Dr Oz’s candidacy a danger to national health | Editorial

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Mehmet Oz is a famous cardiothoracic surgeon who has decided that peddling quackery is more rewarding than providing sound medical advice, and the fact that he can be elected to the United States Senate will be frightening once the laughter stops.

He’s spent an Oprah-fueled TV career promoting health and diet aids that have been rejected by his medical peers, and as we enter Year 3 of the pandemic, sending someone to Washington. who does not adhere to science will not help us out of this prolonged nightmare.

But the famous doctor asks the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to choose him in the May 22 Republican primary – that he is a Bergen County Carpet Bagger is just a coincidence – and thankfully, the medical community has spent the past two weeks reviewing their record as a gooey profiteer who traffics in bogus medicine.

Start with this: Oz was one of the first promoters of hydroxychloroquine, making more than 25 appearances on Fox News at the start of the pandemic, but that stopped after a Veterans Affairs study showed that Covid patients treated with the malaria drug were more likely to die than untreated patients. At that point he told Fox, “The point is, we do not know. “

It should be written on his business card.

He has a long history of offering weight loss gadgets for those looking for “the easy way you were looking to shed that body fat,” and just one mention of a supplement on his show can skyrocket sales.

But the British medical journal published a study in 2014 saying that more than half of the medical advice Oz gave on his show was “not supported by evidence or was wrong.”

A year later, 10 physicians and professors wrote to the dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University to protest Oz’s position within the faculty, stating that he was “guilty of conflict. outrageous interests or faulty judgments about what constitutes appropriate medical treatment, or both. “

And after years of pushing the bogus benefits of green coffee extracts and raspberry ketones for body fat burning, he had to admit before a senatorial commission that he hyperbolized their effects. Senator Claire McCaskill replied at one point: “The scientific community is almost monolithic against you.”

In other words, Dr Oz Bernie Madoff is to well-being to investments.

It has since pivoted into more Trumpian territory: its ad campaign laments that Washington “took our freedom” and “tried to kill our spirit and our dignity” during the pandemic, and that it “will rekindle our divine spark (and) will fight courageously for freedom. ” Nowhere on the “Why I Run” page of his website are the concerns of the Pennsylvanians mentioned.

Such as: In Pennsylvania, like the rest of the United States, counties that voted for Trump had lower vaccination rates and higher death rates from Covid.

But Oz doesn’t work on it, and it is too early to find out if he can beat a GOP field full of opponents who have become full MAGA.

One expects one to be David McCormick, CEO of one of the country’s largest hedge funds, married to Donald Trump’s deputy national security adviser and advised by famed white nationalist Stephen Miller. Another is Jeff Bartos, a developer who called for a “full forensic audit” in all states where Trump has contested his 2020 defeat.

And Oz has yet to hear the oppo search engine running, because Olivia nuzzi pointed out in New York Magazine this week, because he might learn that the average Republican voter cannot embrace “an elite, pro-choice, anti-gun, supportive of transgender children, Michelle Obama, hugging a Muslim bagger and Turkish Army veteran who once announced on national television that his testicles were descending so that his penis curve to the left.

But above all, he’s a leech on the stomach of celebrity culture, and it’s a real human tragedy that someone who peddles medical misinformation can be elected to a country where thousands of people are victims of such deception every day. We won’t purge all the snake oil suppliers from our body politic in the next election cycle, but Pennsylvania has the opportunity to silence at least one of them.

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