Dr Oz What Are You Flushing Down The Drain

TUESDAY - MARCH 23, 2010
Toileted Toxins; Overweight Parents; Twitching; Diabetic Diet Plan; Diet Detective
Dr. Oz investigates the harmful toxins that get flushed into our water system. A 20-year-old man asks Dr. Oz to help save his morbidly obese parents. Are you a twitching time bomb? Two kids turn their mom into the Diet Detective for her unhealthy cooking habits. Dr. Oz’s 3-step plan to maintaining a healthy diabetic lifestyle.

Dr Gary Ginsberg and Dr Alan Greene joined Dr Oz today on the subject "What your flushing down the drain". We are flushing chemicals, toxins, antibiotics literally down the drain and into rivers and streams and even our water supply.

What it's Doing to the Environment?
In river basins around the country, the United States Geological Survey has found fish with both female and male sex organs. Intersex frogs are also popping up all over. And experts have found evidence of chemicals called endocrine disruptors, such as atrazine (an herbicide) and Bisphenol-A (BPA) in the country’s water supplies.

What’s Happening to Us?
Breast cancer rates are increasing, girls are entering puberty earlier, sperm counts and testosterone levels are falling drastically, and certain genital abnormalities(smaller size penis in boys) are on the rise.

What are Endocrine Disruptors?
These chemicals alter the actions of hormones in our body, which can hurt us in 2 ways. First, they can block our hormones from acting as they normally would, and, secondly, they can act like hormones triggering effects that may include early onset puberty in adolescents.

These difficult-to-pronounce ingredients help fragrance linger on the body after you have applied a lotion or body cream to your skin. They’re also found in toys, floor coverings, detergent, soaps, nail polish, and shampoos. Unfortunately, they mimic the hormone estrogen and have been linked to reproductive problems in rodents, such as lower testosterone and fetal malformation. Often they are not listed on beauty products, so the best rule of thumb is to avoid any products with fragrance.

Found in moisturizing shampoos and body lotions, parabens are the most widely used preservatives in the beauty product industry, and they also act similar to estrogen in our bodies. One study found parabens in the breast cancer tissue of 19 out of 20 women studied; experts worry there could be a connection.

Use these chemicals as a litmus test for a healthy product. If you see them listed on the label (often as methylparaben, butylparaben, or propylparaben), it shows that the manufacturer is not concerned about limiting exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

Bisphenol-A (BPA)You may have heard about BPA, the chemical used to make hard plastics, line cans, and create carbonless receipts. It’s proven to raise the risk of breast cancer in rats and the FDA has raised an alarm about the potential harm BPA can cause; Connecticut even banned its use in children’s products.

Ninety-three percent of us have BPA in our bodies. We live with it, and we excrete it when we go to the bathroom, sending the chemical into the environment.

1. Drink water from stainless steel bottles
2. Avoid plastics with the numbers 3, 6, and 7 on the bottom
3. Never heat plastic in the microwave (even if it says it is microwave safe)
4. Choose frozen and fresh produce over canned
5. Use BPA-free baby bottles
6. Avoid any products that contain fragrances; opt for those that get their scent from essential oils
7. Stay away from parabens
8. Choose products that are paraben and phthalate free
Dispose of leftover medication by throwing it in the trash with coffee grinds or cat litter (to keep harmful medications from being picked from the trash), return the unused portion to your pharmacy, or go online to find your local hazardous waste disposal facility.

The Columbia River was tested and these chemicals were found in the water;
a)Atrazine - is a widely used herbicide. Its use is controversial due to its effects on nontarget species, such as on amphibians, and because of widespread contamination of waterways and drinking water supplies. Although banned in the European Union, it is still one of the most widely used herbicides in the world. Like many herbicides, it is sold under numerous trade names.

A 2002 study found that exposure to atrazine caused male tadpoles to turn into hermaphrodites - frogs with both male and female sexual characteristics.
b)BPA - an organic compound used in the manufacture of certain plastics
c)Carbamazepine (CBZ) - is an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizing drug used primarily in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder, as well as trigeminal neuralgia. It is also used off-label for a variety of indications, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, phantom limb syndrome, paroxysmal extreme pain disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
d)Sulfonamide Antibiotics

Matt is twenty years old and asked Dr Oz for help to try and save his parents life. Jim and Brenda are morbidly obese, and Matt is afraid of losing them both. Matt at on time weighed 320 pounds, and turned his life around and lost 130 lbs. in one year, and now weighs 190.

Jim is an insulin dependent diabetic, taking 3 needles a day, and Brenda has a back injury, and neither parent would follow their son's footsteps and get the weight of and eat healthy.

Brenda weighs 332 pounds, her CPR was 20.4 and it should be 3, she is on 4 different blood pressure medications and her B/P today was 210/120.

Jim weighed 386 pounds, B/P was 155/75, blood sugars 178, and should be no more than 100. Jim's lower legs were all dicoloured and red, and the skin beginning to crack from the uncontrolled diabetes. His circulation is so bad he has to cut his socks because they are too tight on his legs. Life expectancy for both of them is 65 for Brenda and 60 for Jim.


Dietician Elizabeth Somer, provides Jim and Brenda with a basic, easy and nutrient-rich ways to make mealtimes guilt-free and good for your overall health.

Jim and Brenda's The 3 D's To Healthy Diabetics - How to stabilize the blood sugars, how to do the meals, snacks and mini meals, portion control and how to dump the white foods.

Dr Oz talked about twitching today, involuntary contractions. Twitching of the eye, muscles, twitching in parts of the leg, what causes twitching and if this could be a sign of something more serious. Dr Oz said eye twitching is really dangerous, if it lasts more than a week, if your eye closes all the way, and discharge from the eye. If it is the leg is twitching significantly and a recurring process that things like ALS( Lou Gehrig's disease), and other causes of nerve damage.

What TO Do About Causes Of Twitching
1. Stress
2. Fatigue
3. Caffeine
4. Smoking
5. Alcohol

Ancient India Ayurveda Traditions say by massages the facial nerves that spread across face which were the brow, temples on each side of the head, across the cheek bones and the jaw line. It looked pretty relaxing especially with someone else doing it for you.


Kids turned in their mom today for making unhealthy food choices. So The Diet Detective, Charles Stuart Platkin served One serving of this Spaghetti and meatballs recipe which has less than half the calories of the typical Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe.

This recipe he explains that you would have to walk 119 minutes to burn of the calories, and Mom's Spaghetti and meatballs you would have to walk 304 minutes to burn of the calories.

Spaghetti Sauce
2 (25.5-oz) bottles marinara or tomato sauce with no more than 50 calories per ½ cup (reserve ½ cup for meatballs)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
4 cloves of finely chopped fresh garlic

1 lb 100% white meat ground chicken breast
1/4 cup 100% whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped white mushrooms
1/2 cup tomato or marinara sauce (reserved from the sauce)
3 egg whites
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder

1 lb 100% whole-wheat spaghetti
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Combine the sauce ingredients in a 10-quart pot and set over low heat. Do not allow the sauce to boil.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients and kneed well. Use a mini ice-cream scooper or your hands to make 14 to 18 meatballs. If you're using your hands to make the meatballs, you might want to have cold water nearby or spray your hands with a little cooking spray. Spray a 14-inch pan with cooking spray, heat the pan and brown the meatballs on all sides. Transfer the browned meatballs to the pot with the sauce. Raise the heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.

While the meatballs simmer, cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and divide among 8 plates.

Top the spaghetti with equal portions of meatballs and sauce. Sprinkle each portion with 1 tbsp of Parmesan. Serve at once.