Health & Fitness

By Yasmin Jorge

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Journalists were invited to Radio City Music Hall for a media luncheon and day-long seminar with Dr. Mehmet Oz for an overview on achieving health and happiness in life. In an audience of 6,000, we experienced mini-boot camps, gaining knowledge, tips and inspiration from an impressive roster of world-renowned experts that included physicians, nutritionists, and wellness advocates. Here’s a sampling of advice we gathered from the Summit to help readers reprogram their outlook for better days:

Dr. Oz, Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon and host of The Dr. Oz Show (
“The business of change, that’s my job.”
We control more than 70% of how well and long we live. People change by how they feel, not what they know.
Prevention will make it easy to do the right thing. The five biggest life adjustments are:
1. Blood pressure (ideal is 115/75)
2. No cigarettes or toxins
3. Thirty minutes of exercise daily
4. Healthy diet that’s easy to love
5. Stress control

Lisa Oz, Relationship Expert (
“You hold the power to enhance your health – making even simple changes can have such a positive impact on one’s health. Value your body more.”
Be wary of foods that rob us of health, as companies are very sneaky on marketing to people, especially children. We need:
a. Awareness
b. Action – apply your knowledge
c. Purpose – someone or something that get’s us up in the morning, and gets hearts pumping
d. Mental resilience – to help avoid addictions

Dr. Michael Breus, The Sleep Doctor (
“Sleep impacts every aspect of our lives, every disease state, every organ system. Understanding sleep and learning as much as possible about how to get the sleep we need leads to improved health and quality of life.”

We sleep because of internal drive and biological reasons, and it is critical to everything we do.
Unfortunately, 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. And bad sleep leads to bad health, such as weight problems, fatigue, higher blood pressure, and even flu shots become less effective. The converse is true, good sleep leads to good health, such as slimmer figures, smarter brains, and we’re sexier – puffy eyes, dark under eye circles, and pallid skin color are gone.

For better sleep, consider vitamins, such as B vitamins taken earlier in the day, D vitamins, calcium, and magnesium. And follow these steps for better health and weight loss:
1. Select a bed time and stick to it.
2. Stop caffeine at 2:00 p.m.
3. Limit alcohol three hours before bed.
4. Limit exercise four hours before bed.
5. Get sunlight every day.

Dr. Rovenia Brock, Nutrition and Weight Loss (
“You can de-stress your life by practicing effective coping skills and by eating a nutrient-dense,
reduced-calorie diet.”

Meals should be balanced with complex carbs, proteins, and healthy fats, and we must stay active.
Yet, 72% of Americans are overweight, including 1 in 3 children. To loose weight and maintain it, consume fiber and water. Drink ½ your weight in water (110 lbs = 55 oz. H20) as water revs up calorie-burning. Fruits and vegetables count!

Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Dermatologist (
“Although I often use the term anti-aging, my goal is not to erase the positive attributes that accrue with age or to suggest that aging is in itself a bad thing. It is simply to keep the negative signs of aging at bay while helping you to be healthy, active and looking great regardless of age.”
We need to put out the fire – inflammation that occurs everyday in our bodies, and results in cancers, Alzheimer, and sagging skin. Inflammation is caused by food and lifestyle.

The Anti-Inflammation Diet (Your facelift in the frig in three days!):
1. Drink enough water.
2. Eat cold water fish, like salmon rich in protein and omega 3’s.
3. Banish sugar and starches.
4. Eat a big green watercress salad – It detoxes the liver and skin, fights cancers, repairs DNA, fights acne, and acts as a natural diuretic.
5. Use olive oil and lemon juice on salad.
6. Eat blueberries for dessert.
* Chocolate is also an anti-inflammatory food, but must be 70% hi-cocoa with less sugars.

There is also a brain and beauty connection. We must lower cortisol from stress through prayer, meditation, yoga, and omega 3’s. We can also change the way we age and feel by what we eat, so load up on salmon, fish oils, blueberries, and pineapple. Genetics do not define us!

Montel Williams, Motivation Speaker on Living Well (
“If you have faith, you can move mountains. If you have faith in something bigger than yourself – in God, community, family, whatever – then anything is possible. Faith alone will give you the strength to clear any obstacles in your way.”

Williams is the Emmy Award-winning host of The Montel Williams Show and Founder of the Montel Williams MS Foundation. (The actor and entrepreneur has battled MS for 15+ years and is going strong.)

We can change the way we feel and happiness is easier to attain than we think. However, we must retain the right to feel all emotions, whether sad or happy. Do not avoid conflict, but deal with it. No wallowing
in muck either!

The Secret of Happiness:
• 40% what you do and how you think
• 10% your life circumstances
• 50% genes

Finally, to start your day right, let’s ask ourselves this: What did I do today that I can talk about tomorrow?
You have identified accomplishments already!

Dr. Christiane Northrup, on Women’s Health and Wellness (
“When we find the connection between our thoughts, beliefs, physical health, and life circumstances, we find that we are in the driver’s seat of our lives and can make profound changes. Nothing is more exhilarating or empowering.”

We should listen to our guts vs. brains and always get second opinions. Also, do not allow your past worlds to interfere or define our present lives. Turn to the power of community.

Womanhood is a privilege. The processes of our bodies are not a problem, but solutions. Practice the following:
1. Listen to your heart, as it is the state of appreciation.
2. The body is hard-wired for pleasure.
3. Work on yourself and have quality of consciousness.
4. Recognize the truth of yourself, no matter how beautiful!

Dr. Myron Wentz, Immunologist and Virologist (; and Dave Wentz, Best-Selling Author (
This father and son team believe that “nutrition is the most important science in all of medicine.” They also provided tips on maintaining a healthy home, and knowledge of hidden hazards in our primary environments.

For health, we should practice avoidance – For the free radicals attacking our cells, we combat those with

Healthy Home Tips:
• Stay clear of EMS (electro magnetic field) in your bedrooms when sleeping. EMS damages our cells,
and is found in plugged-in radios (battery powered in fine), cell phones, and computers.
• Air-out dry cleaning. Open those plastic coverings to release the chemicals outside.
• Dispose of Tupperware and Styrofoam that leech chemicals. Use glass instead.
• Dispose of nonstick pans. They release fluorine gas. Stainless steel, ceramic, and cast iron are better.
• Do NOT buy CFL light bulbs – they have lots of mercury! Buy LED bulbs instead.
• Wear gloves. If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t touch it.

We need to use our senses to get to know our surroundings. Our common sense is incredibly powerful.
And don’t worry about the future, rather change it. Take action and do something different.

As expected, the day with Dr. Oz and company proved worthwhile and invigorating. Choreographer
Stepp Stewart had the audience dancing in the aisles for exercise breaks. Surprise guest, the ever-popular William Shatner, provided comic relief at the end of the Summit.

Originally published April 2012



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