In our golden age of charlatans, shills, and hucksters…
…why is this even news? “Half of Dr. Oz’s medical advice is baseless or wrong.” I mean, he calls himself Dr. Oz for crying out loud.
I know: he’s a heart surgeon, with degrees from TWO Ivy League schools, ipso fatso, he must be smart. He was discovered by Oprah, thus given a platform on which to address the scientifically (and otherwise) illiterate American public, and the rest is history. Or at least history repeating itself. It’s an old story – medicine man shows up in town one day, set’s up his big tent, fills you with HOPE that his magic elixir will cure all your ills, and then, he just leaves you hanging there. Blowing in the wind.
That’s just what snake oil salesmen do. Especially Oprah’s snake oil salesmen.
If you have time for further entertainment, be sure to read the comment section in the article. You’ll find gems like these:
jaywiener: “Oprah Winfrey made Dr. Oz Famous. If he knows so much about losing weight, why is Oprah so fat?”
CindyMontgomery: “One thing that always gets me about Dr. Oz is how he says things like "Every overweight person I see in my practice has heart trouble." Well duh! The man is a heart surgeon! I'd bet every NON-overweight person he sees has heart trouble too. You know, because that's sort of why they're there.”
Butt now, Dr. Claus would like to help you finish your Christmas shopping with this one weird tip.