Sept. 08--Publicly, Dr. Mehmet Oz gets asked most often about weight loss.
But privately, what people really want to know about is sex. How often to have
it? How to get in the mood for it? What is the best way to achieve intimacy?
"The most common private questions I get asked when people aren't embarrassed is
about sex and intimacy in a relationship," Oz said in a teleconference promoting
the fifth season of the syndicated "The Dr. Oz Show" launching Monday.
"And I do think that in America we are dealing with the reality that it's not
just about love. There also needs to be an element of lust to the process of
sexiness. And so I'm going to spend some time on this show on edgy programs
around that theme because I do think sex is broken in America. ...
"I was watching a show over the summer, and the protagonist was Kevin Spacey.
There was a line in there -- it struck me -- that said 'Everything in the world
is about sex except sex, which is about power.' He's right. And I was thinking
about that. It's one of those basic biologic drivers that governs so much of our
behavior just like hunger, which is why sometimes food becomes the way we cope
Sex, including the best sex positions to safely use with someone who has back
pain, will be among the topics this season, Oz said. But all topics will be
handled in such a way that no one should be embarrassed.
"We got a lot of feedback that viewers like laughing on the show. We take an
uncomfortable topic and bring laughter to it. There's all kinds of ways of
getting folks to enjoy life, and I would argue that, for most Americans, having
a good time laughing their way through life is as important as losing weight."
The new season also include celebrity guests including Willie Robertson of "Duck
Dynasty," comedian Wayne Brady and rocker Steven Tyler. The show format has also
been updated, said Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and best-selling author who
served as health expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" starting in 2004.
"I'm very proud of what we've been able to accomplish, but Oprah (Winfrey)
challenged us with an email the night we won our third straight Emmy. So I
thought we'd all be high-fiving. And she said, 'Now is the time to realize that
you have to compete against yourself,' which is what she did on her own show for
25 years. So she was right to do that because that's the challenge we have that
America gives us. How do we make our show better so that we can fulfill our
mission more successfully?"
One way is to make the show faster paced, he explained. Each show this season
will include at least three and usually four or five topics. Everyone, audience
included, will be "out of the chairs more," he said. "It's a much more lively
The shows will also feature new sets for demonstrations like a
15-to-20-foot-high weave, representing what a women does when she puts a weave
in her hair. It's a "profoundly important issue" to African-American women that
will be featured in the first week of the season, he said. It's a demonstration
that helps women of color know what is going on in the hair at a medical level,
which then starts a conversation about the emotional issues that drive women to
do what they do to their hair, Oz said.
"You want both sides of that, and the show's going to try to do that, as well."
The first week also explores varied topics including fibroids, sleep, cold
sores, shoe fashion vs. shoe comfort, mood swings, thyroid, addiction, the
weight of women's purses, bronchitis, sleep compatibility with a partner and how
to get in and out of a fast food restaurant for 500 calories.
"This year, you'll notice on our show we go out of our way to make sure that
tips are either free or extremely inexpensive," said Oz, who has written more
than 400 original publications, book chapters and medical books.
"The show is meant to be fun and uplifting. And, you know, a celebratory event
where everyone is happy when they leave the hour of the program. There's a real
mission to make sure that we're giving people lifesaving information."
'THE DR. OZ SHOW'
When: 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 9 only 4-5 p.m. regular weekday time slot
Where: KJRH, channel 2, cable 9
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