Health tips from Dr. Oz

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is “America’s Doctor.” He is host of the nationally syndicated, top-rated “Dr. Oz Show“, as well as vice chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University in New York City where he performs more than 300 heart operations a year. Dr. Oz authored five New York Times bestsellers, including “YOU: The Owner’s Manual,” “YOU: The Smart Patient,” “YOU: On a Diet,” “YOU: Staying Young,” “YOU: Being Beautiful” as well as the award winning “Healing from the Heart.”

Dr. Oz says the catalyst for his desire to investigate alternative medicine and host a television show on healthy approaches to living was despair over his patients’ poor health choices.

“I grew up thinking that medicine would offer everything I wanted it to offer me. But it became progressively more frustrating to take people into the operating room when I knew they had created their own problems. If they’d known what to do differently, even a year or two earlier, they wouldn’t have needed the operation.”

That is why, unsurprisingly, Dr. Oz is committed to his own excellent health habits. The cover story in the current May/June 2010 issue of AARP magazine, Dr. Oz: America’s Hardest Working Doctor, reveals that America’s doctor does more than talk about healthy habits—he practices them. And daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique is one such key approach.

“….The doctor follows his own orders for healthy living, and it shows, both in the slender frame he reveals in close-fitting surgical scrubs and in his seemingly boundless energy—”electrifying vitality,” as Diane Sawyer puts it. His diet features fruits and veggies, grains, and lean protein. (Raw nuts soaked in water, in the Turkish style, are a staple.) He does Transcendental Meditation regularly and says his 20-year habit of daily yoga is “the most important health practice I have adopted.”

This is one doctor who does heal himself!

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