*Now just wait one minute!
I know that’s what many fans of the man Oprah Winfrey presented to the world more than a decade ago is thinking.
Recognized as an exceptional heart surgeon, Mehmet Oz and the queen of talk became fast friends after she invited him to become a regular on “The Oprah Winfrey” show and later decided to create and produce the still successful “Dr. Oz Show” in 2009.
But someone has apparently put some hater-aide in the water.
Oz has always had a strained relationship with the medical community – who not surprisingly, frown at his type of medical presentation (read: television program popularity); and its easy to assume they are haters due to this massive celebrity.
But now, there’s been a note penned by several prominent doctors calling him a fraud and requesting his immediate dismissal from the medical faculty at the prestigious Columbia University, where he serves as vice chair and strong opinions are being thrown around as a result.
Dr. Henry Miller of Stanford was one of the first doctors to sign the letter stating: ‘He’s a quack and a fake and a charlatan.’
‘I think I know the motivation at Columbia.’
‘They’re star-struck, and like having on their faculty the best-known doctor in the country. But the fact is that his advice endangers patients, and this doesn’t seem to faze them. Whether they’re hoping Oprah will come and endow a center for homeopathic medicine, I don’t know.’
He continues, ‘Dr. Oz is guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgments about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both,’
‘Whatever the nature of his pathology, members of the public are being misled and endangered, which makes Dr. Oz’s presence on the faculty of a prestigious medical institution unacceptable.’
Dr. Gilbert Ross, the executive director of the American Council on Science and Health also has strong opinions about how Dr. Oz chooses to practice and states, ‘We find it a shame that he has fled from the ethical and responsible practice of medicine to exploit his television popularity.’
Ross goes even further to accuse Dr. Oz of ‘various quack propositions that he is promulgating on his TV show — magical mystery cures.’
But all the fuss has not seemed to deter or phase the employer of the famed Cardiothoracic Surgeon. And in a statement on Thursday, Columbia defended its decision to keep Oz around.
Doug Levy, a spokesperson for the university’s Medical Center stated, ‘Columbia is committed to the principle of academic freedom and to upholding faculty members’ freedom of expression for statements they make in public discussions.’
Oz, 54, has not sat back and said nothing to those who speak against him. But he has remained professional in his response to the criticism and told People on the following Friday afternoon:
‘I bring the public information that will help them on their path to be their best selves,’
‘We provide multiple points of view, including mine which is offered without conflict of interest. That doesn’t sit well with certain agendas which distort the facts.’
‘For example, he adds, I do not claim that GMO foods are dangerous, but believe that they should be labeled like they are in most countries around the world. I will address this on the show next week.’
And Dr. Henry Miller, one of the primary doctors calling for Dr Oz’s dismissal, is a staunch advocate of such foods. He was also the primary face and voice of California’s “No on Prop 37″ campaign, which sought to stop a law mandating labeling on all foods in California containing GMOs (plants or animals in which the genetic material had been changed).
But not everyone is against Dr. Oz, and one supporter in particular has much to say on the who and why one of his main detractors may be talking so loud.
I STAND FIRMLY & PROUDLY WITH DR OZ – who has been subjected to many attacks for bucking the medical establishment including exhibiting a willingness to at least to question the integrity of “GMO SCIENCE” says Christopher London in support of Dr. Oz.
“Let us keep in mind that ‘medical science’ is still recommending the healthfulness of Fluoride in Toothpaste and has not called on the FDA to BAN MONSANTO’S ASPARTAME or the use of #RoundUp pesticide. So, who are the quacks?
EVERY DOCTOR IN AMERICA should be calling on the FDA to BAN ASPARTAME in any so called “DIET” product along with#RoundUpTMpesticide in GMO farming. For them it’s easier to take on one doctor who has bucked the tide than to take on GIANT GLOBAL CONGLOMERATE:#MONSANTO poisoning populations and funding their ‘Medical Research.
EFF MONSANTO!!!!! DECIEPTFUL and DANGEROUS company!! their LAST concern is OUR safety!!! everything SHOULD be labelled!!! STAY THE COURSE DR OZ!!!!!!!!
You too may find it suspicious that the primary doctor demanding the dismissal of Dr. Oz is a paid mouthpiece for a company which produces GMOs and pesticides.
What do you think, readers? Do these medical professionals have a point or have they just found another road on the hater trail?