Friday, January 10, 2014

Can Dr. Oz Be Trusted?

On an episode of The Dr. Oz Show this week, one of Oz's guests endorsed several name brand products.  I found that odd because of the following statement I found today on Dr. Oz's website

link: (here's the link)

Under the heading of  "My Name for Profit? Not Anymore. by Mehmet Oz, MD," it reads

"I am not and have never been a paid spokesperson for any particular brand, supplement or product. I’ve even decided to no longer use brand names on The Doctor Oz Show."
Not only were brand name products specifically displayed and discussed on the show this week, here is a list of some of them from his website:

Frozen Food Meal
Helen’s Kitchen Fiesta Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Amy’s Organic Light in Sodium Lentil Vegetable

Energy Drink
GT’S Synergy Gingerberry Kombucha Tea

Vitalicious Vitabrownie Deep & Velvety Chocolate

So you may say these are food products, not dietary supplements. Has he endorsed any brand name pills? Yes. On another episode this very week titled, Whole-Body Anti-Aging Guide 2014, he displays specific brand name pills from companies like Life Extension Foundation (LEF) and Swanson. One pill product called Lipowheat was recommended to remove facial wrinkles. (There were several other products also endorsed.) Now why would Oz specifically recommend a product from a company like LEF? Could it be because they sell his book on their website? Or because they have written very positive stories about him and his wife in their magazine? Is helping Dr. Oz market his brand or sell his book a type of compensation for his endorsements? Would that make him a paid spokesperson, which he claims he has never been?

(Below are relevant links supporting my assertions:

I thought Oz's words above that "he would no longer use brand names" were perfectly clear. Am I missing something? You tell me. Can he be trusted?

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