Canadian researchers published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Wednesday reports that more than half of Dr. Oz’s medical endorsements lack any scientific merits.
Known as “America’s doctor”, Dr. Mehmet Oz received a lot of criticism for being more of a showman, staying away from scientific facts in order to bolster his shows rating. And it has worked: he has more than two million regular followers who believe in his pronouncements as gospel. One follower trust the TV doctor so much that he’s said that he hasn’t visited another doctor for eight years now.
Dr. Oz was summoned to the US Congress just this summer and got a scolding from Sen. Claire McCaskill. She accused him of dispensing misleading endorsements which are definitely a “recipe for disaster.”
A weight loss pill based on a cutting edge coffee-beans which Dr. Oz had praised to high heavens on his TV program last month was disproven by a study.
Another study disproved one more of Dr. Oz’s claim that that red onion, endive, and sea brass can reduce the danger of ovarian cancer by seventy-five percent. The Study called “Reality Check: There is no such thing as a miracle food” was published on the website of the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Viewers are advised to not believe everything they hear on a medical show. According to the Canadian study, since medical shows started having endorsements, they usually “lack adequate information.”
Asked about raspberry ketone, a fat burning miracle drug, Dr. Oz answered that he is presenting alternatives which people might find useful and it’s their prerogative to try these “miracle cures” even if these alternative medicines have had no human trials.
Dr. Oz argued in front of the senate inquiry committee that he himself is convinced that everything he says is true, although there might be a lack of or the total absence of any scientific basis with regards to his recommendations.
“But, nevertheless, I give my audience the advice I give my family all the time. I give my family these products, specifically the ones you mentioned. I’m comfortable with that part,”
Canadian scientists watched forty of Dr. Oz TV shows containing four hundred and seventy-nine endorsements. The following were their findings: forty-five percent agree with scientific evidence; fifteen percent were opposed to science; and thirty-nine had no scientific basis.
Most of medicines are has been and his job was to give additional options. Dr. Oz continued that he is a businessman and, just like other businessmen, he is just trying to earn some money.
“Cancer is our Angelina Jolie. We could sell that show every day,” he continued.