The Truth Behind the (Latest) Dr. Oz Controversy
I have to admit it…
Dr. Mehmet Oz is America’s favorite celebrity doctor. But I’m not really a fan. Yet even I was outraged by the latest smear campaign against him…
A group of 10 physicians, professors, and surgeons from across the U.S. sent a letter to Columbia University’s dean of medicine. They said they found Dr. Oz to have shown “disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine.” They called themselves “distinguished physicians.” And they were surprised and dismayed that Dr. Oz still held his position as vice chair of their department of surgery.1
On the surface, it almost looks like they’re on a crusade to defend the integrity of modern medicine… Like they’re championing public health.
After all, they said Dr. Oz’s biggest offense was his “egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.”2
But let’s talk about personal financial gain…
You see, one of the claims made in their letter really got my attention… These doctors made a point of mentioning Dr. Oz’s “baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops.”3
That’s a weird problem for a group of independent doctors to have. But after a little bit of digging… I found “independent” is the wrong word to describe them.
Dr. Henry Miller—the first signature on the letter—was a major critic of California’s 2012 GMO-labeling ballot measure, Proposition 37. He doesn’t think you should know what’s in the food you’re eating—or whether it came from a lab or a farm.4
He was an FDA official for 15 years. And he helped review the first genetically engineered drugs the FDA ever evaluated. This led to him becoming special assistant to the FDA’s commissioner. Then the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology. The editors of Nature Biotechnology took notice. They named him one of the most significant contributors to biotechnology of the last decade.5
Being a mouthpiece for the FDA is bad enough… But then there’s The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC).
This now-defunct group was a front for Phillip Morris. Their job was to discredit research showing the harmful effects of smoking.6 One of their 1994 memos specifically named Dr. Miller as a key supporter with strong academic credentials who could assist their project.7
That’s just one of the distinguished physicians on the list…
There’s also Dr. Gilbert Ross. He’s the acting President and Executive Director of the American Council on Science and Health.
They defend the use of BPA and pesticides in foods…among other shady practices. And it shouldn’t be a surprise that leaked documents revealed they receive funding from Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, DowAgro, British American Tobacco, Bayer, and Monsanto. Just to name a few.8 But there’s an even bigger problem…
He was also found guilty on 13 counts of fraud related to Medicaid.9
Talk about a lack of integrity.
The fact that this letter came shortly after Dr. Oz turned his attention to GMO labeling on one of his shows… It’s like Big Food isn’t even trying to hide who’s bought off anymore.
Like I said, Dr. Oz really isn’t my cup of tea.
I don’t find his show very compelling. Most of the time it relies on dull solutions to problems I don’t have.
Other times it’s heavy on theatrics…like spraying silly string at a woman holding a shield to show how the body defends against health threats. Or smearing guacamole on a woman’s face. Even setting off fireworks.
It’s not for me. But it’s important.
Dr. Oz has brought natural medicine to the forefront. He helps deliver natural cures to a wide audience. Most of them may have no idea there are effective, natural solutions for taking control of their health… Ones that are safer than the prescriptions your doctor may be trying to push on you at every visit.
In fact one researcher recently came to us with a heart-saving “sacred tonic” his own father used to balance his cholesterol. His father’s chest pains faded away…his energy levels soared…and he was able to get off his cocktail of dangerous heart prescriptions.
Once we dug into the studies on this tonic we discovered its ability to improve heart health by protecting it from cholesterol buildup…lessen the thickening of arteries so blood can flow more freely…and reduce high blood pressure.
We asked the researcher to tell you his story. Discover more about this sacred tonic, HERE.
In Good Health,
Publisher, INH Health Watch
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