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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 5/24/12: Summer Survival Guide, Sun Screen Guide, Biggest Diet Destroyers, Summer Supplement Guide, Iced Tea for Weight Loss, Bonus Tips to Keep Cool

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: May 24, 2012
Dr. Oz's Dream Team Summer Survival Guide

  • Dr. Oz tackles your biggest summer safety issues
  • Avoid a burn with these four sun screen tips
  • Put a stop to the biggest diet destroyers
  • Three supplement recommendations to support your health this summer
  • Four flavorful iced teas to help burn fat
  • Bonus: Tips to keep cool this summer

Summer is the favorite season for many to rest, relax, and recharge but, there are some things to keep in mind to keep yourself safe. Dr. Oz conducted a nationwide poll to find out what worries you the most about summer. Fleas, ticks, food safety, heat exhaustion, Dr. Oz and a team of experts share how to stay healthy this summer.


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Dr. Oz's Dream Team Summer Survival Guide

Dr. Oz has brought together his dream team of four experts to provide the tips you need to stay healthy this summer season.

Dr. Oz Summer Survival Guide: Keep Bugs At Bay

David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation [as well as author and host of Animal Planet's Backyard Habitat], says one of the biggest misconceptions is thinking bug lights will keep them away. Bugs attracted to light are beneficial bugs therefore a bug light is making it harder to keep the biting bugs away.

Dr. Oz Survival Guide for Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are not great fliers. Mr. Mizejewski recommends using a fan to keep most mosquitoes away. For the rest, he suggests bug spray with no more than 30% DEET concentration or a natural bug spray with lemon and eucalyptus oils.

Dr. Oz Survival Guide for Ticks
Ticks, related to spiders, can carry Lyme Disease. If you are bit by a tick, Mr. Mizejewski says it's important not to smother them with petroleum jelly, don't rub them off, and don't try to burn them off. Those methods will simply cause the tick to regurgitate into the open wound potentially causing an injection.

Mr. Mizejewski recommends to pluck out the tick as soon as possible using tweezers as near the head as possible. The longer the tick is in the skin the more likely it is to spread disease. If the head is still in the skin he says not to worry about it. Disinfect the area with alcohol and keep an eye on it. If the area turns red and looks like a bulls eye that's an indication of Lyme Disease and requires immediate attention.

Pets can carry ticks inside the home so Mr. Mizejewski recommends using a tick repellent on pets if you live in an area with lots of ticks.

Dr. Oz Summer Survival Guide: Fast First Aid Fixes

Leigh Vincour, MD, emergency physician [and regular blogger on] of shares her first aid fixes for common summer problems.

Dr. Oz Survival Guide for Heat Stroke
It doesn't have to be hot for people to experience heat stroke. Dehydration, taking prescription medication that have a diuretic effect, drinking alcohol are all factors that increase the risk for heat stroke even when it may not seem that hot outside.

Signs of heat stroke:
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive sweating with goosbumps
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Disorientation – when a the condition progresses to disorientation it becomes heat stroke and and emergency situation, call 9-1-1 right away.

The key to minimize the early symptoms of heat stroke before it progresses to a serious condition is to get the person out of the heat and into a cooler area ideally with air-conditioning, if that's not possible then using wet towels or instant cool packs can help to reduce body temperature. If the person can drink it's important to rehydrate, Dr. Vincour recommends electrolytes to aid in hydration.

Dr. Oz Survival Guide for Swimming Risks
If swimming in a chlorinated pool don't think that the chlorine will kill all bacteria, says Dr. Vincour. The amount of chlorine in the pool may not be strong enough to kill every contaminant. Leaves in the pool, changing a diaper near the pool, people with intestinal issue swimming in the pool can all introduce bacteria into the pool.

Sea water can harbor contagions such as e. coli and flesh-eating strep. A sewage plant near a beach could be polluting the water and other runoffs near the beach could cause problems.

If you have an open cut, Dr. Vincour recommends washing the wound with soap and water after going in the water.

Dr. Oz Survival Guide for Poison Ivy
Leaves of three, let them be. It may not be so simple to avoid poison ivy. Resins in the poison ivy can last for weeks on gardening tools and on pets too. Dr. Vincour recommends spraying and aluminum-based antiperspirant on the body to keep poison ivy resins from touching the skin. Wash thoroughly with soap and water after being outside. If you are exposed to poison ivy and develop a rash, Dr. Vincour says to not scratch, that could cause an infection.

Dr. Oz Summer Survival Guide: Food Poisoning Prevention Plan

Dr. Oz Summer Guide to Marinating
Marinades may boost the flavor of foods but it does nothing to kill bacteria, says Celebrity Chef George Duran. To prevent bacteria from forming, Chef Duran recommends marinating foods in a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Dr. Oz Summer Guide to Cooking Temperatures
Chef Duran explains that a thermometer is the best way to check if meat is fully cooked. There are new thermometer products on the market that will contact your smart phone when food reach a set temperature.

Dr. Oz Summer Guide to Eating Outdoors
The standard belief is that food can be kept out of the refrigerator for two hours before bacteria begins to grow. Chef Duran says in 90F temperatures, food can only be out for one hour before the dreaded bacteria reproduces. To extend that time, he recommends putting the bowl of food on top of a bowl of ice to keep foods cold longer. 

Dr. Oz: Sun Screen Survival Guide

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD, dermatologist, discussed four ways to avoid a sun burn. The skin is our largest organ so how can it be protected while trying to understand the changing FDA rules for labeling sunscreen?

Dr. Oz Sun Screen Survival Guide Tip #1: Look for “Broad Spectrum”
The FDA has made a few changes to the words used on sun screen labels. Instead of “UVA/UVB” on the label, the FDA has said sun screens need to use the words “broad spectrum”. As the language is phased in, you'll see both “UVA/UVA” and “broad spectrum” on products.

Dr. Marmur recommends Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention 100% Mineral Sun Screen SPF 30, cost: about $45.00. This mineral based sun screen goes on white and goes clear when rubbed into the skin.

Dr. Oz Sun Screen Survival Guide Tip #2: Don't be Foolded by High SPF
SPF stand for Sun Protection Factor. The math to figure out SPF coverage can be daunting, says Dr. Marmur. She says the SPF sweet spot is between 30 and 50. Know that SPF 10 means that you can stay out in the sun for 10 times longer without getting burned [it all depends on your personal sensitivity too]. SPF 50 is the maximum number that the FDA has tested.

Dr. Marmur recommends Solar Sense Clear Zinc. She explained that when the FDA tests sun screen it is applied thick, as thick as icing on a cake. If you're applying sun screen and rubbing it on the SPF coverage is reduced. A product with SPF 50 applied thin will only provide an SPF of about 15 so you'll have to reapply much more frequently to prevent sun damage.

Dr. Oz Sun Screen Survival Guide Tip #3: Know The Truth Of Water Proof
Dr. Marmur explains that there is no such thing as water proof sun screen. The product has to say water resistant. Know that a water resistant sun screen will be sticky, that helps it to stay on skin when wet or while sweating. Look on the label for the reapplication time, often it is 40 or 80 minutes.

Dr. Marmur recommends Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sun Screen SPF 50+ tear free. It's not just for baby but for all ages. Tear free means it is less likely to irritate the eyes so it's appropriate for the face.

Dr. Oz Sun Screen Survival Guide Tip #4: “All-Day Protection” is a Lie
There is no such thing as a sun screen that can provide all-day protection with only one application, it must be reapplied. Tanned skin is a sign of sun damage, damage is not only getting a sun burn.

Dr. Marmur recommends using L'Oreal Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 30 Crystal Clear Mist. It's easy to spray it on the kids and those, she calls, in sun screen denial.

Dr. Oz Deals with Biggest Diet Destroyers

Dr. Oz shares slim down secrets to keep you healthy and get you swim suit ready. Kristen Kirkpatrick, Wellness Manager for the Cleveland Clinc [and regular blogger on] says summer is the perfect time to slim down with abundant fruits and vegetables from stores, farmers markets, and your own garden.

Dr. Oz Diet Destroyers: Junk Food Junkie
Junk food junkies are mindless eaters who typically eat throughout day never realizing they are taking in tremendous calories. Ms. Kirkpatrick recommends swapping out higher calorie foods with ones that are lower calorie, will satisfy and keep you feeling full so you're less likely to keep grazing.

For potato chips, Ms. Kirkpatrick recommends homemade turnip chips.
Turnip Chips
1 turnip, sliced
A drizzle of olive oil
A sprinkle of sea salt
Slice 1 turnip. Place slices on a cookie sheet; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake a t 425F for about 25 minutes.

Ms. Kirkpatrick recommends starting the day with a consistent meal. She says one hard boiled egg on a whole wheat English muffin with ½ teaspoon of black pepper will provide healthy fat, metabolism fueling protein and the black pepper will help to stop the formation of new fat cells, according to new research.

Dr. Oz Diet Destroyers: Stress Eating
Stress eaters are eating comfort food, looking for pleasure from food. Ms. Kirkpatrick says to eat foods that fuel the body not the stress. She recommends eating a combination of sweet potatoes and parsley in a hummus. The sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate that will keep you satisfied and keep the stress levels down by effecting neurotransmitters to help you feel calm. Use it as a spread or as a dip.

Sweet Potato Hummus
15 ounce baked sweet potatoes, skin removed
1 (4 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained, blackened skin removed
3 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon fresh garlic, fine dice
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
In a food processor, purée the sweet potato, roasted red peppers, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, cayenne, and salt. Process, until the mixture is fairly smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Sprinkle the hummus with chopped parsley before serving.

Stress eaters often turn to ice cream for a comforting treat. Ms. Kirkpatrick recommends swapping the ice cream for a summer slim down peach popsicle. Almond milk provides the creaminess and peaches supply the sweetness as well as fiber, the key to losing weight.

Peach Poolside Popsicle
1 cup almond milk
1 banana, chopped
2 large peaches, diced
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp agave nectar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. A few chunks of fruit are fine for texture. Pour into a popsicle mold. Freeze for 3-6 hours and enjoy

Dr. Oz Diet Destroyers: Portion Control
Ms. Kirkpatrick recommends a resistant starch that is found in beans and fruit and is also available in a powder to keep you full and help to reduce how much food eaten each meal. She recommends making a Greek yogurt and berry slurry as a mid-afternoon snack, before dinner, or before an event to limit calories.

Greek Yogurt and Berry Slurry
6 oz plain Greek yogurt
10 oz of frozen mixed berries
1 tbsp resistant starch powder
1 tsp agave nectar
Microwave frozen berries until thawed; add agave nectar and blend together with berries. Add berries to yogurt and mix together all remaining ingredients.

Along with portion control comes the ability to access hunger and understand when you should eat and when you shouldn't. Ms. Kirkpatrick explained the hunger scale, a way to measure hunger on a scale from 1 to 10.
1 – 3 represents an empty stomach and to eat with caution to not avoid overeating
4 – 6 is neutral, the best time to eat when you feel a little hungry and it's been several hours since eating last
8 – 10 is when you feel uncomfortably full, ask yourself why you are eating

Dr. Oz Summertime Supplement Guide

Dr. Oz shares three supplements to keep you healthy during the summer, targeting in on common activities.

Dr. Oz Summer Supplement #1: L-Carnosine for BBQ
BBQ and broiling or anytime we cook foods quickly at a high temperature we are at risks for exposure to chemicals released when foods become charred. Dr. Oz recommends taking the supplement L-Carnosine, 500mg twice daily, to fight the free radicals called AGEs that can lead to premature wrinkles, heart disease and Alzheimer's Disease.

Dr. Oz Summer Supplement #2: Lycopene for Sun Protection
Lycopene, says Dr. Oz, protects the skin form the inside out from sun exposure. He explained that studies show that lycopene can boosts the skin's natural ability to protect itself by as much as 33%. Dr. Oz recommends taking 16mg daily of lycopene for skin health.

Dr. Oz Summer Supplement #3: Reishi for Energy
When energy dips, Dr. Oz recommends taking reishi mushrooms to support energy. He says 1,000mg three times daily of reishi mushroom extract can help the body deal with extra sugar in the blood and to support energy production.

Dr. Oz Iced Teas for Weight Loss

Iced tea is a favorite refreshing summer drink. Using one of these Dr. Oz recipes, your iced tea can also boost the metabolism to help burn fat.

Dr. Oz Iced Tea for Weight Loss #1: Oolong Cinnamon Iced Tea
Oolong tea contains catechins which turn on the fire of the metabolism and turn it up for 2 hours. Cinnamon supports healthy blood sugar levels. Together they make a refreshing tea that burns calories and can help feel balanced.

Oolong Cinnamon Iced Tea
4 cinnamon sticks
4 tbsp loose oolong tea or 12 oolong tea bags
3 cups water
Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the tea and cinnamon soak in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or leaves and pour the concentrated tea into a jug. Fill the rest of the jug with cool water. Put the tea in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to chill.

Dr. Oz used and recommend the Bodum Ceylon Iced Tea Jug that provides a place to put the loose cinnamon sticks, and the ginger from the next tea, while brewing the tea. Cost runs $20-30.

Dr. Oz Iced Tea for Weight Loss #2: Iced Ginger Green Tea
green block fat absorption and raise metabolism caffeine and EGCGs
ginger metabolism carb more effectively and anti-inflammatory

Iced Ginger Green Tea
12 quarter-inch slices of fresh ginger
4 tbsp loose green tea or 12 bags
3 cups water
Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the tea and ginger soak in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or leaves and pour the concentrated tea into a jug. Fill the rest of the jug with cool water. Put the tea in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to chill.

Dr. Oz Iced Tea for Weight Loss #3: Grapefruit-Mate Tea
Dr. Oz used the Prodyne Infusion Pitcher to add grapefruit to mate tea as it brewed. From the rainforest of South America, Mate tea is rich in antioxidants and contains some caffeine that helps to burn fat. Vitamin C from the grapefruit helps to break down fat. Because of the caffeine content, he recommends drinking this tea in the morning or with lunch, but not after 12pm.

Grapefruit-Mate Tea
1 whole grapefruit, chopped
4 tbsp loose mate tea or 12 mate bags
3 cups water

Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the tea and grapefruit soak in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or leaves, and pour the concentrated tea into a jug. Fill the rest of the jug with cool water. Put the tea in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to chill.

Dr. Oz Iced Tea for Weight Loss #4: Pear-Infused White Tea
White tea has huge calorie burning effects, says Dr. Oz. Antioxidants in white tea prevent new fat cells from forming.

Pear-Infused White Tea
2 whole pears, chopped
4 tbsp loose white tea or 12 white tea bags
3 cups water

Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the tea and pear pieces soak in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or leaves and pour the concentrated tea into a jug. Fill the rest of the jug with cool water. Put the tea in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to chill.

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Easy Ways to Keep Cool

Dr. Oz Hot Tips to Keep Cool #1: Cooling Spritzer
Mix up your own batch of Dr. Oz's cooling spritzer. Place 1 cup of ice into a bowl and pour 1 cup of brewed green tea. Keep the bowl in the refrigerator and use it to fill a small refillable spritz bottle. To the bottle, add a few mint leaves. Spray on your face as often as you like to stay feeling cool when the temperatures soar.

Dr. Oz Hot Tips to Keep Cool #2: Aloe Vera Gel
Keep a bottle of aloe vera gel in the refrigerator. When the temperature rises, rub the cold aloe vera gel on the feet to cool down. The feet are home to large blood vessels that when the cold gel is applied can help to cool you off quick.

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  1. I wanted to copy the receipes.....however, when I copied to a document it showed it would PRINT on a DARK GREEN background. This is AWFUL.... it is a waste of ink! Please make these printer friendly. Thank you.

  2. I'm sorry you experienced problems printing the recipes. Most word processing documents will allow edits so you can change the background color.

    The recipes from the show can typically be found on and his site has a white background.