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Dr OzWho is Dr Oz?

Dr Oz is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, author and TV personality. He is widely supportive of alternative medicine and has been criticized for giving “non-scientific” advice on his radio show. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Oz

The Latest Controversy

He defended his right to free speech on his radio show on Thursday, 23 April after critics sent an email to Columbia University’s surgery department (Dr. Oz is vice chairman), calling his faculty position at the university “unacceptable” and claiming that he promoted “quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain”.

Dr Oz quickly responded by pointing out that the ten physicians in question all had strong ties to the pharmaceutical industry. He specifically highlighted Dr Henry I. Miller, for his vocal support of genetically modified foods and connection to the American Council on Science and Health, a pro-industry lobbying group. 

“My exploration of alternative medicine has never been intended to take the place of conventional medicine, but rather as additive,” he said. “Critics often imply that any exploration of alternative methods means abandoning conventional approaches. It does not.”

He added, “The reality of being a healer is that we won’t ever know everything about our chosen field, which is what attracts many of us to medicine in the first place.”

Switching Radio Stations

On May 1, 2015, Yahoo News reported that Dr Oz’s “Daily Dose with Dr Oz” is getting a new home. He has struck a deal with iHeartMedia to begin later this year, and it seems that more shows are in planning. No specific details are available right now.

It is not known whether this switch is in any way related to his “controversial” views on medicine and healing.

My views on the matter

So here we have it yet again. While most serious researchers are willing and happy to engage in dialogue on matters relating to their field of study, things seem different in the world of medical science, where a much more aggressive approach is the norm. 

Instead of discussing the issues at hand, they prefer to use smear campaigns, like emailing the university denouncing Dr Oz. A rather harsh and unscientific attitude. I guess where that kind of money is available, morality and ethics go out the door in a hurry.

Three cheers for Dr Oz for defending his right to free speech, and making the necessary adjustments in his contractual obligations to make that possible, if that is indeed the case.

Whether we agree with him or not, I do believe we are all entitled to express our opinions.

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Dr OzWho is Dr Oz?

Dr Oz is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, author and TV personality. He is widely supportive of alternative medicine and has been criticized for giving “non-scientific” advice on his radio show. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Oz

The Latest Controversy

He defended his right to free speech on his radio show on Thursday, 23 April after critics sent an email to Columbia University’s surgery department (Dr. Oz is vice chairman), calling his faculty position at the university “unacceptable” and claiming that he promoted “quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain”.

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