Dr. Oz

By: Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Mike Roizen, M.D

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.
© 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed byKing Features Syndicate, Inc.

The placebo and nocebo effect: The healing power of your mind

June 8, 2017 - 9:20am

Your mind packs powerful medicine — it can ease pain, promote immune strength and speed healing. Tuning into your body, dispelling stress and channeling positive thoughts toward ailing body parts can have a major positive effect.

Taking a sugar pill and believing that it’s medicine can ease symptom, or your perception of symptoms, especially for pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety, functional bowel disorders and functional urinary disorders. That’s what’s called the placebo effect, and we have documented proof that it works.

Baby Brain Boosters

May 25, 2017 - 11:48am

Babies. Just the word can make you smile. And that baby smell (the other one) -- it's more relaxing than a visit to the Dalai Lama. But what goes on inside those little, developing brains can be puzzling.

Busting belly-fat myths and uncovering belly-fat truths

May 11, 2017 - 12:26pm

What do you think these numbers represent: 69.3, 195.5, 39.7? And 63.8, 166.2, 37.5?

No, they’re not the stock price of Tesla and Snapchat over the past week.

They’re the height, weight and waist circumferences of the average American man and woman! And they add up to huge health problems. The biggest culprit? The waist measurements — 39.7 inches (guys) and 37.5 inches (gals) — indicating that most of YOU have large deposits of visceral belly fat surrounding your internal organs.

Homelessness and Our Health

May 4, 2017 - 10:15am

The numbers are staggering and embarrassing: According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on any given night in the U.S., there are over 550,000 homeless Americans living inshelters or on the streets. Over the course of one year, from 2013-2014, around 2.5 million kids — a historic high — experienced homelessness at some point, according to the nonprofit group the American Society for the Positive Care for Children.

Who are these people? Neighbors, classmates of your children, people working at minimum-wage jobs.

Finding reliable online self-help programs

April 27, 2017 - 9:45am

There are tens of thousands of online self-help programs and businesses with apps and websites that tout their DIY approach to managing everything from addiction and depression to chronic pain and insomnia. A 2015 study found that around 15,000 disease-specific health apps are available, and fully a third of those deal with mental health. Some are free and some charge a fee for their “courses.” For example, there’s Depression Cure Hypnosis ($39), Stop Symptoms of Adult, Teen or Youth Depression, and Find Happiness.

The human and economic importance of supporting addiction treatment

April 20, 2017 - 10:58am

It’s been said many times, but it merits repeating: The U.S. is in the middle of an unprecedented drug crisis. According to a new report from the Ohio Department of Health, the number of opioid-related deaths leapt from 296 in 2003 to 2,590 in 2015 — a 775 percent increase. Those statistics are repeated from coast to coast: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that drug-overdose deaths involving heroin tripled from 8 percent in 2010 to 25 percent in 2015.

Redefining ‘fun’

April 13, 2017 - 10:27am

“What’s the fun in that?!”

That’s what a woman recently asked when Dr. Mike suggested one way to improve her diabetes was to give up pancakes and syrup for breakfast and instead opt for whole grains, berries and lean protein.
That got us thinking. We need to help her — and many of you — redefine “fun.”

You may not realize it, but taking care of yourself and being proud of your ability to do more activities, defy your age, banish stress, think more clearly and get your juices flowing ... NOW, THAT’S FUN!