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Hollywood Trumps Science: Dr. Oz Can Fool Lots of People ALL the Time

Hollywood Trumps Science: Dr. Oz Can Fool Lots of People ALL the Time | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

"There’s an unsettling corruption of academia [and science] by celebrity culture."


What does the audience of “The Dr. Oz Show” want?


To judge by what Oz gives them, it’s winnowed thighs, amulets against cancer and breathless promises of “magic” and “revolutionary” breakthroughs.

Oz has morphed not just willingly but exuberantly into a carnival barker. He’s a one-man morality play about the temptations of mammon and the seduction of applause, a Faustian parable with a stethoscope.


Many Americans probably had no idea that he remained affiliated with Columbia — he’s vice chairman of its surgery department — until they read last week about an email sent to the university by 10 physicians around the country. They accused him of “promoting quack treatments” for “personal financial gain” and urged Columbia to sever its ties with him.


He’s expected to defend himself on television later this week, and his publicity machine has gone into overdrive, seeking to discredit the physicians and frame the issue as one of free speech.


But don’t forget that he was called before a United States Senate panel last year to explain his on-air gushing about green coffee extract, raspberry ketones and other faddish weight-loss supplements. Admonishing him, Senator Claire McCaskill noted that “the scientific community is almost monolithic” in its rejection of “products you called ‘miracles.’ ”


Also remember that the British Medical Journal published a study of scores of his show’s medical recommendations, saying more than half didn’t have sound scientific backing.


And bear in mind that the Sony emails included one that showed Oz to be eager, as Vox reported, “to use his platform on the show to help expand Sony’s fitness and health-tracking devices market.” Sony is one of the producers of “Dr. Oz.”

Pharma Guy's insight:


There's a reason Dr. OZ is called "America's Quack." For more on that, read  "New WikiLeaks documents reveal the inner workings of the Dr. Oz Show"

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Watch John Oliver absolutely destroy Dr. Oz

Watch John Oliver absolutely destroy Dr. Oz | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

This past week has been rather embarrassing for celebrity health guru Mehmet Oz — or just Dr. Oz to fans. He was taken to task in front of Senate for selling, in his own words, a "magic weight loss cure for every body type." Oz's testimony was mainly a whirlwind of self-contradiction, telling Senators that there was no such magical cure after all.


Last night, John Oliver walked through the highlights of the proceedings, adding, "If you want to keep spouting this bullshit, that's fine, but don't call your show Dr. Oz. Call it Check his Shit Out with some Guy Named Mehmet."

But Oliver's main complaint here isn't with the weight loss-peddling doctor. It's with the organizations, lawmakers, lobbyists and the powerful dietary supplement industry that allow him to do that. "Dr. Oz is just a symptom of the problem," he said, explaining the relative and terrifying freedom that supplement companies have when it comes to giving us things like Dr. Oz's snake oil.

Pharma Guy's insight:


Once again, it's the fake news shows that inform us more about the issues than real news shows. Oliver does a great job, BTW, of explaining why the FDA cannot regulate dietary substances. For more on that, read: If FDA were as Powerful as FTC

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