Real-world doctors fact-check Dr. Oz, and the results aren’t pretty

Unlike “Dr.” Phil, Dr. Mehmet Oz is a real, practicing doctor (and surgeon). But that’s where the differences end. They both dispense a lot of questionable advice. How questionable? Less than one-third of it can be backed up by even modest medical evidence. Nearly 4 in 10 of the assertions made on the hit show appear to be made on the basis of no evidence at all.

So it’s not all bad, right? Well… Further fact-checking of Dr. Oz and his on-air guests found legitimate studies related to another 11% of the recommendations made on the show. Unfortunately, the show’s recommendations ran counter to the medical literature.

Netting it out: For recommendations in The Dr. Oz Show, evidence supported 46%, contradicted 15%, and was not found for 39%. It’s literally a crap shoot to follow his advice. Is that the kind of odds you want regarding your health?

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