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Dr. Oz talks measles and pertussis outbreaks, and Ayurvedic weight loss

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Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed the bizarre return of three dangerous diseases on the April 22 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Oz is alarmed by the recent outbreaks of the measles, whooping cough (also known as pertussis), and a polio-like virus that have stumped health officials who thought we had already wiped out these deadly viruses.

During the past two months, there have been 84 cases of measles in the United States in 11 different states. Dr. Oz is concerned because the measles are extremely contagious.

In California alone, there have been 49 measles cases reported since the beginning of the year. Health officials aren't completely certain why this is so, but have used the outbreak as a reminder to the public to get fully vaccinated.

Get Fully Vaccinated to Protect Yourself

Dr. Oz said vaccination is the only protection against these diseases, and reminded his audience to make sure they and their families are vaccinated, and said to be on the lookout for the following symptoms: high fever, runny nose, and a rash that spreads across your entire body. If left untreated, measles can lead to blindness, brain damage, meningitis, pneumonia, deafness, and death.

Dr. Oz's guest was pediatrician Dr. Lisa Thornton, who said the measles outbreak is probably happening because un-immunized people are spreading it whenever they travel somewhere. Dr. Thornton said 97% of people who get the measles aren't immunized or are "under-immunized," and most of them are adults.

Dr. Oz said another disease making a comeback is the whooping cough virus, also known as pertussis. Dr. Oz said there have been 50,000 cases of whooping cough reported in the U.S. since 2013, with most of them being adults. He said it's important for adults to get re-immunized whenever they get a tetanus shot updated because the vaccination for whooping cough isn't permanent.

Finally, Dr. Thornton said a new polio-like virus has been causing paralysis in children in California. Doctors said they have never seen anything like this.

There have been about 20 cases of the polio-like virus reported in California children during the past two years. Again, health officials underscored the importance of getting vaccinated in order to prevent further outbreaks.

Dr. Oz Details Testosterone-Boosting Diet

On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz said low "T," or low testosterone, is a common medical problem that affects many men, especially those who are overweight. Dr. Oz's guest was urologist Dr. Harry Fisch, author of The New Naked.

While it's normal for testosterone levels to fall as a man ages, Dr. Fisch said it shouldn't drop off too quickly. Symptoms of low testosterone include: (1) being overweight with "man boobs," (2) a big belly, (3) depression, (3) exhaustion, and (5) low sex drive.

Dr. Fisch said belly fat is a major clue that a man is suffering from low testosterone, and said the bigger the belly, the lower the testosterone. Dr. Fisch recommended eliminating or reducing simple carbs like pasta, bread, cake and cookies to boost testosterone.

Getting rid of these foods from your diet will automatically increase a man's testosterone levels. Dr. Oz also recommended the following actions to boost testosterone:

  • Rigorous exercise.
  • Add more zinc to your diet.
  • Get enough sleep.

Ayurvedic Juice Cleanse for Weight Loss and to Reduce Inflammation

Dr. Oz discussed how an Ayurvedic juice cleanses can enhance weight loss and fight inflammation. Ayurvedic medicine, an ancient holistic healing practice from India that's based on treating a person’s body type.

An Ayurvedic diet provides a simple road map for treating your body based on your dosha, or unique body type.

Dr. Oz's guest was Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, who said there are three different body types: kapha (large body type), pitta (medium build), and vata (small-boned). Chaudhary suggested the following Ayurvedic juice cleanses to treat different ailments:

  • Toxin-flushing cleanse: 2 apples, ½ medium red cabbage, and ½ lemon
  • Inflammation-reducing cleanse: 3 cups diced watermelon, 1 medium English cucumber, and a pinch of cinnamon
  • Skin-clearing smoothie recipe: 10 ounces almond milk, 1 cup cooked sweet potatoes, ½ avocado, and 1 teaspoon grated ginger
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