Entries in Dr. Oz (5)


Michelle Obama to Promote Kids Heath Program on "Dr. Oz"

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- First lady Michelle Obama will appear on The Dr. Oz Show Sept. 14 to discuss new federal guidelines to school lunch programs.

The new nutritional guidelines include more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products.

The first lady will also reveal improvements to the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.

Host Mehmet Oz, M.D. issued a statement saying, "Mrs. Obama works tirelessly to focus our nation on prevention and educate youth about the critical need to eat right and stay active.  This message of prevention will imprint good habits on a generation of young people and result in longer lives and less disease.  I am humbled and honored that the first lady will appear on our show to ignite this conversation with my audience.”

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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 Three Tips for Improving Your Life and Health

ABC/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) -- Dr. Mehmet Oz appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show for years before hosting his own Emmy Award-winning program, The Dr. Oz Show. He's helped millions of viewers understand the intricacies of the human body, and how simple changes can prove hugely beneficial in people's lives.

"Demystifying the body was the essence of what we were doing," Oz said. "And there are truths about what happens inside of you. The magic that represents the special sacred nature of your body."

In an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, Dr. Oz shared three tips that he believes would benefit everyone:

Walk more. "Do what humans have always done, which is to walk...  I'm not talking about a stroll through the park. But an active, aggressive walk, has been the core of what has allowed humans to survive for decades longer than they should have," Oz said.

Eat rawer, fresher foods. "Half of all the foods you eat, half should be made up of real food. Food that comes out of the ground looking the way it looks when you eat it."

Find your passion. "You have to give your heart a reason to keep beating. It seems so simple. But if you don't have passion, if you don't have vision, if you don't have something that brings you joy day in and day out, then nothing else makes a difference."

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500-Calorie Hormone Diet 'Could Be Dangerous,' Critics Say 

Jeffrey Hamilton/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A diet involving hormone injections that has been around for decades is gaining new traction after it was featured on a national talk show.

Dr. Oz featured the 500-calorie diet that relies on injections of the pregnancy hormone HCG on his show. Some critics of the diet are concerned because people are particularly responsive to an issue when they see a doctor on television speaking about it.

The problem, says dietitian Carla Wolper at Columbia University, is that the diet doesn't work and could be dangerous. Professionals that work with people dealing with obesity would never consider using anything like that, she added.

Five hundred calories a day is near starvation, and HCG injections, which Wolper calls an expensive scam, preys on vulnerable people.

The FDA, having approved three HCG products currently on the market, told ABC News in a statement that since the 1970s the "FDA has required labeling of HCG to state that HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. Numerous clinical trials have shown HCG to be ineffectual in producing weight loss."

The FDA also listed the potential health risks associated with HCG use including blood clots, depression, swelling, and the potentially life-threatening condition known as Ovarian hyperstimulation, a syndrome of sudden ovarian enlargement.

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Beat Fat, Sugar Addiction; Detox Liver to Lose Weight

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Do you feel like you can't lose weight because you can't stop eating cakes, cookies and French fries?  If you can't beat your cravings, you could be addicted to sugary and fatty foods, and to kick your addiction, you have to detox your liver, according to Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show.

"Sugary and fatty foods affect the pathways to the brain in the same way as heroin or cocaine," Oz said.  "Sugar acts directly in the brain to inhibit the effect of leptin and increased appetite so you never feel full.  So then you keep eating, and you become leptin-resistant."

"What you need to do is break the addiction by detoxing the liver, which has stopped metabolizing fat properly.  Sugar consumption causes fat to build up in liver cells, which decreases the liver's ability to metabolize fats and sugars and detoxify your body," he added.

Oz told ABC News the following four steps for detoxing your liver:

Step 1: Replace all grains with cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower for one week, and bulk up on foods from the allium family -- garlic, chives, leeks -- because they are full of flavonoids.

Step 2: For withdrawal, take a Vitamin B complex to help with carbohydrate cravings and 1,000 mg a day of chromium picolinate to help with sugar withdrawal.

Step 3: Eat meat in a four-to-one ratio, meaning four portions of white meat, fish or tofu to one portion of red meat).  Also eat leafy greens and citrus fruits that contain vitamin C to boost your innate antioxidant system.

Step 4: Address emotional eating. Emotional hunger is sudden, while physical hunger is gradual.

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