Dr. Oz Answers Your Questions

By Gina Morss

November 22, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 10:57 PM CDT

They are the moments you don't see, the intricate planning that goes into every broadcast of "The Dr. Oz Show."

Photojournalist Doug Smith and Gina Morss spent the afternoon at the doctor's New York City TV studio at 30 Rock. After taping, he sat down with them and answered some of the questions you shared with us on facebook.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, the phenomenally popular talk show host and cardiothorasic surgeon by trade, surrounds himself with a veteran crew. The producers, director, stage manager and camera crew make it look easy. Before you know it, the audience arrives. They're ready, even if today's topic might make them cringe.

"That's the conflict of this show, it's not about fights between guests, it's the internal conflict in all of us, the tape recorder in our head telling us to take action," said Dr. Oz.

Q: "Why doesn't mental illness get the same attention as physical illness?"

A: "The reason it doesn't get the same attention, and it should, is people can't see it. At the end of the day there's a stigma associated with it. You think, he's depressed."

Q: "One of our viewers asked this question about diets for people with Type I Diabetes."

A: "So the most important message for a Type I diabetic is make sure they're reproducibly eating the same thing, otherwise it's very hard to predict your insulin levels. At least consistent and consistency means sort of the same amount of sugar every day, not huge swaths. You may no have the big slice of birthday cake, those things are really head for the body to cope with.

Q: "How do you treat the overwhelming number of America's veterans with traumatic brain injuries?"

A: "So, people who have TBI have enough bruises, punches to the brain, that the brain is unable to process information the right way. You short circuit the brain. So, the most important activities are ones that stimulate the brain, push you a little bit, keep it a little uncomfortable so that it can grow new pathways."

Q: Angie asks this question, 'She knows you're a proponent of eastern and western medical philosophies. How do you choose between the two? How do you balance the two?"

A: "I believe that Eastern medicine offers a lot to western medicine and I would argue that you don't have to choose between the two. You actually should want both and here's why. Western medicine is wonderful. It's been well studied. It's what we've grown up with, incorporate these into our lives, call it complimentary medicine if you want, I just call it healing."

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