Dr. Oz: Embrace your belly, check your poop

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 12 at 1:45 PM

PHOENIX -- It’s the start of the fall TV season, which means not only are their lots of new shows, returning favorites, including “The Dr. Oz Show,” are back for another season.

Dr. Mehmet Oz checked in with Tara Hitchcock live via satellite to talk a bit about what he has in store this season.

This first week tackles some fascinating issues, including the biggest complaint of women older than 40 – belly fat.

“This is one of the most emotional shows we’ve ever done,” Oz said. “We have a studio full of women and like so many of our audience, they’re embarrassed, they’re ashamed, they don’t look in the mirror because they’re worried about their belly fat.”

Oz said his goal was to get the women to “embrace the demon.” With that, he asked the women in the studio to bare their souls – and their bellies.

“It started slow. Only a few women did it,” he said. “By the time we were done with the hour, everybody had done it and they were celebrating who they were as human beings – not getting caught up in all the mishmash around how embarrassed they are about their bellies.”

Oz also gave the women five action steps to deal with belly fat once and for all, but it was more than that.

“Even more importantly, I wanted them to understand that belly fat is a reflection of how you cope with world around you,” Oz said. “If you don’t think you have a voice, if you feel ignored or forgotten, then you’re going to have a big belly.”

Fixing that problem is a key to losing the belly.

Another topic this week is ovarian cancer.

“Ovarian cancer used to be called ‘the silent killer.’ It’s not,” Oz said. “It whispers to you. It tells you it’s there.”

According to Oz, doctors ignore women and their symptoms 1/3 of the time. Many more times, women don’t even notice the symptoms.

Oz will be going over those symptoms and showing just how easy a screening can be. If caught early, ovarian cancer can be cured 95 percent of the time.

If you've watch "The Dr. Oz Show" at all, you know he has often talked about the waste your body puts out. He’s going there again with a show titled “Is Your Pee and Poop Normal? What to Look for Before You Flush.”

As unpleasant as it sounds, Oz says you have to look.

“We have a bunch of folks in the audience who took the time to look before they flushed, and they saved their lives,” Oz said. According to Oz, what comes out of your body can help you know what’s going on inside, how well it’s working. Urine, for example, can tell you if you’re diabetic or dehydrated. Making observations about your poop – size, shape, color and density – can help diagnose a range of diseases from pancreatic cancer to ulcers to polyps to gall bladder issues.

“You can find a lot of things out by looking at your poop,” he said. “People are so shy about it. They’re so embarrassed. They’re sheepish about it. … If your car started putting out weird colored smoke, you’d look into it. It’s the same for your body.”

“The Dr. Oz Show” airs on 3TV weekdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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