Seven ways (not) to reverse aging by Dr Oz

Dr Oz is big in the US with TV shows and many celebrities swearing by him. He does indeed have a medical degree, but the following seven day program shows even med school doesn't make you immune to pseudo-science. 

Dr Oz's  seven day anti-aging plan as designed by him and other 'experts', but wait, it gets better: he promises it will aid weight loss, REVERSE aging and boost energy. What can this miracle consist of? Well, it's a bit vague. I'm not sure if you do all seven everyday or one a day; perhaps it depends how far you want to 'turn the clock back'. I'm not even sure what 'reverse aging' means. Maybe I'll wake up yesterday, who knows?

1) A pre-biotic shake, apparently crucially different from a probiotic shake. This consists of almond milk, plant protein, blueberries, bannana and apple cider vinegar. Note the apple cider vinegar. Who knows what might happen if you used red wine vinegar!

It supposedly enhances the good bacteria in your gut... It won't. Perhaps it will enhance them intellectually to such a level that they build a time machine, as that is the most plausible way they are going to reverse aging. 

  Obviously this chap failed to follow the plan or maybe he did and he's 250years old!

Obviously this chap failed to follow the plan or maybe he did and he's 250years old!

2) A citrus fruit with each meal. Sensible enough, except the claim is it will enhance brain function. Well, it won't, unless you are a 17th Century sailor with scurvy. Strangely the suggested method is to use a 'zinger' and put it in a bottle. If you had such an enhanced brain you could always just carry some oranges. Seems easier to me. Again, it would seem the only hope this time is that the citrus fruit will enhance your brain to the point of being able to build a time machine yourself.

3) Flaxseeds: 'these are "antioxidant superstars" which clear your coronary arteries [they don't], curb hunger [well, most things do if you eat them] and reduce blood pressure [again, no].' Even worse, there's good scientific data that high levels of antioxidants can actually cause harm.

It goes on with dandelions to detox your liver (they don't), high iron diet for fatigue (only works if you're iron deficient and then you need to go see a doctor to find out why) and eating and cooking with coconut oil to reduce wrinkles (whatever).

The final one is from Dr Oz himself, an epsom salt bath (magnesium sulphate) which according to the great doctor reduces tension and aids sleep (just like a normal bath), but also reduces weight and draws out toxins. I guess if you stayed in the bath long enough your weight would go down and as for drawing out toxins, he is a bit unclear where or how it happens (because it doesn't) or what these toxins really are, but I still wouldn't share his bathwater.

The sad thing is the final piece of advice about doing some exercise, probably the best evidenced advice of the lot to keep body and mind healthy, doesn't even make it into the seven.