Dr. Oz testifies at a Senate hearing. He doesn’t fare so well.

Dr. Oz testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and gets grilled by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a former prosecutor.  As the senator puts it, Dr. Oz has a huge megaphone, which he could use to promote evidence-based health practices.  Instead, he squanders this opportunity by endorsing products of questionable value. 

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  • goonerdoc

    America’s greatest charlatan. He got what he deserved.

  • Patient Kit

    First, it must be said that Sen Claire McCaskill did a great job there. Dr Oz is a total mystery to me. Is he a good doctor who sold out to the allure of celebrity when Oprah discovered him? And now he just wants to keep his celebrity “cheerleader” status going, even if that means pushing magic pills that will melt fat off you even if you overeat and never exercise? That is certainly an idea that many people really want to believe. And many people do trust Dr Oz because he “spends 5 hours a week with them”.

  • QQQ

    I try to stay away from celebrity doctors like Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and others! Most are sellouts only really care for ratings and their own gain!

  • buzzkillerjsmith

    Is this guy related to the wizard at all?

  • querywoman

    I get scads of the Ozball’s spam and promptly delete it, without reading it.

  • http://www.zdoggmd.com ZDoggMD

    *sigh* Made this a few years ago about our favorite quack:

    • SarahJ89

      Loved it. I subscribed to your blog. I think. I’m never quite sure of these sorts of things.

    • EmilyAnon

      Very funny, but you forgot to add the footage of Oz televising his colonoscopy for all to see.

  • Patient Kit

    Five hours a week is A LOT of airtime he has to fill. He needs constant new content in order to keep the show going.

    • Robin

      That’s what I’m thinking. Plus, he has to keep it somewhat sensational and interesting to keep up his ratings.

      • Patient Kit

        And he has an established audience and he may be caught up a little in telling them what he knows they want to hear — not that different really than the many doctors who routinely prescribe unnecessary antibiotics because that’s what their patients want.

        Many people really really want to believe that they can lose weight without exercise or dietary and lifestyle changes. It’s a popular idea that has sold many a product. But we can hope not to have that idea endorsed by the likes of Dr Oz, a prominent cardiothoracic surgeon at Columbia U’s NY Presbyterian Hospital.

        He has a lot of power and influence with the general public and, therefore, should be responsible about the ideas he further popularizes. Kinda like pro sports athletes have a responsibility to be good role models to the kids who admire them. But the reality is that some are Jeter and others are A-Rod.

  • Sara Stein MD

    Not only that, he’s having a really bad hair day. Plus perspiring and blotchy. Guess the Senate subcommittee wasn’t the adoring public he’s used to. FYI, most of those products are paid for spots on his show. So he’s doing infomercials. With no info.

    • Patient Kit

      Are you sure about that? It’s usually pretty clear when something is actually a paid for infomercial as opposed to the regular publicity circuit on various talk and “news” shows where people publicize books, movies, products, etc. I haven’t seen Dr Oz’s show enough myself to know which it is. But I would be surprised if his show is a series of paid infomercials. Product placement within a segment is another possibility. But paid infomercials are a very specific thing. If that’s what he’s doing, he has sunk lower than I imagined.

      • Sara Stein MD

        Pretty sure – but don’t blame him, that’s the industry standard. I’ve been offered slots on GMA, Lifetime, local shows and this year… PBS – ranging from 2000 to 23,000. NPR thus far was free. No, didn’t take any of them except the free ones, too rich for my blood. But it sure was an eye opener! These are more like advertorials where the host interviews you and you get to mention your product, or if it’s just the product, they discuss it – you have no say so over editorial content. He could say “this fat blast cinnamon burning diabetes curing make you younger tea is BS”. But he doesn’t because they want the payers to keep coming.

        Have no idea how it works with celebrities and new movies, but this is pretty common for authors. I understand Tonight is upwards of $25K for a 2 min slot.

    • querywoman

      Agreed – he doesn’t look his usual slick self here!

  • Sara Stein MD

    those are paid promotional slots, that’s why the products keep shifting.

  • querywoman

    I do not want him operating on me, regardless of what a brilliant surgeon he may have once been, anymore than I want Conrad Murray treating my cardiac problems.