The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: February 16, 2012
Dr. Oz 4 Body Pains That Could Be Cancer
- Which four body pains could be a sign of cancer
- Top four supplements to help prevent cancer
- Boost your metabolism with these super-stars
Dr. Oz says your body gives life-saving clues to when things are out of balance but you need to know what you're looking for. He says you can help fight cancer before you get a diagnosis, before it's too late. Any of these four body pains could mean cancer. How do you know if it's a simple body pain or something more serious? Dr. Oz and guests explain what to listen for and what to do to prevent cancer risks.
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Dr. Oz 4 Body Pains That Could Be Cancer
Listening to your body and really hearing what it's saying can help people sense subtle changes that could the beginning of life changing diseases. Dr. Oz says knowing what your body is telling you can help get a jump start understand what the changes mean and what you can do to support your body.
Dr. Oz Cancer Pain #1: Back Pain
Each year, 44,000 people are diagnosed with this cancer. Common symptoms include:
- Back pain
- Loss of appetite
Diagnosis: Pancreatic Cancer
Dr. Oz conducted a demonstration showing how the pancreas secretes a chemical into the digestive system to digest food. The food we eat is broken down because of this chemical secretion. When cancer attacks the pancreas, that digestive fluid cannot get into the digestive system and instead backs up in the organ. The chemicals begin to breakdown the pancreas, can cause inflammation in the neighboring organs, and the body begins to eat away at itself.
How do you know if a pain in the back is simple soreness or if it's cancer?
Dr. Deborah Axelrod, NYU Langone Medical Center [expert on breast cancer and co-author of, with Rosie O'Donnell and Tracy Chutorian Semler, Bosom Buddies: Lessons and Laughter on Breast Health and Cancer], says there is a difference between simple back pain and pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer symptoms also include pale stools, greasy stools and the back pain does not respond to over-the-count anti-inflammatory medications.
Dr. Oz Cancer Pain #2: Chest Pain
Over 75,000 people are diagnosed with this form of a cancer. Symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Flu-like symptoms
- Exhausted all the time
Dr. Oz explained that the same lymph nodes that become inflamed and swell when you get sick will swell if cancer if present. To check the health of your lymph nodes, there are three areas to look, the throat, the arm pits and the groin area. He demonstrated how to check the throat and the arm pits.
Feel along the sides of neck from the Adam’s apple down to the top of the collar bone. To check the nodes around the arm pits, Dr. Oz says to take your left hand and put it in your arm. If you can feel nodules in the neck or arm pit then contact your healthcare professional for further investigation.
Additional, and more defining symptoms of lymphoma, explained Dr. Axelrod, is unexplained weight loss and profuse night sweats.
Dr. Oz said that if the night sweats last for one to two weeks then it's time to call a doctor.
Dr. Oz Cancer Pain #3: Arm Pain
This cancer is diagnosed in over 200,000 people per year and it's the number one killer of women with these common symptoms:
- Pain in arm
- Tenderness in shoulder
- Nagging cough
Diagnosis: Lung Cancer
While lung cancer is the number one killing cancer among women, most think women don't get it and many think that only smokers are at risk. One in five women diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked in their lives.
Dr. Oz explained that traditionally, lung cancer causes coughing and painful breathing. The growing cancer will inflame the muscles in the shoulder area and many can feel the pain down through the arm.
Dr. Axelrod says that the pain associated with lung cancer will differentiate itself from simple soreness, arthritis, or a pinched nerve by not being dependent upon movement. Shoulder and arm pain stemming from lung cancer will be felt no matter how the body is moved. Often, says Dr. Axelrod, people who are suffering from lung cancer will hold their elbow to reduce the feeling of pain in the arm.
Dr. Oz Cancer Pain #4: Stomach Pain
This cancer is diagnosed in over 140,000 people annually. The symptoms are:
- Stomach pain
- Painful bloating
Diagnosis: Colon Cancer
Dr. Oz says the above symptoms are critically important clues. Women think colon cancer diagnosis are more prevalent in men yet, says Dr. Oz, the rate is 50/50 between men and women. Sadly, both men and women often ignore the symptoms.
These symptoms are also common of simple stomach upset. Eating the wrong foods that may disagree with your digestive tract or getting of schedule with meals can cause the upset which could last a day or two. If the symptoms last longer for a week or two, it's time to look a little deeper.
Dr. Oz showed an animation of a cancer tumor building up in the intestines. A tumor can interfere with normal functioning of the digestive tract and cause all of the above symptoms and would be an indication of a need to conduct a colonoscopy.
Everyone should get a colonoscopy, says Dr. Oz, by age 50 or earlier if there is a family history of colon cancer. If someone in your family has had colon cancer, he says, to get a colonoscopy test at the age 10 years before your relative developed the cancer.
Dr. Oz Top 4 Cancer Fighting Supplements
Dr. Oz says these supplements are the holy grail of cancer prevention and can stop cancer before it can start.
Dr. Lindsey Duncan, ND, naturopathic doctor and celebrity nutritionist, says these four supplements are the big guns of cancer prevention that can give our bodies the building blocks to fight cancer and sometimes it can turn the table in our favor. He says you always want to support your health and reduce your cancer risks through diet and exercise but these supplements will provide significant help.
Dr. Oz Cancer Fighting Supplement #1: IP-6
Inositol hexaphosphate, or IP-6, has been shown in animal studies to prevent cancer. Dr. Duncan says it is recommended to reduce the risks of colon, lung, liver, and soft tissue (skin) cancers. He recommends taking 500mg of IP-6 twice daily, once in the morning and once at night.
IP-6, explained Dr. Duncan, is a carbohydrate molecule found in fiber-rich foods that can disrupts the rogue cancer cells.
Dr. Oz Cancer Fighting Supplement #2: Selenium
Selenium is a trace mineral that, Dr. Duncan, says should be in everyone's cancer tool kit. It helps to reduce the risks of colorectal, and lung cancers. Taking 200mcg of selenium daily can provide antioxidant power to build up the body's defenses and moves free radicals out of the blood stream.
Dr. Oz asked if the amount of selenium provided in most multivitamins is enough. Dr. Duncan explained that a multivitamin provides 50-70mcg of selenium. For cancer prevention, he says, we need three times that amount.
Selenium is an inexpensive mineral. A bottle can cost around $6 and will typically last for several months.
Dr. Oz Cancer Fighting Supplement #3: Black Raspberry
Dr. Oz says to stop what you're doing and listen to this information because it surprised even him.
Dr. Duncan explained that the active compound in black raspberries that give them the fruit its color, called anthocyanins, is where the healing compounds reside and is supportive of reducing the risks of esophageal and cervical cancer risks. Black raspberries have several hundred times anthocyanins than any other food.
Black raspberries have a very short harvest season, a few weeks, so look for a supplement that contains freeze-dried fruit. Dr. Duncan recommends taking 300mg twice daily. He says one 300mg capsule is equivalent to four cups of black raspberries.
Dr. Oz Cancer Fighting Supplement #4: Vitamin D
Dr. Oz calls this one the granddaddy of all these supplements: Vitamin D. Vitamin D is recommended to be a part of a daily and cancer prevention protocol. Dr. Duncan says that low levels of Vitamin D is directly related to higher cancer rates.
He recommends taking 1000iu of Vitamin D daily to help reduce the risks of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers. Don't overdo the does of Vitamin D because it's a fat-soluble vitamin that stores in the body. [If you're concerned about proper levels of Vitamin D, a doctor can perform a blood test to determine your individual level.]
Which of these supplements should be in everyone's daily program and which ones can be used to customize a program?
Dr. Duncan says everyone should include Vitamin D in the daily program. He won't go a day without taking his black raspberry.
He says that people who are concerned with colon, lung, liver and skin cancer risks should include IP-6. Those concerned with colon and lung cancers should include selenium.
Dr. Oz World's Best Metabolism Boosters
IF you're working hard to lose weight but are not getting anywhere, Dr. Oz says these metabolism boosters could be just the thing to rev up the fat burning engines.
Ashley Koff, RD, author of Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged, says that age and lifestyle work against us in losing weight but doing these things can help get speed up the process.
Dr. Oz Best Metabolism Booster #1: Cacao Nibs
Cacao is where chocolate comes from and it has a rich history of metabolic energy. Ms. Koff says cacao naturally has stimulants that boost metabolism. Cacao is also the world richest source of magnesium.
Ms. Koff recommends taking 1-2 tablespoons of cacao in the morning or, at the latest, by the middle of the afternoon because of it's powerful stimulant boost. This not caffeine, she said, but will give a kick of energy.
Dr. Oz says that cacao nibs eaten alone have that chocolate essence but are not sweet. Put some cacao in a morning smoothie.
Dr. Oz Best Metabolism Booster #2: Oolong Tea
Oolong tea prevents fat from being absorbed into the body. Ms. Koff said when we hear about products that stop the absorption of fat we wonder then will they block good fats? Oolong, she says, will not block those food fats but will block the formation of triglycerides.
Ms. Koff says that one cup of oolong tea daily will help to burn 100 extra calories and that will add up to 10 pounds of weight-loss in a year. And, she says, if you're swapping oolong for a calorie beverage that weight-loss amount could be increased.
if you swap oolong for a caloric beverage you're adding
Dr. Oz Best Metabolism Booster #3: GTF Chromium
GTF stands for glucose tolerance factor and it's an indication of it's metabolic boosting abilities. Dr. Oz explained that chromium shuttles sugar into the cells as energy and charges up the cells ability to burn through calories. He says GTF Chromium makes sense.
Ms. Koff recommends to take 200mcg of GTF chromium 1-2 times daily. She says to look for a product that says GTF on the label, she likes to look for products that are organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism).
Dr. Oz Shrink That Cellulite!
It's an all too common complaint. The peaks, the valleys, the dimples that come together to make our legs look like cottage cheese. Yeah, attractive.
No matter how big you are, Dr. Oz says, you can have cellulite. He demonstrated how the skin on the legs are designed to be elastic. Fat can accumulate under the skin and over time you can notice that fat. As we get older, the skin becomes less elastic and those fat cells become more visible, not as little marbles but as grapefruit with peaks and valleys, the pronounced elements, of the fat beneath the skin.
Dr. Oz says these techniques will help to reduce the appearance of cellulite without surgery. While there is no cure for cellulite and no product will be able to get rid of it, these fixes are temporary and can only help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Dr. Oz Cellulite Shrinker #1: Aminophylline
Aminophylline is used as a drug for people need to inhale more air and it can be used topically to help dehydrate fat cells by sucking water out of them and temporarily reduce the appearance of the cellulite. Look for a product with 2% aminophylline and massage it into the skin.
Dr. Oz Cellulite Shrinker #2: Retinal Cream
Retinal creams are one of the best treatment – temporary - for cellulite, says Dr. Oz. Retinal cream works well on the skin on your face and it can work on the skin on the back of your legs to strengthen the collagen in the skin, make the skin thicker, and more resilient so you don't get the peaks and valleys. Look for a product with .4% retinal and use a quarter-sized dollop 1-3 times daily.
Dr. Oz Cellulite Shrinker #3: Kola Nut and Caffeine Creams
Creams containing both kola nut and caffeine makes the skin taughter. Dr. Oz says the caffeine and polyphenols in the caffeine pull the skin tighter and help to flatten the skin. Look for a product with kola nut and caffeine in the first five ingredients, any where further down the list will be too small of an amount to make an impact.
Can you use all three products at the same time? No, Dr. Oz says to pick the one you like and stick to that. Drinking water can support over-all health but, he says, will not make a difference to the cellulite.
Dr. Oz Stomach Problems
Keri Peterson, MD, FACP, with Women's Health magazine, says that 25% of women have frequent indigestion and stomach discomfort. Twenty-five percent! She has some recommendations for some of the most common stomach problems to help you get back to regular.
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Dr. Oz Stomach Problem #1: Constipation
Stool softeners are commonly looked to for help with constipation however the do not provide immediate relief and are not the best choice, in fact they can take as much as 72 hours to work.
Ms. Peterson recommends a saline enema. The fluid from the enema is squirted into the rectum where it can break up the stool and evacuate it in about five minutes.
Dr. Oz Stomach Problem #2: Heartburn
Proton pump inhibitors, which turn off the mechanisms that send acid into the stomach, are desinged to prevent heartburn but cannot help once it's started even though people reach for them after the burn has begun.
For immediate relief of heartburn, Ms. Peterson recommends reaching for an antacid. She says to look for magnesium on the label as it dissolves more quickly however it doesn't last as long as a calcium-based product. Calcium antacids take longer to work on heartburn and may cause constipation but it will last longer than a magnesium-based product.
Dr. Oz Stomach Problem #3: Gas
Gas can be caused by a lot of different foods. Ms. Peterson says to look for a product that breaks down the gas bubbles so they can pass easily. She says Phazyme and Mylanta act quickly, last for a sustained period of time, and work for any type of food.
[I think these products are intended to be taken after eating a food and beginning to experience the gas. If certain foods cause gas or to provide support in digesting any food, a full-spectrum enzyme product will fit the bill. Enzymes can be taken before, during, or after a meal. After gas has started, they may not be as supportive as the recommendations from Ms. Peterson.]
Dr. Oz Stomach Problem #4: Belly Cramps
The old faithful ibuprofen can be a good choice to help banish belly cramps but for a medication-free option try a hot water bottle or a heating pad which can be as effective as an over-the-counter product. Dr. Oz says that ibuprofen can often cause more belly problems. The water bottle and heating pad have no complications.
Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Cellulite Scrub
Dr. Oz says you can lose 6 pounds a year without diet or exercise by starting your day with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of ice water. You could burn 21,000 extra calories in one year. Apple cider vinegar also helps to prevent blood sugar spikes and provides energy too.
Cellulite Body Scrub
½ cup sea salt
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of cayenne pepper
Add sesame oil until the mix comes to a sand texture.
The scrub helps with circulation and the sesame moisturizes the skin to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
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