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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 12/4/12: Winter Cold and Flu Rescue, Prevent the Cold and Flu, Fast Fixes for Stomach Troubles, Dental Tips, Health Cheat Game, Todd Wilbur Fast Food Redo, Chicken Soup Recipes

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: December 4, 2012
Dr. Oz's Winter Rescue Prescription

  • Dr. Oz calls in the experts to create his rescue products for the cold and flu
  • Prevent the cold and flu before they happen
  • Get rid of stomach complaints with Dr. Oz's fast fixes
  • Are you brushing properly? Most people don't. Find out the right way!
  • Teachers go head-to-head in a health cheats competition
  • Todd Wilbur shares his fast food redos
  • Dr. Oz and a viewer share their favorite chicken soup recipes

Are you prepared for this year's cold and flu season? Dr. Oz has assembled a team of doctors to provide his prescription to help end the sniffles quickly and also to help prevent those coughs before they start.

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Dr. Oz's Winter Rescue Prescription

Millions of people get a cold and/or flu each and every year. Dr. Oz has assembled a team of doctors, experts in their respective fields, to create his winter rescue pack to ease the symptoms of a cold or a flu.

Dr. Daria Long, MD, explained that both the cold and flu are easily transmitted from person-to-person. When one person comes down with symptoms it's not long after that people around them are also suffering the same effects.

The air we breath is filled with tiny organisms that cause both the cold and the flu. Those little bugs enter our bodies through the nose or mouth and once they get into the warm, moist lungs, the bacteria and virus cells start to reproduce and then you are suffering the aches, pains, coughs, and sneezes of a cold or a flu.

Dr. Oz Cold and Flu Rescue Pack Item #1: Saline Nasal Spray
Keep the nasal passages clear and help to moisturize the tissues during the cold, dry winter months with a saline nasal spray. Look for a product that has both purified water and sodium chloride. 

Dr. Oz: Difference Between Cold and Flu

Dr. Robert Glatter, MD, FAAEM, FACEP, from the Lenox Hill Hospital in New Jersey explains that the cold and the flu have very distinct symptoms and that knowing the difference between the two can help you support the immune system so that you're back to good health in no time.

Dr. Oz: Cold Symptoms
Cold symptoms will typically begin in the head then turn into sneezing, congestion, and a cough. The symptoms of a cold will come on slowly and then disappear in a few days.

Dr. Oz: Flu Symptoms
Flu symptoms will start in the head and then become steadily worse from there. An ache in the back may develop into all over body aches. Vomiting and diarrhea may be the next symptoms and a fever isn't far off.

Dr. Oz: Fight A Fever
Dr. Holly Phillips, MD, medical correspondent for CBS This Morning, says the old-fashioned hand on the forehead is not an accurate way to determine if someone has a fever. Get a thermometer to gain an accurate reading and an accurate picture of the situation. Going back and forth between shivering and sweating is a common sign that your body is fighting off a fever.

Dr. Oz Cold and Flu Rescue Pack Item #2: Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen
Dr. Phillips recommends alternating every four hours between ibuprofen and acetaminophen. They both have similar properties but they work through different mechanisms and therefore can give the fever a one-two punch to get rid of it quickly.

Dr. Oz Cold and Flu Rescue Pack Item #3: Cold Towels
To help ease a fever and make you feel instantly more comfortable, Dr. Phillips recommends applying cold towels under the arms and around the neck. Cool towels in cold water or wet towels and place them in the refrigerator.

Dr. Oz: Beat A Sore Throat

Dr. Chandra Ivey, MD, Otolaryngologist, says 50 million people will visit the doctor for a sore throat this year. The easiest way to check at home for a sore throat is to look in the mirror. A red, irritated throat is viral and most commonly associated with a cold and will often include post nasal drip.

White patches on the back of throat and/or pus is bacterial and is a more serious concern requiring a visit to the doctor.

Dr. Oz Cold and Flu Rescue Pack Item #4: Black Currant Lozenges
Dr. Ivey recommends black currant lozenges to help soothe a sore throat. The biggest mistake most people make when they have a sore throat is taking too much menthol. Menthol certainly provides a cooling sensation and may feel good but menthol can break down the beneficial mucus that will help the body get rid of the invaders. Black currant lozenges, Dr. Ivey explained, contains GLA which plays a role in reducing inflammation and soothe the throat.

Dr. Oz: Quiet a Cough

There two different types of cough, and only two: the dry cough and the wet cough. Dr. Oz says knowing the difference between the two coughs will help you use the right syrup to soothe the discomfort.

Dr. Oz Cold and Flu Rescue Pack Item #5: Quiet a Dry Cough
A dry cough is the most common type of cough. Dr. Ivey explained that with a dry cough the vocal cords slam together causing irritation and may harm the throat. To quiet the cough, Dr. Ivey recommends a cough syrup that contains dextromethorphan, often with “DM” on the label. DM suppresses the cough and reduces damage to the tissues.

Dr. Oz Cold and Flu Rescue Pack Item #6: Quiet a Wet Cough
A wet cough indicates mucus production and calls for an expectorant, explained Dr. Ivey. Guaifenesin in pill or liquid form taken with full glass of water and can help break up the mucus so it can be removed. Dr. Ivey said that a guaifenesin cough syrup can also be paired with a cough suppressant.

These are the only two cough syrups you will ever need, said Dr. Oz. Purchase each of them separately, not in combination, so that can you use the one you need when you need it instead of over medicating with products that you may not need.

Dr. Oz Prevent The Cold and Flu

Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, is Medical Director of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine and Contributing Editor for Prevention magazine. She has a recommendations to support the immune system in the hopes of skipping over the whole cold and flu thing!

Dr. Oz Cold and Flu Rescue Pack Item #7: Buckwheat Honey
Buckwheat honey is high in antioxidants and immune boosting properties. The darker color of the honey is a clue that it is rich in nutrients. Dr. Bhatia recommends taking one to two tablespoons of buckwheat honey daily through the winter to support the immune system. Take buckwheat honey directly off the spoon or add to a warm drink.

Dr. Oz Cold and Flu Rescue Pack Item #8: Triple Power Combo Supplements
Dr. Bhatia recommends the triple power combination supplements NAC, astragalus, and Vitamin D to support the immune system during the cold and flu season.

NAC, N-Acetyl Cysteine, contains antioxidants to support the immune system. Dr. Bhatia recommends taking 250mg of NAC daily during the winter.

Astragalus [has been recommended numerous times on The Dr. Oz Show] is great for stimulating the immune system and also has anti-viral properties, explained Dr. Bhatia. One dropper of liquid astragalus daily can be taken during the season to ward off a cold or flu, said Dr. Bhatia, and people can take astragalus up to 3 times daily when sick. 


Vitamin D increases antimicrobial peptides in the body which can tackle the bad micro-organisms floating around this time of year. Dr. Bhatia recommends taking 2000iu of Vitamin D daily from November through March and then reduce to 1000iu daily for the rest of the year.

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Dr. Oz Cold and Flu Rescue Pack Item #9: Turmeric
Super charge meals with this immune enhancing spice. Turmeric helps to fight off viruses and bacteria too. Turmeric contains high amounts of manganese which is great for the immune system as well as the cardiovascular system. Take one to two tablespoons daily in warm water or add to foods. Turmeric has a milk flavor that can be added to soups and stews. [My family and I love to add turmeric to our eggs.]

Dr. Oz Cold and Flu Rescue Pack Item #10: Mushroom Tea
End the day with a medicinal tea to support the immune system. Mushroom teas have been used in China for thousands to years from maitake to shitake and reishi too. Mushroom tea contains selenium to protect immune system and keep you healthy and well throughout the year. If you like a little sweetness then add the buckwheat honey for even more immune support!


Dr. Oz: Fast Fixes for Stomach Complaints

When a stomach ache comes on leaving you in pain and discomfort you want to mitigate the symptoms and get rid of the problem as soon as possible, right? Dr. Oz has fast fixes for the most common stomach complaints.

Dr. Oz Fast Fix for Indigestion
If you've over indulged in the Christmas fare of fabulous foods the typical over-the-counter products can take as long as 90 minutes to begin to ease the pain. A tall glass of soothing baking soda, ½ teaspoon of honey in club soda will start to ease stomach discomfort in as little as five seconds, said Dr. Oz. Use that buckwheat honey discussed earlier to boost the immune system at the same time and add a little sweet kick.

Dr. Oz Fast Fix for Gas
Combining the wrong foods can leave you with embarrassing bout of gas. Over-the-counter products scan take at least 30 minutes to begin working on that gas but Dr. Oz has a short cut that he says works instantly. This short cut is often provided in Indian restaurants. Combine one tablespoon each of anise, fennel, caraway seeds, and dill in an old mint tin and chomp on a teaspoon full of the herb mix to dissipate gas. Properties of the seeds can reduce intestinal spasms that may lead to embarrassing gas.

Dr. Oz Fast Fix for Nausea
Car sickness [and eating the wrong foods] can cause painful nausea. Dr. Oz recommends a pressure point self-massage which has been well documented to help with nausea. With the palm up, place two fingers just above (toward the shoulder) the crease of the wrist, rub gently in a circle in the middle of the arm three times then again in the opposite direction.

Dr. Oz Dental Health

Dr. Oz says one of the biggest short cut people take is on brushing their teeth. That's one area you should never short cut on, he says.

Dr. Jonathan Levine, DMD, dentist and oral health expert, and Dr. Oz's own dentist, says proper brushing of the teeth is all about technique. Most of us have been brushing wrong our entire lives by
brushing too hard and only brush for an average of 45 seconds both of which leave behind 50% of plaque. The American Dental Association recommends brushing for a minimum 2 minutes.

Kareen Wilson, Registered Dental Hygienist, says that signs of not brushing enough or properly is readily evident in the mouth. Plaque left behind is visible to hygienists and dentists and bleeding gums is one glaring sign of not brushing properly. Over 80% of American's have gum disease and don't know it, says Ms. Wilson.

Dr. Oz says that power brushing is the best way to brush your teeth and keep your dental health in sparkling condition. To show the difference between the old fashioned manual brushing a push broom was utilized and an electric rotating scrubber was used to show how well a power brush works. The broom took off some of the yellow gunk that represented plaque but the power brush took off most of it.

Oral-B power brush takes all guess work out of brushing with a rotating, oscillating motion that spins a whopping 48,000 times per minute. A light on the back of the Oral-B power brush will illuminate if the brush is pressed too hard. It also has a digital display that shows how well you are brushing, reminds you to move onto each quadrant of the mouth after 30 seconds, and tells you when you've reached 2 minutes.

On 12/5/12, Dr. Oz and Oral-B are giving away free power toothbrushes on Click here to visit to get all the details on the giveaway.

Dr. Oz: Cheat Your Way To Better Health

Teachers from Hunter College Elementary School in New York, NY goes head-to-head with teachers from Plainfield High School in Plainfield, NJ to play Dr. Oz's cheat your way to better health game.

Dr. Oz Cheat Your Way to Better Health Question #1: How can you cheat your way to lower blood pressure?
A. Sugar-free gum
B. Pistachios
C. Coffee

Pistachios is the correct answer and Plainfield takes the lead. Pistachios are high in magnesium and potassium which support healthy blood pressure levels. Enjoy about three handfuls per week, recommended Dr. Oz, to support blood pressure levels.

Dr. Oz Cheat Your Way to Better Health Question #2: How can you cheat your way to instant energy?
A. Oatmeal
B. Kava root
C. Ginseng

Ginseng tea or 100mg of ginseng capsules increase energy and it also increases the ability to concentrate.

Dr. Oz Cheat Your Way to Better Health Question #3: How can you cheat off fat fast?
A. Agave
B. Pomegranate juice
C. Soy milk

Pomegranate juice is high in antioxidants and fights inflammation, said Dr. Oz, which all plays a role in fighting fat cells. Add water or sparkling water to the pomegranate juice too.

Dr. Oz Cheat Your Way to Better Health Question #4: How can you cheat away bags and dark circles under the eyes?
A. Potato
B. Vitamin A oil
C. Pineapple

Potato shrinks down that puffy skin around the eyes and can help reduce the appearance of bags and dark circles under the eyes.

The Plainfield high school teachers won the game and the glamorous prize plaque proclaiming them number one health cheaters! Yay!

Dr. Oz: Cheat With Healthier Fast Foods

Todd Wilbur,, author of the cookbook series Top Secret Recipes, is back!

Dr. Oz: Todd Wilbur's Domino's Pizza Redo
Make your own yeast-based dough with a mix of bread flour and whole wheat flour. The whole wheat flour provides nutrients as well as a satisfying crunch.

Mr. Wilbur took a sample of Domino's pizza crust to scientists as the University of Michigan who found that it contained two different tomato products: tomato puree and crushed tomatoes. Mix together the two types of canned tomatoes with herbs cooking for 30 minutes then spread on the dough.

The cheese is a shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese and you can add toppings of your choice. Out of the oven the pizza doesn't look quite right yet because there is one more step. Create a garlic-based oil rub that will make the crust glisten and enhance the flavor.

The Numbers:
One average-sized slice of Domino's pizza has 305 calories with 13g of fat.
Todd Wilbur's Fast Food Pizza Cheat has a greatly reduced 185 calories and only 3g of fat.

Click the links below to read posts from Todd Wilbur's previous appearances on The Dr. Oz Show:

Dr. Oz Chicken Soup Recipes

Chicken soup has been proven time and time again to help reduce the duration of a cold or flu. Dr. Oz put a call out to fans to share their favorite homemade chicken soup recipes.

One fan said she uses Himalayan pink salt which provides a stronger salt flavor with less sodium. Another fan likes to add kale to her soup, an ingredient that Dr. Oz loves. An another fan uses a store-bought rotisserie chicken for a quick prep soup.

The recipe that caught Dr. Oz's attention was submitted by mom Connie and her daughter Lynn. Connie's mom created the recipe and handed it down Connie who has passed it down to her daughter Lynn and Lynn is hoping to give the recipe to her child-to-be – she's expecting! Dr. Oz said he especially likes this recipes because it was hearty without using noodles.

Dr. Oz shared the Oz family chicken soup recipe that features one special ingredient contributed by his daughter Daphne Oz: one ounce of juiced ginger, can also use fresh grated ginger instead of the juice.

[My secret to awesome chicken soup is to boil the chicken carcass for several hours, as many hours as possible. Many nutritionists believe the cold fighting power of chicken soup comes from all the minerals and nutrients released during the bone boiling process. I'll cook up a whole chicken for dinner one night and we'll leave lots of meat on the bones. The next day I'll cook down those bones into a fabulous soup. Turkey soup tastes just as amazing and we're all eating lots of turkey this time of year. Our Thanksgiving turkey this year was about 15 pounds and I cut the carcass in half to make two batches of soup. I've already made one batch and put the second carcass in the freezer until I'm ready to make another batch. I also add a stick of dried astragalus root to boil down in the stock. My son calls is Mom's Legendary Chicken (or Turkey) Soup!]

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