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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 3/1/12: Dr. Oz Haters, Three Health Tests for Men, Questions Women Won't Ask Their Husbands, Dangers of Safe Drugs, Cheap Drug Store Remedies, Prevent Dry Skin, Heart Health Tips, Care for Dry Skin

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: March 1, 2012
Dr. Oz Takes on The Men That Hate Him!

  • Men across the country are uniting against their wives telling them what Dr. Oz says
  • Three health test every man should take
  • Questions that wife's are too embarrassed to ask their husbands
  • Over-the-counter medication dangers
  • Inexpensive remedies available at the drug store
  • Protect your skin from dryness
  • Support your healthy heart

They've had enough of Dr. Oz's advice that comes to them via their wives. If they hear, “But Dr. Oz says...” one more time they will blow a gasket. The men want to tell Dr. Oz, “enough already!”

Tortured! Angry! And fed up! The husbands have taken to the web to vent their frustration about the advice from Dr. Oz they hear from their wives!


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Dr. Oz Takes on The Men That Hate Him!

It's a movement of men who are done with hearing all the advice from The Dr. Oz Show. The men want to tell Dr. Oz to taper it back a little. “Dr. Oz says this...Dr. Oz says that...”

Shane and Tod have created a website to vent their frustration at the advice they hear everyday. It's called

Dr. Oz: 3 Tests Every Man Needs

Dr. Oz invited onto the show wives and the husbands who are tired of their feeding them advice and chunky smoothies. He offered the husbands a compromise. If he gives only three pieces of information on this show that will help the men, will the wives taper it back on their Oz advice? Yes!

Dr. Oz Test Every Man Needs #1: Blood Pressure
Dana and Anthony were called up to talk to Dr. Oz. Anthony shared that because of Dr. Oz his wife makes him take over 20 vitamins a day.

Dr. Oz says if Anthony, and all men and women, do one thing to support their health and that is to know your blood pressure.

High blood pressure is the number one cause of heart attacks and strokes, explains Dr. Oz. He says the ideal blood pressure is 115/75. An increase in the top number by 20 or the bottom number by 10 translates to a two fold increase in the chance of a heart attack or stroke.

It's important that the blood pressure be taken in both arms, explained Dr. Oz. If the readings from each arm are different by as much as 15 points it could be an indication of a blockage somewhere in the arteries.

Dr. Oz took a blood pressure reading from each of Anthony's arms. One arm read 157/121 and the other read 160/113. The numbers were close to not indicate a possible blockage however, the numbers are too high. Dr. Oz explained that Anthony's blood pressure numbers indicate a five times higher risk for heart attack and stroke and can strip a decade off his life.

Anthony asked, am I going to drop dead? Dr. Oz said the mission of the show is not to scare people but to empower them and get people talking about their health.

Dr. Oz said Anthony can support his health by controlling his salt intake. He gave a Anthony and Dana a little test.

Which of these three foods is the biggest source of sodium?
  1. Popcorn
  2. Chips
  3. Bread

Anthony, Dana and the rest of the spouses answered chips.

The answer is bread. Dr. Oz explained that the CDC recently released information stating that the number one source of salt in diet is from bread.

There are 7 other culprits of sneaky salt in our diet:
  1. Soy sauce
  2. Mustard
  3. MSG
  4. Smoked
  5. BBQ'd
  6. Pickled
  7. Baking soda

Dr. Oz clarified it's the salt in foods that's the problem and not what we are putting on the food.

Dr. Oz Test Every Man Needs #2: Prostate Exam
Lee and Sara joined Dr. Oz in the spot light. Lee says there are too many rules from his wife watching The Dr. Oz Show! He says his wife made him watch the episode where Dr. Oz discussed how bacteria can spread in the bathroom when the toilet flush with the lid up. Sara freaks when Lee forgets to put down the lid. She stands by that rule.

The second test every man needs is a prostate exam. Dr. Oz demonstrated what a doctor is looking for when conducting a prostate exam. Lee had the honor of inserting a finger into the mock rectum and felt along the prostate. He felt a nodule along the prostate in a matter of seconds.

Dr. Oz explained that the put a marble in the diagram to show what a doctor typically finds during that exam that is a warning sign of prostate issues. The actual exam takes only a few seconds.

Dr. Oz Test Every Man Needs #3: Blood Sugar
Julio and GiGi were the next couple under scrutiny. Gigi says Julio doesn't remember anything in fact she makes he take a variety of supplements to support his memory but hasn't seen an improvement.

Julio says it's not that he forgets it's just that sometimes he's not paying attention. [How many husbands does that resemble?] He also has a family history of Alzheimer's which leads both him and Gigi to be concerned for his brain health.

Dr. Oz explained that elevated glucose levels in the blood, blood sugar, has been linked to a greater risk of Alzheimer's Disease. He showed an animation of blood going to the brain bringing nutrients. If there is too much sugar in that blood flow the sugar can spew out of the blood vessels in the brain. Sugar in the brain causes inflammation and irritation in the brain tissues and it can cause the neurons to freeze neurons so singles can not be sent or received throughout the brain. The brain can eventually atrophies.

A fasting blood sugar number over 100 puts you at risk for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Oz said he believes that Alzheimer's will be cured within this decade.

Lee's blood sugar was tested before the show and the number came back right at 100. [I don't believe this was a fasting blood sugar test.] Dr. Oz said little changes in Lee's diet can bring that number down.

Dr. Oz: Health Questions Women Are Afraid To Ask Their Husbands

Dr Oz: Men Health Question #1: One of her husband's testicles hangs lower than the other. Is that something to be concerned about?

Dr. Oz explained that for 95% of men their left testicle is lower than their right. It's normal. He says it's natures way of preventing the testicles from banging against each other and allows for more efficient cooling of the testicles which is better for sperm health.

Size of the testicles does matter. Is a grape size better or a walnut size?
Both are good sizes, says Dr. Oz, as long as they are about the same size. There could be a problem if one is testicle is the size of a grape and one is a walnut size. This size difference could indicate issues with blood flow and a possible tumor.

Dr Oz: Men Health Question #2: Her husband is approaching 40, putting on weight and developing man-boobs. Is that normal? She doesn't want his boobs to be bigger than hers!

Dr. Oz explained that yes man boobs can be a concern. He showed an animation of fat accumulating in the belly. As we have heard several times this season on The Dr. Oz Show, belly fat will secrete estrogen, even in men. That estrogen can go into the male breast and cause the body to create new real breast tissue. Increased estrogen in belly fat can also reduce libido in men and cause mood swings.

The good news, says Dr. Oz, it is reversible. Losing the belly fat should shrink the man boobs but if it doesn't then there could be something more serious going on that needs medical attention.

Dr Oz: Men Health Question #3: Two years ago, her husband had a heart attack. When is it safe for them to resume sex?

Dr. Oz said he is going to share what he tells his heart patients after an attack. Patients are given a stress test after recovering from a heart attack. A test that a doctor can run is a stress test that will reproduce the exertion experienced during sex.

At home, she can do a Toe and Tickle Test on her husband. The toe is the furthest from the body and a good place to test circulation. First feel the toe, is it warm? If the toe is warm then there is good circulation. Next, tickle the toe. If he can feel the tickle that also means there is good circulation in the toe which is indicative of good circulation throughout the body. If the tickle cannot be felt then there could be a concern with circulation.

Dr. Oz: When Safe Drugs Turn Deadly

What killed Whitney Houston? Dr. Oz says that both alcohol and prescription medications were found in her hotel room. This couldn't happen to you? Maybe it can.

Whitney Houston's death is a tragic story. It is alleged that a combination of alcohol and legal drugs contributed to the singers death. Safe drugs paired with alcohol could put anyone's life at risk.

Jessica, audience member shared that she takes an anti-anxiety medication and that before Ms. Houston's death she never thought about the dangers of mixing her prescription with a glass of wine.

Nancy Nkansah, Pharm.D. MBA BCPS, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco, says that the biggest concern when alcohol is mixed with either a pain killer, cough medication, an antihistamine, or an anti-anxiety medication.

Nearly the entire Dr. Oz audience raised their hands answering that yes, they have taken one of the medication of concern. Over 80% of the population uses or has used pain killers and over 27% use or have used a cough suppressant. These categories of safe medications really used by the majority of the population.

Dr. Oz recommends wine all the time on his show, in moderation, but how often does even he remind viewers not to mix it with medications?

Dr. Nkansah explains that pharmaceutical labels provide warnings yet 25% of emergency room visits are related to mixing alcohol with meds.

Dr. Oz says we hear so much about celebrities having issues with the lethal mixes. Are they the only ones? Dr. Nkansah says that deaths from mixing drugs and alcohol is on the rise by as much as 3000%! She says we should be taking the utilize the same advice that is given with drinking and driving - wait an hour to hour and half per drink before taking medications. Also, pay attention to your body. If after an hour and a half you still feel the alcohol then don't take the medication.

Jessica says she not only questions the idea of mixing a glass of wine with her anti-anxiety medication but also need for the medication. She says she will certainly be more careful with medicaitons.

Dr. Oz: Cheapest, Safest Drug Store Remedies

Dr. Oz says we can save time and money on remedies found at the drug store. Dr. Nkansah returned for this segment to discuss cheap and safe drug store remedies.

Dr. Oz: #1 Drug Store Remedy for Hemorrhoids
Dr. Nkansah recommends using witch hazel pads to support the body with hemorrhoids. Witch hazel has astringent properties which can constrict the anal blood vessels and can reduce burning and itching. Gently wipe the pads on the area when needed and, says Dr. Oz, they can be used like toilet paper too.
Cost: about $6.00 for 100 pads

#3 Dr. Oz: Drug Store Remedy for Allergies
Nettle tea is [back on the show, this time] recommended to support with allergies. [Among it's many uses,] Nettle has antihistamine properties similar to an over-the-counter antihistamine pill. Dr. Nkansah also recommends is as a preventative for hayfever and other allergies.
Cost: about $3.00 for 20 bags

[I have found nettle at my local natural foods store for about $0.80 a bag and that bag can last me at least a month of daily use. Nettle has also been recommended as a energizing tea in the morning as to support the adrenals. Click here to read about nettle's most recent appearance on the show as a fatigue fighter from 2/27/12.]
#2 Dr. Oz: Drug Store Remedy for the Common Cold
Dr. Nkansah recommends sucking on some zinc gluconate lozenges to provide immune support during a cold. She says to take 3-4 lozenges daily. Studies have shown, she explains, that zinc gluconate can shorten the duration of the common cold. It's cheaper than getting antibiotics as wells as cough medications. [Though, antibiotics aren't typically recommended for the common cold.]
Cost: about $8 per bag

Dr. Oz Dry Skin Prevention

Dry skin is itchy skin and when we itch it can cut the skin and lead to an infection. Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, MD, dermatologist, says it's the morning routine that could be causing many cases of dry and irritated skin.

Dr. Ingleton talked about three skin conditions that come about due to excessively dry and irritated skin.

Dr. Oz Dry Skin Condition #1: Ichthyosis
Ichthyosis, also called fish scaling, is a condition where the body abnormally sheds skin.

Dr. Oz Dry Skin Condition #2: Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a genetic and auto-immune disorder where the body thinks its skin cells are not normal and sheds faster than normal.

Dr. Oz Dry Skin Condition #3: Eczema
Eczema is another genetic skin condition that can effect general areas of the body but more commonly is located on the skin on the back of the arms or legs.

Weather also plays a role in our dry skin. In the winter the air is cold and dry. In the summer we've got dry air from the air conditioner. In each season, we are often going from one temperature extreme to the opposite end of the spectrum.

When the skin becomes dry and flaky and we itch, the skin can be prone to bacterial infections.

Dr. Oz Dry Skin Prevention #1: Morning Routine
Everyone loves a hot shower in the morning and, sure, it feels good but the long, hot shower is also irritating your skin. A long, hot shower removes moisture from the skin. A shower longer than 5 minutes can zap all the moisture from our skin.

Some skin products can harm the skin even when we think we're doing the right thing. Dr. Ingleton says that retinol based creams are great for wrinkles on the face but retinol can dry and irritate the skin. Best to use it in moderation.

Bar soap, and liquid soap as well, is intended to remove dirt and in that process, explains Dr. Ingleton, it removes the natural oils from our skin. Add to the mix fragrances and dyes and you've got skin irritat

Dr. Oz Dry Skin Prevention #2: Foods
Dr. Ingleton recommend eating salmon to support dry skin. As Dr. Oz discusses often, salmon contains omega-3 essential fatty acids which can moisturize the skin from the inside out.

Eating bran for breakfast can provide the zinc your body needs to repair skin cells.

Dr. Oz Dry Skin Prevention #3: Gadgets
Dr. Ingleton recommended putting some humidity into the air to help moisturize the skin. Humidifiers can range in price and style. Find one that fits your life and start supporting hydration.

Use a timer to keep those showers down to 5 minutes. That's all the time you need, says Dr. Ingleton, to get the job done. 15 minutes, really? She says.

Dr. Oz Dry Skin Prevention #3: Lotion
Stay away from fragrances in your lotions, says Dr. Ingleton, She is affiliated with and recommends Eucerin Calming Dry Skin Body Wash as a non-irritating soap with oils that prepare the skin for applying Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Cream. Moisturize right out of the shower with Eucerin, Dr. Ingleton says, to proivde 24 hour moisturizing.

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Massage for Couples

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! For Couples

Dr. Oz says to work together as a couple to protect health. When both of you are working to support your hearts it makes it easier to create a routine.

Dr. Oz Heart Tip #1: Floss Daily
Over 90% of the population doesn't floss daily. [My dentist make sit sounds like I'm the only one.] Flossing can reduce inflammatory dental issues that can be a window for bacteria entering the body.

Dr. Oz Heart Tip #2: Fish Oil
Dr. Oz recommends taking fish oil together so as not to forget, 600mg daily, to support healthy inflammation.

Dr. Oz Stress Tip for Couples: Homemade Massage
Add dried tarragon to almond oil and give each other a 5 minute massage every night to lower cortisol levels and as a great way to spend time together.

Dr. Oz Weight-Loss Tip for Couples and Families: Measure
This coming weekend, Dr. Oz recommends that each spouse take the others waist measurement. [I wonder if we'll an increase in the divorce rate come Monday...] Take a measuring tape and place it on the waist, above the hips. The ideal measurement for women is 32 inches and for men 35 inches – figure your exact ideal by taking half your height in inches.

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  1. DROzyouhaveagfoodshowbutyoutalksofastyourunallyourwordstogetherandarehardtounderstand. So slow down a bit so you can be understood!!

    1. That's very funny! I agree. Dr. Oz does talk way to fast and it's really hard to understand him. If I meet him someday I'll be sure to pass along that critique. You can always leave him a message on his site too,