Dr. Oz: Is Gluten Secretly Destroying Your Health? (8/13/13)

Today, The Dr. Oz Show talks about gluten, YouTube workout sensation Tiffany Rothe, and “The Best of Dr. Oz”. Dr. Oz tells us the symptoms of gluten sensitivity and to avoid barley, rice and wheat if we have it. Blogger Brandi Evans shares her gluten-free recipes. Tiffany shares her workouts like Booty Shake, Forward and Twist. “The Best of Dr. Oz” has him in charioteer costume.

Nutrition Researcher Dr. Neal Barnard, MD says that gluten can be responsible for 50 conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome, osteoporosis, anemia, feeling foggy, and depression. He says bread is made more quickly, unlike before when gluten was broken up in the slow process.

Dr. Barnard walks us through the Gluten Spectrum:

  • Celiac Disease, which affect 1% of people. Blood tests show antibodies.
  • Gluten Sensitive, which has 50 symptoms. The digestive system is acting up, the brain gets foggy.  1 in 10 Americans, or 20 million people, have either Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease.
  • Gluten-Friendly. People who are fine with eating bread and pasta.

For two decades, Jessica would feel bloated one day then get constipated or have diarrhea the next day. She eliminated gluten from her life, and became pain-free. She had eczema and brain fog, and was on anti-depressants. She is now off medications for acne and acid reflux.

Dr. Oz asks us how many of these problems we have on a regular, chronic basis:

  • Digestive symptoms: 1) diarrhea or constipation, 2) bloating or gas, 3) IBS or acid reflux
  • Neurologic or skeletal symptoms: 4) brain fog, 5) migraines or headaches, 6) joint aches or pains
  • Hormonal or immune symptoms:  7) chronic fatigue, 8) anxiety or depression, 9) chronic eczema or acne.

If you have 4 or more symptoms, then you might be gluten-sensitive. Dr. Barnard says that even if you have only one symptom, see your doctor. He says that your doctor will probably ask you to go on a gluten-free diet and avoid wheat, rye and barley. He recommends food with only one ingredient, like produce, meats, fish, lentils, nuts, chocolate, dairy, rice, corn, wine.

Blogger Brandi Evans of Bran Appetit shares her recipes.

No-Bake Breakfast recipe for Strawberry Microwave Breakfast Bowl, made of:

  • 1/4 Cup Oat Bran
  • 2 Tbsp Oat Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberries, Diced

Calories: 225                          

Fat: 12 grams

Spray ramiken with oil, put in all the ingredients then microwave for 1-1/2 minutes.

No-Bake Main Course of Rice-Less Risotto:

  • 1 Cup Quick Oats
  • 2 Cups Broth
  • 1-1/2 Cups Frozen Peas
  • 2 Tbsp Low-Fat Cream Cheese
  • Rosemary
  • Pre-cooked Chicken Strips

Calories: 225 

Fat: 5.5 grams

Microwave the oats and broth for 2 minutes. Mix in peas or any vegetable that you like, add the cream cheese, put in the microwave, then add salt and pepper to taste, and chicken.

No-Bake Recipe for Cheesecake Yogurt Cups:

  • 2 Cups Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2/3 Cup Low-Fat Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • Pinch Orange Zest (Optional)

Calories: 145

Fat: 7.5 grams

Mix then spoon onto chocolate cups.

Dr. Oz’s next guest  is the pregnant YouTube Star Tiffany Rothe, whose workouts got 25 million hits. She demonstrates the Booty Shake, Forward and Twist, Rowing, Scrub Your Booty, which were fun.

The show ends with “The Best of Dr. Oz Show–Remixed!” which includes orgasm, French kissing, nose-picking and Dr. Oz in charioteer headgear.

This episode originally aired on September 27, 2012. That’s our review of the best of Dr. Oz today, 8/13/13. Until our next recap tomorrow on Tony Horton’s plan to reshape your body, please check out our Dr. Oz archive by using the “Search” widget on the right sidebar.

Photo Credit: The Dr. Oz Show


  1. LB says

    Whoever wrote this gives nerds a bad name… When writing for an English-speaking audience, please consider using complete sentences with required components like verbs. Yikes. I think most forum trolls are more clear in delivering information. It also lumps together all produce, meats, dairy, wine, coffee, and rice… Being a single ingredient food doesn’t make juice any less toxic,doesn’t eliminate putrescine from rice or sulfites from wine, doesn’t make dairy easier to digest for the bulk of enzyme-lacking humans, and doesn’t change soy from its neurotoxic, hormone-altering state… Putting those in with good produce–even putting fish and beef in the same category–is irresponsible at best.

    • says

      LB, why did you say, “Whoever wrote this?” Didn’t you see the byline or were you trying to be kind?

      Anyway, thanks for the correction. I’ve edited the typo.

      Also, I was just recapping the show. I’m not claiming anything about single-ingredient food. And Dr. Barnard was addressing gluten sensitivity specifically. Although we all know, nerds or not, that produce is healthier than wine, I think that a diet would work better with more choices. My mom for one complains that everything is prohibited.

      I would be interested to know what your actual diet is like.