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  • #16
    I find he's just a trend follower.


    • #17
      DR Oz isn't the Devil, but he is his cousin twice removed... /sarc/


      • #18
        To make for ratings-friendly television I do think he has to cater to a pretty low denominator: fat, middle-aged women who want to eat lots of junk food and never exercise but still be slim and attractive to their partners. Thus, his show focuses on variants of the following topics:
        1) quick weightless (supplements and cleanses and trendy new books!)
        2) have your thyroid checked! A sluggish thyroid and not a sh!tty diet is why you're so fat and lethargic. Also, supplements.
        3) are you having enough sex? There's a supplement for that!
        4) shape and consistency of poop. Did you know there's a brand new supplement for this?

        I'd love to see a list of all the pills this man has pushed on his audience.
        32-y.o., 5'7", 125lbs.
        Looking to improve my way of eating and mange a lean PCOS diagnosis without medication.
        Proud 80/20 primal mama of twins born March 2012 and surprise #3 due August 2013!


        • #19
          Dr. Oz is a for-profit corporation. The man himself is separate from that. The sooner this sort of thing is understood, the better.
          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.


          • #20
            Originally posted by Primal Moose View Post
            No, no,'re thinking of his "agent", Bebe...
            LOL. Harriet Sansom Harris (the actress) played the creepiest of creepies in an X-Files episode called "Eve."

            Dr. Oz wouldn't have lasted more than a season if he would have just had simple common sense to sell. Think of all the posts we see here at MDA where someone is asked how they lost all the weight, and when answered, the questioner says, "Oh, I could never give up bread/cereal/whatever."

            TV is entertainment. That is all.
            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine


            Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.


            • #21
              I respected him more before he had his tv show. Some of his advice is spot on, and some of it is scary. He promotes products that I find to have zero scientific backing to push the "get thin quick" schemes. I just look at him as "caveat emptor" and if something he spotlights looks interesting I'll do more research.
              High Weight: 225
              Weight at start of Primal: 189
              Current Weight: 174
              Goal Weight: 130

              Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012


              • #22
                I don't know...
                Ol' Oz's eyebrows keep getting more and more pointy on top.
                I think they may be sprouting horns!
                “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.


                • #23
                  I think most people don't make the all important distinction between Oz the person and the dr. Oz show which is a business venture. So, yes as mentioned. He is up there to make money. What does it matter if he makes sense or not.
                  Like the people on talk show radio. It's all an infomercial. Nothing is real and genuine anymore.


                  • #24
                    Here is an article that 'debunks' some favorite words of wisdom from the good Dr

                    Physician Mehmet Oz became an international superstar through his regular appearances on Oprah Winfrey’s top-rated chat show and writing for Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, O. He now stars in a show of his own, dispensing health and weight-loss advice.

                    According to Oz, doctors dispense facts to their patients with the expectation that they will use that information to live a healthier life. Generally, that approach is a total failure.

                    “People don’t change what they do based on what they know, they change based on what they feel,” Oz, tells his audiences.

                    The good doctor bridges the gap by telling his mostly female fans that they are responsible for bringing the message home and that they are responsible for the health of their husbands and children.

                    What Oz sells is a combination of common sense — what he calls ancient wisdom — and science-based medical advice. Some of his top tips for health are built on a firm scientific foundation, while others don’t quite withstand scrutiny.

                    Here are the facts, based on peer-reviewed science.

                    1) Eat a high-fibre breakfast. Fibre slows the transit of food through the intestine and increases satiety, promoting weight loss.

                    The facts: The evidence that fibre promotes weight loss is weak. Companies that sell soluble fibre supplements as weight loss products have been disciplined by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for exaggerating weight loss claims. A very high-fibre diet can decrease levels of so-called bad cholesterol, but evidence that high-fibre diets reduce the risk of heart disease is mixed and weak.

                    2) Never eat on an empty stomach. By the time your body has responded to the food you are shovelling in, you can eat three times what as much food as you need. Snack before dinner to reduce ghrelin levels 30 minutes before you start to eat.

                    The facts: The effects of the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin are not well understood. Ghrelin levels rise before meals and fall after eating. Obese people appear to have less ghrelin than people of normal weight, which makes its role in obesity questionable.

                    3) Work your muscles. Resistance training is key to maintaining muscle mass and preventing osteoporosis. Every kilo of muscle burns 50 times more calories per day than a kilo of fat.

                    The facts: Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of post-menopausal women finds that resistance training offered a modest benefit in bone density in the lumbar spine but mixed or insignificant effects at the hip and femoral neck. Training appeared to improve bone density most in women who are undergoing hormone replacement therapy.

                    Muscle does burn slightly more energy at rest that fat, but only about eight calories per kilo, and not 50 times more than fat. However, resistance training combined with a low-calorie diet does result in greater loss of fat and reduced loss of lean muscle.

                    4) Take a deep breath. To displace stale air from the lungs and deliver a dose of nitric oxide, breathe in deeply, so your belly button goes out and pull it back toward your spine when you exhale.

                    The facts: This falls into the category of ancient wisdom (yoga) mixed with very preliminary science. Nitric oxide plays a role in cellular metabolism and relaxes blood vessels, but whether deep breathing produces enough NO to affect processes throughout the body is not known. There is no stale air in your lungs, each breath replaces about one third of the air, maintaining a steady balance of CO2. Excessive deep-breathing can reduce CO2 levels dangerously, constrict the blood vessels and cause loss of consciousness.

                    5) Sleep on a schedule. Deep sleep is the most important sleep; it promotes muscle mass by generating growth hormone. Turn off the computer and the TV well before bed time, so your brain releases melatonin. Relax before bed, sleep in a cool room and wake up at the same time every day.

                    The facts: Chronic sleep deprivation is a relatively recent phenomenon, becoming widespread only in the past 50 years. Lack of sleep results in appetite dysregulation and is associated with obesity, diabetes, depression and fatigue. TV and computer time in the evening does reduce production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates alertness and promotes sleepiness.

                    6) Never have soft drinks with a meal. Fructose in soft drinks short-circuits the body’s natural leptin-based satiety signal. Not only will you consume 160 calories in your soda pop but you will eat an extra 125 calories in food at that meal.

                    The facts: Leptin is known to have a role in appetite suppression and obese people may be leptin-resistant. Fructose — used as a sweetening agent in soft drinks — does not stimulate insulin production as much as glucose and may interfere with the brain’s ability to signal satiety, which can lead to overeating.

                    7) Diet soda does not help you lose weight. If the brain expects more nutrients after tasting a sweet drink, it will insist that you provide them. Fruit juices diluted with water are a better way to reduce calories and acquire nutrients.

                    The facts: Diet sodas alone will not help you lose weight, but neither are they known to promote weight gain as recent headlines blared. Rats given artificially sweetened drinks will overindulge on real sweets given the chance, but a calorie-reduced diet that includes diet soft drinks can result in weight loss in humans.

                    8) Supplement for nutrition. Take vitamins A, B, C, D and E, as well as minerals calcium, magnesium, selenium and zinc. Take half a multi-vitamin in the morning and half in the evening, because you will pee them away.

                    The facts: Vitamin D has been shown to help prevent heart disease. Health Canada recently increased the daily recommended intake of vitamin D. High-dose trials of vitamin E, however, led to increased risk of death. A review of clinical trials of vitamin supplements by the American Heart Association failed to find any beneficial effect on the incidence of heart disease or the risk of death.

                    9) Reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s with a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and turmeric.

                    The facts: Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to provide a protective effect against vascular dementia and are known to have positive effects on cognition in older adults, but have so far been ineffective on people who already have Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric has been used in India traditional medicine to treat inflammatory disease and brain injury and appears to protect rats against neuronal degeneration.

                    10) More women die of heart disease than breast cancer, so the benefits of alcohol outweigh the risks.

                    The facts: Despite an extensive hunt by scientists the world over for potential protective effects of alcohol against heart disease in women, the research has turned up virtually no evidence. Alcohol is a proven risk factor for breast cancer and is likely a cause.


                    • #25
                      I think he's a shill for the advertisers and it's worse that he's smart enough to know better, and has admitted to knowing better on occasion. So no worse than every other one of us who puts on our work clothes and heads off to do someone else's bidding in exchange for the ability to pay our bills. But no better.
                      The Champagne of Beards


                      • #26
                        Regarding "Dr. Oz",

                        Good lord, who is this idiot!?

                        Is he like the new Dr Phil of nutrition, preaching silliness to the uneducated masses on Oprah? I don't watch TV, and haven't in 12yrs, but still can't avoid hearing about this "TV personality" they call Dr. Oz.

                        Q: are these people financially backed by industry? They appear to be the agents of propaganda.

                        Indeed, he could be the devil.


                        • #27
                          He was Oprah's "in house" medical "expert" for years. His show is a spinoff of hers. You can tell how great his diet/nutritional advice is by seeing how well it has kept Oprah thin and fit.

                          He promotes a different "miracle" supplement or substance every week. Goji berries, acai, raspberry ketones, african mango extract, and who know what will be next.

                          It's all about entertainment. He's a showman, not a doctor. And I agree with RM, he is smart enough to know better. He just doesn't care.


                          • #28
                            If he is ever right, it is only by accident.


                            • #29
                              Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                              I don't know...
                              Ol' Oz's eyebrows keep getting more and more pointy on top.
                              I think they may be sprouting horns!

                              Dr. Oz is probably more of a whore than the devil. The only power he has is that which the public gives him. Sign me to a multimillion dollar tv deal and I'll tell the world that raspberry ketones are magic. At least for a couple of years.
                              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine


                              Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.


                              • #30
                                Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
                                If he is ever right, it is only by accident.
                                LOL. These types are generally smart enough to know better as Paleobird mentions...they are just on the payroll of industry.