Author Topic: They Stick Together, Even If It Kills You.  (Read 1400 times)

Offline Solitary

They Stick Together, Even If It Kills You.
« on: April 17, 2015, 11:15:23 AM »
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How many people have to get ripped off and die because of this MD that took a vow to: "First do no harm!" Why does the University and AMA allow a MD to get away with this? If you can't trust your doctor, who can you trust?


NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors have demanded, citing his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments."

"Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. They say he's pushing "miracle" weight-loss supplements with no scientific proof that they work.

The New York Ivy League school responded Thursday, issuing a statement to The Associated Press saying only that the school "is committed to the principle of academic freedom and to upholding faculty members' freedom of expression for statements they make in public discussion."

Led by Dr. Henry Miller of California's Stanford University, the doctors sent the letter to Lee Goldman, dean of Columbia's Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine. The nine other doctors from across the country included Dr. Joel Tepper, a cancer researcher from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Dr. Gilbert Ross of the American Council on Science and Health in New York City.

The doctors wrote that Oz, for years a world-class Columbia cardiothoracic surgeon, "has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain." They said he has "misled and endangered" the public.

Oz first came to public attention as a frequent television guest of Oprah Winfrey. For the past five years, he's been the host of "The Dr. Oz Show."

Last year, he appeared before a U.S. Senate panel that accused him of endorsing products that were medically unsound. At the time, Oz acknowledged that some of the products he advised his viewers to use "don't have the scientific muster to present as fact."

A show representative did not immediately return a call Thursday for comment.

As vice chair of Columbia's surgery department, Oz still occasionally teaches, said Douglas Levy, spokesman for the Columbia University Medical Center.  :angry: :rolleyes: Solitary
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

Offline stromboli

Re: They Stick Together, Even If It Kills You.
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2015, 11:26:07 AM »
Tell me about it. This fucker has blatantly promoted products that at best are bogus, and possibly even dangerous. He gets away with it because there is no federal oversight of herbal, "alternative medicine" products. One brand he has supported, Spring Valley, was banned by New York State because several of their products have no significant amount of the actual product in it. Especially sad because Walmart also carries the brand, so potentially millions of people are duped into buying it.

That also includes GNC brands. My elderly sisters buy this crap, even though I've told them its bogus. GNC brands are hugely overpriced besides being bogus.

Offline doorknob

Re: They Stick Together, Even If It Kills You.
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2015, 01:00:42 PM »
My sisters boyfriend insists that all these cure all diet fads really work. He did lose weight (a little bit) but it's because he was on a liquid diet! No food just the calories from the product. I'd lose weight too if I did that with cool aid! Yes cool aid. (and plain water too) No proof that the product did anything. Also he gained all that weight back plus some when it was over.

I like that he's optimistic but he falls for all the bogus "miracle" diet products.

Re: They Stick Together, Even If It Kills You.
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2015, 01:22:51 PM »
:angry:
How many people have to get ripped off and die because of this MD that took a vow to: "First do no harm!" 
Not every doctor takes the Hippocratic Oath.
We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
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Offline Solitary

Re: They Stick Together, Even If It Kills You.
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2015, 02:18:07 AM »
Since when?
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.