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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 10/10/12: Rick Springfield, Dangers of OTC Medications, Dose Recommendations for OTC's, Symptoms of Hearing Loss

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: October 10, 2012
Dr. Oz: Rick Springfield's Secret Health Battle

  • Rick Springfield talks about battling depression with sex, drugs, and rock and roll
  • Are OTC pain medications dangerous?
  • Dr. Oz gives dose recommendations for OTC pain meds
  • Symptoms of hearing loss

Rock superstar Rick Springfield joins Dr. Oz to talk openly about his struggle with depress, suicide attempt, and his journey back to being healthy and feeling joy again.

I missed the first 5 minutes of today's Dr. Oz Show due to a news break concerning the Jessica Ridgeway disappearance case. Click here for the Facebook page dedicated to getting her back home safely.

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Dr. Oz: Rick Springfield's Secret Health Battle

Sex, drugs, and alcohol are all a part of Rick Springfield's life and he speaks candidly with Dr. Oz and with readers in his book Late, Late At Night [released in January, 2010].

Watching the video the Dr. Oz staff put together of his life [I missed that], Mr. Springfield said he saw a depressed 7 year old. Like most people, his life is a series of ups and downs but because the ups can be so high the other side of that is the downs are deep, deep pits for him.

In the middle of all his success - hit songs, movies, television, great family – he went into a deep depression and had to leave the music industry to save himself.

Rick Springfield shared his story about his suicide attempt. Battling demons for most of his life he says he continues to suffer from self-loathing and depression. He was committed to ending his life by hanging but the rope untied as he was losing consciousness.

Mr. Springfield discussed his sex addition in the book. Sex has been a coping mechanism for him and he's used it to stay level. In his first band at age 15, he learned about sex from his older band mates – a bit of a warped picture of sex.

“Have no greed for followers,” is a Buddhist saying that Mr. Springfield said has resonated with him and it's an idea that he has been working on for years which is helping him with his depression and sex addiction.

Mr. Springfield said he feels easily overwhelmed in life and unfortunately he has turned to drugs and sex to deal with that feeling. Feeling unhappy when he isn't writing, not happy when he was writing, he gets overwhelmed when he's not busy and overwhelmed when he's got too much going on. Depression has ruled most of his life.

He married his long-time girlfriend in 1985 and he says the strength of his wife has kept them together. He's always felt unattractive and got lost in cheating on his wife. Wiping tears from his eyes he says his cheating has caused him to nearly lose his wife, more than once. A few years ago at a show in Las Vegas he said he was wrapped up in the scene and away from home and made a huge mistake. He doesn't like talking about it because he knows he almost lost his wife.

To show what happens when someone is in a state of depression, Dr. Oz showed a brain scan of a happy person yellow and orange most of brain showing happy thoughts and feelings. A brain scan of a person during depression shows only light and dark blue. Mr. Springfield says the dark areas of the brain is where the songs come from.

When his depression gets really bad, Mr. Springfield says he does take prescription medications. The best way for him to cope with his depression is through mediation and orgasm, he admitted. These are the two times when there's no room for depression in his brain.

Mr. Springfield said he would like to see a scan of his brain when he's writing because that's when he puts those dark areas in his brain to good use.

Dr. Oz showed a video clip from the new documentary Affair of the Heart chronicling Rick Springfield and his fans, one super fan attended a book signing to give Mr. Springfield a letter thanking him for talking about his depression and bringing awareness to the subject. A year and one day before the clip was filmed her mom took her own life. Her mother took her to her first Rick Springfield show in 1983 and she just wants to thank him for all he's done for her through music over the years.

Dr. Oz Has A Surprise for Rick Springfield

Springfield said once he realized the celebrity and admiration of his fans isn't all about him, it's about the music he has come to appreciate his fans much more.

Two super fans featured in Affair of the Heart, shared that they have become great friends. Their common interest was their love of Rick Springfield music then they discovered they had kids of the same age so they set up play dates. Their husbands get along, their families get along and they now have forever concert buddies.

Dr. Oz surprised the two ladies by sending Mr. Springfield to meet them in, of all places, their hotel room. It was an emotional moment for the women who were silenced only by their tears of joy. Despite their request, Mr. Springfield only jumped on their beds and turned down their bed covers. 

Dr. Oz: Are OTC Medications Dangerous?

Most people have been taking pain relievers for years, decades. Dr. Oz said there is new information regarding the safety of over-the-counter pain relievers. Over 36 million American's take them every day for pain relief. But could those little pills be damaging your health?

In the biggest study done to date, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital showed that 62,000 women between the ages of 31 and 48 who were taking multiple OTC pain relievers each week experienced a 24% increased risk of hearing loss. For those who took OTC's 4-5 times week, saw a 21% increase in hearing loss risks. And those who took OTC's 2-3 times a week saw a 12% increase in hearing loss risks.

Most of the audience raised their hands indicating they use OTC pain medications multiple times a week and several of those kept their hands up indicating they do experience some hearing loss.

Bonnie, for the audience, said she takes OTC pain meds almost daily for headaches and thinks that her hearing may be effected. Dr. Oz said when talking about hearing loss it's best to talk to the family because they are the ones who experience the greatest impacts of hearing loss. Bonnie's daughter said yes her mom is losing her hearing..

Dr. Sharon Curhan, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, was the lead researcher on the study said that OTC pain relievers are toxic to the kidneys and meds that effect the kidneys also effect hearing.

Dr. Oz demonstrated how these OTC's meds strip away the protective layers shielding the cochlea, the inner ear, from sound damage. Pillows represented the cochlea. Each time an OTC is taken one of those pillows is stripped away leaving the the cochlea susceptible. Then along comes a loud sound that can then damage the cochlea and thus begins hearing loss.

Dr. Craig Kasper, Au.D., audiologist, said hearing loss is not an old age syndrome. Younger and younger patients are experiencing hearing loss. How do you know if your hearing is going?

Dr. Oz Symptoms of hearing Loss
  • Losing clarity of sounds;
  • Difficulty hearing in a crowded space;
  • Need to turn up the TV and radio;
  • Ringing in ears;
  • Difficulty hearing phone calls.

Dr. Oz's Recommended OTC Dose
How much ibuprofen and acetaminophen is too much? How much aspirin is too much? Dr. Oz gives his dosage recommendations for OTC pain relievers.

Most ibuprofen and acetaminophen bottles say not to exceed 10 pills a day but that recommendation is not based on protecting hearing. Dr. Curhan recommends taking OTC medications as little as possible, no more than once per week based on results of this study. If you find you need to take OTC pain relievers more than once a week, Dr. Curhan says to talk to your doctor.

Dr. Oz added to that once per week recommendation to say that no more than 3 times per week is optimum. He said he can understand that during PMS women may need to take more pain relievers but to then reduce the amount taken the rest of the month.

Dr. Curhan said the study showed no association between aspirin use and hearing loss.

Dr. Kasper said the research didn't show that supplements can help protect hearing but that a healthy diet is certainly helpful and that antioxidants may play a role in supporting the body when taking OTC pain relievers.

For the two most common reasons for taking OTC pain relievers are headaches and joint pain. Dr. Oz said there are alternatives to seek out before reaching for OTC pain relievers.

Dr. Oz Alternative for Headache
For a headache, Dr. Oz recommended drinking water then wait 30 minutes. Yes, it's simple. [I've heard that the majority of headaches can be attributed dehydration. So drinking that glass of water may be just the thing.] If after the glass of water and 30 minutes the headache is still there then consider taking the OTC medication.

Another alternative for headaches, recommended Dr. Oz, is feverfew which can support healhty inflammation and prevent the muscle spasms associated with headaches.

Dr. Oz Alternative for Joint Pains
Dr. Oz said for the common ailment of joint pains that drinking tart cherry juice can prove to be helpful.

Bonnie shared she was surprised that ringing in the ears is a symptom of hearing loss. The next step after determining potential hearing loss, recommended Dr. Kasper, is to contact your doctor and ask to see an audiologist as well.

A doctor can rule out any medical causes for any hearing loss such as wax in the ear. An audiologist can look at the hearing pathways and determine possible damage, causes of damage, and assist in treatment and therapy.

Dr. Kasper conducted a quick exam Bonnie and stated that she does not have a wax issue. Alexis, from the audience, had a large blockage of wax in her ears that was not causing an issue with her possible hearing loss but over time if that wax is not removed it could affect her hearing.

Sadly, Dr. Kasper said most hearing loss is irreversible. Knowing the causes of hearing risks, getting regular hearing checks, and protecting our ears in noisy environments are great ways to reduce the risks and limit the risks of hearing loss. Wearing sound canceling earphones with an mp3 player so that the music isn't competing with the ambient sound can play a role in reducing hearing loss risks. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly plays a role in supporting hearing as well.

Dr. Oz Couch Exercises

Tanya and Rachel shared the stage with Dr. Oz to demonstrate his new couch exercises. With busy lives filled with work, kids, kids activities they don't have much time for exercise. Dr. Oz says not to worry, you can exercise on the couch. [Have we come to this? When we are so tired and yet so determined to exercise that we will settle for exercising on the couch?]

Donovon Green created a no excuse work out series that can be completed on the couch. The video is available for free on Click here for Donovan Green's free Couch Potato Workout from

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