Mehmet Oz is a physician who has taken an oath to first do no harm. Through his television show he has taken on millions of viewers who see him as providing medical advice, while in reality he has no patient-doctor relationship with them. Yet he is doing harm to this audience.
While he couches his language perfectly, he must be aware that he often comes across as supporting some of the unproven or disproven remedies on his show, remedies that may be harmful, may be false hopes, may waste billions of dollars each year.
According to Eric Topol: "The problem is that he is eloquent and talented, and some of what he says clearly provides a service we need. But how are consumers to know what is real and what is magic? Because Mehmet offers both as if they were one.”
The American people deserve better. They deserve a physician in the media who can explain what good evidence is and what bad evidence is. That can explain what a lack of evidence is and what totality of evidence is. Mehmet Oz owes his audience an apology for allowing his show to cause harm by misleading people into seeking unproven or disproven remedies.
There is a recent excellent New Yorker article on this topic: