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Monday, December 3, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 12/3/12: Wheat Addiction, Wheat Belly Book, Wheat Belly Diet, Headache Help, Glowing Skin and Hair

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: December 3, 2012
Dr. Oz: Are You Addicted To Wheat

  • Is wheat addictive and toxic?
  • Lose weight and re-gain health with the Wheat Belly Diet
  • Help for headaches
  • Identify headaches and headache triggers
  • Headache solutions
  • Get back that youthful glow with recommendations for facial care, under eyes, and hair

Could wheat be making you sick and fat? Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, shares his view of wheat and explains why he thinks no one should eat it.

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Dr. Oz: Are You Addicted To Wheat

His controversial book has been a New York Times best seller for over 6 months. Dr. William Davis, MD, author of Wheat Belly, says “Frankenwheat”, the modern wheat we eat today, is toxic and addictive and it's the biggest reason for obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, ADHD, and the list goes on and on.

He's a controversial cardiologist who believes that the manufactured wheat we eat today is causing our entire population to be unhealthy. Wheat Belly calls to all American's to eliminate wheat from the diet – cold turkey (that's wheat-free!).

Modern wheat is as addictive as many drugs, explained Dr. Davis, wheat makes you want eat more wheat-based foods and more sugary foods. He says to eliminate wheat and you'll see a transformation of health.

Dr. Davis says that today's wheat is not the same that our parents and grandparents ate back in the 1940's and 1950's. Modern wheat is a genetically produced form of the plant that he says is causing a health crisis in America. Dr. Davis doesn't believe anyone should be eating modern wheat.

Dr. Oz has talked about carbohydrate and wheat addition on previous show so it's not a new topic. Dr. Davis explains that there is a specific protein in wheat that has the ability to enter the brain and stimulate a greater desire to eat more wheat products. People who eat wheat consume 440 more calories per day then people who limit or have eliminated wheat from their diet.

What about whole wheat products? Dr. Oz has often encouraged people to choose whole grain products over white-flour based for better nutrition and now Dr. Davis is saying that's not a better choice in actuality. Why is the whole grain recommendation flawed?

Dr. Davis explained there's a flawed logic in nutrition that says replacing white flour with a whole grain will be a better choice. Whole grain bread certainly has more nutritional value over white bread, he conceded, but whole grains will still cause the long list of health complaints.

Take that same flawed nutrition logic and apply it to smoking tobacco. A cigarette without filter is considered unhealthy so does smoking cigarette with a filter mean that it's better?

There is a small portion of the population who are severely allergic to gluten, that's about 1%. The other 99% of the population that eats gluten and wheat foods are damaging their health. Dr. Davis said not to replace gluten and wheat products with gluten-free carbohydrate-based foods, it's best to eliminate wheat and gluten from the diet altogether.

Wheat is the sole reason why American's are facing such an obesity crisis, said Dr. Daivs. No other food causes the brain stimulation that wheat food do. To explain, Dr. Oz has a demonstration.

Two tubes were set up to represent the body and how the body converts food into energy. Consume a non-gluten food and you create energy. Insulin levels will likely rise a little but the body can handle that small amount and process that spike at a reasonable rate.

Consuming a wheat-based food into the body causes insulin levels to go sky high which in turn creates more fat yet there is little to no energy produced. The fat that's packed on because of consuming wehat leads to joint pain, fatigue,and heart health issues.

Wheat Belly proposes that whole wheat spikes blood sugar levels higher than a candy bar. Dr. Oz's medical unit put this idea to the test and looked at blood sugar levels of five women over two days. On day one, the women ate whole wheat bread and on day two they ate candy bars. On each day, their blood sugar levels were tested before and after eating.

Three out of the five women had a higher blood sugar spike when they ate the bread than when they ate the candy bar. Natasha, who took part in the test, saw a bread blood sugar spike that was twice as high as her candy bar blood level spike. Natasha shocked with her results as she was always told that whole wheat was the healthy option.
If three women had big spikes after eating wheat, what about the other two? The other two women had nearly the same blood sugar levels for both the bread and the candy bar. It's hard to tell

Dr. Davis argues in his book that people can lose as much as 15 pounds in only 30 days by eliminating wheat from the diet and he says it's easy to do.

Dr. Oz: Who Should Try The Wheat Belly Diet?

For people who are interested in losing 15 pounds in 30 days as well as supporting overall health, who is the wheat belly diet right for? Dr. Davis says everyone who breathes can benefit from eliminating wheat from their diet.

Dr. Oz showed several testimonials that Dr. Davis has received from women who have lost 50 pounds, 75 pounds, and even as much as 150 pounds simply by eliminating wheat from their diets. The wheat belly diet causes people to eat less and they can expect to reduce their calorie intake by about 440 calories every day simply by eliminating wheat.

Dr. Oz: Wheat Belly Diet Step 1 - Go Cold Turkey
Wheat is found in obvious sources such as bread, rolls, pasta, cookies but wheat can also be found in licorice, chewing gum, and tomato soup. Know all the sources of wheat so that they can be eliminated from the diet.

Dr. Oz: Wheat Belly Diet Step 2 - Add In Real Foods
Dr. Davis' plan allows for real food to be added back into the diet. Nuts, seeds, olive oil, dairy, and vegetables can all be eaten at every meal to create a satisfying and nutritious meal. Keep legumes and fruit to a limited amount as they both may create spikes to blood sugar levels.

Dr. Oz: Wheat Belly Diet Step 3 – Use Wheat Replacements
On the Wheat Belly Diet, you can have cookies and muffins that are made from healthy grains such as almond flour and coconut flour. For pasta, Dr. Davis recommends tofu-based noodles or use a spaghetti squash instead of wheat-based pasta. Grains such as millet, sorghum, and bulgar can be used in limited amounts to keep blood sugar spikes to a minimum.

Dr. Oz: Wheat Belly Meals and Recipes
Dr. Davis says you can create any dish with non-wheat ingredients. On the Wheat Belly Diet, you can still have pancakes, pizza, “breaded” chicken, and even brownies. Dr. Oz tried the pizza and chicken and said they tasted great.

Click the links below for Wheat Belly recipes from

Dr. Oz: Help For Headaches

It's one of the most common health complaints: headaches. People who suffer from frequent and severe headaches know the deliberating pain that headaches cause. Science tells us that these severe headaches may also be starving the brain of oxygen and may cause damage to the brain over time.

Dr. Oz says it's important to know your headache type to help determine how to help that pain dissipate fast. Take Dr. Oz's Headache Assessment to help figure out what type of headache you may experience most often then check out the suggestions to lessen the triggers as well as the pain.

Dr. Oz's Headache Quiz

Dr. Oz Headache Question #1: Where does your headache occur most often?
A. Forehead, neck and back of head
B. On one side of the head
C. Behind one eye or one side of the face

Dr. Oz Headache Question #2: Which best describes your headache pain?
A. Consistent tightening around the entire head
B. Throbbing pain
C. Intense pain

Dr. Oz Headache Question #3: How long do your headaches typically last?
A. 2-6 hours
B. Up to 3 days
C. 30 minutes to an hour

Dr. Oz Headache Quiz Score
If answers are mostly A's that's an indication that headaches are mostly tension.
If answers are mostly B's then migraines are most likely the culprit.
If answers are mostly C's then cluster headaches are to blame.

It's possible to have a variety of types of headaches, look for predominate answer pattern.

Dr. Oz: Headache Triggers

Dr. Audrey Halpern, MD, neurologist and headache expert, says that most people make the mistake of treating all headaches the same.

Dr. Oz Triggers and Solutions for Tension Headache
Tension headaches are often on both sides of the head, the forehead, and sometimes on the shoulders. These headaches effect women on a large scale, with over 88% of women reporting experiencing a tension headache. Muscles effected by tension headaches can spasm and tense up when the tension strikes. Physical and emotional pressures are often the triggers for tension headaches.

Dr. Halpern says that acetaminophen doesn't really help reduce the pain of a tension headache. Instead, she recommends a prescription for naproxen at 300-500mg, over-the-counter ibuprofen in liquid gel form for faster action in 200-400mg, and/or rub peppermint oil into the temples.

Dr. Oz Triggers and Solutions for Migraine Headache
Migraines can be on one side the face above the eye or near the temple. Light and noise are triggers and certainly irritants for migraines. Migraines often cause completely disability.

Dr. Oz recommended a way to distinguish between a tension headache and a migraine. Place
fingers on the temples and rub while pressing into the temple, if this makes headache better then it's a tension headache and not a migraine.

Most migraines are sensitive to variations in routine of sleep and meals. Aged cheese and fermented foods can trigger migraines.

Dr. Halpern recommended over-the-counter medications with caffeine to reduce the pain of a migraine however taking caffeine-based pain relievers too frequently can also make migraines even worse. The pharmaceutical triptans can help reduce migraines and so can magnesium at 500mg. Dr. Halpern also recommends drinking valerian root tea to reduce anxiety that can be associated with a migraine.

Dr. Oz Triggers and Solutions for Cluster Headache
Cluster headaches while the least common type of these headaches they are the most severe. Cluster headaches are typically on one side of the head in and behind the eye and may also be combined with red eyes, tearing of the eyes, and a runny nose.

Cluster headaches are typically short lived, lasting only 30-60 minutes then go away but recur nightly and/or seasonably. Dr. Oz explained that a cluster headache comes with a fast and expanding pain that can cause one eye to droop and discharge to be released from the eyes and nose.

Coming on most often in a decipherable cycle, people who suffer from cluster headaches should avoid alcohol during a cluster cycle.

Dr. Halpern recommend the pharmaceutical triptans, as well as a capsaicin nasal spray which can be very quick acting.

Dr. Oz: Bring Back A Youthful Glow

Molly Nover-Baker, Beauty Director for Women's Health magazine, said in our 30's the creation of reproductive hormones slow and as a result the skin dulls, thins, and dark circles develop. Yay!


Dr. Oz Skin Brightener: Lactic Acid
To remove the layer of dead skin cells that lead to an appearance of dull skin, it's important to exfoliate and Ms. Nover-Baker recommends using lactic acid which is very gentle on the skin and found in many over-the-counter products for under $40. [One brand shown on the show was Philosophy.] Look for a product that contains 4-10% lactic acid and use up to twice daily.

Products that contain lactic acid will make the skin more sensitive to light so they should be used at night or during the day in combination with a good sun screen. Results may be visible in one to two weeks.

Dr. Oz Eye Brightener: Vitamin K
Vitamin K is great for reducing the appearance of dark under eye circles, explained Ms. Nover-Baker, because it helps to remove blood that may be pooling in the area. Vitamin K flushes out the stagnate blood and supports circulation.

Ms. Nover-Baker showed a Burt's Bees as just one example and stated that the online stores Sephora or Ulta also have a selection of Vitamin K-based under eye creams. Vitamin K creams may also be found combined with caffeine which can stimulate the breakdown of pooled blood cells or combined with retinol which can stimulate skin cell turnover.

Vitamin K-based products can also leave the skin sensitive to the sun so, again, should be used at night or during the day in combination with a good sun screen. Apply one to two drops, pea sized, and begin at the inner corner of the eye gently padding the cream into the skin.

Under the eyes is one area of the lymphatic drainage system and the padding motion helps to push out accumulated toxins that may be leading to the pooling and discoloration.

Foods high in Vitamin K are another great way to support a reduction in the appearance of dark circles. Dr. Oz recommended Brussels sprouts and prunes.

Dr. Oz Hair Brightener: Baking Soda
Hair products and high heat tools are robbing hair of its natural shine. Product build-up can take away the natural shine of hair and heat tools can burn the hair. Add to that list harsh weather too such as dust, wind, water, and changes in temperature and humidity and it's no surprise that hair loses its shine.

Ms. Nover-Baker recommended mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of your normal shampoo and apply normally. Use this mixture once a month to remove product buildup and increase shine. Baking soda is all natural and will not harm the hair or the hair color.

For daily cleansing of the hair, Ms. Nover-Baker recommends getting shampoo and condition that is clear and transparent. A product that is milky in color and creamy contains heavy conditioners that can build up quickly.

Stay away from shampoos that create a tremendous lather which is a chemical detergent that can further harm the hair.

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