It’s Time to Turn Off TV Doctors | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it
From shady business deals to the lust for fame, television doctors are among the last people we should trust when it comes to health advice.


Though many of television doctors’ pedigrees are, in fact, impressive, it doesn’t exclude them from succumbing to the power trip that is the cult of celebrity.


The most recent example is Dr. Mehmet Oz, whose shilling of various ineffective weight loss supplements ultimately landed him in a congressional hearing that has cost him a fast-vanishing reputation. For Congress to call upon Dr. Oz is to essentially ask that a publicist be present and willing to issue a statement for green coffee.


Lucky for us, Oz somehow has a conscience and basic understanding of how the law works, forcing him to come clean. He further shamed the empire he’s built with statements made on the record against the exact things he’d been uttering on television. It’s a testament to the fever dream haze of celebrity that Dr. Oz’s defense lies squarely in the ability to prop up his audience, even through pseudoscience. To say that Oz is using a white lie to better the public would be letting him off too easy, however.