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My thoughts on Dr Oz

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Right, let me say that I have watched 13 minutes of Dr Oz today, so I feel qualified to preach my thoughts to you. Seems fair, he has 13 minutes of nutritional training and gets to preach to millions.

The stuff he suggests isn't bad. It really isn't. Today is all about healthy, low calorie snacks, and we all know that snacking helps weight loss. The difference is the way it is presented. Dr Oz is claiming it will burn belly fat (WTH? He can make that happen? Bring. It. ON) and fire up your metabolism. However, we all know that all it does it stop you overeating at meal times because we aren't starving and diving head first into the pasta. But he doesn't say this. So all these women will be having a 2-3 200 calories snacks a day because Dr Oz said so, and most will still be eating their normal meal portion sizes because they don't know that these are supposed to reduce. The women will just get fatter because now they are consuming more calories.

Don't get me wrong, I hate Dr Oz as much as the next person. Most of the information he gives is plain wrong, like all the things you can do to burn 'belly fat', the supplements, the 'kick up your metabolism'. However, some of his information is correct, but is presented in such a way that it is actually damaging to the people following it. If he simply said that you should snack every few hours to reduce your hunger and therefore your portion sizes at meals then he would technically be giving good advice. Very broad advice, but not bad.

If he wasn't such a sell out he could really help people. Too bad the Lettuce Corporation of America (LCA) pays less than the supplement companies. If he was honest and stopped offering quick fixes, he could help people. For whatever reason, women seem to think he is a God, and they would probably keep listening to his advice if it changed to 'hard work and eating right', as long as he was upbeat and positive about it.

Yesterday the show actually showed what to eat, and the food wasn't bad. Just peppered with this tea, and that pill, but the food alone was decent and healthy. He recommended a big breakfast, medium sized lunch and a small dinner, which, again, is not terrible advice. Then he ACTUALLY RECOMMENDED WORKING OUT! WOW, this weight loss malarkey isn't magic after all! The sad thing is, all the viewers will take away from it is what pills they need to take.

Really, it annoys me that someone has all this power, has the ability to give correct and potentially life saving information and chooses to make money by recommending pills and juices.

*Disclaimer* I am not a regular Dr Oz viewer, and these are my thoughts on the snippets that I have seen while I have been off work this week*

  
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MARYELLEN301 6/22/2012 12:20AM

    It's quackery like that that makes me thankful I don't own a TV!

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MARGIE100%PURE 6/21/2012 3:48PM

    I have been cautious of MD recommendations for years. Their motives are most often financially in their favor not mine or my health. The mixed messages are deliberate and always misleading. The masses may listen but this set of ears also comes with a brain to clear the waste and save and reserve judgments on false facts. I have eliminated thousands of processed food medicines and beverages from my food plan. I feel great for having a brain and use it for the greater good instead of spouting or repeating ideas that harm.

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CARLA-216 6/21/2012 9:35AM

    I don't put much stock in anything said by a television personality.

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SLIMMERKIWI 6/21/2012 12:32AM

    I've always thought that he gets a commission from the Supplement Companies. I take his suggestions with a grain of salt - he is a Cardiologist - an expert in THAT field, not an expert in EVERYthing! I hardly ever watch the program, and when I do, it is never a who program - just snippets - because I would rather watch intentional rubbish that rubbish claiming to be informative (which SOME of it is, but loads of people lack the ability to figure it out for themselves.)

Kris

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MENHALLS 6/20/2012 11:29PM

    Not a regular viewer either, but I think it is a lot about the knowing-doing gap. I mean we all "know" that if we want to lose weight we should "eat less & exercise more" but that is HARD. Insert whiny voice.

SP is easy. Doing the program is hard. This I know for sure, on my third (fifth? I've lost track) time through. I'm exactly the same weight I was a year ago & yet down 12 pounds. Figure that one out, Dr. Oz.

I wish we'd stop kidding each other that there is an easy solution.

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WOWEETOO 6/20/2012 11:00PM

    AMEN my friend i dispise that man he uses his arab charisma to fire up these women into thinking he speaks gospel truth and the reason you don't succeed is you don't follow the program what program is that?? and the advice he hands out on diabetes are killing the people taking it..he needs to be shut up but his voice is like snake oil..some people will buy anything and die as a result of taking his advice over going to see the doctor on a regular basis..oh but he's free and yeah how much does all the stuff you have to take cost and where my friend are the results
me 378 to 105 pounds..at sparkpeople my friend and maintaining that now in year four with no weight gain eating more food than i ever thought possible when i was fat..let's face it 378 is fat morbidly on a 5'2" frame i love spark but you can't sway people who will listen to the garbage he preaches..my endo and i have discussed this at length and he feels the same way and recommended spark to me..i avoid him as much as possible in an effort to keep my blood pressure under control lol
YOU GO GIRL!!!!
THE LADY MARY emoticon

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SARI_GIRL 6/20/2012 10:58PM

    I don't have an opinion on this topic, but yours is very entertaining! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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KNITTINGNAN 6/20/2012 10:54PM

  I only watch Dr. Oz once in awhile, fascinated by the number of supplements he recommends. If I had the time to watch every day for a year, writing down every supplement he suggests taking, I'm curious what the amount would be. Of course people lose weight following his prescription....after ingesting all of those pills, who would be able to eat?

I also feel that he is overly concerned with appearance, focusing on plastic surgeries and botox treatments. These doctor shows are very misleading, aren't they? I wish they would just stick with common sense health improvements.

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Won't be back at work until Monday

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I woke up this morning and felt like hell. My nose wasn't blocked, which was a plus, but my head and throat hurt. A quick conversation with my boyfriend told me that there was no way I should be talking. My voice is croaky and if I talk I cough. Yuck. I sent a text to my boss (we are very casual) asking if he could ask my reliever to stay on for the rest of the week and I'd see him on Monday. There is no way I can teach like this, so I'm not even going to try. I feel back being out of the class so much, but there really isn't anything I can do about it. I just needed to drop off a USB stick with this terms reports on them and I was fine to take the rest of the week off. Thank goodness for kind admin ladies, who volunteered to print out my reports, forge my signature, stuff them into named envelopes and send them off home with my kiddos. They are all owed chocolate.

Now I just have a few things to do for next week. My planning can just roll over, so that makes things easier. I need to design the post tests for topic and maths, so I can see if I have actually taught them anything this term. AND I have a cool idea for my homework doers. Last term the kids all did their homework, so I threw them a homework party on the last day of school. This term some have decided not to do homework, so I have another idea. I got some mini packets of smarties chocolates and I'm going to give the homework kids a certificate and a packet of smarties as their 'reward'. I don't usually reward with chocolate, but I figure once in a while won't kill them, and it is certainly no worse than what is in their lunchboxes.

But right now I am going to rest and nap :)

  
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DRAGONCHILDE 6/20/2012 6:38PM

    Resting is good. Take care of yourself.

Also? I'm a little horrified that candy isn't worse than what's in their lunchboxes... am I the only mom that sends fresh veggies and healthy stuff?

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OPALMOON 6/20/2012 9:59AM

    Look after yourself and I hope you feel better soon!

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COLETTEISGREAT 6/20/2012 5:51AM

    Rest & Nap is a great idea! emoticon

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JSTETSER 6/20/2012 5:42AM

    Does your school go year round? Where do you teach?
I teach in Hillsboro, NH.
I have a few weeks off before I start in with the ESY Program.
(extended School Year)

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Won't be back at work until Monday

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I woke up this morning and felt like hell. My nose wasn't blocked, which was a plus, but my head and throat hurt. A quick conversation with my boyfriend told me that there was no way I should be talking. My voice is croaky and if I talk I cough. Yuck. I sent a text to my boss (we are very casual) asking if he could ask my reliever to stay on for the rest of the week and I'd see him on Monday. There is no way I can teach like this, so I'm not even going to try. I feel back being out of the class so much, but there really isn't anything I can do about it. I just needed to drop off a USB stick with this terms reports on them and I was fine to take the rest of the week off. Thank goodness for kind admin ladies, who volunteered to print out my reports, forge my signature, stuff them into named envelopes and send them off home with my kiddos. They are all owed chocolate.

Now I just have a few things to do for next week. My planning can just roll over, so that makes things easier. I need to design the post tests for topic and maths, so I can see if I have actually taught them anything this term. AND I have a cool idea for my homework doers. Last term the kids all did their homework, so I threw them a homework party on the last day of school. This term some have decided not to do homework, so I have another idea. I got some mini packets of smarties chocolates and I'm going to give the homework kids a certificate and a packet of smarties as their 'reward'. I don't usually reward with chocolate, but I figure once in a while won't kill them, and it is certainly no worse than what is in their lunchboxes.

But right now I am going to rest and nap :)

  


And the doctor said...

Monday, June 18, 2012

More time off work, more medication. Ick. I have inflamed lungs (asthmatic + sick) so am on steroids for 10 days, plus some super fun cough syrup that has a warning not to operate heavy machinery. I have a note for the rest of the week off work, but permission to go back sooner if I am up to it. No working out, obviously, not that I want to at the moment.

So, thats me!

  
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SUGARSMOM2 6/19/2012 9:50AM

  ok . now you have to listen to the doctor !!. lay back and rest and do as he says . We want you well and up as soon as you can . Do not rush . You might end up right back where it started . so take your time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 6/19/2012 9:09AM

    Get lots of emoticon, drink your water emoticon, and take extra-special care of yourself! Remember your SparkFriends want you to be healthy! emoticon

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AHTRAP 6/18/2012 6:47PM

    Hope you feel better soon...and here's to the patience to wait until you've actually recovered before trying to get back into the groove! Sucks to have to wait it out, but as you've already noticed...

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PARASELENIC 6/18/2012 12:02PM

    So sorry to hear you are ill! It sucks that your time off has to be eaten by a bug! Get better soon!

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TWINSMOMMY607 6/18/2012 11:49AM

    Feel better! I was super sick the first two years I taught.

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OPALMOON 6/18/2012 9:49AM

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JSTETSER 6/18/2012 8:51AM

    Treat yourself good while you're recovering. Get some good supplements, and get your rest. Get out for short walks.
Soon enough, you will feel good again.

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HEAT7918 6/18/2012 6:09AM

    Hope you get better soon - it's nice that you get a lot of sick time at work even though I understand why you don't want to use it.

You've been doing so great with your workouts that I completely get why you would try to work out a little when you felt better. Take care!

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BEANIES_MOM 6/18/2012 5:53AM

    Rest up and I hope you feel better soon!!!

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BUBBLEJ1 6/18/2012 3:01AM

    To be fair, Kris, I was feeling better on Saturday and tried a short 25 minute workout, stopping once I felt sick. You are making me feel like an idiot, which I know is not your intention, but still, it is how you are coming across.

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SLIMMERKIWI 6/18/2012 2:26AM

    GOOD - GLAD you got some common sense instilled into you (but sorry you have to go through the sickness:-(

Take care and get well soon.
Kris xx

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Sick day

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I am extremely lucky that as a beginning teacher in NZ I get a tonne of sick days, because at this rate I am going to use them all!I am also very lucky that my school is very supportive and understands that I need these sick days. In fact, because I come in sick so often they know that when I call in sick I am really sick. Yesterday I was useless and spent the whole day in bed napping. I didn't even have the energy to do some work on my laptop, that is how drained I was. I called a reliever and asked if they would be able to cover me today, since I didn't think I'd be well enough to come to work. I am glad I did, because I woke up this morning still feeling sick. I'm going back to the doctors this afternoon, just to check I haven't got a secondary infection or anything. I am never sick for this long. I'm usually sick for a couple of days and we are quickly approaching 2 weeks with this one. I have heaps of sick days left, but I can't afford to be out of my classroom for much longer.

  
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COLETTEISGREAT 6/18/2012 1:19AM

    Hope you get better soon; let us know what the doctor says.

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OPALMOON 6/17/2012 11:09PM

    Look after yourself and do whatever you need to get better! Even if that means more rest, sometimes the only thing to do is give in and let your body recover. Take care - sending healing vibes your way!

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