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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 2/21/12: Dr. Mercola's Radical “Cures”, Top 10 Herbs and Spices, Top 4 Anti-Aging Supplements, Super Deals for Hair Health, Best Bar of of Soap, Three Shower Tips

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: February 21, 2012
Dr. Oz Radical Cures Your Doctor Thinks Are Crazy

  • Dr. Joe Mercola shares his radical “cures” for big name diseases
  • Top 10 herbs and spices to use everyday from Dr. Mercola
  • Dr. Oz shares four supplements for weight loss, memory, heart health, and detoxing
  • Dr. Oz recommends super deals for super healthy hair
  • Three tips for the shower that Dr. Oz does himself

Controversy visits The Dr. Oz Show again today with another visit from Dr. Joe Mercola. Today, Dr. Mercola says he has radical “cures” for brain fog, cancer, and exhaustion. The greatest breakthroughs in medicine come from thinking outside the box and that's where Dr. Mercola spends much of his career. Today, Dr. Mercola will share his radical ideas and Dr. Oz weighs in with research from his medical team.


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Dr. Oz Radical Cures Your Doctor Thinks Are Crazy

Your doctor probably thinks he's crazy but Dr. Joe Mercola has spent his career researching and sharing unorthodox health ideas. Dr. Oz put his medical team to work looking into Dr. Mercola's claims to target the biggest names in disease.

Dr. Mercola says these are incredible all natural approaches that can change your life forever.

[Dr. Mercola previously appeared on The Dr. Oz Show earlier this year. Click here to read the full post from January 4, 2012.]

Why do you believe that western medicine sees everything outside the normal as radical?
Dr. Mercola says that it's not just medicine that sees something new as radical. The natural progression of truth is an idea is seen as craziness until it catches on. He explains that people have experienced great benefit with low-risk and low expense.

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola Radical Cure for Skin Cancer - Eggplant

Dr. Oz says he gets concerned when people start using the word "cure" when talking about disease.
Over 100,000 people world-wide have been treated with this eggplant-based cream for non-melanoma skin cancer.

Eating eggplant can provide health benefits but it's the extract from the family of eggplants that when taken is toxic to the skin cancer cells, says Dr. Mercola. 

Dr. Mercola recommends Curaderm BEC5 Cream to help reduce non-melanoma skin cancer. Dr. Oz showed a picture of a non-melanoma lesion before applying BEC5 and a picture of the area after using the cream for three months. There was no lesion.

Dr. Oz asked why eggplant extract is not readily available in the US? Dr. Mercola says that it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to study the product which makes it prohibitive.

Dr. Oz's staff contacted dermatologists and not one of them had heard of BEC5. Dr. Oz is worried that people will turn to BEC5 to self-treat a possible skin cancer area instead of visiting a dermatologist and potentially putting their lives at risk. Dr. Oz asks why shouldn't people use a cream that is FDA approved?

Dr. Mercola says that FDA approved creams can be more toxic than BEC5.

Dr. Oz's bottom line on this subject it to see a dermatologist, however, if a person with non-melanoma skin cancer is worried about scars created by removing the cancer then this cream may be an option.

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola's Radical Cure for Brain Fog

Dr. Mercola explains that dextoxifying the body of mercury can help to rid brain fog and fatigue. From air pollution to silver fillings, our bodies are exposed to mercury. Silver fillings contain 1 million times more mercury than in food and that mercury is released every time you bite down on a filling.

Fatigue has been linked to mercury in the body and, Dr. Mercola explained, there are tests that a doctor can run to analysis mercury levels in the body. 

To counteract the toxic effects of mercury in the system, Dr. Mercola recommends taking chlorella. Chlorella is a fresh water, single cell algae that removes the mercury and sends it out in the stool. Dr. Mercola recommends taking chlorella every time you eat starting with 1 tablet, or 200mg, each meal and working up to 5 tablets, or 1,000mg each meal. 

Dr. Oz shared that he only recently realized the health risks from mercury health and that's one of the reasons he says to limit the eating of big fish, like tuna, to no more than two times per week. Dr. Oz also stated that people should consider replacing dark colored fillings with ceramic fillings when older fillings need to be replace.

Other foods that can work synergistically with chlorella are parsley, cilantro and mint.

Dr. Oz Top 10 Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices

The best medicine could be in your spice cupboard. Dr. Mercola recommends using the following Top 10 of herbs and spices as frequently as possible, in every meal as fact. He doesn't mean to use all 10 in each meal but he says to change them up each meal but included one, or many, with each meal, every day.

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola #10 Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices - Italian Spice
An Italian spice blend has a variety polyphenolic [meaning a type of antioxidant] and bioflavonoids. Specifically it's the basil that's the powerhouse in the blend.

[Italian seasoning was featured on a previous episode of The Dr. Oz Show. On the 1/18/12 show, Dr. Oz discussed his Super Diet which included using Italian seasoning. What's in it? Italian seasoning can be a blend of many spices, including marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.]

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola #9 Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices - Thyme
Thyme, according to Dr. Mercola, is an anti-microbial. The extract has also been used as a mouth wash as well as for support for a cough.

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola #8 Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices - Sage
Dr. Mercola says that as an anti-inflammatory, sage has been used to treat arthritis as well as asthma.

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola #7Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices - Marjoram
Marjoram has been used to stimulate digestion, says Dr. Mercola, but many people don't know it's also recommended for anxiety and to support better sleep.

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola #6 Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices - Oregano
This herb is Dr. Mercola's favorite, oregano. He says oregano is supports the immune system and is a broad spectrum anti-microbial, used as an anti-fungal.

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola #5 Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices - Apple Pie Spice
The key ingredient in apple pie spice is ginger. Dr. Mercola says that ginger helps to normalize the body's pH. Ginger, by itself, explained Dr. Mercola has been used traditionally for nausea in pregnancy and sea sickness. Dr. Oz shared that he likes ginger's anti-inflammatory properties.

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola #4 Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices - Jamaican Allspice
A great spice for chicken, Jamaican Allspice has been used as a digestive aid and to help reduce gas. [According to, Jamaican Allspice contains: allspice, brown sugar, cloves, peppers, thyme, green onions, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper.]

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola #3 Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices - Cinnamon
The super star of all spices, says Dr. Mercola, is cinnamon. He explained that research shows cinnamon's ability to lower blood sugar and that it also has cancer benefits.

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola #2 Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices - Clove
Dr. Mercola says clove is like cinnamon on steroids. He says clove is profoundly useful in lowering blood sugar levels, much more so than cinnamon. Clove also has the highest ORAC score of any spice.

Dr. Oz: Dr. Mercola #1 Anti-Aging Herbs and Spices - Turmeric
Turmeric is a common spice for curry used in Asian and India. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Dr. Mercola says no other spice comes close to the cancer fighting powers of the extract of turmeric, called curcumin. He explained that curcumin high doses is “the most profoundly, universally beneficial supplement for the treatment of any cancer.”

Dr. Oz Super Star Anti-Aging Supplements

Dr. Oz says you can boost memory, lose weight, and support the heart by taking these supplements and each one is under $20. Roxanne, the audience assistant for this segment, called Dr. Oz, the James Bond of medicine.

Dr. Oz's Anti-Aging Supplement #1: White Bean Extract for Weight-Loss
White bean extract blocks, or regulates, the absorption of carbohydrates through the intestines and thereby is believed to prevent weight gain.

Dr. Oz recommends taking 500mg of white bean extract daily before your biggest meal. He also said white bean extract can be taken before a second meal in one day if that second meal is also going to be large.

500mg White Kidney Bean Extract
from: Best Price Nutrition

Dr. Oz's Anti-Aging Supplement #2: Bacopa for Memory
Native to India, bacopa has been used to enhance memory and improve learning by reducing the effects of stress on the brain.

Dr. Oz recommends taking 300mg of bacopa daily.
Dr. Oz's Anti-Aging Supplement #3: Milk Thistle to Flush Out Toxins
Toxins enter the body from the food we eat, the beverages we drink, and our air. These toxins are filtered by the liver. Dr. Oz explained that when the heart is not working optimally the liver can get backed up with blood and cannot flush through the toxins properly.

Dr. Oz recommends taking 200mg of milk thistle daily.

Solaray Milk Thistle Extract 175mg 60 Caps
from: Best Price Nutrition

Dr. Oz's Anti-Aging Supplement #4: Krill Oil for Heart Health
Dr. Oz reviewed the benefits of omega-3's that he has talked about frequently, it's a powerful antioxidant and can regulate the heart rate. More powerful that omega-3, krill oil may work faster and stronger than regular fish oil. The tiny plankton-like marine dwellers, krill is less likely to be contaminated by toxins because it's so low down on the food chain.

Dr. Oz recommends taking 300mg of krill oil daily. 


Dr. Oz Four Super Deals to Restore Your Hair

Molly Nover-Baker, Beauty Director of Women's Health Magazine, says you need to know how to shop for hair care to be able to chose from the large variety presented at stores. She says the secret is to know what you're looking for before you go shopping.


Dr. Oz #1 Deal for Hair Health for Limp and Oily Hair
Cost $6

Ms. Nover-Baker says that limp hair happens to folks with lots of fine hair. She recommends using a dry shampoo. Tresemme's Fresh Start line of dry shampoo's contain mineral clay and the provides texture to the hair to allow for styling.

To use Tresemme's Fresh Start Dry Shampoo's, hold the can 6 inches from the scalp and apply in short bursts. Part the hair in small sections, applying short bursts to each section, until all the hair has been treated. Tousle the hair to blend the shampoo. Dry shampoos tend to be white so if your hair color is dark, tousle the hair thoroughly to blend all of the shampoo before leaving the house.

Dr. Oz #2 Deal for Hair Health for Frizzy Hair
Dryer Sheets and Static Removal Spray

Dry and frizzy hair doesn't have enough oil glands to produce the necessary moisture, says Ms. Nover-Baker. She recommends using fragrance-free dryer sheets and static removal spray to remove static from the hair.

To use, open a dryer sheet and pat the sheet on the hair. Don't rub the sheet in the hair as that will make more static. If the dryer sheet doesn't do the trick, use a static removal spray. Spray the static removal on a tissue or a hair brush and gently smooth it over the top of the hair.

Dr. Oz #3 Deal for Hair Health for Dull and Faded Hair
Cost: about $8.99

Chemical processes and heat damage from styling tools can lead to dull, damaged hair, says Ms. Nover-Baker. This damage causes the hair to become textured in a way that prevents hair coloring from penetrating the hair and you end up with a faded color.

Giovanni's Colorflage™ is a temporary hair color in a shampoo and conditioner. This temporary color will wash out unless use it is used for every washing. Ms. Nover-Baker says she likes the Giovanni Colorflage™ because it contains antioxidants and as well as UV protection, sun exposure can also fade the hair.

Dr. Oz #4 Deal for Hair Health for Split Ends
Dr. Oz says he was shocked by this recommendation for split ends. Ms. Nover-Baker explained that sun screen contains silicone polymers and Vitamin E which can rehabilitate and strengthen the hair.

There is no fix for split ends, says Ms. Nover-Baker, they have to be cut off. Products that say they can fix split ends are providing a temporary seal.

Start with a dab of sun screen, about the size of a pea, and rub between the hands. Apply the sun screen to the ends only, avoiding the top of hair as it will weigh down the hair.

Dr. Oz Best Bar of Soap For Your Skin Type

Dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, MD says all soaps are not created equal. Our skin is always changing so you can make a big difference in your skin care by changing your soap.

[Working with natural cosmetics for a decade, I was told to avoid bar soaps on the face. The main reason being is that the skin on the face requires a little acidity to keep bacteria away. The majority of bar soaps are alkalizing and therefore would not be able to support that natural need for acidity.

I tend towards liquid cleansers specifically designed for the face and, for me personally, a cleanser that contains nourishing oils. Some of the bars recommended in this segment are, however, designed for the face but, I've got to admit, I'm still skeptical.]

Dr. Oz: Soap for Sensitive Skin
Cost: $1.99

Dr. Tanzi says to avoid fragrances and harsh detergents when looking seeking a bar soap for sensitive skin.

Dr. Oz Soap for Dry Skin
Cost: $3.99

Dr. Oz showed an animation of how the texture of dry skin is flaky and those flakes reflect light unevenly making skin look older than it really is. Dr. Tanzi says the Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar cleans debris from the face but doesn't take away the natural oils that provides protection to the skin.


Dr. Oz Soap for Oily Skin
Cost: $2.49

Glycerin in the Neutrogena Transparent Facial Bar, says Dr. Tanzi, cuts through grease on the skin and washes away easily. This bar can be used all over the body.

Dr. Oz Soap for Acne Prone Skin
Cost: $7.99

Dr. Tanzi explained that the PanOxyl® 10% Acne Cleansing Bar contains 10% benzoyl peroxide to cut through oils on the skin and kill bacteria that can lead to acne. 


Dr. Oz Soap for Flaky Skin
Cost: about $6.99

Dr. Oz showed an animation of a discoloring of the skin on the back which looked like a tan peeling away. The audience assistant says she gets flaky skin on the face and the rest of her body.

Dr. Tanzi explains that this particular type of flaky skin is not just dry skin but a yeast infection that causes discoloration of the skin on the face, abdomen and back too. The yeast is actually naturally occurring but when it grows in an over abundance it causes problems.

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Three Things You Should Do In the Shower

Dr. Oz Shower Tip #1: Dry razor after shaving
Dr. Oz says after using a razor in the shower, give it a quick flick and blow on it three times. A worn out razor can hurt, burn the skin and can cause a staff infection. Keeping your razor dry will help it to last longer.

Dr. Oz Shower Tip #2: Wash the face last
The residue from shampoo and conditioner gets on the face and can cause break outs. To remove the residue, wash your face last.

Dr. Oz Shower Tip #3: Lukewarm temperature
Hot water from the shower can make the skin dry and itchy. To demonstrate, Dr. Oz showed how hot water can strip butter, representing natural oils on the skin. Lukewarm water, doesn't melt the butter, allows the skin's natural oils to lock in. Dr. Oz says to keep the shower under 10 minutes, don't waste water.

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