drozI swear there’s a segment in every episode of the Dr. Oz Show that could pertain to me. But when I really sit and listen to his proposed remedies, I immediately think, “Damn, what can I eat or drink, Dr. Oz?” because there’s something “bad” about every little thing I consume.

But with his seemingly massive following, I thought I was the one person to ever raise an eyebrow at his advice.

University of Rochester medical student Benjamin Mazer wants Dr. Oz to have several seats in the waiting area because his “pseudoscience” ultimately hurts patients, especially when they take Dr. Oz’s advice over their own primary doctors.

“We had all of this first-hand experience with patients who really liked his show and trusted him quite a bit. [Dr. Oz] would give advice that was really not great or it had no medical basis. It might sound harmless when you talk about things like herbal pills or supplements. But when the physicians’ advice conflicted with Oz, the patients would believe Oz.”

I’d say that’s problematic for patients who opt to forego traditional medicine for homeopathy especially for serious medical conditions. In one instance, a 60-year-old suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and obesity refused her medications in favor of green coffee beans because Dr. Oz said they’ll help her lose weight.

“She had watched the Dr. Oz Show featuring green coffee-bean supplements – and how it was great to lose weight – and she was convinced this was going to be a huge impact on her weight. We tried to politely express concerns that this probably wasn’t going to be effective because there’s no evidence for it. She refused the diabetes medications. The hope she had placed in the green coffee-bean extract was part of that.”

Apparently Mazer isn’t the only one displeased with Dr. Oz. John Oliver had a few things to say about the popular physician in a recent episode of Last Week Tonight.

Mazer has also brought a proposal before the Medical Society of the State of New York to crack down on physicians like Dr. Oz.

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  • noirluv45

    Some medical doctors eschew homeopathic medicine because of the health care culture that poisons people with medicines do not heal the person of their disease, but often causes more problems. Doctors are prescribed certain medicines to give like statin drugs that are very dangerous. Corporations are running medicine, not the doctors, and many doctors are as clueless as a bag of rocks.

    Now, the example above where the woman took the advice of doctor Oz….I noticed it didn’t say whether or not it helped the woman. I’m not suggesting a person stop taking their medicines without researching alternatives. In this day and age, a person has to take their healthcare into their own hands.

    • habinerenmei

      Have you watched the video? Even Doctor Oz knows he is selling snake oil to desperate people.

    • yoda

      Dr. Oz admitted recently that some of the products he pushes on the show are because the people are paying him to shell that stuff out to people. So I would definitely trust my personal medical doctor before I trust a guy on TV no matter what his credentials. Every body is different and people need to not be so silly when it comes to their health.

    • noirluv45

      Your personal medical doctor is doing the same thing when it comes to corporate medical care and the payment to pharmaceutical companies.

      People make a huge mistake by believing everything their doctor says instead of taking their own medical treatment into their hands.

    • yoda

      I trust medicine more than herbal meds and supplements. Besides anyone who has something going on with their health needs to ask the right questions. Not up to the doctor or tv doctor but it’s up to the patient. I know doctors try and get people to spend money because I used to take expensive BC but then got another doctor and got on the generic. Pharmacists also know things about pills. I’m the type to research websites to download books from so I’m definitely on top of my health unlike other people.

    • noirluv45

      yoda, you are absolutely right about asking the right questions and research. In this day and age, we can’t afford to be ignorant regarding our health.

    • noirluv45

      Well if that’s true, the doctors are no better. They are prescribing medicines that their corporate bosses tell them too.

    • ALM247

      Yep. The pharmaceutical companies control healthcare.

      There is a reason that certain drugs are suggested to patients over other drugs.

      It definitely is a case by case basis thing, though. Some people can be healed by a change in diet and increased exercise, but some people will need prescription medication.

      Some of the concerns may be valid, because several of my family members have said that there is no way to do everything that Dr. Oz suggests. Some of the info contradicts itself.

      On the other hand, I think that a lot of this backlash is because Dr. Oz is hurting these folks’ coins. I bet the apple juice folks were running in a circle and cursing Dr. Oz’s name out loud when he did that apple juice expose’. Every time I see a bottle of apple juice in the grocery store I think about possibly unsafe arsenic levels.

    • noirluv45

      You know, ALM, I think it is so wise to read up, study, and research whatever it is we do regarding our health, whether it’s Dr. Oz or Dr. Spock making the suggestion.

      YES, as far as the Dr. Oz backlash. A family member was telling me that they are after him. Mess with people’s coins, and they get all kinds of crazy. These pharmaceutical companies are no joke.

  • ALM247

    ” In one instance, a 60-year-old suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and obesity refused her medications in favor of green coffee beans because Dr. Oz said they’ll help her lose weight”.

    I can’t blame Dr. Oz for this one. Patients must obtain and maintain a level of common sense when it comes to their health. Did this woman reduce her calorie intake? Did she reduce her saturated fat, salt and sugar intake? Did she start exercising?

    I don’t believe that any person who is 60 years old thinks that they can lay on the couch, eat Cheetos, and lose weight by using green coffee beans.

    • noirluv45

      Exactly!

  • gull2861

    Dr. Oz was recently rebuked by Congress for his snake oil tactics. He acknowledged that a lot of his recommendations couldnt pass scientific credibility checks.

  • KamJos

    Dr. Oz is not to be trusted anymore when it comes to advice on pills or anything else. He’s taking advantage of the fact that many people do not or cannot read medical studies proving his advice wrong. I think it’s really shameful what he’s doing. What to follow a celebrity doctor? Follow Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

  • cnj

    Dr oz is terrible. He’s clearly selling a product.