Monday, February 2, 2015

Let's call Dr. Oz what it is: an infomercial

I've seen parts of the Dr. Oz show before but never really paid as close attention as I did today, to see him tell us how to bring gluten back in to our lives. Now I realize what his show actually is: an infomercial, designed to sell something.

He brought out another "doctor" named Susan Blum who has a website to promote herself and to sell products. She said she has a five-step program to repair your gut and introduce gluten into your life anywhere from six months to a year after going gluten free.

To be fair, they did say this won't work for celiacs. But they suggested this is a good program for people with non-celiac gluten intolerance.

I've already been in touch with one gluten sensitivity specialist who thinks this is a bunch of crap, and I'm pretty sure most of the legitimate medical community will be in agreement.

Dr. Oz could have said something, or even asked one question, to imply some skepticism to her plan. But of course he didn't. Why would he do something to hurt sales?

I think it's time for Congress to bring Dr. Oz back in for another round of questioning.

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