This piece is currently the most popular on the New Yorker site.
“How are consumers to know what is real and what is magic? Because Mehmet offers both as if they were one.”
I asked if he would place his confidence in a heart surgeon, no matter how gifted, who operated just once a week, as Oz does. “Well,” he replied, “in general you want a surgeon who lives and breathes his job, somebody who is above all devoted to that.” Again he mentioned Oz’s experience, but when I asked if he would send a patient to Oz for an operation, he looked uncomfortable. “No,” he said. “I wouldn’t. In many respects, Mehmet is now an entertainer. And he’s great at it. People learn a lot, and it can be meaningful in their lives. But that is a different job. In medicine, your baseline need has to be for a level of evidence that can lead to your conclusions. I don’t know how else you do it. Sometimes Mehmet will entertain wacky ideas—particularly if they are wacky and have entertainment value.”
Loving that Dr. Oz is getting the critical attention he so richly deserves. But this is not enough. As the article moves on you see Dr. Oz becoming more and more of a slimy salesman.
His goal “To empower you to take control of your health” is done through offering people worthless and wrong-headed, antiscientific information from alt med peddlers and psychics. How is that empowering? It’s stupid-inducing. Oz is all ego. Pretty sickening.