Who doesn't know at least a little bit about Dr. Oz? Most of us can rattle off these impressive lines from his bio: A Harvard-trained cardiac surgeon, best-selling author, Emmy award-winning TV show host, and (sometimes controversial) wellness advocate.
I'd seen his show a number of times but as a cardiologist, mid-day is not my best TV viewing time. So I was more than curious to learn more about this famous doctor when I received a birthday gift inviting me to a talk he was giving. I showed up a few minutes early and was surprised to find that only Dr. Oz and his assistant were in the room, setting up for the talk. (Soon it was a packed house and he patiently took a pictures with every single person who asked for one.)
The title of his talk was The Good Life, as his new magazine is called. I took notes on a few business cards and wanted to offer you some of the insights that stuck with me:
1. Four things hold us back from making healthy changes.
Dr. Oz said that the big four restrictions to pursuing the health path we know we should are: enough time, enough money, enough knowledge, and fear of change. He emphasized that the last one, fear of change, was the most important. Health care professionals need to address this and discuss it with patients. He said that support groups, online tools, and follow-up visits or calls can encourage sustained change.