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.

Bipartisan touchup to ACA could bring better health, lower costs

August 17, 2017 - 10:32am

 Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., may have said it most succinctly: “Congress doesn’t do comprehensive well.” Congressional stalemates prove this, especially when it comes to health care. But we’d like to suggest a touch-up to the Affordable Care Act that has bipartisan support and easily could be implemented right now.

The first edition of this change, called Rewards for Better Health, was submitted by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., back in 2012 and could knock $200 billion or more annually out of the federal budget.

Stemming the tide: How to keep your stem cells young

August 3, 2017 - 9:32am

Stem cells are the highly versatile spare tires of your body. Once called on, they can replace a damaged cell — and, because they aren’t yet directed to become part of a specific organ or tissue type, they not only could become (metaphorically speaking) a new tire, but could also fix a worn-out engine part or a cracked windshield. It just takes the right prodding in the body, or the laboratory! They can do it even after being inactive for a long time.

The clock is turning back on a healthier U.S. food environment

July 20, 2017 - 12:55pm

If knowledge is power, then offering consumers information about what’s in their food supply is clearly a powerful way to improve the health of the nation — physically and economically. But several nutrition-related decisions lately have reduced your power to make informed decisions about the health of YOU and YOUR FAMILY, as well as the financial health of the country. We give the new Food and Drug Administration director a grade of “F” for what he’s doing for you and the quality of your food.

Taking a bite out of food oversight just bites us back

July 13, 2017 - 9:32am

Little to nothing in the Affordable Care Act or the Republican replacement effort gets at the issue of reducing health care costs by stopping the true cause of runaway spending: the enormous increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases.

Chronic disease is increasing seven times faster than our population: In 1974, Type 2 diabetes affected 2.2 million Americans. Today? 29 million! Hip and knee replacements have increased annually from 64,000 to over 1 million. You get
the picture.

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.

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