It’s well-known at this point that Dr. Oz is a fraud, a con man getting rich by peddling bullshit and lies to his credulous audience. But now we can actually quantify that because a group of researchers took a few dozen episodes of his show, compiled the health claims and determined that about half of them are bunk.
Researchers writing in the British Medical Journal examined the health claims showcased on 40 randomly selected episodes of the two most popular internationally syndicated health talk shows, The Dr Oz Show and The Doctors.
They identified 479 recommendations from The Dr Oz Show and 445 recommendations from The Doctors, finding that on average, each episode contained about a dozen bits of health wisdom.
By randomly selecting the episodes, instead of cherry picking the worst offenders, their findings give us a true picture of the quality of the health claims that are being made.
And what they found was disappointing but not exactly surprising: about half of the health recommendations had either no evidence behind them or they actually contradicted what the best-available science tells us. That means about half of what these TV doctors say to their millions of satellite patients is woo, and potentially harmful and wasteful woo at that.
Here’s an obvious question I keep asking: How the hell does Dr. Oz still have a job? He is a professor at Columbia University and the director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and he is now getting rich lying about medicine to millions of people. Why hasn’t he been fired? Why hasn’t he been stripped of his license to practice?