Did Dr. Oz Sell Out?

Dr. Oz

Dr. Mehmet Oz

Sigh. Not again. I just saw a Slate article that talked about Dr. Oz shilling "miracle diet supplements". The piece talked about how far the heart surgeon and medical icon has come from his original roots. I had to write about it. There's one specific supplement, Garcinia cambogia, which Dr. Oz claimed would help people finally deal effectively with fat loss. Yet a recent peer review of 12 previous studies featuring over 700 participants in total determined that the supplement was no better than a placebo.

Dr. Oz Has More Authority

What 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 Supplements

This 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.
You get the idea. Whatever happened to healthy food choices and exercise? So is Dr. Oz getting paid for this? He claims no, but this seems unlikely to me. Why would you risk your reputation to push something after just one small or questionable study unless there was some money behind it somewhere?

The Blogging Creed

As a blogger, it is drilled into our heads to always be forthcoming with affiliate links or other areas where we're getting paid. Actually it's the law, and bloggers can find themselves in pretty big trouble if caught doing something improperly. If Dr. Oz is trying to skirt this basic disclosure law then he should be called out on it, and frankly he should get in trouble with the FTC like everyone else. It is not okay to do this. Now ... we don't know if Dr. Oz is doing anything illegal at this point, although I would like to see an investigation to make sure that he's not. But he wouldn't be the first person. Dr. Drew was recently caught by the government accepting money from GlaxoSmithKline for pushing Wellbutrin on his TV shows.  Dr. Drew received over $275,000 from GSK and never once mentioned it when he was speaking about the drug. Yep, that's a big no-no. So what do YOU think?  Do you trust Dr. Oz as much as you used to? Do you think someone should be checking on his bank account? Does he truly believe in what he's suggesting people take or does his accountant? Do you think the bar for him is higher than most on-air personalities? And thanks to Slate for bringing this out in the open. You were quite right, it WAS about time. I'd love to start a big discussion here ... Cheers, Lisa  

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.


58 Responses to Did Dr. Oz Sell Out?

  1. Eunice Coughlin January 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Glad you wrote this, Lisa. I’m not a big watcher of Dr. Oz’s show but I did happen to tune in when he did a demo on the green coffee beans. I ran right out to my health-food store and picked up a bottle and the salesperson told me he can’t keep stocked with them. A few weeks later, I went back (for something else) and they actually had a display of the green coffee beans that Dr. Oz recommends. Not sure if that’s marketing on the store’s part or if Dr. Oz is actually recommending that brand but it would be nice to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.

  2. Malita January 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I watched his show daily for about a month, my conclusion was there was some really good info but if I took all the supplements that he promoted I’d be broke and swallowing pills every 10 minutes of the day! I think if his show came on less often he’d have better quality material, at this point a daily show just needs quantity!!

    But ultimately it’s on us to do the research, this past year there was a blogger paid and supported by GNC that pushed a fat burner workout enhancer without mentioning the massive amounts of caffeine in the products. I took all three of the line and thought I was going to have to visit the emergency clinic I was so sick. Dang her, but dang me too, why didn’t I question and research??

  3. Lisa Johnson January 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Thanks for commenting Eunice and Malita … between the blog here and the emails & FB responses I’m getting this topic is definitely touching a nerve. Dr. Oz came on as a responsible alternative for medical information and now it appears he’s shilling with the best of him. Let’s just line him up next to Jillian Michaels and her supplements. L–

  4. Emily @meless50 January 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Well said. I think Dr. Oz has hel

  5. Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) January 4, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    I used to be Dr. Oz’s biggest fan, but I don’t believe in him the way I once did. I think to create content for his show he has lost some credibility. I once saw him pushing raspberry ketones pretty hard for weight control and it made me sad. What happened to his core message of eating well, staying active and taking care of yourself?

  6. Lisa Johnson January 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Yes, Brittany, that does seem to be gone or at least pushed to the side. I keep coming back to the Hippocratic Oath … how is he following it now? L–

  7. Irene Gabriel January 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Thank you for confirming what I have been wondering about. I
    enjoyed watching him in the beginning but as I watched him
    recommend one thing after another, I became skeptical. You have
    confirmed my doubts. It’s too bad. He has such an impressive
    background that he is tarnishing with his commercialism. No more
    Oz for me.

  8. TraceyJoy January 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    I have only watched Dr Oz in segments I’ve yet to watch an entire show. What I do hear from him and what I’ve read he does sound like a trustworthy physician. I do not hesitate when someone says “Oh Dr Oz says…” I do however research what the good Dr has said and make my own conclusions. I have found over time that many of the “Dr Oz says” products, tips suggestions are not new to me and many but new to the masses. For example the Himalayan Salt Inhaler which I’ve used for a very long time for asthma and allergies all of a sudden everybody wants this inhaler. It’s not new. Lisa mentioned several items as well. My mom and grandma (RIP LaLa) are/were heavy herbal learners and users. They often bought me along to conferences, workshops, nature path walks, training and the like to learn all about herbs. Mother and grandma had cabinets with all kinds of slaves, balms, tinctures for everything. It’s funny I’m in my mid 30’s now I’ve become just like them, lol. As a teenager (1990’s) I recall being at a workshop where the instructor basically said to us that “garcinia-chi” was a garbage herb in the body very dangerous and should not be used by those who are unskilled and even if they are skilled all types are precautions need to be met before using it. It’s not worth the risk. This was known back then. Just like ephedra or Ma Huang (it’s Chinese name) super precautions have to be taken when using it. All types of interactions with prescriptions medications, know and unknown illnesses it can lead to death if not taken properly. The gov’t pulled it for many years. I’m surprised that Dr Oz would take such risk with his name. These products may work, they may have every little of the herb in them and basically are lab dirt. I guess facing the almighty dollar even in it’s weaken state still makes fools out of many. This is sad. The Dr Oz that was on Oprah’s show isn’t the same guy IMO. You can’t peddle this stuff people can, will, and do get seriously and even fatally injured from misuse of herbal products. This is not good at all. It’s not just Dr Oz doing it it’s many physicians who know that even some prescriptions cause harm yet they write them up like nothing. The whole thing is sad. Dr Oz reaches millions and that is a heavy responsibility.

  9. dian chase February 24, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Yes, in the beginning I watched Dr. Oz and very happy he brought alternative choices to the public. He was personable, good looking, and very seemed interested in helping people make educated choices about their health. Now, I am sooooooo disappointed in his sell out to the big Pharma . For him to tell the public that cancer can be caused by antioxidents is a crime. Let’s remember Linus Pauly and his years of study with documented evidence about vitamin C and curing cancer.
    I will NEVER watch him again , nor believe anything he says. Money talks!

  10. Sharon Kincaid March 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Loved Dr Oz when he was on Oprah and was worried when he got his own show since I used to like Dr Phil also but that’s another story. I don’t watch much daytime anymore but the few I saw at the beginning seemed to be pretty good but in the last couple years he’s obviously “sold out” and become more about the money than helping people. My dad watches him and is constantly buying new supplements and saying how great this guy is. I even got sucked in by a facebook ad toting the raspberry ketones thing, nothing like a desperate fat person to make money from, and got scammed big time both in money and the fact the stuff doesn’t do a thing! Sorry Oz I no longer respect you and hearing you’re latest remarks on organic food choices just solidifies my feelings. Sad…is all I have left to say.

  11. Lisa Johnson March 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Well said Sharon … he is praying on desperate people looking for the silver bullet. That pretty much sums up the entire diet industry … but the fact that a respect heart surgeon has sold out so badly *is* sad. He was supposed to be one of the good guys. L–

  12. Carolyn March 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I have thought this for a long time. Most of the products he pushes are just fads that waste people’s money. I think he should be investigated before his endorsements cause harm.

  13. mark March 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I was always suspicious of Dr. Oz. I’ve always laughed at Oprah’s recommendations. Garcinia Cambogia taken regularly will cause Liver Toxicity. Dr. Oz failed to mention this. Garcinia Cambogia is an ingredient in Hydroxycut, which cause liver failure in people a few years back.

    Dr. Oz is not just a sell out, he is a huckster. I’ve heard him recommend eating Subway sandwiches as a healthy meal. Subway sandwich is far from healthy. Subway adds Azodicarbonamide to their bread as a dough conditioner. This chemical is also used in styrofoam cups, shoe soles, gaskets, floor mats, etc. The chemical is illegal in some countries. It is known to cause diabetes, cancer, thyroid problems, asthma, and the list goes on and on.

    “a chemical ingredient called azodicarbonamide, which is banned as a food additive in the U.K., Europe, and Australia, and if you get caught using it in Singapore you can get up to 15 years in prison and can be fined $450,000. Azodicarbonamide is more commonly used in the production of foamed plastics, however, it is allowed in the United States as a food additive, a flour bleaching agent, and a dough conditioner that improves elasticity of bread.”

    Dr. Oz fails the credibility test in my book.

  14. Lisa Johnson March 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Wow Mark that is scary info … thankful I never eat at Subway … L–

  15. Lezlee White March 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Three words that a low carber hates to hear;
    “Dr. Oz says…”

  16. TraceyJoy March 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Oh wow Mark great info Subway, I won’t be eating there anymore

  17. barb saner April 10, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    i came across your article because i purposely googled a question regarding how many diet supplements does dr oz promote. he went from raspberry, to coffee beans now to a new one. right when i am about to be hooked in his promotion, he changes his mind to a new fat burner. glad to see i am not the only one who is questioning his validity and his motives.

  18. Lisa Johnson April 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Thanks Barb, it is depressing isn’t it? Taking a guy with a stellar reputation and watching him bend to chasing dollars. And at the expense of people he supposedly wants to help.

  19. Chris April 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Dr. Oz supports Monsanto! This should be one of the litmus tests as to whom to avoid. Anything or anyone supporting Monsanto or GMO’s should be avoided. Look into Monsanto thoroughly and this should answer most of your questions regarding anything related to your food and to your overall health. Monsanto is trying to dominate the entire world’s food supply. Please look into the harm and devastation this is causing, you will wish that you stayed in the dark about it, but it is necessary to know and understand if you want you and your family to live a healthy life. Wars, shootings, crimes, terrorism, etc… are nothing compared to the devastation caused by Monsanto. It will blow your mind away when you grasp what is really going on when it comes to your food. We always look at what is overt and miss the hidden largest killers causing far more devastation in the world.

  20. shel May 15, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    I was shocked recently when an MD who is a little older than me (I’m 65) told a group he was speaking to that his class at medical school mostly chose to take the Hippocratic Oath but they had to request it. That was several decades ago. Apparently it has been optional for many years. So it is entirely possible that Oz did not take it.

  21. Lisa Johnson May 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Wow really? You’d think that would be part of graduation or something? L–

  22. R. Halliday June 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Want I would like to know is did Dr.Oz sell out to Monsanto and is now for gmo foods, if so i see not much hope for our society who follows all the misinformation our corporate masters tell us. He did a very good show on gmo food, advocating beware.

  23. Janelle June 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    I am severely disappointed in dr. Oz and am surprised charges have not been brought against him, maybe they have. As a healthcare professional we have strict rules, and I don’t think he is following them. No dr in Canada would get away with this. Dr. Oz is always recommending a new product to try, not stating if there are consequences or drug Interactions. At this point I believe his license should be revoked. As a doctor he holds quite a large amount of sway, and there are too many uneducated trusting people out there.

  24. Lisa Johnson June 5, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Janelle, that’s quite a statement and honestly the way you spell it out I tend to agree with you. He’s using his credibility to hawk supplements and pills that may do nothing or be harmful. If he wasn’t a “doctor” he wouldn’t have as much credibility. Good point.

  25. Deete123 June 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    While looking up information about a calorie counter app, It resulted in Garcinia Cambodia and Dr. Oz links. Wondering what it was I clicked on a link and saw that he was talking about a brand new fat burning pill. It got me wondering, I could have swore that he had said the same thing before but with something else. I do not watch his show, but if you google something about diet or weight loss his name always pops out. So I googled ‘Dr. Oz and diet supplements’ and I came across this website which has answered my question. As a healthcare professional, it is disturbing to see how many things he has promoted. He has sold out; as a man that many people respect he is going to make the medical community look worse. Thank you for this article which answered my question.

  26. Lisa Johnson June 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Happy to be of service Deete … and I would imagine the medical community doesn’t think much of him at the moment. Which is too bad because when he started he was a good poster boy for them. My guess is he’s laughing all the way to the bank. Who needs ethics right?

  27. Pat Johnson June 29, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I watched Dr Oz all the time on Ophra and was very impressed. I had already purchased his books. Like many other viewers I have taken notes and felt that all Dr Oz recommendations were like talking to my own doctor. when Dr Oz recommended Razberry Keytons I TRIED(the operative word is TRIED) to buy it in health food stores all over town. I was told that it was not carried because it was not approved by the FDA. I found it on line. Rasberry Ketones made me so sick after taking it only a few days I thought I would have to go to the E.R.
    Just today I have cut out 4 full page ads in 2 magazines that DR OZ highly recommends SEROVITAL. I went on his web pages to verify this info..It was not to be found..these full page ads in REDBOOK AND MORE Magazines cost$$$$. Who is collecting the money?
    How can this many “cure alls” be available and we have never heard of any of them except on Dr Oz?

  28. Lisa Johnson July 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Pat that last question is the most relevant isn’t it? If it’s so awesome how come no one’s heard of it … thanks for sharing your story. L–

  29. S.A. Yeager July 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Lisa, I am not the biggest of DR Oz fan for sure, but I think that there is some merit in what he says. He does still continue to speak about a healthy diet and lifestyle, getting your nutrients threw food and eating right. Di you know that about 2% of Americans actually get their daily intake of vitamins and minerals in their food, and when you look at it about 2% of Americans are elite athletes that have a dietitian, chef and trainer on staff to make sure that they do. Most Americans don’t have that luxury. Raspberry Ketones is something that is more of a super antioxidant I would hope that you now what they do??? They help to clear out free radicals that build up in the body which slows everything down. Another thing was that the daily requirement for vitamins was based off of a test done on prison inmates, not a realistic test. Look at what can cause stress, stress causes PH increase and that causes free radicals to release, higher amounts of vitamins can counter act that to help the body rid itself of those free radicals. So by mentioning vitamins and healthy ways to get in things that can clear out the system naturally I believe that DR Oz is still using the same principal he has just realized that not everyone has the money or time to prepare and cook the meals necessary to have that healthy of a lifestyle. Also Garcinia Cambrogia has been around for years, and for your followers wake up and realize that everything will effect everyone differently. I work in the supplement industry and I am also a Military retiree that competes in natural Body Building competitions so for my career it became a need for me to study this type of stuff just to verify what I was allowed to use and not use. I have almost 26 years loving and learning this way of life.

  30. S.A. Yeager July 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Lisa, this is for your commentor Jannelle, lets look at what DR Oz has really promoted noting normally with a stimulant, most things are natural. I believe that your person might have the name wrong on one item, when you look up Serovital you dont find much but when you look up Svetol you find quite a bit of information about how well it works for weight loss. I am shocked that you are squawking about DR Oz chasing the old holy dollar but it makes me question why you are attacking him? I would think that by attacking the biggest name on TV would be very financially beneficial for you so who else might be selling out. Why did you buy into a pilates company wasnt the late 90’s when it was all the craze? Instead of promoting your own knowledge if there was any you sold out to a different style that limited your requirement for creativity in training clients. I am not certified and refuse to become certified as a “trainer” I use my own knowledge that I have garnered over 26 years of practice makes perfect to help people for free.

  31. Lisa Johnson July 10, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    I loved Dr. Oz when he first came out George, really thought he was one of the good guys … is his general advice of live a healthy lifestyle still there with exercise and good food choices yes … but it has been so muddied. And you work in the supplement industry … so you probably do know more about supplements than I do but it’s also your job to sell them. These days I take a B Vitamin complex and a Vitamin D because I had some blood work done and I do have some deficiencies … but that doesn’t mean I’m going to run out and buy hundreds of dollars of pills a month. I think the supplement discussion is best between a doctor, a nutritionist and the individual making the decision then someone behind the counter at GNC.

  32. Barbara July 12, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    I almost feel embarrassed for him – his show looks and sounds more like an infomercial than a legitimate show about health. Really can’t stand to even hear him speak anymore – no credibility. I will stick with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

  33. Lisa Johnson July 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Barbara I do like him quite a bit actually … he had an interesting special on vegan diet and cardiovascular disease a while back.

  34. saranjahn July 18, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    I totally agree with all of you but S.A.Yeager–I have been bored and distrustful of Dr Oz for a long time now and can’t bear to watch his show for all the “infomercials” he presents. He talks too fast and reeks of over sensationalism–As a couple of you said–if everything he promotes is going to make all of your dreams come true, why haven’t people discovered it before him?

    As I said, I’m tired of his hype hype talk and can’t stand to hear it anymore.
    I am so happy to have discovered this site and express my feelings about it because now I have it off my mind. THANK YOU ALL–especially Lisa for providing the site so we could all sound off:)

  35. Kat July 22, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    The red flag for me was when I heard him
    saying almost the same exact things about raspberry ketones which I was desperate enough to try five months ago (didn’t work and yes, I worked out and ate mostly greens, protein and vegetable and fruit smoothies) and pushing another weight loss supplement with tamarind extract in it! Yes, my clean diet and workouts definitely made me healthier but none of the weight loss he somewhat guaranteed happened. Like many people here, I’m saddened by his choice to go the Oily Salesman direction. My learning from all this: Good old exercise and healthy eating are still king! All the best to everyone seeking better health, happiness and thank you, Lisa for sharing your gift of writing with us!

  36. Lisa Johnson July 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Kat thank you very much and that hadn’t occurred to me … that you could basically rewind his old videos and just drop in a new “supplement” to try … ugh.

  37. John Russo August 14, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    I also have watched Dr Oz when time permitted and felt he had some newsworthy information. When it comes to authority millions of people believe anything a doctor tells you and that is a problem. I can’t fully blame Dr Oz, he has a show to put on and people cling to his every word. Who’s fault is it? I feel the average person needs to wake up and do some homework, get a little education about themselves and look more into the products being discussed. It seems that people f authority can tell you anything and most people will believe it.

    An example is a product i use that works directly with the immune system. there is decades of research out there on the subject and research that shows how it works. if i were to offer it to people they would be skeptical, especially after hearing true results from thousands who used it. Let Oz do one show about the product and the same skeptics will beat one another to get the last can of this product. People will never change and will always be taken. the product i used does work, that is not a gimmick. The diet pills and juices will always have takers. They will never learn that it’s about calories in and out and exercise.

  38. Lisa Johnson August 14, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    John I hear your point … to me the issue is he initially came out as a well-educated skeptic and then recently has changed to a push pills kinda of guy … he created a high level of trust and is now exploiting that to push various products and “silver bullets.” And it doesn’t have to be that way … look at Sanjay Gupta of CNN he didn’t sell out.

  39. Christo August 25, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    He’s a scammer pushing what he is paid to push.

  40. Stephanie September 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    It seems that every week Dr. Oz is pushing the latest diet fad. I’ve long stopped taking him seriously. The guy may not be a quack when it comes to some things, but he is certainly not very well informed about the products he whores himself out to by promoting them. He gives alternative medicine a bad name. And the was probably his goal.

  41. Lisa Johnson September 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Stephanie, interesting idea … make alternative look like quackery so the MDs can all keep their day jobs … hmmm.

  42. Ula October 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    I have a friend who not only takes notes while she watches Dr. Oz, she swears he doesn’t push any particular products, ever–although she always has a list of what to buy. She orders her day around the Dr. Oz Show. That’s scary. I also have a brother who is a doctor and he swears Dr. Oz is detested by serious physicians. They consider him a sellout and a quack, and worst of all, an entertainer. Sizing Dr. Oz up for myself, I find he isn’t so much a product pusher as an supplement industry shill. Maybe one day the quick fix will come in pill form, but I find my best success with a sensible diet and exercise regime. Right now, there is no fix that eliminates the need for either of those things, so we all might as well stop wasting time and money and get on with the job.

  43. Lisa Johnson October 27, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    I work with physicians now and I can assure you he is not well-liked … and yes, they think his advice is at worst harming people at best benign.

  44. Melanie November 23, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Dr. Oz has said so many ridiculous diet pills will “FINALLY” cure the obesity epidemic. But, all he is
    doing for the supplement/herb industry is getting them rich just like Oprah did with the book club. He looks like he could use a few pounds himself. A man his age has no fat in his neck and he will constantly be going to the plastic surgeon to get a nick and tuck for his turkey neck and other face “ugliness”that happens with weight loss of people over 45. For some reason, his teeth don’t look like they fit right with his face. He needs the Miley Cyrus fake teeth. He also looks like he has bad breath. Eyebrows don’t look right either. I don’t watch him, but my mother does and I go away from the tube when he is on.

  45. Katie November 23, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    He talks so fast that hardly anyone can understand him and he does have that salesman’s look in his eye when he is pressuring people to buy weight-loss gimmicks. I hope he gets rich enough to live lavishly for the rest of his life because his reputation as a doctor is shot. He looks old for his age too. Sometimes being a little too skinny does the body ugly. Look at what happened to Dr Phil after he got his own TV show. He is as bad as Jerry Springer. The only thing Dr. Phil (Ph.D.) WOW WEE does is he tries to have attractive-looking people on his show. I’d love to know the total cost of his wife’s plastic face and teeth. The show lasts 15 minutes and the commercials last 45. My mom watches him too I go hide in my room and do homework.

  46. Valerie December 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    I’ve read these comments, and although I am no big ‘OZ’ fan in particular, what I don’t see acknowledged here is that a person who is giving out information on health, like Dr. Oz, is expected to present NEW, breakthrough information … it is meant to present a myriad of choices for people, because every human being is an individual, and not every suggestion would work for each person. But as soon as the discredits come in, when someone ran out and tried a new herb, etc., but they themselves didn’t follow the recommended protocol or perhaps that particular remedy didn’t work for them as an individual, then people get upset that he presented the NEW info that they were expecting him to give in the first place. I hear a lot of generalized comments written here … why are you so critical? I am also a women, btw. Why does Oz have to be condemned to the verdict of having sold out? … oh, and also btw, genetic illnesses exist and cause complications for people, making it impossible for them to just limit calories and exercise only to loose weight .. don’t be such a judgemental ‘high on your horse’ ready to just say that any person who ‘buys into’ these alternative or questionable remedies is lazy and wants the easy way out … There are conditions that can render the most health ambitious person unable to prevent obesity. For those particular cases, Dr. Oz and his some times ‘off the wall’ claims may help a person live a new life. Hey, and what about pioneers? Pioneers have throughout history presented new ideas that others laughed out and discredited … hmmmm, I just find it strange that the women who have posted in these comments have offered little more than a tongue lashing and haven’t talked about the various angles of the benefits of his (Oz) many suggestions, and surely (he) isn’t suggesting that ever person take every supplement he suggests (as the lady above suggested she’d be broke and swallowing pills every 10 mins. of every day!) .. I mean, really, gals, the guy has got to fill his show with content, true, and not ALL of it may be what most agree with, but he’s just offering solutions that might possibly work for some people. I’m not trying to stick up for Dr. Oz necessarily, but take some responsibility like a couple gals posted and do your homework. Don’t make the talk show host look bad just because you didn’t research enough … why do we feel the need to bad mouth someone and put them down??? … and y’all are just so petty with your comments about his turkey neck, and talking about what’s attractive and so on!!!

  47. Schatzie December 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    I too wonder why he has not been investigated and stopped, or at least, had his activities curtailed before now. The problem with Dr. Oz is that he is an authority figure and worse yet, he usually has another physician or health-care professional present to back up the hype. The problem is not whether these products and diets actually do what they say they will do thouigh the vast majority appear to have little or no efficacy, it is whether they will harm even one person who blindly trusts him. If a well known, supposedly well-qualified health care professional, gives you advice, many people will not question it any more than they question their own family doctor and that is why most medical professionals are extremely careful about giving advice to others except in the consulting room. I seldom catch any part of his show but every time I do, he is pushing something and while he swears he gets no financial benefit from his recommendation of these products, he is either highly gullible or is not being candid with his viewers. If he wants to promote his show as an infomercial and himself as an entertainer, that’s fine but if he wants us to believe that all of his advice is unbiased and based on his clinical expertise and a desire to help people, that’s a big problem for me. After all, he does not have the advantage that the clinician has of having the patient in front of them and knowing their medical history. How does he know that the person taking his advice does not have some condition that could predispose them to harm or even death if they take that product, follow that diet plan, etc. You might say that it is the responsibility of the patient to research the diet or product but some of these supplements have little known or published about ingredients and the warnings and side effects are not easily discovered. If you don’t believe this, try looking up some of them. For instant, Raspberry Ketones which Dr. Oz highly recommended a while back. The first thing you see will be a number of “warnings” and messages about “scams” but if you open the links, you will discover that they are really just warning you about other companies’ products and pushing their own brand of Raspberry Ketones, not giving you any scientific or useful data. As to diets, no one should go on a diet without their own physician giving them the go-ahead and going on some of these extreme plans is risky and usually useless to say the least. There are 28,054 diet supplements and 79,274 diet books listed on Amazon. That should convince us all that there is no quick fix – I only wish there were. And if a quick fix IS ever found, I doubt that you will see it first on the Dr. Oz show. While commenters have said that most other physicians do not hold him in high esteem, it would be interesting to know if any responsible entity is monitoring his actions and making sure that he is not harming innocent people.

  48. Joann Davis January 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    I have wondered about Dr Oz for sometime. It seems like he is constantly endorsing another weight loss product. Something seems very wrong with this picture. I’m sure of one thing his bank account must be growing in $$$$ signs. Hasn’t the FDA ever questioned this man? Someday he is going to endorse the wrong supplement and people are going to get hurt. All I can say, before buying the products that Dr. Oz is pushing, “DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE MAKING A PURCHASE”

  49. Talko January 20, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    I, too, USED to like Dr. Oz but quickly got tired of his corny little props and gimmicks. He’s one of Oprah’s shills. Maybe he used to be a good doctor and an authority but I would suspect that from the sounds of him lately he’s just after the big bucks, just like all the others. So NOW we can’t trust him to tell us the truth. And he’s on ABC which is the most liberal, warm/fuzzy network for the sheeple. Dr. Oz fits right in with them.

  50. Talko January 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    P.S. You’ll notice that ABC doesn’t allow anything non-liberal on their network. Only pro-government stuff. So Dr. Oz has increasingly become blatantly pro-whatever the government wants the people to believe. So now I question EVERYTHING because I suspect that everything is a lie until proven true. Sad.

  51. Carolyn L. January 28, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    You have confirmed my suspicions. I took one of his recommendations to lose weight. It was mentioned in the same show as rasberry ketones. After doing some research on WebMD, i learned that it affects serotonin levels (I am on a SSRI,) and makes me extremely thirsty, among other things. Shame on him for not stating possible side effects. He is very cavalier with his audience’s health.

  52. annette jensen February 7, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    How can all of the supplements and techniques Dr. Oz promotes be helpful? How do we sort all of the recommendations out…I have had chronic health issues and have been told to take all kinds of supplements and been given expensive vitamin IV’s but have not noticed any health difference…I think Dr. Oz has some good health tips, but the supplements he promotes on every episode seem to be different. How do we know what helps and what may interact with other supplements or drugs. We need to be smart enough to figure it our ourselves….and help those who can’t figure it out and may ge taken advantage of. I have a special needs child and am a special needs teacher.

    Dr. Oz seems to be one huge advertiser.

  53. Kris February 7, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    In my opinion Dr. Oz has made a point to state that most of the products we see on-line are falsely using his name. He notes to go to his website to see the official products he endorses. Dr. Oz took on the FDA in regard to arsenic levels allowed in apple juice, a beverage consumed by millions of children, to have these levels reduced. Dr. Gupta (responding to Barbara) berated him on the ABC Evening News for doing this and said Dr. Oz’s behavior was irresponsible, only to have to turn around and offer an official apology because the FDA and Dr. Gupta had it wrong. I see Dr. Oz doing a great deal of good. As far as I know he usually states the alternatives he discusses are options and may work for some people and not work for others. It appears that his goal is to educate the masses that one is responsible for one’s health. He does an excellent job of stressing nutrient dense diets and daily exercise. He offers options. Individuals are responsible for researching and deciding what will work for them. I am suspicious of Lisa and her motives. She condemns so vehemently. I am sure the pharmaceutical industry would love to discredit Dr. Oz. Forums like this would be a good way to attempt to do it. Dr. Oz has done more to get Americans thinking about their health than any other program on television. I say, “Well done!”

  54. James February 10, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Reading the comments on here, I realize that i am not the only person who thinks he is selling supplements. Minus 2 or 3 of the longer comments (seems a little fishy how similar they are), everybody is in agreement.

    Of course he says you need to combine the pills with diet and exercise.. so do Hydroxycut commercials. It is just so that 20% of the people who buy the pills, exercise, and eat right will think it was because of the pill and keep buying them.

    He is a salesman for the whole nasty diet industry. The few comments supporting him seem to be from somebody who is paid to support him on all of these blogs. For those saying he claims that companies using his image and likeness and name are not supported by Dr Oz, this is true. He does say this.. Yet he never seems to be able to win a case against these companies and get his name off of them? Does he even try? No.

    Again, he is an entertainer and is getting rich off of feeding false information to desperate people. If you are supporting him, you are either delusional and buy everything you see on TV Infomercials at night, you are desperate and want to have the hope that he promises, or you are paid by the network or his show.

    Supporting commenters, how much weight have you lost taking 35 different pills per day, 5 different fat loss smoothies,12 different detox flushes, and eating healthy and exercising frequently? Are these miracle pills working for you?

  55. Lisa Johnson February 15, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    Excellent question James … excellent question. :)

  56. Kris March 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm #


    I am a licensed health care professional with over twenty years experience. I am not paid by Dr. Oz or anyone else to advocate for him. I have never heard him recommend that anyone take “35 different pills per day, 5 different fat loss smoothies, 12 different detox flushes.” I believe you are taking his advice out of context. As I mentioned in my first post, Dr. Oz offers many options for people, as not all options will work well for every individual. Regarding your comment, “If you are supporting him, you are either delusional and buy everything you see on TV infomercials at night, you are desperate to want to have the hope that he promises, or you are paid by the network or his show.” I am, of course, none of those things. What I am is a health care professional that is thankful to hear Dr. Oz promoting the message that: You are responsible for you own health; take care of yourself. He is also making a point to help inform our American culture that alternative medicine is a wonderful partner to western medicine. You can pull a positive message from his information, or you can pull a negative one. The choice is yours, but I say, ‘Kudos to Dr. Oz for helping Americans care about their health.’

  57. Bergs May 21, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    The guy is a complete dickhead. People just turn off their critical thinking when anyone is endorsed by Oprah for some reason. Oh Oprah said it, it must be true. Dr. Oz show is just about pushing products. Guarantee he is getting kickbacks. He knows that what he is saying is horse shit but he knows everyone subscribes to the Oprah/Dr. Oz says it so it must be true club. The guy is a fuckwit, plain and simple.


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