Dr. Oz Has More AuthorityWhat really irks me about Dr. Oz is that he has accolades up the wazoo. He has been widely published in journals, has done amazing things in the medical community, and frequently dons a white coat and talks about his lab. He doesn't just give an air of authority, he truly is an authority, so Dr. Oz shilling a worthless supplement is going to pack a lot more punch than, say, Geraldo Rivera. This is exactly what happened last winter. Oz was talking about the benefits of neti pots and sales increased by 12,000% prompting the term "The Oz Effect." Of course, his TV benefactor is Oprah, and the "Oprah Effect" has long been known, but she pushes plush slippers and properly fitting bras. If you jump at one of her recommendations, you'll be more comfy and you won't be putting your life at risk. By pushing supplements without the proper research behind it, Dr. Oz is effectively implementing a nationwide experiment on everyone who tries them. Does anyone remember Phen/Fen? That didn't work out so well. At best people who listen to Oz's advice could have expensive pee, at worst, it could literally harm them. And as a doctor who agreed to follow the Hippocratic Oath of "first, do no harm," Dr. Oz has no bloody right doing that. He DOES have a higher bar and he DOES need to respect and meet it.
Dr. Oz Pushes a Lot of SupplementsThis isn't the only example of Dr. Oz pushing supplements.
- Green coffee beans as a fat buster following the release of a flawed study with just 16 participants.
- Zinc as a diet supplement, which seems to come from a study conducted on mice.
- Raspberry ketones as a fat burner.