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Monday, April 16, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 4/16/12: 3 Silent Killers of Women, Fight Cancer with Superfoods, Breakfast Calorie Cutters, Power Proteins, Skinny Ice Cream Sundae Challenge

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: April 16, 2012
The 3 Silent Killers in Women and the Symptoms You Can't Ignore

  • Three cancers that are silent killers of women
  • Best cancer fighting foods
  • Cut calories and increase nutrition with these breakfast ideas
  • Dr. Oz fans search for the best protein at the fish market, produce aisle, and butcher
  • Who won the Skinny Ice Cream Sundae Challenge?

Dr. Oz hopes to save a life today, or many lives. Women's bodies send out warning signs of the early stages of cancer. Your body could be whispering to you. Pay attention to the clues provided and understand what they can mean to your health. Dr. Oz discussed the symptoms of three of the biggest killers of women and how to reduce your risks. With this information, Dr. Oz says we can stop these diseases in their tracks.


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Dr. Oz Silent Killer of Women #1: Ovarian Cancer

Doctors often mistake the symptoms of this silent killer to be a urinary tract infection, or UTI. The symptoms of ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating;
  • Reduced appetite and feeling full quickly; and
  • Frequent need to urinate.

Bloating is a common enough complaint for women but, the important clue is when bloating lasts for more than 2 weeks with accompanying pain it could be a symptom of ovarian cancer. We joke about bloating and wearing larger pants with an elastic waist band but this could be a whisper of the body

Dr. Oz showed an animation of how ovarian develops in the body and how the it can reveal itself. When cancer enters the ovary a little discomfort can be felt. The ovary dilates with the presence of the cancer and the cancer begins to send hormones throughout the body. Those hormones can cause the intestines to swell which will cause that symptom of discomfort and feeling full quickly while eating.

Initially ovarian cancer will cause irritation to other areas of the body which can be felt if you're paying attention. If left unchecked, the cancer can grow and spread in other tissues and organs in the body.

Dr. Oz says he's so excited to talk about ovarian cancer and raise awareness of the warning signs. Print out Dr. Oz's One-Sheet Ovarian Cancer questionnaire, complete the form then take it to your doctor and discuss your risks. Click here to go to and get the Ovarian Cancer One-Sheet.

Every time he talks about ovarian cancer and his One-Sheet, Dr. Oz says he gets dozens of calls from women saying their lives were saved by taking this simple step.

Dr. Oz Silent Killer of Women #2: Brain Aneurysm

This disease kills in a matter of hours if not acted upon. The symptoms of a brain aneurysm:

  • Severe headache;
  • Sensitivity to light; and
  • Stiff neck can't, touch chin to chest.

These symptoms could be signs of a brain aneurysm and would require immediate attention.

Dr. Oz demonstrated what causes these symptoms to be so dangerous. Utilizing a brain inside a plastic container, Dr. Oz pointed out the blood vessels in the brain. A weakening of a blood vessel could cause an area of swelling, it looked about he size of a large jelly bean.

Swelling of this vessel in the brain causes pressure on the brain which can effect vision. When that bubble bursts it's like a punch to the brain, says Dr. Oz, spasms radiate throughout the brain and the body shuts down blood flow to areas of the brain.

Some people may be born with greater tendencies toward developing a aneurysm. Knowing your blood pressure numbers is important to reducing your risks of an aneurysm. Normal blood pressure means a lowered risk of pressure building and vessels popping.

Dr. Oz Silent Killer of Women #3: Colon Cancer

Symptoms of this cancer come on very quietly but, if you listen to the whisper it can act as an early detection system. The symptoms of colon cancer are:

  • Pain in the abdomen that radiates from front to back;
  • Loss of appetite; and
  • Pale stool, beige or white and a chalky consistency.
These symptoms could be one of two cancers, either colon cancer or pancreatic cancer. How can you tell the difference between colon and pancreatic cancer? The biggest difference is the pale stool which sets pancreatic cancer apart from colon cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is very aggressive and can be hard to treat however some people do well when diagnosed. Why? People who find pancreatic cancer in the early stages have a better chance of survivability.

Dr. Oz showed an animation of where the pancreas sits in the body, below the liver and behind the stomach. The pancreas creates enzymes to digest the food we eat. When cancer moves into the pancreas pain can often be felt as pain from the back to the front in the stomach area.

It's purple glove time, Dr. Oz showed a tissue sample of what he called the most spectacular organ he has ever shown. It's a small organ, rubbery yet fairly firm. A cancerous pancreas swells and the tissue becomes thick and very hard. The cancerous pancreas shown had grown at least five times the size of the healthy pancreas. Enzymes for digestion are blocked when cancer moves into the pancreas therefore food is not digested and the stool is pale.

How do you cut your risks of pancreatic cancer? Reducing weight is the key to reducing pancreatic cancer risks as weight and cancer are partners in crime. Reducing your intake of nitrates can also reduce your risks. Dr. Oz explained that recent studies have shown that eating processed meats containing nitrates, such as bacon and sausage, can increase risks of pancreatic cancer by as much as 38%. Eating, the seemingly small amount of, 2 sausages a day can cause this increased risk.

To read more about cancer risks and how to reduce them from previous episodes of The Dr. Oz Show, click the links.

Dr. Oz Best Cancer Fighting Foods

The promise of food as medicine is true, says Dr. Oz, and the secret is in the supermarket.

Dr. Will Clower, Mediterranean Wellness, LLC, joins Dr. Oz to discuss superfoods that reduce cancer risks. Research shows, says Dr. Clower, that the right foods can slow the growth of cancer and prevent the onset of cancer at the beginning.

Dr. Oz Best Cancer Fight Food #1: Collard Greens
A lot of money is spent on detoxification, says Dr. Clower. But eating collards can be easier. A cancer tumor needs nutrients to grow and needs a blood supply. Collards cut off the blood supply to tumors and starves it of nutrients. That's a starvation diet I can deal with, says Dr. Clower.

Dr. Clower says to pull the greens off the rib to start the release of enzymes that cut off the blood supply to tumor. Eating greens daily is great, says Dr. Clower but, he recommends eating one cup of cooked collards twice a week.

Dr. Oz Best Cancer Fight Food #2: White Kidney Beans
White kidney beans are the unsung hero of the bean world, says Dr. Clower. We hear about red and black beans all the time but the white kidney bean deserves some attention for it's power to reduce cancer risks. Studies have shown adding 10g of fiber daily can drop colon cancer risks by as much as 10%. Dr. Clower says you can cook white kidney beans together with collards to boost your cancer risk reduction with a healthy meal.

Dr. Oz Best Cancer Fight Food #3: San Marzano Tomatoes
San Marzano tomatoes are grown in Southern Italy in volcanic ash based soil which makes acidity go down and causes the skin to be thinner. Dr. Clower says data suggests that San Marzano tomatoes have more cancer fighters in them. When cooked, the lycopene in tomatoes increases by at least 150%. Dr. Clower recommends eating ½ cup of San Marzano tomatoes three times a week.

Dr. Oz Best Cancer Fight Food #4: Coffee
Coffee has taken many hits lately and been portrayed as not so healthy however, drinking coffee everyday can reduce the rate of many cancers by as much as 3%. Breast, uterine, kidney, liver, colon, and prostate cancer risks can all be reduced by drinking coffee. The coffee doesn't need to be expensive or fancy, American coffee is best as it contains more polyphenals. Go for a light roast too, as the longer the roast, the fewer the polyphenals.

Dr. Clower recommends drinking 3 cups of coffee a day. If coffee doesn't sit will with you then don't force it, says Dr. Oz. [Perhaps sip more green tea then!]

Cut the Calories out Breakfast Cereal

Breakfast is the most important meal of day and can pack the most calories. Cut back your cereal serving to 100 calories a day and you could lose 20 pounds a year. At least that's what Heidi Skolnik, MS, CDN, FACSM, nutritionist of Nutrition Conditioning Inc., says.

Ms. Skolnik showed a normal-looking bowl of cereal. That bowl of cereal was really 2.5 servings of cereal and equal to 5 pieces of bread. You wouldn't reach for 5 pieces of bread for breakfast most people could easily reach for a large bowl of cereal. It's easy to over eat cereal without thinking twice.

Dr. Oz Cut the Calories at Breakfast Tip #1: 100 Calorie Cereal
The game plan to get us to lose that 20 pounds is to keep a serving of cereal at 100 calories and, says Ms. Skolnick, you will not hungry. How can that be? Add a healthy fat by sprinkling nuts and boost the fiber and flavor with fruit and breakfast will will come in at only 300 calories.

Dr. Oz Cut the Calories at Breakfast Tip #2: Healthy Breakfast Pastry
For breakfast, many people grab for a pastry. Ms. Skolnick has a breakfast that will taste like a pastry but is much healthier. Take ½ cup of shredded wheat and top with 4 ounces of Greek yogurt which high in protein, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with walnuts. Dr. Oz says this breakfast tastes like a baklava!

Dr. Oz Cut the Calories at Breakfast Tip #3: Healthier Hot Cereal
Instant oatmeal can have as much as 12g of sugar before you add any fruit or other toppings, says. Ms. Skolnick. Go for an unsweetened instant oatmeal instead and add your own toppings to keep the sugar under control. To unsweetened Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Ms. Skolnick added 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and some mixed berries. The instant oatmeal comes in at just 100 calories.

Dr. Oz Cut the Calories at Breakfast Tip #4: O! Sweentener
Pre-sweetened honey O's cereal is 100 calorie for ¾ of a cup. That's not much food. Instead, Ms. Skolnick says to go for a low-sugar or no sugar O's cereal and add your own sweetener. To 1 cup of Cheerios cereal add one teaspoon of raw cane sugar and make 'em float with 1 ½ cups of milk.

Dr. Oz Cut the Calories at Breakfast Tip #5: Dilute the Sugar with the Healthy
Puffed wheat cereal is healthier but, if you're ready for it you're not going to enjoy it. Ms. Skolnick showed Arrowhead Mills Puffed Wheat and explained that it has more fiber and more volume than other cereal styles. She recommends eating 1 cup of Arrowhead Mills Puffed Wheat and add to it ¼ cup of your favorite sweet cereal. Diluting the sugary cereal with a healthier option leaves you feeling satisfied without all the calories. [Arrowhead Mills has a whole line of puffed cereals including gluten-free options.]

Best Proteins to Power your body

Protein is natures miracle food but not all protein is created equal. To get the biggest bang for your protein buck Dr. Oz challenged fans of the show to the ultimate food shopping challenge. Three fans were sent on a mission to find the best proteins in three different sections of the store.

Dr. Oz Power Protein from the Fish Market
Alicia chose salmon from the fish market because she knows from watching Dr. Oz that it's filled with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Oz agreed but, said he would have picked another item from the fish market too. He recommended farmed rainbow trout that is high in Vitamin B12 in addition to the healthy omegas. Rainbow trout is also affordable and gives you a taste that is different from salmon.

Dr. Oz Power Protein from the Butcher Shop
Beth chose a big ol' steak from the butcher shop. Dr. Oz agreed with the steak but went for a different cut of beef, a tenderloin. Most people, he says, buy tough cuts of meat that are harder to digest. A tenderloin is perfect for meat lovers once or twice a week.

Dr. Oz Power Protein from the Produce Aisle
Joel chose granny smith apples as her protein item from the produce aisle. Dr. Oz said no. He recommends fresh soybeans, the edamame version. Edamame is easy to eat, kids love them, just pop the beans out of the pod but, don't eat the pod. Edamame is most powerful protein in the produce aisle and it's a complete protein with the amino-acids your body needs to make protein. Dr. Oz has a second protein from the produce aisle: spinach. Half of spinach's calories are from protein. Spinach also contains folate that is needed to form new cells and iron to oxygenate the body.

Dr. Oz Skinny Ice Cream Sundae Challenge

You scream for ice cream and you may scream even louder when you learn that a traditional sundae can contain up to 2 meals worth of calories. Dr. Oz put on another challenge this episode, this time to create a lower calorie sundae that still satisfies.
skinny sundaes

Gail Simmons, culinary expert, food writer, host of Bravo's Top Chef, and author of Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater, joins Dr. Oz to judge the Skinny Sundae Challenge. She says the perfect sundae will be cold and refreshing, have texture, crunch, creaminess and be gooey.

Dr. Oz Skinny Sundae Challenger #1: Super Simple Sundae with a Simple Sauce
Beth from Tennessee goes gluten- and dairy-free with raspberry sorbet and coconut milk ice cream. In the blender she whips up Naked Juice red machine with fresh berries for the sauce. Sprinkled on top is shaved dark chocolate.

Ms. Simmons says this simple sundae is refreshing, just sweet enough, and the chocolate gives a great texture.

The Numbers:
An average sundae clocks in at about 1,000 calories
Beth's Simple Sundae has 60% with only 361 calories

Dr. Oz Skinny Sundae Challenger #2: Very Berry Banana Blast
Twins from Albuquerque, NM also goes dairy-free with soy ice cream which has less sugar and fat than dairy ice cream with lots of protein. The rest of this sundae is fruit, fruit, and more fruit. All those berries and fruit bring antioxidants, Vitamin C and fiber. And, of course, the bananas are high in potassium. Pomegranate seeds to the top add crunch and melted dark chocolate smooths it out.

Ms. Simmons says the pomegranate seeds give crunch and she really liked the dark chocolate.

The Numbers:
The Twins' Blast comes it with only 373 calories.

From a health perspective, Dr. Oz calls the challenge a tie but, from a taste perspective Ms. Simmons had to call it. She chose the Twins saying the creaminess and texture set their sundae apart.

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Low Calorie Desserts

Diana's Bananas Banana Babies in Dark Chocolate can support healthy blood pressure, says Dr. Oz, with all that potassium from the bananas and flavonoids from the dark chocolate. With only 100 calories, everything is better on a stick.

Dr. Oz says he loves these whole grain cookies with natural ingredients. His favorite flavor is the Honey Maple Walnut Whole Grain cookie. [Cookiehead has several flavors of yum-a-licious looking cookies and brownies made from sprouted grains too! Oh goodness!]

Dr. Oz says Kind Bars are all natural, free of preservatives, and loaded with protein and fiber with only 180 calories per bar. [Kind Bars have a huge line of products and flavors. Dr. Oz showed the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants, my favorite flavor!]

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