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Apple Juice Showdown: Dr. Oz Arsenic Claim Questioned

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In a spirited showdown on Good Morning America Thursday, ABC News senior health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser confronted television's Dr. Mehmet Oz on what he called “extremely irresponsible” statements made on The Dr. Oz Show Wednesday concerning arsenic in apple juice.

“Mehmet, I’m very upset about this, I think that this was extremely irresponsible,” Besser said.  “It reminds me of yelling fire in a movie theater.”

“I’m not fear-mongering,” Oz fired back.  “We did our homework on this risk.”

Oz’s appearance on GMA is the latest development in a story that likely has many parents on edge about whether to continue serving apple juice to their children.

[Scroll down to watch Dr. Oz's appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.]

Oz and the show’s producers drew criticism for Wednesday’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show, which focused on the dangers of trace levels of arsenic present in many popular brands of apple juice.  Juice manufacturers, government regulators and scientists said the results of what the program called its “extensive national investigation” were misleading and needlessly frightening to consumers.

According to The Dr. Oz Show, a laboratory tested “three dozen samples from five different brands of apple juice across three American cities” and compared the levels of arsenic to the limits of arsenic for drinking water set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  They found 10 samples of juice with arsenic levels higher than the limits for water.

In a statement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said, “There is no evidence of any public health risk from drinking these juices.”

The FDA sent a letter to The Dr. Oz Show on Sept. 9 -- five days before the show was to air -- which warned that airing the show would be “irresponsible” and “misleading” because the testing ignored that there are two forms of arsenic: organic and inorganic.  Organic is generally thought not to be harmful to health, whereas inorganic is.

The FDA also conducted its own tests of the apple juice investigated by The Dr. Oz Show.  In some of the very same lots of juice tested for the show, the FDA reported finding very low levels of inorganic arsenic; six parts per billion at most, even lower than the 10 parts per billion recommended by the EPA as a safe level for drinking water.

Oz acknowledged that “no children are dying from acute lethal arsenic poisoning,” stating instead that his concerns were about the long-term effect of arsenic exposure.  Still, Besser said Oz was implying to parents that drinking apple juice poses a risk to kids’ health.

“You have informed parents they are poisoning their children,” he said, a charge that Oz denied.

“We just want to have the conversation, and we’ve been trying to make this conversation happen,” Oz said.

Oz also added, “I would not take apple juice out of my kids’ containers now.

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Dr. Oz's 4 Health Boosting Secrets from Around the World

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –- From the Mediterranean diet favored by the Greeks to the bread and wine-heavy diet of the French, every culture has its own secrets to diet success, and exotic health solutions for everyday problems.

Dr. Mehmet Oz's daily television show airs in countries around the globe, places like Turkey, China and Australia, where the natives use exotic health secrets to stay strong, healthy and young.

Dr. Oz traveled to those countries to learn their secrets and revealed them to ABC News, explaining tricks from using a musical instrument to cure sleep apnea to an ancient exercise designed for small spaces.

The best news is you don't have to travel thousands of miles around the globe like Dr. Oz, or spend hundreds of dollars, to bring the best of the countries' traditional remedies and practices home to you and your family. These tools are right at your drugstore, health food store or maybe even in your own backyard.

Try importing these four, global tips from Dr. Oz into your everyday health routine.

Purslane in Turkey:  One important food group people in Turkey have no problem consuming enough of is healthy fats, the types of omega-3 fatty acids that are so important in preventing stroke and reducing the risk of heart disease. The more than 73 million residents of this country, however, rely on a natural source for their healthy fats: the herb purslane. It has a slightly sour and salty taste and is actually considered a weed in the United States, but it's eaten throughout much of Europe and the Middle East. In Turkey, they even give purslane to horses to help with joint discomfort because it also acts as an anti-inflammatory. In the United States, purslane is easy to grow on your own using seeds, and can be found at health food stores like Whole Foods. If it's still too exotic for your tastes, however, hazelnuts are another equally good option for adding healthy fats to your diet.

Tai Chi in China:  For the people of China, the challenges of staying healthy in their country are much different. With the world's largest population, the challenge there is finding space to stay physically active in a confined setting. The Chinese have had to learn and adapt to exercising in a way that doesn't take up a lot of space, which is why the practice of Tai Chi is so popular among the nation's more than 1 billion residents. Instead of grabbing caffeine in the morning, China's residents, from the very young to the very old, take to the nation's parks and streets to practice. The poses can be done anywhere and help with strength, balance and flexibility.

Didgeridoo in Australia:  Australia, like the United States, has increasing obesity rates, despite having a highly active population. The Aussies, however, have developed a fun way to deal with the snoring and sleep apnea typically associated with high weight. They use an indigenous musical instrument, the didgeridoo, to exercise the muscles in the back of the throat that cause snoring while you sleep. Those muscles get lax while you sleep so, by exercising them with the didgeridoo, essentially a branch hollowed out by termites that turns into an instrument, you strengthen the muscles so they don't collapse while you sleep.

Noni Juice in Hawaii:  The fourth secret brought Dr. Oz right back to the U.S., to the tropical state of Hawaii. Here the natives drink a juice that comes from the noni, the famine fruit of the island's native Polynesian people, that is said to help with bone pain. The fruit has a strong odor, which is why the juice comes processed on the mainland, eliminating the stink. Another fruit that offers the same benefits as noni, but is more common is the pineapple. Like noni, pineapple is full of Bromelain, a plant extract used for reducing swelling, especially after surgery or injury. The amount of Bromelain found in pineapple and noni fruits is stronger than what you can get in the over-the-counter version and is better also for achieving long term, anti-inflammatory effects.

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