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Was the Season Opener of The Dr. Oz Show a Flop?

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Today was the season opener of the 5th season of The Dr. Oz Show and it may well go down in Oz viewer history as the day the show flopped.

While many shows elect to keep things fresh by changing stage appearance, slightly altering the formatting and maybe even updating the fashion style and sense of the host, many seasoned viewers of The Dr. Oz Show were not prepared for what appeared to be more mirth and mayhem than medicine.

Dr. Oz began the show by taking the stage wearing orange pants—and it wasn’t even deer season—as he introduced special guests comedians Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Aisha Tyler known for their wacky, quick-witted improv performances from the popular “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” comedy series. Their message on The Dr. Oz Show was that laughter is the best medicine as they and Dr. Oz performed brief skits to entertain, rather than inform viewers.

“If you can’t laugh at certain things health-wise―then you will cry,” says Wayne Brady as he explains to viewers his message that he believes that humor plays an important role in health.

What does your pee sound like?

After the opening hijinks and hilarity of the comedic team ended, the show returned to its more normal Oz style of medical showmanship as he then turned viewer attention to how the sound of your pee can tell you something about your health.

Handing an assortment of musical instruments to some viewers on stage, Dr. Oz demonstrated that sounds made by the instruments can be a descriptive comparison with respect to the actual sounds your pee makes hitting the toilet while urinating. For example:

• A rain stick can make a sound like a rushing water fall
• A triangle makes a tinkling sound
• A harmonica makes a louder to softer sound as you blow across the scales
• A xylophone can mimic a dripping sound

The point to all of this was to help viewers diagnose for themselves whether they may have fibroids that are interfering with normal urine flow from their bladder.

Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus in 20% of women between the ages of 30 and 50. Fibroids are due in large part to a woman’s estrogen and progesterone hormone levels. When estrogen levels are high―especially during pregnancy―fibroids tend to swell, but then begin to shrink with the onset of menopause.

The problem with fibroids is that they can grow as large as a melon inside a woman’s body and place pressure against her internal organs. One of those organs is the bladder and therefore abnormal urine flow is diagnostic of growing fibroids.

According to Dr. Oz, when your pee makes a dripping-like sound as demonstrated by striking the keys of a xylophone, you may have fibroids and need to bring it to the attention of your physician.

Other symptoms of fibroids include:

• Bladder problems
• Heavy periods
• Back pain
• Bloating
• Pelvic pressure/pain

Extreme eating stunts that are dangerous

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The show then returned to more silliness as Dr. Oz introduced green lipstick-wearing You Tube personality “Glozell” who is known for her extreme eating stunts such as swallowing dry cinnamon, eating hot peppers, stuffing saltine crackers into her mouth, swimming and eating in a cereal-filled bathtub, and pouring baking soda and vinegar into her mouth.

The purpose of this segment was to crack some of the following urban myths that “Glozell” admitted to attempting:

Urban legend #1: You cannot eat 7 saltine crackers at a time. True―because digestive enzymes in your saliva cannot get into a mouthful of crackers quickly enough to break them down before you wind up choking on them.

Urban legend #2: You cannot chug a gallon of milk in one hour. True—your stomach can only hold ½ a gallon of fluid. Once half of the milk fills the stomach, fats from the milk begin to clump up from the stomach acid and thereby prevent the passage of milk on through the digestive tract. Attempting to drink a gallon of water may be possible, but milk isn’t.

Urban legend #3: You can turn orange from eating too many carrots. True—eating a few bunches of carrots a week supplies enough beta carotene―a strongly-colored red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits such as carrots―that it can actually show through your skin giving it an orange hue.

Kiss your cold sores away

The most useful segment of the season opener was Dr. Oz’s advice on treating and preventing painful cold sores.

“You can stop cold sores in their tracks,” says Dr. Oz as he explains that cold sources are due to a latent virus that breaks out from your cells when triggered by such things as exposure to the sun, experiencing stress or suffering an illness.

Dr. Oz advised viewers that one remedy he recommends is applying lemon balm oil to the cold sore as soon as you feel it breaking out on your skin. He states the lemon balm oil will stop the sores from growing and reaching the blistering stage; will stop the virus from propagating, and if taken prophylactically will prevent you from ever developing cold sores because it prevents the viruses from invading the skin on your face.

The lesser of health evils

Dr. Oz ended the show with a brief segment on playing a game he calls “Which is Worse” that tests your knowledge of which health habit/choice is worse for you. The following habits and answers are as follows:

Which is worse―skipping breakfast entirely or having dessert for breakfast? Answer: Skipping breakfast because skipping breakfast leads to eating more calories by the end of the day than calories consumed from eating a dessert for breakfast.

Which is worse―waking up in 3-week-old unwashed bedsheets or using 3-week-old dirty towels? Answer: Using dirty towels because it is more unhygienic due to more bacteria proliferate in towels that are usually damp and used when washing the nether regions of your body.

Which is worse―brushing your teeth for only 10 seconds or using a mouth wash for 10 seconds? Answer: Using a mouthwash for only 10 seconds will not remove or lessen disease-causing bacteria that deposit plaque on your teeth.

To be fair, while the season opener of The Dr. Oz Show was a shock to viewers with its carnivalesque atmosphere, it may prove to be just a temporary first act as a celebration of the new season. Has the show offered anything new—yes, but barely in comparison to past seasons. And the style in the way the information was presented can take some getting used to. Until then, viewers will have to wait and see how the rest of the season pans out and whether this opener is a portent of the demise of what is typically a popular and well-received health show.

Image Source: The Dr. Oz Show

Reference: The Dr. Oz Show— “Season 5 Premieres Today!”