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Dr. Oz: A Case of Celebrity Run Amok?? — 11 Comments

  1. Hi Rick,

    Thanks for this link. I looked at the data and it is coming from a reputable source and to my eye looks extensive re: what was tested etc. Perhaps indeed Dr Oz had that one right.

    The problem of course is, that once you suspect the “data” he presents, then even the good stuff gets tainted by association. It makes it very hard to see the signal from the noise when the noise level is so high.

    Michael

  2. Michael,

    Although I’ve never watched his show, it’s clear the good doctor has decided his entertainment career is more important than his medical credibility – and likely far more lucrative.

    Unfortunately, there’s much in conventional medicine that also qualifies as quackery, including mainstream practices like defensive medicine that needlessly admit vulnerable patients to viral and bacteria-infested hospitals.

    It’s hard to know which does more damage. Conventional medicine, however, is in no position to be castigating anyone as quacks when it tolerates so much quackery in its own ranks.

    Like Dr. Mercola, some of what Dr. Oz says has merit, while much of it is utter nonsense. Sadly, the same can be said for mainstream medical practice – at least in America, where financial incentives underlay all manner of medical misbehavior.

    Let me close with this: Would Dr. Oz be any less of a quack if he were instead performing more unnecessary bypass surgeries and PCIs that dominate his medical specialty?

    Tough call, that one.

  3. John,

    As usual,you have provided much food for thought. I guess it depends on your definition of “quack”. I guess unscrupulous is unscrupulous no matter how it disguises itself….

    Michael

  4. I’ve stopped watching Dr Oz, on a regular basis as I can’t keep up with him anymore.. Every day he has a new health product that is better than yesterdays..I don’t have his kind of money to keep going to Health Food store to by all these supplements & vitamins that are supposedly so good for me.

    If I had, I’d be able to open my own store!! He’s totally gone overboard.

    • Sofia,

      I agree with you. At one point I watched (from time to time) and thought, hey that makes sense, but that feeling passed and has been replaced with, hey that DOESN’T make sense.

      I have stopped watching….

  5. I agree with your assessment. I watched him a few times, but he rubbed me the wrong way, his science is often a bit suspicious for my tastes. The only person i know who likes him is my mother, and though I don’t see her frequently, I feel like I am constantly defending myself against his BS, regurgitated by her. She refuses to listen to why he’s full of it, and after a while, I refuse to listen to anything about him.

    • Hi Julie,

      Thx for comment. I think once you get to that degree of celebrity, you build up a following of fervent believers. It’s just like a cult in some ways – the idea that if he is a doctor, a surgeon, practices at Columbia, has his own show etc. etc then everything he says MUST be true and must be right.

      Those of us that can think for ourselves know better…

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  7. I did an Internet search under “Dr. Oz is a shameless huckster” and came up with your site. I suspect that Dr. Oz supplements his income with kickbacks from all the rubbish he hawks. About a year ago he claimed that eating chicken thighs would reduce your cholesterol level by 40 percent (or 60 percent, something absurd). I went online and could find nothing to support this claim, even on his own website. I’m sure the American Poultry Association was delighted. More often he promotes supplements, unusual fruits, roots, seeds …. and his fans run out and buy them. Thanks for your research!

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