Dr. Oz's Webcast Transcript
Oprah: Thank you. Good. Runa is Skyping. Runa from her living room in Iceland. Hello, Runa.
Runa: Hi, Oprah. And hi, Dr. Oz. Warm regards from Iceland.
Oprah: Thank you. I want to know what's the temperature in Iceland? I want too see if it's colder there—warmer there than it is in Chicago. What's the temperature, do you know?
Runa: It's 0 in the Centigrade. That's, what, 32 in the Fahrenheit?
Dr. Oz: It's warmer in Iceland.
Oprah: It's warmer in Iceland than it is in Chicago. Okay, go ahead. Your question? Runa.
Runa: All right. Well, Dr. Oz, I'm concerned about the economic downturn because everywhere I go, there is so much stress in people's life, and I'm wondering, are there any special food or vitamins or herbs that we should be taking to keep our spirits up or maybe something that could give us the balance to keep our mind-body-spirit—
Oprah: Are there any happy vitamins?
Dr. Oz: Happy vitamins.
Oprah: I love that.
Dr. Oz: Well, a couple things. There are foods that we know how people cope with stress. I mentioned omega-3s earlier this that context. We actually did an experiment with the BBC where we—the cab drivers and—had obnoxious passengers get in behind him and ask him questions that were tough to deal with, and then we gave them sardines which have lots of these healthy fats and then redid the test and they actually coped much better. They didn't get lost in the city. They were able to get where they wanted to go and they reported their stress level was lower.
Oprah: They calm you.
Dr. Oz: It calms you. It gives you the nutrients to cope. But across the board, historically, how humans coped with stress was fasting. Elective fasting. You just sort of, you know, drop all the toxins that might be coming into your food supply and—
Oprah: You shut down.
Dr. Oz: Take down—just shut it down and slow it down. And I think that should be part of the thought process for people who really feel wiped out. But we also, as a species, had the ability to find certain herbs that are called adaptogens and these are primarily antioxidants, and they're found in nature in different places. In North America, we have ginseng, for example, which is a very important adaptogen and it helps us cope with the flu, it helps us get through difficult times. In Northern Europe, they have rhodiola. In Siberia, as well. I mean, it helps them live in Siberia.
Oprah: So drinking, you know, like chamomile tea with ginseng in it at night is a very calming thing, I think.
Dr. Oz: Yeah. Calming and it's an adaptogen so it gets you through that. Now, there are other adaptogens as well. The macca, which is used the South America a lot is an adaptogen. It helps them live in those very high attitudes in the Andes. So these herbs have a unique ability to superdrive our system to cope with stressors that would normally weaken us. And I think that's one of the beauties of the planet. The reason we talk about, you know, maybe doing a planet health tour one day is because ultimately the reason for us to take care of this place we live called the earth is because it actually provides the healing, nurturing powers that ultimately will sustain our species. So when we can dive into the beauty of the planet and understand not just at the level of an herb, which is take great tool, but also spiritually how it influences us, how it impacts everything we think about, then we realize, my goodness, this is ultimately where our source of energy comes from. That's why when we hurt the planet, we're hurting ourselves.
Oprah: Runa, thank you.
Runa: Thank you very much.
Oprah: Thank you. That's Runa. I love that name. Trudi is Skyping in from her bedroom in Sweden. Helsingborg. Hello.
Trudi: My name's Trudi and originally I'm an American from Connecticut, but I moved to Sweden years ago.
Dr. Oz: Are there a lot of black people in Sweden?
Oprah: I was just going to ask that question. You know I was going there.
Trudi: Well, they're starting to come many from Africa and different countries, and we have Vietnamese veterans were in Sweden. But 50 years ago, I was very exotic. I hope you can understand it. There was no one that could help me with my hair, and now I am 69. I turned 69 the other day, and what I have found out is that from the age of 60, my body lives its own life. My skin has become dry. My hair is brittle. I have dark circles under my eyes. There are ridges in my nails. And it's hard to lose the weight. Is it so that after 60 the body just runs away with you and you have nothing to do with it? Can you give me any suggestions how I can live a better life?
Dr. Oz: Well, first of all, do you take vitamin D at all?
Dr. Oz: D.
Trudi: I take a multivitamin with vitamin D, yes.
Dr. Oz: Okay. That multivitamin probably has about 4 units of vitamin D.
Oprah: That's not enough.