(PIX11) –Who can you trust if you can’t trust your doctor? Especially if “your” doctor has a nationally syndicated talk show and made a name for himself by making medicine easy to understand.
Well, it looks like Americans may have misplaced their trust.
New research has found that more half of the medical advice from television Mehemet Oz is baseless or wrong, the Washington Post reported.
This includes the “miracles” and “revolutionary” breakthroughs he’s been spinning to viewers since the dawn of his celebrity career.
On Wednesday, the British Medical Journal published a study analyzing claims made on medical talk shows. It found that medical research either did not substantiate or flat out contradicted more than half of Oz’s recommendations.
“Recommendations made on medical talk shows often lack adequate information on specific benefits or the magnitude of the effects of these benefits,” researchers stated.
“The public should be skeptical about recommendations made on medical talk shows.”
Oz has been facing skepticism since June, when Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told him during a Congressional hearing that he gave people false hope, calling his segments a “recipe for disaster,” the Post reported. Last month, a study about coffee bean weight-loss pills he backed was retracted.
“The Dr. Oz Show” is one of the top five talk shows in the U.S.
“I haven’t seen a doctor in eight years,” a viewer told Oz. “I’m scared. You’re the only one I trust.”
The British Medical Journal picked 40 episodes from last year, which identified 479 different medical recommendations. It found that evidence only supported 46 percent of them, contradicted 15 percent and wasn’t available for 39 percent.
Oz contends that he’s just trying to give people options.
“I recognize that oftentimes they don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact,” Oz said at the Congressional hearing.
Looks like Oz may be more of an entertainer these days than actual doctor.