Looking objectively at his body of work on air for the past 5 years, hasn’t he clearly acted as an agent of change, bringing out ways consumers can help themselves medically through lifestyle, diet or supplements? He seems to have been able to help some people reduce their dependence on our current always expensive and sometimes exploitive medical system.
The research I have studied says that if consumers are encouraged to attempt to help themselves they will probably be successful. The Nurses’ Health Study and the Caerphilly Heart study, among other well performed studies, prove the huge potential of lifestyle in this area of medicine.3 In view of their research, wouldn’t you agree that overall Dr. Oz’ efforts have a strong statistical probability of saving lives and reducing medical cost to those consumers who have put some of his suggestions into practice? His recommendations for lifestyle alone could warrant that conclusion it seems to me.
Those doctors who join with pharmaceutical and weight-loss herbal companies in an attempt to defraud and sometimes injure the consumer do exist. Dr. Oz, on the other hand, has never endorsed any product! He obviously could have been receiving millions for endorsements by now.
In other ways, we could someday find ourselves in a similar position as Dr. Oz, of appearing to be in an involuntary collusion. For example, Senator McCaskill, you have received a small donation from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and have not returned it.4 Are you aware that Pfizer, purely for profit, is bankrupting and injuring women far beyond what the diet pill industry is doing? Of course, I am assuming at this time that you do not know the details regarding the drugs called Provera. Just as Dr. Oz did not recognize in that moment during his program what would happen in his attempt to encourage his viewers to try something new.
However, you also didn’t and still do not recognize that your acceptance of Pfizer contribution to you, while you are chairwomen of a consumer protection committee, places you and your reputation in a vulnerable position. Pfizer, of course, needs to influence people like yourself in order to continue their life-threatening breach of consumer protection. Unfortunately, because of your reputation as an honest, no-nonsense Senator, you seem to have been placed in a compromised position, somewhat similar to Dr. Oz. With the unquestioned acceptance of a donation from Pfizer, in a small way you are now appearing to condone a great tragedy in the making, permitted by the breakdown of consumer safeguards.
Here are some of the details about Pfizer and Provera. The drugs Provera is being actively marketed to menopausal women, while Pfizer has had proof for 12 years that it causes breast cancer. The conclusive proof that it causes breast cancer was established in 2002, with the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and in a 2010 article by Dr. Rowan
3 The Nurses’ Health Study established in 1976 is still ongoing. The results can be consulted in: www.channing.harvard.edu/nhs/
See also: Elwood, P. et al. “Healthy lifestyles reduce the incidence of chronic diseases and dementia: Evidence from the Caerphilly Cohort Study,” PLoS ONE 2013, 8(12): e81877.
4 OpenSecret.Org Center for Responsive Politics, “Sen. Claire McCaskill”, July, 21, 2014, http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/pacs.php?cycle=2014&cid=N00027694§or=H&seclong=Health&c at=H04&induslong=Pharmaceuticals%2FHealth+Products&newMem=N