Dr. Oz wins daytime Emmy plus "quackery" criticism

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Dr. Oz was named best talk show host in the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy awards.

Meantime, a NY Daily News column was headlined, “Emmys, don’t be led down Dr. Oz’s yellow brick road: Oprah’s favorite doctor promotes quackery.

Here’s a promo from his site for an episode on “Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Anti-Aging Guide.”

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Dr. Gayle

June 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

It just shows you if Oprah is backing your show production what you can do, Sadly however Oz gives out too much superficial information about natural health. I’ve been in NH for 50+ years, and I’m also a 3 decade+ health professional. known as an expert in my field.

Dr. Val

June 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Dr. Oz is behaving in a way that is an embarrassment to the medical profession and scientific community. He has sold out completely for the ratings game – it’s as if truth and integrity have no value for him. I don’t know which is worse – his snake oil, or the fact that it’s popular enough to potentially win him an Emmy? We need better science education in schools… I’m seriously worried about America’s future.

Ken Leebow

June 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Unfortunately, once you’re on TV you have to hype a lot of crap. Crap sells…boring simple advice that works doesn’t. Sadly, that has become the American way.
Ken Leebow

john reid

June 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm

This in the face of all the data. I wonder how many men would opt out of PSA testing if they really knew and understood the statistics?

Joseph P. Arpaia, MD

June 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I don’t think the article you link to meets the standards you seem to hold other articles to.
The author clearly has a strong bias against any form of medicine except allopathic medicine. The language is emotionally charged and full of contemptuous labels. Whatever Dr. Oz is up to, this article is not a rigorous evaluation of his methods. I am curious as to why you have put this link on your site.
While many complementary strategies show little effect over placebo, the same is true for many medications and surgical procedures. If one is to label the former as “quackery” then the latter should be labeled such as well.

Gary Schwitzer

June 29, 2010 at 11:07 am

You asked why I put the link to the NY Daily News column on my site.
I believe in the marketplace of ideas. You don’t have to agree with everything that appears on the site in order to embrace the exchange of opinions and ideas.


June 30, 2010 at 11:36 am

Bad, bad sign: Being legitimately criticized for lack of intellectual integrity in the pages of the Daily News.


July 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I think Dr. Oz is doing the best he can to straddle the mainstream and alternative points of view, both in medicine and in media. While no one can be everything to everyone, the best one can hope for is that in order to address the serious lack of science education in America, one must go to where the under-educated are and mix in a bit of substance gradually while still satisfying the desire for wishful thinking that continues to plague our neural networks. Maybe if those in the scientific community would spend more time educating and less time developing what amounts to billion dollar panaceas, then maybe we would be a society that prevents chronic disease through eating nutritious food, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep, rather than one that stays up late watching crap while eating crap. Or we can continue down the road we are on, one which has our youth growing fat and feeling empowered by killing each other in virtual worlds (the video game industry is bigger than all other forms of entertainment combined) and feeling justified in their increasingly extended adolescent rebelliousness.