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Dr. Oz Rant....


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Am I allowed to say, flat out, that I hate this guy?!?

I work in a health food store on the weekends and we are flooded with people saying "I saw this thing on Dr. Oz...."

First of all, I don't watch the quack.  I have two jobs, volunteer for three organizations, and I'm working on my Master's - daytime TV is NOT my priority.  Please do not expect me to know what you want when you ask "What was that thing Dr. Oz suggested...it started with an S?"

Secondly, I don't care what he says.  There is no magic pill that will allow you to eat a double quarter pounder with cheese, large fry and a diet coke and still lose weight while you sit in front of the TV.

And to the lady who came in last weekend....I don't care how much Safflower Oil you coat your salad in....it WILL NOT counteract your bucket of extra crispy KFC!!

Can anyone explain to me why people will readily believe that a pill, drop, shake, etc will make them lose weight with no work but refuse to believe that they can lose weight by eating less and moving more???? 

Also, please note that the word is LOSE, not loose!  A knot can be loose (rhymes with goose) but you LOSE (rhymes with clues) weight....

Ugh.....sorry for my rant...

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Dr. Oz is obnoxious. I can't believe how many people actually watch him. He dumbs everything down to a preschool level and looks exactly like the creepy doctor from The Human Centipede.

Original Post by celestialfish:

Secondly, I don't care what he says.  There is no magic pill that will allow you to eat a double quarter pounder with cheese, large fry and a diet coke and still lose weight while you sit in front of the TV.

What?!  You mean it's not that simple?  You mean I have to take responsibility for what I put in my mouth?!

Say it ain't so! Cool

I don't like Dr. Oz either, but he's not the reason that people are so credulous. He just taking advantage of their desperation/ lack of sense. I don't think that makes him any better, but people need to take responsibility for themselves and think critically about things before they accept them. The fact that people don't do this is not his fault. He's like sylvester from the sneetches. He didn't create their culture; he just found their flaw and exploited it for money.

I seldom watch him but was home the other day and he happened to be on. He brought 3 women up and gave them each some vitamin, herb, or some other concoction that would be the answer to their prayers.

Never once suggested an exercise program or the never popular "Fork put downs".

Not a fan.

Original Post by smashley23:

I don't like Dr. Oz either, but he's not the reason that people are so credulous. He just taking advantage of their desperation/ lack of sense. I don't think that makes him any better, but people need to take responsibility for themselves and think critically about things before they accept them. The fact that people don't do this is not his fault. He's like sylvester from the sneetches. He didn't create their culture; he just found their flaw and exploited it for money.

If only!  Most people would rather be lemmings.  It's easier for them. Sad, but I find it more and more true.

Ok, I've never watched the Dr. Oz show so I can't comment on that, but I feel compelled to step in to discount his quackness since I have a personal experience with him.

Before he was "discovered" and became a TV star, he was actually a real doctor, and a very good one at that. He was my Dad's heart surgeon 10 years ago in NY, and he did an amazing job in a very precarious situation. He basically saved my Dad's life. So he's not all bad! :)

He also had a really good bedside manner and was very good with my family and my father during this time. My father still speaks highly of him.

 

Original Post by celestialfish:

Can anyone explain to me why people will readily believe that a pill, drop, shake, etc will make them lose weight with no work but refuse to believe that they can lose weight by eating less and moving more???? 

Because modern American culture is built upon and perpetuated by instant gratification.

Probably the root cause of a great many other things, but it's still accurate for the magic pill cure all mentality.

i have heard good things about him as a surgeon....he should have stayed in the cardiac unit and off the tv lol

Well, OP, do you work on commission? Because if it's your job to sell, you would do well to actually know what Dr. Oz is talking about. It's people throwing their money at your feet!

On your question itself, people are horribly uninformed and misinformed by people like Dr. Oz and the media. You can't lose weight without this. You've screwed up your metabolism by doing this so this is the only way you'll lose weight. Eat some more instead, so you can get a gastric bypass. Have some cabbage soup all month to lose weight. Oh wait, why didn't it work? There must be something wrong with me, I need another detox/pillhoard/magicdrozsolution

To me, Dr Oz is to doctors what Cesar Milan is to dog trainers. a whole lot of show and branding with mostly silly and sometimes dangerous advice.

also, what's with him and making giant pretend versions of things and making people climb through them?

On today's Dr. Oz, instead of telling you what happens when you eat too much fiber, we are going to have a member of the audience demonstrate in this giant inflatable anus!

Original Post by deleseo:

i have heard good things about him as a surgeon....he should have stayed in the cardiac unit and off the tv lol


This is kind of what I was thinking.

I'm happy for his patients and their recoveries but it does seem more good can come from a good heart surgeon than another TV shill. Anyone can be a TV shill, very few can repair the human heart.

Original Post by jules817:

To me, Dr Oz is to doctors what Cesar Milan is to dog trainers. a whole lot of show and branding with mostly silly and sometimes dangerous advice.

also, what's with him and making giant pretend versions of things and making people climb through them?

On today's Dr. Oz, instead of telling you what happens when you eat too much fiber, we are going to have a member of the audience demonstrate in this giant inflatable anus!

I just laughed and dribbled coffee on my white shirt.  Worth it for the laugh though.

Dr. Oz the heart surgeon and dr. Oz the television personality are two different people sharing a body. The first one took an oath to do the best he could for his patients and probably lives up to it, and the second one is a quack who sells people snake oil. The viewers on tv think of themselves as his patients, so they expect the treatment of the first dr. Oz, but they are not his patients. He owes them nothing and his network evetything. I'm sure he did a great job on your Dad, but the issue isn't between him and his patients. The issue is between him and the public, and the only solution is for the public to get smarter, but they won't. Why should they think critically, when they have a doctor that they didn't pay for to tell them what to do and what to think?
Original Post by barbarjinx:

Original Post by jules817:

To me, Dr Oz is to doctors what Cesar Milan is to dog trainers. a whole lot of show and branding with mostly silly and sometimes dangerous advice.

also, what's with him and making giant pretend versions of things and making people climb through them?

On today's Dr. Oz, instead of telling you what happens when you eat too much fiber, we are going to have a member of the audience demonstrate in this giant inflatable anus!

I just laughed and dribbled coffee on my white shirt.  Worth it for the laugh though.

There was a Simpson's episode just like that!

Original Post by katyayer:

Ok, I've never watched the Dr. Oz show so I can't comment on that, but I feel compelled to step in to discount his quackness since I have a personal experience with him.

Before he was "discovered" and became a TV star, he was actually a real doctor, and a very good one at that. He was my Dad's heart surgeon 10 years ago in NY, and he did an amazing job in a very precarious situation. He basically saved my Dad's life. So he's not all bad! :)

He also had a really good bedside manner and was very good with my family and my father during this time. My father still speaks highly of him.

 

He did the same for my friend's dad about the same time frame ago.  Now they both say that as awesome as he was at that and as grateful as they are, they don't like the show. Too much showmanship they think, as someone else here stated.

There are so many "Dr Oz's" out there selling all sorts of fixes.  He isn't the first and won't be the last. 

If I want a doc's advice, I'll work with my own doc one on one as far as diet, supplements, herbal treatments and the like.  Then again, I know I'm in the minority there.  Most people want the quick fix without having to see their own doc.

Original Post by jules817:

 On today's Dr. Oz, instead of telling you what happens when you eat too much fiber, we are going to have a member of the audience demonstrate in this giant inflatable anus!

ya, thanks for that, jules....my computer screen needed to be cleaned anyway lol

*wipes up splattered tea*

Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Original Post by deleseo:

i have heard good things about him as a surgeon....he should have stayed in the cardiac unit and off the tv lol


This is kind of what I was thinking.

I'm happy for SLO's dad and his recovery but it does seem more good can come from a good heart surgeon than another TV shill. Anyone can be a TV shill, very few can repair the human heart.

huh?  katyayer posted that, not me.

Original Post by katyayer:

Ok, I've never watched the Dr. Oz show so I can't comment on that, but I feel compelled to step in to discount his quackness since I have a personal experience with him.

Before he was "discovered" and became a TV star, he was actually a real doctor, and a very good one at that. He was my Dad's heart surgeon 10 years ago in NY, and he did an amazing job in a very precarious situation. He basically saved my Dad's life. So he's not all bad! :)

He also had a really good bedside manner and was very good with my family and my father during this time. My father still speaks highly of him.

 

The best surgeon in the world isn't necessarily an expert in nutrition, though. I think the fact that he seems willing to push anything for a buck is shameful.

 

Original Post by starlitocean:

Original Post by kevinatthebrook:

Original Post by deleseo:

i have heard good things about him as a surgeon....he should have stayed in the cardiac unit and off the tv lol


This is kind of what I was thinking.

I'm happy for SLO's dad and his recovery but it does seem more good can come from a good heart surgeon than another TV shill. Anyone can be a TV shill, very few can repair the human heart.

huh?  katyayer posted that, not me.

Sorry, just noticed and corrected.Embarassed

@nebichan - no, I do not work on commission.  But even if I did, I could not look someone in the eye and tell them that they can take raspberry ketones or saffron extract (those were the two BIG sellers this past weekend) and lose weight no matter what they ate.

I have lost 40 lbs counting calories and I have kept it off...that is what I recommend to customers when they come in asking for the "latest and greatest" diet pill.  I prefer to try and give my customers truthful information and help clear up the misinformation they hear. 

I suppose my boss might not love it, but I gotta live with myself!  Smile

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