April 7, 2010


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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova! A  fearless competitor on the court, now she faces her biggest opponent yet. Martina opens up on her personal battle with breast cancer. And! Dr. Oz joins her to answer YOUR medical questions!


He lived to tell about the mine explosion he witnessed with his own eyes! A survivor details his scramble to escape! We’ll have the latest on the desperate efforts to reach 4 trapped miners. Can rescuers get to them in time? The dramatic struggle to bring them out alive!


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Peppy_5   April 7th, 2010 7:22 pm ET

Dr. Oz–I would like to know about Macular Degeneration wet or dry–how come one gets it–they may have perfect eyesight and suddenly they have Macular degeneration? Is their a gene that would show your going to get it? or their symptoms? Why arn't they looking into and trying to find out why–or do we need somene who is famous to have it to bring attenton to it? Please answer this very important question -I would appreciate it. thank you in advance-from Catherine

John W. Truscott   April 7th, 2010 8:12 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Can you get the answer to my question please? IF (as reported in several evening news programs tonight) there are NO blockages into the mine shaft, WHY can't they send in a robot to take pictures and show the authorities on the outside possibly WHERE these 4 remaining unaccounted miners are located? That would help them drill closer to them IF they are alive.

Robots are sent in other places where human life would be placed in danger, why not here in this case?

Thanks Larry – we do enjoy your shows...


John W. Truscott

Hannah Webb   April 7th, 2010 8:34 pm ET

Here are my questios for Martina and Dr. Oz,

How is your recovery going? What type of treatment are you planning to do?
How does this affect you playing tennis?
Are you still willing to play? Or how weak does this make you?

Thank you,
Hannah x

ucif   April 7th, 2010 8:43 pm ET

a question for DR.OZ
first good evening every one .. i just wonder what is a full name of doctor Oz ..and what the meaning and i notice his name is mehemet ..and that little wrong if your name is close to arabic language is Mohamed .. i think also that every body come from Oprah show and she make a DR.phil famous and DR.Oz too .. i hope people can make there own path ..anyway my question is you have diploma and why other doctor well know can't make a show like you make it.. and do you have time to health or just you quit the hospital ..
sorry for my english .. and sorry if you don't understand the question !

Merv Cook   April 7th, 2010 8:46 pm ET

Much ado is being made about the number of violations at the Massey mine where the explosion occured, Larry. I have nothing to compare it to. Can you check the number of violations at comparably sized mines owned by other companies in the WV, VA, KY area. Are they higher...lower...what?

Laura   April 7th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Question for Dr. Oz:

I have a pimple on my top eyelid. My doctor said it's a cyst and she gave me an antibiotic called Erythromycin to cure it. I've been using it for 2-3 weeks now, but it doesn't seem to be helping. She said I may need a minor surgery to remove it. What should I do?

A. Smith, Oregon   April 7th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

Why weren't their multiple vertical ventilation shafts in this mine already in place?

This mine emits 2 Million Cubic Feet of Methane every 24 hours making adequate ventilation entirely essential for any 'plausible' safe mine operation to even exist.

Methane is lighter than air, with vertical ventilation shafts the Methane would naturally rise out of the coal seams and out of the mine.

Cajazz76:24:8   April 7th, 2010 9:07 pm ET


Dr. Oz is also known as Dr. Mehmet Oz...he is of Turkish decent...I don't know if your answer will be addressed on LKL, so here it is...

A. Smith, Oregon   April 7th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

Larry, ask Stanley Stewart if he felt or suspected the victims died from having their lungs ruptured from the enormous overpressure resulting from the blast.

Obviously Stanley Stewart didn't have his eardrums broken so he must have mainly bypassed the main blast area.

Suzy Bricker   April 7th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

I would like to know how Dr. Oz feels about genetic testing for the brca genes....I am 52 and a 6 year uterine cancer survivor...whose Mother had breast cancer at 33...and died of liver cancer at father also died of colon cancer...I have had 3 breast scares in the last year and a half..and get regular screenings....but don't know what to do...and don't know how I would feel or what I would do if i tested positive? do the new health laws affect testing issues?...thank you

Angie McGlone   April 7th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Dr. Oz, this is my question I'm 37 overweight and my breasts have these pimple like cysts under them is this something to worry about?

Nathan T. J.   April 7th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Martina, Have the other big names in women's tennis, like Serena, Venus, and Billie Jean reached out to you yet? If so what did they say?

Dotty Newkirk   April 7th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Martina–Why did you elect to get a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy? Dr. Oz, what are the medical indications for a patient in deciding lumpectomy over mastectomy?

Mary Beth McGraw   April 7th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Hi Larry & DR. OZ!


I want to personally thank Dr. Oz for his wonderful, wonderful YOU on a Diet Plan!! I am an avid follower and wanted to tell Dr. Oz I got my cholesterol results back today!!! Since following your plan I have lost 10lbs in three months, have a cholesterol # of 146!!! My HDL good cholesterol is 75 and bad is 66!!!! I have lost 10 inches in my waist!!!With exercise and eliminating the white flour, sugar, hydrogenated oils and saturated fats I am the healthiest I have ever been in my life!!! THANK YOU , THANK YOU, THANK YOU DR. OZ! I am 43 years old and feel like Im 25 again!!!

Keep up the good work and GOD Bless you for all you do!

Mary Beth
Chesterfield Twp., MI

Nathan T. J.   April 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Martina, Have other Big names in Women's tennis, like Serena, Venus and Billie Jean reached out to you yet? If so, what did they say?

Terry P   April 7th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

I have a lot of fatty cysts in both my breasts. The doctor's say I shoud have them removed but I feel that having them removed is harder on my body then just leaving them alone plus they keep growing back any ways. The only time they really bother be is during my period and since I am starting to go through menopause I'm hoping that they stop bothing me altogether.

Helen Starr   April 7th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Martina–You and I are close to the same age and I have always been a big fan of yours. In playing tennis these days, I find that I am plagued with arthritis in my knees and hands. This has made playing difficult and painful. Have you encountered this problem and how have you dealt with it?

lauren dunkeson   April 7th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Dr. Oz , Do you have any thoughts or advice for those with the debilitating disease systemic lupus.

Kristy F.   April 7th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Dr. Oz,

I am 39, and am going through menopause due to a complete hysterectomy. My breasts seems to be lumpier since the hysterectomy. I have had a couple of mammograms. How can I tell the difference between the normal lumps that are a natural part of my breasts vs. an actual tumor/lump?

lynn   April 7th, 2010 9:39 pm ET


Sally   April 7th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

I am a 6 yr breast cancer survivor. I took hormone therapy medicine. I feel my breast cancer is a result of that medication. Do doctors still feel that hormone therapy can cause breast cancer?

elyse Post   April 7th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Dr Oz pls do more reserach on cervical cancer. you mentioned paps detect all cervical cancer. That is simply NOT true. In fact adenocarcinoma which is on the rise is often not detected by pap smears. thx.

Robin   April 7th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

How in the devil do I get rid of belly fat besides detox programs, starving, giving up all hopes of eating ever again, or surgery?

elaine terranova   April 7th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

thanks for your show on breast cancer this eveing.

lynn RHOADS   April 7th, 2010 9:48 pm ET


BRUCE   April 7th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Please ask Dr.Oz about bladder cancer. I am having a biospsy next week, because a scan so something on the wall of my bladder.
If it is cancer what is the survival rate?

Brittany R   April 7th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Dr.Oz I was wondering what you thought about all the different vegetarian diets out there, which one is best? I am researching Eat to Live and The Kind Diet, Im trying to figure out how strict I need to be the healthiest, such as no dairy or eggs or if they are needed in the diet?

Susan Murphy - Canada   April 7th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

I have been told that a good detox for the liver is oil of oregano and milk thistle – this regime is done for 2 weeks then when you feel sluggish at about 4 – 6 weeks do the regime again. Any truth to this?

Any truth to this.

elaine terranova   April 7th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

thanks for getting words out on breast cancer. dr oz needs to tell those diagnosed to be vigilant about follow up after breast cancer. i was stage I at initial diagnosis and was told 90% cure. nine years later i am stage IV with mets to bone. i follow a forum of all stage IV survivors and there is a ton of woman who five, ten and even more years later are having recurrences. so the golden "five years" does not apply when you're speaking of breast cancer.

Rupendra Radia   April 7th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

My Daughter is 18 and has recently had blood test showed very high level of sgot and sgpt in addition her total cholestrol level was 289. She is a vegetarian and eats rather healthy,lately she has been quite emotional and cannot reason the cause for her mood changes.She occasionally and randomly experiences severe breathing difficulty which lasts for a few minutes.Wer recently got a abdomen ultra sound and everthing was normal.She isnt on any medications that would alter her blood results. With the intial information can you give us the possible causes.

Barbara-Canada   April 7th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

I'd like to ask Dr. Oz about lyme desease and what types of virus can appear along with this desease?
Thank you in advance for your help!

Angie   April 7th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

Dr. Oz,
My Mom watches your show religiously. She is currently watching you on CNN with Larry King Live.

My question is: What is the best solution (besides antiobiotics directly injected into the blood-stream via stem) for cellulitis?

Mom is 79 yrs. (fairly active and 'young', she loves to walk), she recently took a tumble down 4 or 5 stairs. After numerous attempts at various ER hospitals...they diagnosed her with cellulitis. Her right leg from the ankle to the knee.

She is currently on home-care with the intravenous (antibiotics).

Is this the best "medicine" she can receive right now? Can cellulitis re-occur? What other precautions can she take? When can she start her daily walks again?

P.S. She pulled muscles in her right arm (as she was trying to hang on as she was tumbling).

Thank you for your time.
Angie (Toronto, Canada)

Dich heller   April 7th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Dr. Please inquire into the 100%cure for
breast and prostate cancer developed by


10 years. Patents. Just now getting to human testing.

In 2002 they went to every major pharmacuitical co. - all wanted nothing to do with it
3 yrs later. 3. Came back and wanted to buy the whole package

Louisiana state university owns. Pennington
and decided to fund phase. 1. Testing

this research started as birth control for dogs
which only worked for a month. -- but was
found to have an affinity for cancer cells and
killed the cells instantly. -- And no bad side effects

Robin   April 7th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Dr. Oz, I was paralyzed in an accident some years ago, and am now fully mobile. Among my injuries, at age 25 were premature menopause, requiring a D&C, and severe headaches, memory lapses, constant feelings of tiredness, and bouts with what I later learned was called aphasia, which I know is the result of a brain injury. (I was struck outside of my car in the emergency lane of an interstate highway, ina hit-and-run). As for the pelvic stuff, it is 16 yrs later & I now have a mass the size of a child's football -my question there is, I know it needs to be removed, but is there anything that can be done so that these things will not keep recurring. I'm 41, vegan and exercise regularly -my concern is: things like diabetes, various cancers and other serious health challenges run in my family. My approach has always been preventative (I don't do refined sugar, either), what can I do to make these things stop recurring and keep the body less prone to bad things like cancers in that area?

2)As for the headaches/head injury, I have had no relief and no real help. I have no insurance and have had no one who really knows the area treat me -Due to my condition, conentional employment is out of the question, and due to my limited funds, I use a community-based health care group that pushes pills, moreso than seeking to really treat.
I tried the Brain Injury Asooc of America, they recommended me to the one in my state, who recommended me to some health management group , which had reps met with me for over 6 1/2 years, and never provided 1 service 'kept having me sign application form for brain injury waiver & for their services, then telling me their funding was used up.
This group was hokie in a number of ways including: that their release form both said the patient was protected by confidentiality laws (Title 7?), and also had a stipulation that they be able to discuss any/all of the patient's information w/ parties who weren't. And, even though they said their reps had offices, their reps always insisted in meeting at public places like restaurants, libraries, etc., when I wasked why of 3 dofferent ones, they all said that their "offices" were jst rooms in their homes they were required to keep a separate phone line in for co. business, but that they didn't actually meet anone there. Why tell you this? Because, Dr. Oz, you have the ear of the White House and others, and these hokesters are getting locl state and federal tax money to do jobs they are not doing.

So, the question is, regarding brain injury, is there anyone, Sir, who treats people on a sliding rate basis. I need help.
It is more than exasperating, it is depressing to see the years pass, and know that I am no furhter along than when this first happened, and in some cases worse: I can leave, heading somewhere and get out on the highway and have no clue where I was going. SOme day, something will jog my memory, and I end up in the right place though sometimes hours later, other times, never remember at all.
I was a philosophy/psychology double-major in college, I began theater, violin and piano, before age 5, and now any information in my brain is only randomly available.

If you have any suggestions, Dr. Oz, Please help.

Leah Taylor   April 7th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Dr.Oz, I just want to let your know that I taped a recent show of yours in which breast self exams were demonstrated. I was sitting in my living room on a Sunday afternoon approximately a month ago watching. I placed my left hand on my right breast in an area that I had had a burning sensation for several days, and felt a lump. This afternoon, approximately 3 hours ago, I was told by my doctor that I do have breast cancer. When I got home from my doctor's appointment, you and Martina were on Larry King addressing this very subject. I am very thankful to you for the show I saw a month ago, I am not sure how much longer it would have taken me to discover the lump. Very Grateful, Leah.

Laurie   April 7th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Dr. Oz,
Hello. I attended your talk with Dr. Roizen in Phila. about 3 yrs ago but couldn't get a chance to ask you this question due to all of the attention, rightly so, you were getting!
Will milk, ice cream or other dairy inhibit the absorption of iron in a supplement like a multi-vitamin or the iron content of foods we eat in the same meal we have dairy with? A nurse told me this and I want to be sure it's true. I downloaded your vitamin guidelines from the O site, thank you so much for that, and want to be sure I'm not wasting my money if I have ice cream or milk when I take my multi.

Thanks so much for all you do, you're such a great resource for America!


Gayle   April 7th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

What can be done to stop Lichen Sclerosus from progressing? It's 5 years and I don't know about good diet to counteract this dreadful condition. I'm not married, sex hurts, I fear the worst when I marry, can't do much now (you know).

David R. Davis   April 7th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

While viewing tonight's Larry King Live program, it seems that my wife and I heard opposite things in Dr. Oz.s "signs" comments. Do large calves (calfs?) suggest overweight or cholesterol, or do they suggest that large bulky muscle reduces cholesterol in the blood or fat on the body? We are not arguing-we just want to know what the "sign" suggests.

Thanks, Dr. Oz, thanks, Larry.


mary taylor   April 8th, 2010 12:15 am ET



sonia sneddon   April 8th, 2010 12:27 am ET

Hello Martina,

I can't believe that you got cancer, have you had a 2nd. opinion about it? Are you for sure. You live a healthy lifestyle. I wish you a speedy recovery. Thanks for sharing your story.

Matt Williams   April 8th, 2010 12:30 am ET

Hi Doc OZ and Larry I'm an 11 year old with Leukiema and I was wondering what the difference is between Leukiema and Brest Cancer (My Leukiema is T-Cell ALL)

Traci Eagle   April 8th, 2010 12:30 am ET

Martina, first and foremost I just want to say my prayers are with you, girl! I am a 2 year survival of BC stage 2, lumpectomy, chemo, the radiation. I am free and clear! and I know with all my heart you will be too!
My question for you, have you had the lumpectomy yet? did they check the sentinal node? that's the only reason I ended up being a stage 2, cause I had 3 nodes positive out of 11 they took., and that's also why I did chemo then radiation after surgery. But Martina, I am so happy it's been caught very early! Hang in there sweety! We love you! Don't let that lymphedema set in if you can help it. Ha Talk to your doctor about specific exercises/massages you can do to help elleviate the swelling and annoying pain it can sometimes cause.
You have always been my hero in tennis, and now I even feel that much more closer!
Nothing but love!

patricia bricker   April 8th, 2010 12:32 am ET

For Martina Navtralova,
Good Luck with treatment. I had the same diagnosis and am doing great. I am inrecovery and know you will do the same.
Your in my prayers.
Pat Bricker

Khristy Erickson   April 8th, 2010 12:34 am ET

Hi, in mid December I noticed a lump on my breast. I had a mammogram which came back unconclusive. This was followed up with a ultrasound. Results said lump was a cist which measured 4 cm.

I still have the lump. Do I need to get another opinion?

Traci Eagle   April 8th, 2010 12:35 am ET

Martina...oh yeah....good ol not fight the fatigue!!! radiation fatigue is nothing like anything else!!! You're going to do awesome, though!!


Peggy Stephens   April 8th, 2010 12:36 am ET

Hi – please talk about the most aggressive form of breast cancer...INFLAMMATORY BREAST CANCER! I'm a 3 year survivor and never hear it talked about. Many doctors never hear about it and women and men keep getting misdiagnosed! Please help us spread the word!


Heidi Haugland   April 8th, 2010 12:40 am ET

Dearest Dr. Oz:

Quite a fan I the subject of breast cancer and onto mine a bit, please....

I have RSD/CRPS and I desperately need your help. My RSD was diagnosed too late (outside the six month window) so treatment is not working. I truly would be so very happy if you would do a show on RSD/CRPS and help bring awareness to this country.

I live in VT and I would be honored to be on your show. However, I cannot afford the travel and lodging as I am a single mom with pending disability and have two teenage children.

Dr. Oz, I'm very I call this disease....Cancer without remission of death.


Heidi Haugland   April 8th, 2010 12:43 am ET

Dear Dr. Oz:

It appears I have 45 people ahead of me and you probably won't get to mine as it is still pending moderation.

Please Dr. Oz, with such a short time to explain my issues, I desperately need your help with RSD/CRPS. Please respond – please!


jack   April 8th, 2010 12:43 am ET

Lots of people lose their sense of smell, and will never develop Parkinson's disease, Dr. Oz

Tab   April 8th, 2010 12:45 am ET

Hi Dr. Oz,

I'm a 38 year old black female who has suffered from several medical conditions. The first being hyperthyroidism, pituitary tumor, gallstones, and endometriosis. I suffer during my monthly cycle so much pain. I had laporascopy surgery for endometriosis in Jan. '09. I thought this would help with the pain. Boy was I wrong...if anything, the pain got worse. My doctor is now recommending that I get on birth control to help with the pain. I don't want to get on birth control because of the side effects (i.e., could cause heart attack, stroke, etc). Are there any natural cures for endometriosis and/or fibroids??

jack   April 8th, 2010 12:55 am ET

@Dich heller...Looked up PENNINGTON BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER. in. BATON ROUGE LA. Thanks for the information. They seem to work with nutrition there to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer etc. Hope they can get that medicine on the market, if it is that effective.

Linda Frey   April 8th, 2010 12:57 am ET

If you are diabetic....Which I am.
Which would be better to use ? Artificial sweetener or sugar ??

nancy eason   April 8th, 2010 1:05 am ET

It seems to me that the further away we get from what God gave us to eat, the sicker we get. I would like to talk to Dr Oz about my thesis findings about ferrous sulfate, infant formula and type 1 diabetes.

jack   April 8th, 2010 1:15 am ET

The people at that mine should walk out and demand to be a part of The United Mine Workers. When a company pays fines in a calculated manner to avoid safety compliances, they should be shut down. The fines should be much higher, so they cannot get by with those violations. A union would have worked toward safe mine conditions. This is part of the legacy of Ronald Reagan, the great union buster. The reason many large corporations locate in the South, is because they have a large non-union labor pool to exploit. Not saying that unions don't sometimes go too far in their demands, but often a lack of organized labor oversight invites this type of corporate abuse of workers. Human life is more precious than the buck. Right wing politics is really off course in their efforts to destroy unions. It seems to be a part of their overall plan to hand over our rights as citizens to corporations. Now that the Democrats are in power, they should do much more to help the working class and the poor. Under the last administration the move toward big business control has escalated. Also, I think President Obama should appoint a very liberal member to SCOTUS, to help balance the very conservative court. Too bad his next appointment, like his last, will probably replace a Justice who was already somewhat liberal. Need a balance. It is stacked too far to the right.

jack   April 8th, 2010 1:20 am ET

@Linda Frey...I have no medical training, but have read that stevia is a good substitute for sugar and artificial sweeteners. Dr. Adkins was big on the natural sweetener. I use it and find it quite sweet. Another person I know said they did not find it very sweet.

jack   April 8th, 2010 1:25 am ET

@nancy eason...I think that holds not only for foods , but natural remidies are also often superior to synthetic medicines. There are many exceptions, such as antibiotics etc. However, the bottom line of Big Pharma is to make profits, and many of the drugs on the market are often ineffective and/or dangerous. Some of their drawbacks do not become apparent until years later.

steve keck   April 8th, 2010 3:24 am ET

Martina looks as pretty as i have ever seen her, Good Luck with the cancer.

Jeff   April 8th, 2010 3:59 am ET

I would like to no more about cluster headaches. I get them every 2 to 3 years in the spring and they last for about a month. My Dr. does not know much about them and researching on line does not give me anything solid to do for them. They are so painful but if I go too the emergency room they are gone by the time I am seen. Any help would be great.


Pat   April 8th, 2010 10:32 am ET

I was diagnosed last May with stage 1 breast cancer and stage 0 dcis. The lumpectomy took out all the stage 1 and the margins were clear. I also had a centennal node biopsy to see if the cancer had gone into the lymph nodes and it had not. I had 33 radiation treatments with the last 5 being a boost. During the boost I burnt and blistered. I now take an arimidex tablet once a day for 5 years. My first mammogram after treatment was in January and there is no sign of cancer. I know what Martina is going through and I wish her well but it will all be ok. Thank God for mammograms.

Alex   April 8th, 2010 3:59 pm ET

Just a word about Dr. Oz's claim about sugar vs. artificial sweetender on the show last night.....

The doctor asked Larry how many calories he thought were in a tablespoon of sugar. "100" King responded.

No, 12 calories, retorted Dr. Oz, so go ahead and eat sugar.

Turns out, Dr. Oz is wrong. A teaspoon of sugar contains 15 calories. Since it takes 3 teaspoons to make a tablespoon, there are 45 calories in a tablespoon of sugar.

so maybe it's NOT so great to be spooning all that sugar into our foods and drinks......

Gerald Jolly   April 8th, 2010 4:37 pm ET

I was always under the impression that when a woman came out and declared herself a LESBIAN, that the first thing she would do after that is to have her breasts removed.

So how on earth could Natralova have gotten cancer in the breast, if she did'nt have any,


Alex   April 8th, 2010 5:02 pm ET

Gerald Jolly, you're an ass

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