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April 5, 2010

“Dr. Oz’s 6-Month Plan For Getting Healthy”

Following the Dragon on the North Cascades Highway

That was the title of an article by Dr. Oz of Oprah fame in AARP Magazine. I planned first just to put in this one short quote, then looked at the whole article and thought it was good enough to put a bunch of the excerpts here – with whatever comments are necessary. Now, that sounds like too much work, so I will put the short quote in – think about it. And later if I can I will add more.

Here is the quote:

“Did you know that if you can’t walk a quarter of a mile in less than five minutes, you’re 25% more likely to die in the next six years than if you can?”

Other than the shock value, this statement points out a very important thing. How we compare to whatever measures there are for comparing ourselves tells us something about where we are at in our health. Why is that important? Because it gives us a starting point if we want to change things.

Doesn’t that quote make you want to go out and see how long it would take you to walk a quarter of a mile? Do you know for sure that you could do it in less than five minutes? Fine, then considering your gender and your age, can you walk a mile in reasonable time? There are average numbers for that too (a way of measuring yourself compared to others of your age and gender, so that you know where you stand, so to speak).

Like a 3-Minute Step Test for aerobic fitness, these measures – or in the business we call them outcomes measures – are useful in determining where you are. They help you determine which areas need work. And they give you a clue as to what the first few increments might need to be in terms of progressions – so that you don’t suffer setbacks.

In case you didn’t follow, the context is fitness and general health. It applies to blood pressure, pulse, height and weight ratio (Body Mass Index) and lots of other things like push ups, pull ups, sit ups, squats, etc.

Here, for the fun of it is Dr. Oz’s “Daily Checklist.” He has added the why also but I am leaving it out.

1. Walk 30 Minutes
2. Brush and Floss
3. Drink two cups of Green tea
4. Take DHA omega-3s, vitamin D, and calcium
5. Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night
6. Meditate for 5 minutes

Pretty good tips. Oh, and speaking of tips, his “Oz tip” for this page is to “Ask three strangers how old they think you are. Their answers will tell you how others perceive you-and can be a strong indicator of how healthy you are.” Actually, I think that is a pretty lame way to figure out how healthy you are but it is easier than doing the walk, the push ups and the pull ups:-)

Page two of this article has a picture of Dr. Oz playing a soccer-like game with a couple of kids. Here is the quote under the photo:

“HEALTH IS A SACRED PROCESS. FOOD IS NOT SOMETHING YOU PULL OFF THE SHELF – IT HAS A LIFE FORCE TO IT.”

Life Force, imagine that. That’s the kind of thing “alternative” health care provider types have been saying since our inception (in the case of Chiropractic) and Traditional healing systems have said for thousands of years. It’s great that Conventional Medicine is now taking up the cause, sort of. (BTW, how much Vital Force do you think will be left in the food after it’s been nuked – I mean been in the microwave?)

Page three has his Month 1 and Month 2 recommendations.

The Month 1 recommendations tell you what to eat for three days running – not at all workable for some people but a nice effort.

Here is the quote though that is very good: “Eating fewer calories could increase your longevity by 25 percent. Here’s how: eating a little less every day activates your sirtuin gene, which increases the efficiency of your cells and improves your body’s ability to repair itself.” He then says, “This three-day diet is designed to jump-start your body to lose weight.” And it probably would for some folks, maybe most folks.

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13 Comments »

  1. nice site Dennis, chiropractic claims that stress on the nervous system negatively impacts overall wellness. Such health-like components like immunity, vitality, and well-being must be measured. It is essential to conduct research to confirm this.
    Research must compare and contrast the individual’s state of health before and after receiving chiropractic care. We must develop a standard rating system measuring the severity of stress on the nervous system and integrating it to measure the noteworthy result of chiropractic care. With this rating system, the next step is to create a formula connecting outcome results and the impact on a patient’s level of stress….

    Comment by Terry A Rondberg, DC — April 6, 2010 @ 1:03 am

  2. I don’t know about Vitality and Well-being, but Immune response is measurable via blood chemistry. Research on whether various things (e.g., our favorite supplements) have a positive or negative impact on immune response have shown that some things do positively impact the immune system. Tai Chi is another example of something that has been shown to have a positive impact on immune response – via it’s ability to impact Shingles. You can find references to these examples right here because I have blogged about both and offered the references.

    Thanks for visiting and for your comments.

    Comment by doctordilday — April 6, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

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