Slate magazine slates Dr Oz – Anyone similar in South Africa?

Posted 10 January 2013

From The Slate, in an article titled Dr. Oz’s Miraculous Medical Advice – Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, by Julia Belluz and Steven J. Hoffman. 

Dr Oz then told his audience about a “breakthrough,” “magic,” “holy grail,” even “revolutionary” new fat buster. “I want you to write it down,” America’s doctor urged his audience with a serious and trustworthy stare. After carefully wrapping his lips around the exotic words “Garcinia cambogia,” he added, sternly: “It may be the simple solution you’ve been looking for to bust your body fat for good.”

The miracle cure isn’t really a miracle at all. It’s not even new. Garcinia cambogia has been studied as a weight-loss aid for more than 15 years. A 1998 randomized controlled trial looked at the effects of garcinia as a potential “antiobesity agent” in 135 people. The conclusion: The pills were no better than placebo for weight and fat loss.

Read the full article here.

Other articles pointing out that Dr Oz has “lost the plot” and advocates pseudoscience and scam products:

“Oz may be the most credentialed of celebrity health promoters, but lately, a lot of what he’s has been saying is downright wrong.”

“That Dr. Mehmet Oz uses his show to promote quackery of the vilest sort is no longer in any doubt.”

“Unfortunately, Dr. Oz sometimes demonstrates a poor understanding of science.”

“Dr. Mehmet Oz may be biggest purveyor of health pseudoscience on television today.”

“Mehmet Oz, continued his tradition of providing bad dietary advice in his most recent newspaper column.”

“To anyone with a scientific bent, Dr. Oz continues to be a source of amazement, amusement and frustration.” (Related to Dr Oz’s Detox diet nonsense)

5 comments to Slate magazine slates Dr Oz – Anyone similar in South Africa?

  • You might want to keep an eye on the man who quotes Agassiz (evolution-denier, proponent of scientific racism) on the development of scientific theories, and considers anecdotes data…. Prof. Tim Noakes!

  • Roy

    In South Africa we have Dr Michael Mol – whose SABC3 TV programme “The Dr Mol Show” is in part sponsored by Vital Health Foods. The programme has on occasion promoted Vital products which have not had their quality, safety or efficacy verified by the MCC.

    Another sponsor is “Pharmadynamics” which sells mainly generic prescription medicines but also some “over the counter” medicines. Most of their medicines are registered and have therefore had their quality, safety and efficacy verified by the MCC. However any of their medicines which are Schedule 2 and above may not be advertised directly to the public. Dr Mol would of course be aware of that.

    Unfortunately Dr Mol also seems to have ties with Sportron’s “Foodstate” products. He refers to them as “nutritional intelligence.”

    A personal trainer – Lisa Raleigh – who has at times appeared on both Dr Mol’s show and “Expresso” is an agent for, and endorser of Sportron’s Foodstate products. .

    Sportron’s Foodstate products have not been verified by the MCC for their quality, safety, or efficacy.

    We also have Ms Karen Key on SAfm’s Health Matters. She has previously uncritically highlighted “Echinaforce” and “ColdAtak,” and most recently the unproven “DNAdiet.” This is a pity because generally Ms Key’s work is excellent. It seems that PR information received by her or her producers is not critically evaluated, but passed on to the public through interviews without appropriately questioning the people promoting products. (In the interview about Echinaforce, the research that was presented was done in Dog Kidney cells and not in human beings – but it was presented as if the same effectiveness would be found in humans.)

    The other problem is when general presenters in the media have uncritically accepted misleading health information – such as both Jenny Crwys-Williams on 702, and Noleen Maholwana-Sangqu on SABC’s “3Talk,” unwittingly(?) promoting Vitamin salesman Patrick Holford’s books and products. Even the uber-sensible John Robbie at one stage (2003) was taking and promoting an unproven product – Dr Auer’s Base Powder.

  • Harris

    Worse, in October 2006, Michael was appointed as CEO of the Sportron International group of companies. This is a company that sells a number of unsubstantiated products, or products whose ingredients have been shown to have NO effect, e.g., hoodia (Sportron Hoodia Plus –


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