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January 6, 2012

Dr. Oz show: Eating sauerkraut will prevent stomach cancer

Filed under: Germany, Health, TV shows — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:12 am

Yesterday I was surprised to hear on the Dr. Oz show on TV that eating sauerkraut will prevent stomach cancer. If this is true, then there should be no stomach cancer in Germany where sauerkraut is the national dish.

On the same show, sauerkraut was mentioned as one of the foods that are high in sodium.  Two experts on stomach cancer, Dr. Peter Kozuch and Dr. Robynne Chutkan were guests on the show. They told about the warning signs and symptoms of stomach cancer, and also the risk factors.  Dr. Kozuch said that salt can damage the mucosa lining of the stomach, which means that too much sodium can cause stomach cancer.  Dr. Chutkan said that eating meat products that contain nitrate is also a cancer risk factor.  She said that eating a hot dog occasionally is O.K. but not every night.  If these experts are right, then everyone in Germany is at risk for stomach cancer because the Germans eat a lot sausage and sauerkraut.

Now I’m confused.  Should I eat sauerkraut to prevent stomach cancer or should I avoid sauerkraut because it is very high in sodium and might actually cause stomach cancer?

Dr. Oz also recommends sauerkraut as a Belly Blaster food.  He says that sauerkraut is great for getting rid of belly fat because the way the gut metabolizes food controls how we get calories into our body.  If you do not have healthy bacteria in your gut, then your body tends to absorb more calories, so Dr. Oz says that he is a huge fan of taking probiotic supplements.  But Dr. Oz also says that another way to get probiotics and healthy bacteria into your gut is by eating fermented foods like sauerkraut.  On his show, Dr. Oz suggested putting sauerkraut onto a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, instead of eating hot dogs with sauerkraut.

But if sauerkraut prevents belly fat, there should be no one in Germany with a big belly.

Another food that is very high in sodium is Miso soup, a famous Japanese health food. Dr. Oz says that one of the reasons that women in Japan might be so skinny is because they eat so much Miso Soup. Or is it because the Japanese just naturally have a higher metabolism?

Now I don’t know if I should eat Miso soup because Dr. Oz says it is a belly blasting food or if I should avoid it because a high sodium diet can cause stomach cancer.

November 8, 2011

How did Andy Williams get bladder cancer?

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:49 am

I’ve been reading in the news that Andy Williams has bladder cancer.  I am a big fan of Andy Williams so I was very sad to hear this.  Hmmm?  Bladder cancer?  Where have I heard about this recently?  Oh yeah, now I remember.  There have been a lot of TV ads by lawyers who are looking for people with bladder cancer who took a drug for diabetes.

Here is the text from one of the ads about drugs that might cause bladder cancer:

Patients taking the diabetes drug Actos for more than a year may have an increased risk of bladder cancer, according to an FDA interim review of an ongoing epidemiological study.

The warning comes just days after two European countries banned use of the drug. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has yet to release any guidance on use of Actos.

Actos is now the second medication in the thiazolidinedione (TZD) class to be associated with serious side effects within the past year. Last fall, the use of Avandia was severely restricted in the U.S. because of concerns about an increased risk of heart attack.

If you or someone you know has taken Actos for over a year and has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, please call us immediately for a free consultation. You can also fill in the confidential client information form on this page and an attorney will call you within 24 hours.

I avoid all prescription drugs for fear of getting cancer or some other dread disease. I rely on the recommendations of Dr. Oz who says that strawberries, bok choy and cooked tomatoes (among other foods) will kill cancer before it advances to the stage where you need medical treatment.

Dr. Oz recommends a low fat, high carb diet to prevent cancer.  He particularly  recommends papaya to prevent cancer.  Dr. Oz says that beets and cashews have tumor starving ingredients. On the other hand, Dr. Oz says that cancer causing foods include processed meats that contain nitrates.  One of my favorite foods used to be pickle loaf, but no more pickle loaf for me.

July 21, 2011

Dr. Oz on how to keep your kidneys working…

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:06 am

Yesterday, on the Dr. Oz TV show, the subject was how to prevent or cure cancer, but more importantly, there was a segment on how to take care of your kidneys.

According to Dr. Oz, there are two things that can damage your kidneys:  high blood pressure and diabetes.  I have been going to a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor since I had a stroke over a year ago.  According to TCM theory, it is the other way around:  weak kidneys CAUSE high blood pressure and weak kidneys are also the CAUSE of diabetes.

So how do you know if you have weak kidneys?  Your first clue is having to go to the bathroom to urinate at night.  According to my TCM doctor, this means that your kidneys are so weak that they must work overtime to eliminate the toxins in your body; normal kidneys rest at night.  Another clue is having white space showing under the pupils of your eyes, which means that you have toxins in your body that are not being removed by the kidneys.  Also, having swollen ankles, caused by retaining water, means that your kidneys are not working to eliminate the water. And when your kidneys are really weak, you will feel exhausted all the time.

Dr. Oz mentioned some natural remedies to strengthen the kidneys and lower blood sugar:  Hibiscus tea, Gumar Extract and herbs.  He didn’t identify the herbs which were in liquid form in a small brown bottle and he didn’t say whether they were Chinese herbs or not.  Dr. Oz put a few drops of the herb liquid into the mouth of a volunteer and she said the taste was acceptable, but Dr. Oz tried it himself and said that the herb liquid tasted awful.  Don’t worry, if you want to try some herbs for your kidneys, you can get them in the form of pills that are so tiny that they can easily be swallowed by anyone.   (more…)

December 9, 2010

Dead from cancer or Dead from cancer treatment?

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 6:27 am

I was shocked and saddened when I read the first announcement of the death of Elizabeth Edwards on google news:  “Elizabeth Edwards, dead at 51 from cancer.” I knew that she was older than 51 so I thought that perhaps this news report was false.  Just the day before, she had been writing on Facebook.  She had given several interviews in recent months, and she never really looked sick.  How could she have taken such a sudden turn for the worse?  But was she dead from cancer or dead from cancer treatment?    (more…)

October 23, 2010

Dr. Oz recommends oatmeal, a banana and walnuts for breakfast

Filed under: Health — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 7:57 am

Yesterday, I watched the Dr. Oz show on TV and heard him recommend a nutritious breakfast consisting of a bowl of oatmeal with walnuts and a banana.  Not a bad idea. Oatmeal lowers cholesterol and walnuts are a good source of healthy fat.  Bananas are loaded with potassium which will lower blood pressure.  (more…)

September 24, 2010

Your life span is determined by your kidneys … and the kidneys are the first organs to fail

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 8:16 am

Yesterday I went to my Chinese doctor for another acupuncture treatment and this time, I asked him some questions.  Like, what causes “dry mouth”?  Ten weeks ago, I had a stroke, and for a couple of weeks before the stroke, I was experiencing “dry mouth” at night.  At the hospital, tests showed that I had high blood sugar, as well as high cholesterol and sky-high blood pressure.  I was a walking time bomb.     (more…)

September 19, 2010

“Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.”

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:45 am

No, the title of this post is not the latest advice from Dr. Oz.  It was Hippocrates who was the author of this famous quote, thousands of years ago, although Dr. Oz would probably agree, at least somewhat, with this statement.   Hippocrates was an ancient Greek physician (460-377 BC), who is considered to be the father of modern medicine.   Hippocrates also said: “IF you feed a cold, THEN you will have to starve a fever.”  This advice is still quoted today, but with the IF and THEN left out.   (more…)

July 11, 2010

Dr. Oz and Type 2 diabetes…

Filed under: Health, TV shows — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:31 am

The other day I was watching the Dr. Oz TV show and I heard Dr. Oz tell a woman that her blood sugar level of 100 indicated that she had Type 2 diabetes.  Did I hear that right?  A blood sugar level of 100 means diabetes?

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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.