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The Opioid Crisis Is Really a Crisis of Compassion

(220) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 3:25 PM

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Yesterday I found myself in an odd discussion - I was trying to imagine under what circumstances I would tell a patient that I simply couldn't treat them because I had reached my quota of 100 heart surgeries and they were number patient...

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8 Signs Your Gas Station Food Isn't Safe

(14) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 12:21 PM

By Elisabeth Leamy

Gas stations now make more money off of food than they do from gas, in terms of profit margins. In fact, many should really be called "food stations," as they spend more time and money preparing fuel for humans than for vehicles. No longer do...

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CARA Becoming Law Proves Our Astonishing Potential

(7) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 10:49 AM

Like many physicians, the opioid overdose epidemic has become personal to me. As a cardiothoracic surgeon I have prescribed opioids for 25 years to help my patients manage their post surgical pain. These medications are invaluable, but they have a much darker side than I ever imagined and we are...

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6 Favorite Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 9:38 AM

It's truly amazing the variety of fruits and vegetables that are available in the grocery store all year round. From citrus fruits to tomatoes to squash to bell peppers, what the weather's like outside has ceased to matter when it comes to what you can get at the...

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The Surprising Emotion LeAnn Rimes Feels When She Runs

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 2:17 PM

Country singer LeAnn Rimes reveals her likes and dislikes in the "This or That?" celebrity video series. Find out the reason she's an early bird and why she prefers yoga to running. Watch more celebrities answer "This or That?" on DoctorOz.com.

And don't forget to check your local listings for all new episodes of "The Doctor Oz...

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Poor Health for Some Means Problems for Us All

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 2:54 PM

One of the things that first drew me to medicine was that health problems touched all people. It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, young or old, black or white, college-educated or didn't finish high school, everyone gets sick at some point. As a doctor, I focus more on diseases...

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3 Things to Never Buy at the Dollar Store

(21) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 9:55 AM

You may think that it's a one-time exposure to chemicals that's the big risk, but daily use of household items can result in low doses of chronic exposure. Cleaners, plastic containers, and so many items available cheaply at the dollar store can be accompanied by harmful...

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The Pizza Makeover You Should Try Today

(10) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 11:22 AM

Who says pizza can't be healthy? By making a simple swap to the crust, you can take a guilty pleasure and turn it into a nutritious meal. Watch and learn how to make this Oz-approved pizza and get the recipe and try it for yourself. Add on your...

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Natural Ways to Beat Belly Bloat

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 11:52 AM

If you're often feeling bloated or gassy, there are simple things you can do to help. These tips and tricks will help you alleviate your tummy troubles naturally. Read on to find out how you can beat your bloat today.

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Do You Have Prediabetes?

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 9:37 AM

Chances are you know someone with Type 2 diabetes. In fact, 29 million Americans suffer from it, and if current trends continue, one in three adults will have Type 2 diabetes by 2050. It's one of the most dreaded chronic diseases we face. It results in elevated blood sugar because...

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Should You Really Choose Low-Fat Dairy?

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 3:04 PM

If you're worried about your health, you may be reaching for low-fat dairy products when you go shopping. After all, that's what the US Dietary Guidelines and many health organizations recommend. Well, it turns out that there isn't much evidence to back those recommendations up. And now two...

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The Shocking Truth About Sugar

(30) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 3:46 PM

If you have a sweet tooth, the real facts about sugar will shock you. Plain and simple, sugar is ruining our nation's health. Find out why it's important to avoid sugar and what you can do to get your health on track. To kick your sugar habit for...

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5 Easy Steps to a Better Night's Sleep

(7) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 3:18 PM

If you're one of the millions of Americans tossing and turning every night, try these Oz-approved tips and tricks to help you get the sleep you deserve. While bad sleep can exacerbate health problems like diabetes, hypertension, depression, anxiety and even heart disease, you can reverse the damage by following...

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CARA Passage Encouraging, But We Can't Stop Now

(6) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 9:52 AM

The United States Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act yesterday 94 to 1. Let that sink in for a moment... few votes are that overwhelmingly positive. The urgency of our nation's addiction crisis has brought something we thought we would never see again -- political consensus! As the...

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Can Charlie Sheen Help in Winning the Battle Against HIV?

(15) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 10:08 AM

Michael Crupain, MD, MPH
Mehmet Oz, MD

Charlie Sheen may have inadvertently caused a public awareness renaissance with his recent admission that he is HIV positive. Ironically, after America was riveted by watching Sheen's very public series of setbacks caused by addictive and socially destructive behavior, an opportunity to...

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EPA Decision Proves Vigilance by People Is Necessary to Protect Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 12:38 PM

As physicians, we know the importance of what we eat for our individual well being but often fail to appreciate that the way we grow our food impacts the health of the public. However, this was not the case last year when many respected groups and scientists including Consumers Union,...

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Our National Night of Conversation

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 2:34 PM

Join Dr. Oz's #NightOfConversation livestream here at 5:30.

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I am asking every family to have a conversation at their dinner table. This conversation could save lives. Lately I've been speaking to people who are asking for help with another problem that many are too embarrassed, or ashamed, to discuss. This public health crisis now kills more Americans than guns, falls, or even car accidents. The odds are that you know someone dealing with this problem right now and you know even more people who are at risk. It has a genetic component, so a family history increases the risk even more. If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm talking about drug addiction and overdose.

About 27 million people in this country use illegal drugs or prescription drugs for non-medical purposes and the CDC has said we are in the midst of an overdose epidemic. For many, the addiction starts with prescription painkillers and when a physician no longer refills an opioid prescription, illegal drugs become an unintentional and deadly alternative. In fact research suggests that four out of five heroin users started with prescription drugs.

You might be surprised to learn that most addictions start at a young age. In fact nine out of 10 people with substance use problems started using by age 18. Healthcorps, a non-profit organization I founded with my wife Lisa that teaches kids to live healthier lives, recently conducted a survey of about 200 high school students from around the country on their attitudes about drugs and alcohol. What we found is suggestive of some of the root causes of our current drug crisis. Two-third of students either didn't think or didn't know that prescription drugs could be as addictive as illegal drugs. Most surprisingly, while over 80 percent of the students thought heroin was addictive, only about half of students thought Vicodin was, which was the same percentage of students who said soda was addictive!

Like the obesity epidemic, solving our drug addiction problem is not going to be easy and going to take a multifaceted approach of public and private interventions to change policy and the environment. President Obama announced some of the first steps during his recent visit to West Virginia, one of the hardest states hit by opioid addiction. The president started a conversation that we all must now continue. Simply discussing drugs with your family is one step everyone can take right now that can truly make a big difference and help prevent this problem from continuing to grow. Research from the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, shows that when parents are engaged in their kids' lives, especially through archetypes like family dinners, kids are less likely to develop unhealthy relationships with alcohol and other substances. Studies also show that kids who learn about the risks of alcohol and other drugs are 50 percent less likely to use drugs and alcohol.

In our survey of Healthcorps students, we were pleased to see that over 80 percent of kids had talked about alcohol and illegal drugs with their families, but only about half had talked about the dangers of addictive prescription drugs.

It's time we all realized that prescription drugs are just as dangerous as illegal drugs and discussed all drugs (illegal, prescription, and alcohol) with our families. I'm going to sit down to dinner with mine this Thursday during the National Night of Conversation and do just this. I'm sure whatever Lisa has planned for dinner will be delicious, but on this night the conversation will be more important than the meal (sorry Lisa). I hope you will all join me as well and post a picture of an empty plate on social media with #NightOfConversation to show that you too have chosen to combat this crisis and end the silence and save lives.

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Need help with substance abuse or mental health issues? In the U.S., call 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA National...

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We Must Bridge the Gap Between Suffering and Salvation

(10) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 10:52 AM

The storm blared onto the news on Thursday with the fury of a thousands suns. All hell was breaking loose, and the East Coast was starting to panic as Hurricane Joaquin tore through the Bahamas. But by Sunday I was looking out on a crowd of thousands peacefully singing their...

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People in Recovery From Addiction Need Support and Should Be Celebrated

(24) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 4:44 PM

As I leaned in to smile for the picture that was being taken, I asked the young woman holding her cell phone what the occasion was. "I'm 10 years clean and sober today!" she said with joy and pride. Her husband and children stood by watching. This was a profound...

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Inside the Healthy Mind

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 3:12 PM

By David Satcher M.D. and Mehmet Oz M.D.

Pixar recently released an intriguing new movie this week that playfully follows an adolescent and her parents through the lens of their five personified emotions -- fear, anger, joy sadness, disgust. The title Inside Out tells the whole story since this is...

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