Senate panel scolds TV's Dr. Oz over diet claims

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BlancaPez wrote:

Dr. Oz is a snake oil salesman. He was a surgeon with no formal education in nutrition and was even forced to admit recently that his claims have no scientific merit. His goal is not your health but promoting himself and his books and his TV show, filling his pockets. Anyone who follows the advice of this charlatan deserves what he/she gets.

“The Media Pigasus Award goes to Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has done such a disservice to his TV viewers by promoting quack medical practices that he is now the first person to win a Pigasus two years in a row. Dr. Oz is a Harvard-educated cardiac physician who, through his syndicated TV show, has promoted faith healing, “energy medicine,” and other quack theories that have no scientific basis. Oz has appeared on ABC News to give legitimacy to the claims of Brazilian faith healer “John of God,” who uses old carnival tricks to take money from the seriously ill. He’s hosted Ayurvedic guru Yogi Cameron on his show to promote nonsense “tongue examination” as a way of diagnosing health problems. This year, he really went off the deep end. In March 2011, Dr. Oz endorsed “psychic” huckster and past Pigasus winner John Edward, who pretends to talk to dead people. Oz even suggested that bereaved families should visit psychic mediums to receive (faked) messages from their dead relatives as a form of grief counseling.

“The Media Pigasus Award (given to the worst promoter of nonsense) goes to Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has done such a disservice to his TV viewers by promoting quack medical practices that he is now the first person to win a Pigasus two years in a row. Dr. Oz is a Harvard-educated cardiac physician who, through his syndicated TV show, has promoted faith healing, “energy medicine,” and other quack theories that have no scientific basis. Oz has appeared on ABC News to give legitimacy to the claims of Brazilian faith healer “John of God,” who uses old carnival tricks to take money from the seriously ill. He’s hosted Ayurvedic guru Yogi Cameron on his show to promote nonsense “tongue examination” as a way of diagnosing health problems. This year, he really went off the deep end. In March 2011, Dr. Oz endorsed “psychic” huckster and past Pigasus winner John Edward, who pretends to talk to dead people. Oz even suggested that bereaved families should visit psychic mediums to receive (faked) messages from their dead relatives as a form of grief counseling.”

I’d rather get my medical advice from Jerry Springer.

Jun 17, 2014 9:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Marla wrote:

His show has become just one long commercial, that anyone wouldn’t have noticed and wondered, as I have, how much money he’s getting paid to hawk all those products.

Jun 17, 2014 10:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Oma wrote:

Sorry, I paused to think or a tactful way to say what I am about to say and inadvertently hit ‘enter’.

The markup on many supplements is 100% or more. Those manufacturers and sales organizations should be heartily ashamed of themselves (as should anyone who makes unreasonable profits from the poor health of others). If Senator McCaskill were to find a way to publicize the markups on individual supplements, maybe this could be mitigated.

Jun 18, 2014 10:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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