Sunday, April 26, 2015
I am sure by now that most people have heard about, if not seen Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer regarding his transition to a woman. It was a very interesting and informative interview to say the least, even though ABC peppered it with a million commercials! I truly believe that he has been going through an agonizing struggle all of his life and I admire him for his courage coming out as a woman now. A lot of people say that he has become a role model for the thousands of transgendered youth who are currently having to deal with this in their everyday lives. I am not too sure about this though. Coming out now as he is doing is a brave thing to do, but after all he is a very wealthy person who can afford the cost of surgeries, medications and therapies, which the normal high school teenager could never even imagine begin able to afford. Some have even accused Jenner of staging a huge publicity stunt to improve the ratings of the reality show, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians". I certainly hope not. I have a very low opinion of the Kardashians, but I don't think they would allow this to happen. I also doubt the strength of their support for Jenner.
As I have said before, I found the interview to be very informative, but not shocking, except for one segment. This was one segment of the interview is where I strongly believe Bruce Jenner to be in denial and to have lost touch with reality. This is where Diane Sawyer asked him if he was a Republican and he responded that he was a Conservative Republican! He went on to say that he would expect John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to be very supportive of him and his actions! Wow! The very people who are helping to spearhead the denial of all rights for the LGBT community Jenner thinks are his friends! They might support him until they have taken all of his money, but then they would throw him under the bus. If Jenner wants to help other transgender people he should help fight the right wing Conservatives who are trying to destroy the transgender community!
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A little over two years ago I decided to try taking raspberry ketone capsules to see if I could lose some weight. I even wrote a post about it here in this blog, "I've Joined the Raspberry Ketone Craze". I usually never fall for these cure all or miracle weight loss gimmicks, but since it was recommended by Dr. Oz I thought I would give it a try. I didn't lose any wight, but I did throw my money away on a snake oil salesman. I knew quite a few people who also, on Dr. Oz's advice, decided to try raspberry ketones. They too got ripped off and didn't lose any weight.
It seems that in the past few years every time I see a miracle weight loss drug or gimmick, or a new and healthier way of eating or exercising, Dr.Oz's name was somehow connected to them. His name and face were plastered all over TV, the Internet and newspapers and magazines. I often wonder if he really is a good thoracic surgeon, where does he find the time to operate? He seemed to be selling something all of the time! After the raspberry ketone and green coffee bean extract scams I lost complete faith in anything Dr. Oz said or did. To me he was just a greedy quack, who gave other hardworking doctors a bad name. Even the once entertaining and informative show "The Doctors" is following in Dr. Oz's footsteps, selling anything form skin care products to supplement.
Dr. Oz is fighting back at his many critics, but I wonder if it is more to keep or increase his ratings rather than to protect his professional integrity! I think it is time he decided whether he wants to be a physician or a he wants to be a television celebrity. He can still be a physician and have a TV show where he can offer up to date information on healthcare and medicine, as long as he doesn't take advantage of his viewers trust and try to turn that trust into a financial benefit to himself. Better yet, maybe he should just stick to medicine and give the best patient care he can possibly give.