. There is another plant that has high concentrations of resvertrol, Japanese Knot Weed, and some resveratrol products will combine this form along with the wine form. Resveratrol and Grape Seed Extract are both antioxidants that scavenge free radicals from the body (think rubbish and rubbish collectors) and both are often recommended for the same purpose: blood sugar support, brain health, immune system function. In this episode, Dr. Oz is taling about one study that concentrated its efforts on one health concern, cancer, and grape seed extract showed some encouraging results. I hope that answered your question. Let me know if you have more questions and thanks for following! You may be one step closer to that talk show!