Dr. Oz criticized for false balance given to reparative therapy

Sometimes there are NOT two valid sides to the story, Dr. Oz.

Gay rights groups rip ‘Dr. Oz Show’ over episode on reparative therapy — MSNBC.

Three gay rights groups are railing against the Dr. Oz Show for a recent episode on reparative therapy, a controversial method that claims to turn gay people straight.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) issued a joint statement condemning Wednesday’s episode, titled “From Gay to Straight? The Controversial Therapy.”

“The issue is not one that can be discussed as though both sides are equally valid,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. He called the therapy “outdated, ultimately harmful, and in modern media, should be treated like lobotomies or medical mercury.” They criticized the producers for framing the show in a manner that provided a “lengthy platform for junk science.”

The main criticism of the show was that Dr. Oz gave a platform to both sides when one side is CLEARLY wrong. Reparative therapy has been completely discredited and does not deserve to even be considered anymore. The reasonable and fair view would have been to condemn it, not allow them to have an equal say. But he did. Afterwards, Dr. Oz acknowledged this controversy and sided with the (overwhelming) scientific consensus. But damage was done. Many viewers were very disgruntled. That does go to show you Oz is all about ratings and not solid, reliable, science-based information. Get your health advice elsewhere.

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