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Monday, March 26, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 3/26/12: 3 Health Tests to Save Your Life, Tips to Get Free Stuff, How to Save on Organic, Canned Goods Go Gourmet, Bonus! Lower Cortisol Levels

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: March 26, 2012
Dr. Oz Health Ambush! The 3 Easy Tests That Could Save Your Life

  • Three tests and health numbers to know this year
  • Learn how to get free stuff from Prevention Magazine editor
  • These shopping tips will help you save when you buy organic
  • Canned goods get the gourmet treatment
  • Bonus Tips! Reducing cortisol levels

Do you rush through your life? Juggle many responsibilities? Put yourself last? That should stop today. Dr. Oz surprises viewers to administer health tests that could save lives.


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Dr. Oz Health Ambush! The 3 Easy Tests That Could Save Your Life

Dr. Oz Health Test #1: Waist Line

Dr. Oz made an appearance at the Big Apple Circus as guest ring master to talk about one very important health test. All the circus-goers that night were given a tape measure as they entered. Everyone was asked to measure their waist to gain a better picture of their health.

Both men and women should have a waist line that measure one half of their height. For women, that would average less than 32 inches. Men should have a waist line, on average, less than 35 inches.

One circus-goer was invited back to The Dr. Oz Show, a mom who juggles every one else's responsibilities but doesn't tale care of herself. At 5'8”, her waist should measure about 34 inches. She measured at 44 inches, 10 inches.

Belly fat is different from any other fat in the body. Belly fat is toxic – it creates estrogen and blocks other hormones. Dr. Oz showed a tissue sample of belly fat saying the concern is with what belly fat does to other organs in the body.

Too much belly fat turns the liver fatty. One-quarter of the population has a fatty liver and it's from having too much body fat.

Stress is the biggest cause of belly fat. Reducing stress will help in reducing belly fat. Dr. Oz has two more tips for reducing the waist line and belly fat.

Dr. Oz Tips to Reduce the Waist Line
  • Snacking on pumpkin seeds will help the body to get rid of inflammation which supports the efficient burning of fat. Eat one handful of pumpkin seeds before a large meal.
  • Another way to modulate inflammation is the supplement white kidney bean. Dr. Oz recommends taking 500mg of white kidney bean daily. White kidney bean also blocks to absorption of carbohydrates which can be a part of a weight-loss program.

Dr. Oz Health Test #2: Blood Pressure

On to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf for the next health test – blood pressure. The optimum blood pressure reading should be 115/70.

Ted, a paramedic taking a ride on the trolly car, had a blood pressure reading of 150/110. As a paramedic, he knows that number means a stroke isn't far behind.

Channel, another passenger on the trolly and a mom, had a reading of 150/100.

Both Ted and Channel were invited back to The Dr. Oz Show studios for today's show. Since meeting Dr. Oz on the trolly, Ted called his doctor the next day and placed on low-dose hypertension medication along with diet and exercise program.

Several months ago, Channel had tried to give blood but was turned away because her blood pressure was too high. Yet, she didn't do anything about it at the time. A single mom without health insurance, Channel didn't make her health a priority. She will now, after meeting Dr. Oz who has offered to help her get the help she needs.

High blood pressure is the number one cause of pre-mature aging. One in 3 American's have high blood pressure. The brain, kidney's and heart are the main organs most effected by elevated blood pressure.

A reading of 120-140/80-90 is in the pre-hypertensive range. At 140/90 and above is hypertension and needs to be address by a doctor.

Elevated blood pressure causes the blood flow to scrape away at the arteries causing damage. In the heart, this scraping away can increase risks of heart attack. In the brain, scraped arteries increase the risks for stroke. Kidney failure risks increase when arteries in the kidneys are scraped away.

Dr. Oz Tips to Reduce Blood Pressure
  • For the vast majority of people with high blood pressure, losing weight will benefit significantly.
  • Baby aspirin – Dr. Oz recommends taking 2 per day.
  • Drinking hibiscus tea, 3 cups per day, can provide the same support as many blood pressure medications.

Dr. Oz Health Test #3: Blood Sugar

Dr. Oz took a trip to the home of one of his biggest fans: Michelle. Everyday, Michelle and her friends gather at Michelle's house to watch The Dr. Oz Show and share healthy snacks.

Taking blood sugar readings, most of the women were in the normal range of 70-100. Michelle's reading was astounding: 462. Dr. Oz's blood sugar reading unit provided a message to seek critical care immediately.

Michelle and her friends were brought back to The Dr. Oz Show. Since Dr. Oz's visit, Michelle visited her doctor. In fact, the Dr. Oz producers wouldn't leave Michelle's house until she made an appointment with her doctor.

Today, Michelle's blood sugar is 133 after going on a regiment of medication, diet and exercise. She realizes weight is a key to getting her blood sugar in control. So far, Michelle has lost 4 pounds and plans to continue losing weight to re-gain her health.

Dr. Oz Tips to Reduce Blood Sugar
  • Drink 1 teaspoon of white vinegar in water before a meal to reduce blood sugar spikes.
  • Eat dried fruit. There is some sugar but the fiber can help balance out that sugar. Look toward cherries and apricots which have a lower effect on blood sugar levels.
  • Dr. Oz recommends taking the supplement alpha lipoic acid, 300-500 mg daily, to help reduce blood sugar levels.

On March 27, 2012, 5,000 people who log on to will have a chance to receive free health screenings from Life Line Screening. Click here to read all the details on

Dr. Oz: Who Doesn't Love Free?

Margo Gilman, editor of Prevention Magazine joins Dr. Oz to share ways to get everyday items for free!

Dr. Oz: Free Yoga and Fitness Classes
Lululemon and Athleta provide free fitness classes in their stores to their customers in the hopes that it will encourage people to buy more of their athletic clothing.

Dr. Oz Free Birthday Clubs
Many companies provide birthday free-bee's to their loyal, card-holding customers. Starbucks is one. Sign up for a Rewards card and Starbucks give a free coffee on your birthday!

Sephora gives members a free gift on their birthday. This month, birthday peeps will get a free lip balm pack worth $22.

It can pay to be a member!

Dr. Oz: Krazy Coupon Lady has sampling programs and new product free-bee's available to members. Big name brands or new products from new brands, members of the sampling programs get to try all variety of products for free. It's a great way to try something you may not want to spend your money on or to learn about new products before they are widely available.

Dr. Oz: FixMySkin Dr. Oz Giveaway
FixMySkin Healing Balm contains 1% hydrocortisone as well as moisturizers. Dr. Oz and FixMySkin are giving away 2,000 Healing Balms to lucky folks who can log on to March 27. Click here for all the details from

Dr. Oz: Free Godiva Chocolate
Free Chocolate! Oh my! Members of the Godiva Chocolate Reward Program get a free chocolate every month! Click here for more details from Godiva Chocolate.

Go for the dark chocolate, says Ms. Gilman, for the flavonoids. Flavonoids can help cut the risks for lung cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Oz 4 Tips To Buying Organic and Saving Money

Danny Seo, organic expert, says you can buy organic without spending a lot of money – if you know how to shop.

Dr. Oz Organic Shopping Tip #1: Buy organic strawberries during a mild winter
A mild winter means a bumper crop of strawberries – like right now. Strawberries are at their lowest prices in a long time and we have Mother Nature to thank. Mild temperatures without any freezes has provided the perfect environment for strawberries. Buy in large quantities to save even more. Freeze strawberries by cutting the tops and placing in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Once the berries have frozen solid, layer them in a plastic container with freezer paper between layers.

Dr. Oz Organic Shopping Tip #2: Organic milk in a paper carton
Plastic containers can lead to a reduction in vitamins in the milk. Plastic allows for light to get through the container into the milk where it can break down some vitamins. Go for the paper cartons of milk instead. Don't be afraid of store brands. Often, large brand name manufacturers are producing those store brands so you can get the same milk for a lower price.

Dr. Oz Organic Shopping Tip #3: Big box stores
Buying large quantities at the big box stores can save you lots of money if you can use up all that food! Organic whole chickens can be found at the big box stores for as little as $2.29/pound.

Big bags of frozen veggies can be a significant savings over the grocery store. [On an episode last week, consumer expert cautioned viewers not to buy big bags of frozen veggies because once the bag is opened the veggies are susceptible to freezer burn. Putting the veggies into smaller servings in reusable containers or plastic bags may be a solution but could raise the cost.

Dr. Oz Organic Shopping Tip #4: Shop on Wednesday
Mr. Seo says that many stores will mark items down on Wednesday night and that's the best time to shop. Over-stocks or items reaching their expiration dates are great candidates for mark downs. [This doesn't hold true for every store but keep an eye open for mark downs that can provide great savings.]

Dr. Oz: Turn Canned Goods Into Gourmet Meals

No time and no desire to cook? Grab some cans and you could have a gourmet meal in minutes and under $5.00.

Chef Chris Nirschel, finalist on Food Network Star, says canned foods are fresh picked and can easily be turned into wonderfully flavorful gourmet meals.

Dr. Oz: Crispy Salmon Cake and Corn Chutney
What can you do with canned salmon? Throw together delicious, and nutritious, Crispy Salmon Cakes with a warmed Corn Chutney. A little bread crumbs, some lemon zest, salt and pepper is all you need. Sear the cakes in a pan then finish in the oven and you've got a quick and inexpensive meal.

Dr. Oz: Asian Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges
Pre-cooked canned chicken is the base for this quick-making meal. Rice noodles, mandarin oranges and water chestnuts fill out this dish. In a few minutes you could have a stylish meal full of texture and flavor.

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Lower Cortisol Levels

Reducing stress can support health. When stress is high, cortisol hormone levels are high which sends messages to the body to store fat in the belly. Dr. Oz has three tips to help lower stress and lower cortisol levels.

Dr. Oz Lower Cortisol Tip #1: Spinach
Eating spinach can provide the magnesium the body needs to let go of stress. Normal magnesium levels can lead to a reduced risks of headaches and fatigue. Dr. Oz recommends eating 1 cup of spinach daily.

Dr. Oz Lower Cortisol Tip #2: Sound machine
A sound machine can be used at night to support sleep or relaxation during the day. Listening to sounds of rain or the sea, any nature sounds that is appealing, can reduce stress levels and lead to a better night's sleep.

Dr. Oz Lower Cortisol Tip #3: Stretch to lower stress
Dr. Oz recommends the Triangle Yoga Pose to support a lowering of stress levels. Click here to see full instructions on the Triangle Pose from

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