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Dr. Oz: Sunscreen Safety, Andrew Weil and Qigong for Stress

Most commercial sunscreens contain unhealthy chemicals.

Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil discussed sunscreen safety, vitamins and qigong for stress relief on the July 22 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Weil, a Harvard-educated alternative-health expert, said  most commercial sunscreens are unsafe because they contain the hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone, and the cancer-accelerating chemical retinol.

Instead of chemical-laden sunscreens, Dr. Weil recommended using natural, safe botanical sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Despite the recent spate of press reports insisting multivitamins are useless, Dr. Weil, author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, said most people don’t eat well enough to forgo vitamins.

Weil said multivitamins are safe and have health benefits, but suggested reading labels carefully to make sure you’re not getting too much of any vitamin, as overdoses can be harmful.

Qigong Relieves Stress and Aids Weight Loss

On a separate segment, Dr. Oz discussed the ancient Chinese practice of qigong. His guest was Karl Romain, a world champion kung fu master, who said qigong alleviates depression, anxiety, insomnia, and aid weight loss by suppressing appetite.

Romain said studies show qigong reduces stress, promotes relaxation, and heals you physically and spiritually. Qigong combines breathing exercises, martial arts, and flexibility moves to work your mind, body and spirit.

And because qigong is low-intensity, it won’t damage your joints and can be done at whatever fitness level you’re currently at. Dr. Oz said doing these meditative moves can make you feel calm and promotes restful sleep.