Dr Oz, Wives Tales, Spicy Foods & Ulcers, Chocolate & Acne, Stress

Dr. Oz Talks About Health Related Wives Tales

Today Dr. Oz talks about old wives tales that have been handed down from generation to generation that many people assume to be fact.  Some of the other health related topics that were talked about on the February 19th episode answer the questions “Does chocolate cause acne?”, “Do Spicy Foods Cause Ulcers?”, “Does Stress cause gray hair?”, and “Does milk make you sleepy?”  Read on to find out if there is any truth to some of these long lasting wives tales.

Does Chocolate Cause Acne?

Perhaps you remember hearing people say that eating too much chocolate will cause you to break out in pimples.  Is there any truth to this wives tale?  Dr. Oz invited on an expert who said that this wives’ tale is a myth and eating chocolate does not cause acne.  Acne is caused by hormonal changes in your body.  Dr. Oz did say that if your going to eat chocolate you should choose dark chocolate because of the antioxidant health benefits that it has.

Do Spicy Foods Cause Ulcers?

Another commonly held belief is that spicy foods cause ulcers.  Dr. Oz invited Dr. Roshini Raj on to the show (a Gastroenterologist) to talk about this wives tale.  Dr. Raj said that spicy foods don’t cause ulcers and in fact are very good for you.  The most common cause of ulcers is from H. Pylori (a bacteria).   H. Pylori irritates the stomach and can cause your stomach lining to become inflamed.  Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and other OTC pain meds can also cause ulcers.

Does Drinking Warm Milk Cause Drowsiness

You have likely heard that a glass of warm milk before bed will help you sleep at night.  So, does drinking warm milk make you sleepy?  This wives tale is actually true!  Milk contains a small amount of tryptophan and melatonin, which can help you fall asleep at night.

Can Stress Make Your Hair Turn Gray?

A hair stylist appeared on Dr. Oz to talk about this commonly held belief.  He said that extreme stress can cause changes in your body and cause your hair to turn gray but in general your genes will determine when your hair starts to turn gray.