Tsk Tsk, Dr. Oz

Dr. Oz is a doctor who became a star.  Stardom, though, seems more important than doctoring to Dr. Oz these days, and the evidence mounts that his pursuit of fame has overwhelmed his judgment and left him as someone whose words need to be taken with a grain of salt.

Make that a lot of grains of salt.

Last year, The New Yorker laid out in pretty serious detail the degree to which Dr. Oz lets his quest for fame and his desire to be loved compromise his judgment and lead him to make foolish assertions about products and services he either knows or should know are somewhere between dubious and bogus.  The article included interviews with friends, people who respect his medical skills, who seemed sad about what has become of their old pal.

But it’s not just the doctors who are onto Dr. Oz’s game.

Last week, Dr. Oz testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance.  Oz no doubt thought he was there to deliver celebrity testimony, but instead, he got spanked but good by Senator Claire McCaskill, who all but called him a snake oil salesman.

It’s sad when the lust for fame and the desire to be loved outstrips one’s integrity, but Dr. Oz has been going down this path for a while now and it looks as if he’s going to face increasing public scrutiny in the future.  He has a choice to make, and it’ll be interesting to see what he chooses.

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  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On June 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I think he has been selling snake oil in various forms for awhile. He talked about two supplements that were supposed to help with overall general health, even improving joint pain and high blood pressure. I read about them and they seemed benign. I thought I’d give them a try. When I went for my check up, my doctor pulled me off them, said he saw people following Dr Oz with poor results almost every day. He said my pressure was actually elevated from one of the supplements and there was nothing but placebo effect on the joint pain, if that. He commented that money and ratings are powerful motivators even for those who have taken the Hippocratic oath. I’m done following Dr Oz’s advice.

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