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The Operator: Is the most trusted
doctor in America doing
more harm than good?

New Yorker Magazine, by Michael Specter

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Posted By:FlyRight, 1/28/2013 2:26:41 PM

One evening a few weeks ago, several members of a television film crew crammed themselves into a tiny examination room on the seventh floor of the Research Medical Center, in Kansas City. The sun had set and the light was fading. Two men, one hoisting a big camera and the other a sound boom, stood in a corner less than a foot from one another. The hospital’s chief of medicine, the head of its cardiology department, and a nurse were also in the room.
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Reply 1 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/28/2013 2:34:21 PM     (No. 9144610)

Dr. Oz, (who is a muslim, I believe) is disgracing his profession. He is being hammered by legitimate physicians for endorsing peculiar stuff like certain vitamins for curealls, other non traditional stuff.
He loves that TV camera/

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 1/28/2013 3:00:17 PM     (No. 9144662)

I am aware of Dr. Oz, but am not really familiar with him. However, why would anyone trust a doctor they have never met?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/28/2013 3:23:48 PM     (No. 9144707)

I don´t trust anyone who loves the limelight that much.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 1/28/2013 3:40:23 PM     (No. 9144737)

Oprahfication of medicine continues apace...science meets shaman via celebrity du jour.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: AltaD, 1/28/2013 3:42:36 PM     (No. 9144742)

I truly hate that man and his show. During my cancer treatment I was often trapped in a room with his idiotic show blasting away. He´s a con-man and his audience is filled with moronic women who obsess over the most trivial issues.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: sternben, 1/28/2013 3:46:02 PM     (No. 9144745)

Is he the real "Wizzard of Oz".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: labrador heaven, 1/28/2013 3:46:54 PM     (No. 9144747)

He´s owned lock, stock and barrel by corporate and big pharma interests. He loves the camera and the fame, but dispenses some highly questionable medical advice.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Lee333, 1/28/2013 4:40:47 PM     (No. 9144857)

Dr. Oz does present a problem for healthcare professionals: any rational questioning of Oz´s theories results in criticism by patients indoctrinated in fad medicine. He´s strayed too far from science.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/28/2013 4:48:53 PM     (No. 9144881)

I do not like him. Oily. Weird. I wouldn´t take a hangnail to him.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: calgrammy, 1/28/2013 5:03:19 PM     (No. 9144924)

He pedals all sorts of quack weight loss products. Seen the ads on the internet. I don´t take advice from TV DR.´s.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: frede, 1/28/2013 5:19:07 PM     (No. 9144954)

He did Mitral valve repair on my heart, 7 years ago. Thank you, Dr. Oz.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/28/2013 5:20:46 PM     (No. 9144958)

"Dr. Oz"? As in, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 1/28/2013 6:06:11 PM     (No. 9145038)

Being an opinion board, Dr. Oz seems far from a sham given his credentials. His education and experience and the positions he holds suggest anything but. He does appear to be to love the fame and he does give out huckster like remarks but it appears he can back it up. Part of medicine is getting people to believe in the cure. It seems he can do that better than most although, perhaps to the jaundice eye it comes across as insincere.
Dr.s, as has many times been pointed out on this site, must pay for their education and practice, that he does so through endorsements, is not a crime ... and the weight loss products seem pointedly appropriate given the nature of his area. If he can, and he has been for 20 years, it is not hucksterism.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/28/2013 6:17:10 PM     (No. 9145049)

Very long article. Nine pages.

Predict he will remain controversial.
And probably make a bundle of bucks.

Btw...
He´s probably safer than, say...
the pharmaceutical industry.
First... do no pharm.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/28/2013 6:19:43 PM     (No. 9145055)

Added observation, if I may...
(hey, I read all nine pages... I´m entitled)

We used to be a nation of farmers.
We are now a nation on pharmaceuticals.
How´s that workin´ out for ya?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/28/2013 10:11:17 PM     (No. 9145349)

Couldn´t read all nine pages. How does a cardiologist have that much time ?

He seems to reach a vass number of people that would rather listen to him than their own physician. I´m sure many have discovered they had undetected diseases by watching his show and maybe their lives were saved. It´s the different lotions, potions, teas, and vitamins everyday that worry me.

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