Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Is the Wizardry of Dr. Oz Over?
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.