Thursday, February 16, 2012

Anatomy 101: Dissection of the Dr. Oz Show - Wednesday February 15, 2012

Yesterday, I finally heard something that everyone should listen to carefully and understand that most of the products touted on the show are pure nonsense.  A lady from Shop Smart magazine said the following:  “If it gave dramatic results they would be prescriptions. They would be drugs.”

Are you listening Dr. Oz? Your own guest is telling you something you should know as a licensed physician.
If all these supplements you push were as powerful as prescription drugs, they would need a prescription. Why? Because when you take a pill that alters your blood chemistry or has other major metabolic effects, it is important to know toxicology data, scientifically validated dosing, contraindications, adverse effects, other products it reacts with or alters, etc. That’s why pharmaceuticals undergo rigorous testing before they are approved for sale in the U.S.

We all know that despite all that testing, sometimes very dangerous drugs slip through like Thalidomide which caused major birth defects. Without such studies, it is plain foolish and dangerous to take untested pills. In fact, recent studies strongly showed a strong correlation between multivitamins and increased death rates.  Why take chances with your health?

Dr. Oz needs to stop this madness of advising his audience to chase “miracles” that don’t exist and may lead to tragic consequences.

It’s not just about pills that he offers conflicting advice. A couple of days ago, Dr. Oz had a guest who said that the key to losing weight was eating breakfasts heavy on proteins. Yesterday, he had a guest who said the key is to eat dinners heavy with protein. Which is right? Both? Neither? It apparently doesn’t matter to Dr. Oz that he offers diametrically opposite advice one day from another.

Yesterday he again touted yet another “miracle” pill, Carnosine, “to slow the aging process.”  He claimed that it improved vision by decreasing one’s risk for glaucoma, that it decreased one’s risk for dementia, and improved one’s skin. Alas, if only any of it was true. According to, as usual, there is no available toxicology data to know if it is even safe, let alone that any valid science supports its use for any of the reasons that Dr. Oz gives.

Here’s one more interesting tidbit. Dr. Oz is working with Weight Watchers to promote a contest. Two days ago he said that a million people have already signed up. Yesterday, he said “Still haven’t had a lot of folks sign up at Weight Watchers.” Can you believe anything he says?


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