One would think that producers of the Dr. Oz show would pay at least a little attention to the widely publicized study that appeared in the British Medical Journal examining the health recommendations made on medical talk shows. The researchers looked at eighty recommendations made on the Oz Show and found that evidence supported 46%, contradicted 15%, and no evidence was found for 39%. Not exactly a stellar performance. Yet on the heels of the stinging paper, what does the Dr. Oz Show come up with? A segment that has no supportive evidence whatsoever.
“Dr. Oz’s Two Day Holiday Detox” promises a “quick fix to offset the damage from holiday eating.” “It can’t miss,” quips Oz. Oh yes it can. The whole notion of “detox” is nonsense and the idea that you can eat whatever you want and then repair the damage with two days of feasting on melon juice, coconut water, oatmeal, lentil soup, cabbage salad and chocolate tea is absurd. But according to Oz, this diet will release retained water, rebalance blood sugar, remove “fat promoting toxins” and recharge your metabolism. What evidence is provided? A couple of meaningless but entertaining demonstrations. To show how the melon juice and oatmeal reduce bloating, Oz and a guest spray water at a TV screen showing a bloated silhouette which then magically transforms into a svelte figure. If only it were that easy. As far as oatmeal goes, I think it does make for a great breakfast. But there is not a single reference listed in PubMed for oatmeal having a diuretic effect.
I perused the Recipe List before I started to make sure it was not juice only and its not. Breakfast was quinoa and prunes which was the equivalent to oatmeal with raisins. Watch out though, I found quinoa to be very very bloating and I just wish I could of added some vanilla or sugar up in there and it would of been bomb! Otherwise it was pretty 1800's oatmeal before sugar came to England.
Overall, the results of the cleanse were not exactly obvious when monday morning arrived. I did loose two pounds which was not my goal but I knew I would quickly gain that back within 6 hours (it was Labor Day and bbq was calling my name, haha). The entire weekend I was actually really really energized and alive and didn't feel the need for a nap once. I even exercised on the second day, doing synchronized swimming for two hours and felt totally fine and not hungry whatsoever - I was really worried I was going to pass out in the water!
One thing I wasn't expecting with my 48 hour cleanse plan was the cost of the groceries! It came close to $60! Mostly because I had to buy containers of things I never owned before and used a little of i.e. flax seeds, flax seed oil, sauerkraut! The upside, I find myself looking for new recipes to incorporate these leftover ingredients (flax seeds in my oatmeal and caraway seeds add another dimension to any broth based soup).
Detox, short for detoxification, is the body's natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body.
Finally, for people who have overindulged in marshmallow cookies, Oz recommends chocolate tea for “boosting metabolism,” but curiously points out that it has very little caffeine, a substance that may actually boost metabolism. There is nothing in the scientific literature that lends any significant support to specific foods or beverages boosting metabolism in any practical fashion. Aside from making recommendations without any evidential basis, Oz’s real crime here is to offer a magical solution to overindulgence instead of emphasizing the need for a proper well-balanced diet and exercise year-round.