[QUOTE=JoanieL;1082203]Dr. Phil is the devil. I've heard a rumor that the only way to get rid of him is to cut off his head and bury it on a separate continent from his body. ;)[/QUOTE]
No, no, no...you're thinking of his "agent", Bebe...
Oz is great. He's entertaining but also a hell of a lot smarter than he makes out. He gives a lot of people platforms, yes, even sensationalists and quacks ( and you can put Taubes in this category). But ultimatly, the amount of guests and view points that get aired on his show present the opportunity to set many people down a healthier path.
It's also actually kind of funny how some people here get so outraged by him.
From the article:
[b]Oz doesn’t follow any of the miracle cures or fad diets that he trots out so regularly for his audience. He eats like a Paleolithic hunter-gatherer and exercises daily.[/b]
He WHAT?!? So he's following some form of Paleo, and yet he's not pushing it on his show? Nor has he recommended Paleo to Oprah (or he did and she refused). Admittedly, Oz has invited some low-carb speakers like William Davis. But Oz hasn't gone full bore Paleo on his audience, and that's a shame.
I suspect it's because there is little sponsorship to be had in Paleo/Primal. You can't advertise for local farmers' markets on national TV.
Dr Oz sells TV and the only way he has found to do that is to present each trend as if it is the way to go, even if it contradicts what he said last month.
Yep, you're not going to get and keep an audience telling people just to eat natural foods. He needs material to run a show people will watch and sponsors will pay for.
I find he's just a trend follower.
DR Oz isn't the Devil, but he is his cousin twice removed... /sarc/
To make for ratings-friendly television I do think he has to cater to a pretty low denominator: fat, middle-aged women who want to eat lots of junk food and never exercise but still be slim and attractive to their partners. Thus, his show focuses on variants of the following topics:
1) quick weightless (supplements and cleanses and trendy new books!)
2) have your thyroid checked! A sluggish thyroid and not a sh!tty diet is why you're so fat and lethargic. Also, supplements.
3) are you having enough sex? There's a supplement for that!
4) shape and consistency of poop. Did you know there's a brand new supplement for this?
I'd love to see a list of all the pills this man has pushed on his audience.
Dr. Oz is a for-profit corporation. The man himself is separate from that. The sooner this sort of thing is understood, the better.
[QUOTE=Primal Moose;1082233]No, no, no...you're thinking of his "agent", Bebe...
LOL. :D Harriet Sansom Harris (the actress) played the creepiest of creepies in an X-Files episode called "Eve."
Dr. Oz wouldn't have lasted more than a season if he would have just had simple common sense to sell. Think of all the posts we see here at MDA where someone is asked how they lost all the weight, and when answered, the questioner says, "Oh, I could never give up bread/cereal/whatever."
TV is entertainment. That is all.