Dr. Oz: Flu Season
Dr. Oz talked to Dr. Joel Fuhrman on his show about the three things Dr. Fuhrman is most concerned about in America. But first, they discussed the flu season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling the flu “an epidemic” this year, with the outbreak spreading to 46 states already and many deaths on record.
The flu shot this year isn’t working as well as experts hoped, but it’s still protecting people against the most common strains. Dr. Oz advised people with the first signs of symptoms with a temperature over 100 to go to their doctor.
Dr. Oz: Don’t Take Antibiotics for the Flu
Dr. Fuhrman urged people not to take antibiotics for the flu. 70 percent of antibiotic use is for viral infections, which is problematic because antibiotics have been shown to have no effect against viral infections. They’re also a very toxic drug, with 140,000 going to emergency rooms each year for adverse reactions to antibiotics. They can also kill the good bacteria in the body, which makes people more likely to get infections in the future.
Dr. Fuhrman said that there’s a proven association between antibiotics and cancer. Potentially, if you keep taking antibiotics and you don’t need them, someday you might have pneumonia, for example, that can’t be treated. And if studies prove they’re not effective against viruses, why put yourself at risk for no reason? Dr. Oz said doctors should also know better than to prescribe them to people it won’t help.
Dr. Fuhrman said every patient should make sure they really need the antibiotic and make sure the doctor thinks they have a bacterial infection before taking one.
Dr. Oz: Avoid High Protein Diets
Dr. Fuhrman is concerned about hot diet trends like Atkins or the Paleo Diet. They’re high protein diets and Dr. Fuhrman thinks these are bad for people. He said animal protein in particular, like eggs, chicken, meats, dairy, or fish, can be problematic. Studies have shown that people who adopt a high protein diet and sustain it for a long time have higher incidences of cancer and heart attack. A recent study followed 6,000 people for 17 years and found a 400 percent increase of cancer over that time. There was also a 75 percent increased risk of death. In that study, the people ate animal protein for 30 percent of their calories, which is about the amount most Americans eat. This doesn’t even consider diets that are specifically focused on raising your protein intake, which can have up to 60 percent of your calories come from animal protein.
Dr. Oz said he thought most of the argument against animal protein was about the fat content in protein. Some meats have more fat than others. Dr. Fuhrman said we used to think the problem was the fat. But now we know it’s the animal protein itself that is problematic as compared to plant protein like beans, nuts, and vegetables.
Dr. Fuhrman is saying we should eat more carbs and less protein. “But that goes in the face of all the evidence we have about weight loss!” Dr. Oz said.
Dr. Oz: Is the Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan Safe?
Dr. Fuhrman said it’s irresponsible to eat so much protein when studies are showing it could be spiking up cancer rates. He said not to worry about fat, carbohydrates, and protein. Instead, focus on getting plant produce and eat less animal protein. Plant proteins have not been shown to have the same problems as animal products. Keep your animal protein intake to under 10 percent of your calories. Take your extra calories and eat more plant produce.
“On this show, I recommend lean proteins. It’s a key part of the Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan that’s been so popular. I do it personally. That’s what I eat normally,” Dr. Oz said. “Am I wrong to recommend poultry and fish?”
Dr. Fuhrman said Dr. Oz’s plan might be good for a very short time. But we should keep our animal proteins down to 10 percent of our diet if we want to sustain our lives and cut back on cancer rates. He called Dr. Oz “right and wrong” about the Total 10 diet.
Dr. Oz: Avoid Eating Too Much Oils
Dr. Fuhrman is also concerned about sesame oil, olive oil, coconut oil, walnut oil, and all the other popular oils. He said he’s concerned because every oil is 120 calories per tablespoon. Americans are consuming around 500 calories from oils every day. Because these are liquid, the calories are absorbed by the body quickly to create fat.
He suggests we eat oils in their natural food form—olives, coconuts, walnuts, and sesames—rather than their oil counterpart. That way, you still get their benefits but it takes your body longer to digest.
Dr. Fuhrman is the author of the Eat to Live Cookbook.