Dr. Oz Recommendations Are Misleading and Scientifically Wrong, According to New
is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic
surgeon and television personality who is very known in the US and abroad for his daily medical television
program, The Dr. Oz Show.While he is
very respected by the mass for his advice on how to deal with common medical issues and personal health, he has been
severely criticized for providing wrong information which has no scientific evidence.
"Misleading at best, total nonsense at
worst" are some strong words some scientists, such as Julia Belluz, used to describe the Dr. Oz’s medical information.
Julia Belluzis a
National Magazine Award-winning journalist covering medicine and public health for Vox.com. She made the
declaration on Vox.com about her finding after years
of watching and searching
the accuracy of the medical opinion of
She is not the only
researcher to severely criticize Dr. Oz. Dr. Christina Korownyk, an associate professor at the
University of Alberta’s medical school, stated “the research supporting any of these recommendations is
frequently absent, contradictory or of poor quality”. Dr. Christina became curious and stated her research after
numerous patients come in her clinic and say, ‘I heard on Dr.
Oz yesterday that we should all be doing this.’ Those questions often left her scrambled to try
to find appropriate answers.
A new study published
British Medical Journal which analyzed the health advice
recommended by Dr. Oz TV show and another popular television show, The
Doctors, found that about half of suggestions offered
by these shows contradicts what other scientific studies had found or
had no verifiable evidence at all
to stand behind them, and the
potential conflicts of interest were rarely mentioned.
researchers randomly consider 40 episodes of
The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors.
They isolated 80 pieces of
medical advice from each show and dedicate one hour long to
carefully examine each piece of advice, based on other well-founded scientific studies, to determine whether the hosts
have evidence to support their claims. The
result, “one out of three
recommendations from The
Dr. Oz Show has believable evidence, and about half of the recommendations on The
Doctors has believable evidence,” said Mike Allan, another Alberta medical professor and
co-author of the study.
“It is a good idea to seek health
recommendations from health professionals, but false information is not what I want”, one fan of these shows said.
Personal interest can be behind certain claims. At the end, the researchers advise consumers to be skeptical
when it comes to medical TV shows.