I went to the nutritionist today. It’s another of the required appointments that the weight center has for anyone who is contemplating/being considered for bariatric surgery. I “passed,” of course. She had an intern working with her and asked if she could observe – no problem. After the appointment, the intern mentioned that she had seen Dr Oz on Oprah yesterday, promoting his healthy aging program. She said he had had a woman with fibromyalgia on.
I watched most of Oprah yesterday. I missed the one section that would apply to me?!! Great!! Next time I’ll have to skip that bathroom break. Anyway, I went to Oprah.com to find out if there was any mention of it there and found a short blurb about what was said. It’s no wonder I missed it – it was very short compared to some of the other segments. And obviously superficial. I have included it here so you can judge for yourself.
Lisa also went on Dr. Oz’s anti-aging plan for eight weeks to help treat her fibromyalgia, which is a chronic syndrome that can cause symptoms like pain and fatigue. “Seven years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I have been on a gamut of medication,” she says. “It would work for a few days, maybe a few weeks, and I would be in constant pain—my neck, my back, my arms, my legs.”
Since then, Lisa has been following Dr. Oz’s advice and working with a doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia. “About a week after I was on the supplements and walking, I could feel my body is warming,” Lisa says. “I have energy. In fact, I have so much energy I have to kind of put a little reserve on because I’m back to being better than what I was before.”
“I hope a lot of the audience members’ eyes [are open] now to a problem that afflicts 8 million Americans,” Dr. Oz says. “You don’t have to live with that agony.”
Personally, I think Dr Oz is a smart guy. I haven’t read his healthy aging book. I doubt I will. If there was any real news on the topic, it would be making more than the Oprah show. Same with treatments for fibromyalgia. When the new discoveries make the national news, I start to listen. But I will keep my eyes open to what the person making claims of incredible breakthroughs has to gain. Sometimes there isn’t much difference between a snake oil salesman and a medical practitioner. You have to look for documented proof.
Well, my husband will be home for lunch soon and I want to relax before my search committee meeting tonight. Hope I make it home in time to see the Dancing with the Stars Results show.