10 Times Dr. Oz Was Flat Out Wrong
Dr. Mehmet Oz is a cardiac surgeon with degrees from two Ivy League universities, but his tendency to promote bizarre and untested dietary supplements on his television series, The Dr. Oz Show, has damaged his credibility with the scientific community.
A group of researchers with the British Medical Journal selected 40 episodes of The Dr. Oz Show and identified 479 separate medical recommendations. After reviewing the relevant studies, the researchers could only find evidence supporting 46 percent of Dr. Oz’s claims. But Oz doesn’t see himself as a medical quack, or a “snake oil” peddler. He genuinely believes that it’s his role as a doctor/television personality is to dismember the traditional perception of medicine. Oz points out that he is persuading people to be patients, “and that often means telling them what the establishment doesn’t want to hear: that their answers are not only the answers and their medicine is not the only medicine.”
But is Dr. Oz really a champion of the people’s right to knowledge, or is he merely a salesman, marketing unverified dietary supplements to his trusting audience? Oz was asked to testify at a Senate panel hearing about the danger of over-the-counter diet pills. To his surprise, he was interrogated by Senators about his own role in promoting questionable weight-loss products. When asked if he believed there’s a miracle pill out there, Oz said he didn’t, despite the fact he markets a “7-Day Miracle Plan.” During the testimony, Oz also admitted that no pill can help you lose weight without diet and exercise.
Here are the 10 times Dr. Oz has been flat out wrong.