On the Doctor Oz Show today, February 28, 2011, Dr. Oz taught us how to overcome our phobias, beat high blood pressure and ease gastritis.
On the topic of phobias, Dr. Oz revealed that he has a phobia of his own, just like millions of Americans. Doctor Oz’s phobia is about heights, just like me! He and a viewer named Donna went to the top of the Woolworth Building to work through their fear of heights (acrophobia).
When they got to the top with their doctor in tow, Donna thought they had done enough and was ready to head back down. But the goal was to get to the railing and stay there. Dr. Oz had a lot of trouble facing outward, he liked to face away from the railing. They both felt liberated though when they did it.
I got sweaty just watching them do this!
Dr Oz revealed his four-step plan for conquering your fear. The first step is create a “fear ladder.” You put the hardest thing at the top then create steps that will lead you to that goal. The second step is to challenge your fearful thoughts. Third, change your behavior. The most important step, this step is for when you actually get into the frightening situation. You practice approach, not avoidance, to behave as if the situation were ok. Fourth, reward yourself for when you face the fear.
Next, Dr. Oz put his four-step plan in action with a guest named Dana who conquered her fear of spiders (arachnophobia) right on stage. Dr. Oz’s expert on the stage, Dr. Todd Farchione (Boston University), believes that exposure therapy for a specific phobia will magically make her phobia go away.
Step 1: start with a small image of a spider. Experience the surge of panic, and breathe. Then keep looking at it, and over time the fear will decrease. Dana was able to get through this step, but it was tough!
Dr. Farchione says the next steps are to keep working up toward the goal of being able to touch or hold a spider. Yuck! Poor Dana!
Next on the show were ways to ease gastritis. Dr. Oz revealed the cause of the inflammation and how you can put it out. Basically, gastritis is caused when the mucosa in your stomach gets eaten away by something (like taking aspirin). The mucosa is supposed to protect your stomach lining from the acid that is used to digest food. If it’s not there, then the acid eats at your stomach wall and that’s gastritis.
Triggers for gastritis are Ibuprofen (not acetaminophen), alcohol, stress, and coffee. Family history is not linked to gastritis.
Dr. Oz also has a lot of foods that can help you fight gastritis. From his website, the list is
- Colorful fruits and vegetables (he ALWAYS recommends these!)
- Spinach, kale, almonds and beans
- Lean meat
- Olive Oil
Next, Doctor Oz talked about beating high blood pressure on the show today. Dr. Oz revealed that soybeans can help lower your blood pressure! Eat 2-3 cups per week. Collard greens are also good; eat 2-3 servings per week. Cocoa powder is next, eat 2 tablespoons, one or two times a week.
A couple supplements you can take are Hydrolyzed Whey Protein (he didn’t say how much) and L-Taurine (3 milligrams a day).
Dr. Oz’s Number One Way to Beat High Blood Pressure is…to monitor it. He recommends getting a home monitoring device. The device on the show (which everyone in the audience got to take home) was the Omron system. There’s also a $10 coupon on the Dr. Oz website.
Lastly, Dr. Oz shared a recipe for a healthy breakfast: Apricot Pecan Oatmeal Muffins.
Mix one cup quick-cooking oats with 1 cup buttermilk and let stand for 30 minutes, then stir in 1/2 cup canola oil, 1 egg and 1/2 cup brown sugar. In another bowl, mix together 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Pour the oatmeal mixture into the flour mixture and stir just enough to moisten. It will be lumpy. Spoon into a greased muffin pan and bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.