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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 9/27/12: Dangers of Gluten, At-Home Gluten Test, Go Gluten-Free, Best No-Bake Recipes Online, Best Health Apps, Best Online Workout

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: September 27, 2012
Dr. Oz: Is Gluten Secretly Destroying Your Health?

  • Hidden health dangers of gluten
  • At-home test to determine gluten sensitivity
  • Dr. Oz shares the best way to go gluten-free
  • Brandi Evans shares her healthy no-bake recipes
  • Best health apps for your smartphone
  • Tiffany Rothe shares her online workout routines

Can going gluten-free resolve your health concerns? Dr. Oz has a simple self test to determine if you are sensitive to gluten and will show how to go gluten-free the best way.

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Dr. Oz: Is Gluten Secretly Destroying Your Health?

On grocery shelves are over 45,000 products labeled gluten-free. Last year alone, American's spent more than $6 Billion on gluten-free products. Dr. Oz asks, is this a marketing game being played with consumers or is there really a connection between gluten consumption and health?

Chronic health concerns are being blamed more and more on gluten in the diet. Chronic upset stomach, joint pain, migraines and brain fog have all been linked to a gluten sensitivity.

Dr. Oz: What is gluten?
Gluten is a natural protein found in the grains wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten gives loaves of bread their bounce, it gives pizza dough it's stretchiness, and it gives that creamy thickening we like in our sauces. Gluten can also be found in products like beer, salad dressing, and granola bars. 

Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, nutrition researcher, [founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart] says gluten issues are a huge health concern. Gluten has been blamed, Dr. Barnard said, for over 50 different health conditions. When gluten is removed from the diet from those who are sensitive often chronic issues go away completely.

Are gluten issues become more widespread due to greater awareness or as a population are we becoming more sensitive? Dr. Barnard said there is in fact a major increase in sensitivity across the population. More than 25,000 hybrid varieties of gluten are found in everyday products.

People used to make bread at home allowing for a long leavening process that breaks down much of the gluten in the bread but today most bread is made quicker in factories and we buy it from grocery stores shelves.

Gluten sensitivities can be developed and triggered in any person at any time typically due to greater exposure to gluten containing products. The body recognizes gluten as a foreign invader, explained Dr. Barnard, and the body responds by attacking the invader but the attack is overblown causing a breakdown of tissues in the body.

Dr. Oz demonstrated how gluten reacts in the body with a large tray of power [baking powder?] that represented the intestines. To that, he added drops of a red liquid [vinegar?] representing ingested gluten. The red liquid bubbled and fizzed. Dr. Oz explained that every time we eat gluten, a reaction happens in the intestines and as more gluten is ingested the reaction grows. He poured more and more red liquid until the tray was just a bubbling red mess.

Dr. Oz: The Gluten Spectrum

There are varying levels of gluten sensitivities and gluten responses that people can experience depending on how strongly their body reacts to that gluten invader in the intestines.

Dr. Oz: Celiac Disease
A blood test can show antibodies present in the body which means the body cannot tolerate any amount of gluten. When people with Celiac Disease ingest gluten, extreme to severe damage can be wrecked on the intestines. One percent of the population is Celiac.

Dr. Oz: Gluten Sensitive
When gluten is ingested by someone who is gluten sensitive, the intestines act up and react to the gluten and people may experience symptoms such as joint aches and brain fog and as many as 50 different conditions. Testing for gluten sensitivity will often provide negative results. The antibodies present in the body are not high enough to show up in a blood test. However, said Dr. Barnard, gluten sensitive people are at risk of dying by continuing to ingest gluten and the reactions experienced by the body.

Dr. Oz: Gluten Friendly
People in the gluten friendly category have no reaction to gluten and can eat gluten without any negative physical reactions.

Celiac and gluten sensitivity occurs in as many as 1 in 10 adults, said Dr. Oz. Knowing the symptoms and knowing what to look for can help people narrow down the focus of their efforts to determine their level of sensitivity to gluten even when they test negative.

Dr. Oz: At-Home Gluten Sensitivity Test

Jessica suffered for two decades, plagued with health issues. One day she would feel bloated then experiencing constipation and diarrhea the next day. She was diagnosed with eczema, depression, IBS, and lactose intolerance. Her doctor(s) prescribed medications yet nothing helped.

A friend told Jessica about the dangers of gluten. Jessica went cold turkey, cutting out gluten completely. All of her health concerns went away and she's a different person than she was before – she's the real Jessica.

Why did she have to struggle when the solution was so simple? Jessica explained that doctors aren't aware of the issues that gluten can cause and don't know how to diagnose sensitivities.

Dr. Barnard said Jessica had the classic symptoms of digestive issues, brain fog, and with what he sees commonly in his practice, issues that have plagued patients for years, decades.

Dr. Oz discussed the symptoms to look for in helping to determine if your body has an issue with gluten.

Dr. Oz Gluten At-Home Test: Digestive Symptoms
How many of the following digestive symptoms do you have?
  • Frequent bloating or gas
  • Diagnosed with IBS or acid reflux
  • Daily diarrhea or chronic constipation
Dr. Oz Gluten At-Home Test: Neurologic & Skeletal Symptoms
How many neurological and skeletal symptoms do you experience?
  • Migraine or headaches
  • Joint pains or aches
  • Brain fog
Dr. Oz Gluten At-Home Test: Hormonal & Immune Symptoms
How many hormonal and immune system symptoms do you experience?
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Chronic eczema or acne
Dr. Oz explained that if you experience more than four symptoms then you may be gluten sensitive. People who experience fewer than four symptoms, you may have a slight sensitivity. One in 10 people have a sensitivity to gluten and Dr. Oz said that may be an underestimated.

Dr. Oz: Best Way To Go Gluten-Free

Dr. Neal Barnard shares how to go gluten-free. If only one symptom was found at-home sensitivity test, Dr. Barnard says removing some or all gluten from the diet may provide some benefits. He recommends seeing a doctor to get tested for gluten antibodies but the best way to test for gluten sensitivity is to eliminate gluten from the diet for a short time.

Going gluten-free requires eliminating all gluten from the diet. Avoid wheat, rye, and barley which can be found in many products. Single ingredient foods are the best bet when going gluten-free. Produce, meat, fish, dairy, lentils, nuts, rice, corn, and hot chocolate too can all still be enjoyed on a gluten-free diet. [Check the label though, there could be gluten in any product. Look for wheat, rye, and barley on the label and know that if the label says “flour” the product will contain gluten.]

Dr. Barnard explained that marketing is a big part of gluten-free and that many products have added sugar, carbohydrates, and often have a higher price. Dr. Oz said he has major concerns with gluten-free products. If you're not gluten-free, Dr. Oz said to stay away from gluten-free products and if you have any level of gluten sensitivities than gluten-free products a are mediocre way to eat.

If you feel gluten may be at the root of your health concerns, Dr. Barnard encourages people to talk to their doctor, ask for a gluten sensitivity blood test, ask to see gastroenterologist; keep asking questions and using the correct language until you get answers.

Related Resources

Check out these resources for more information on gluten and going gluten-free:
Dr. Oz: Best Recipe Website

One of the best kept secrets on the web is a blog with millions of followers, said Dr. Oz. [How can it be a secret if millions of people are following the blog? Snarky, I know.] Brandi Evans' blogs about her no-bake recipes that are healthy, quick, delicious and today, they are also gluten-free.

Her site is called Bran Appetit, and it's filled with Ms. Evans recipes that are simple and easy to follow and she even provides photos of each step in the process as well as shares her trials and errors she experienced to create the recipe.

When Ms. Evans married nearly a decade ago, she says she didn't know how to cook. Self-taught, she found she loved to cook but didn't have much time as a working mom. She broadened her skills and began transforming her family's favorite foods into healthy and quick recipes.

1/4 cup oat bran
2 tbsp oat flour
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup almond milk (any milk will do if you don’t have almond milk on hand)
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced

Mix together the oat bran, oat flour, flaxseed, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the vanilla, applesauce, and almond milk until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Gently fold in the diced strawberries. Spray a microwave safe baking dish or ramekin, and pour batter into dish. Heat for 1 minute and 30 seconds or until the top is set. Let cool for 2-3 minutes. Enjoy.

The Numbers:
Brandi Evans' Strawberry Breakfast Bowl has only 225 calories with 12g of fat. Dr. Oz said that 12g fat may sound like a lot but the fat in this dish is from healthy sources, almond milk and flax seeds, that your body wants. Dr. Oz says he's good with this type of fat.

Dr. Oz described this dish as “worth having”.

1 cup gluten-free quick-cook oats
2 cups broth (low sodium vegetable or chicken)
11/2 cup frozen peas
1 tbsp fresh rosemary
2 tbsp reduced-fat cream cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Optional: pre-cooked chicken strips

Microwave oats and broth for 2 minutes. Stir in peas, cream cheese, salt and pepper. Microwave for another 2 minutes. Add rosemary and optional pre-cooked chicken or protein. Serve warm.

The Numbers:
Brandi Evans' No-Rice Risotto has only 280 calories per serving with 5.5g of fat and can be used as a main course.

Makes 8 cups
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp fresh orange zest

Pour one and a half cups of the chocolate chips into a glass bowl and melt in the microwave for 2 minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds, until the chocolate is smooth and completely melted. Stir in the last hafl-cup of the chocolate chips and mix together until all the chocolate is smooth and glossy.
Drop a spoonful of the melted chocolate into 8 cupcake liners. Use a spoon to spread the chocolate into an even layer and bring the chocolate up the sides of the liners to help keep the filling in the cup.

Put the chocolate cups in the fridge while you mix the filling. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese with a 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar. Taste. If you want it a little sweeter, add some more powdered sugar and mix until there are no more lumps. Mix the Greek yogurt and orange zest into the cream cheese mixture. Once the chocolate cups have set, take them out of the fridge and drop a spoonful of the cream cheese filling into each one. Spread the filling into an even layer. Place the cups back in the fridge for about 5 minutes to let the cheesecake filling firm up a little bit. Take the cups back out, stir the rest of your melted chocolate (reheat for a few seconds if you need to), and drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the cheesecake filling. Gently spread the chocolate over the filling, then put the cups back in the fridge for 5-10 minutes until the chocolate has hardened. Remove from liners and serve.

The Numbers:
Each cup of Brandi Evans' Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Cups have 145 calories and 7.5g of fat.

Dr. Oz: Health Apps For Your Smartphone

Tech expert Steve Greenberg shares the best Apps for your smartphone that can change your life. The keys to success for these apps, said Mr. Greenberg, is that they are all useful for consumers and have been been embraced by the medical community.

Dr. Oz Healthy Phone Apps: Instant Heart Rate
This app allows users can have their heart rate calculated simply by holding their finger up to the camera viewer on their phone. Dr. Oz's heart rate was 54. He explained that a resting heart rate above 90 is a warning and could be caused by stress. Ideally, he said, a resting heart rate should be more toward 80 and 70, and with regular exercise it's possible to get the heart rate down below the 70s.
Cost for Instant Heart Rate: Free

Dr. Oz Healthy Phone Apps: Map Your Walk
Map Your Walk combines GPS and a pedometer to monitor how far and how fast you've walked and calories burned. It also provides an alert if you haven't walked enough. Dr. Oz said he loves this App and as it takes out the guess work for this healthy activity. Mr. Greenberg says you can get competitive with yourself by wanting to do better each time.
Cost for Map Your Walk: Free

Dr. Oz Healthy Phone Apps: Mole Detective
The Mole Detective App provides a body chart for users to click indicating the location of moles, then taking a picture of the mole allows the app to analyze the mole to determine cancer risk. Mole Detective also sets up regular reminders to check moles to monitor changes.
Cost for Mole Detective: $4.99

Dr. Oz Healthy Phone Apps: Epocrates Rx
Everyone taking prescription medications should have this app on their smartphone. Epocrates Rx is the number one drug-related mobile app that doctors have on their phone. Yes Dr. Oz said he has it on his phone. Epocrates Rx can help to decipher potential interactions between over-the-counter medications and pharmaceuticals. Enter the prescriptions you're taking into the app then you can check for possible interactions with another prescriptions or OTC's. Something as simple as ibuprofen taken while on blood pressure medications can cause liver damage and other serious interactions.
Cost for Epocrates Rx: Free
Dr. Oz: Best Online Workout

With 25 million hits, she's taken YouTube by storm with her online workouts. Tiffany Rothe is transforming bodies all over American and Dr. Oz just had to meet her. Click here to visit Tiffany Rothe's YouTube channel.

How did you get so popular on YouTube? Ms. Rothe said two years ago she didn't use the internet much but she realized she had a good thing going with her workouts and wanted to share them with the world. She said her followers get good results with her workout and they feel good too.

Ms. Rothe is pregnant with her first child and says her workouts are great for every person and every size.

Ms. Rothe did a mini workout with Dr. Oz and the audience but you can't get this workout on Dr. Oz's website, Ms. Rothe is selling the workout she demonstrated on The Dr. Oz Show for $9.99 on her website. Click here to visit Tiffany Rothe's website. Ms. Rothe also sells memberships to several online workout programs through her site.

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