With headlines screaming that Dr. Oz’s advice on his popular talk show is wrong, the woman who created the phenomenon known as the Dr. Oz Show, Oprah Winfrey, is determined to redeem her creation. This season, after finding himself being grilled in front of a Senate subcommittee for promising multiple weight loss miracles, Dr. Oz has been featuring a parade of celebrities. Now Winfrey herself is appearing on Dr. Oz’s show on Dec. 19 to talk about her own health.
Oprah is famed for her weight loss battles, which she has discussed both on her TV show and in her magazine. But when Winfrey discovered that she had a thyroid disorder, she announced that she felt she had found at least part of the reason.
Writing about her thyroid condition in an issue of O magazine, Oprah emphasized that she felt frustrated when she received the diagnosis.
“Hypothyroidism [is] a sluggish metabolism that can cause fatigue and weight gain. My doctor prescribed medication and warned me that I must ‘learn to embrace hunger’ or I would immediately gain weight. Believe me, no part of me was prepared to embrace hunger.”
Just as with Winfrey’s health problems, Dr. Oz has invited multiple famous folks on his show to talk about their own health conditions this season following the widely publicized attack that he received for his weight loss supplement promotions, shown below.
As the Inquisitr reported, he persuaded Barbra Streisand to open up about her own weight wars, resulting in a confession from the superstar singer.
“I am a food addict. Tell you the truth. I am literally a food addict. I cannot stay away from foods that I love, which are bad for me — you know, like carbs that are bad.”
Other stars who have appeared on the Dr. Oz Show to help him redeem his reputation are weight loss guru Richard Simmons, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Vanderpump.
And with Oprah’s return, he comes full circle. She was the one who first helped him become a rising star by having him on her own show, shown below.
But despite his attempts this season to avoid any touting of weight loss supplements and “miracle” fat-burners, Dr. Oz is suffering from a new round of negative publicity after a report in the British Medical Journal revealed that the majority of Dr. Oz’s advice is either wrong or lacks evidence.
“For recommendations in The Dr Oz Show, evidence supported 46 percent, contradicted 15 percent, and was not found for 39 percent,” wrote the researchers.
The study also contrasted The Doctors health talk show with the Dr. Oz Show. They found that Dr. Oz tended more frequently to recommend weight loss products and diets, and that his recommendations lacked evidence more of the time.
“Believable or somewhat believable evidence supported 33 percent of the recommendations on The Dr Oz Show and 53 percent on The Doctors. On average, The Dr Oz Show had 12 recommendations per episode and The Doctors 11. The most common recommendation category on The Dr Oz Show was dietary advice (39 percent) and on The Doctors was to consult a healthcare provider (18 percent). A specific benefit was described for 43 percent and 41 percent of the recommendations made on the shows respectively. The magnitude of benefit was described for 17 percent of the recommendations on The Dr Oz Show and 11 percent on The Doctors. Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest accompanied 0.4 percent of recommendations.”
What do you think? Will you watch the Dr. Oz Show after learning about this study? Do you respect him more when celebrities appear on his show? Post your comments below.
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