Dr. Oz Defends Himself Against Columbia Faculty Position Attack By MDs Who Accuse Him Of ‘Quack Treatments’: Update

Should Dr. Mehmet Oz be booted from Columbia?

Dr. Mehmet Oz is defending himself against a letter from prominent physicians attacking his Columbia University faculty position. The host of The Dr. Oz Show responded to the charges, reported USA Today.

Those doctors sought to persuade the university to fire Dr. Oz, arguing that he presents products and claims without sufficient evidence. They also criticized his discussions of genetically modified foods (GMOs). But Dr. Oz disagrees with the charges.

“I bring the public information that will help them on their path to be their best selves,” declared Dr. Oz. “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.”

One physician described Dr. Oz as a “charlatan,” while all argued against his repeated arguments about GMOs. However, Dr. Oz insisted that his episodes covering that topic are legitimate.

“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,” declared Dr. Oz. “I will address this on the show next week.”

However, Dr. Oz also has been repeatedly criticized for promising his viewers “weight loss miracles” in the form of diet supplements. And in the wake of scandals about the lack of research supporting those diet pills as well as other questionable research promoted on the show, 10 prominent doctors are trying to boot the famous talk show host from the Columbia University faculty, reported CBS News.

Those physicians wrote a letter to Columbia’s dean, Dr. Lee Goldman. In it, they cited a series of reasons that they feel Dr. Oz should have his position canceled.

“We are surprised and dismayed that Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons would permit Dr. Mehmet Oz to occupy a faculty appointment, let alone a senior administrative position in the Department of Surgery… Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine… Worst of all, he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.”

In addition, the letter accused Dr. Oz of conflict of interest in his choice of subjects and experts. They also tackled the controversies that have erupted when he hosted shows on subjects ranging from talking to the dead to claims that arsenic lurked in apple juice.

“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.”

The letter follows in the wake of damage to Dr. Oz’s reputation when he was grilled in a Senate subcommittee that criticized him for repeatedly promoting weight loss “miracles,” reported the Washington Post.

That session’s accusations of making false promises to viewers compound other issues. Among them, he revealed that his children would not receive vaccines, which he claimed was due to wife Lisa Oz’s decision. In addition, Dr. Oz set off a frenzy when he implied that the Ebola virus presented airborne disease dangers.

As the Inquisitr reported, Oprah Winfrey mentored Dr. Mehmet Oz and turned him into a TV talk show host. After a report stating that half of his claims were inaccurate or lacked evidence, she appeared on the Dr. Oz Show to show her support.

In addition, Oprah has frequently showcased Dr. Oz on her own show and given him a forum in her magazine.

But for a case study of a Dr. Oz claim that resulted in labels such as “quack,” consider his green bean coffee extract promotion, reported the National Post.

With Dr. Lindsay Duncan as his expert, Dr. Oz cited research that provided Duncan with a goldmine, because the so-called “celebrity nutritionist” actually marketed and sold his own brand of green coffee bean extract diet supplements.

Fast-forward two years, however, and not only was that research retracted, but Duncan found himself the subject of charges from the Texas attorney describing his degree as bogus. Moreover, the Federal Trade Commission tackled the “nutritionist” for false marketing and the exploitation of Dr. Oz’s show.

What do you think of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s past? Should Columbia remove him from his position? Post your comments below.

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