Dr. Oz is defending his medical advice in the wake of a group of physicians seeking to have him fired from Columbia University. The Dr. Oz Show host said Friday that his advice does not sit well with “certain agendas.”
The TV doctor posted a message to supporters on his Facebook page addressing the allegations made by 10 physicians in a letter that was sent to Columbia University officials earlier this week seeking to have him fired. Dr. Oz maintains he only provides information to the public that he believes will help improve their health.
“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, 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.”
The Dr. Oz Show host says he will further address the issue on his show next week.
Dr. Mehmet Oz came under fire again this week when a group of physicians from various institutions sent a letter to Lee Goldman, Columbia’s Dean of Medicine, seeking to have the celebrity doctor removed from his medical faculty position, as the Inquisitr previously reported. The group of physicians stated in the letter that they believe Dr. Oz has provided misleading and dangerous information to the public and questioned his integrity.
Dr. Henry Miller of Stanford, lead author on the scathing letter, blasted Dr. Oz in an interview with New York Daily News on Friday, calling the TV doctor a quack.
“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.”
Dr. Oz has served as the Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University since 2001. He still teaches there occasionally.
Spokesman for Columbia University Medical Center, Doug Levy, issued a statement Friday in response to the doctors’ letter that indicates the prestigious medical center is standing by Dr. Oz.
“As I am sure you understand and appreciate, Columbia is committed to the principle of academic freedom and to upholding faculty members’ freedom of expression for statements they make in public discussion.”
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