Dr. Oz has been accused of gravely misleading viewers who watch his popular television show. Oz does not just play a doctor on television. Dr. Oz is a real Medical Doctor (M.D.) with a spectacular resume to his credit. He is a highly recognized surgical professor at Columbia University and has been since 2001.
His academic credentials consist of attendance at Harvard University and he earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Considered an expert in the field of cardio-thoracic procedures, Oz is revered by thousands of people who follow his on-air medical advice without question.
The health of those viewers most loyal to Dr. Mehmet Oz is precisely what makes this information so disturbing. Reports claim more than 50 percent of the medical advice Oz disseminates on his show is bogus. Critics argue that Oz needs to stop shopping dubious weight-loss products to the public altogether and focus more on his medical specialty which is surgery. It has been said by medical experts that much of the information Oz blurts out on his show can prove dangerous to the public.
Researchers from the British Medical Journal conducted a recent study on the Dr. Oz Show. They randomly selected 40 episodes to assess the accuracy of recommendations made by the celebrity-doctor regarding alternative therapies, nutrition and other medical concepts. Researcher did find 46 percent of the doctor’s claims were scientifically warranted, but 36 percent of his claims had no supporting evidence at all. What is more, 15 percent of his claims were an outright contra-indication to scientifically based evidence.
Law makers have also alleged that Dr. Oz is potentially creating big problems by misleading the public with wellness schemes that deceive and do not deliver. In June of this year, Dr. Oz’s claims caught the attention of the United States Congress where the doctor’s falsifying advertisements, claims and promotion of nutritional products were heavily addressed in a hearing on Capitol Hill.
During the hearing, Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) practically accused Oz of “taking advantage of ignorant, vulnerable people.” She added that she had no idea why Dr. Oz has to lie to the public considering he is a trained medical scientist and he knows what he is saying is untrue. “[Oz is creating] a recipe for disaster, stated Senator McCaskill.” The Senator believes that Oz’s unsubstantiated claims merely help opportunists peddle bogus cures that can endanger unsuspecting consumers.
Part of the irony is Dr. Oz boldly denounces scam artists that push shady wellness products by falsely using his brand. The doctor does not promote specific products nor does he openly endorse any particular supplement-supplier. He even went so far as to establish what is known as “Oz Watch” in order to snipe-out deceitful imitators that illegally use his likeness to promote products.
During the hearing, the doctor did profess that his on-air claims make it especially difficult to regulate worthwhile dietary products compared to those that do not work. Oz adds, “he has toned down claims.”
However, Dr. Oz says he strongly believes in the information he discusses on his show and he is not misleading. Combined with proper exercise and nutrition, Oz believes his on-air claims can successfully help many individuals with weight-loss without relying on prescription drugs or invasive surgeries. “I…believe in the things talked about on the show and [I] passionately study them.” He also says that he gives the same wellness advice to his own family that he shares with his audience.
By D’wayne Stanelli
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