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.

Chronic inflammation: How to put out the fire

September 21, 2017 - 10:31am

Just like wildfires devastating the American West, inflammation can spread through your body and wreak havoc. But in many areas, wildfires aren’t always a completely destructive element; they’re part of the natural cycle of life, helping
clear out pests while fertilizing the ground so that fresh life can bloom. And sometimes in the body, well, inflammation is much the same.

Movement as Medicine: The Power of Tai Chi

September 15, 2017 - 10:33am

Tai chi, the ancient Chinese practice that combines movement and meditation, is designed to help you achieve balance, both physically and emotionally, and uses a series of forms (positions) and motions to accomplish that. The end result strengthens everything from joint, muscle and heart health to improved cognition and sleep quality. Whether you are trying to maintain your flexibility and mental agility as you age, restore your health after diagnosis with a disease, or improve function post-surgery, tai chi is for you.

Flexing your flexitarian muscles

September 7, 2017 - 9:47am

Worldwide, vegetarians overwhelmingly outnumber meat-eaters! According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, around 4 billion folks eat a mostly plant-based diet; 2 billion are mostly meat-eaters. But in America, only around 4.7 million folks are complete vegetarians, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group. Another 1.6 million or more are vegans who never eat any animal-related products.

However, 22 million of your friends and neighbors are flexitarians; that is, they eat meat, fish and/or poultry occasionally, but their diet is plant-centered.

Phthalates update: What you need to know to protect your health

August 24, 2017 - 9:51am

Taking charge of how the environment affects your health is more necessary now than ever, and more possible. That’s because we are increasingly knowledgeable about the negative effects of chemicals in our air, food and household goods
and products. With that knowledge comes the opportunity for you to control your exposure.

Take phthalates, for example.

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.