Dr. Oz received a grim diagnosis from the British Medical Journal. A new study reveals about half of the advice he gives on his popular television show...is bogus.
Researchers looked at 40 random episodes of The Dr. Oz Show and found actual scientific evidence to support only 46% of health advice given by the "celebri-doc."
However, 15% of the time, the recommendations contradicted available evidence, while researchers weren't able to find any evidence to support 39% of the doc's claims.
Dr. Oz - who is a real physician - was grilled by senators on Capitol Hill earlier this year over the promotion of weight loss products on his show.
He was accused of misleading his nearly 3 million viewers and inventing health claims to advertise dubious weight loss products.
Dr. Oz's influence in the market is far reaching - so much so that its been given a name: The Dr. Oz Effect. One mention of a product on his show could significantly boost sales. Something that Senator Claire McCaskill says encourages scam artists to sell questionable products.
"I don't get why you say this stuff because you know it's not true. So why, when you have this amazing megaphone and this amazing ability to communicate, why would you cheapen your show by saying things like that?"
In response to the recent study, a spokesman for the show released this statement:
"The Dr. Oz Show has always endeavored to challenge the so-called conventional wisdom, reveal multiple points of view and question the status quo. The observation that some of the topics discussed on the show may differ from popular opinion or various academic analyses affirms that we are furthering a constructive dialogue about health and wellness."
We recommend anyone getting medical advice from Dr. Oz also consult a doctor who doesn't have a talk show.