Dr. Oz has been scrutinized for months since he was hauled into Congress back in June and accused of giving people false hope. While this was not beneficial for the TV doctor’s good name, new research published on Wednesday has dropped an even bigger reputation bomb in his lap.
According to The Washington Post on Dec. 19, a published study in the British Medical Journal reports that about half of Dr. Oz’s medical recommendations were not substantiated by medical research or they “flat-out” contradict medical research altogether. This is not a favorable finding on the doctor’s behalf.
Simply put, when scientists tallied up all the medical advice coming from Dr. Oz via his show, half of it was baseless or just simply wrong, according to Vox News today. This is a big blow to the fans of Dr. Oz as many of his followers take his claims as the utmost truth.
The research was led by Christina Korownyk of the University of Alberta. The research article looked at Dr. Oz and another TV doctor for a study on television doctors and the medical claims they make.
The article reported:
“Recommendations made on medical talk shows often lack adequate information on specific benefits or the magnitude of the effects of these benefits.”
The article went on to warn the folks who watch these shows:
“The public should be skeptical about recommendations made on medical talk shows.”
Dr. Oz, who is often referred to as “America’s Doctor,” has charisma and speaks in terms that the average person understands when it comes giving medical advice on his talk show. He appeals to the masses and along with giving free medical advice, he’s seen as a celebrity.
He has made claims of “miracles” and has referred to new findings as “revolutionary breakthroughs.” This new study suggests that when he makes these claims, only half of them are backed up with research. Still, people cannot get enough of this TV doctor.
Last month the study on the coffee bean weight-loss pill and its benefits for losing weight was retracted. This was a diet supplement that Oz hailed as a way to “burn fat fast for anyone who wants to lose weight.” This retraction has put him under even more scrutiny.
Now with this latest published research coming out of the University of Alberta, it appears that Oz should be considered more of an entertainer rather than someone who peddles factual medical advice on the air. Oz has been hammered with claims that his advice is not backed up by scientific facts recently, but it is not the first time.
One paper from PubMed.gov, which is titled, “Reality Check: There is no such thing as a miracle food,” went after the claim made by Dr. Oz that you can decrease your risk of ovarian cancer by up to 75%. This was a claim made by Oz last year. The TV doctor said you can do this by eating endive, sea bass and red onion. The evidence supporting this claim was limited, but that is not how Oz presented this on TV.
“Miracle foods” presented by the media can be a dangerous thing if the information presented gets in the way of a patient seeking medical help from their own doctor. This was the case for one man who said he had “not seen a doctor in eight years,” as Dr. Oz is the only doctor he trusts. The New Yorker quoted one viewer telling Dr. Oz, “I’m scared. You’re the only one I trust.”