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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 4/3/12: Gross Questions Answered, 30-Day Plan for Better Eating, No Meat Philly Cheese Steak, 10-Minute Beauty Care, Bonus Tips for Body Aches

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: April 3, 2012
What the Yuck? Your Grossest Questions Ever!

  • Viewer's ask Dr. Oz their grossest questions they won't ask their own doctor
  • 30-day plan for healthier eating
  • Kathy Freston shares her no meat Philly cheese steak
  • Look 10 years younger with a 10-minute skin care plan
  • Dr. Oz shares bonus tips for natural body ache remedies

It's time for another episode of embarrassing, gross, revealing questions that people are too afraid to ask their doctors. This time, the subject was inspired by the book What the Yuck!, written by a gastroenterologist for women who may be embarrassed to ask their doctor. Dr. Oz says he keeps the book in his favorite reading place – the bathroom.


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Dr. Oz What the Yuck! Grossest Questions Answered!

Dr. Roshini Raj, MD, is a gastroenterologist [with NYU Langone Medical Center] and author of What the Yuck?: The Freaky and Fabulous Truth About Your Body. Dr. Raj says she wrote What the Yuck? because she understood that many women were too embarrassed to ask their doctor many important health questions.

No topic is too gross, no topic is off limits for Dr. Raj's book or this episode. Four viewers were brave enough to ask their gross health questions on The Dr. Oz Stage today.

Dr. Oz Gross Question #1: During that time of the month, is it normal to have explosive diarrhea?
Yes, having explosive diarrhea during your period is completely normal, says Dr. Raj. The same chemicals that cause uterine cramps, called prostaglandins, that work to evacuate the blood in the uterus can cause the bowels to cramp too resulting in explosive diarrhea.

Dr. Raj says this is a common problem for women and the solution is simple. To combat the prostaglandins that can cause explosive diarrhea, Dr. Raj recommends taking ibuprofen, 400mg every 6 hours, and increasing dietary fiber to bulk up the poop.

Dr. Oz Gross Question #2: What can women do about thick facial hair that becomes ingrown and causes scars?
Dr. Oz says female facial hair- even thick, beard-like facial hair - is common. Female facial hair is often genetic so if your mother had it you're more likely to have it. The biggest concern with female facial hair, says Dr. Oz, is the pimples with possible scarring.

In a normal hair follicle, the hair grows up and through the skin. An ingrown hair grows back into the follicle because skin is blocking its growth. To solve the problem, Dr. Oz explains that you have to break the skin and straighten out the hair. Warm the skin with a hot, damp towel then use sharp pointed tweezers to gently break the skin and unfurl the ingrown hair.

Dr. Oz Gross Question #3: Can the vomit in a burp be swallowed? Is it harmful to burp vomit?
Throwing up in your mouth, even a small amount, is not good, says Dr. Oz. Acid in the vomit can erode tissue, damage vocal cords as well as teeth. There's a term for a burp containing vomit – it's called a vurp.

Eating food churns up acid in the stomach. When gas accumulates in the stomach, the body expels it by sending up a burp. If stomach acid is part of that burp, the acid can cause damage along its route to the mouth. Acidic and caffeinated foods and drinks are the biggest culprits behind the verp.

Dr. Oz recommends simethicon tablets [a commonly known brand is Alka-Seltzer], 180mg a day.

Dr. Oz Gross Question #4: What can be done about blackheads on breasts?
Large blackheads form on oily parts of the body where pores are naturally big, like the breasts. Sebum and skin naturally collect in the pours. The blackhead forms when these oils oxidize.

Popping blackheads is OK, says Dr. Oz hesitantly, only if it's done right so the interior bacteria goes out away from the body. Improperly popped blackheads can cause the interior bacteria to enter the blood stream and cause the infected bacteria to spread to other parts of body.

To reduce the amount of blackheads that form, Dr. Oz recommends using rice blotting paper several times a day to prevent the build up of oils and resulting oxidation. The blotting paper can be left inside a bra if needed. Nasal strips can also be used after a shower or bath when the skin is warmed to remove the blackhead. If these measures don't work, Dr. Oz says it may be best to have a professional esthetician remove the blackheads.

Dr. Oz Gross Gynecology Questions

Dr. Lauren Streicher, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s medical school, says women are often hurried during a gynecology exam and by the time they work up the courage to ask an embarrassing question, the appointment is over and the doctor is gone.

Dr. Oz Embarrassing Gynecology Question #1: Can a tampon get stuck in the vagina?
Dr. Streicher answered this question with the help of an illustration of the female reproductive system. A tampon cannot get stuck because the vagina is not long enough. While a tampon can't get stuck, what often happens is a women will forget she already has a tampon inserted and will insert a second tampon. That first tampon can turn horizontally and because it was forgotten, can stay in the vagina for weeks. The pH in the vagina will be upset and bacteria will grown on that forgotten tampon.

[It was not clarified if the forgotten tampon will eventually come out or breakdown on its own or if it would require assistance from a doctor to remove.] Dr. Streicher recommended using RepHresh Vaginal Gel regularly to maintain proper vaginal pH. Don't use a douche, says Dr. Streicher, that will make the situation worse.

Dr. Oz Embarrassing Gynecology Question #2: During intercourse, can a man push too hard to cause damage to a woman?
No, in a normal, healthy women intercourse will not cause damage to the woman, says Dr. Streicher. If bleeding occurs after intercourse, there could be inflammation or a polyp in the vagina which would require a visit to the gynecologist. Pain during intercourse needs to be figured out. The most common cause of pain during intercourse is a lack of lubrication. Dr. Streicher says the most common mistake women, and couples, make is to get a water-soluble lubricant. She recommends a silicone-based lubricant instead. Using a daily vaginal moisturizer can also encourage proper lubrication.

Dr. Oz Embarrassing Gynecology Question #3: Why does urine sometimes come out in a spray instead of a stream?
Dr. Streicher didn't realize how common a problem this is until she wrote about it in her book and received feedback from women on their relief that someone explained the cause. A blockage causes the urine stream to spray instead flow in a stream. There could be a medical issue associated with the blockage but, most often the labia could be long and getting in the way of the flow.

Dr. Oz did a demonstration using a hose to represent the urethra and Dr. Streicher used two fingers to represent the labia covering the opening of the hose resulting in water spraying everywhere.

The solution says Dr. Streicher, use your fingers to separate the labia. Sitting backwards on the toilet can also open and separate the labia. If these don't fix the flow, there could be a medical issue and a doctor should been consulted. Some women do opt to have a medical procedure to shorten the labia so that it no longer disrupts the flow of urine.

Dr. Oz 30-Day Plan to Healthy Eating

Kathy Freston, author of several best-selling health and healthy eating books including The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss, reshaped her body after age 30 and says she can help you eat better in only 30 days.

Using her revolutionary recipe for reshaping your body, Ms. Freston says that you can get a better body naturally by choosing the right foods. It all begins with her 30-day plan for healthy eating and setting your intention to get healthy. You don't have to do it overnight just start today. By following her plan, she says you can overcome habits and cravings building momentum toward reshaping your body.

Dr. Oz 30-Day Healthy Eating Plan Week 1: The Morning Metabolism Makeover
Start with a morning metabolism make-over. Ms. Freston recommends her Brown Rice Bowl with brown rice, dates, almonds, agave and vegetable milk.

Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 date, chopped
Handful of raw almonds
1 tsp agave nectar
1 cup unsweetened soy or hemp milk

Mix all the ingredients together, except the milk. Pour the milk over the rice bowl. Enjoy!

Trade dairy milk for vegetable milk. There is a huge variety of “milk alternatives” at supermarkets or health food stores. Try them and find the one you like.

Drink more water. Drinking two cups of water before every meal, called pre-loading, helped participants in a study to lose 5 pounds. Often we are thirsty but reach for food instead of water.

Dr. Oz 30-Day Healthy Eating Plan Week 2: Give Yourself Superpowers
Week 2 should see your energy getting ramped up. Ms. Freston recommends taking a multivitamin that contains iron to support a healthy metabolism and Vitamin B12 for digestion.

Start moving in week 2 to increase energy even more and boost the metabolism. Begin with a daily 10 minute brisk walk to get you feeling good. Walk a few more minutes each day or each week and get your time up to 150 minutes over one week. Ms. Freston says you should feel more energy and see the pounds start dropping off.

Dr. Oz 30-Day Healthy Eating Plan Week 3: Swap Out Sugars
Replace snacks and desserts with healthy fruit. Ms. Freston recommends her Strawberry Pudding with a tofu base.

For sweeteners, switch to stevia or agave which are both lower on the glycemic index. Read more about healthier sweetener alternatives from Ms. Freston on

Instead of artificial sweeteners, try one of these natural alternatives:
  • Honey: Unlike white table sugar, honey is a complex food. One teaspoon contains 25 other compounds including proteins, amino acids and trace minerals.
  • Agave: A distilled sweetener derived from the blue agave cactus, agave has a low glycemic index.
  • Stevia: A low-calorie sweetener that comes from a plant native to Paraguay and Brazil, stevia is 200 times sweeter than table sugar, so a little goes a long way.”

Dr. Oz 30-Day Healthy Eating Plan Week 4: Take Meat Off the Plate Once a Day
The reason Ms. Freston recommends cutting back on the meat is that meat is a concentrated source of fat and calories. Even lean meat like chicken packs 28% of its calories from fat. Instead, go for vegetarian sources of protein such as black beans, lentils, tempeh, and seitan to keep you feeling full. Dr. Oz says to not compare these alternatives to meat, they are going to be different and better for you.

Dr. Oz: Kathy Freston's “No Meat” Philly Cheesesteak

It's vegan! Ms. Freston has created a Philly Cheesesteak without any animal products that she says will leave you satisfied and not missing the meat.

Click here for Ms. Freston's recipe for “No Meat” Philly Cheesesteak.

Based on traditional ingredients, Ms. Freston adds healthier, better choices. She hopes people will love the food and want to change your foods to get healthy. Seitan, wheat protein provides texture. If you can't find or don't want to use seitan, Ms. Freston recommends LightLife Smart Strips Steak. Find both products in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

The taste-testers all said it's really good. Dr. Oz says, coming from Philly this tastes great.

The Numbers
Traditional Philly Cheesesteak averages over 1,000 calories.
Kathy Freston's “No Meat” Philly Cheesesteak comes it at only 500 calories.

Dr. Oz 10-Minute Natural Beauty Plan to Look 10 Years Younger

Kathy Freston wants to share her all natural beauty routine to help you look 10 years younger. Part of good skin care, she says, is eating a healthy to create glowing skin. From there, her three beauty tips will help take more years off your face.

Dr. Oz Natural Beauty Plan #1: Rice Powder Face Mask
Rice powder face masks can be purchased in stores for about $20 or you can make your own mask at home for only pennies per serving. Mix 6 tablespoons of rice flower with 5 tablespoons of soy milk. The mixture should be thick. Spread the mask on the face and let sit for 20 minutes.

On oily skin, this mask will absorb the oil. For dry skin, the mask will moisturize. Wash the mask off in a scrubbing, circular motion to exfoliate. Use the mask once a week, twice if needed.

Dr. Oz Natural Beauty Plan #2: Strawberry Paste for Teeth
Teeth whiteners typically contain chemicals and strong bleaches. Ms. Freston recommends using strawberries and baking soda for a natural whitening paste. Puree 3 strawberries and mix with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and paint it on the teeth. Leave the paste on for 4-5 minutes then rinse.

Malic acid in the strawberries will help to release stains from the teeth. Do this once every 3-4 months for whiter teeth.

Check out this slightly different teeth whitening paste made with strawberries from the 1/26/12 episode of The Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Oz Natural Beauty Plan #3: Organic Make-up
Christopher Drummond has created an organic make-up without parabens that is cruelty-free and vegan. Ms. Freston applied the Christopher Drummond Bronzing Powder to Dr. Oz's face for a light and natural-looking face.

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Natural Solutions for Everyday Body Aches

Dr. Oz Natural Body Ache Solution for Aching Joints
Dr. Oz recommends mixing a paste with cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar mix and applying it to aching joints. The cayenne pepper acts as an analgesic and supports inflammation modulation.

Dr. Oz Natural Body Ache Solution for an Upset Stomach
Make a tea with ginger powder and herbs coriander and peppermint to calm and relieve an upset stomach.

Dr. Oz Natural Solution for Oily Skin
Wash the skin with oatmeal to remove oil and impurities. Add one teaspoon of honey for a more soothing mask.

Dr. Oz Natural Body Ache Solution for a Sore Throat
Dr. Oz recommends sucking on garlic to relieve a sore throat. Peel a garlic clove, cut in half and place one on either side of the mouth for about 10 minutes. Yes, you will smell like garlic but it will help throat.

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