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August 28, 2013

NATURAL HEALTH: Are you suffering from the 'Dr. Oz Syndrome?'

Niagara Gazette — Dr. Mehmet Oz has done so much to bridge the gap between traditional medicine and a more holistic approach to what we should be focusing on, prevention.

I have had the opportunity to attend a conference with him as a co-attendee and to hear him speak as well. He is what you would imagine, kind and caring, and has a stage presence that keeps you engaged. You are sure to learn something new, and will likely be looking to incorporate the latest supplement into your daily ritual as soon as you can. This is how the “Dr. Oz Syndrome” begins.

I often see individuals who are looking to improve their diet and quality of life through nutrition and supplementation. They typically come in with their bag of supplements in order to go through and decipher what they really need. As they pull out their supplements from a very large bag — occasionally a suitcase! — I start to realize that I am beginning to compete with the Dr. Oz Show, and it’s no wonder my client is confused and looking for direction. They are beginning to suffer from the “Dr. Oz Syndrome.”  

This is defined by the accumulation of supplements and the lack of understanding of what they are for.

Don’t get me wrong, the general population has definitely benefited from the addition of this amazing man into their lives — but drowning in a sea of supplements is not what he had in mind either, when he began to live his life’s mission.

I envy the person who is home to watch the show and has time to sit and absorb the information. I do not envy the individual who begins to drown in the sea of information and has lost a cupboard to store a bunch of supplements. I agree it can be a bit overwhelming.

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