Dr. Oz is a creation of Oprah. There was an article in the NYTimes magazine about him, and he's been an entrepreneur since college. He got an M.D. and MBA at the same time because he sees medicine as a "business." If you saw his own show, you'd see that he's into low fat big time--Dean Ornish is a good pal of his who he has on the show frequently. I don't think he's actually a vegetarian, but his wife is a vegan, and I'm sure she influences his eating.
MDs know ZILTCH about nutrition unless they educate themselves, but so many of them graduate assuming omniscience that they fail to do so.
Ironically, in the article, it was mentioned that Dr. Oz is "always hungry" and has walnuts in his pocket at all times so that he can 'munch' throughout the day. This was explained as a 'good thing,' but we all know that he's hungry because of his low fat eating!
I'm not searching for the link, but there's a very astute surgeon blogger at Science Blogs named Orac who recently broke down a half dozen of Oz's beliefs (right down to having reiki magic healers in is OR) and concluded that Oz is a quack. He's a media starved, publicity hound, celebrity wannabe, more concerned with fame than health awareness. His show, his appearances, his website and other media stuff -- all self-serving.
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Just look at Oprah. She makes me look stable & confident. Oz is no dummie, I would love to see him in a debate with Cordain, Wolff, or Sisson. That would be awesome. Oz is a great conveyor of "modern" medicine. He is popular because he says the right things. Most people switch doctors when they dont like what they have to say. I read his books, & they helped me tremendously prior to PB. I will be sticking with a Primal lifestyle until further notice.
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my mother watches dr. oz on a regular basis and i am unfortunate enough to catch it some of the time. he, like other tv show hosts, is into scaring people. i can always tell what he (or the today show) is talking about by what my mother's latest fear is. the other day he did a whole show about intestinal worms. guess what? my mom talked about it for days. other show topics or headlines i've seen from his show include subject matter like - if you use lip gloss you're ingesting 5 lbs of lard per year...stuff like that. it's the same with all media. you aren't going to attract a huge audience with lead ins like "eat more fruit and vegetables and walk some at night time" but stuff like "is your lip gloss killing you?!?!?" will grab the attention of just about anybody. when i read dr. oz well respected doctor, i think dr. phil well respected psychologist? um no. not so much.
i will maintain the truth
i knew naturally as a child
i won't forfeit my creativity
to a world that's all laid out for me
i'll look at everything around me
and i will vow to bear in mind
that all of this was just someone's idea
it could just as well be mine - ani difranco
My experience with doctors (I almost married one, dated another, and have been friends with a few) is that they don't know any more about nutrition/healthy living than anyone else. They *do* know about surgery (of course, specialisations vary), and depending on specialisations may know about tropical diseases, infections, and various other tidbits that are well worth knowing. Basically they are great people to have with you when you're ALREADY in trouble. As far as prevention and living healthily they're probably the worst people to talk to.