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May 26, 2010

Dr. Oz talks about “Hair Color and Your Health”

Filed under: Health, TV shows — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:49 am
“Brunettes, blondes and redheads all have something to beware, from thinning and balding to an increased risk of certain diseases,” according to Dr. Oz.
Yesterday, Dr. Oz said on his daily TV show that “redheads are 90% more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.”  It has something to do with the DNA of redheads. I love Dr. Oz but I think that this theory is preposterous.
Parkinson’s disease is named after James Parkinson who wrote a book about it in 1817.  It is a disease of the central nervous system, just like ALS, which is also a modern disease of the central nervous system.  Curiously, these diseases didn’t exist until modern times.  Hippocrates, the Greek father of medicine, never described them. Parkinson’s disease used to be known as “palsy,” because the most prominent symptom is involuntary shaking of the hands.
Hippocrates famously said, “Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.”  That is still good advice today.  In fact, Dr. Oz believes in this.  He told his audience yesterday that the folic acid in beans and asparagus will prevent Parkinson’s disease.  I think he is on the right track but there is more to it than that.
The two most famous people, that I know of, who developed Parkinson’s disease are Michael J. Fox and Hitler, neither of whom has, or had, red hair.  I personally know a few people who have Parkinson’s, but none of these people are redheads.  I also know a few redheads, including my mother, and none of them has, or had, Parkinson’s.  Red hair is usually associated with the Irish.  If Dr. Oz is right, then there should be a lot of people with Parkinson’s disease in Ireland.
I have my own theory about what causes Parkinson’s disease, just based on personal observation.  I think that it is caused by eating an unbalanced diet and/or taking drugs.
The old photo below shows Hitler on his 56th birthday on April 20, 1945.  He is holding his hand behind his back to hide the shaking caused by Parkinson’s disease.  The color photo shows an actor in the movie “Downfall” whose shaking hand is hidden from the young boys, as the real-life scene is recreated.

Hitler was  last photographed on his birthday in 1945

The movie “Downfall” recreates a real-life scene

Take Hitler, for example.  He had severe Parkinson’s at the age of 56.  Hitler was a vegetarian, which is good, but he ate an unbalanced diet, according to his close associates, who described his diet, in books and interviews.  Hitler ate a lot of potatoes, which are an extreme yin food, in the Chinese yin-yang system of eating.  He also ate lots of refined sugar, which is also classified as extreme yin.
Hitler took tea every day and always ate cake.  He had not one, but two tea houses, and never missed taking afternoon tea.

Hitler had tea and cake every afternoon

Hitler’s tea house, known as “the Eagle’s Nest”

Hitler’s Mooslahnerkopf tea house

My Chinese dentist told me that his father developed Parkinson’s because he ate a Western diet instead of the traditional Chinese diet.  His father’s diet was heavy on yang foods, including duck and shrimp which are extreme yang.
Could it be that redheads get Parkinson’s disease because they are Irish and the Irish used to eat lots of potatoes?  In modern Ireland, I observed that the Irish eat lots of meat.
My personal opinion is that Parkinson’s disease is caused by going to extremes, whether it is eating too much fatty meat, or eating too much sugar and foods high in potassium, such as potatoes. But just to make sure, I am going to follow Dr. Oz’s advice and eat lots of beans and asparagus.


  1. Who cares what this author “thinks” may be the cause of Parkinson’s Disease. ANyone who writes about the cause of a disease should be citing sound research studies, not just putting forth his own opinions based on knowing a few people with Parkinson’s or a few redheads who do not have Parkinson’s Disease.

    Comment by Susan Phillips — January 8, 2015 @ 7:41 pm

  2. Am amazed at Himmler’s ‘generosity’ toward the starving prisoners.

    What color cell will they put you in on your next visit to Europe?

    Comment by paolosilv — July 12, 2010 @ 12:25 am

  3. -Redhead’s Risk of Parkinson’s – Gao X, Simon KC, Han J, Schwarzschild MA, Ascherio A. 2009. Family history of melanoma and Parkinson’s disease risk. Neurology, 2009;73:1286-91

    I think his percentage is off but there has been research done at Harvard by the group above. There appears to be a higher risk that redheads will have Parkinson’s. Review the Harvard Research.

    It is also true, Redheads need more anesthesia.

    I hope this helps.

    Comment by Anne Lindsay — May 26, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

    • So that’s why people in China don’t have Parkinson’s disease? I thought it was because of their diet which has the proper balance of sodium and potassium due to eating lots of rice. Redheads may have a genetic reason for getting Parkinson’s but it could also be because of their Irish diet that includes meat three times a day.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 26, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

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  5. Just to let you know that I like your health food blogs. Always fun to talk about healthy living, although I don’t think Dr. Oz knows that much.

    You’re right about Hitler’s unbalanced diet and too many sweets, but at the same time, he didn’t eat meat, drink alcohol,smoke cigars or cigarettes, and his tea was mostly herbal teas — he was truly an ascetic.

    But you’re wrong to say that the picture from the movie “Downfall” is a “re-creation” of real life. We can see how in real life, Hitler is smiling and emits a warm, even tender feeling, real appreciation, towards the boys and men who are willing to defend Berlin with their lives, rather than to surrender to Soviet hordes with evil intentions toward them.

    But in the movie version, Hitler is a mean-faced bulldog (Churchill?) who scowls at the little boy, while his adjutants have that look on their faces of typical “yes-men” who are afraid to say what they really think. This is the way they’re portrayed throughout this miserable movie, which I have never watched since it’s so ugly I can’t tolerate it.

    Have you actually watched it all the way through?

    Comment by Sceptic — May 26, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    • What I meant was that the movie re-created the scene where Hitler hid one hand behind his back so that the Hitler Youth boys would not see that he was shaking from Parkinson’s disease.

      I actually watched “Downfall” all the way through. I did not think that the movie portrayed Hitler accurately. According to Albert Speer, who claimed to be Hitler’s best friend, Hitler did not scream at people, but was very soft spoken and did not talk in the same voice that he used in his speeches.

      It is true that Hitler tried to look after his health, but apparently didn’t know how to have a balanced diet. His girl friend, Eva Braun, was a real health nut; she was very athletic and engaged in many sports. Himmler was also health conscious and tried to give the concentration camp prisoners a healthy diet.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 26, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

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