Dr Oz Features Alternative Medicines

September 22nd, 2011 - 1:02 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Sep 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Today on ‘The Dr Oz Show’ alternative medicines were discussed with Dr Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra. Dr Weil is a best selling author of many books on Wellness and Prevention, and Chopra is a world renowned healer in Eastern Medicine. The two men teamed up with Dr Oz to produce a guide which is a step by step explanation of alternative medicines which could change the way people live.

In the Prevention Guide for the Most Feared Diseases, Dr Oz and his guests explain how to get rid of some of the toxins which we put in our bodies every day. First on the list was ways to avoid the toxic fats which many of us ingest. These are the trans fats and saturated fats which are found in vegetable shortening, partially hydrogenated oils, and margarine. Eating these causes a domino effect of raised cholesterol, which leads to plaque collecting in the arteries, which leads to heart attacks and stroke.

Viewers were advised to do an “oil sniff test” on such products before buying. If it smells anything like oil paint, do not buy it. Once purchased, these items need to be stored out of the light, and away from air and heat. They cal also be kept in the refrigerator. When possible, it is smarted to use vegetable proteins instead of animal proteins. This will vastly lower the saturated fat content.

Dr Weil also suggests cooking in lower temperatures to avoid the chemical reactions that come from high temperature cooking. These chemical reactions can lead to cancer and swelling. It is better to bake, steam and saute foods at lower temperatures.

There are also a few supplements which Deepak Chopra takes and suggests that they help prevent different illnesses. Although he admits it is better to get these vitamins from food, is that is not a sure thing, then taking the supplements is a good idea. For cancer prevention, He suggests Vitamins D(1000 IU),C(75-90mg), and E(15-20IU) as well as Selenium( 55-70 mcg) and Carotenoids( 1-2mg). He also suggests eating berries, black cod, bok choy, ginger, and olive oil to fight inflammation.

All three men shared many more supplements and foods to fight off various conditions such as PMS (black currant oil-200mg twice daily at onset), cough (ginger and lemon), headaches (75 mg butterbar extract) and stress, for which Dr Weil has a soup.
Dr. Weil’s Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup
1 large winter squash (about 2 1/2 pounds), such as butternut, buttercup or kabocha; peeled, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tart, firm apples, peeled, cored and quartered
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
Red chili powder to taste
4 to 5 cups vegetable broth
Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large roasting pan, toss the squash, onions, garlic and apples with the oil to coat. Season well with the salt and chili.
Roast, stirring every 10 minutes, until the vegetables are fork tender and lightly browned, about 40 minutes.
Put half of the vegetables and 2 cups of the broth in a food processor and purée until smooth. Repeat with the remaining vegetables and broth. Return puréed mixture to the pot. If the soup is too thick, add more broth. Correct the seasoning and heat to a simmer.

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