Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed food addiction and radical cancer remission on the March 18 episode of the Dr. Oz Show ("Are You a Food Addict? Take the Test to Find Out!").
Dr. Oz said many people suffer from emotional overeating and unwanted weight gain, but you can break the cycle with a few simple steps.
Dr. Oz's guest was clinical psychologist and food-addiction expert Dr. Ramani Durvasula, author of You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life.
Dr. Ramani (who's gorgeous and skinny) is a recovering food addict who said there's a big difference between a food addict and someone who simply overeats. Dr. Durvasula said food addicts are like cocaine addicts who use food for the dopamine "high" they get after eating.
Dr. Ramani said you're a food addict if you answer "yes" to two or more of these questions on her food addict test:
- Do you eat when you're stressed?
- Do you obsess over food for more than an hour a day?
- Has your food addiction affected your social life (i.e., you avoid time with family or friends in order to eat)?
- Do you eat to the point of getting sick?
- Do you have withdrawal symptoms when you don't eat your favorite foods?
Dr. Durvasula said you can break food addiction with these simple steps:
1. HALT. Whenever you find yourself thinking about food, visualize the word HALT (an acronym for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired). If you're turning to food for any of these emotional reasons, give yourself a 10-minute time-out before acting on your impulse to eat.
2. Avoid trigger foods. Don't keep trigger foods around the house. Just as you wouldn't keep alcohol around the house if you were a recovering alcoholic, you shouldn't keep tempting trigger foods around.
3. Limit junk and fast food. Make a commitment to avoid eating food out of a bag or box for two weeks. This will be tough at first, but it could help you reset your eating habits.
Dr. Oz said irvingia is a natural appetite suppressant that eases food cravings and accelerates weight loss. Two studies showed that irvingia users lost an average of 5 to 10 pounds a month without making any changes to their diet. The irvingia users also dramatically improved their blood sugar and cholesterol compared to the control group.
Radical Cancer Remission
On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz discussed the phenomenon of radical cancer remission, which is when a patient's cancer spontaneously disappears after surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy have failed to eradicate it.
Dr. Oz's guest was oncologist Dr. Kelly Turner, who has personally witnessed radical cancer remission among numerous patients. Dr. Turner, author of Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, said the common link among patients who experience radical remission is a deep commitment to positive thinking and gratitude.
Dr. Turner said just spending 5 minutes a day feeling grateful can release healing hormones throughout your body that boosts your immune system. Dr. Oz's guest was a 50-year-old woman (pictured above) who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35. She underwent several surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy and was given just 5 years to live.
The woman embarked on a spiritual journey and focused all her emotional energy on healing her cancer. After 18 months of her positive-thinking/gratitude therapy, her cancer spontaneously disappeared. She has been in remission for 13 years.