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Should TV ‘quack docs’ like Dr. Oz be regulated?

| | July 16, 2014

Dr. Mehmet Oz is a television personality with his own show, The Dr. Oz Show, focusing on medical issues and personal health. He is notorious for promoting medical care that does not work, such as bunk weight-loss prescriptions and homeopathy, sensationalist cure stories, natural remedies, health scares and anti-GMO activism. A medical student wants to take Dr. Oz down:

Benjamin Mazer is a third-year medical student at the University of Rochester. Last year, after becoming increasingly concerned with the public-health impact of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s sometimes pseudoscience health advice, he decided to ask state and national medical associations to do something about it.

Last year, Mazer brought a policy before the Medical Society of the State of New York—where Dr. Oz is licensed—requesting that they consider regulating the advice of famous physicians in the media. His idea: Treat health advice on TV in the same vein as expert testimony, which already has established guidelines for truthfulness.

Read the full, original article: Meet the medical student who wants to bring down Dr. Oz

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